Auto Bild: Large Winter Tire Test R18 2020

Each year, more and more new tire models are launched on the market, and buying a set of such new tires is often fraught with a number of risks. According to the results of the winter tire test 2020 conducted in size 245/45 R18 by the German industry publication Auto Bild, many tires have serious issues in terms of dependability and driving safety. Therefore, if you do not want to buy the wrong set of tires, instead of proceeding solely from the budget considerations or the reputation of the brand, make a thorough research on the tires’ performance in those conditions, in which you are most likely to drive.
For yet another annual large-scale tire test, where more than 50 sets of tires are aligned at the start, the Auto Bild experts anonymously bought these tire sets online or in retail tire dealerships.Thanks to the price variance among the test participants, those who are looking to save money can clearly see that safety usually does not come cheap.
Thanks to the price variance among the test participants, those who are looking to save money can clearly see that safety usually does not come cheap. First things first, though!

Auto Bild: Large Winter Tire Test R18
  1. Michelin Pilot Alpin 5 - Winner Recommended
    Michelin Pilot Alpin 5
    96 36
    Passenger · Winter · 2014 · Passenger - Performance Winter / Snow
    Verdict:

    Pros: Excellent snow grip, dynamic handling performance on dry and wet pavement, efficient braking, long expected mileage, good price/quality ratio. Winner of the Auto Bild winter tire test 2020/2021.
    Cons: Very high price.However weird this may sound, this is the first independent tire test of the Pilot Alpin 5 model, which has been out for three years.

    Noise   Dry Braking   Snow Traction   Snow Braking   Treadwear   Slalom (Snow Surface)   Wet Braking   Lateral Stability (Wet Surface)   Dry Handling   Wet Handling  
    Northern America Northern America · Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia
  2. Bridgestone Blizzak LM005 Recommended
    Bridgestone Blizzak LM005
    92 59
    Passenger · Winter · 2019 · Passenger - Studless Ice & Snow
    Verdict:

    Pros: great overall winter performance, high level of driving safety on wet and dry pavement, good riding comfort, low rolling resistance.
    Cons: Average tread life.

    Rolling Resistance   Snow Traction   Snow Braking   Slalom (Snow Surface)   Wet Braking   Lateral Stability (Wet Surface)   Dry Handling   Wet Handling   Snow Handling  
    Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia
  3. Goodyear UltraGrip Performance+ Recommended
    Goodyear UltraGrip Performance+
    88 57
    Passenger · Winter · 2019 · Passenger - Performance Winter / Snow
    Verdict:

    Pros: Excellent performance on snow-covered and dry roads, good handling response on wet pavement, good hydroplaning safety margin.
    Cons: Average riding comfort.

    Straight Aquaplaning   Lateral Aquaplaning   Snow Traction   Dry Handling   Snow Handling  
    Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia
  4. BFGoodrich g-Force Winter 2 Recommended
    BFGoodrich g-Force Winter 2
    82 34
    Passenger · Winter · 2016 · Passenger - Studless Ice & Snow
    Verdict:

    Pros: good environmental performance, convincing handling response on snow, good hydroplaning resistance, high resistance to wear and long tread life.
    Cons: Increased rolling resistance

    Noise   Snow Traction   Snow Braking   Treadwear   Slalom (Snow Surface)   Rolling Resistance  
    Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia
  5. Kleber Krisalp HP3 Recommended
    Kleber Krisalp HP3
    81 52
    Passenger · Winter · 2016 · Passenger - Studless Ice & Snow
    Verdict:

    Pros: affordable price, great overall performance, well-balanced handling response in any weather conditions, long expected mileage.
    Cons: Increased rolling resistance

    Lateral Aquaplaning   Noise   Snow Braking   Treadwear   Slalom (Snow Surface)   Rolling Resistance  
    Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia
  6. Hankook Winter i*cept evo3 W330 Recommended
    Hankook Winter i*cept evo3 W330
    N/A 33
    Passenger · Winter · 2020 · Passenger - Performance Winter / Snow
    Verdict:

