Auto Zeitung: Winter Tire Test R16 2020

14 winter tires of the popular compact car size 205/55 R16 in the 2020 winter tire test on snow, wet and dry roads. Also included: the new tires from Bridgestone, Goodyear and Maxxis as well as a retreaded tire.

Auto Zeitung: Winter Tire Test R16
  1. Bridgestone Blizzak LM005 - Winner Recommended
    Bridgestone Blizzak LM005
    91 57
    Passenger · Winter · 2019 · Passenger - Studless Ice & Snow
    Verdict:

    Excellent performance and high grip in all conditions.

    Straight Aquaplaning   Snow Traction   Slalom (Snow)   Lateral Stability (Wet Pavement)  
    Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia
    Test Score:
    94
  2. Continental WinterContact TS 860 Recommended
    Continental WinterContact TS 860
    87 64
    Passenger · Winter · 2016 · Passenger - Performance Winter / Snow
    Verdict:

    Good balance of performance. Very good grip on wet surfaces.

    Lateral Stability (Snow)   Snow Braking   External Noise   Lateral Stability (Wet Pavement)  
    Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia
    Test Score:
    88
  3. Goodyear UltraGrip 9+ Recommended
    Goodyear UltraGrip 9+
    86 41
    Passenger · Winter · 2019 · Passenger - Studless Ice & Snow
    Verdict:

    Good results in all disciplines. High level of comfort.

    Straight Aquaplaning   Lateral Stability (Snow)   Lateral Stability (Wet Pavement)   Snow Traction   Lateral Aquaplaning   Rolling Resistance  
    Europe Europe
    Test Score:
    87
  4. Hankook Winter i*cept RS2 W452 Recommended
    Hankook Winter i*cept RS2 W452
    79 36
    Passenger · Winter · 2015 · Passenger - Studless Ice & Snow
    Verdict:

    Good handling on all types of surfaces. Good value for money.

    Straight Aquaplaning   Snow Traction   Lateral Stability (Snow)   Lateral Aquaplaning  
    Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia
    Test Score:
    86
  5. Michelin Alpin 6 Recommended
    Michelin Alpin 6
    84 55
    Passenger · Winter · 2018 · Passenger - Studless Ice & Snow
    Verdict:

    Good performance on snow and wet surfaces. High level of comfort.

    Wet Braking   Comfort  
    Northern America Northern America · Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia
    Test Score:
    84
  6. Dunlop Winter Sport 5
    Dunlop Winter Sport 5
    81 59
    Passenger · Winter · 2015 · Passenger - Performance Winter / Snow
    Verdict:

    Tires combine low rolling resistance, which affects fuel consumption, with high grip on wet surfaces.

    Lateral Stability (Snow)   Rolling Resistance   Snow Braking  
    Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia
    Test Score:
    83
  7. Pirelli Cinturato Winter
    Pirelli Cinturato Winter
    76 51
    Passenger · Winter · 2016 · Passenger - Studless Ice & Snow
    Verdict:

    Good performance on snow. Long braking distances on wet surfaces.

    Snow Traction   Slalom (Snow)   Wet Braking  
    Northern America Northern America · Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia
    Test Score:
    80
  8. Falken Eurowinter HS01
    Falken Eurowinter HS01
    75 43
    Passenger · Winter · 2016 · Passenger - Studless Ice & Snow
    Verdict:

    Good results on dry surfaces. Long braking distances on wet surfaces.

    Slalom (Snow)   Wet Braking  
    Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia
    Test Score:
    77
  9. Maxxis Premitra Snow WP6
    Maxxis Premitra Snow WP6
    72 38
    Passenger · Winter · 2019 · Passenger - Studless Ice & Snow
    Verdict:

    No obvious flaws.

    External Noise  
    Europe Europe
    Test Score:
    77
  10. Fulda Kristall Control HP2
    Fulda Kristall Control HP2
    73 35
    Passenger · Winter · 2016 · Passenger - Performance Winter / Snow
    Verdict:

    Relatively poor performance on wet and dry surfaces.

    Rolling Resistance   Snow Braking   External Noise  
    Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia
    Test Score:
    72
  11. Nexen Winguard Snow G 3
    Nexen Winguard Snow G 3
    N/A 29
    Passenger · Winter · 2019 · Passenger - Performance Winter / Snow
    Verdict:

    Poor performance on wet surfaces.

    Lateral Aquaplaning  
    Europe Europe
    Test Score:
    70
  12. Toyo Snowprox S954
    Toyo Snowprox S954
    75 33
    Passenger · Winter · 2016 · Passenger - Studless Ice & Snow
    Verdict:

    Good results on dry surfaces. Poor performance on snow and wet surfaces.

    Slalom (Snow)   Lateral Aquaplaning   Lateral Stability (Snow)   Snow Traction   Rolling Resistance   Snow Braking  
    Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia
    Test Score:
    67
  13. King-Meiler Winter Tact WT81
    King-Meiler Winter Tact WT81
    N/A 5
    Passenger · Winter · Passenger - Studless Ice & Snow
    Verdict:

    Acceptable dry results. Very low price. Poor performance on snow and wet surfaces. Saving money is clearly not worth it.

    Price   Lateral Stability (Wet Pavement)   Straight Aquaplaning   Rolling Resistance   Lateral Aquaplaning  
    Europe Europe
    Test Score:
    51
Year
2020
Tire Test Original Link
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Max Score, points
100
Tire Size
205/55R16
Season
Winter
Auto Type
Passenger
List Type
Professional Tire Test
Region
Europe
Date added
Dec 22, 2020
Date updated
Dec 24, 2020