2021 ADAC 15 Inch Winter Tire Test

Test Summary
Best tire for dry roadsMichelin Alpin 6
Best tire for wet roadsContinental WinterContact TS 860
Best tire for snowDunlop Winter Response 2
The best tire overallDunlop Winter Response 2
Goodyear UltraGrip 9 Plus
The lowest fuel useGeneral Altimax Winter 3
Vredestein Wintrac
BFGoodrich gForce Winter 2
The best tire for iceGoodyear UltraGrip 9 Plus
Michelin Alpin 6
Vredestein Wintrac
Barum Polaris 5
Laufenn I Fit Plus
The lowest wearGeneral Altimax Winter 3
Michelin Alpin 6
Vredestein Wintrac
BFGoodrich gForce Winter 2
The quietest tireFalken Eurowinter HS01
ADAC tire tests are some of the most influential in the world, and for the 2021 winter season ADAC have chosen to test eighteen 225/50 R17 tires and sixteen 195/65 R15 winter tires, across two tests. This article covers the 15" test, to see the 17" test please click here.

In this 15" winter tire test, the Goodyear Dunlop pairing performed impeccably in the snow, ice and on wet roads to tie for first place overall. 

Michelin and Vredestein were the best of the rest. The Michelin Alpin 6 was the strongest tire across the dry tests and had the lowest wear of all tires, and the new Vredestein performed well in all tests.

Sadly, ADAC doesn't share any actual data with the public, but their scoring and testing notes can be found below.

Results

The overall results were weighted 15% dry, 30% wet, 20% snow, 10% ice, 5% noise, 10% fuel consumption and 10% rolling resistance.

1st: Dunlop Winter Response 2

Dunlop Winter Response 2
  • 195/65 R15
  1. Total: 64
  2. Dry: 8
  3. Wet: 7.8
  4. Snow: 12
  5. Ice: 7.2
  6. Rolling Resistance: 8.4
  7. Noise: 6
  8. Wear: 7
  9. Overall: 7.6
Very balanced, good on all surfaces, especially good on dry roads, low fuel consumption.
None mentioned.

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1st: Goodyear UltraGrip 9+

Goodyear UltraGrip 9 Plus
  • 195/65 R15
  1. Total: 60.2
  2. Dry: 7.4
  3. Wet: 8.4
  4. Snow: 8
  5. Ice: 8
  6. Rolling Resistance: 7.4
  7. Noise: 6.4
  8. Wear: 7
  9. Overall: 7.6
Very balanced, good on all surfaces, especially good on wet roads, best on test on ice.
None mentioned.

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3rd: Michelin Alpin 6

Michelin Alpin 6
  • 195/65 R15
  1. Total: 60
  2. Dry: 8.2
  3. Wet: 7
  4. Snow: 7.6
  5. Ice: 8
  6. Rolling Resistance: 8
  7. Noise: 5.8
  8. Wear: 8
  9. Overall: 7.4
Very balanced, good on all surfaces, top marks in dry and ice, best wear on test.
None mentioned.

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3rd: Vredestein Wintrac

Vredestein Wintrac
  • 195/65 R15
  1. Total: 61
  2. Dry: 7
  3. Wet: 8
  4. Snow: 7.6
  5. Ice: 8
  6. Rolling Resistance: 8.6
  7. Noise: 6.4
  8. Wear: 8
  9. Overall: 7.4
Very balanced, good on all surfaces, top marks on ice, top marks for wear and fuel consumption.
None mentioned.

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5th: BFGoodrich gForce Winter 2

BFGoodrich gForce Winter 2
  • 195/65 R15
  1. Total: 58.4
  2. Dry: 7.6
  3. Wet: 6.8
  4. Snow: 8.2
  5. Ice: 7
  6. Rolling Resistance: 8.6
  7. Noise: 5.4
  8. Wear: 8
  9. Overall: 6.8
Good on dry roads, top grade on snow, top marks for wear and fuel consumption.
Slightly weak in the wet.

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6th: Continental WinterContact TS 860

Continental WinterContact TS 860
  • 195/65 R15
  1. Total: 57.6
  2. Dry: 6.6
  3. Wet: 8.8
  4. Snow: 8.2
  5. Ice: 7
  6. Rolling Resistance: 7.2
  7. Noise: 6.2
  8. Wear: 7
  9. Overall: 6.6
Top marks in wet and on snow.
Slight weakness in the dry.

