|Dry Braking||▲Michelin Pilot Alpin 5 SUV: 43.3 M|
▼Bridgestone Blizzak LM005: 45.3 M
|Dry Handling||▲Tristar Snowpower UHP: 95.7 Km/H|
▼Falken Eurowinter HS01 SUV: 93.7 Km/H
|Wet Braking||▲Vredestein Wintrac Pro: 41.6 M|
▼Tristar Snowpower UHP: 52.6 M
|Wet Handling||▲Goodyear UltraGrip Performance Plus SUV: 86.9 Km/H|
▼Tristar Snowpower UHP: 82.1 Km/H
|Wet Circle||▲Toyo Snowprox S954 SUV: 15.65 s|
▼Tristar Snowpower UHP: 17.10 s
|Straight Aqua||▲Falken Eurowinter HS01 SUV: 78.5 Km/H|
▼Nokian WR SUV 4: 68.0 Km/H
|Curved Aquaplaning||▲Bridgestone Blizzak LM005: 3.47 m/sec2|
▼Nokian WR SUV 4: 2.22 m/sec2
|Snow Braking||▲Michelin Pilot Alpin 5 SUV: 25.3 M|
▼Tristar Snowpower UHP: 30.8 M
|Snow Traction||▲Michelin Pilot Alpin 5 SUV: 2845 N|
▼Tristar Snowpower UHP: 2322 N
|Snow Handling||▲Michelin Pilot Alpin 5 SUV: 54.0 Km/H|
▼Tristar Snowpower UHP: 48.6 Km/H
|Snow Slalom||▲Michelin Pilot Alpin 5 SUV: 4.16 m/sec2|
▼Tristar Snowpower UHP: 3.14 m/sec2
|Noise||▲Michelin Pilot Alpin 5 SUV: 68.7 dB|
▼Hankook Winter i cept evo 3 X: 72.9 dB
|Price||▲Tristar Snowpower UHP: 330 |
▼Michelin Pilot Alpin 5 SUV: 795
|Rolling Resistance||▲Continental WinterContact TS 850 P: 6.83 kg / t|
▼Hankook Winter i cept evo 3 X: 8.96 kg / t
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
New winter profile with the best driving characteristics in the snow and on wet roads, precise steering, dynamic wet handling, short wet braking.
The winter king with the best driving performance in snow and ice, stable wet and dry handling, good aquaplaning resistance, low noise.
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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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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High performance in all weather conditions, short snow and wet braking distances, stable wet and dry handling.
Average comfort, high rolling resistance.
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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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.
8th: Nokian WR SUV 4
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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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
Stable dry handling, very low price.
Average snow performance, low grip in the wet, low aquaplaning resistance, dangerously long wet braking.