2021 Auto Bild SUV Winter Tire Test

The 2022 Auto Bild Allrad SUV tire test tested ten SUV / 4x4 winter tires in the popular 235/55 R18 size, and included a reference summer tire.

As in the Tire Reviews winter tire test, there was a tie for first place with the Goodyear UltraGrip Performance+ SUV and Michelin Pilot Alpin 5 SUV tying for the win.

Both tires had slightly different approaches to grip, the Goodyear the more balanced tire, only winning the wet handling test but scoring well in nearly all other tests, where as the Michelin won every snow test but performed relatively poorly in the wet testing.

The Bridgestone Blizzak LM005 performed well again, it's a tire that seems to perform well in all tests with its only real weakness the worst dry braking on test, and the Vredestein Wintrac Pro placed fourth with an excellent wet braking and snow grip result.

Dry

While the VW Tiguan test vehicle isn't the heaviest SUV on test, the summer tire had a significant lead in dry braking, with the Michelin, Goodyear and surprisingly the budget Tristar being the best of the winter tires.

The summer tire also led the way in dry handling, with the Tristar the best of the winter tires. In Tire Reviews own testing we've seen budget winter tires perform well in the dry then perform poorly in the wet and snow tests.

Wet

Wet braking had the Tristar performing as expected, with nearly 12 meters between the best and worst winter tires from 100 kph! The summer tire was mid pack, the test temperature was unknown.

Wet handling was led by Goodyear, with the summer tire this time placing second overall.

The Falken HS01 SUV performed well in the straight aquaplaning test.

Snow

Shockingly the summer tire didn't perform in the snow braking testing, taking twice as long to stop the test vehicle than even the worst winter tire, which was again the budget which took 5 meters longer to stop the V Tiguan SUV than the Michelin.

The traction test showed a similar story to snow braking.

Michelin rounded out its excellent snow performance with another win.

Environment

The Michelin Pilot Alpin 5 SUV was also the quietest winter tire on test, with five of the winter tires proving to be quieter than the reference summer tire.

The summer tire had the lowest rolling resistance on test, narrowly beating the Continental.

There was over 100% difference between the cheapest and most expensive winter tires on test, however as usual with tires, you get what you pay for as the most expensive tires on test were also the best.

Results

1st: Goodyear UltraGrip Performance+ SUV

Goodyear UltraGrip Performance Plus SUV
  • 235/55 R18 104H
  • EU Label: C/B/70
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking2nd+0.6 M98.63%
Dry Handling7th-1.6 Km/H98.33%
Wet Braking3rd+0.9 M97.88%
Wet Handling1st100%
Wet Circle3rd+0.1 s99.37%
Straight Aqua5th-4.1 Km/H94.78%
Curved Aquaplaning5th-0.36 m/sec289.63%
Snow Braking4th+0.9 M96.56%
Snow Traction4th-207 N92.72%
Snow Handling7th-2.4 Km/H95.56%
Snow Slalom2nd-0.12 m/sec297.12%
Noise2nd+0.7 dB98.99%
Price8th+405 44.9%
Rolling Resistance5th+1.2 kg / t85.06%
New winter profile with the best driving characteristics in the snow and on wet roads, precise steering, dynamic wet handling, short wet braking.
Average comfort.

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1st: Michelin Pilot Alpin 5 SUV

Michelin Pilot Alpin 5 SUV
  • 235/55 R18 104H
  • EU Label: C/C/71
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking1st100%
Dry Handling7th-1.6 Km/H98.33%
Wet Braking9th+4.5 M90.24%
Wet Handling9th-1.9 Km/H97.81%
Wet Circle8th+0.45 s97.2%
Straight Aqua4th-3.9 Km/H95.03%
Curved Aquaplaning8th-0.51 m/sec285.3%
Snow Braking1st100%
Snow Traction1st100%
Snow Handling1st100%
Snow Slalom1st100%
Noise1st100%
Price10th+465 41.51%
Rolling Resistance4th+1.19 kg / t85.16%
The winter king with the best driving performance in snow and ice, stable wet and dry handling, good aquaplaning resistance, low noise.
Expensive.

