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.
Goodyear UltraGrip Performance SUV Gen 1
Excellent handling behavior in all weather conditions, good steering, short braking distances, average price.
Pirelli Scorpion Winter
Balanced performance, dynamic handling, excellent steering, low rolling resistance. High price.
Continental WinterContact TS 850 P SUV
Winter specialist with excellent snow performance, dynamic sporty wet handling and low rolling resistance. Slightly long dry braking.
Fulda Kristall Control SUV
Well-priced winter tires with well balanced a balanced performance, very good snow traction, high aquaplaning safety.
Dunlop Winter Sport 5 SUV
Dynamic sporty wet handling, short braking distances in the wet, high aquaplaning safety. Average snow cornering, high price.
Nokian WR SUV 4
Winter king with excellent driving on snow and ice, low rolling resistance. Long dry braking distances.
Michelin Latitude Alpin LA2
Good in the snow and wet, good steering response. Long dry braking, high rolling resistance, expensive.
Achilles Winter 101 X
Balance performance, very well priced. Understeer in the wet, slow steering, high rolling resistance.
Firestone Destination Winter SUV
Very good in the snow, low purchase price. Understeer and long braking distances in the dry and wet, average comfort.
Toyo Snowprox S954 SUV
Balanced in the wet, low price. Poor snow grip, long dry braking.