2018 ACE All Season and Winter Tire Test

Test Summary
Best tire for dry roadsMichelin CrossClimate Plus
Best tire for wet roadsContinental WinterContact TS 860
Goodyear UltraGrip 9
Best tire for snowKenda Wintergen 2 KR501
The best tire overallContinental WinterContact TS 860
The lowest fuel useContinental AllSeasonContact
Nokian WR D4
Nokian WeatherProof
The quietest tireKenda Wintergen 2 KR501
Continental AllSeasonContact
The best value tireKenda Wintergen 2 KR501
As in 2017, the German club ACE have tested all season and winter tires in exactly the same tests! On test are nine 185/65 R15 winter tire patterns, and three all season tires in the same size, and they used an Opel Corsa as the test vehicle.

All twelve tires were put through identical dry, wet and snow testing, and to further highlight the point that most all season tires are interchangeable with winter tires, the all season tires finished second, fifth and ten places overall.

All Season VS Winter

The Continental WinterContact TS860 winter tire won the test, with the Continental AllSeasonContact all season tire placing second. Interestingly, the Continental winter tire proved to be better in the dry, wet and snow, making it more "all season" than the Continental all season tire.

The Nokian Weatherproof all season tire, finishing fifth place overall, had a very similar balance of performance to the Goodyear UltraGrip 9 winter tire which finished in fourth place. They had equal points in the dry, and similar in the wet and snow.

As we've seen before, the Michelin CrossClimate+ all season tire, which finished tenth place overall was the standout tire in the dry, a full 9 points clear of the next best tire in the dry tests. Sadly it could only manage mid pack in the wet and was the worst tire in the snow (although still an order of magnitude better than a summer tire would be.)

One other fact worth highlighting is that the cheapest tire on test, the Kenda WinterGen 2 was the best tire in the snow, but was marked dangerous in the wet, needing 41 meters to stop the car during the wet braking test compared to 34 meters for the Continental. This means, where the test winners stop, the car with the worst tires fitted will have an accident at around 30 km / h.

Results

1st: Continental WinterContact TS 860

Continental WinterContact TS 860
  • 185/65 R15
  1. Total: 412
  2. Dry: 43
  3. Wet: 68
  4. Snow: 66
  5. Rolling Resistance: 16
  6. Noise: 7
  7. Cost: 6
  8. Overall: 206
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2nd: Continental AllSeasonContact

Continental AllSeasonContact
  • 185/65 R15
  1. Total: 400
  2. Dry: 41
  3. Wet: 62
  4. Snow: 64
  5. Rolling Resistance: 19
  6. Noise: 8
  7. Cost: 6
  8. Overall: 200
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3rd: Nokian WR D4

Nokian WR D4
  • 185/65 R15
  1. Total: 390
  2. Dry: 40
  3. Wet: 58
  4. Snow: 65
  5. Rolling Resistance: 19
  6. Noise: 6
  7. Cost: 7
  8. Overall: 195
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4th: Goodyear UltraGrip 9

Goodyear UltraGrip 9
  • 185/65 R15
  1. Total: 382
  2. Dry: 40
  3. Wet: 68
  4. Snow: 57
  5. Rolling Resistance: 17
  6. Noise: 3
  7. Cost: 6
  8. Overall: 191
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5th: Nokian WeatherProof

Nokian WeatherProof
  • 185/65 R15
  1. Total: 378
  2. Dry: 40
  3. Wet: 63
  4. Snow: 55
  5. Rolling Resistance: 19
  6. Noise: 5
  7. Cost: 7
  8. Overall: 189
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6th: Dunlop Winter Response 2

Dunlop Winter Response 2
  • 185/65 R15
  1. Total: 372
  2. Dry: 39
  3. Wet: 57
  4. Snow: 62
  5. Rolling Resistance: 16
  6. Noise: 6
  7. Cost: 6
  8. Overall: 186
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7th: Kumho Winter Craft WP51

Kumho Winter Craft WP51
  • 185/65 R15
  1. Total: 366
  2. Dry: 40
  3. Wet: 56
  4. Snow: 60
  5. Rolling Resistance: 13
  6. Noise: 5
  7. Cost: 9
  8. Overall: 183
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8th: Bridgestone Blizzak LM001

Bridgestone Blizzak LM001
  • 185/65 R15
  1. Total: 364
  2. Dry: 43
  3. Wet: 53
  4. Snow: 58
  5. Rolling Resistance: 15
  6. Noise: 6
  7. Cost: 7
  8. Overall: 182
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9th: Nexen Winguard Snow G WH2

Nexen Winguard Snow G WH2
  • 185/65 R15
  1. Total: 362
  2. Dry: 42
  3. Wet: 51
  4. Snow: 60
  5. Rolling Resistance: 14
  6. Noise: 5
  7. Cost: 9
  8. Overall: 181
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10th: Michelin CrossClimate+

Michelin CrossClimate Plus
  • 185/65 R15
  1. Total: 360
  2. Dry: 52
  3. Wet: 52
  4. Snow: 50
  5. Rolling Resistance: 17
  6. Noise: 4
  7. Cost: 5
  8. Overall: 180
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11th: Pirelli Cinturato Winter

Pirelli Cinturato Winter
  • 185/65 R15
  1. Total: 354
  2. Dry: 36
  3. Wet: 59
  4. Snow: 56
  5. Rolling Resistance: 14
  6. Noise: 6
  7. Cost: 6
  8. Overall: 177
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12th: Kenda Wintergen 2 KR501

Kenda Wintergen 2 KR501
  • 185/65 R15
  1. Total: 346
  2. Dry: 39
  3. Wet: 36
  4. Snow: 67
  5. Rolling Resistance: 13
  6. Noise: 8
  7. Cost: 10
  8. Overall: 173
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