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7th: Maxxis Premitra Snow WP6

Maxxis Premitra Snow WP6
  • 195/65 R15
  1. Total: 55.2
  2. Dry: 7.6
  3. Wet: 7.4
  4. Snow: 6.8
  5. Ice: 7.2
  6. Rolling Resistance: 7.4
  7. Noise: 6.8
  8. Wear: 6
  9. Overall: 6
Good in the dry, wet and ice, low fuel consumption.
Slightly weak on snow, very high wear.

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7th: Laufenn I Fit+

Laufenn I Fit Plus
  • 195/65 R15
  1. Total: 56.4
  2. Dry: 6.8
  3. Wet: 7.6
  4. Snow: 8.2
  5. Ice: 8
  6. Rolling Resistance: 7.6
  7. Noise: 6.2
  8. Wear: 6
  9. Overall: 6
Top marks on snow and ice, good in the wet, low fuel consumption.
Weakness in the dry, high wear.

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7th: Falken Eurowinter HS01

Falken Eurowinter HS01
  • 195/65 R15
  1. Total: 56.2
  2. Dry: 7.4
  3. Wet: 6.6
  4. Snow: 7.2
  5. Ice: 7.2
  6. Rolling Resistance: 7.8
  7. Noise: 8
  8. Wear: 6
  9. Overall: 6
Good in the dry, wet and on ice, low fuel consumption.
Weak in the wet and high wear.

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7th: Bridgestone Blizzak LM005

Bridgestone Blizzak LM005
  • 195/65 R15
  1. Total: 54.8
  2. Dry: 7
  3. Wet: 8.6
  4. Snow: 6.4
  5. Ice: 7.4
  6. Rolling Resistance: 8
  7. Noise: 5.4
  8. Wear: 6
  9. Overall: 6
Good in the dry, wet and on ice, low fuel consumption.
High wear.

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11th: Yokohama BluEarth Winter V906

Yokohama BluEarth Winter V906
  • 195/65 R15
  1. Total: 53.8
  2. Dry: 7.8
  3. Wet: 5.8
  4. Snow: 7.6
  5. Ice: 7.2
  6. Rolling Resistance: 7.8
  7. Noise: 5.8
  8. Wear: 6
  9. Overall: 5.8
Good in the dry, snow and ice, low fuel consumption.
Very weak in the wet, very high wear.

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12th: Barum Polaris 5

Barum Polaris 5
  • 195/65 R15
  1. Total: 54.8
  2. Dry: 6
  3. Wet: 5.6
  4. Snow: 8
  5. Ice: 8
  6. Rolling Resistance: 8.2
  7. Noise: 6.4
  8. Wear: 7
  9. Overall: 5.6
Good in the snow and ice, low fuel consumption.
Very weak in the dry and wet.

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13th: Nokian WR Snowproof

Nokian WR Snowproof
  • 195/65 R15
  1. Total: 54.4
  2. Dry: 7
  3. Wet: 5.4
  4. Snow: 7.4
  5. Ice: 7.6
  6. Rolling Resistance: 8.4
  7. Noise: 6.2
  8. Wear: 7
  9. Overall: 5.4
Good in the dry, snow and on ice, low fuel consumption.
Very weak in the wet.

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14th: General Altimax Winter 3

General Altimax Winter 3
  • 195/65 R15
  1. Total: 54.4
  2. Dry: 5.2
  3. Wet: 5
  4. Snow: 8.2
  5. Ice: 7.8
  6. Rolling Resistance: 8.6
  7. Noise: 6.6
  8. Wear: 8
  9. Overall: 5
Good in the snow, low fuel use, low wear, good on ice.
Very weak in dry and wet.

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15th: GT Radial WinterPro2

GT-Radial WinterPro2
  • 195/65 R15
  1. Total: 49.8
  2. Dry: 5
  3. Wet: 5
  4. Snow: 7.2
  5. Ice: 7.2
  6. Rolling Resistance: 7.8
  7. Noise: 6.6
  8. Wear: 6
  9. Overall: 5
Good in the snow, low fuel use, good on ice.
Significant weakness in the dry and wet, high wear.

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16th: Kumho Winter Craft WP51

Kumho Winter Craft WP51
  • 195/65 R15
  1. Total: 49.4
  2. Dry: 4.8
  3. Wet: 6
  4. Snow: 7
  5. Ice: 7.2
  6. Rolling Resistance: 7
  7. Noise: 5.6
  8. Wear: 7
  9. Overall: 4.8
Good on snow and ice.
Significant weakness in the dry and wet.

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