AUTOBILD: 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.
Goodyear UltraGrip Performance SUV Gen 1
Very good results on snow, High resistance to aquaplaning, Very high grip on wet surfaces, High level of comfort, Precise steering on dry surfaces.
Continental WinterContact TS 850 P SUV
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.
Michelin Alpin 5
Good results on snow, High resistance to aquaplaning, Short braking distance on wet roads. Average braking performance on dry surfaces, High price.
Pirelli Winter Sottozero 3
Short braking distance on dry and wet surfaces, Good lateral stability on wet surfaces. Medium traction and lateral stability in snow, Increased noise level.
Bridgestone Blizzak LM001
Close to a summer tire in the dry, good snow traction, low rolling resistance. Average aquaplaning resistance.
Hankook Winter i*cept evo2 W320
Short braking distance and general well balanced snow performance, well priced. Long braking distances in the dry and wet, average comfort
Vredestein Wintrac Xtreme S
Short braking distance and generally high wet grip, Low noise level. Poor snow grip, high rolling resistance.
Maxxis Arctic Trekker WP-05
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.
Kumho WinterCraft WP71
Good snow handling, Low price. Average aquaplaning resistance and low wet grip.
Pace Antarctica 5
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