Auto Bild: 4x4/SUV Winter Tire Test 2018

The 2018 Auto Bild SUV / 4x4 winter tire test has used an Audi Q5 to test ten 235/60 R18 winter tires, with the Goodyear UltraGrip Performance Gen-1 SUV proving to be the best tire on test thanks to a balanced all-round performance.

Surprisingly Pirelli edged out Continental to second place, with a brilliant result for the Pirelli Scorpion Winter. This tire has been on the market a number of years now, and historically hasn't tested as well as Goodyear or Continental, so there must have been and update for the 2018 winter season. The Continental Winter Contact TS850P SUV rounded out the top three, with its only real weakness appearing during the dry braking tests.

  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:

    Excellent handling behavior in all weather conditions, good steering, short braking distances, average price.

    Wet Performance   Dry Performance   Comfort   Winter / Snow Performance  
    Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia
  2. Pirelli Scorpion Winter
    Pirelli Scorpion Winter
    79 38
    Light Truck / SUV · Winter · 2012 · Light Truck / SUV - Light Truck/SUV Performance Winter / Snow
    Verdict:

    Balanced performance, dynamic handling, excellent steering, low rolling resistance. High price.

    Rolling Resistance   Wet Performance   Dry Performance   Value  
    Eastern Asia Eastern Asia · Northern America Northern America · Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia
  3. 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:

    Winter specialist with excellent snow performance, dynamic sporty wet handling and low rolling resistance. Slightly long dry braking.

    Rolling Resistance   Wet Performance   Winter / Snow Performance   Dry Performance  
    Northern America Northern America · Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia
  4. Fulda Kristall Control SUV
    Fulda Kristall Control SUV
    N/A 22
    Light Truck / SUV · Winter · 2017 · Light Truck / SUV - Light Truck/SUV Performance Winter / Snow
    Verdict:

    Well-priced winter tires with well balanced a balanced performance, very good snow traction, high aquaplaning safety.

    Rolling Resistance   Wet Performance   Aquaplaning   Winter / Snow Performance   Comfort  
    Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia
  5. Dunlop Winter Sport 5 SUV
    Dunlop Winter Sport 5 SUV
    79 36
    Light Truck / SUV · Winter · 2016 · Light Truck / SUV - Light Truck/SUV Performance Winter / Snow
    Verdict:

    Dynamic sporty wet handling, short braking distances in the wet, high aquaplaning safety. Average snow cornering, high price.

    Wet Performance   Aquaplaning   Value  
    Northern America Northern America · Europe Europe
  6. Nokian WR SUV 4
    Nokian WR SUV 4
    78 32
    Light Truck / SUV · Winter · 2018 · Light Truck / SUV - Light Truck/SUV Studless Ice & Snow
    Verdict:

    Winter king with excellent driving on snow and ice, low rolling resistance. Long dry braking distances.

    Rolling Resistance   Winter / Snow Performance   Dry Performance   Comfort:  
    Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia
  7. Michelin Latitude Alpin LA2
    Michelin Latitude Alpin LA2
    N/A 33
    Light Truck / SUV · Winter · 2012 · Light Truck / SUV - Light Truck/SUV Performance Winter / Snow
    Verdict:

    Good in the snow and wet, good steering response. Long dry braking, high rolling resistance, expensive.

    Comfort / Noise   Winter / Snow Performance   Rolling Resistance   Dry Performance  
    Northern America Northern America · Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia
  8. Achilles Winter 101 X
    Achilles Winter 101 X
    N/A 31
    Light Truck / SUV · Winter · 2018 · Light Truck / SUV - Light Truck/SUV Studless Ice & Snow
    Verdict:

    Balance performance, very well priced. Understeer in the wet, slow steering, high rolling resistance.

    Dry Performance   Noise   Winter / Snow Performance   Value   Rolling Resistance   Comfort  
    Europe Europe
  9. Firestone Destination Winter SUV
    Firestone Destination Winter SUV
    N/A 14
    Light Truck / SUV · Winter · 2016 · Light Truck / SUV - Light Truck/SUV Performance Winter / Snow
    Verdict:

    Very good in the snow, low purchase price. Understeer and long braking distances in the dry and wet, average comfort.

    Noise   Value   Winter / Snow Performance   Wet Performance   Dry Performance   Comfort  
    Europe Europe
  10. Toyo Snowprox S954 SUV
    Toyo Snowprox S954 SUV
    N/A 25
    Light Truck / SUV · Winter · 2017 · Light Truck / SUV - Light Truck/SUV Studless Ice & Snow
    Verdict:

    Balanced in the wet, low price. Poor snow grip, long dry braking.

    Wet Performance   Comfort   Value   Dry Performance   Noise   Winter / Snow Performance  
    Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia
Year
2018
Tire Test Original Link
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Tire Size
235/60R18
Season
Winter
Auto Type
Light Truck / SUV / 4*4
List Type
Professional Tire Test
Region
Europe
Date added
Nov 13, 2018
Date updated
May 14, 2020