2023 Auto Bild SUV Winter Tire Test
The 2023 AutoBild Allrad tire test, conducted using a BMW X3, displayed various tires' performance in numerous categories. Auto Bild tested the popular 225/60 R18 SUV / CUV crossover size and also included a summer tire as reference.
Dry
In dry conditions, the Falken EUROWINTER HS02 Pro and Michelin Pilot Alpin 5 SUV were top performers in braking and handling respectively.
Wet
For wet conditions, Pirelli's Scorpion Winter 2 excelled in braking while Goodyear's UltraGrip Performance Plus SUV showed superior handling. Bridgestone's Blizzak LM005 dominated in wet circle, straight aqua, and curved aquaplaning tests.
Snow
In snowy conditions, Hankook, Michelin, and Firestone had notable performances in braking, traction, and handling respectively.
Comfort
Michelin's tire also showcased the lowest noise levels.
Value
The Continental's WinterContact TS 870 P demonstrated lowest rolling resistance, albeit at a higher price point.
Results
The overall results highlight the Continental WinterContact TS 870 P and Michelin Pilot Alpin 5 SUV as the top performers. The Continental demonstrated a commendable balance of performance across various tests, ensuring a high level of safety and handling in different weather conditions, and the Michelin proved to be a specialist in snow with excellent handling in all weathers and a pleasantly quiet rolling comfort, despite its high rolling resistance. Following closely were the Goodyear UltraGrip Performance+ SUV and Pirelli Scorpion Winter 2, both praised for their handling qualities across different conditions. Goodyear showcased exemplary wet handling, while Pirelli was lauded for its consistently high performance level and precise handling, especially in snow and wet conditions

 225/60 R18 104V
 EU Label: B/B/71
 3PMSF: yes
 Price: 865.00
 Test  #  Result  Best  Difference  % 

Dry Braking  8th  41.8 M  40.9 M  +0.9 M  97.85%  Dry Handling  2nd  94.3 Km/H  94.6 Km/H  0.3 Km/H  99.68%  Wet Braking  5th  44.5 M  41.1 M  +3.4 M  92.36%  Wet Handling  4th  83.1 Km/H  84.3 Km/H  1.2 Km/H  98.58%  Wet Circle  9th  16.2 s  15.89 s  +0.31 s  98.09%  Straight Aqua  7th  84.9 Km/H  90.6 Km/H  5.7 Km/H  93.71%  Curved Aquaplaning  5th  4.2 m/sec2  4.71 m/sec2  0.51 m/sec2  89.17%  Snow Braking  4th  22.4 M  21.9 M  +0.5 M  97.77%  Snow Traction  5th  3188 N  3327 N  139 N  95.82%  Snow Handling  4th  55.5 Km/H  57.9 Km/H  2.4 Km/H  95.85%  Snow Slalom  4th  4.82 m/sec2  4.99 m/sec2  0.17 m/sec2  96.59%  Noise  9th  74.1 dB  71.9 dB  +2.2 dB  97.03%  Price  10th  865  350  +515  40.46%  Rolling Resistance  1st  6.37 kg / t    100% 
Stable driving characteristics in all weather conditions, good snow performance, dynamic dry handling, and fuelefficient rolling resistance. High price level. Read Reviews Buy from £205.95 

 225/60 R18 104H
 EU Label: C/B/68
 3PMSF: yes
 Price: 780.00
 Test  #  Result  Best  Difference  % 

Dry Braking  4th  41.5 M  40.9 M  +0.6 M  98.55%  Dry Handling  1st  94.6 Km/H    100%  Wet Braking  7th  44.9 M  41.1 M  +3.8 M  91.54%  Wet Handling  2nd  83.6 Km/H  84.3 Km/H  0.7 Km/H  99.17%  Wet Circle  4th  16.11 s  15.89 s  +0.22 s  98.63%  Straight Aqua  3rd  87.3 Km/H  90.6 Km/H  3.3 Km/H  96.36%  Curved Aquaplaning  7th  4.02 m/sec2  4.71 m/sec2  0.69 m/sec2  85.35%  Snow Braking  3rd  22.3 M  21.9 M  +0.4 M  98.21%  Snow Traction  1st  3327 N    100%  Snow Handling  3rd  56.1 Km/H  57.9 Km/H  1.8 Km/H  96.89%  Snow Slalom  2nd  4.9 m/sec2  4.99 m/sec2  0.09 m/sec2  98.2%  Noise  1st  71.9 dB    100%  Price  7th  780  350  +430  44.87%  Rolling Resistance  10th  8.39 kg / t  6.37 kg / t  +2.02 kg / t  75.92% 
Specialist in snow with excellent handling qualities in all weathers, precise steering response with good feedback, and pleasantly quiet rolling comfort. High rolling resistance. Read Reviews 

