2020 Auto Express Winter Tire Test

Test Summary
Best tire for dry roadsBridgestone Blizzak LM005
Best tire for wet roadsBridgestone Blizzak LM005
Best tire for snowContinental WinterContact TS 870
The best tire overallContinental WinterContact TS 870
The lowest fuel useContinental WinterContact TS 870
The quietest tireContinental WinterContact TS 870
For the 2020 Auto Express winter tire test, Auto Express tested nine 205/55 R16 winter tires using a VW Golf.

As usual we'll keep commentary to a minimum, instead encouraging you to head over to the Auto Express website to check out the full test, however there is one important caveat to note.

The new Continental WinterContact TS870 was included in this test, but as the tire launch has been delayed until winter 2021 instead of 2020, Auto Express didn't rank it in their final results.

If Auto Express had included it, the new Continental TS870 would have won the test overall, narrowly beating the excellent Bridgestone Blizzak LM005 thanks to a near flawless performance.

2021 might be another Continental year, but for winter 2020, it looks like the Bridgestone is still the tire to have for the UK winters, thanks to an excellent dry and wet performance.

Results

1st: Bridgestone Blizzak LM005

Bridgestone Blizzak LM005
  • 205/55 R16
  1. Total: 1172.6
  2. Dry: 100
  3. Wet: 499.4
  4. Snow: 285.8
  5. Rolling Resistance: 87.6
  6. Noise: 99.8
  7. Overall: 100
Best in wet in the wet braking and handling, best in dry braking, low rolling resistance.
Worst snow performance, but still within 5% of best.
An excellent tire for English winters where you're likely to see more wet weather than snow.

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1st: Continental WinterContact TS 870

Continental WinterContact TS 870
  • 205/55 R16
  1. Total: 1187.1
  2. Dry: 93.8
  3. Wet: 490
  4. Snow: 299.9
  5. Rolling Resistance: 101.1
  6. Noise: 100.7
  7. Overall: 101.6
Best in snow and wet handling, excellent low rolling resistance, low noise.
Average dry braking.
When the new TS870 goes on sale in 2021 it could be the new benchmark.

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2nd: Hankook Winter i cept RS2

Hankook Winter i cept RS2
  • 205/55 R16
  1. Total: 1162.6
  2. Dry: 96.2
  3. Wet: 495
  4. Snow: 294.4
  5. Rolling Resistance: 79.6
  6. Noise: 98.1
  7. Overall: 99.3
Excellent wet grip, high aquaplaning resistance, good in the snw.
High rolling resistance, increased noise.
A return to form for the I*Cept RS2, largely thanks to a strong wet performance.

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3rd: Michelin Alpin 6

Michelin Alpin 6
  • 205/55 R16
  1. Total: 1154.5
  2. Dry: 96.2
  3. Wet: 481.5
  4. Snow: 291.9
  5. Rolling Resistance: 87.6
  6. Noise: 98.9
  7. Overall: 98.4
Good wet performance, good snow braking.
Average snow handling.

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4th: Pirelli Cinturato Winter

Pirelli Cinturato Winter
  • 205/55 R16
  1. Total: 1143.5
  2. Dry: 94.9
  3. Wet: 473.6
  4. Snow: 299.1
  5. Rolling Resistance: 78
  6. Noise: 99.7
  7. Overall: 98.2
Best in snow handling and a good snow performance overall.
Average wet performance, high rolling resistance.

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5th: Goodyear UltraGrip Performance+

Goodyear UltraGrip Performance Plus
  • 205/55 R16
  1. Total: 1164.2
  2. Dry: 93.7
  3. Wet: 486.7
  4. Snow: 298.5
  5. Rolling Resistance: 87.5
  6. Noise: 99.7
  7. Overall: 98.1
Excellent in snow, best curved aquaplaning resistance, low noise.
Average in the wet and dry.

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6th: Falken Eurowinter HS01

Falken Eurowinter HS01
  • 205/55 R16
  1. Total: 1137.3
  2. Dry: 98.9
  3. Wet: 471.7
  4. Snow: 286.4
  5. Rolling Resistance: 82.6
  6. Noise: 99.7
  7. Overall: 98
Good dry braking, low noise.
Poor performance in the snow.

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7th: Dunlop Winter Sport 5

Dunlop Winter Sport 5
  • 205/55 R16
  1. Total: 1141.1
  2. Dry: 92.6
  3. Wet: 465.9
  4. Snow: 297.2
  5. Rolling Resistance: 88
  6. Noise: 100
  7. Overall: 97.4
Good in the snow, quietest tire on test, low rolling resistance.
Long dry and wet braking, poor wet handling.

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8th: Nokian WR Snowproof

Nokian WR Snowproof
  • 205/55 R16
  1. Total: 1132.2
  2. Dry: 96.4
  3. Wet: 450.2
  4. Snow: 290.8
  5. Rolling Resistance: 100
  6. Noise: 97.6
  7. Overall: 97.2
Lowest fuel use on test by some margin, good dry braking.
Poor performance in all wet tests, highest levels of cabin noise.

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