Summer, All Season, All Weather, Winter, Nordic Winter and Studded Tires Tested

Dry BrakingNokian Hakka Blue 2: 25.62 MNokian Hakkapeliitta 9: 33.21 M
Dry HandlingNokian Hakka Blue 2: 51.4 sNokian Hakkapeliitta 9: 54.37 s
Wet BrakingNokian Hakka Blue 2: 27.07 MNokian Hakkapeliitta R3: 38.95 M
Wet HandlingNokian Hakka Blue 2: 37.8 sNokian Hakkapeliitta 9: 42 s
Snow BrakingNokian Hakkapeliitta 9: 32.83 MNokian Hakka Blue 2: 98.62 M
Snow HandlingNokian Hakkapeliitta R3: 092.2 sNokian Hakka Blue 2: 202.6 s
Ice BrakingNokian Hakkapeliitta 9: 24.23 MNokian zLine AS: 57.9 M
Winter tire buying can be a confusing challenge, as there are now six types of tire you can realistically fit to your car. But which is best? To find out, I test summer, all season, all weather, winter, extreme winter and studded tires in dry, wet, snow and ice testing, covering handling, braking and grip.

To find out which is best for your own situation, watch the video for the full details, and the data can be found further down the page.






Note: There's no "winner" in this test, the final order below is simply to keep them in the summer tire to studded tire order as presented in the video. You need to decide which type of tire is best for you, based on your own driving patterns.

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1st: Nokian Hakka Blue 2

Nokian Hakka Blue 2
  • 205/55 R16
Dry Braking1st100%
Dry Handling1st100%
Wet Braking1st100%
Wet Handling1st100%
Snow Braking6th+65.79 M33.29%
Snow Handling6th+110.4 s45.51%
Ice Braking6th-24.23 M0%
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2nd: Nokian zLine AS

Nokian zLine AS
  • 205/55 R16
Dry Braking2nd+3.57 M87.77%
Dry Handling2nd+0.17 s99.67%
Wet Braking4th+6.9 M79.69%
Wet Handling4th+1.5 s96.18%
Snow Braking5th+27.41 M54.5%
Snow Handling5th+35.9 s71.98%
Ice Braking5th+33.67 M41.85%
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3rd: Nokian WeatherProof

Nokian WeatherProof
  • 205/55 R16
Dry Braking4th+4.6 M84.78%
Dry Handling4th+1.4 s97.35%
Wet Braking3rd+4.85 M84.81%
Wet Handling2nd+0.8 s97.93%
Snow Braking3rd+2.36 M93.29%
Snow Handling4th+4.6 s95.25%
Ice Braking4th+24.22 M50.01%
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4th: Nokian WR Snowproof

Nokian WR Snowproof
  • 205/55 R16
Dry Braking3rd+4.12 M86.15%
Dry Handling3rd+0.43 s99.17%
Wet Braking2nd+3.89 M87.44%
Wet Handling3rd+1.1 s97.17%
Snow Braking4th+2.4 M93.19%
Snow Handling3rd+2.2 s97.67%
Ice Braking3rd+19.02 M56.02%
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5th: Nokian Hakkapeliitta R3

Nokian Hakkapeliitta R3
  • 205/55 R16
Dry Braking5th+5.96 M81.13%
Dry Handling5th+2.57 s95.24%
Wet Braking6th+11.88 M69.5%
Wet Handling5th+4.1 s90.21%
Snow Braking2nd+1.04 M96.93%
Snow Handling1st100%
Ice Braking2nd+2.55 M90.48%
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6th: Nokian Hakkapeliitta 9

Nokian Hakkapeliitta 9
  • 205/55 R16
Dry Braking6th+7.59 M77.15%
Dry Handling6th+2.97 s94.54%
Wet Braking5th+11.11 M70.9%
Wet Handling6th+4.2 s90%
Snow Braking1st100%
Snow Handling2nd+0.7 s99.25%
Ice Braking1st100%
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