Auto Bild: 4x4/SUV Winter Tire Test 2017

For 2017, the "All Road" edition of the German publication Auto Bild has tested ten 225/55 R17 winter tires. This size is commonly used by compact crossovers, such as the BMW X1 used in this test.

The biggest interest in this test was the Chinese budget winter tire from Pace. With the most expensive set of winter tires costing 660 euros at time of test, the budget Pace tires were a full 400 euros cheaper, at just 260 euros. Are the savings worth the performance drop? Read on below to find out.

Auto Bild: 4x4/SUV Winter Tire Test
  1. Goodyear UltraGrip Performance SUV Gen 1 - Winner Recommended
    Goodyear UltraGrip Performance SUV Gen 1
    89 44
    Light Truck / SUV · Winter · 2016 · Light Truck / SUV - Light Truck/SUV Performance Winter / Snow
    Verdict:

    Very good results on snow, High resistance to aquaplaning, Very high grip on wet surfaces, High level of comfort, Precise steering on dry surfaces.

    Rolling Resistance   Wet Performance   Dry Performance   Noise / Comfort   Winter / Snow Performance  
    Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia
  2. Continental WinterContact TS 850 P SUV
    Continental WinterContact TS 850 P SUV
    81 45
    Light Truck / SUV · Winter · 2014 · Light Truck / SUV - Light Truck/SUV Performance Winter / Snow
    Verdict:

    Good balance of performance, Very good results on snow, especially in terms of lateral stability, Low noise level. Average ride comfort and braking performance on dry surfaces.

    Rolling Resistance   Wet Performance   Noise   Winter / Snow Performance   Dry Performance  
    Northern America Northern America · Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia
  3. Michelin Alpin 5
    Michelin Alpin 5
    83 41
    Passenger · Winter · 2014 · Passenger - Studless Ice & Snow
    Verdict:

    Good results on snow, High resistance to aquaplaning, Short braking distance on wet roads. Average braking performance on dry surfaces, High price.

    Rolling Resistance   Wet Performance   Noise / Comfort   Winter / Snow Performance   Dry Performance   Value  
    Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia
  4. Pirelli Winter Sottozero 3
    Pirelli Winter Sottozero 3
    79 59
    Passenger · Winter · 2014 · Passenger - Performance Winter / Snow
    Verdict:

    Short braking distance on dry and wet surfaces, Good lateral stability on wet surfaces. Medium traction and lateral stability in snow, Increased noise level.

    Rolling Resistance   Wet Performance   Dry Performance   Comfort   Noise  
    Eastern Asia Eastern Asia · Northern America Northern America · Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia
  5. Bridgestone Blizzak LM001
    Bridgestone Blizzak LM001
    77 46
    Passenger · Winter · 2014 · Passenger - Performance Winter / Snow
    Verdict:

    Close to a summer tire in the dry, good snow traction, low rolling resistance. Average aquaplaning resistance.

    Rolling Resistance   Dry Performance   Noise / Comfort   Winter / Snow Performance   Aquaplaning  
    Northern America Northern America · Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia
  6. Hankook Winter i*cept evo2 W320
    Hankook Winter i*cept evo2 W320
    81 29
    Passenger · Winter · 2015 · Passenger - Performance Winter / Snow
    Verdict:

    Short braking distance and general well balanced snow performance, well priced. Long braking distances in the dry and wet, average comfort

    Rolling Resistance   Value   Winter / Snow Performance   Comfort   Dry and Wet braking  
    Northern America Northern America · Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia
  7. Vredestein Wintrac Xtreme S
    Vredestein Wintrac Xtreme S
    78 23
    Passenger · Winter · 2013 · Passenger - Performance Winter / Snow
    Verdict:

    Short braking distance and generally high wet grip, Low noise level. Poor snow grip, high rolling resistance.

    Wet Performance   Noise / Comfort   Dry Performance   Rolling Resistance   Winter / Snow Performance  
    Northern America Northern America · Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia
  8. Maxxis Arctic Trekker WP-05
    Maxxis Arctic Trekker WP-05
    N/A 18
    Passenger · Winter · 2012 · Passenger - Studless Ice & Snow
    Verdict:

    Good resistance to aquaplaning, Good grip on dry surfaces, Low noise level. Relatively weak grip and a long stopping distance on snow and wet surfaces, High rolling resistance.

    Dry Performance   Aquaplaning   Noise / Comfort   Rolling Resistance   Wet Performance   Winter / Snow Performance  
    Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia
  9. Kumho WinterCraft WP71
    Kumho WinterCraft WP71
    64 29
    Passenger · Winter · 2016 · Passenger - Performance Winter / Snow
    Verdict:

    Good snow handling, Low price. Average aquaplaning resistance and low wet grip.

    Winter / Snow Performance   Value   Wet Performance   Comfort   Aquaplaning  
    Northern America Northern America · Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia
  10. Pace Antarctica 5
    Pace Antarctica 5
    N/A 8
    Passenger · Winter · 2012 · Passenger - Studless Ice & Snow
    Verdict:

    Very good results on snow, Very low price, Very low noise level. Weak grip on dry and wet surfaces, Very long braking distances on wet surfaces, High rolling resistance

    Noise   Winter / Snow Performance   Value   Rolling Resistance   Wet Performance   Dry Performance   Comfort  
    Europe Europe
Year
2017
Tire Test Original Link
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Tire Size
225/55R17
Season
Winter
Auto Type
Light Truck / SUV / 4*4
List Type
Professional Tire Test
Region
Europe
Date added
Nov 04, 2018
Date updated
Nov 27, 2020

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