Auto Motor und Sport: Winter Tire Test R16 2021

Auto Motor und Sport: Winter Tire Test R16

In its new test, the Auto Motor und Sport magazine compared tires in size 195/55 R16, designed for such compact cars as Volkswagen Polo, Kia Rio, Skoda Fabia, and similar ones. The list of competitors included ten models: the winners of the last year’s test Bridgestone Blizzak LM005 and BFGoodrich g-Force Winter 2, the inexpensive Falken Eurowinter HS01, Goodyear UltraGrip 9+, and GT Radial WinterPro2, and the time-tested Michelin Alpin 6, Pirelli Cinturato Winter (which has already been replaced by Cinturato Winter 2), Toyo Observe S944, and Vredestein Wintrac. For the Vredestein model, this test became a debut, just as it was for the new Continental model named WinterContact TS 870.

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

    Positive: Short braking distances and good handling on snow. Very good grip, short braking distances and high lateral stability on wet roads.
    Negative: Relatively long braking distances on dry roads.
    Verdict: Very good.

    Wet Braking   Lateral Aquaplaning   Rolling Resistance   Dry Handling   Dry Braking   Snow Braking   Snow Traction   Lateral Stability (Snow / Wet)   Wet Handling  
    Europe Europe · Russia+ Russia+
    Test Score:
    8.7
  2. Continental WinterContact TS 870 Recommended
    Continental WinterContact TS 870
    89 59
    · Winter · 2020 · Passenger - Performance Winter / Snow
    Verdict:

    Positive: Good handling on snow. Safe behavior on wet and dry surfaces. Low rolling resistance. Low noise level.
    Negative: Relatively low lateral stability on wet surfaces. Relatively long braking distances on dry roads.
    Verdict: Very good.

    Wet Braking   Noise   Lateral Stability (Snow)   Lateral Aquaplaning   Dry Handling   Rolling Resistance   Snow Braking   Snow Handling   Straight Aquaplaning   Snow Traction  
    Europe Europe · Russia+ Russia+
    Test Score:
    8.2
  3. Vredestein Wintrac Recommended
    Vredestein Wintrac
    85 36
    · Winter · 2020 · Passenger - Performance Winter / Snow
    Verdict:

    Positive: Good lateral stability on wet surfaces. Short braking distances on dry surfaces. Good value for money. High traction and short braking distances on wet roads.
    Negative: Low resistance to aquaplaning. Reduced comfort level.
    Verdict: Very good.

    Wet Braking   Noise   Lateral Stability (Snow)   Dry Braking   Snow Braking   Snow Traction   Wet Handling   Lateral Aquaplaning  
    USA+ USA+ · Canada Canada
    Test Score:
    8.1
  4. BFGoodrich g-Force Winter 2
    BFGoodrich g-Force Winter 2
    80 42
    · Winter · 2016 · Passenger - Performance Winter / Snow
    Verdict:

    Positive: Excellent snow performance. Good dry performance with relatively long braking distances.
    Negative: Poor wet performance. High rolling resistance.
    Verdict: Good.

    Lateral Stability (Snow)   Dry Handling   Snow Braking   Snow Handling   Snow Traction   Rolling Resistance  
    Europe Europe · Russia+ Russia+
    Test Score:
    7.8
  5. Michelin Alpin 6
    Michelin Alpin 6
    86 59
    · Winter · 2018 · Passenger - Performance Winter / Snow
    Verdict:

    Positive: Good grip and very short braking distances on dry, cold surfaces. Good lateral stability on wet surfaces.
    Negative: Relatively long braking distances on snow and wet roads. Reduced comfort level.
    Verdict: Good.

    Dry Handling   Lateral Stability (Wet)   Dry Braking  
    USA+ USA+ · Canada Canada · Europe Europe · Russia+ Russia+ · Japan Japan
    Test Score:
    7.7
  6. Goodyear UltraGrip 9+
    Goodyear UltraGrip 9+
    86 54
    · Winter · 2019 · Passenger - Performance Winter / Snow
    Verdict:

    Positive: High lateral stability and good handling on snow and wet roads.
    Negative: Relatively poor braking performance in all conditions. Increased noise level.
    Verdict: Good.

    Wet Handling   Lateral Stability (Snow)   Lateral Aquaplaning   Rolling Resistance   Snow Traction  
    Europe Europe · Russia+ Russia+
    Test Score:
    7.5
  7. Pirelli Cinturato Winter
    Pirelli Cinturato Winter
    77 55
    · Winter · 2016 · Passenger - Performance Winter / Snow
    Verdict:

    Positive: Short braking distances and high traction on snow.
    Negative: Relatively poor snow lateral stability. Long braking distances and poor lateral stability on wet roads.
    Verdict: Good.

    Straight Aquaplaning   Noise   Lateral Stability (Snow)   Lateral Aquaplaning   Snow Braking   Snow Traction  
    USA+ USA+ · Canada Canada · Europe Europe · Russia+ Russia+
    Test Score:
    7.5
  8. Falken Eurowinter HS01
    Falken Eurowinter HS01
    74 43
    · Winter · 2016 · Passenger - Performance Winter / Snow
    Verdict:

    Positive: Short braking distances and good lateral stability on snow. Acceptable performance on wet roads. Good comfort level. Attractive price. Negative: Indistinct steering response and poor traction. Very high rolling resistance.
    Verdict: Good.

    Wet Braking   Straight Aquaplaning   Noise   Lateral Stability (Snow)   Snow Braking   Snow Handling   Rolling Resistance  
    Europe Europe · Russia+ Russia+
    Test Score:
    7.1
  9. GT Radial WinterPro2
    GT Radial WinterPro2
    N/A 28
    · Winter · 2017 · Passenger - Performance Winter / Snow
    Verdict:

    Positive: Good lateral stability on dry and wet surfaces. Good comfort level.
    Negative: Poor snow performance. Poor behavior on wet surfaces. Low resistance to aquaplaning.
    Verdict: Good.

    Wet Braking   Noise   Dry Handling   Lateral Stability (Wet)   Dry Braking   Lateral Aquaplaning  
    USA+ USA+ · Canada Canada · Europe Europe · Russia+ Russia+
    Test Score:
    7.1
  10. Toyo Observe S944
    Toyo Observe S944
    70 45
    · Winter · 2019 · Passenger - Performance Winter / Snow
    Verdict:

    Positive: Good grip and excellent lateral stability on dry surfaces.
    Negative: Poor braking, especially in snow. Very low performance on snow.
    Verdict: Satisfactory.

    Dry Braking   Wet Handling   Noise   Dry Handling   Lateral Stability (Snow)   Snow Handling   Snow Traction  
    Europe Europe · Russia+ Russia+
    Test Score:
    6.9
Year
2021
Max Score, points
10
Tire Size
195/55R16
Season
Winter
Auto Type
Passenger
List Type
Professional Tire Test
Region
Europe
Date added
Sep 19, 2021
Date updated
Oct 23, 2021

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