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3rd: Bridgestone Blizzak LM005

Bridgestone Blizzak LM005
  • 235/55 R18 104H
  • EU Label: B/A/72
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking10th+2 M95.58%
Dry Handling3rd-0.5 Km/H99.48%
Wet Braking4th+1.1 M97.42%
Wet Handling2nd-0.3 Km/H99.65%
Wet Circle2nd+0.03 s99.81%
Straight Aqua2nd-1.2 Km/H98.47%
Curved Aquaplaning1st100%
Snow Braking2nd+0.6 M97.68%
Snow Traction2nd-147 N94.83%
Snow Handling6th-2.3 Km/H95.74%
Snow Slalom3rd-0.23 m/sec294.47%
Noise3rd+1.3 dB98.14%
Price7th+325 50.38%
Rolling Resistance2nd+0.28 kg / t96.06%
Premium tires iwth excellent driving in all weathers, best safety reserves for aquaplaning, precise wet and dry handling.
Slightly extended braking distances.

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4th: Vredestein Wintrac Pro

Vredestein Wintrac Pro
  • 235/55 R18 104H
  • EU Label: C/B/72
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking6th+1.5 M96.65%
Dry Handling5th-1.2 Km/H98.75%
Wet Braking1st100%
Wet Handling6th-0.9 Km/H98.96%
Wet Circle5th+0.35 s97.81%
Straight Aqua3rd-2.9 Km/H96.31%
Curved Aquaplaning7th-0.46 m/sec286.74%
Snow Braking3rd+0.7 M97.31%
Snow Traction3rd-177 N93.78%
Snow Handling2nd-0.9 Km/H98.33%
Snow Slalom5th-0.27 m/sec293.51%
Noise3rd+1.3 dB98.14%
Price6th+265 55.46%
Rolling Resistance7th+1.68 kg / t80.26%
Winter specialist with good driving on wet and snowy roads, short snow and wet braking, high aquaplaning safety, low price.
Slightly extended dry braking.

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5th: Hankook Winter i cept evo 3 X

Hankook Winter i cept evo 3 X
  • 235/55 R18 104H
  • EU Label: C/B/72
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking4th+0.8 M98.19%
Dry Handling5th-1.2 Km/H98.75%
Wet Braking4th+1.1 M97.42%
Wet Handling4th-0.7 Km/H99.19%
Wet Circle4th+0.2 s98.74%
Straight Aqua7th-4.5 Km/H94.27%
Curved Aquaplaning3rd-0.3 m/sec291.35%
Snow Braking5th+1.2 M95.47%
Snow Traction6th-265 N90.69%
Snow Handling3rd-1.9 Km/H96.48%
Snow Slalom7th-0.38 m/sec290.87%
Noise10th+4.2 dB94.24%
Price4th+220 60%
Rolling Resistance10th+2.13 kg / t76.23%
High performance in all weather conditions, short snow and wet braking distances, stable wet and dry handling.
Average comfort, high rolling resistance.

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5th: Continental WinterContact TS 850 P

Continental WinterContact TS 850 P
  • 235/55 R18 104H
  • EU Label: C/B/72
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking9th+1.9 M95.8%
Dry Handling4th-1.1 Km/H98.85%
Wet Braking7th+2.5 M94.33%
Wet Handling4th-0.7 Km/H99.19%
Wet Circle7th+0.4 s97.51%
Straight Aqua8th-5.5 Km/H92.99%
Curved Aquaplaning4th-0.31 m/sec291.07%
Snow Braking7th+1.9 M93.01%
Snow Traction6th-265 N90.69%
Snow Handling3rd-1.9 Km/H96.48%
Snow Slalom4th-0.25 m/sec293.99%
Noise9th+3.3 dB95.42%
Price9th+455 42.04%
Rolling Resistance1st100%
All round talent with convincing winter qualities, stable wet and dry handling, fuel saving rolling resistance.
Slightly extended dry braking distances, high price.

