Auto Express: Winter Tire Test R17 2019

The expert team of Great Britain’s Auto Express that performed a test of winter tires in the size of 225/45 R17 now knows the answer to the question which of the models is the best to tackle freeze and snow.

Getting ahead of our story, we will start off by mentioning that the test involved two facilities belonging to one of the interested parties: the «white» tests were conducted in Finland at the state-of-the-art test track White Hell (belongs to Nokian), while the cabin noise and hydroplaning resistance tests were done at a Nokian factory in the city of Nokia. But then again, ultimately it turned out that being in their own territory did not help Nokian tires much.

All the other disciplines were conducted at the test facility ATP Papenburg in Germany. Most of the tests were conducted by the pilots of Auto Express.

The list of ten winter models of the popular 225/45 R17 size was augmented by the experts with all-season and summer tires, which won in the respective tests earlier conducted by AE, in order to see how these would perform in different weather conditions.

  1. Goodyear UltraGrip Performance+ - Winner Recommended
    Test Score:

    A new benchmark model for the competing winter tire brands. Recommended.

    Snow Traction   Snow Handling   Snow Braking   Snow Slalom   Cabin Noise   Wet Braking / Handling   Lateral Stability   Lateral Hydroplaning   Price  
    N/A 33
  2. Continental WinterContact TS 860 Recommended
    Test Score:

    This model may have lost its crown but it’s still a great winter tire. Recommended.

    Wet Handling   Snow Braking   Wet Braking   Rolling Resistance   Straight Hydroplaning   Lateral Stability   Dry Handling  
    93 55
  3. Michelin Alpin 6 Recommended
    Test Score:

    A promising debut by Alpin 6 that proved to be very effective on wet pavement. Recommended.

    Lateral Stability   Snow Traction   Wet Handling   Straight Hydroplaning   Price   Cabin Noise  
    N/A 39
  4. Dunlop Winter Sport 5
    Test Score:

    Quiet and fuel efficient tires, dependable on snow.

    Snow Traction   Snow Handling   Snow Braking   Rolling Resistance   Snow Slalom   Cabin Noise   Lateral Hydroplaning   Dry Braking   Dry Handling  
    83 45
  5. Vredestein Wintrac Pro
    Test Score:

    This model performs at its absolute best on dry and wet pavement, but its grip on snow, as well as its rolling resistance factor, is yet to be improved.

    Dry Braking   Dry Handling   Rolling Resistance   Snow Slalom  
    88 38
  6. Falken Eurowinter HS01
    Test Score:

    Good on wet pavement, but the rolling resistance issue is yet to be solved.

    Cabin Noise   Wet Braking   Lateral Hydroplaning   Straight Hydroplaning   Dry Braking   Rolling Resistance   Snow Traction   Dry Handling  
    75 33
  7. Nokian WR Snowproof
    Test Score:

    Comes at an attractive price, yet there is no certainty that this Nokian model ensures a well-balanced performance.

    Dry Braking   Rolling Resistance   Snow Slalom   Wet Braking   Straight Hydroplaning  
    N/A 38
  8. Pirelli Winter Sottozero 3
    Test Score:

    Impressive results for an old model, but the new rivals are definitely one step ahead.

    Price   Snow Braking   Snow Handling  
    80 46
  9. Hankook Winter i*cept RS2 W452
    Test Score:

    The unsatisfactory performance on wet pavement got in the way of scoring the former higher lines in the tournament bracket.

    Price   Snow Handling   Wet Handling   Wet Braking   Cabin Noise   Straight Hydroplaning   Lateral Stability   Lateral Hydroplaning  
    80 24
  10. Toyo Snowprox S954
    Test Score:

    The results demonstrated by Toyo Snowprox S954 look pretty similar to the results of the previous-generation tires. The bar for winter tires has been raised a little bit since that time.

    Dry Braking   Price   Dry Handling   Snow Traction   Wet Handling   Snow Handling   Snow Braking   Snow Slalom   Lateral Stability   Lateral Hydroplaning  
    N/A 30
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Nov 27, 2019