Vi Bilägare 2018: Winter Studded Tire Test 2018

This 2018 test conducted by the Swedish publication Vi Bilägare, whose expert group tested the performance of seven 205/55 R16 winter studded tires. Specially for the drivers who are still unsure about whether or not they really need spikes in winter, the test included one of the best friction (studless) models of Scandinavian type, available on the Swedish market. This was done specifically to demonstrate the fundamental difference between studded and studless tires designed to be used in harsh winter conditions. For the winter studded tire test, Vi Bilägare 2018 procured only tires that had at least 130 spikes in them, half of the models was equipped with more than 190.

  1. Continental IceContact 2 - Winner Recommended
    Continental IceContact 2
    N/A 32
    Passenger · Winter · 2014 · Passenger - Studdable Winter / Snow · Studded
    Verdict:

    The Continental tire, although on a par with Nokian on ice surfaces, performs slightly poorer on snow during acceleration and braking, while its handling on snow did not raise any comment. The safe and predictable behavior of Continental IceContact 2 on snow coupled with effective braking performance on dry and wet surfaces brought this German tire the title of the best spiked tires 2018/2019 according to Vi Bilägare.

    Wet / Snow / Ice Handling   Ice / Dry Braking   Acceleration on Ice   Fuel Consumption   Internal Noise  
    Northern America Northern America · Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia
    Test Score:
    86
  2. Nokian Hakkapeliitta 9 Recommended
    Nokian Hakkapeliitta 9
    80 43
    Passenger · Winter · 2017 · Passenger - Studdable Winter / Snow · Studded
    Verdict:

    The silver medal of the test was won by the spiked tire Nokian Hakkapeliitta 9. Then, of course, the question arises, why wasn’t it awarded the first prize. When it was engineered, the Finnish developers were more focused on achieving a higher level of ice and snow traction, sacrificing the braking performance on dry and wet pavements. And it was this shifting of priorities that was crucial in summing up the results.

    Wet / Snow / Ice Handling   Acceleration on Snow / Ice   Snow / Ice Braking   Internal Noise  
    Northern America Northern America · Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia
    Test Score:
    83
  3. Goodyear UltraGrip Ice Arctic
    Goodyear UltraGrip Ice Arctic
    84 22
    Passenger · Winter · 2012 · Passenger - Studdable Winter / Snow · Studded
    Verdict:

    Due to the fact that it only had 130 spikes in its arsenal, it could not compete with «toothier» leaders of the test when it came to snowy and icy roads. However, its wet braking performance was a highlight.

    Wet / Ice Braking   Snow Handling  
    Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia
    Test Score:
    71
  4. Gislaved Nord*Frost 200
    Gislaved Nord*Frost 200
    82 41
    Passenger · Winter · 2016 · Passenger - Studdable Winter / Snow · Studded · For Nordic Winter x
    Verdict:

    It has well-balanced performance on various types of pavement. At the same time, as the testers stressed, this tire lacks handling stability in the dry. Having only 130 spikes, this model, produced by one of Continental subsidiaries, was one of the best in the «snow» disciplines, which allowed it to score a rather high chart position.

    Acceleration on Snow   Snow Braking / Handling   Dry Handling  
    Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia
    Test Score:
    68
  5. Bridgestone Noranza 001
    Bridgestone Noranza 001
    74 38
    Passenger · Winter · 2016 · Passenger - Studdable Winter / Snow · Studded
    Verdict:

    These tires has 190 spikes, just as the Continental and Nokian models. However, its traction on ice and snow is slightly weaker than that of the mentioned premium models. Such a low position of Bridgestone Noranza 001 in the tournament bracket is explained by its rather low scores on wet and dry pavement.

    Ice Braking   Acceleration on Ice   Wet Braking / Handling   Internal Noise  
    Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia
    Test Score:
    66
  6. Yokohama iceGUARD IG65
    Yokohama iceGUARD IG65
    77 20
    Passenger · Winter · 2017 · Passenger - Studdable Winter / Snow · Studded
    Verdict:

    The directional tread pattern of this model and its 172 spikes were meant to enhance the tire’s winter performance but, as it turned out, this was achieved at the expense of sacrificing the tire’s lateral stability on ice and snow. At the same time, the lateral performance of this tire on wet pavement does not raise any questions.

    Snow Braking   Wet Handling   Acceleration on Ice   Internal Noise  
    Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia
    Test Score:
    65
  7. Nokian Hakkapeliitta R3
    Nokian Hakkapeliitta R3
    85 44
    Passenger · Winter · 2018 · Passenger - Studless Ice & Snow · For Nordic Winter x
    Verdict:

    As the test results show, studless tires rule on snow, losing out on ice to their studded rivals. On wet pavement, the studless tires were also no match for their rivals but on dry pavement they were among the leaders in terms of the stability of handling response. The unquestionable advantages of friction winter tires are their riding comfort and eco friendliness. They have the lowest rolling resistance and the lowest noise level in the car cabin.

    Acceleration on Snow   Ice Handling   Internal Noise   Snow / Dry Braking   Fuel Consumption   Dry / Wet Handling   Ice Braking   Acceleration on Ice  
    Northern America Northern America · Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia
    Test Score:
    52
  8. Nexen Winguard winSpike WH62
    Nexen Winguard winSpike WH62
    N/A 31
    Passenger · Winter · 2019 · Passenger - Studdable Winter / Snow · Studded
    Verdict:

    The tire that simply disappointed the test team. In spite of its 190 spikes, this tire scored in the final standings fewer points than even the model that did not have a single spike in it. This tire was failed by its weak traction and grip on ice and snow. The only strong point of this tire that the test team was still able to detect was its low noise emission.

    Ice Handling   Acceleration on Snow   Ice Braking   Acceleration on Ice  
    Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia
    Test Score:
    45
Year
2018
Tire Test Original Link
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Max Score, points
100
Tire Size
205/55R16
Season
Winter
Auto Type
Passenger
List Type
Professional Tire Test
Region
Europe
Date added
Dec 29, 2018
Date updated
May 14, 2020