    Pros: sporty handling response on wet and dry pavement, good mobility on snow, short stopping distance on snow and wet pavement.
    Cons: Increased rolling resistance

    Straight Aquaplaning   Dry Braking   Wet Braking   Rolling Resistance   Noise  
    Europe Europe
  7. Continental WinterContact TS 850 P
    Continental WinterContact TS 850 P
    82 54
    Passenger · Winter · 2014 · Passenger - Performance Winter / Snow
    Verdict:

    Pros: Sporty and dynamic handling response in any weather conditions, crisp steering response, long tread life.
    Cons: Increased braking distance on dry pavement, expensive price.

    Noise   Treadwear   Slalom (Snow Surface)   Wet Braking   Lateral Stability (Wet Surface)   Dry Handling   Wet Handling   Snow Handling   Dry Braking  
    Northern America Northern America · Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia
  8. Dunlop Winter Sport 5
    Dunlop Winter Sport 5
    82 59
    Passenger · Winter · 2015 · Passenger - Performance Winter / Snow
    Verdict:

    Pros: Well-balanced performance with impressive handling response on snow, high hydroplaning safety margin, good riding comfort.
    Cons: Increased braking distance on wet pavement, expensive price.

    Straight Aquaplaning   Lateral Aquaplaning   Snow Handling   Rolling Resistance   Noise   Wet Braking  
    Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia
  9. Apollo Aspire XP Winter
    Apollo Aspire XP Winter
    N/A 31
    Passenger · Winter · 2018 · Passenger - Studless Ice & Snow
    Verdict:

    Pros: Convincing traction and short stopping distance on snow, good hydroplaning resistance, and dynamic handling response on dry pavement.
    Cons: Poor mobility on snow, increased braking distance on wet pavement.

    Dry Braking   Lateral Aquaplaning   Dry Handling   Noise   Slalom (Snow Surface)   Wet Braking  
    Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia
  10. Semperit Speed-Grip 3
    Semperit Speed-Grip 3
    71 42
    Passenger · Winter · 2017 · Passenger - Performance Winter / Snow
    Verdict:

    Pros: Short stopping distance and dynamic handling response on wet pavement, long tread life, good fuel saving properties.
    Cons: Low hydroplaning safety margin.

    Treadwear   Wet Handling   Wet Braking   Straight Aquaplaning   Snow Braking   Lateral Aquaplaning  
    Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia
  11. Fulda Kristall Control HP2
    Fulda Kristall Control HP2
    75 35
    Passenger · Winter · 2016 · Passenger - Performance Winter / Snow
    Verdict:

    Pros: Good traction on snow, great hydroplaning resistance, good riding comfort, long tread life.
    Cons: poor handling response on dry and wet pavement, increased braking distance on wet pavement.

    Straight Aquaplaning   Lateral Aquaplaning   Rolling Resistance   Snow Braking   Snow Handling   Dry Braking   Wet Braking   Lateral Stability (Wet Surface)   Dry Handling   Wet Handling  
    Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia
  12. Vredestein Wintrac Pro
    Vredestein Wintrac Pro
    79 51
    Passenger · Winter · 2018 · Passenger - Performance Winter / Snow
    Verdict:

    Pros: Well-balanced performance in any weather conditions, short braking distance on snow, dynamic handling on wet pavement.
    Cons: Average fuel saving capabilities, increased rolling resistance.

    Dry Braking   Snow Braking   Wet Handling   Lateral Stability (Wet Surface)   Rolling Resistance  
    Northern America Northern America · Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia
  13. Giti GitiWinter W1
    Giti GitiWinter W1
    64 28
    Passenger · Winter · 2017 · Passenger - Studless Ice & Snow
    Verdict:

    Pros: Short stopping distance and good handling response on snow, long tread life, affordable price.
    Cons: Average hydroplaning resistance, increased stopping distance on wet pavement.

