AUTOBILD: 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.
Continental WinterContact TS 860
Test winner. Excellent performance in all weather conditions, direct steering response and strong handling in the snow and on dry roads.
Michelin Alpin 5
Winter specialist with very good wet grip and low wear. Balance handling in the snow and dry, good aquaplaning resistance. Slightly high rolling resistance.
Dunlop Winter Sport 5
Premium winter tyre with balanced performance, good handling in the snow and wet, short wet braking distances. Average mileage.
Goodyear UltraGrip Performance Gen 1
Premium tyres with excellent performance in all weather conditions. Precise steering and good feedback, short braking distances. High price, high wear.
Semperit Speed-Grip 3
Convincing all rounder with good winter characteristics and good handling in the dry. Good comfort. Average mileage.
BFGoodrich g-Force Winter 2
The winter kings, winning the snow tests, excellent aquaplaning results, good ride comfort. Slow steering, understeer in the dry.
Fulda Kristall Control HP2
Low price, very good in the winter, excellent aquaplaning result, good ride comfort. Slow steering, understeer in the wet.
Bridgestone Blizzak LM001 Evo
A well balanced tyre with excellent handling in the wet, low noise. Average snow handling, long dry braking.
Kleber Krisalp HP3
Excellent in the snow, good price / performance ratio, good aquaplaning resistance, low noise. Poor dry grip and handling.
Nexen WinGuard Sport 2
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.