Auto Express: Winter Tire Test R17 2021

Auto Express: Winter Tire Test R17

Extreme changes in weather mean it’s more crucial than ever to have the right tyres for every situation, and the ultimate solution is to change tyres according to the season.
While all-season tyres have grown in popularity, Auto Express magazine continue to test winter versions for the driver who wants the best performance from their vehicle when the temperatures drop.

  1. Bridgestone Blizzak LM005 - Winner Recommended
    Bridgestone Blizzak LM005
    90 59
    · Winter · 2019 · Passenger - Performance Winter / Snow
    Verdict:

    Victory in seven out of 11 categories, including strong wet and dry results, put Bridgestone’s Blizzak LM005 beyond doubt.

    Snow Braking   Wet Circle   Wet Braking   Dry Handling   Wet Handling   Dry Braking   Snow Traction   Rolling Resistance  
    Europe Europe · Russia+ Russia+
    Test Score:
    100
  2. Continental WinterContact TS 870 Recommended
    Continental WinterContact TS 870
    89 59
    · Winter · 2020 · Passenger - Performance Winter / Snow
    Verdict:

    If you’re expecting snow, then the Continental WinterContact delivers the best performance on the white stuff.

    Snow Braking   Snow Traction   Straight Aquaplaning   Lateral Aquaplaning   Rolling Resistance  
    Europe Europe · Russia+ Russia+
    Test Score:
    98.3
  3. Hankook Winter i*cept RS2 W452
    Hankook Winter i*cept RS2 W452
    82 39
    · Winter · 2015 · Passenger - Performance Winter / Snow
    Verdict:

    Sharp responses meant the Hankook Winter i*cept RS2 impressed on the dry handling track, but efficiency could be better.

    Wet Circle   Snow Braking   Dry Handling   Wet Handling   Lateral Aquaplaning   Rolling Resistance   Straight Aquaplaning  
    Europe Europe · Russia+ Russia+
    Test Score:
    97.2
  4. Michelin Alpin 6
    Michelin Alpin 6
    86 59
    · Winter · 2018 · Passenger - Performance Winter / Snow
    Verdict:

    Excellent wet performance means the Michelin Alpin 6 is well suited to the type of winters in the UK.

    Wet Circle   Wet Braking   Wet Handling   Snow Traction   Cabin Noise   Snow Braking  
    USA+ USA+ · Canada Canada · Europe Europe · Russia+ Russia+ · Japan Japan
    Test Score:
    97.1
  5. Goodyear UltraGrip Performance+
    Goodyear UltraGrip Performance+
    89 58
    · Winter · 2019 · Passenger - Performance Winter / Snow
    Verdict:

    Goodyear’s UltraGrip Performance + tyre is clearly better suited to snow than wet weather, but it also did well in dry braking and had low rolling resistance.

    Cabin Noise   Rolling Resistance   Dry Braking   Lateral Aquaplaning   Wet Braking  
    Europe Europe · Russia+ Russia+
    Test Score:
    97
  6. Dunlop Winter Sport 5
    Dunlop Winter Sport 5
    82 61
    · Winter · 2015 · Passenger - Performance Winter / Snow
    Verdict:

    Respectable results in the aquaplaning tests aside, Dunlop’s Winter Sport 5 offering is slipping behind newer rivals.

    Lateral Aquaplaning   Wet Handling  
    Europe Europe · Russia+ Russia+
    Test Score:
    96.7
  7. Maxxis Premitra Snow WP6
    Maxxis Premitra Snow WP6
    71 46
    · Winter · 2019 · Passenger - Performance Winter / Snow
    Verdict:

    A podium spot for straight-line aquaplaning contrasted with a lowly seventh on the curved test.

    Cabin Noise   Wet Circle   Dry Braking   Straight Aquaplaning   Rolling Resistance  
    Europe Europe · Russia+ Russia+
    Test Score:
    96.7
  8. Avon WV7 SNOW
    Avon WV7 SNOW
    72 23
    · Winter · 2016 · Passenger - Performance Winter / Snow
    Verdict:

    While Avon’s entry lacked performance, especially in the snow, it proved to be one of the quietest tyres.

    Cabin Noise   Wet Braking   Straight Aquaplaning   Wet Circle   Dry Handling   Dry Braking   Snow Traction   Rolling Resistance  
    Europe Europe · Russia+ Russia+
    Test Score:
    95.5
Year
2021
Tire Test Original Link
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Max Score, points
100
Tire Size
225/45R17
Season
Winter
Auto Type
Passenger
List Type
Professional Tire Test
Region
Europe
Date added
Oct 23, 2021

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