|Dry Braking||▲Vredestein Wintrac: 45.1 M||▼Fulda Kristall Control HP2: 49.6 M|
|Dry Handling||▲Nokian WR Snowproof: 139.0 Km/H||▼BFGoodrich gForce Winter 2: 135.4 Km/H|
|Wet Braking||▲Bridgestone Blizzak LM005: 50.2 M||▼Fulda Kristall Control HP2: 57.5 M|
|Wet Handling||▲Hankook Winter i cept RS2: 73.0 Km/H||▼Nokian WR Snowproof: 68.0 Km/H|
|Wet Circle||▲Bridgestone Blizzak LM005: 12.59 s||▼Fulda Kristall Control HP2: 13.20 s|
|Straight Aqua||▲Hankook Winter i cept RS2: 84.5 Km/H||▼Laufenn I Fit Plus: 72.4 Km/H|
|Curved Aquaplaning||▲Continental WinterContact TS 870: 3.38 m/sec2||▼Laufenn I Fit Plus: 2.32 m/sec2|
|Snow Braking||▲Dunlop Winter Sport 5: 27.3 M||▼Vredestein Wintrac: 30.3 M|
|Snow Traction||▲Bridgestone Blizzak LM005: 2899 N||▼Falken Eurowinter HS01: 2598 N|
|Snow Handling||▲Hankook Winter i cept RS2: 57.9 Km/H||▼Fulda Kristall Control HP2: 54.5 Km/H|
|Noise||▲Nexen Winguard Snow G3: 69.7 dB||▼Uniroyal MS Plus 77: 73.7 dB|
|Wear||▲Continental WinterContact TS 870: 45400 Km||▼Nexen Winguard Snow G3: 28500 Km|
|Value||▲Barum Polaris 5: 06.89 Price/1000||▼Dunlop Winter Sport 5: 11.56 Price/1000|
|Price||▲Nexen Winguard Snow G3: 255||▼Michelin Alpin 6: 385|
|Rolling Resistance||▲Barum Polaris 5: 7.21 kg / t||▼Yokohama BluEarth Winter V906: 9.51 kg / t|
Additionally Auto Bild have included the usual reference summer tire, but also a budget winter tire. It wasn't clear from the article how this tire was chosen, but I imagine it was one of the worst tires from the fifty tire braking test intended to highlight just how bad cheap tires can be. The results confirm the theory, with the cheap winter tire performing well below average in nearly all tests.
The results, as always, were close at the top, with the new Continental WinterContact TS870 narrowly beating the Michelin Alpin 6. The new German tire had a very consistent test, performing well in nearly all categories, and having the best wear on test!
In joint third are the Kleber Krisalp HP3 and Vredestein Wintrac. Both these tires performed extremely well considering their "mid range" price point, and they beat the premium tires from Bridgestone, Hankook and Goodyear.
Auto Bild are one of the few publications able to do wear tests. Rather than very expensive real world wear, the wear test for this was done on a drum. As always, it highlights certain running theme in tests, Continental are up there with Michelin in wear, and Bridgestone make excellent tires with outstanding grip in the wet, especially wet braking, but it comes at the expense of treadlife.
A summer tire will nearly always beat a winter tire in the dry, whatever the temperature, however in this test the summer tire had an impressively big advantage in the dry, stopping the car over seven meters before the best winter tire from just 100km/h (62mph.)
The Vredestein Wintrac was the best winter tire in the dry braking test, and placed fifth in dry handling maing it an impressive performance for the new Dutch tire.
The budget winter tire actually performed ok in the dry tests, finishing midpack, where as the Fulda, BFGoodrich and Firestone tires struggled.
In the wet, the winter tires performed better against the reference summer tire, with six winter patterns beating the summer tire in wet braking.
The Bridgestone Blizzak LM005 continued its run of impressive wet braking results, stopping the test vehicle two meters ahead of the second placed Hankook, with the new Firestone WinterHawk 4 also performing well.
The budget winter tire really highlighted how poor value cheap winter tires can be, taking 14 meters longer to stop the car than the Bridgestone!
