Auto Bild: SUV Winter Tire Test R18 2021

Auto Bild: SUV Winter Tire Test R18

This year, the experts of the German magazine Auto Bild performed a comparative tire test that involved models of various price brackets in today’s popular size of 235/55R18, one that fits most small to compact CUVs.
The test car was a versatile and dynamic crossover Volkswagen Tiguan. The tires’ performance was rated on a scale from 6 (poor) to 1 (very good).

  1. Goodyear UltraGrip Performance+ SUV - Winner Recommended
    Goodyear UltraGrip Performance+ SUV
    N/A 38
    · Winter · 2021 · Light Truck / SUV - Light Truck/SUV Performance Winter / Snow
    Verdict:

    New winter tires with the best driving characteristics on snow and wet roads, precise steering behavior, dynamic wet handling, short wet braking distances. Only average ride comfort.

    Wet Braking   Wet Handling   Snow Handling   Steering Response   Comfort  
    Europe Europe · Russia+ Russia+
  2. Michelin Pilot Alpin 5 SUV Recommended
    Michelin Pilot Alpin 5 SUV
    N/A 43
    · Winter · 2018 · Light Truck / SUV - Light Truck/SUV Performance Winter / Snow
    Verdict:

    The winter king with the best performance on snow and ice, stable wet and dry handling, good safety reserves for aquaplaning, low rolling noise. Very high price level.

    Wet Handling   Noise   Aquaplaning   Price  
    USA+ USA+ · Canada Canada · Europe Europe · Russia+ Russia+ · East Asia East Asia
  3. Bridgestone Blizzak LM005
    Bridgestone Blizzak LM005
    90 59
    · Winter · 2019 · Passenger - Performance Winter / Snow
    Verdict:

    Premium tires with excellent performance in all weather conditions, best safety reserves for aquaplaning, precise wet and dry handling. Slightly longer dry braking distances.

    Wet Handling   Dry Handling   Aquaplaning   Dry Braking  
    Europe Europe · Russia+ Russia+
  4. Vredestein Wintrac Pro
    Vredestein Wintrac Pro
    85 52
    · Winter · 2018 · Passenger - Performance Winter / Snow
    Verdict:

    Winter tires with good performance on wet and snowy roads, short snow and wet braking distances, high level of aquaplaning safety, affordable price. Slightly longer dry braking distances.

    Wet Braking   Aquaplaning   Price   Snow Braking   Dry Braking  
    USA+ USA+ · Canada Canada · Europe Europe · Russia+ Russia+
  5. Continental WinterContact TS 850 P SUV
    Continental WinterContact TS 850 P SUV
    80 44
    · Winter · 2014 · Light Truck / SUV - Light Truck/SUV Performance Winter / Snow
    Verdict:

    All-round tire with convincing winter qualities, stable wet and dry handling, fuel-saving rolling resistance. Slightly longer dry braking distances, high price level.

    Wet Handling   Dry Handling   Rolling Resistance   Dry Braking   Price  
    USA+ USA+ · Canada Canada · Europe Europe · Russia+ Russia+
  6. Hankook Winter i*cept evo3 X W330A
    Hankook Winter i*cept evo3 X W330A
    N/A 29
    · Winter · 2020 · Light Truck / SUV - Light Truck/SUV Performance Winter / Snow
    Verdict:

    High performance potential in all weather conditions, short snow and wet braking distances, stable wet and dry handling. Moderate ride comfort, increased rolling resistance.

    Wet Braking   Wet Handling   Dry Handling   Snow Braking   Comfort   Rolling Resistance  
    Europe Europe · Russia+ Russia+
  7. Toyo Snowprox S954 SUV
    Toyo Snowprox S954 SUV
    N/A 24
    · Winter · 2017 · Light Truck / SUV - Light Truck/SUV Performance Winter / Snow
    Verdict:

    High grip level in wet conditions, dynamic wet and dry handling, short wet braking distances, affordable price. Moderate cornering and understeering handling on snow, slightly longer dry braking distances.

    Wet Braking   Wet Handling   Dry Handling   Price   Dry Braking   Snow Handling  
    Europe Europe · Russia+ Russia+
  8. Nokian WR SUV 4
    Nokian WR SUV 4
    77 31
    · Winter · 2018 · Light Truck / SUV - Light Truck/SUV Performance Winter / Snow
    Verdict:

    Good traction and short braking distances on snow, stable dry handling, low rolling noise. Moderate reserves for aquaplaning, slightly longer dry braking distances, average comfort.

    Dry Handling   Snow Traction   Noise   Snow Braking   Dry Braking   Comfort   Aquaplaning  
    Europe Europe · Russia+ Russia+
  9. Falken Eurowinter HS01 SUV
    Falken Eurowinter HS01 SUV
    N/A 24
    · Winter · 2017 · Light Truck / SUV - Light Truck/SUV Performance Winter / Snow
    Verdict:

    Exceptionally good performance on snow and wet roads, high resistance to aquaplaning, affordable price. Understeering handling, delayed steering response on dry, slightly extended dry braking distances.

    Price   Aquaplaning   Dry Braking   Dry Handling  
    Europe Europe · Russia+ Russia+
  10. Tristar Snowpower UHP
    Tristar Snowpower UHP
    N/A 0
    · Winter · 2017 · Passenger - Performance Winter / Snow
    Verdict:

    Stable dry handling, very low price. Only satisfactory pefrormance on snow, low grip level on wet roads, low safety reserves for aquaplaning, dangerously extended wet braking distances.

    Dry Handling   Price   Wet Braking   Wet Grip   Aquaplaning  
Year
2021
Tire Test Original Link
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Tire Size
235/55R18
Season
Winter
Auto Type
Light Truck / SUV / 4*4
List Type
Professional Tire Test
Region
Europe
Date added
Oct 22, 2021
Date updated
Oct 23, 2021

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