ADAC: Winter Tire Test R15 2019

Traditionally, at the height of the tire industry’s winter season, Germany’s publication ADAC is announcing the results of its comparative tests. This year, just as always, the readers are in for the results of two winter tests that totally involved 31 winter studless tires in the sizes of 185/65 R15 T and 205/65 R16C T (up to 190 km/h). We will start our review with the first test that covered the tires designed to be installed on compact cars.

During the winter tire test 185/65 R15 (which is currently the bestselling tire size in the segment of compact vehicles) the experts tested and evaluated 16 tire models by ADAC’s typical 18 individual criteria.

It must be noted that three out of the 16 chosen models were discarded very early on by the testers themselves. For example, in 2019, Goodyear UltraGrip 9 was updated by the manufacturer up to UltraGrip 9+, Nokian WR Snowproof replaced the outdated WR D4, and Michelin Alpin A4 still in 2018 got a «grandson» named Michelin Alpin A6.

  1. Dunlop Winter Response 2 - Winner Recommended
    Dunlop Winter Response 2
    86 43
    Passenger · Winter · 2013 · Passenger - Studless Ice & Snow
    Verdict:

    The undisputable winner of the fresh ADAC winter tire test 185/65 R15 is Dunlop Winter Response 2. Its biggest advantages are dependable grip on snow and wet pavement, coupled with low fuel consumption.

    Dry Performance   Snow Performance   Ice Performance   Wet Performance   Noise / Comfort   Fuel Consumption   Treadwear  
    Europe Europe
    Test Score:
    2.1
  2. Kleber Krisalp HP3 Recommended
    Kleber Krisalp HP3
    81 52
    Passenger · Winter · 2016 · Passenger - Studless Ice & Snow
    Verdict:

    Top marks on dry roads.

    Dry Performance   Snow Performance   Ice Performance   Wet Performance   Noise / Comfort   Fuel Consumption   Treadwear  
    Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia
    Test Score:
    2.3
  3. Pirelli Cinturato Winter Recommended
    Pirelli Cinturato Winter
    76 51
    Passenger · Winter · 2016 · Passenger - Studless Ice & Snow
    Verdict:

    Well balanced on dry, wet and snow-covered roads

    Dry Performance   Snow Performance   Ice Performance   Wet Performance   Fuel Consumption   Treadwear  
    Northern America Northern America · Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia
    Test Score:
    2.3
  4. Continental WinterContact TS 860
    Continental WinterContact TS 860
    87 66
    Passenger · Winter · 2016 · Passenger - Performance Winter / Snow
    Verdict:

    Top marks in the wet. A little weaker on ice compared to the best. Good on dry roads and on snow.

    Treadwear   Wet Performance   Dry Performance   Snow Performance   Fuel Consumption  
    Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia
    Test Score:
    2.6
  5. Hankook Winter i*cept RS2 W452
    Hankook Winter i*cept RS2 W452
    79 37
    Passenger · Winter · 2015 · Passenger - Studless Ice & Snow
    Verdict:

    Good on dry and wet roads. A little weaker on ice compared to the best. Relatively high fuel consumption.

    Treadwear   Wet Performance   Dry Performance   Snow Performance  
    Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia
    Test Score:
    2.6
  6. Michelin Alpin A4
    Michelin Alpin A4
    82 33
    Passenger · Winter · 2010 · Passenger - Performance Winter / Snow
    Verdict:

    Top marks in wear. Slight weaknesses on snow. Especially good on dry roads and ice. Relatively high fuel consumption.

    Ice Performance   Wet Performance   Dry Performance   Snow Performance   Treadwear  
    Northern America Northern America · Europe Europe
    Test Score:
    2.8
  7. Falken Eurowinter HS01
    Falken Eurowinter HS01
    75 43
    Passenger · Winter · 2016 · Passenger - Studless Ice & Snow
    Verdict:

    Good in the wet. Slight weaknesses on snow and especially on ice.

