AUTOBILD: 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

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

    Wet Performance Dry Performance Comfort Winter / Snow Performance
  2. Pirelli Scorpion Winter

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

    Rolling Resistance Wet Performance Dry Performance Value
  3. Continental WinterContact TS 850 P SUV

    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
  4. Fulda Kristall Control SUV

    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
  5. Dunlop Winter Sport 5 SUV

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

    Wet Performance Aquaplaning Value
  6. Nokian WR SUV 4

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

    Rolling Resistance Winter / Snow Performance Dry Performance Comfort:
  7. Michelin Latitude Alpin LA2

    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
  8. Achilles Winter 101 X

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

    Dry Performance Noise Winter / Snow Performance Value Rolling Resistance Comfort
  9. Firestone Destination Winter SUV

    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
  10. Toyo Snowprox S954 SUV

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

    Wet Performance Comfort Value Dry Performance Noise Winter / Snow Performance
Date added
Nov 13, 2018
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