Za Rulem: Friction Winter Tire Test R16 2020

The second test, timed to coincide with the 2020/2021 winter season, was dedicated by the Za Rulem expert group to winter friction tires.

Za Rulem: Friction Winter Tire Test R16
  1. Continental VikingContact 7 - Winner Recommended
    Continental VikingContact 7
    90 55
    Passenger · Winter · 2018 · Passenger - Studless Ice & Snow · For Nordic Winter x
    Verdict:

    Positive: Best performance on ice and dry pavement, excellent handling on snow.
    Negative: Weak handling when performing extreme maneuvers.

    Dry Braking   Ice Lap   Internal Noise   Acceleration on Snow   Traction (Deep Snow)   Acceleration on Ice   Snow Handling (Active Driving)   Snow Handling (Usual Driving)   Snow Braking   Ice Braking   Snow Handling (Extreme Maneuvers)  
    Eastern Asia Eastern Asia · Northern America Northern America · Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia
    Test Score:
    926
  2. Nokian Hakkapeliitta R3 Recommended
    Nokian Hakkapeliitta R3
    85 48
    Passenger · Winter · 2018 · Passenger - Studless Ice & Snow · For Nordic Winter x
    Verdict:

    Positive: High traction. Good efficiency. Reliable handling on snow and ice.

    Snow Handling (Extreme Maneuvers)   Ice Handling   Rolling Resistance   Acceleration on Ice   Ice Braking  
    Northern America Northern America · Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia
    Test Score:
    914
  3. Goodyear UltraGrip Ice 2 Recommended
    Goodyear UltraGrip Ice 2
    86 24
    Passenger · Winter · 2014 · Passenger - Studless Ice & Snow · For Nordic Winter x
    Verdict:

    Positive: Excellent lateral grip on ice. Very good ice and wet braking on asphalt.
    Negative: Weak handling when performing extreme maneuvers.

    Wet Braking   Ice Lap   Lateral Stability (Asphalt)   Acceleration on Ice   Ice Braking  
    Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia
    Test Score:
    909
  4. Pirelli Ice Zero FR
    Pirelli Ice Zero FR
    N/A 31
    Passenger · Winter · 2015 · Passenger - Studless Ice & Snow · For Nordic Winter x
    Verdict:

    Positive: Excellent snow braking. Good handling on ice and snow. Good lateral stability on snow.
    Negative: Increased interior noise and reduced fuel efficiency.

    Snow Handling (Extreme Maneuvers)   Lateral Stability (Snow)   Dry Braking   Ice Handling   Snow Braking   Lateral Stability (Asphalt)   Snow Handling (Usual Driving)   Ice Lap   Rolling Resistance   Internal Noise  
    Northern America Northern America · Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia
    Test Score:
    892
  5. Hankook Winter i*cept iZ 2 W616
    Hankook Winter i*cept iZ 2 W616
    81 27
    Passenger · Winter · 2015 · Passenger - Studless Ice & Snow · For Nordic Winter x
    Verdict:

    Positive: Good handling on snow at active driving.
    Negative: Not very good lateral stability on asphalt.

    Snow Handling (Active Driving)   Lateral Stability (Snow)   Traction (Deep Snow)  
    Northern America Northern America · Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia
    Test Score:
    880
  6. Nokian Nordman RS2
    Nokian Nordman RS2
    83 14
    Passenger · Winter · 2014 · Passenger - Studless Ice & Snow · For Nordic Winter x
    Verdict:

    Positive: Excellent lateral stability on snow; good handling on snow and ice.
    Negative: Low comfort, weak lateral stability.

    Ice Handling   Acceleration on Snow   Traction (Deep Snow)   Snow Braking  
    Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia
    Test Score:
    873
  7. Yokohama iceGUARD iG60
    Yokohama iceGUARD iG60
    N/A 31
    Passenger · Winter · 2017 · Passenger - Studless Ice & Snow · For Nordic Winter x
    Verdict:

    Positive: Good lateral stability in the snow; decent handling on ice and snow.
    Negative: Weak lateral stability on ice and braking on dry pavement. Low comfort level.

    Ice Handling   Traction (Deep Snow)   Snow Handling   Dry Braking   Lateral Stability (Ice)  
    Asia Asia · Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia
    Test Score:
    863
  8. BFGoodrich g-Force Winter 2
    BFGoodrich g-Force Winter 2
    81 35
    Passenger · 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 · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia
    Test Score:
    861
  9. Gislaved Soft*Frost 200
    Gislaved Soft*Frost 200
    N/A 26
    Passenger · Winter · 2016 · Passenger - Studless Ice & Snow · For Nordic Winter x
    Verdict:

    Positive: Excellent braking on dry pavement. Good handling on snow and ice. Negative: Weak handling when performing extreme maneuvers.

    Dry Braking   Snow Handling   Snow Handling (Extreme Maneuvers)  
    Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia
    Test Score:
    860
  10. Toyo Observe GSi-6 HP
    Toyo Observe GSi-6 HP
    N/A 32
    Passenger · Winter · 2018 · Passenger - Studless Ice & Snow · For Nordic Winter x
    Verdict:

    Positive: Excellent braking on snow. Predictable handling on snow. Good handling on dry pavement.
    Negative: Low comfort level.

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

    Positive: Exemplary wet braking and economy; predictable lateral grip on snow.
    Negative: Worst lateral grip on snow. Problematic handling on snow.

    Lateral Stability (Snow)   Wet Braking   Rolling Resistance   Snow Handling (Extreme Maneuvers)   Acceleration on Snow   Snow Braking   Snow Handling (Active Driving)   Lateral Stability (Asphalt)   Snow Handling (Usual Driving)   Ice Lap  
    Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia
    Test Score:
    841
  12. Marshal I`Zen KW31
    Marshal I`Zen KW31
    N/A 4
    Passenger · Winter · Passenger - Performance Winter / Snow
    Verdict:

    Positive: Average braking on ice and snow. Predictable lateral grip on asphalt.
    Negative: Weak lateral grip on snow. Problematic handling on ice.

    Ice Handling   Acceleration on Snow   Traction (Deep Snow)  
    Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia
    Test Score:
    833
  13. Viatti Brina
    Viatti Brina
    N/A 2
    Passenger · Winter · Passenger - Performance Winter / Snow
    Verdict:

    Positive: Exemplary ice braking. Average snow braking.
    Negative: Worst braking in the wet. Weak handling on ice and snow.

    Snow Braking   Wet Braking   Snow Handling (Usual Driving)   Lateral Stability (Asphalt)  
    Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia
    Test Score:
    833
  14. Nexen Winguard Ice Plus
    Nexen Winguard Ice Plus
    69 34
    Passenger · Winter · 2018 · Passenger - Studless Ice & Snow · For Nordic Winter x
    Verdict:

    Positive: Good lateral stability and handling on snow.
    Negative: Very weak grip on ice and snow. Worst braking on dry asphalt.

    Snow Handling (Extreme Maneuvers)   Dry Braking   Acceleration on Snow   Traction (Deep Snow)   Acceleration on Ice   Ice Braking  
    Northern America Northern America · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia
    Test Score:
    805
Year
2020
Tire Test Original Link
Visit Website
Max Score, points
1000
Tire Size
205/55R16
Season
Winter
Auto Type
Passenger
List Type
Professional Tire Test
Region
Europe, Eastern Europe & Central Asia
Date added
Dec 22, 2020
Date updated
Dec 23, 2020