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: 097.2 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!

Dry

Wet

Snow

Results

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1st: Nokian WR Snowproof

Nokian WR Snowproof
  • 205/55 R16
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking2nd+0.13 M99.55%
Dry Handling1st100%
Wet Braking1st100%
Wet Handling1st100%
Snow Braking1st100%
Snow Handling1st100%
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2nd: Tristar SnowPower 2

Tristar SnowPower 2
  • 205/55 R16
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking1st100%
Dry Handling2nd+0.3 s99.42%
Wet Braking2nd+3.51 M90.05%
Wet Handling2nd+0.6 s98.43%
Snow Braking2nd+7.9 M82%
Snow Handling2nd+7.3 s93.01%
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