Za Rulem: Studdable Winter Tire Test R16 2020

Za Rulem: Studdable Winter Tire Test R16

The first of two winter tire tests of the season 2020/2021, conducted by the expert team of the Russian publication Za Rulem, was dedicated to studded tires in size 215/65 R16, designed to be fitted on compact CUVs.
The experts carefully examined the winter performance of 14 tire sets, with a traditional for this publication reservation that the tires were obtained directly from the manufacturers, which left room for manipulation from the latter.
The test lineup turned out to be extremely diverse: the tire models differed not only price-wise, but also in terms of the stud amount (ranging from 100 to 205), the exposure of the «spikes» above the tread (from 0.6mm to 1.5mm), as well as construction-wise (six reinforced SUV tires vs eight passenger ones). The bigger half of the tested tires (8 out of 14) was manufactured in Russia, and three others in China. Only the three remaining sets were made in Germany, Malaysia, and South Korea. Below, you can find out how all of these factors affected the test results.

  1. Continental IceContact 3 - Winner Recommended
    Continental IceContact 3
    92 51
    · Winter · 2019 · Passenger - Studdable Winter / Snow · Studded
    Verdict:

    Positive: Best traverse grip on ice, straight grip on snow; excellent handling on ice; good wet braking.
    Negative: Minor issues with handling response on snow and during active maneuvering.

    Snow Braking   Wet Braking   Acceleration on Ice   Ice Handling   Ice Braking   Acceleration on Snow  
    Europe Europe · Russia+ Russia+
    Test Score:
    908
  2. Nokian Hakkapeliitta 9 SUV Recommended
    Nokian Hakkapeliitta 9 SUV
    N/A 30
    · Winter · 2017 · Light Truck / SUV - Light Truck/SUV Studdable Winter / Snow · Studded
    Verdict:

    Positive: Best straight grip on ice; good grip on snow; good handling response, great traction, good road holding ability on snow.
    Negative: Minor issues with road holding ability on asphalt.

    Traction in Deep Snow   Acceleration on Ice   Ice Handling   Ice Braking   Acceleration on Snow  
    USA+ USA+ · Canada Canada · Europe Europe · Russia+ Russia+
    Test Score:
    908
  3. Hankook Winter i*Pike RS2 W429
    Hankook Winter i*Pike RS2 W429
    82 42
    · Winter · 2018 · Passenger - Studdable Winter / Snow · Studded
    Verdict:

    Positive: Good straight grip on snow; crisp steering response on ice; low rolling resistance, low noise. Negative: Minor issues with handling response on snow, overall traction and road holding ability.

    Noise   Snow Braking   Ice Handling   Ice Braking   Acceleration on Snow  
    Europe Europe · Russia+ Russia+
    Test Score:
    881
  4. Nokian Nordman 7 SUV
    Nokian Nordman 7 SUV
    83 26
    · Winter · 2017 · Light Truck / SUV - Light Truck/SUV Studdable Winter / Snow · Studded · For Nordic Winter x
    Verdict:

    Positive: Best acceleration time on snow, good straight grip on snow and ice; outstanding traction, crisp steering response.
    Negative: Minor issues with handling response during emergency maneuvers and road holding ability on asphalt.

    Snow Braking   Ice Handling   Ice Braking   Acceleration on Snow  
    USA+ USA+ · Canada Canada · Europe Europe · Russia+ Russia+
    Test Score:
    880
  5. Yokohama iceGUARD IG65
    Yokohama iceGUARD IG65
    78 29
    · Winter · 2017 · Passenger - Studdable Winter / Snow · Studded
    Verdict:

    Positive: Best acceleration on ice, snow; best wet braking; outstanding traction, low rolling resistance.
    Negative: Average braking distance and traverse grip on ice; insufficient handling response on ice; poor road holding ability on asphalt.

    Traction in Deep Snow   Rolling Resistance   Snow Braking   Wet Braking   Acceleration on Ice  
    Europe Europe · Russia+ Russia+
    Test Score:
    873
  6. Gislaved Nord*Frost 200 SUV
    Gislaved Nord*Frost 200 SUV
    N/A 27
    · Winter · 2016 · Light Truck / SUV - Light Truck/SUV Studdable Winter / Snow · Studded
    Verdict:

    The winter tire that demonstrated the best wet braking performance and the best acceleration on snow, the Gislaved Nord Frost 200 SUV (870 points), came sixth. At the same time, the Za Rulem test experts commended this model as the perfect option for urban driving, where the roads are generally cleared from snow and ice.

    Dry Braking   Wet Braking   Acceleration on Snow  
    USA+ USA+ · Canada Canada · Europe Europe · Russia+ Russia+
    Test Score:
    870
  7. Pirelli Formula Ice
    Pirelli Formula Ice
    N/A 16
    · Winter · 2013 · Light Truck / SUV - Light Truck/SUV Studdable Winter / Snow · Studded
    Verdict:

    The seventh line of the tournament bracket was occupied by the well-balanced tire model «Formula Ice» by Pirelli (858 points), currently owned by the Chinese equity. This tire performed at its absolute best in the handling tests on snow, yet its road holding ability on asphalt clearly had room for improvement.

