Teknikens Värld: Large Winter Tire Test R17 2019

Teknikens Värld: Large Winter Tire Test R17

The Swedish motoring magazine tested 18 models of winter tires in three categories. The fact that in Scandinavia, just as in all of the northern countries in general, one must drive on dedicated winter tires in the wintertime, is obvious to everyone who cares about his own and other people’s safety, yet this year something has changed, and this something will make it a lot easier for the manufacturers of the so-called all-season tires to sell their product on the Scandinavian market.

  1. Continental IceContact 3 - Winner Recommended
    Continental IceContact 3
    92 51
    · Winter · 2019 · Passenger - Studdable Winter / Snow · Studded
    Verdict:

    Positive: Exceptionally high grip and great handling response on snow and ice. Negative: Less-than-perfect road holding ability that influences the riding comfort (falls short of the previous-generation tires in this respect). High price. The winner among the spiked tires.

    Ice Handling   Snow Braking   Ice Braking   Snow Handling   Comfort / Noise  
    Europe Europe · Russia+ Russia+
    Test Score:
    108
  2. Continental VikingContact 7 Recommended
    Continental VikingContact 7
    91 58
    · Winter · 2018 · Passenger - Studless Ice & Snow · For Nordic Winter x
    Verdict:

    Positive: Very good grip on ice and snow. Very good road holding ability. The best riding comfort. Negative: Relatively weak results on wet pavement. The winner among the studless tires of the Scandinavian type.

    Ice Handling   Snow Braking   Ice Braking   Comfort / Noise   Snow Handling   Dry Braking   Straight Aquaplaning   Wet Braking  
    USA+ USA+ · Canada Canada · Europe Europe · Russia+ Russia+ · East Asia East Asia
    Test Score:
    105
  3. Goodyear UltraGrip Ice Arctic Recommended
    Goodyear UltraGrip Ice Arctic
    84 31
    · Winter · 2012 · Passenger - Studdable Winter / Snow · Studded
    Verdict:

    Positive: Well-balanced performance and absence of any prominent drawbacks. Great handling response in any weather conditions. Low rolling resistance. Relatively inexpensive.

    Ice Handling   Snow Braking   Ice Braking   Snow Handling   Fuel Consumption  
    Europe Europe · Russia+ Russia+
    Test Score:
    105
  4. Nokian Hakkapeliitta R3 Recommended
    Nokian Hakkapeliitta R3
    86 51
    · Winter · 2018 · Passenger - Studless Ice & Snow · For Nordic Winter x
    Verdict:

    Positive: Great handling response on snow and ice. The lowest rolling resistance on test. Negative: In some of the disciplines, the soft tread compound made a negative difference, for example, in the hydroplaning resistance test.

    Ice Handling   Fuel Consumption   Ice Braking   Straight Aquaplaning  
    USA+ USA+ · Canada Canada · Europe Europe · Russia+ Russia+
    Test Score:
    103
  5. Continental WinterContact TS 860 Recommended
    Continental WinterContact TS 860
    87 64
    · Winter · 2016 · Passenger - Performance Winter / Snow
    Verdict:

    Positive: Great handling in the wet and in the dry. Great riding comfort. Negative: Relatively weak results on snow and ice as compared to the spiked tire of the same brand (which is, after all, quite expectable). The winner among the studless tires of the European type.

    Dry Braking   Straight Aquaplaning   Comfort / Noise   Wet Braking   Fuel Consumption  
    Europe Europe · Russia+ Russia+
    Test Score:
    102
  6. Gislaved Nord*Frost 200 Recommended
    Gislaved Nord*Frost 200
    82 41
    · Winter · 2016 · Passenger - Studdable Winter / Snow · Studded · For Nordic Winter x
    Verdict:

    Positive: Great handling response on snow and ice. Relatively inexpensive. Negative: Low riding comfort

    Ice Handling   Snow Braking   Ice Braking   Snow Handling   Dry Braking   Fuel Consumption  
    Europe Europe · Russia+ Russia+
    Test Score:
    102
  7. Michelin Alpin 6 Recommended
    Michelin Alpin 6
    84 57
    · Winter · 2018 · Passenger - Studless Ice & Snow
    Verdict:

    Positive: Acceptable performance on snow. Particularly great results on wet pavement. Great riding comfort. Negative: Weak performance on ice.

    Dry Braking   Straight Aquaplaning   Comfort / Noise   Wet Braking   Snow Braking  
    USA+ USA+ · Canada Canada · Europe Europe · Russia+ Russia+ · Japan Japan
    Test Score:
    102
  8. Goodyear UltraGrip Performance Gen-1
    Goodyear UltraGrip Performance Gen-1
    84 50
    · Winter · 2015 · Passenger - Performance Winter / Snow
    Verdict:

    Positive: Excellent hydroplaning resistance. Negative: The longest braking distance on ice among all the tires.

    Dry Braking   Straight Aquaplaning   Comfort / Noise   Wet Braking   Ice Braking  
    Europe Europe · Russia+ Russia+
    Test Score:
    100
  9. Michelin X-Ice North 4
    Michelin X-Ice North 4
    91 51
    · Winter · 2018 · Passenger - Studdable Winter / Snow · Studded
    Verdict:

    Positive: Good results on snow and ice (the fact that Michelin did not score the first place only speaks about how tough the competition was this year). Negative: Long braking distance on wet pavement. Poor hydroplaning resistance. Weak results in the elk test.

