215/60R16

ADAC 2022: Winter Tire Test R16

The Continental tires net double in the ADAC tests.

List of models tested:

In addition to the 185/65 R15 winter tire test, the «General German Automobile Club» ADAC also conducted a test of 215/60 R16 tires designed for compact crossovers, such as Audi Q3, VW T-Roc, and Skoda Karoq, and this time around gold was won by two competitors — the Continental WinterContact TS 870 and Dunlop Wintersport 5, the TS 870 having already celebrated a victory in the test of tires with a 15-inch fitting diameter.

The tests were carried out in Ivalo
The tests were carried out in Ivalo, Finland. © ADAC/Marc Wittkowski

Besides Continental and Dunlop, the «Good» rating in the 16-inch tire test was also secured by the Goodyear Ultragrip Performance+ and Michelin Alpin 6, and the ADAC experts noted that the first two tires were really good on wet pavement, snow, and ice, but were slightly inferior to their rivals on wet pavement, while the Goodyear tire performed at its absolute best on a snow-covered track, and the Michelin not just scored the traditional high points for exceptional resistance to wear, but also performed very well on dry pavement and ice.

Snow Braking

Dunlop
1,5
Goodyear
1,5
ESA-Tecar
1,5
Uniroyal
1,5
Continental
1,8
Kleber
1,8
GT Radial
1,8
Sava
1,8
Nokian
1,8
Matador
1,8
Yokohama
2
Bridgestone
2
Toyo
2
Michelin
2,3
Vredestein
2,3

Info! Points: Exemplary (0.6 - 1.5), Very Good (1.6 - 2.5), Good (2.6 - 3.5), Satisfactory (3.6 - 4.5), Unsatisfactory (4.6 - 5.5).

Ice Braking

Dunlop
1,8
ESA-Tecar
1,8
Uniroyal
1,8
Continental
1,8
Vredestein
1,8
Goodyear
2
GT Radial
2
Sava
2
Matador
2
Toyo
2
Michelin
2
Kleber
2,3
Nokian
2,3
Yokohama
2,3
Bridgestone
2,3

Info! Points: Exemplary (0.6 - 1.5), Very Good (1.6 - 2.5), Good (2.6 - 3.5), Satisfactory (3.6 - 4.5), Unsatisfactory (4.6 - 5.5).


12 tires finished with a «Satisfactory» rating — this group consisted of tires that demonstrated a relatively poor performance in one or several parts of the test. Thus, the Yokohama BluEarth*Winter V906 demonstrated a less-than-perfect wet and snow performance, the Bridgestone Blizzak LM005 could have a better snow grip, and the Kleber Krisalp HP3 had certain difficulties on wet and dry pavement. Also, the GT Radial Winterpro 2 was inferior to the leaders on tarmac and on snow, the Sava Eskimo HP2 on wet pavement, and Vredestein Wintrac on dry pavement (although, just as in the case of the Esa+Tecar Supergrip Pro, the testers found some deficit of wet traction as well). In addition, the Toyo Observe S944 indulged in certain weaknesses on wet pavement and snow, the Nokian WR Snowproof, Uniroyal WinterExpert and Matador MP93 Nordica on dry and wet pavement, and Falken Eurowinter on dry pavement only.

Test discipline: snow handling.
Test discipline: snow handling. © ADAC/Marc Wittkowski

The last line was occupied by the Cooper WM-SA2+ tire, which was the only one to receive an «Average» ranking because of very poor dry performance and high wear. According to the experts, the Cooper tire cannot ensure stable grip on the rear wheels, cannot effectively tackle emergency situations, and, in addition, its expected mileage turned out to be 19,000 km shorter than Sava’s.

