Za Rulem: Studless Winter Tire Test R16 2020

Za Rulem: Studless Winter Tire Test R16

The respected Russian automobile magazine tested 13 studless winter tires of the Nordic type, using a set of European-type tires for comparison.

The Za Rulem studless winter tire test 2020 chiefly involved medium-segment tires, such as Gislaved, Hankook, Marshal Nexen, Nordman, Toyo, and Yokohama; this category arguably includes Pirelli and Goodyear, whose prices have dropaped due to the COVID-19 crisis. The premium segment was represented by Continental and Nokian models, the cheapest tires on test being the Russian Viatti and the Chinese Sailun. In addition, for the sake of comparison, the test included the BFGoodrich g-Force Winter 2 model of the European type, which performed outside of competition.

  1. Continental VikingContact 7 - Winner Recommended
    Continental VikingContact 7
    91 58
    · Winter · 2018 · Passenger - Studless Ice & Snow · For Nordic Winter x
    Verdict:

    Great traction on ice and dry pavement. Excellent traction and outstanding handling response on snow. Minor gripes on handling response during the elk test. Excellent.

    Dry Braking   Internal Noise   Acceleration on Snow   Traction (Deep Snow)   Snow Braking   Acceleration on Ice   Snow Handling (Active Driving)   Snow Handling (Usual Driving)   Ice Lap   Ice Braking   Snow Handling (Extreme Maneuvers)  
    USA+ USA+ · Canada Canada · Europe Europe · Russia+ Russia+ · East Asia East Asia
    Test Score:
    926
  2. Nokian Hakkapeliitta R3 Recommended
    Nokian Hakkapeliitta R3
    86 51
    · Winter · 2018 · Passenger - Studless Ice & Snow · For Nordic Winter x
    Verdict:

    Excellent grip in any conditions. Best fuel efficiency. Reliable handling response on snow and ice. Excellent.

    Snow Handling (Extreme Maneuvers)   Ice Handling   Rolling Resistance   Acceleration on Ice   Ice Braking  
    USA+ USA+ · Canada Canada · Europe Europe · Russia+ Russia+
    Test Score:
    914
  3. Goodyear UltraGrip Ice 2 Recommended
    Goodyear UltraGrip Ice 2
    86 38
    · Winter · 2014 · Passenger - Studless Ice & Snow · For Nordic Winter x
    Verdict:

    Very short braking distance on ice. Excellent lateral grip on ice and excellent braking performance on wet pavement. Lack of steering feedback during emergency maneuvers on snow. Excellent.

    Wet Braking   Ice Lap   Lateral Stability (Asphalt)   Acceleration on Ice   Ice Braking  
    Europe Europe · Russia+ Russia+
    Test Score:
    909
  4. Pirelli Ice Zero FR
    Pirelli Ice Zero FR
    81 40
    · Winter · 2015 · Passenger - Studless Ice & Snow · For Nordic Winter x
    Verdict:

    Excellent braking performance, crisp steering response, and good road holding ability on snow. Rather noisy. Increased fuel consumption. Good.

    Snow Handling (Extreme Maneuvers)   Lateral Stability (Snow)   Dry Braking   Ice Lap   Ice Handling   Lateral Stability (Asphalt)   Snow Handling (Usual Driving)   Snow Braking   Rolling Resistance   Internal Noise  
    USA+ USA+ · Canada Canada · Europe Europe · Russia+ Russia+ · China China
    Test Score:
    892
  5. Hankook Winter i*cept iZ 2 W616
    Hankook Winter i*cept iZ 2 W616
    81 28
    · Winter · 2015 · Passenger - Studless Ice & Snow · For Nordic Winter x
    Verdict:

    No handling issues on snow during active driving. Decent traction and road holding ability on snow. Slightly fuzzy road holding ability on asphalt. Good.

    Snow Handling (Active Driving)   Lateral Stability (Snow)   Traction (Deep Snow)  
    USA+ USA+ · Canada Canada · Europe Europe · Russia+ Russia+
    Test Score:
    880
  6. Nokian Nordman RS2
    Nokian Nordman RS2
    81 21
    · Winter · 2014 · Passenger - Studless Ice & Snow · For Nordic Winter x
    Verdict:

    Best longitudinal performance on snow. Good snow traction. Great handling response on snow and ice. Minor gripes on road holding ability on asphalt, and minor gripes on ride comfort. Good.

    Ice Handling   Acceleration on Snow   Traction (Deep Snow)   Snow Braking  
    Europe Europe · Russia+ Russia+
    Test Score:
    873
  7. Yokohama iceGUARD iG60
    Yokohama iceGUARD iG60
    76 37
    · Winter · 2017 · Passenger - Studless Ice & Snow · For Nordic Winter x
    Verdict:

    Crisp road holding ability on snow. Decent handling response on ice and snow. Poor lateral grip on ice, poor braking performance on dry pavement. Average riding comfort. Good.

