Auto Zeitung: Winter Tire Test R17 2019

When tire makers want to present the characteristics of their product, they do so by placing icons and codes on the labels. However, the experts of the German publication Auto Zeitung are not used to relying on such information, conducting independent tests of the tires that they buy anonymously in retail stores.

Such tests are conducted in full accordance with the rigorous standards of industrial tests that stretch far beyond the performance data stated on the Euro label: independently of the manufacturers, and with the use of the most advanced measuring technologies and testing tracks that were engineered specifically for tire tests.

While the labels only provide information on fuel efficiency, wet traction, and rolling noise (indicated in barely comprehensible German acronyms), the German experts thoroughly study the tires’ behavior on different surfaces and in the same conditions. They also test them for acoustic comfort and hydroplaning resistance.

In 2019, their test of European tires was conducted in size 225/55 R17, which fits Audi A4, A6, BMW 5, or Opel Insignia. It involved 13 models of priced from 210 to 600 Euro per set.

  1. Goodyear UltraGrip Performance Gen 1 - Winner Recommended
    Goodyear UltraGrip Performance Gen 1
    84 52
    Passenger · Winter · 2015 · Passenger - Performance Winter / Snow
    Verdict:

    Goodyear UltraGrip Performance Gen-1 scored an excellent first place thanks to its safety performance in the winter weather conditions. Thoroughly recommended.

    Snow Traction   Wet Handling   Snow Braking   Wet Braking   Straight Aquaplanning   Lateral Stability (Wet)   Lateral Aquaplanning  
    Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia
    Test Score:
    382
  2. Michelin Alpin 5 Recommended
    Michelin Alpin 5
    83 43
    Passenger · Winter · 2014 · Passenger - Studless Ice & Snow
    Verdict:

    The outstanding grip on wet pavement, absence of any problems in the dry, and the highest snow traction on test scored Michelin Alpin 5 the second line in the final standings. Thoroughly recommended.

    Snow Traction   Wet Handling   Dry Braking   Wet Braking   Straight Aquaplanning   Lateral Stability (Wet)   Dry Handling  
    Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia
    Test Score:
    380
  3. Vredestein Wintrac Pro Recommended
    Vredestein Wintrac Pro
    79 51
    Passenger · Winter · 2018 · Passenger - Performance Winter / Snow
    Verdict:

    The bronze medal of this winter tire test went to Vredestein Wintrac Pro, which, thanks to its well-balanced performance, the experts are thoroughly recommending to motorists with different driving experience.

    Wet Handling   Lateral Stability (Wet)   Wet Braking   Snow Handling   Dry Handling   Lateral Stability (Snow)  
    Northern America Northern America · Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia
    Test Score:
    376
  4. Dunlop Winter Sport 5 Recommended
    Dunlop Winter Sport 5
    82 59
    Passenger · Winter · 2015 · Passenger - Performance Winter / Snow
    Verdict:

    The fourth line in the final standings was occupied by Dunlop Winter Sport 5. These tires were praised for great performance on all types of surfaces and high level of safety even in the most unfavorable conditions. Thoroughly recommended.

    Wet Handling   Snow Handling   Snow Braking   Lateral Stability (Snow)   Straight Aquaplanning   Rolling Resistance   Lateral Aquaplanning   Noise  
    Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia
    Test Score:
    373
  5. Pirelli Winter Sottozero 3 Recommended
    Pirelli Winter Sottozero 3
    79 60
    Passenger · Winter · 2014 · Passenger - Performance Winter / Snow
    Verdict:

    The fifth place was scored by Pirelli Winter Sottozero 3, which the test experts pronounced to be excellent both in the wet and in the dry. At the same time, its behavior on snow was described as «slightly disconcerting». Nonetheless — thoroughly recommended.

    Wet Handling   Dry Braking   Wet Braking   Dry Handling   Snow Braking   Snow Traction  
    Eastern Asia Eastern Asia · Northern America Northern America · Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia
    Test Score:
    360
  6. Nokian WR A4
    Nokian WR A4
    78 28
    Passenger · Winter · 2016 · Passenger - Performance Winter / Snow
    Verdict:

    The sixth line of the ranking was occupied by Nokian WR A4 that came out the winner in the dry disciplines. Its «bite» on snow also turned out to be quite dependable, but the braking performance on wet pavement became a big disappointment for the test experts.

