The Best Scandinavian Tires by the Results of Independent Tests 2019

Each year, for the upcoming winter and summer seasons, independent industry publications and testing organizations conduct independent research of tires’ performance meant to help motorists with choosing their next set of tires because all they have left to do then is use the provided information correctly.

Each year, getting together the results of numerous tests, we determine the best tires of the season.

While we already sorted out the best spiked tires 2019/2020, coming up next are the best studless Scandinavian winter tires, meant for confident driving on icy and snowy roads at temperatures well below the freezing point. These are also referred to as «Scandinavians», «friction tires» or «Nordic-type» tires.

  1. Continental VikingContact 7 - Winner
    Continental VikingContact 7
    90 52
    Passenger · Winter · 2018 · Passenger - Studless Ice & Snow · For Nordic Winter x
    Verdict:

    Ranked #1st of 12. Vi Bilagare, R15
    Ranked #1st of 7. Vi Bilagare: Studded, R17
    Ranked #2nd of 18. Teknikens Varld, R17
    Ranked #6th of 22. Test World, R16
    Ranked #8th of 11. Za rulem, R18
    Ranked #9th of 13. Autoreview, R16

    Ice Handling   Ice Braking   Snow Handling   Dry Braking   Snow Braking   Wet Braking   Acceleration on Snow   Acceleration on Ice   External Noise   Aquaplanning  
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  2. Nokian Hakkapeliitta R3
    Nokian Hakkapeliitta R3
    85 48
    Passenger · Winter · 2018 · Passenger - Studless Ice & Snow · For Nordic Winter x
    Verdict:

    Ranked #1st of 7. Autocentre, R15
    Ranked #2nd of 12. Za rulem, R15
    Ranked #2nd of 7. Autoreview, R17
    Ranked #2nd of 8. Vi Bilagare, R17
    Ranked #4th of 18. Teknikens Varld, R17
    Ranked #12th of 22. Test World, R16

    Acceleration on Snow   Ice Braking   Snow Handling   Snow Braking   Wet Braking   Ice Handling   Acceleration on Ice   Aquaplanning  
    Northern America Northern America · Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia
  3. Michelin X-Ice Xi3
    Michelin X-Ice Xi3
    81 50
    Passenger · Winter · 2012 · Passenger - Studless Ice & Snow · For Nordic Winter x
    Verdict:

    Ranked #2nd of 7. Autocentre, R15
    Ranked #11th of 18. Teknikens Varld, R17
    Ranked #14th of 22. Test World, R16

    Rolling Resistance   Snow Traction   Noise   Ice Braking   Hydroplaning   Dry Braking  
    Asia Asia · Northern America Northern America · Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia
  4. Goodyear UltraGrip Ice 2
    Goodyear UltraGrip Ice 2
    86 24
    Passenger · Winter · 2014 · Passenger - Studless Ice & Snow · For Nordic Winter x
    Verdict:

    Ranked #3rd of 8. Vi Bilagare, R17
    Ranked #14th of 22. Test World, R16

    Wet Handling   Snow Handling   Snow Braking   Wet Braking   Acceleration on Snow   Acceleration on Ice   Aquaplanning   External Noise  
    Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia
  5. Hankook Winter i*cept iZ 2 W616
    Hankook Winter i*cept iZ 2 W616
    81 25
    Passenger · Winter · 2015 · Passenger - Studless Ice & Snow · For Nordic Winter x
    Verdict:

    Ranked #3rd of 12. Za rulem, R15
    Ranked #3rd of 7. Autoreview, R17
    Ranked #18th of 22. Test World, R16

    Stability   Performance on the Track (Snow)   Noise   Acceleration (Snow)   Rolling Resistance   Braking (Snow)   Acceleration (Ice)  
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  6. Nokian Nordman RS2
    Nokian Nordman RS2
    83 14
    Passenger · Winter · 2014 · Passenger - Studless Ice & Snow · For Nordic Winter x
    Verdict:

    Ranked #3rd of 7. Autoreview, R17
    Ranked #4th of 8. Vi Bilagare, R17
    Ranked #6th of 12. Za rulem, R15

    Ice Handling   Acceleration on Snow   Ice Braking   Acceleration on Ice   Snow Braking   Wet Braking   Aquaplanning  
    Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia
  7. Pirelli Ice Zero FR
    Pirelli Ice Zero FR
    N/A 31
    Passenger · Winter · 2015 · Passenger - Studless Ice & Snow · For Nordic Winter x
    Verdict:

    Ranked #3rd of 12. Za rulem, R15
    Ranked #14th of 22. Test World, R16

    Performance on the Track (Snow)   Noise   Acceleration (Snow)   Braking (Snow / Dry)   Acceleration (Ice)  
    Northern America Northern America · Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia
Year
2019
Season
Winter
Auto Type
Passenger
List Type
Top Chart
Date added
May 15, 2020
Date updated
Aug 23, 2020