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
    Goodyear UltraGrip Performance+
    89 51
    Passenger · Winter · 2019 · Passenger - Performance Winter / Snow
    Verdict:

    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  
    Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia
    Test Score:
    100
  2. Continental WinterContact TS 860 Recommended
    Continental WinterContact TS 860
    88 66
    Passenger · Winter · 2016 · Passenger - Performance Winter / Snow
    Verdict:

    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  
    Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia
    Test Score:
    99.5
  3. Michelin Alpin 6 Recommended
    Michelin Alpin 6
    82 51
    Passenger · Winter · 2018 · Passenger - Studless Ice & Snow
    Verdict:

    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  
    Northern America Northern America · Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia
    Test Score:
    98.4
  4. Dunlop Winter Sport 5
    Dunlop Winter Sport 5
    82 57
    Passenger · Winter · 2015 · Passenger - Performance Winter / Snow
    Verdict:

    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  
    Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia
    Test Score:
    98.3
  5. Vredestein Wintrac Pro
    Vredestein Wintrac Pro
    79 47
    Passenger · Winter · 2018 · Passenger - Performance Winter / Snow
    Verdict:

    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  
    Northern America Northern America · Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia
    Test Score:
    97.7
  6. Falken Eurowinter HS01
    Falken Eurowinter HS01
    75 38
    Passenger · Winter · 2016 · Passenger - Studless Ice & Snow
    Verdict:

    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  
    Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia
    Test Score:
    97.7
  7. Nokian WR Snowproof
    Nokian WR Snowproof
    67 39
    Passenger · Winter · 2019 · Passenger - Performance Winter / Snow · For Nordic Winter x
    Verdict:

    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  
    Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia
    Test Score:
    97.6
  8. Pirelli Winter Sottozero 3
    Pirelli Winter Sottozero 3
    80 58
    Passenger · Winter · 2014 · Passenger - Performance Winter / Snow
    Verdict:

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

    Price   Snow Braking   Snow Handling  
    Eastern Asia Eastern Asia · Northern America Northern America · Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia
    Test Score:
    97.3
  9. Hankook Winter i*cept RS2 W452
    Hankook Winter i*cept RS2 W452
    79 34
    Passenger · Winter · 2015 · Passenger - Studless Ice & Snow
    Verdict:

    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  
    Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia
    Test Score:
    95.9
  10. Toyo Snowprox S954
    Toyo Snowprox S954
    76 33
    Passenger · Winter · 2016 · Passenger - Studless Ice & Snow
    Verdict:

    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  
    Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia
    Test Score:
    95.3
Year
2019
Tire Test Original Link
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Max Score, points
100
Tire Size
225/45R17
Season
Winter
Auto Type
Passenger
List Type
Professional Tire Test
Region
Europe
Date added
Nov 27, 2019
Date updated
Aug 23, 2020