Motor: Winter Tire Test R16 2020

Motor: Winter Tire Test R16

The Polish magazine tested winter tires suitable for such cars as Audi A3, Ford Focus, Renault Megane, Skoda Octavia, etc.
Despite all the difficulties having to do with the coronavirus pandemic, Poland’s Motor magazine conducted its annual winter tire test, which this time around was organized in collaboration with Slovakia’s Autozurnal. The snow tests were carried out early this year in the Swiss Alps, while the asphalt performance of the tires was evaluated at a test facility in Germany.
The 2020 test involved five premium-class tire products from such brands as Bridgestone and Nokian; in addition, the experts tested the economy-class tires from the Polish brand Debica (currently owned by Goodyear) and Imperial (currently owned by the Belgian trade company Deldo). The mid-price segment was represented by the brand Maxxis, about which the Motor noted that it is primarily popular with the cyclists, but is now rapidly developing its automotive branch.

  1. Bridgestone Blizzak LM005 - Winner Recommended
    Bridgestone Blizzak LM005
    90 59
    · Winter · 2019 · Passenger - Performance Winter / Snow
    Verdict:

    Well-deserved victory in the test. Outstanding results on wet and dry pavement. Good results on snow. The highest level of driving safety. Low rolling resistance.

    Straight Aquaplaning   Wet Braking   Dry Handling   Dry Braking   Fuel Efficiency   Lateral Stability   Wet Handling   Lateral Aquaplaning  
    Europe Europe · Russia+ Russia+
    Test Score:
    245.6
  2. Goodyear UltraGrip 9+ Recommended
    Goodyear UltraGrip 9+
    86 54
    · Winter · 2019 · Passenger - Performance Winter / Snow
    Verdict:

    Very good results on snow. Good results on asphalt. Well-balanced performance. Rather attractive price.

    Straight Aquaplaning   Wet Braking   Snow Handling   Lateral Stability   Slalom   Wet Handling   Snow Traction   Lateral Aquaplaning   Comfort   Snow Braking  
    Europe Europe · Russia+ Russia+
    Test Score:
    242.2
  3. Michelin Alpin 6 Recommended
    Michelin Alpin 6
    86 59
    · Winter · 2018 · Passenger - Performance Winter / Snow
    Verdict:

    Outstanding performance on snow. Good performance on asphalt. Predictable behavior in any conditions. High level of driving safety. Low noise emission. Great riding comfort.

    Noise   Wet Braking   Snow Handling   Wet Handling   Slalom   Snow Traction   Comfort   Snow Braking  
    USA+ USA+ · Canada Canada · Europe Europe · Russia+ Russia+ · Japan Japan
    Test Score:
    238.1
  4. Dunlop Winter Sport 5
    Dunlop Winter Sport 5
    82 61
    · Winter · 2015 · Passenger - Performance Winter / Snow
    Verdict:

    Well-balanced performance. Crisp steering response in any conditions.

    Fuel Efficiency   Lateral Stability   Lateral Aquaplaning  
    Europe Europe · Russia+ Russia+
    Test Score:
    235
  5. Maxxis Premitra Snow WP6
    Maxxis Premitra Snow WP6
    71 46
    · Winter · 2019 · Passenger - Performance Winter / Snow
    Verdict:

    The tire’s good performance proves successful development of this Asian tire maker. The quietest tire on test. Overpriced.

    Noise   Straight Aquaplaning   Comfort   Fuel Efficiency  
    Europe Europe · Russia+ Russia+
    Test Score:
    234.9
  6. Nokian WR Snowproof
    Nokian WR Snowproof
    69 48
    · Winter · 2019 · Passenger - Performance Winter / Snow
    Verdict:

    Good results on snow and dry pavement. Poor results on wet pavement. A disappointing result for the tires of the Finnish brand.

    Fuel Efficiency   Dry Handling   Dry Braking   Noise   Wet Braking  
    Europe Europe · Russia+ Russia+
    Test Score:
    230.3
  7. Debica Frigo HP2
    Debica Frigo HP2
    72 33
    · Winter · 2016 · Passenger - Performance Winter / Snow
    Verdict:

    Very good results on snow. Low price. Poor performance on asphalt.

    Snow Traction   Slalom   Snow Braking   Snow Handling   Noise   Dry Handling   Dry Braking   Lateral Stability   Comfort  
    Europe Europe · Russia+ Russia+
    Test Score:
    228.9
  8. Imperial Snowdragon UHP
    Imperial Snowdragon UHP
    N/A 16
    · Winter · 2012 · Passenger - Performance Winter / Snow
    Verdict:

    Low price (less than half the price of premium tires). Good handling response and braking performance on dry pavement. Almost unacceptable performance on snow and wet pavement.

    Dry Handling   Dry Braking   Straight Aquaplaning   Wet Braking   Snow Handling   Wet Handling   Slalom   Snow Traction   Lateral Aquaplaning   Snow Braking  
    Test Score:
    221.8
Year
2020
Max Score, points
250
Tire Size
205/55R16
Season
Winter
Auto Type
Passenger
List Type
Professional Tire Test
Region
Europe
Date added
Feb 10, 2021
Date updated
Sep 29, 2021

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