Auto Bild: Passenger Winter Tire Test 2017

The 2017 Auto Bild winter tyre test started with fifty 225/50 R17 winter tyre patterns which Auto Bild tested for wet braking performance, and then dropped the worse twenty tyres from the test.

The next phase was testing the remaining thirty patterns for snow braking, which was then combined with the wet braking distances to allow the ten worst tyres to be dropped. This left ten winter tyres which Auto Bild regarded as the best winter tyres on the market, and deemed worthy enough to take through to the full testing.

As ever with Auto Bild testing, they undertake all the usual dry, wet and snow testing, but also including important factors such as wear and cost per 1,000 km, which a lot of tests are unable to include.

  1. Continental WinterContact TS 860 - Winner Recommended
    Continental WinterContact TS 860
    88 66
    Passenger · Winter · 2016 · Passenger - Performance Winter / Snow
    Verdict:

    Test winner. Excellent performance in all weather conditions, direct steering response and strong handling in the snow and on dry roads.

    Wet Performance   Dry Performance   Winter / Snow Performance   Value  
    Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia
  2. Michelin Alpin 5
    Michelin Alpin 5
    83 43
    Passenger · Winter · 2014 · Passenger - Studless Ice & Snow
    Verdict:

    Winter specialist with very good wet grip and low wear. Balance handling in the snow and dry, good aquaplaning resistance. Slightly high rolling resistance.

    Treadwear   Wet Performance   Noise / Comfort   Rolling Resistance  
    Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia
  3. Dunlop Winter Sport 5
    Dunlop Winter Sport 5
    82 57
    Passenger · Winter · 2015 · Passenger - Performance Winter / Snow
    Verdict:

    Premium winter tyre with balanced performance, good handling in the snow and wet, short wet braking distances. Average mileage.

    Wet Performance   Winter / Snow Performance   Treadwear  
    Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia
  4. Goodyear UltraGrip Performance Gen 1
    Goodyear UltraGrip Performance Gen 1
    84 52
    Passenger · Winter · 2015 · Passenger - Performance Winter / Snow
    Verdict:

    Premium tyres with excellent performance in all weather conditions. Precise steering and good feedback, short braking distances. High price, high wear.

    Wet Performance   Noise / Comfort   Winter / Snow Performance   Treadwear   Value  
    Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia
  5. Semperit Speed-Grip 3
    Semperit Speed-Grip 3
    N/A 38
    Passenger · Winter · 2017 · Passenger - Performance Winter / Snow
    Verdict:

    Convincing all rounder with good winter characteristics and good handling in the dry. Good comfort. Average mileage.

    Noise / Comfort   Winter / Snow Performance   Treadwear  
    Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia
  6. BFGoodrich g-Force Winter 2
    BFGoodrich g-Force Winter 2
    78 28
    Passenger · Winter · 2016 · Passenger - Studless Ice & Snow
    Verdict:

    The winter kings, winning the snow tests, excellent aquaplaning results, good ride comfort. Slow steering, understeer in the dry.

    Noise / Comfort   Winter / Snow Performance   Dry Performance  
    Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia
  7. Fulda Kristall Control HP2
    Fulda Kristall Control HP2
    75 31
    Passenger · Winter · 2016 · Passenger - Performance Winter / Snow
    Verdict:

    Low price, very good in the winter, excellent aquaplaning result, good ride comfort. Slow steering, understeer in the wet.

    Treadwear   Value   Winter / Snow Performance   Wet Performance   Noise / Comfort  
    Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia
  8. Bridgestone Blizzak LM001 Evo
    Bridgestone Blizzak LM001 Evo
    67 35
    Passenger · Winter · 2017 · Passenger - Performance Winter / Snow
    Verdict:

    A well balanced tyre with excellent handling in the wet, low noise. Average snow handling, long dry braking.

    Treadwear   Wet Performance   Noise   Dry Performance   Comfort  
    Europe Europe
  9. Kleber Krisalp HP3
    Kleber Krisalp HP3
    81 48
    Passenger · Winter · 2016 · Passenger - Studless Ice & Snow
    Verdict:

    Excellent in the snow, good price / performance ratio, good aquaplaning resistance, low noise. Poor dry grip and handling.

    Noise   Value   Winter / Snow Performance   Rolling Resistance   Dry Performance  
    Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia
  10. Nexen WinGuard Sport 2
    Nexen WinGuard Sport 2
    73 35
    Passenger · Winter · 2016 · Passenger - Studless Ice & Snow
    Verdict:

    A good value winter tyre with balanced handling in the snow and on dry roads. Short wet braking distances. Limited aquaplaning resistance, high rolling resistance.

    Treadwear   Noise   Value   Rolling Resistance   Wet Performance   Comfort  
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Year
2017
Tire Test Original Link
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Tire Size
225/50R17
Season
Winter
Auto Type
Passenger
List Type
Professional Tire Test
Region
Europe
Date added
Nov 02, 2018
Date updated
May 14, 2020