Motor: Winter Studdable Tire Test R16 2020

This year's winter tire test confirms the eternal truth: No tire can be the best at everything. The surface you drive on should be the most important factor in your choice of tires.

Motor: Winter Studdable Tire Test R16
  1. Michelin X-Ice North 4 - Winner Recommended
    Michelin X-Ice North 4
    89 49
    Passenger · Winter · 2018 · Passenger - Studdable Winter / Snow · Studded
    Verdict:

    In this test dimension (205/60 R16), Michelin has equipped its X-Ice North 4 with no less than 255 studs.

    Positive: Grip on ice and driving stability on dry asphalt. Little road noise.
    Negative: Aquaplaning, braking on wet asphalt.

    Driving on Ice   Noise   Snow Braking   Acceleration on Ice   Fuel Consumption   Ice Braking   Driving on Dry Roads   Acceleration on Snow   Aquaplaning  
    Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia
    Test Score:
    87
  2. Continental IceContact 3 Recommended
    Continental IceContact 3
    93 46
    Passenger · Winter · 2019 · Passenger - Studdable Winter / Snow · Studded
    Verdict:

    IceContact3 is a completely different tire compared to last year. And it is more than the spikes that have been changed.

    Positive: Good performance on all surfaces.
    Negative: Not as good grip on ice as the best.

    Driving on Ice   Snow Braking   Driving on Wet Roads   Fuel Consumption   Ice Braking   Acceleration on Snow  
    Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia
    Test Score:
    84
  3. Nokian Hakkapeliitta 9 Recommended
    Nokian Hakkapeliitta 9
    83 46
    Passenger · Winter · 2017 · Passenger - Studdable Winter / Snow · Studded
    Verdict:

    Positive: Good grip on ice and snow, driving pleasure in the turns.
    Negative: The steering feel on dry asphalt. High road noise.

    Driving on Ice   Snow Braking   Acceleration on Ice   Driving on Snow   Ice Braking   Noise  
    Northern America Northern America · Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia
    Test Score:
    84
  4. Hankook Winter i*Pike RS2 W429
    Hankook Winter i*Pike RS2 W429
    83 36
    Passenger · Winter · 2018 · Passenger - Studdable Winter / Snow · Studded
    Verdict:

    Hankook provides well-balanced properties between ice / snow and bare ground.

    Positive: Good winter grip and short braking distances on asphalt.

    Driving on Ice   Snow Braking   Fuel Consumption  
    Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia
    Test Score:
    73
  5. Pirelli Ice Zero 2
    Pirelli Ice Zero 2
    N/A 38
    Passenger · Winter · 2019 · Passenger - Studdable Winter / Snow · Studded
    Verdict:

    IceZero 2 is the big news for us in this segment, as we have not tested it before. Unfortunately, the first impression is a bit negative.

    Positive: Driving characteristics and braking distance on asphalt.
    Negative: Poor grip on ice. Unnecessarily skid-friendly on winter roads.

    Fuel Consumption   Driving on Wet Roads   Acceleration on Snow   Ice Braking  
    Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia
    Test Score:
    67
  6. Nokian Nordman 7
    Nokian Nordman 7
    73 29
    Passenger · Winter · 2017 · Passenger - Studdable Winter / Snow · Studded · For Nordic Winter x
    Verdict:

    Nordman is, as is well known, Nokia's budget brand, and their studded tire is the old Hakkapeliitta 7, which is being produced under a new name.

    Positive: Good winter performance. Behaves quietly and progressively at the grip limit.
    Negative: Long braking distances on asphalt. Fuel consumption. Noise.

    Snow Braking   Dry Braking   Wet Braking   Driving on Dry Roads   Noise  
    Northern America Northern America · Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia
    Test Score:
    64
  7. Toyo Observe Ice-Freezer
    Toyo Observe Ice-Freezer
    N/A 25
    Passenger · Winter · 2018 · Passenger - Studdable Winter / Snow · Studded
    Verdict:

    Ice-Freezer from Japanese Toyo has a hard time asserting itself in all of the main categories.

    Positive: Good braking distances on snow and ice.
    Negative: Weak grip on snow and ice.

    Snow Braking   Ice Braking   Acceleration on Ice   Acceleration on Snow  
    Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia
    Test Score:
    60
  8. GT Radial IcePro 3
    GT Radial IcePro 3
    N/A 26
    Passenger · Winter · 2017 · Passenger - Studdable Winter / Snow · Studded
    Verdict:

    This tire from Singapore is not suitable under Nordic winter conditions.

    Positive: Short braking distances on bare ground.
    Negative: Poor grip on ice and snow. Difficult to control the grip limit.

    Dry Braking   Wet Braking   Driving on Wet Roads   Driving on Ice   Noise   Acceleration on Ice   Driving on Snow   Ice Braking   Driving on Dry Roads   Acceleration on Snow  
    Northern America Northern America · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia
    Test Score:
    52
Year
2020
Tire Test Original Link
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Max Score, points
100
Tire Size
205/60R16
Season
Winter
Auto Type
Passenger
List Type
Professional Tire Test
Region
Europe
Date added
Oct 17, 2020
Date updated
Nov 27, 2020