The summer tire reclaimed its lead in wet handling, narrowly beating the Hankook, Bridgestone and Vredestein winter tires.
On average across the three snow tests, the BF Goodrich, Bridgestone, Continental and Hankook all has consistent results.
Snow braking had the Dunlop narrowly beating the Goodyear and Continental tires. The cheap budget tire continued to perform poorly.
Snow traction moved Bridgestone and Michelin to the top two places, with Continental remaining third.
Hankook led BFGoodrich is the important snow handling test, with the Laufenn I Fit+ (a Hankook sub brand) also performing well.
Nexen, Hankook, Bridgestone and Vredestein were the only tires to beat the summer tire in the external noise test.
Barum and Nokian had a small lead over the rest of the tires on test when it came to fuel use, and five of the winter tires had a lower rolling resistance than the reference summer tire.
The wear test once again highlighted just how far Continental have come in tread life compared to their tires five years ago by dominating the test and having a predicted 5,300km advantage over the second placed Michelin Alpin 6.
The two best wearing tires on test were also the most expensive to buy.
When comparing mileage against purchase price, the Barum Polaris 5 offered the lowest price per 1000/km, but even with the high purchase price, the Continental WinterContact TS870 was still the fifth best valuet yre overall.
New winter tire with convincing characteristics in any weather. short braking distances, precise steering, good aquaplaning resistance, lowest wear on test.
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2nd: Michelin Alpin 6
Premium winter tires with balanced potential, good winter characteristics, convincing handling, low wear.
Slight understeer in the wet.
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3rd: Kleber Krisalp HP3
Well priced tires with good winter performance, dynamic snow handling, good aquaplaning properties, low noise and good comfort.
Slight understeer in the wet.
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3rd: Vredestein Wintrac
Convincing all rounder with dynamic driving on dry and wet roads, good steering, low rolling resistance.
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The winter king with the best driving performance on snow, good aquaplaning resistance, short wet braking, low noise.
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Top performance in snow and wet conditions, very good aquaplaning resistance, short wet braking distances, well priced.
Understeer in the dry.
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Convincing driving in the snow and on wet roads with stable handling, good comfort, good price to performance ratio.
Understeer in the dry.
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Convincing driving in the snow and on wet roads with short braking, good comfort.
Slow steering, average wear.
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Short snow braking, dynamic dry handling, low noise, low wear.
Average snow performance, long dry braking.
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10th: Firestone Winterhawk 4
Very good winter characteristics, short snow and wet braking, low wear, well priced.
Understeer in the dry with long dry braking.
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Good grip on ice and snow, stable wet handling, good aquaplaning resistance.
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12th: Falken Eurowinter HS01
Balanced grip in the wet and dry, good mileage, safe aquaplaning.
Limited winter ability, slow steering and long braking distances in the wet.
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12th: Uniroyal MS+ 77
Stable wet and dry handling, good aquaplaning resistance, low wear.
Moderate winter abilities with high levels of understeer, long wet braking.
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Short braking and good handling in the dry, good comfort, well priced.
Understeer in the snow, long wet braking, average wear.
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15th: Barum Polaris 5
Good winter grip, low wear, low rolling resistance.
Low aquaplaning resistance, long wet and dry braking.
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Good traction and short braking in the snow, very low wear, low price.
Understeer and long wet and dry braking.
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17th: Sava Eskimo HP2
Good traction and short braking distances in the snow, low wear, low price.
Moderate wet grip, understeer wet handling, long wet and dry braking.
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18th: Nokian WR Snowproof
Balance grip in the dry, low wear, low rolling resistance.
Limited grip in the wet and on snow, average aquaplaning resistance.
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19th: Nexen Winguard Snow G3
Short snow braking, good comfort, low price.
Understeer in all conditions, high wear, low aquaplaning resistance, high rolling resistance.
20th: Laufenn I Fit+
Good winter grip, god dry handling, low price.
Very low aquaplaning resistance, poor wet grip, high wear.