ADAC: Van Winter Tire Test R16C 2019

Many motorists read the ADAC comparative tests in order to make an informed choice of the new tires that they are going to buy. In 2019, the experts of this German motoring club again made a through test of the performance delivered by various winter tires in two sizes.

The first test involved tires of size 185/65 R15 designed for compact vehicles; the second — tires of size 205/65 R16C, engineered to be installed on vans. The test of light truck tires that we are going to cover today, included 15 models vying for victory, relevant in the season 2019–2020.

ADAC: Van Winter Tire Test R16C
  1. Continental VanContact Winter - Winner Recommended
    Continental VanContact Winter
    N/A 31
    Light Truck / SUV · Winter · 2015 · Light Truck / SUV - Commercial
    Verdict:

    The Continental tires demonstrated their strong sides on wet and dry pavements, while on snow their braking performance was not as efficient. Because of its proneness to wear, the VanContact Winter model is recommended to be installed on cars with small to average year’s mileage.

    Wet Performance   Dry Performance   Fuel Consumption  
    Northern America Northern America · Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia
    Test Score:
    3
  2. Pirelli Carrier Winter
    Pirelli Carrier Winter
    N/A 27
    Light Truck / SUV · Winter · 2014 · Light Truck / SUV - Light Truck/SUV Studless Ice & Snow
    Verdict:

    The Pirelli model is more oriented on dry pavement and optimization of fuel consumption, while its lateral grip on wet pavement is weaker than that of its rivals.

    Treadwear   Fuel Consumption   Dry Performance  
    Northern America Northern America · Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia
    Test Score:
    3.3
  3. Michelin Agilis Alpin
    Michelin Agilis Alpin
    81 20
    Light Truck / SUV · Winter · 2009 · Light Truck / SUV - Commercial
    Verdict:

    In addition to its dependable grip on winter surfaces, the Michelin model pleasantly surprised everyone with its high resistance to wear, yet, at the same time, its performance on drive pavement definitely falls short of that of Continental and Pirelli.

    Treadwear   Fuel Consumption   Snow / Ice Performance  
    Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia
    Test Score:
    3.4
  4. Vredestein Comtrac 2 Winter
    Vredestein Comtrac 2 Winter
    N/A 25
    Light Truck / SUV · Winter · 2017 · Light Truck / SUV - Commercial
    Verdict:

    Relatively good in the wet. Weaknesses on snow. Quite good even on dry roads.

    Treadwear   Wet Performance   Fuel Consumption   Noise / Comfort   Snow Performance  
    Northern America Northern America · Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia
    Test Score:
    3.7
  5. Goodyear Cargo UltraGrip 2
    Goodyear Cargo UltraGrip 2
    N/A 19
    Light Truck / SUV · Winter · 2007 · Light Truck / SUV - Commercial
    Verdict:

    Relatively good in the wet. Weaknesses on dry and snowy roads.

    Ice Performance   Fuel Consumption   Treadwear   Dry Performance   Snow Performance  
    Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia
    Test Score:
    3.9
  6. Falken Eurowinter Van01
    Falken Eurowinter Van01
    N/A 22
    Light Truck / SUV · Winter · 2016 · Light Truck / SUV - Light Truck/SUV Studless Ice & Snow
    Verdict:

    Top marks on ice. Weak on snow. Quiet interior noise.

    Ice Performance   Fuel Consumption   Treadwear   Dry Performance   Snow Performance  
    Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia
    Test Score:
    4
  7. Bridgestone Blizzak W810
    Bridgestone Blizzak W810
    N/A 24
    Light Truck / SUV · Winter · 2013 · Light Truck / SUV - Light Truck/SUV Performance Winter / Snow
    Verdict:

    Relatively good on snow. Weaknesses on dry and wet roads as well as during wear.

    Fuel Consumption   Snow Performance   Wet Performance   Dry Performance  
    Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia
    Test Score:
    4.1
  8. Kumho Winter Portran CW51
    Kumho Winter Portran CW51
    N/A 19
    Light Truck / SUV · Winter · 2015 · Light Truck / SUV - Commercial
    Verdict:

    Weak on a dry road. Slightly high wear.

    Fuel Consumption   Wet Performance   Dry Performance  
    Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia
    Test Score:
    4.1
  9. Matador MPS530 Sibir Snow Van
    Matador MPS530 Sibir Snow Van
    72 19
    Light Truck / SUV · Winter · 2013 · Light Truck / SUV - Commercial
    Verdict:

    Relatively good on snow. Weak on dry roads. Relatively high fuel consumption.

    Snow Performance   Dry Performance   Noise / Comfort  
    Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia
    Test Score:
    4.1
  10. Uniroyal Snow Max 2
    Uniroyal Snow Max 2
    68 12
    Light Truck / SUV · Winter · Light Truck / SUV - Commercial
    Verdict:

    Top grade on snow. Weak on a dry road. Slightly higher fuel consumption and wear.

    Snow Performance   Dry Performance   Noise / Comfort  
    Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia
    Test Score:
    4.2
  11. Yokohama W.Drive WY01
    Yokohama W.Drive WY01
    N/A 13
    Light Truck / SUV · Winter · 2011 · Light Truck / SUV - Commercial
    Verdict:

    Quietest tire in the test. Weak in the wet.

    Ice Performance   Fuel Consumption   Noise / Comfort   Treadwear   Wet Performance  
    Northern America Northern America · Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia
    Test Score:
    4.2
  12. Sava Trenta M+S
    Sava Trenta M+S
    N/A 14
    Light Truck / SUV · Winter · Light Truck / SUV - Commercial
    Verdict:

    Relatively good in the wet. Very weak on snow. Weakness even on dry roads.

    Treadwear   Wet Performance   Dry Performance   Fuel Consumption   Snow Performance  
    Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia
    Test Score:
    4.7
  13. BFGoodrich Activan Winter
    BFGoodrich Activan Winter
    N/A 12
    Light Truck / SUV · Winter · 2008 · Light Truck / SUV - Commercial
    Verdict:

    Top marks on ice and during wear. Very weak on wet. Low fuel consumption.

    Treadwear   Fuel Consumption   Ice Performance   Wet Performance   Dry Performance  
    Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia
    Test Score:
    4.9
  14. Goodride SW612
    Goodride SW612
    N/A 17
    Light Truck / SUV · Winter · Light Truck / SUV - Commercial
    Verdict:

    Top marks on ice and fuel consumption. Very weak on snow.

    Ice Performance   Fuel Consumption   Dry Performance   Snow Performance  
    Eastern Asia Eastern Asia · Northern America Northern America · Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia
    Test Score:
    4.9
  15. Maxxis Vansmart Snow WL2
    Maxxis Vansmart Snow WL2
    N/A 25
    Light Truck / SUV · Winter · 2017 · Light Truck / SUV - Commercial
    Verdict:

    Relatively good on dry and wet roads. Very weak on snow.

    Ice Performance   Wet Performance   Dry Performance   Treadwear   Fuel Consumption   Snow Performance  
    Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia
    Test Score:
    5
Year
2019
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Tire Size
205/65R16
Season
Winter
Auto Type
Light Truck / SUV / 4*4
List Type
Professional Tire Test
Region
Europe
Date added
Oct 30, 2019
Date updated
Nov 27, 2020