|Dry Braking||▲Bridgestone Blizzak Ice: 28.69 M||▼Nexen Winguard Ice Plus WH43: 32.28 M|
|Subj. Dry Handling||▲Goodyear UltraGrip Ice 2: 5 Points||▼Nereus NS805 Plus: 1 Points|
|Wet Braking||▲Goodyear UltraGrip Ice 2: 34.41 M||▼Bridgestone Blizzak Ice: 43.12 M|
|Wet Handling||▲Goodyear UltraGrip Ice 2: 43.11 s||▼Bridgestone Blizzak Ice: 47.14 s|
|Straight Aqua||▲Goodyear UltraGrip Ice 2: 73.3 Km/H||▼Bridgestone Blizzak Ice: 61.4 Km/H|
|Snow Braking||▲Nexen Winguard Ice Plus WH43: 11.3 M||▼Nereus NS805 Plus: 11.7 M|
|Snow Handling||▲Continental VikingContact 7: 72.25 s||▼Nereus NS805 Plus: 75.24 s|
|Ice Braking||▲Nexen Winguard Ice Plus WH43: 2.54 M||▼Nereus NS805 Plus: 3.62 M|
|Ice Handling||▲Continental VikingContact 7: 48.82 s||▼Goodyear UltraGrip Ice 2: 53.46 s|
|Subj. Noise||▲Continental VikingContact 7: 5 Points||▼Nokian Hakkapeliitta R3: 2 Points|
|Price||▲Nereus NS805 Plus: 682||▼Continental VikingContact 7: 1621|
|Rolling Resistance||▲Michelin X Ice Snow: 5.89 kg / t||▼Bridgestone Blizzak Ice: 6.2 kg / t|
As with the studded version, Vi Bilagare have performed a thorough test covering dry, wet, snow and ice, and should be considered one of the benchmarks for extreme winter testing in Europe.
This test is particularly interesting as it has the new Michelin X-Ice Snow, Bridgestone Blizzak Ice, Pirelli Ice Zero FR and Nexen Winguard Ice Plus WH43 placed against the established Nordic winter tires from Continental, Goodyear and Nokian.
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While Nordic winter tires aren't intended to have the best outright dry performance, dry braking is still a key safety test. In this test, the new Bridgestone Blizzak Ice proved to have the best grip, stopping the test vehicle nearly one meter sooner than the next best tire on test, the Goodyear UltraGrip Ice 2.
The Goodyear was the best subjectively during dry handling, offering the best balance and high levels of grip.
Wet braking is another safety critical test, and again Goodyear was impressive, beating the rest of the group by nearly three meters. This sort of advantage is almost unheard of during wet braking.
The Goodyear retained its lead during wet handling, finishing the short lap over a second ahead of second placed Pirelli Ice Zero FR.
Impressively the Goodyear rounded out its wet performance with another clear win in straight line aquaplaning.
The new Nexen Winguard Ice Plus WH43 had a good lead in snow braking.
The snow specialist Continental VikingContact 7 took its first win during snow handling, outperforming the pack by a small margin. Interestingly the snow braking winning Nexen could only manage seventh.
Once again the Nexen proved to have an excellent braking ability, winning the ice braking testing by over half a meter.
Continental repeated its snow handling advantage, showing its rounded ability to also win ice handling.
The new Michelin X-Ice Snow had the lowest rolling resistance, but the group was close overall.
The Continental VikingContact 7 was the only tire to score 5/5 in subjective noise and comfort testing.
The budget Nereus (also known as Firemax) was the cheapest tire on test, however the performance in other testing reflected this.
1st: Continental VikingContact 7
A near faultless nordic winter tire, highest overall levels of grip in the ice and snow, combined with good grip in the dry and wet.
2nd: Nokian Hakkapeliitta R3
An excellent nordic winter tire with strong ice grip, and a balanced performance in the snow, dry and wet.
Relatively high levels of noise, poor aquaplaning result.
3rd: Goodyear UltraGrip Ice 2
Strongest tire in the dry and wet, excellent choice for a nordic climate with less snow. Significant advantage in aquaplaning.
Average snow and ice handling with a difficult balance at the limit.
4th: Pirelli Ice Zero FR
A good handling tire with neutral balance, good in the wet.
Average aquaplaning resistance.
5th: Nexen Winguard Ice+ WH43
God snow and ice grip with the best snow and ice braking distances, low noise, well priced.
Poor performance in the dry and wet, high rolling resistance.
6th: Michelin X Ice Snow
Good stability and precise handling in the dry and wet, very low rolling resistance.
Average performance in snow and ice.
7th: Bridgestone Blizzak Ice
Shortest dry braking on test, good snow braking.
Very long wet braking, poor wet handling, very low aquaplaning resistance, expensive to buy for performance.
8th: Nereus NS805+
Low price, short wet braking, good aquaplaning resistance, reasonable ice handling.
Very poor grip in snow, longest snow and ice braking.