Result summary. 2022 ADAC Winter Tire Test — 215/60R16 (click to enlarge)
Result summary. 2022 ADAC Winter Tire Test — 215/60R16 (click to enlarge)

1st place: Continental / WinterContact TS 870

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Continental WinterContact TS 870

Comfort Price/Quality Dry Performance Wet Performance
  • Year Released: 2020
  • Regions for sale: Europe, Russia+
Continental WinterContact TS 870

  • Well-balanced performance, no prominent issues found
  • Invariably good results in any conditions
  • Particularly good snow and ice performance
  • Good

1st place: Dunlop / Winter Sport 5

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Price/Quality Wet Performance Snow/Ice Performance Handling Treadwear Comfort Dry Performance
  • This tire replaced Dunlop / SP Winter Sport 4D
  • Available Sizes in Line: 98
  • Original Equipment (OE) tires for:
    • • Hyundai i30 N I (PD) [2017 .. 2021]
  • Recommended Tire by Tests
  • Year Released: 2015
  • Regions for sale: Europe, Russia+
Dunlop Winter Sport 5

  • Well-balanced performance, no prominent issues found
  • Invariably good results in any conditions
  • Particularly good snow performance
  • Low fuel consumption
  • Low wear
  • Good

3rd place: Goodyear / UltraGrip Performance+

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Goodyear UltraGrip Performance+

Price/Quality Wet Performance Snow/Ice Performance Handling Dry Performance Treadwear Comfort
  • This tire replaced Goodyear / UltraGrip Performance Gen-1
  • Available Sizes in Line: 130
  • Original Equipment (OE) tires for:
    • • Ford Puma II (J2K) [2019 .. 2023]
    • • Ford Focus Active IV [2018 .. 2023]
    • • Ford Mondeo MK5 (CD391) Facelift [2017 .. 2019]
    • • Ford S-MAX II [2015 .. 2020]
    • • Ford Galaxy III [2015 .. 2023]
    • • BMW iX [2021 .. 2023]
  • Recommended Tire by Tests
  • Year Released: 2019
  • Regions for sale: Europe, Russia+, China
Goodyear UltraGrip Performance+

  • Well-balanced performance, no prominent issues found
  • Invariably good results in any conditions
  • Particularly good snow performance
  • Good

3rd place: Michelin / Alpin 6

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Price/Quality Wet Performance Comfort Dry Performance Snow/Ice Performance Handling Treadwear
  • This tire replaced Michelin / Alpin 5
  • Available Sizes in Line: 72
  • Original Equipment (OE) tires for:
    • • Ford Puma II (J2K) [2019 .. 2023]
  • Recommended Tire by Tests
  • Year Released: 2018
  • Regions for sale: USA+, Canada, Europe, Russia+, Japan
Michelin Alpin 6

  • Well-balanced performance, no prominent issues found
  • Invariably good results in any conditions
  • Particularly good snow and ice performance
  • Low wear
  • Good

5th place: Yokohama / BluEarth*Winter V906

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Yokohama BluEarth*Winter V906

  • Year Released: 2020
  • Regions for sale: Europe
Yokohama BluEarth*Winter V906

  • Good results on dry pavement
  • Low fuel consumption
  • Poor performance on wet pavement and snow
  • Satisfactory

6th place: Bridgestone / Blizzak LM005

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Bridgestone Blizzak LM005

Price/Quality Wet Performance Dry Performance Comfort Handling Snow/Ice Performance Treadwear
  • This tire replaced Bridgestone / Blizzak LM001 Evo
  • Available Sizes in Line: 222
  • Original Equipment (OE) tires for:
    • • Audi e-tron [2019 .. 2023]
    • • Volkswagen T-Cross I (C11) [2018 .. 2023]
    • • Audi A3 8Y [2020 .. 2023]
    • • Mercedes-Benz C-Class Br205 [2015 .. 2021]
    • • Volkswagen Caddy V [2020 .. 2023]
  • Recommended Tire by Tests
  • Year Released: 2019
  • Regions for sale: Europe, Russia+
Bridgestone Blizzak LM005

  • Very good results on dry pavement
  • Good results on wet pavement
  • Weak snow performance
  • Satisfactory