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7th: Toyo Snowprox S954 SUV

Toyo Snowprox S954 SUV
  • 235/55 R18 104H
  • EU Label: D/C/72
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking8th+1.8 M96.01%
Dry Handling2nd-0.4 Km/H99.58%
Wet Braking6th+2 M95.41%
Wet Handling2nd-0.3 Km/H99.65%
Wet Circle1st100%
Straight Aqua6th-4.2 Km/H94.65%
Curved Aquaplaning6th-0.4 m/sec288.47%
Snow Braking9th+4.4 M85.19%
Snow Traction9th-390 N86.29%
Snow Handling9th-3.9 Km/H92.78%
Snow Slalom9th-0.8 m/sec280.77%
Noise6th+2.8 dB96.08%
Price2nd+170 66%
Rolling Resistance9th+2.05 kg / t76.91%
High grip in the wet and dry, short wet braking distances, low price.
Average grip with understeer in the snow, slightly extended dry braking distances.

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8th: Nokian WR SUV 4

Nokian WR SUV 4
  • 235/55 R18 104H
  • EU Label: C/B/72
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking5th+1.3 M97.09%
Dry Handling7th-1.6 Km/H98.33%
Wet Braking8th+4.2 M90.83%
Wet Handling6th-0.9 Km/H98.96%
Wet Circle9th+0.55 s96.6%
Straight Aqua10th-10.5 Km/H86.62%
Curved Aquaplaning10th-1.25 m/sec263.98%
Snow Braking8th+2.3 M91.67%
Snow Traction8th-338 N88.12%
Snow Handling8th-3 Km/H94.44%
Snow Slalom8th-0.45 m/sec289.18%
Noise5th+2.3 dB96.76%
Price5th+250 56.9%
Rolling Resistance3rd+0.6 kg / t91.92%
Good traction and short braking distances on snow, stable dry handling, low noise.
Average aquaplaning resistance, long dry braking, average comfort.

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9th: Falken Eurowinter HS01 SUV

Falken Eurowinter HS01 SUV
  • 235/55 R18 104H
  • EU Label: D/B/72
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking7th+1.7 M96.22%
Dry Handling10th-2 Km/H97.91%
Wet Braking2nd+0.3 M99.28%
Wet Handling8th-1.2 Km/H98.62%
Wet Circle5th+0.35 s97.81%
Straight Aqua1st100%
Curved Aquaplaning2nd-0.17 m/sec295.1%
Snow Braking6th+1.3 M95.11%
Snow Traction5th-255 N91.04%
Snow Handling3rd-1.9 Km/H96.48%
Snow Slalom6th-0.3 m/sec292.79%
Noise7th+2.9 dB95.95%
Price3rd+190 63.46%
Rolling Resistance8th+1.76 kg / t79.51%
Goof performance on snow and in the wet, high aquaplaning resistance, low price.
Slow steering response in the dry, long dry braking.

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10th: Tristar Snowpower UHP

Tristar Snowpower UHP
  • 235/55 R18 104H
  • EU Label: C/C/72
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking3rd+0.7 M98.41%
Dry Handling1st100%
Wet Braking10th+11 M79.09%
Wet Handling10th-4.8 Km/H94.48%
Wet Circle10th+1.45 s91.52%
Straight Aqua9th-9.9 Km/H87.39%
Curved Aquaplaning9th-1.13 m/sec267.44%
Snow Braking10th+5.5 M82.14%
Snow Traction10th-523 N81.62%
Snow Handling10th-5.4 Km/H90%
Snow Slalom10th-1.02 m/sec275.48%
Noise8th+3.2 dB95.55%
Price1st100%
Rolling Resistance6th+1.26 kg / t84.43%
Stable dry handling, very low price.
Average snow performance, low grip in the wet, low aquaplaning resistance, dangerously long wet braking.

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