 225/60 R18 104V
 EU Label: C/C/71
 3PMSF: yes
 Price: 785.00
 Test  #  Result  Best  Difference  % 

Dry Braking  2nd  41.3 M  40.9 M  +0.4 M  99.03%  Dry Handling  8th  93.6 Km/H  94.6 Km/H  1 Km/H  98.94%  Wet Braking  6th  44.6 M  41.1 M  +3.5 M  92.15%  Wet Handling  1st  84.3 Km/H    100%  Wet Circle  2nd  15.95 s  15.89 s  +0.06 s  99.62%  Straight Aqua  5th  85.4 Km/H  90.6 Km/H  5.2 Km/H  94.26%  Curved Aquaplaning  4th  4.35 m/sec2  4.71 m/sec2  0.36 m/sec2  92.36%  Snow Braking  4th  22.4 M  21.9 M  +0.5 M  97.77%  Snow Traction  8th  3136 N  3327 N  191 N  94.26%  Snow Handling  4th  55.5 Km/H  57.9 Km/H  2.4 Km/H  95.85%  Snow Slalom  5th  4.81 m/sec2  4.99 m/sec2  0.18 m/sec2  96.39%  Noise  4th  73 dB  71.9 dB  +1.1 dB  98.49%  Price  8th  785  350  +435  44.59%  Rolling Resistance  3rd  7.43 kg / t  6.37 kg / t  +1.06 kg / t  85.73% 
Versatile with exemplary wet handling qualities, good safety margins against aquaplaning, short braking distances on snow, and in dry conditions. Increased price level. Read Reviews 

 225/60 R18 104H
 EU Label: C/A/71
 3PMSF: yes
 Price: 800.00
 Test  #  Result  Best  Difference  % 

Dry Braking  3rd  41.4 M  40.9 M  +0.5 M  98.79%  Dry Handling  4th  93.9 Km/H  94.6 Km/H  0.7 Km/H  99.26%  Wet Braking  1st  41.1 M    100%  Wet Handling  6th  82.9 Km/H  84.3 Km/H  1.4 Km/H  98.34%  Wet Circle  4th  16.11 s  15.89 s  +0.22 s  98.63%  Straight Aqua  6th  85.1 Km/H  90.6 Km/H  5.5 Km/H  93.93%  Curved Aquaplaning  8th  3.73 m/sec2  4.71 m/sec2  0.98 m/sec2  79.19%  Snow Braking  4th  22.4 M  21.9 M  +0.5 M  97.77%  Snow Traction  7th  3154 N  3327 N  173 N  94.8%  Snow Handling  6th  55.4 Km/H  57.9 Km/H  2.5 Km/H  95.68%  Snow Slalom  7th  4.76 m/sec2  4.99 m/sec2  0.23 m/sec2  95.39%  Noise  5th  73.1 dB  71.9 dB  +1.2 dB  98.36%  Price  9th  800  350  +450  43.75%  Rolling Resistance  5th  7.63 kg / t  6.37 kg / t  +1.26 kg / t  83.49% 
Winter professional with a consistently high performance level, precise handling, short braking distances in snow and wet conditions, and good rolling comfort. Moderate reserves in curve aquaplaning. Read Reviews 

 225/60 R18 104V
 EU Label: C/B/72
 3PMSF: yes
 Price: 670.00
 Test  #  Result  Best  Difference  % 

