Nokian WR D3

The Nokian WR D3 is a High Performance Winter tire designed to be fitted to Passenger Cars.

Tire review data from 42 tire reviews averaging 87% over 360,243 miles driven, and 32 tests with an average result of 6th.

Dry Grip 91%
Wet Grip 88%
Road Feedback 88%
Handling 87%
Wear 85%
Comfort 87%
Buy again 90%
Snow Grip 80%
Ice Grip 87%

First On MarketFebruary 2011
Wheel Size15 - 15"
Width175 - 175mm
Profile65 - 65
Rolling ResistanceC - C
Wet GripC - C
Noise (dB)71 - 71
Winter Rating3PMSF Rated

The WR D3 is ranked 8th of 60 Winter High Performance tires.

This tire has been replaced by the Nokian WR D4.

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Latest Tire Test Results

2015 Auto Express Winter Tire Test
3rd of 8 tires
  • Good on snow, not as good as the best in the wet and dry
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2015 Auto Bild Top 18 Winter Tire Test
10th of 18 tires
  • Finnish all-rounder with a balanced performance. Convincing winter qualities, safe handling and short braking distances on hard-packed snow. Good safety reserves with aquaplaning, good wear.
  • Moderate cornering and extended braking distances on wet roads, only average ride comfort.
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2011 Tire Tests

15 inch
175/65R15 84 TCC71
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Top 3 Nokian WR D3 Reviews

Given 100% while driving a Toyota AYGO (155/65 R14 T) on a combination of roads for 4,000 average miles
Bought 4x Nokian WRD3s from Tire Leader in summer 2014 for approx’ £38 per tire in 155/65/14. Had them fitted locally in Nov’ 2014 ready for winter time.

These winter tires replaced some fairly new Continental Contact Premium 2 as fitted by the vehicle manufacturer.

I’ve had a reasonable amount of experience with Continental tires in the last 10 years and overall I’m not entirely impressed with them. Sure, they get rave reviews from the magazines that test them at Continental’s own proving ground in Germany. But in my experience they wear far too quickly, cost more than they should and in the last 3mm or so of tread life they ride harshly and road noise increases significantly. My Toyota Aygo (a very light car) had covered just 7k miles and the front tires were at 3mm – this was not through aggressive driving, far from it.

Anyway, I have driven on the WR D3’s for around 4k miles now and I have to say I’m very impressed with them. In direct comparison to the Continental tires the following was noticed:

1) Nokian have a more direct turn-in when tackling corners

2) Nokian are quieter on dry roads. On wet roads the noise from the tires seems a little louder as you can literally hear all the sipes gripping the road surface, especially driving over white lines. This is only of note and does not irritate in any way.

3) Nokian’s softer compound offers as slightly more absorbent ride; road imperfections are soaked up more easily.

4) The 8mm wear indicator has just started to disappear from the front tire’s central band after 4,000 miles. So, 1mm wear after that mileage is very impressive, especially given how quickly the Continental tires were wearing out.

Dry Roads: The WR D3’s grip very well and provide a linear turn-in when going around corners. You can throw the car into corners or around roundabouts with the same grip that a quality summer tire would provide.

Wet Roads: I feel they provide more trustworthy grip than the Continental’s did. They cut through standing water at motorway speeds with no affect on the car’s position within its lane; aquaplaning is well suppressed.

Frost: On frost-covered road surfaces the WR D3’s grip very well indeed and inspire confidence.

Snow: Driving on fresh snow the Nokian’s have a fantastic amount of traction off the line. The same can be said when cornering and stopping. On hard-packed snow delicate use of the throttle is needed whilst performing hill starts. This also applies for stopping and cornering. The deepest snow I drove through was 6 inches and this was tackled with ease - this also includes performing hill-starts and stopping on a 1:5 gradient.

Ice: Again, you have to be very cautious when accelerating, braking or cornering. If you want or need absolute grip on ice you need to buy studded tires.

Slush: Travelling on slush due to its unpredictability is the most dangerous of all the above conditions. Happily, I can report that driving at about 50mph on a slush-covered M60 during a blizzard in Jan’ 2015 the Nokian’s were completely surefooted. I overtook several 4x4s on a trip I had to undertake when time was critical. I can only image what they were thinking when the little Aygo blasted past their £50k+ off-roaders’ with their fat tires which dragged them out of their motorway lanes from time to time.