    Dry Braking   Snow Braking   Ice Handling   Acceleration on Snow  
    Europe Europe · Russia+ Russia+
    Test Score:
    858
  8. Sailun IceBlazer WST3
    Sailun IceBlazer WST3
    N/A 25
    · Winter · 2016 · Passenger - Studdable Winter / Snow · Studded
    Verdict:

    The group of just-above-average tires was headed by a quite controversial Chinese development, Sailun Ice Blazer WST3 (825 points), which scored the eighth place in the final standings. On the one hand, it demonstrated good road holding ability on asphalt, as well as good fuel-saving performance, and also was quite a serious rival to the top tire models when it came to ride comfort. However, the results of the Ice Blazer WST3 in «white» disciplines fell below the average level, and, as it turned out, snow was just not its thing. On the whole, these tires are OK, but if you drive on them on snow or ice, you’d better not hurry up!

    Rolling Resistance   Snow Braking   Ice Handling   Acceleration on Snow  
    Europe Europe · Russia+ Russia+
    Test Score:
    825
  9. BFGoodrich g-Force Stud
    BFGoodrich g-Force Stud
    N/A 9
    · Winter · 2007 · Passenger - Studdable Winter / Snow · Studded
    Verdict:

    The ninth line of the tournament bracket was occupied by the BFGoodrich g-Force Stud (822 points), which turned out to be even less balanced than the Sailun tires. In spite of its efficient braking and road holding ability on snow, decent handling response on ice-covered surfaces, and low rolling resistance, on bare pavement this tire model demonstrated the worst performance of all. Its ride comfort also wasn’t anything special, yet still, despite all of this, the test group of Za Rulem did not impose any restrictions on the use of this tire.

    Rolling Resistance   Snow Braking   Wet Braking  
    Russia+ Russia+
    Test Score:
    822
  10. Cordiant Snow Cross 2 SUV
    Cordiant Snow Cross 2 SUV
    N/A 25
    · Winter · 2017 · Light Truck / SUV - Light Truck/SUV Studdable Winter / Snow · Studded
    Verdict:

    The tire that scored the tenth line in the tournament bracket of the studded winter tire test 2020 was the Cordiant SnowCross 2 SUV model (816 points), due to poor pavement braking, low traction, and increased rolling resistance, with low riding comfort on top. At the same time, though, the test experts were quite impressed with the crisp steering response ensured by this tire on «white» test facilities, which constituted a minor triumph.

    Ice Handling   Noise  
    Russia+ Russia+
    Test Score:
    816
  11. Toyo Observe IceFreezer SUV
    Toyo Observe IceFreezer SUV
    N/A 26
    · Winter · 2018 · Light Truck / SUV - Light Truck/SUV Studdable Winter / Snow · Studded
    Verdict:

    The eleventh line of the tournament bracket was scored by the Toyo Observe IceFreezer SUV (814 points), which, aside from crisp steering response and good road holding ability on bare pavement, had little to brag about — its results in the other tests disciplines were quite poor. As it turned out, the Toyo tire did not have bias towards any particular kind of pavement but you’d better still avoid high-speed driving on these tires. In long-distance trips on clear roads, you will enjoy the Observe IceFreezer SUV’s road holding ability.

    Noise   Wet Braking  
    Europe Europe · Russia+ Russia+
    Test Score:
    814
  12. Viatti Bosco Nordico
    Viatti Bosco Nordico
    N/A 6
    · Winter · 2012 · Light Truck / SUV - Light Truck/SUV Studdable Winter / Snow · Studded
    Verdict:

    The Viatti Bosco Nordico tire model (800 points) in the thirteenth position completed the group of «average» studded tires. Its snow performance was even rated as «decent» by the experts, but on ice this tire was a bummer — very weak grip, even though the tire’s behavior was still predictable.

    Acceleration on Ice   Ice Braking  
    Europe Europe · Russia+ Russia+
    Test Score:
    800
  13. DoubleStar DW07
    DoubleStar DW07
    N/A 13
    · Winter · 2013 · Light Truck / SUV - Light Truck/SUV Studdable Winter / Snow · Studded
    Verdict:

    The outsider of the test, the DoubleStar WinterKing DW07 (754 points) fell behind the Viatti product by 46 points! The tire definitely could not perform to its proud name of «Winter King». The worst snow and ice grip — that’s out of order, folks! On the other hand, surprisingly, on asphalt it can be quite a match for the top tires. But for snowy and frosty winters DoubleStar definitely cannot be recommended.

    Dry Braking   Noise   Traction in Deep Snow   Snow Braking   Acceleration on Ice   Ice Handling   Ice Braking   Acceleration on Snow  
    Russia+ Russia+
    Test Score:
    754
Year
2020
Tire Test Original Link
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Max Score, points
1000
Tire Size
215/65R16
Season
Winter
Auto Type
Light Truck / SUV / 4*4
List Type
Professional Tire Test
Region
Europe, Russia+
Date added
Oct 07, 2020
Date updated
Feb 17, 2021

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