Moottori: Winter Studded Tire Test R17 2020

The September issue of the Finnish automobile magazine Moottori published the results of the next comparative test of studded winter tires, which enjoy particular popularity in the Scandinavian countries. For the test, which was performed on a business-class sedan Škoda Superb, the experts selected eight tire models in size 225/50 R17.

Moottori: Winter Studded Tire Test R17
  1. Michelin X-Ice North 4 - Winner Recommended
    Michelin X-Ice North 4
    89 49
    Passenger · Winter · 2018 · Passenger - Studdable Winter / Snow · Studded
    Verdict:

    Performance on ice and snow: Easy handling in any conditions. Excellent traction on ice. Cornering stability, confident behavior during acceleration.
    Performance on asphalt: Long stopping distance on wet pavement. Poor lateral grip on wet pavement. The quietest tires out of the top three.

    Ice Handling   Acceleration on Ice   Snow Handling   Ice Braking   Wet Braking  
    Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia
    Test Score:
    9
  2. Nokian Hakkapeliitta 9 Recommended
    Nokian Hakkapeliitta 9
    83 46
    Passenger · Winter · 2017 · Passenger - Studdable Winter / Snow · Studded
    Verdict:

    Performance on ice and snow: Excellent bite of the front wheels on ice. Fast acceleration on ice-covered surface. Effective braking on snow and ice.
    Performance on asphalt: Logic behavior on wet and dry pavement. Average braking performance. Noisy.

    Ice Handling   Snow Braking   Acceleration on Ice   Ice Braking   Noise / Comfort  
    Northern America Northern America · Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia
    Test Score:
    8.9
  3. Gislaved Nord*Frost 200
    Gislaved Nord*Frost 200
    82 43
    Passenger · Winter · 2016 · Passenger - Studdable Winter / Snow · Studded · For Nordic Winter x
    Verdict:

    Performance on ice and snow: Neutral behavior on snow and ice. High grip on snow. Weak longitudinal traction on ice.
    Performance on asphalt: Good braking performance in the wet and in the dry. Well-balanced performance in wet conditions. Great traction in the dry, safety during emergency maneuvers.

    Wet Braking   Wet Handling   Dry Braking   Snow Handling   Ice Braking  
    Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia
    Test Score:
    8.6
  4. Hankook Winter i*Pike RS2 W429
    Hankook Winter i*Pike RS2 W429
    83 36
    Passenger · Winter · 2018 · Passenger - Studdable Winter / Snow · Studded
    Verdict:

    Performance on ice and snow: Great traction on ice. Average braking on ice. Unstable behavior on snow; prone to oversteer and understeer.
    Performance on asphalt: Good handling and steering response. Extreme behavior during acceleration. Average grip when braking.

    Snow Braking   Acceleration on Ice   Wet Traction   Acceleration on Snow  
    Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia
    Test Score:
    8.5
  5. Goodyear UltraGrip Ice Arctic
    Goodyear UltraGrip Ice Arctic
    84 22
    Passenger · Winter · 2012 · Passenger - Studdable Winter / Snow · Studded
    Verdict:

    Performance on ice and snow: Significant oversteer and understeer. Poor grip on ice. Insufficient traction on snow.
    Performance on asphalt: Good grip on wet pavement. Good braking performance on dry pavement. Accurate and crisp steering response.

    Wet Handling   Wet Braking   Ice Braking   Acceleration on Ice   Ice Handling  
    Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia
    Test Score:
    8.2
  6. Pirelli Ice Zero 2
    Pirelli Ice Zero 2
    N/A 38
    Passenger · Winter · 2019 · Passenger - Studdable Winter / Snow · Studded
    Verdict:

    Performance on ice and snow: Poor traction on ice. Quick to lose and slow to recover lateral traction on ice. The best snow traction on test; better handling response than that of the previous model.
    Performance on asphalt: Braking performance above average. Logic behavior in the dry. The quietest tire on test.

    Noise / Comfort   Acceleration on Snow   Ice Handling  
    Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia
    Test Score:
    8.1
  7. Bridgestone Noranza 001
    Bridgestone Noranza 001
    75 42
    Passenger · Winter · 2016 · Passenger - Studdable Winter / Snow · Studded
    Verdict:

    Performance on ice and snow: Poor traction on ice. Longitudinal traction on snow improved significantly. Poor acceleration on snow.
    Performance on asphalt: Long stopping distance on wet and dry pavement. Poor lateral traction in the wet. Extreme behavior during acceleration.

    Snow Braking   Dry Braking   Snow Handling   Wet Handling   Ice Handling  
    Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia
    Test Score:
    7.7
  8. Continental IceContact 3
    Continental IceContact 3
    93 46
    Passenger · Winter · 2019 · Passenger - Studdable Winter / Snow · Studded
    Verdict:

    EXCLUDED
    Performance on ice and snow: Stable behavior on snow. Comfortable handling response even on snow. High level of traction in any conditions.
    Performance on asphalt: Short stopping distance. Comfortable handling response in the wet. Average performance during emergency maneuvers.

    Acceleration on Snow   Acceleration on Ice   Wet Braking   Snow Braking   Dry Braking   Snow Handling   Wet Handling   Ice Braking  
    Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia
    Test Score:
    9.1
Year
2020
Tire Test Original Link
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Max Score, points
10
Tire Size
225/50R17
Season
Winter
Auto Type
Passenger
List Type
Professional Tire Test
Region
Europe
Date added
Oct 25, 2020
Date updated
Oct 28, 2020