Premium VS Budget Winter Tires

Dry BrakingTristar SnowPower 2: 28.74 MNokian WR Snowproof: 28.87 M
Dry HandlingNokian WR Snowproof: 51.27 sTristar SnowPower 2: 51.57 s
Wet BrakingNokian WR Snowproof: 31.76 MTristar SnowPower 2: 35.27 M
Wet HandlingNokian WR Snowproof: 37.6 sTristar SnowPower 2: 38.2 s
Snow BrakingNokian WR Snowproof: 36 MTristar SnowPower 2: 43.9 M
Snow HandlingNokian WR Snowproof: 97.2 sTristar SnowPower 2: 104.5 s
Are cheap winter tires safe? To find out, we travelled to Finland, twice, to do snow, ice, wet and dry testing.

All tests were done using two cars, a VW Golf wearing 205/55 R16 tires, and a heavier, larger Volvo S90 fitted with 245/45 R18 tires.

To see how the testing went, watch the video below!





1st: Nokian WR Snowproof

Nokian WR Snowproof
  • 205/55 R16
  • 3PMSF: no
Dry Braking2nd28.87 M28.74 M+0.13 M99.55%
Dry Handling1st51.27 s100%
Wet Braking1st31.76 M100%
Wet Handling1st37.6 s100%
Snow Braking1st36 M100%
Snow Handling1st97.2 s100%
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2nd: Tristar SnowPower 2

Tristar SnowPower 2
  • 205/55 R16
  • 3PMSF: no
Dry Braking1st28.74 M100%
Dry Handling2nd51.57 s51.27 s+0.3 s99.42%
Wet Braking2nd35.27 M31.76 M+3.51 M90.05%
Wet Handling2nd38.2 s37.6 s+0.6 s98.43%
Snow Braking2nd43.9 M36 M+7.9 M82%
Snow Handling2nd104.5 s97.2 s+7.3 s93.01%
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