The 2022 Auto Bild Sports Car UHP Winter Tire Test has tested nine popular performance winter tires in the large 245/40 R19 size using a Cupra Formenta.
|Dry Braking||▲Minerva IcePlus S210: 42.4 M||▼Maxxis Premitra Snow WP6: 44.5 M|
|Dry Handling||▲Michelin Pilot Alpin 5: 107.1 Km/H||▼Maxxis Premitra Snow WP6: 105.1 Km/H|
|Wet Braking||▲Bridgestone Blizzak LM005: 44.4 M||▼Minerva IcePlus S210: 57.1 M|
|Wet Handling||▲Vredestein Wintrac Pro: 86.9 Km/H||▼Minerva IcePlus S210: 79.1 Km/H|
|Wet Circle||▲Vredestein Wintrac Pro: 15.45 s||▼Minerva IcePlus S210: 16.84 s|
|Straight Aqua||▲Falken Eurowinter HS01: 84.9 Km/H||▼Minerva IcePlus S210: 75.4 Km/H|
|Curved Aquaplaning||▲Hankook Winter i cept evo3: 3.36 m/sec2||▼Minerva IcePlus S210: 2.51 m/sec2|
|Snow Braking||▲Michelin Pilot Alpin 5: 24.4 M||▼Minerva IcePlus S210: 32.4 M|
|Snow Traction||▲Michelin Pilot Alpin 5: 2915 N||▼Minerva IcePlus S210: 2118 N|
|Snow Handling||▲Michelin Pilot Alpin 5: 48.9 Km/H||▼Minerva IcePlus S210: 42.2 Km/H|
|Snow Slalom||▲Michelin Pilot Alpin 5: 4.23 m/sec2||▼Minerva IcePlus S210: 3.21 m/sec2|
|Noise||▲Cooper Discoverer Winter: 72.0 dB||▼Vredestein Wintrac Pro: 74.5 dB|
|Price||▲Minerva IcePlus S210: 400||▼Michelin Pilot Alpin 5: 1090|
|Rolling Resistance||▲Continental WinterContact TS 870 P: 7.31 kg / t||▼Falken Eurowinter HS01: 9.33 kg / t|
As usual, the reference summer tire was the best in the dry, however it seems that in these larger tire sizes the summer tire has a bigger than usual lead, stopping the car nearly 5 meters shorter than the best winter tire, which was budget Minerva IcePlus S210. There was a 2.1 meter spread between the best and the worst winter tire.
The summer tire kept the advantage during the dry handling test, with the Michelin Pilot Alpin 5 being the best of the winter tires.
The summer tires advantage remained during the wet braking test, leading the Bridgestone Blizzak LM005 by 3.1 meters.
Wet handing was led by the Vredestein Wintrac Pro, which is a tire which usually does well during the wet handling tests.
Aquaplaning was again led by the summer tire.
Naturally the summer tire had no ability in any of the snow tests. The Michelin Pilot Alpin 5 led the way in snow braking, closely followed by the Bridgestone Blizzak LM005.
The snow traction testing was also led by Michelin.
Rounding out the "best in snow" performance, the Pilot Alpin 5 was also the fastest around snow handling.
The Cooper Discoverer Winter had the lowest external noise on test.
The Continental WinterContact TS870P had the lowest rolling resistance.
As we've come to expect, the Michelin and Continental were the most expensive tires on test.
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1st: Bridgestone Blizzak LM005
Exemplary premium tires with very good snow qualities, high steering precision, dynamic wet and dry handling, short snow and wet braking distances, good levels of comfort, fuel-saving rolling resistance.
Exemplary / Test Winner.
1st: Hankook Winter i cept evo3
Convincing all-round talent with balanced performance potential, precise steering behavior, short snow and wet braking distances, dynamic handling properties in all weather conditions, fair price.
Exemplary / Test Winner.
3rd: Continental WinterContact TS 870 P
Premium tires with stable driving quality in all weather conditions, very good winter properties with short braking distances and sporty, dynamic handling, quiet road noise, fuel-saving rolling resistance.
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4th: Michelin Pilot Alpin 5
The snow king with the best driving performance on ice and snow, precise steering behavior and dynamic driving characteristics on dry slopes, low noise.
Expensive, slightly longer wet braking distance.
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5th: Falken Eurowinter HS01
Convincingly good winter qualities, short braking distances in any weather, safe aquaplaning properties, stable dry handling, low noise, low price.
Slight understeer on wet roads, very high rolling resistance.
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6th: Vredestein Wintrac Pro
High traction and short braking distances on ice and snow, sporty, dynamic handling and precise steering behavior on wet roads, safe dry handling, fair price.
Understeering handling on snow, high rolling resistance.
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7th: Cooper Discoverer Winter
Winter tire with good driving characteristics on firm snow cover, low pass-by noise, good comfort.
Longer wet and dry braking distances, moderate grip and understeering handling on dry roads, increased rolling resistance.
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8th: Maxxis Premitra Snow WP6
Short snow braking distances, good aquaplaning properties, low price.
Only satisfactory handling qualities on snowy and dry roads, slightly longer wet and dry braking distances, high rolling resistance.
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9th: Minerva IcePlus S210
Cheap tire with stable handling on dry roads and low noise.
Significantly limited driving characteristics on snow and wet slopes, dangerously extended snow and wet braking distances, poor steering response, low aquaplaning reserves.