Vi Bilagare 2020: Studded Winter Tire Test R16 2020

The experts of Vi Bilagare, one of Sweden’s largest automobile magazines, conducted yet another annual series of comparative tests of spot-on winter tires. The 2020 test, whose results were published in the September issue, involved eight studded winter tires in size 205/60 R16, which fits many family cars, as well as a few popular compact car models.

This year, the victory on snow and ice of the new Pirelli Sottozero Center test facility, located south of the Arctic Circle in the Swedish town of Älvsbyn; on wet and dry tracks of the Gislaved test facility in the Swedish town of Småland, and on the circular track in Finland’s Tampere.

Vi Bilagare 2020: Studded Winter 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:

    Positive: Good combination of winter performance and stability on dry pavement. Low noise.
    Negative: Poor hydroplaning resistance and wet braking.

    Dry Handling   Acceleration on Snow   Fuel Consumption   Noise   Acceleration on Ice   Ice Braking   Snow Braking   Ice Handling   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:

    Positive: Consistently high performance on all types of surfaces.
    Negative: Lower ice traction compared to top-class winter tires.

    Aquaplaning   Acceleration on Snow   Acceleration on Ice   Wet Braking   Snow Braking   Dry Braking   Snow Handling   Wet Handling   Ice Handling  
    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. Excellent control while cornering.
    Negative: Poor handling response on dry pavement. Noisy.

    Acceleration on Ice   Ice Braking   Snow Braking   Snow Handling   Ice Handling   Noise  
    Northern America Northern America · Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia
    Test Score:
    82
  4. Hankook Winter i*Pike RS2 W429
    Hankook Winter i*Pike RS2 W429
    83 36
    Passenger · Winter · 2018 · Passenger - Studdable Winter / Snow · Studded
    Verdict:

    Positive: Good grip on winter surfaces and short braking distance on asphalt. Negative: Poor handling response at high speeds. Poor ice braking.

    Snow Braking   Fuel Consumption   Snow Handling   Ice Handling   Ice Braking  
    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:

    Positive: Handling response and braking distance on asphalt.
    Negative: Poor ice grip. Not really fit to be used in harsh winter conditions.

    Acceleration on Snow   Dry Braking   Aquaplaning   Wet Braking   Acceleration on Ice   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:

    Positive: Reliable and efficient in winter conditions.
    Negative: Long braking distance on ice. Fuel consumption. Noisy.

    Wet Braking   Snow Braking   Acceleration on Ice   Snow Handling   Noise   Wet Braking   Dry Braking   Wet Handling   Dry Handling  
    Northern America Northern America · Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia
    Test Score:
    62
  7. Toyo Observe Ice-Freezer
    Toyo Observe Ice-Freezer
    N/A 25
    Passenger · Winter · 2018 · Passenger - Studdable Winter / Snow · Studded
    Verdict:

    Positive: Warns the driver about loss of grip, making handling easier.
    Negative: Poor traction on ice and snow.

    Snow Braking   Ice Braking   Noise   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 16
    Passenger · Winter · 2017 · Passenger - Studdable Winter / Snow · Studded
    Verdict:

    Positive: Short braking distance on asphalt. Negative: Poor handling response at the brink of grip loss. Poor traction on ice and snow.

    Aquaplaning   Wet Braking   Dry Braking   Snow Handling   Wet Handling   Fuel Consumption   Noise   Acceleration on Ice   Ice Braking   Ice Handling   Dry Handling  
    Northern America Northern America · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia
    Test Score:
    50
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
Nov 04, 2020