Dry Braking  5th  41.6 M  40.9 M  +0.7 M  98.32%  Dry Handling  4th  93.9 Km/H  94.6 Km/H  0.7 Km/H  99.26%  Wet Braking  4th  43.6 M  41.1 M  +2.5 M  94.27%  Wet Handling  5th  83 Km/H  84.3 Km/H  1.3 Km/H  98.46%  Wet Circle  3rd  16.07 s  15.89 s  +0.18 s  98.88%  Straight Aqua  8th  84.7 Km/H  90.6 Km/H  5.9 Km/H  93.49%  Curved Aquaplaning  6th  4.12 m/sec2  4.71 m/sec2  0.59 m/sec2  87.47%  Snow Braking  7th  22.5 M  21.9 M  +0.6 M  97.33%  Snow Traction  4th  3200 N  3327 N  127 N  96.18%  Snow Handling  8th  54.7 Km/H  57.9 Km/H  3.2 Km/H  94.47%  Snow Slalom  6th  4.8 m/sec2  4.99 m/sec2  0.19 m/sec2  96.19%  Noise  6th  73.3 dB  71.9 dB  +1.4 dB  98.09%  Price  5th  670  350  +320  52.24%  Rolling Resistance  7th  7.8 kg / t  6.37 kg / t  +1.43 kg / t  81.67% 
Good driving performance in all weather conditions, short snow braking distances, stable lateral grip on wet surfaces, and a moderate price level. Slight understeering tendency on ice and snow. Read Reviews 

 225/60 R18 104V
 EU Label: C/B/72
 3PMSF: yes
 Price: 630.00
 Test  #  Result  Best  Difference  % 

Dry Braking  9th  42.8 M  40.9 M  +1.9 M  95.56%  Dry Handling  9th  93.2 Km/H  94.6 Km/H  1.4 Km/H  98.52%  Wet Braking  2nd  42.9 M  41.1 M  +1.8 M  95.8%  Wet Handling  7th  82.8 Km/H  84.3 Km/H  1.5 Km/H  98.22%  Wet Circle  8th  16.17 s  15.89 s  +0.28 s  98.27%  Straight Aqua  4th  86.7 Km/H  90.6 Km/H  3.9 Km/H  95.7%  Curved Aquaplaning  3rd  4.42 m/sec2  4.71 m/sec2  0.29 m/sec2  93.84%  Snow Braking  1st  21.9 M    100%  Snow Traction  2nd  3275 N  3327 N  52 N  98.44%  Snow Handling  2nd  56.4 Km/H  57.9 Km/H  1.5 Km/H  97.41%  Snow Slalom  3rd  4.84 m/sec2  4.99 m/sec2  0.15 m/sec2  96.99%  Noise  10th  74.6 dB  71.9 dB  +2.7 dB  96.38%  Price  4th  630  350  +280  55.56%  Rolling Resistance  6th  7.66 kg / t  6.37 kg / t  +1.29 kg / t  83.16% 
Balanced premium profile with convincing winter properties, very good aquaplaning qualities, and a good priceperformance ratio. Slightly increased passby noise. Read Reviews 

 225/60 R18 104V
 EU Label: C/B/70
 3PMSF: yes
 Price: 545.00
 Test  #  Result  Best  Difference  % 

Dry Braking  1st  40.9 M    100%  Dry Handling  3rd  94.1 Km/H  94.6 Km/H  0.5 Km/H  99.47%  Wet Braking  9th  45.8 M  41.1 M  +4.7 M  89.74%  Wet Handling  7th  82.8 Km/H  84.3 Km/H  1.5 Km/H  98.22%  Wet Circle  6th  16.14 s  15.89 s  +0.25 s  98.45%  Straight Aqua  9th  79.6 Km/H  90.6 Km/H  11 Km/H  87.86%  Curved Aquaplaning  9th  3.63 m/sec2  4.71 m/sec2  1.08 m/sec2  77.07%  Snow Braking  8th  22.8 M  21.9 M  +0.9 M  96.05%  Snow Traction  6th  3160 N  3327 N  167 N  94.98%  Snow Handling  10th  52.9 Km/H  57.9 Km/H  5 Km/H  91.36%  Snow Slalom  10th  4.43 m/sec2  4.99 m/sec2  0.56 m/sec2  88.78%  Noise  3rd  72.8 dB  71.9 dB  +0.9 dB  98.76%  Price  2nd  545  350  +195  64.22%  Rolling Resistance  8th  7.93 kg / t  6.37 kg / t  +1.56 kg / t  80.33% 
Dynamic driving behavior on dry roads, short braking distances on snow and in dry conditions, and good rolling comfort. Understeering snow handling, limited aquaplaning safety. Read Reviews 

 225/60 R18 104V
 EU Label: B/A/71
 3PMSF: yes
 Price: 745.00
 Test  #  Result  Best  Difference  % 