Nokian – winter tires you can trust:

From Nov’ 2014 to Jan’ 2015 my Dad was severely ill and I had to travel a 60-mile round trip most mornings and evenings to see him at his home and, latterly, every single day at a hospice to help look after him.

Throughout this time the weather was mostly cold and snowy, sometimes worse. On numerous occasions before setting off to see him I was chiselling ice / snow off the car and driving in sub-zero conditions early morning and at night.

On Jan’ 17th 2015 I had left the hospice to go home at 4pm having been with my Dad since 7:30am. My 2 year old son had been asking his Mum where his Dad was each day, so I’d decided to come home to bath him and put him to bed. At 6:30pm I received a phone call from my Mum to say that my Dad had died.

I remember leaving home that evening to head to the hospice, again de-icing / removing snow from the car before setting off and travelling on deep, snow-covered roads to get onto the M60. A severe blizzard was already underway and all lanes of the motorway were quickly covered in icy slush about 1 inch deep. I travelled about 20 miles at 40-50mph on the motorway in these conditions to meet other family members at the hospice and to see and say farewell to my Dad in his room.

Why am I telling you this?

I live in the hills on about 2 miles of unadopted roads that the council don’t plough or grit and have been stuck a lot over the years with company cars that had ‘summer’ tires. 4x4 soft roaders get stuck up here regularly, too.

I know for a fact that without these Nokian winter tires I would not have been able to visit my Dad as often as I did in the last 2 months of his life or been able to make that final journey to say ‘goodbye’ to him.

In my book, that makes these Nokian WR D3 tires pretty damn special.


PS I have also reviewed Nokian WR A3 and Goodyear Vector 4 Seasons (both lengthy reviews)

Helpful 106 - tire reviewed on February 21, 2015
Given 94% while driving a Fiat Panda (155/80 R13) on a combination of roads for 2,500 average miles
I replaced my old BF Goodrich tires with nokians and o boy what a difference, these tires are simply awsome in almost every way, best thing i would say is the progresivity i cant stress enough about this, they have very predictable edge of traction on dry, wet, snow or even ice compared to other winter tires i tryied, grip is great on any surface although when its little bit warmer outside you realy feel the soft compound but that is expected from winter tires, only downside is feedback but that is partly because i have size with very high side walls, but all and all its very good tire more focused on safety and snow performance than sporty feeling, and i will definitely buy theese again
Helpful 39 - tire reviewed on March 18, 2019
Given 44% while driving a Nissan Primera (190/60 R15) on mostly country roads for 1,150 spirited miles
The best winter tire I have ever had on the dry tarmac, but that's all. The worst winter tire I have ever had on the wett and snow (I had Michelin Alpin A2, GY UltraGrip 7+, Semperit Speed-Grip 2 before). Slipping on wett, almost no traction on snow, aquaplaining on slushy roads and made in CCCP. I threw away of my car after a week in winter conditions and meanwhile I received Dunlop Winter Response 2, I have to switch to my summer tires GT Radial Champiro HPX, which was better on a snow and slush than this overpraised Nokian. Michelin Semperit and Dunlop were the best on slushy roads, due to two the wide grooves around and wide lateral grooves. GY was also good on slush, but little bit behinde. GY and Dunlop were best on the snow, but Semperit wasn´t far to them.
Helpful 33 - tire reviewed on December 3, 2019
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Latest Nokian WR D3 Reviews

Given 80% while driving a SEAT Toledo (185/60 R15 T) on a combination of roads for 10,000 spirited miles
I was trying to find WR D4s back in 2016, but as I needed the tires quickly, I bought the D3s.
I'm relatively happy with the tires. Almost no wear for 3 winters. This is their fourth season and they grip very well. I had issues with breaking on wet surfaces in the beginning, but never had problems with aquaplaning. I also had issues with higher speeds. The car feels a bit uncomfortable over 160km/h or over 140 in corners(a bit wobbly).
Noise is also a bit higher then I would like.