    Price   Snow Braking   Treadwear   Lateral Stability (Wet Surface)   Snow Handling   Straight Aquaplaning   Lateral Aquaplaning   Wet Braking   Dry Handling   Snow Handling  
    Europe Europe
  14. Uniroyal MS Plus 77
    Uniroyal MS Plus 77
    80 29
    Passenger · Winter · 2013 · Passenger - Studless Ice & Snow
    Verdict:

    Pros: Great performance on snow, high hydroplaning safety margin, pleasant riding comfort.
    Cons: Moderate traction and handling response in the wet, average tread life.

    Snow Traction   Snow Handling   Slalom   Treadwear  
    Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia
  15. Barum Polaris 5
    Barum Polaris 5
    N/A 33
    Passenger · Winter · 2018 · Passenger - Studless Ice & Snow
    Verdict:

    Pros: Well-balanced handling response on snow and dry pavement, good hydroplaning resistance.
    Cons: Increased braking distance on wet pavement, moderate expected mileage, increased rolling resistance.

    Dry Handling   Snow Handling   Rolling Resistance   Treadwear   Wet Braking  
    Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia
  16. Laufenn I Fit+
    Laufenn I Fit+
    N/A 28
    Passenger · Winter · 2020 · Passenger - Studless Ice & Snow
    Verdict:

    Pros: Good traction on snow, confident cornering, efficient braking performance, long tread life.
    Cons: Insufficient traction on wet pavement, prone to understeer on wet and dry pavement.

    Dry Braking   Treadwear   Noise   Rolling Resistance   Snow Traction   Wet Braking   Lateral Stability (Wet Surface)   Dry Handling   Wet Handling  
    Europe Europe
  17. Nokian WR A4
    Nokian WR A4
    78 28
    Passenger · Winter · 2016 · Passenger - Performance Winter / Snow
    Verdict:

    Pros: Well-balanced and safe handling response on dry pavement, low noise, low rolling resistance.
    Cons: Poor handling response on snow, average hydroplaning resistance.

    Rolling Resistance   Dry Handling   Noise   Straight Aquaplaning   Lateral Aquaplaning   Snow Handling   Slalom (Snow Surface)  
    Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia
  18. General Altimax Winter 3
    General Altimax Winter 3
    N/A 28
    Passenger · Winter · 2017 · Passenger - Studless Ice & Snow
    Verdict:

    Pros: Good snow traction, good price/quality ratio, low noise.
    Cons: Poor handling response on wet and dry pavement, average hydroplaning resistance.

    Snow Traction   Noise   Price / Quality   Straight Aquaplaning   Lateral Aquaplaning   Rolling Resistance   Wet Braking   Dry Handling   Wet Handling  
    Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia
  19. Pirelli Winter Sottozero 3
    Pirelli Winter Sottozero 3
    79 60
    Passenger · Winter · 2014 · Passenger - Performance Winter / Snow
    Verdict:

    Pros: Convincing performance on snow-covered and dry surfaces, low rolling resistance.
    Cons: Moderate traction and handling response in the wet, expensive price, average tread life.

    Dry Braking   Rolling Resistance   Snow Traction   Snow Braking   Wet Braking   Lateral Stability (Wet Surface)  
    Eastern Asia Eastern Asia · Northern America Northern America · Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia
  20. Cooper Weather-Master SA2+
    Cooper Weather-Master SA2+
    N/A 23
    Passenger · Winter · 2015 · Passenger - Studless Ice & Snow
    Verdict:

    Pros: Good hydroplaning safety margin, low noise, inexpensive price.
    Cons: average snow and ice traction, prone to understeer on dry pavement, short tread life.

    Straight Aquaplaning   Price   Noise   Rolling Resistance   Dry Braking   Snow Traction   Snow Braking   Treadwear   Slalom (Snow Surface)   Dry Handling   Snow Handling  
    Europe Europe
Year
2020
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Tire Size
245/45R18
Season
Winter
Auto Type
Passenger
List Type
Professional Tire Test
Region
Europe
Date added
Sep 20, 2020
Date updated
Oct 17, 2020