Dunlop Winter Response 2

The Dunlop Winter Response 2 is a Premium Touring Winter tire designed to be fitted to Passenger Cars.

Dry Grip 86%
Wet Grip 90%
Road Feedback 92%
Handling 82%
Wear 87%
Comfort 93%
Buy again 97%
Snow Grip 100%
Ice Grip 100%

Tire review data from 10 tire reviews averaging 92% over 74,000 miles driven.

The Winter Response 2 is ranked 2nd of 62 Winter Premium Touring tires.


Latest Tire Test Results

2022 ADAC Winter Tire Test - 185/65 R15 - 12th of 15 tires

  • Positive - Good on wet roads, ice and snow (top mark), low fuel consumption.
  • Negative - Significant weaknesses on dry roads (devaluation.)
  • Overall - In the current test, the DUNLOP Winter Response 2 cannot match the result of the previous year (195/65 R15). In the dry, it does not show the usual/expected performance and is downgraded to sufficient in the overall rating due to the only moderate driving characteristics. Even if the Dunlop convinces in the other criteria such as in the wet, in the snow or in terms of wear and tear, it still only receives the rating "conditionally recommended" due to its dry properties.
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2021 ADAC 15 Inch Winter Tire Test - 1st of 16 tires

  • Positive - Very balanced, good on all surfaces, especially good on dry roads, low fuel consumption.
  • Negative - None mentioned.
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2019 ADAC 185/65 R15 Winter Tire Test - 1st of 16 tires

  • Positive - Great results in the snow, Low fuel consumption, Very good results on wet pavement, Good results on dry pavement
  • Negative - None mentioned
  • Overall - Test Winner
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2022 Tire Tests

  • 12th: 2022 ADAC Winter Tire Test - 185/65 R15 (185/65 R15)
  • 2021 Tire Tests

  • 1st: 2021 ADAC 15 Inch Winter Tire Test (195/65 R15)
  • 2019 Tire Tests

  • 1st: 2019 ADAC 185/65 R15 Winter Tire Test (185/65 R15)
  • 2018 Tire Tests

  • 2nd: 2018 ADAC Winter Tire Test - 175/65 R14 (175/65 R14)
  • 6th: 2018 ACE All Season and Winter Tire Test (185/65 R15)
  • 2017 Tire Tests

  • 4th: 2017 ADAC Winter Tire Test - 195/65 R15 (195/65 R15)
  • 2016 Tire Tests

  • 9th: 2016 ADAC Winter Tire Test - 185/65 R15 (185/65 R15)
  • 2015 Tire Tests

  • 1st: 2015 Winter Tire Market Overview (185/60 R14)
  • 3rd: 2015 ADAC Winter Tire Test - 165/70 R14 (165/70 R14)
  • 4th: 2015 Auto Bild Top 18 Winter Tire Test (185/60 R15)
  • 2014 Tire Tests

  • 2nd: 2014 ADAC Winter Tire Test - 175/65 R14 (175/65 R14)
  • 2013 Tire Tests

  • 2nd: 2013 ACE Winter Tire Test (185/60 R15)
  • 2nd: 2013 ADAC Winter Tire Test - 185/60 R15 (185/60 R15)
  • 7th: 2013 Auto Zeitung Winter Tire Test (195/65 R15)
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    Questions and Answers for the Dunlop Winter Response 2

    2019-10-02 - Can you pleas help me with dilemma I have regarding purchase of premium winter tires. I can not decide between Dunlop Winter Response 2 and Hankook Winter i cept RS2? Price difference is 50e per set of 4.(Dunlop being more expensive) Is it worth extra money? I live in Balkans and winters here can be from mild to extremely harsh in some months (snow ,ice, full pack)!

    I believe the Dunlops to be worth the extra money, they won the ADAC test this year.

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    Top 3 Dunlop Winter Response 2 Reviews

    Given 84% while driving a Opel Astra G (185/65 R15 T) on mostly town for 2,000 average miles
    I wanted a winter tire with good snow properties and low rolling resistance. It's hard to find something which matches your expectations, but fortunately that's what I got.
    I bought them because I wanted Dunlop tires for the car's OEM Dunlop steel rims, and the tread design looked strange for me, so I wanted to give them a shot despite the controversial test results (good in 185/60, bad in 195/65, so buying 185/65 was nothing but a gamble).
    The test results said that wet grip is where you might be let down, but I think my set is good enough in rainy conditions. Dry grip is good as well, but I believe these properties could have been a bit better. That said, the dry and wet grip levels are still much higher than what I would call unsafe.
    However when it comes to snow and ice, the Winter Response 2 starts to shine like a diamond. When the white stuff came, I had to act like a yobbo to get them misbehave.
    The rolling resistance seems to be worse than the 195/60 Goodyear EfficientGrip Performance (my summer set, read my review of them), but only a tiny bit. But at least I got more road feedback, which is good when the conditions are tricky. Yes, the ride is a bit harsher as well, but it's a price I can live with.
    One other thing: these tires are very sensitive to tire pressure. According to my experience in this size 5°C change in ambient tmeperature means 0.1 bar change in tire pressure, so if you set your tires to 2.5 bars in 0°C to get the best out of them in snow, it becomes 2.7 bars in 10°C. Combine the pressure increase with the out-of-comfort-zone temps, and you will get a car with much less traction. This might happen with other winter tires as well, so I don't really blame my Dunlops, but more experiments are needed to be more accurate on this.
    Overall, I have to say these are not the best all-rounder winter tires out there, but if you want excellent snow and ice performance, it's a very good choice. For continental Europe I believe the Goodyear UltraGrip 9 or the Nokian WR D4 should be better because of their better all-round performance, but if you can get the Winter Response 2 for a good price, you shouldn't be disappointed.
    Helpful 43 - tire reviewed on April 5, 2015
    Given 97% while driving a Mercedes Benz A140 (225/45 R17) on mostly motorways for 2,000 average miles
    Bought these tires especially for their wet grip performance, which according to several tests is about as good as the grip of Continental ts850 or Goodyear Ultragrip9. Snow performance also seems to be great but the Dutch winters are pretty mild so we hardly get any snow.