So, If you are a calm driver, this one is definitely a good choice.
Helpful 31 - tire reviewed on January 8, 2020
Given 90% while driving a Opel Astra G 1.6 (185/65 R15) on a combination of roads for 8,000 spirited miles
The best winter tires I've ever driven. Perfect on snow, even on ice they have the needed grip to push you at the start. I have some concerns over the wet, but again perfect job, as we know - the winter tires are not so good at only wet roads.
Helpful 41 - tire reviewed on July 31, 2018
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Given 80% while driving a Volkswagen 2.0 TDI 4Motion 16V (205/55 R16) on a combination of roads for 18,600 average miles
Rapport qualité prix quasi imbattable, je recommande.
Helpful 33 - tire reviewed on May 15, 2018
Given 63% while driving a BMW 320D (205/55 R16 H) on mostly town for 15,000 average miles
Extremely good on snow. Bad on warm days (10-15C) when braking. Very bad when braking on wet asphalt!! Car just can't stop quick enough - must be careful.
Helpful 37 - tire reviewed on March 3, 2018
Given 89% while driving a (225/45 R17) on a combination of roads for 0 miles
Excellent tire!
Excellent on snow, great on wet and dry roads.
I did not drive in the summer so I do not know how to withstand high temperatures but winter tires do not run in the summer.
Nokian has made an excellent winter tire at a reasonable price.
Helpful 29 - tire reviewed on November 11, 2017
Given 79% while driving a Honda 1.6 I DTEC (195/55 R15) on a combination of roads for 20,000 spirited miles
the best snow tire i ever had.
very good even on wet and dry road, not so far from the "main" of the brand (WRG2) but really much better on the snow:
great traction, brake power and steering control,
optimum feedback.
will buy again!
Helpful 27 - tire reviewed on October 28, 2016
Given 87% while driving a Peugeot 308 1.6 e HDI (225/45 R17) on mostly country roads for 30,000 average miles
Initially purchased for winter 2013 as winter tires are an essential for driving in the north of Scotland. I drive approximately 150 miles a day on a combination of A roads (single and dual) B roads and some city driving. I'm very impressed with the wear on them, after around 30,000 miles they are now just below 2mm and in need to changing.
As a winter tires you would expect them to perform well in all low temperature situations, anything below around 10C these are brilliant. They give good grip in normal wet and dry conditions and perform great in snow and slush.
Where they fall down is when then temperature rises, above 10C they start to lose a little grip, in my car this meant occasional wheel spin and some under steer, if move beyond 20C (quite rare in Scotland I know) they pretty much turn to jelly and become quite a handful. I accept these conditions are not what they are designed to do so I'm not marking them down for that.

Overall great tires, perfect for a range of conditions and ideal for most weather experienced in the UK and come it at a sensible price (
Helpful 25 - tire reviewed on July 20, 2016
Given 93% while driving a (225/45 R17) on for 4,000 miles
wery good on dry and snow, low wear
Helpful 29 - tire reviewed on May 26, 2016
Given 94% while driving a Fiat croma (205/55 R16 H) on a combination of roads for 30,000 spirited miles
By far the best winter tires I ever had
I drove them more than 30000 miles and 10000 miles during summer. Wear is their biggest downfall but in all other things they are amazing.
Highly recommended!
Helpful 29 - tire reviewed on April 22, 2016
Given 86% while driving a Fiat 500L Living Lounge 1.6 jtdm 105hp (205/55 R16 H) on a combination of roads for 10,000 average miles
Excellent winter tires on dry, wet and particularly on snow.
I've used them both on my old alfa romeo Giulietta and now on my Fiat 500L Living 1.6 jtdm 105hp.
I think I'll buy Nokian again
Helpful 31 - tire reviewed on February 23, 2016
Given 100% while driving a Suzuki Swift 1.3l 2007 (195/65 R15) on a combination of roads for 6,700 average miles
as a winter tire that wont cost you an arm or a leg and still can get you where you want .. this is a quiet soft comfortable tire , even when the temperature rises above 10c its still grips well , the wear is good to but i didnt drive them hard or pushed them to the limit .. for a suzuki swift 4x4 1.3L they put a smile on my face
Helpful 21 - tire reviewed on November 29, 2015
Given 83% while driving a Volkswagen (195/65 R15 T) on mostly town for 0 average miles
I must say its was my first winter that i was drriving with theese tires on dry i must say they are pretty noisy but the grip and cornering is good but on the wet and snow they are execellent
Helpful 21 - tire reviewed on September 11, 2015