    Ice Handling   Snow Braking   Ice Braking   Snow Handling   Straight Aquaplaning  
    Europe Europe · Russia+ Russia+
    Test Score:
    100
  10. Delinte WD6
    Delinte WD6
    N/A 13
    · Winter · 2001 · Passenger - Studless Ice & Snow
    Verdict:

    Positive: Surprisingly good results for a cheap Chinese tire. Ice and snow performance on a par with the tires of the Scandinavian type. Negative: Weak results on asphalt.

    Europe Europe
    Test Score:
    98
  11. Michelin X-Ice Xi3
    Michelin X-Ice Xi3
    81 54
    · Winter · 2012 · Passenger - Studless Ice & Snow · For Nordic Winter x
    Verdict:

    Positive: A time-tested tire, soon to be replaced by a new model. Good performance on snow and ice. The result of the elk test better than was expected. Negative: Poor results on wet pavement.

    Ice Handling   Comfort / Noise   Straight Aquaplaning   Wet Braking   Snow Handling   Fuel Consumption  
    USA+ USA+ · Canada Canada · Europe Europe · Russia+ Russia+ · East Asia East Asia · Southeast Asia Southeast Asia · Middle East Middle East
    Test Score:
    94
  12. Nexen Winguard Ice Plus
    Nexen Winguard Ice Plus
    69 39
    · Winter · 2018 · Passenger - Studless Ice & Snow · For Nordic Winter x
    Verdict:

    Lack of balance between the longitudinal and the lateral grip, meaning, the car is OK when moving forward but can easily go into a skid while cornering. Hence a short braking distance, but a less-than-perfect handling response on ice.

    Fuel Consumption  
    USA+ USA+ · Canada Canada · Russia+ Russia+
    Test Score:
    93
  13. Nokian Nordman 7
    Nokian Nordman 7
    75 31
    · Winter · 2017 · Passenger - Studdable Winter / Snow · Studded · For Nordic Winter x
    Verdict:

    Positive: This tire demonstrated a better performance than the premium Nokian Hakkapeliitta 9. Negative: The snow, and particularly the ice traction is worse than that of the leaders (and worse than was expected).

    Snow Handling   Wet Braking  
    USA+ USA+ · Canada Canada · Europe Europe · Russia+ Russia+
    Test Score:
    92
  14. Nokian Hakkapeliitta 9
    Nokian Hakkapeliitta 9
    84 49
    · Winter · 2017 · Passenger - Studdable Winter / Snow · Studded
    Verdict:

    Positive: Good grip snow. Low rolling resistance. Acceptable results on wet pavement Negative: Weak results on ice (the experts noted that they tested the tire again and again, always with the same result, and what happened to Nokian is still a mystery).

    Snow Handling   Comfort / Noise  
    USA+ USA+ · Canada Canada · Europe Europe · Russia+ Russia+
    Test Score:
    90
  15. Linglong GREEN-Max Winter Ice I-15
    Linglong GREEN-Max Winter Ice I-15
    N/A 18
    · Winter · 2015 · Passenger - Studless Ice & Snow · For Nordic Winter x
    Verdict:

    Positive: Low rolling resistance. Lack of balanced performance. Negative: Weak traction on snow and ice, which is unacceptable for tires of Scandinavian type.

    Fuel Consumption   Wet Braking   Snow Handling  
    Europe Europe · Russia+ Russia+
    Test Score:
    86
  16. Bridgestone Noranza 001
    Bridgestone Noranza 001
    74 40
    · Winter · 2016 · Passenger - Studdable Winter / Snow · Studded
    Verdict:

    Positive: Acceptable performance on snow. Low rolling resistance. Negative: Weak traction on ice. Although Bridgestone is considered to be premium-grade tires, its performance falls obviously short of its stated class.

    Comfort / Noise  
    Europe Europe · Russia+ Russia+
    Test Score:
    85
  17. Federal Himalaya ICEO
    Federal Himalaya ICEO
    N/A 17
    · Winter · 2012 · Passenger - Studless Ice & Snow · For Nordic Winter x
    Verdict:

    Positive:  Acceptable grip on snow (but where in the world is the region where you drive solely on snowy roads?) Negative: Lack of balanced performance. Very weak traction on ice. The worst tire in its class. Unreasonably high price.

    Dry Braking   Ice Handling   Wet Braking  
    USA+ USA+ · Canada Canada
    Test Score:
    83
  18. Kormoran Stud 2
    Kormoran Stud 2
    N/A 28
    · Winter · 2018 · Passenger - Studdable Winter / Snow · Studded
    Verdict:

    Positive: Good grip on wet pavement (the tire’s one and only strong side, and, besides, this parameter is of secondary importance for spiked tires). Negative: Lack of balanced performance. On ice, these tires are pure junk. Not recommended.

    Dry Braking   Wet Braking   Ice Handling   Fuel Consumption   Comfort / Noise   Snow Handling  
    Russia+ Russia+
    Test Score:
    72
Year
2019
Tire Test Original Link
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Max Score, points
150
Tire Size
225/50R17
Season
Winter
Auto Type
Passenger
List Type
Professional Tire Test
Region
Europe
Date added
Jan 03, 2020
Date updated
Feb 15, 2021

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