    Ice Handling   Traction (Deep Snow)   Snow Handling   Dry Braking   Lateral Stability (Ice)  
    Europe Europe · Russia+ Russia+ · East Asia East Asia · Southeast Asia Southeast Asia · Middle East Middle East
    Test Score:
    863
  8. BFGoodrich g-Force Winter 2
    BFGoodrich g-Force Winter 2
    81 36
    · Winter · 2016 · Passenger - Studless Ice & Snow
    Verdict:

    Positive: The best braking performance on the dry pavement; good ice handling. Negative: Weak lateral grip on snow; weak grip and poor handling on ice.

    Snow Handling (Extreme Maneuvers)   Wet Braking   Lateral Stability (Snow)   Dry Braking   Snow Handling (Usual Driving)   Ice Handling   Acceleration on Ice   Ice Lap   Ice Braking  
    Europe Europe · Russia+ Russia+
    Test Score:
    861
  9. Gislaved Soft*Frost 200
    Gislaved Soft*Frost 200
    N/A 26
    · Winter · 2016 · Passenger - Studless Ice & Snow · For Nordic Winter x
    Verdict:

    Excellent braking performance on dry pavement. Decent handling response on ice and snow. Alarming behavior during emergency maneuvering on snow. Good.

    Dry Braking   Snow Handling   Snow Handling (Extreme Maneuvers)  
    Europe Europe · Russia+ Russia+
    Test Score:
    860
  10. Toyo Observe GSi-6 HP
    Toyo Observe GSi-6 HP
    66 38
    · Winter · 2018 · Passenger - Studless Ice & Snow · For Nordic Winter x
    Verdict:

    Informative handling response on snow. Decent road holding ability on asphalt. Keeping the course on snow can be tricky. Average riding comfort. Good.

    Snow Handling (Usual Driving)   Snow Braking   Lateral Stability (Snow)  
    USA+ USA+ · Canada Canada · Europe Europe
    Test Score:
    853
  11. Sailun WinterPro SW61
    Sailun WinterPro SW61
    N/A 23
    · Winter · 2017 · Passenger - Studless Ice & Snow · For Nordic Winter x
    Verdict:

    Best braking performance on wet pavement, good fuel efficiency. Decent road holding ability on snow. Worst longitudinal traction on snow. Snow handling issues. Average.

    Rolling Resistance   Wet Braking   Lateral Stability (Snow)   Snow Handling (Extreme Maneuvers)   Ice Lap   Acceleration on Snow   Snow Handling (Active Driving)   Lateral Stability (Asphalt)   Snow Handling (Usual Driving)   Snow Braking  
    Europe Europe · Russia+ Russia+
    Test Score:
    841
  12. Marshal I'Zen KW31
    Marshal I'Zen KW31
    N/A 16
    · Winter · 2012 · Passenger - Performance Winter / Snow
    Verdict:

    Decent road holding ability on asphalt. Poor longitudinal traction on snow, poor lateral grip on ice. Ice handling issues. Average.

    Ice Handling   Acceleration on Snow   Traction (Deep Snow)  
    Europe Europe · Russia+ Russia+
    Test Score:
    833
  13. Viatti Brina
    Viatti Brina
    N/A 4
    · Winter · Passenger - Performance Winter / Snow
    Verdict:

    Best braking performance on snow. Average braking performance on ice. Reasonably smooth ride. Worst braking performance on wet pavement. Issues with road holding ability on asphalt, issues with snow and ice handling. Average.

    Snow Braking   Wet Braking   Snow Handling (Usual Driving)   Lateral Stability (Asphalt)  
    Europe Europe · Russia+ Russia+
    Test Score:
    833
  14. Nexen Winguard Ice Plus
    Nexen Winguard Ice Plus
    69 39
    · Winter · 2018 · Passenger - Studless Ice & Snow · For Nordic Winter x
    Verdict:

    Best braking performance on snow. Average braking performance on ice. Reasonably smooth ride. Worst braking performance on wet pavement. Issues with road holding ability on asphalt, issues with snow and ice handling. Average.

    Snow Handling (Extreme Maneuvers)   Dry Braking   Acceleration on Snow   Traction (Deep Snow)   Acceleration on Ice   Ice Braking  
    USA+ USA+ · Canada Canada · Russia+ Russia+
    Test Score:
    805
Year
2020
Tire Test Original Link
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Max Score, points
1000
Tire Size
205/55R16
Season
Winter
Auto Type
Passenger
List Type
Professional Tire Test
Region
Europe, Russia+
Date added
Dec 22, 2020
Date updated
Feb 17, 2021

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