Motor: Winter Studless 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 Studless Tire Test R16
  1. Continental VikingContact 7 - Winner Recommended
    Continental VikingContact 7
    90 52
    Passenger · Winter · 2018 · Passenger - Studless Ice & Snow · For Nordic Winter x
    Verdict:

    VC7 has won both tests since the tire was introduced in 2018. And still the competitors have not taken the lead.
    Positive: Good grip on ice and snow. Low noise.
    Negative: Aquaplaning.

    Driving on Ice   Noise   Acceleration on Ice   Driving on Snow   Ice Braking   Acceleration on Snow  
    Eastern Asia Eastern Asia · Northern America Northern America · Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia
    Test Score:
    88
  2. Nokian Hakkapeliitta R3
    Nokian Hakkapeliitta R3
    85 48
    Passenger · Winter · 2018 · Passenger - Studless Ice & Snow · For Nordic Winter x
    Verdict:

    Nokian has the best grip on winter roads, especially on ice.
    Positive: Winter grip, driving pleasure with quick reactions.
    Negative: Aquaplaning, uneven steering precision on asphalt, noise.

    Driving on Ice   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:
    80
  3. Goodyear UltraGrip Ice 2
    Goodyear UltraGrip Ice 2
    86 24
    Passenger · Winter · 2014 · Passenger - Studless Ice & Snow · For Nordic Winter x
    Verdict:

    Ultra Grip Ice 2 occupies a middle position among studless tires because it handles wet asphalt very well.
    Positive: Aquaplaning. Driving characteristics on bare ground, both wet and dry.
    Negative: Moderate grip on snow and ice.

    Driving on Wet Roads   Wet Braking   Aquaplaning   Acceleration on Ice   Fuel Consumption   Driving on Dry Roads   Acceleration on Snow   Driving on Ice  
    Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia
    Test Score:
    79
  4. Pirelli Ice Zero FR
    Pirelli Ice Zero FR
    N/A 31
    Passenger · Winter · 2015 · Passenger - Studless Ice & Snow · For Nordic Winter x
    Verdict:

    This tire received a major upgrade two years ago, including improved properties on ice.
    Positive: Good driving characteristics, both in winter and bare ground.
    Negative: Aquaplaning.

    Driving on Ice   Driving on Dry Roads   Acceleration on Snow  
    Northern America Northern America · Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia
    Test Score:
    79
  5. Nexen Winguard Ice Plus
    Nexen Winguard Ice Plus
    69 34
    Passenger · Winter · 2018 · Passenger - Studless Ice & Snow · For Nordic Winter x
    Verdict:

    Nexen's new studless tires show that the South Korean brand is advancing rapidly.
    Positive: Has generally good grip on winter surfaces. Little road noise.
    Negative: Long braking distances and poor stability on dry asphalt.

    Snow Braking   Acceleration on Ice   Dry Braking   Driving on Wet Roads   Driving on Dry Roads   Wet Braking  
    Northern America Northern America · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia
    Test Score:
    71
  6. Michelin X-Ice Snow
    Michelin X-Ice Snow
    N/A 36
    Passenger · Winter · 2020 · Passenger - Studless Ice & Snow · For Nordic Winter x
    Verdict:

    The new X-Ice Snow is, just like the outgoing X-Ice 3, a rigid tire classified for speeds above 200 km / h - with good stability and a firm driving feeling on bare ground.
    Positive: Stability and steering feel on asphalt. Braking distance on snow and ice.
    Negative: Slightly poorer side grip on all surfaces. Braking on wet asphalt.

    Acceleration on Ice   Fuel Consumption   Acceleration on Snow   Wet Braking  
    Northern America Northern America
    Test Score:
    70
  7. Bridgestone Blizzak Ice
    Bridgestone Blizzak Ice
    68 47
    Passenger · Winter · 2018 · Passenger - Studless Ice & Snow · For Nordic Winter x
    Verdict:

    Blizzak Ice replaces Blizzak WS80. As with its predecessors, Bridgestone has one of the softest rubber compounds and the tire gets high marks on real winter tires.
    Positive: Grip on snow.
    Negative: Aquaplaning and grip on wet surfaces.

    Dry Braking   Driving on Snow   Acceleration on Snow   Driving on Wet Roads   Driving on Dry Roads   Aquaplaning   Wet Braking  
    Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia
    Test Score:
    64
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
Oct 28, 2020