Dry Braking  6th  41.7 M  40.9 M  +0.8 M  98.08%  Dry Handling  6th  93.8 Km/H  94.6 Km/H  0.8 Km/H  99.15%  Wet Braking  3rd  43.1 M  41.1 M  +2 M  95.36%  Wet Handling  3rd  83.5 Km/H  84.3 Km/H  0.8 Km/H  99.05%  Wet Circle  1st  15.89 s    100%  Straight Aqua  1st  90.6 Km/H    100%  Curved Aquaplaning  1st  4.71 m/sec2    100%  Snow Braking  10th  23.3 M  21.9 M  +1.4 M  93.99%  Snow Traction  10th  3031 N  3327 N  296 N  91.1%  Snow Handling  9th  53.4 Km/H  57.9 Km/H  4.5 Km/H  92.23%  Snow Slalom  8th  4.55 m/sec2  4.99 m/sec2  0.44 m/sec2  91.18%  Noise  7th  73.8 dB  71.9 dB  +1.9 dB  97.43%  Price  6th  745  350  +395  46.98%  Rolling Resistance  2nd  6.98 kg / t  6.37 kg / t  +0.61 kg / t  91.26% 
Stable wet/dry handling, short wet braking distances, excellent aquaplaning qualities. Only satisfactory winter qualities, moderate traction, and understeering behavior on snow. Read Reviews 

 225/60 R18 104V
 EU Label: C/B/71
 3PMSF: yes
 Price: 585.00
 Test  #  Result  Best  Difference  % 

Dry Braking  10th  43.4 M  40.9 M  +2.5 M  94.24%  Dry Handling  10th  92 Km/H  94.6 Km/H  2.6 Km/H  97.25%  Wet Braking  8th  45.2 M  41.1 M  +4.1 M  90.93%  Wet Handling  9th  82.4 Km/H  84.3 Km/H  1.9 Km/H  97.75%  Wet Circle  7th  16.15 s  15.89 s  +0.26 s  98.39%  Straight Aqua  2nd  89 Km/H  90.6 Km/H  1.6 Km/H  98.23%  Curved Aquaplaning  2nd  4.51 m/sec2  4.71 m/sec2  0.2 m/sec2  95.75%  Snow Braking  2nd  22 M  21.9 M  +0.1 M  99.55%  Snow Traction  3rd  3272 N  3327 N  55 N  98.35%  Snow Handling  1st  57.9 Km/H    100%  Snow Slalom  1st  4.99 m/sec2    100%  Noise  2nd  72.7 dB  71.9 dB  +0.8 dB  98.9%  Price  3rd  585  350  +235  59.83%  Rolling Resistance  9th  7.99 kg / t  6.37 kg / t  +1.62 kg / t  79.72% 
Winter specialist with good aquaplaning qualities, low price level. Strongly understeering dry handling, delayed steering response, extended wet and dry braking distances. Read Reviews 

 225/60 R18 104V
 EU Label: C/C/70
 3PMSF: yes
 Price: 350.00
 Test  #  Result  Best  Difference  % 

Dry Braking  6th  41.7 M  40.9 M  +0.8 M  98.08%  Dry Handling  7th  93.7 Km/H  94.6 Km/H  0.9 Km/H  99.05%  Wet Braking  10th  51.6 M  41.1 M  +10.5 M  79.65%  Wet Handling  10th  78.9 Km/H  84.3 Km/H  5.4 Km/H  93.59%  Wet Circle  10th  16.89 s  15.89 s  +1 s  94.08%  Straight Aqua  10th  76.3 Km/H  90.6 Km/H  14.3 Km/H  84.22%  Curved Aquaplaning  10th  3.04 m/sec2  4.71 m/sec2  1.67 m/sec2  64.54%  Snow Braking  9th  23.1 M  21.9 M  +1.2 M  94.81%  Snow Traction  9th  3070 N  3327 N  257 N  92.28%  Snow Handling  7th  55 Km/H  57.9 Km/H  2.9 Km/H  94.99%  Snow Slalom  9th  4.52 m/sec2  4.99 m/sec2  0.47 m/sec2  90.58%  Noise  8th  73.9 dB  71.9 dB  +2 dB  97.29%  Price  1st  350    100%  Rolling Resistance  3rd  7.43 kg / t  6.37 kg / t  +1.06 kg / t  85.73% 
Short braking distances on dry roads, affordable price. Only limited wet suitability, dangerously extended braking distances and mushy handling in wet conditions, and very limited aquaplaning properties. Read Reviews 