    Treadwear   Wet Performance   Fuel Consumption  
    Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia
    Test Score:
    2.9
  8. Vredestein Snowtrac 5
    Vredestein Snowtrac 5
    75 29
    Passenger · Winter · 2014 · Passenger - Studless Ice & Snow
    Verdict:

    Low fuel consumption. Relatively weak on dry roads. Loudest outside noise.

    Ice Performance   Fuel Consumption   Treadwear   Outside Noise  
    Northern America Northern America · Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia
    Test Score:
    3
  9. Goodyear UltraGrip 9
    Goodyear UltraGrip 9
    83 52
    Passenger · Winter · 2014 · Passenger - Studless Ice & Snow
    Verdict:

    Especially good on wet. Relatively weak on snow. Good even on dry roads

    Ice Performance   Wet Performance   Dry Performance   Treadwear   Fuel Consumption   Snow Handling  
    Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia
    Test Score:
    3.1
  10. Nokian WR D4
    Nokian WR D4
    82 45
    Passenger · Winter · 2015 · Passenger - Studless Ice & Snow
    Verdict:

    Although Nokian WR D4 did show some class on winter surfaces, it was not half as convincing on either wet or dry pavement. The test experts were also disappointed with its relatively weak resistance to wear.

    Ice Performance   Fuel Consumption   Snow Performance  
    Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia · Oceania Oceania
    Test Score:
    3.1
  11. Gislaved Euro*Frost 6
    Gislaved Euro*Frost 6
    61 35
    Passenger · Winter · 2017 · Passenger - Studless Ice & Snow
    Verdict:

    The product of Gislaved (a subsidiary brand of Continental), the Euro*Frost 6 model, demonstrated its weak sides on snow, in the wet, and in the dry.

    Ice Performance   Fuel Consumption   Treadwear  
    Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia
    Test Score:
    3.2
  12. Kumho WinterCraft WP51
    Kumho WinterCraft WP51
    65 21
    Passenger · Winter · 2014 · Passenger - Studless Ice & Snow
    Verdict:

    Relatively weak on snow.

    Ice Performance   Fuel Consumption   Snow Handling  
    Northern America Northern America · Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia
    Test Score:
    3.2
  13. Viking WinTech
    Viking WinTech
    N/A 29
    Passenger · Winter · 2017 · Passenger - Studless Ice & Snow
    Verdict:

    Viking WinTech was totally weak on wet pavement alone.

    Ice Performance   Fuel Consumption   Snow Performance   Treadwear  
    Europe Europe
    Test Score:
    3.2
  14. Sava Eskimo S3+
    Sava Eskimo S3+
    69 16
    Passenger · Winter · 2010 · Passenger - Studless Ice & Snow
    Verdict:

    The tires Sava Eskimo S3+ were the only ones on test that got the verdict «average», which, by a certain stretch of the imagination, can be interpreted as «conditionally recommended». Their performance on dry pavement could not convince the test experts in the reverse.

    Ice Performance   Fuel Consumption   Snow Performance   Treadwear   Dry Performance  
    Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia
    Test Score:
    3.6
  15. Toyo Snowprox S943
    Toyo Snowprox S943
    74 21
    Passenger · Winter · 2013 · Passenger - Studless Ice & Snow
    Verdict:

    In the ADAC winter tire test 2019, the Toyo Snowprox S943 model disappointed the test experts with its performance on snow, particularly during the cornering.

    Ice Performance   Fuel Consumption   Treadwear   Dry Performance   Snow Performance  
    Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia
    Test Score:
    5.1
  16. Davanti Wintoura
    Davanti Wintoura
    N/A 27
    Passenger · Winter · 2017 · Passenger - Studless Ice & Snow
    Verdict:

    The Davanti Wintoura tires, which recently appeared on the German market, demonstrated a lack of grip on wet pavement (mostly lateral), as well as an extremely weak resistance to hydroplaning.

    Ice Performance   Fuel Consumption   Treadwear   Wet Performance   Dry Performance   Snow Performance  
    Northern America Northern America · Europe Europe
    Test Score:
    5.5
Year
2019
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Tire Size
185/65R15
Season
Winter
Auto Type
Passenger
List Type
Professional Tire Test
Region
Europe
Date added
Jan 03, 2020
Date updated
Oct 17, 2020