7th place: Kleber / Krisalp HP3

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Treadwear Dry Performance Wet Performance Price/Quality Snow/Ice Performance Comfort Handling
  • Year Released: 2016
  • Regions for sale: Europe, Russia+
Kleber Krisalp HP3

  • Good snow and ice performance
  • Low fuel consumption
  • Poor wet and dry performance
  • Satisfactory

8th place: GT Radial / WinterPro2

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N/A 28
  • Year Released: 2017
  • Regions for sale: USA+, Canada, Europe, Russia+
GT Radial WinterPro2

  • Good ice performance
  • Poor performance on wet and dry pavement, as well as on snow
  • Satisfactory

8th place: Sava / Eskimo HP2

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Snow/Ice Performance Dry Performance Price/Quality Handling Wet Performance Comfort Treadwear
  • Year Released: 2016
  • Regions for sale: Europe, Russia+
Sava Eskimo HP2

  • Very low wear
  • Good snow and ice performance
  • Poor wet performance
  • Satisfactory

8th place: Vredestein / Wintrac

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Price/Quality Wet Performance Snow/Ice Performance
  • Year Released: 2020
  • Regions for sale: USA+, Canada, Europe
Vredestein Wintrac

  • Very good ice performance
  • Low fuel consumption
  • Increased wear
  • Poor results on dry pavement
  • Satisfactory

11th place: ESA-Tecar / Supergrip Pro

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N/A 29

ESA-Tecar Supergrip Pro

  • Available Sizes in Line: 45
  • Year Released: 2019
  • Regions for sale: Europe
ESA-Tecar Supergrip Pro

  • Very low fuel consumption
  • Low wear
  • Poor results on dry and wet pavement
  • Satisfactory

11th place: Toyo / Observe S944

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  • Year Released: 2019
  • Regions for sale: Europe, Russia+
Toyo Observe S944

  • Good results on dry pavement and ice
  • Very high fuel consumption
  • Poor performance on wet pavement and snow
  • Satisfactory

13th place: Nokian / WR Snowproof

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Comfort Handling Price/Quality Dry Performance Wet Performance Snow/Ice Performance
  • Available Sizes in Line: 59
  • Original Equipment (OE) tires for:
    • • Ford Puma II (J2K) [2019 .. 2023]
    • • Ford Focus IV (C519) [2018 .. 2023]
    • • Ford Focus Active IV [2018 .. 2023]
  • Recommended Tire by Tests
  • Year Released: 2019
  • Regions for sale: Europe, Russia+
Nokian WR Snowproof

  • Low fuel consumption
  • Low wear
  • Good snow and ice performance
  • Poor wet and dry performance
  • Satisfactory

14th place: Uniroyal / WinterExpert

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N/A 30
  • Year Released: 2021
  • Regions for sale: Europe
Uniroyal WinterExpert

  • Very low fuel consumption
  • Good snow and ice performance
  • Poor wet and dry performance
  • Satisfactory

15th place: Matador / MP 93 Nordicca

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Matador MP 93 Nordicca

  • Year Released: 2021
  • Regions for sale: Europe
Matador MP 93 Nordicca

  • Good snow and ice performance
  • Low wear
  • Poor wet and dry performance
  • Satisfactory

16th place: Falken / Eurowinter HS01

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Falken Eurowinter HS01

Price/Quality Wet Performance Snow/Ice Performance Handling Dry Performance Treadwear Comfort
  • Available Sizes in Line: 277
  • Recommended Tire by Tests
  • Year Released: 2016
  • Regions for sale: USA+, Canada, Europe, Russia+
Falken Eurowinter HS01

  • Good snow and ice performance
  • Poor dry performance
  • Satisfactory

17th place: Cooper / Weather-Master SA2+

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Cooper Weather-Master SA2+

Snow/Ice Performance Comfort Wet Performance Treadwear Dry Performance Handling
  • Year Released: 2015
  • Regions for sale: Europe
Cooper Weather-Master SA2+

  • Good ice performance
  • Poor performance on wet pavement and snow
  • Very high wear
  • Extremely poor dry performance
  • Average

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