    Driving in wet conditions I have to conclude these tires are outstanding; very good grip and they feel very 'planted'. Compared to winter response 1 which I had before I feel the wet grip is better. Compared to my summer tires (michelin energy saver +) these tires offer (much) better grip in the rain/ on wet roads and for sure when there would be any snow or ice the winter tires would offer much much better grip. When the temperature goes down I will anyway benefit from the Dunlop winter tires, whether we get snow or not.

    On the dry these tires perform about the same as the summer tires, with less understeer. On the wet they offer better grip and the handling is truly excellent. The rolling resistance is low and so far I don't notice any difference in fuel economy with my summer tires, which is great. Very much recommended!

    Helpful 15 - tire reviewed on November 23, 2017
    Given 94% while driving a Volkswagen Golf Mk5 1.9 TDI (195/65 R15) on a combination of roads for 500 average miles
    Great tires.
    Helpful 12 - tire reviewed on October 27, 2018
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    Latest Dunlop Winter Response 2 Reviews

    Given 100% while driving a Volkswagen Touran 2.0 TDI 170HP DSG (195/65 R16) on a combination of roads for 5,000 average miles
    One of the best tires for winter conditions. When I drove in snow I had felling like I drive on dry surface. Highly recommended. I will by again for sure.
    Helpful 10 - tire reviewed on October 17, 2021
    Given 69% while driving a Citroën c2 (175/65 R14 T) on mostly town for 12,000 average miles
    Winter tire which is very good on the snow but also have a pretty decent behavior in the the dry and in the wet, especially for a winter tire.

    Seems to wear a little too fast for me.

    Best value for money on winter tire.

    Helpful 9 - tire reviewed on November 8, 2018
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    Given 88% while driving a Opel vectra c (195/65 R15) on track for 15,000 average miles
    Very good at snow. Didn t slip at all. I would buy it again
    Helpful 8 - tire reviewed on May 8, 2017
    Given 98% while driving a Renault Clio 1.4 16v (185/55 R15 T) on mostly country roads for 3,500 easy going miles
    I bought two of these in October 2015 for my Clio. In the dry below 7 degrees these tires are grippy but also allow good progress for when you want to get moving :) In addition to this, dry braking is not an issue as I have done a few emergency stops in the dry and wet and have had enough room spare when I came to a halt. There is a bit of roll in the corners above 50mph but if driven sensibly you wouldn`t notice it.

    In the wet, these tires are the best for 185 55 R15, I have driven in heavy rain at -1 at 4am for work and I did not experience any aquaplaning or loss of control on the motorway doing 70. My dad also had a drive in my car (legally of course) and he said how much better the car handles compared to his Mondeo with Nexen summer tires on them. This pretty much says everything, as my dad didn`t believe winter tires were any good- Since he has bought 4 winters for his car.

    In snow, these tires are brilliant for FWD as there are plenty of sipes for the snow but also how the tread is angled in the middle to 45 degrees to help with snow clearance.

    Wear- I have only driven 3500 miles on them and they are down to 7mm but I am happy with this as I have summer tires (conti premium 5) so these tires will last a few years until they get to 4mm then I`ll change them. They also have a winter marker in the tread so you know to replace them at 4mm since traction wears off significantly after this.

    Noise wise, they are silent at 66 Decibels I couldn`t find a tire any quieter with the fuel economy and wet grip ratings.

    The EU tire label for this size is Fuel- C Wet grip B noise 66 decibels.

    The comfort is excellent being a winter the compound is softer so pot holes are dealt with nicely. Compared to the Dunlop winter response 1 that were on the front the response 2 wipe the floor with the previous make in every aspect, noise wet grip, dry grip fuel economy especially.

    Fuel wise, I used to get around 33mpg for my 7 mile commute to work now when the tires were on I get 40mpg!

    So at £80 a corner fully fitted and balanced I feel these tires are good value for money, just remember to get one for a spare if you have the space!
    Helpful 7 - tire reviewed on March 17, 2017
    Given 91% while driving a Renault Megane (175/65 R14 T) on a combination of roads for 29,000 average miles
    Very good tires in condition middle Europe winter.Excellent grip in snow and wet,silence in the car,fuel consumption the same like Falken Sincera 832.After 46000 km still 4 mm left,but no more for snow available...Very good tires from Dunlop,highly recommend.Good value for money.
    Helpful 11 - tire reviewed on February 7, 2017
    Given 90% while driving a Kia Motors (185/65 R14 T) on a combination of roads for 5,000 average miles
    After having some mid range winter tires with only decent characteristics, I decided to try a set of premium tires in this size group. I must say that, they are definetely worth the higher price, due to their performance in every aspect.

    Although tires with only 185 width are generally on the quiet side, first thing I noticed is how quiet they run, even on motorways. Grip in dry and wet is great and pretty similar, but in bad conditions like snow and ice you really start to appreciate the excellent performance. They are very predictable in all conditions due to great progressiveness and excellent road feedback, so there are never any sudden suprises.

    After around 5000 miles of mostly average driving and sometimes some spirited driving, there is almost no sign of wear. I would recommend these tires and would buy again.
    Helpful 6 - tire reviewed on October 4, 2015