    Dry Braking   Rolling Resistance   Snow Handling   Lateral Aquaplanning   Straight Aquaplanning  
    Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia
    Test Score:
    351
  7. Continental WinterContact TS 850 P
    Continental WinterContact TS 850 P
    82 54
    Passenger · Winter · 2014 · Passenger - Performance Winter / Snow
    Verdict:

    The seventh place was all that Continental WinterContact TS 850 P could score in this test. It demonstrated unsteady behavior on wet pavement but became the best in terms of rolling resistance. The grip on snow is also up to the notch.

    Rolling Resistance   Snow Braking   Snow Traction   Lateral Stability (Snow)  
    Northern America Northern America · Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia
    Test Score:
    346
  8. Nexen WinGuard Sport 2
    Nexen WinGuard Sport 2
    73 35
    Passenger · Winter · 2016 · Passenger - Studless Ice & Snow
    Verdict:

    Nexen Winguard Sport 2 occupied the eighth line. The test experts liked its price/quality ratio, all the more so because the tire showed a well-balanced performance in all kinds of conditions.

    Lateral Stability (Snow)   Wet Braking   Noise   Lateral Aquaplanning  
    Eastern Asia Eastern Asia · Northern America Northern America · Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia
    Test Score:
    344
  9. Falken Eurowinter HS01
    Falken Eurowinter HS01
    75 43
    Passenger · Winter · 2016 · Passenger - Studless Ice & Snow
    Verdict:

    The ninth place got scored by Falken Eurowinter HS01. While only average in terms of wet braking, it showed the highest hydroplaning resistance. What spoiled the overall impression, however, was the highest rolling resistance on test.

    Lateral Aquaplanning   Snow Braking   Straight Aquaplanning   Rolling Resistance   Lateral Stability (Snow)  
    Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia
    Test Score:
    336
  10. Maxxis Arctic Trekker WP-05
    Maxxis Arctic Trekker WP-05
    N/A 20
    Passenger · Winter · 2012 · Passenger - Studless Ice & Snow
    Verdict:

    Maxxis Arctictrekker WP05 was the tenth to cross the finish line. Its poor performance on wet pavement did cost it a lot of points. Hopefully, the successor model (WP06) will address this issue, say the German test experts.

    Snow Handling   Dry Handling   Wet Handling   Rolling Resistance   Snow Traction   Wet Braking  
    Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia
    Test Score:
    318
  11. Fortuna Winter UHP
    Fortuna Winter UHP
    N/A 0
    Passenger · Winter · Passenger - Studless Ice & Snow
    Verdict:

    The eleventh place got scored by Fortuna Winter UHP. It demonstrated quite a decent performance on snow, yet its weak sides showed through in the wet and dry braking tests.

    Snow Braking   Snow Traction   Lateral Stability (Snow)   Lateral Aquaplanning   Wet Handling   Wet Braking   Straight Aquaplanning   Dry Braking  
    Europe Europe
    Test Score:
    267
  12. Austone SP-901
    Austone SP-901
    N/A 0
    Passenger · Winter · Passenger - Performance Winter / Snow
    Verdict:

    Austone SP 901 scored not only the twelfth place but also the verdict «Not recommended». In spite of its great grip on snow, its wet performance was a true fiasco.

    Snow Braking   Snow Traction   Lateral Stability (Snow)   Lateral Aquaplanning   Wet Handling   Lateral Stability (Wet)   Wet Braking   Straight Aquaplanning  
    Northern America Northern America · Europe Europe
    Test Score:
    260
  13. Goodride SW608
    Goodride SW608
    67 17
    Passenger · Winter · Passenger - Studless Ice & Snow
    Verdict:

    The main outsider of the Auto Zeitung winter tire test 2019 is the model Goodride SW608. This tire has issues on snowy roads, and because of that the test experts ask the drivers to refrain from using this Chinese tire brand altogether.

    Noise   Lateral Aquaplanning   Snow Braking   Snow Traction   Lateral Stability (Snow)   Snow Handling  
    Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia
    Test Score:
    259
Year
2019
Tire Test Original Link
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Max Score, points
450
Tire Size
225/55R17
Season
Winter
Auto Type
Passenger
List Type
Professional Tire Test
Region
Europe
Date added
Dec 29, 2019
Date updated
Oct 17, 2020