Auto Bild Sportcars: Winter Tire Test R18 2021

Auto Bild Sportcars: Winter Tire Test R18

In the new test conducted by Auto Bild Sportscars, three tires at once were rated as «Exemplary».
In the days leading up to the new season, the German magazine Auto Bild Sportscars announced the results of its fresh test of winter tires in size 245/40R18; the test car was a Mercedes C-Class.

  1. Hankook Winter i*cept evo3 W330 - Winner Recommended
    Hankook Winter i*cept evo3 W330
    90 40
    · Winter · 2020 · Passenger - Performance Winter / Snow
    Verdict:

    Excellent performance on snow and wet roads, good safety reserves for aquaplaning, dynamic handling and short braking distances on snow and wet surfaces, very good price-performance ratio.

    Snow Handling   Price-Performance Ratio   Wet Handling   Snow Braking   Wet Braking   Aquaplaning  
    Europe Europe
  2. Michelin Pilot Alpin 5 Recommended
    Michelin Pilot Alpin 5
    92 44
    · Winter · 2014 · Passenger - Performance Winter / Snow
    Verdict:

    Winter tires with exemplary driving characteristics in all weather conditions, precise steering behavior, short braking distances. High price level.

    Snow Braking   Dry Handling   Wet Handling   Snow Traction   Snow Handling   Price  
    USA+ USA+ · Canada Canada · Europe Europe · Russia+ Russia+ · Japan Japan
  3. Vredestein Wintrac Pro Recommended
    Vredestein Wintrac Pro
    85 50
    · Winter · 2018 · Passenger - Performance Winter / Snow
    Verdict:

    Convincing all-round tires with very good winter and wet qualities, stable wet and dry handling, low price level. Average ride comfort.

    Price   Dry Handling   Wet Handling   Wet Performance   Snow Performance   Comfort  
    USA+ USA+ · Canada Canada · Europe Europe · Russia+ Russia+
  4. Bridgestone Blizzak LM005
    Bridgestone Blizzak LM005
    90 57
    · Winter · 2019 · Passenger - Performance Winter / Snow
    Verdict:

    Snow tires with convincing performance on wet and dry roads, short wet braking distances, precise wet and dry handling. Moderate aquaplaning properties.

    Dry Handling   Wet Braking   Dry Performance   Wet Handling   Wet Performance   Aquaplaning  
    Europe Europe · Russia+ Russia+
  5. Dunlop Winter Sport 5
    Dunlop Winter Sport 5
    82 59
    · Winter · 2015 · Passenger - Performance Winter / Snow
    Verdict:

    Excellent performance on snowy roads, short wet and dry braking distances, good comfort, low rolling resistance. Understeering dry handling.

    Dry Braking   Rolling Resistance   Wet Braking   Comfort   Snow Performance   Dry Handling  
    Europe Europe · Russia+ Russia+
  6. Goodyear UltraGrip Performance+
    Goodyear UltraGrip Performance+
    88 57
    · Winter · 2019 · Passenger - Performance Winter / Snow
    Verdict:

    Winter tires with sporty driving qualities in mud and snow, good aquaplaning qualities, low rolling resistance. Understeering dry handling.

    Snow Handling   Rolling Resistance   Aquaplaning   Dry Handling  
    Europe Europe · Russia+ Russia+ · China China
  7. Continental WinterContact TS 850 P
    Continental WinterContact TS 850 P
    81 45
    · Winter · 2014 · Passenger - Performance Winter / Snow
    Verdict:

    Well-balanced winter tires with safe driving characteristics in all weather conditions, dynamic wet handling, short wet braking distances. Extended dry braking distances.

    Wet Braking   Wet Handling   Dry Braking  
    USA+ USA+ · Canada Canada · Europe Europe · Russia+ Russia+ · South Korea South Korea
  8. BFGoodrich g-Force Winter 2
    BFGoodrich g-Force Winter 2
    80 40
    · Winter · 2016 · Passenger - Performance Winter / Snow
    Verdict:

    Winter king with the best driving characteristics on snow, quiet pass-by noise. Average wet traction, slightly longer wet braking distances.

    Snow Brakng   Snow Traction   Noise   Snow Handling   Wet Braking   Wet Traction  
    Europe Europe · Russia+ Russia+
  9. Falken Eurowinter HS01
    Falken Eurowinter HS01
    75 41
    · Winter · 2016 · Passenger - Performance Winter / Snow
    Verdict:

    Convincing driving characteristics on ice and snow, good aquaplaning characteristics. Understeering handling and delayed steering response on wet roads.

    Snow Handling   Aquaplaning   Ice Handling   Wet Handling   Steering Response (Wet)  
    Europe Europe · Russia+ Russia+
  10. Nexen WinGuard Sport 2
    Nexen WinGuard Sport 2
    74 38
    · Winter · 2016 · Passenger - Performance Winter / Snow
    Verdict:

    Stable dry handling, low rolling noise. Extended wet braking distances, moderate cornering on snow roads.

    Dry Handling   Noise   Wet Braking   Snow Handling  
    USA+ USA+ · Canada Canada · Europe Europe · Russia+ Russia+ · East Asia East Asia
  11. Toyo Snowprox S954
    Toyo Snowprox S954
    71 32
    · Winter · 2016 · Passenger - Performance Winter / Snow
    Verdict:

    Good safety reserves for aquaplaning, dynamic dry handling. Only satisfactory winter qualities, understeering wet handling.

    Dry Handling   Aquaplaning   Wet Handling  
    Europe Europe · Russia+ Russia+
  12. Nankang SV-2
    Nankang SV-2
    69 25
    · Winter · 2009 · Passenger - Performance Winter / Snow
    Verdict:

    Good aquaplaning properties. Limited traction on ice and snow, dangerously extended wet braking distances, severely understeering wet handling.

    Aquaplaning   Ice Traction   Wet Braking   Wet Handling   Snow Traction  
    USA+ USA+ · Canada Canada · Europe Europe · Russia+ Russia+ · East Asia East Asia · Southeast Asia Southeast Asia · Middle East Middle East
Year
2021
Tire Test Original Link
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Tire Size
245/40R18
Season
Winter
Auto Type
Passenger
List Type
Professional Tire Test
Region
Europe
Date added
Oct 20, 2021
Date updated
Oct 23, 2021

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