TÜV SÜD: Winter Tire Test R17 2021

TÜV SÜD: Winter Tire Test R17

For the winter season 2021, Continental is launching the new Continental WinterContact TS 870 model designed for cars of midsize class and coming to replace the tried-and-tested WinterContact TS 860, which has received numerous awards from the automotive trade press. The previous-generation tire has already set the bar pretty high, and the company says that the new model is not only superior to the previous one in all safety-relevant disciplines, but also impresses from an ecological perspective — including through a further reduction in rolling resistance and significantly higher mileage.

To back up their claims, Continental turned to the reputable German organization TÜV SÜD, which tested the new 225/45 R17 tire against competitors from Bridgestone, Goodyear, Michelin, Nokian and Pirelli. The snow tests were conducted in Sweden — at the Continental test facility in Arvidsjaur and the Arctic Falls complex, while the wet and dry tests were conducted at Contidrom and ATP test facilities in Papenburg, Germany. In addition, the experts measured the tires’ rolling resistance and their noise emission inside and outside the car. The test cars were VW Golf VII and Skoda Octavia.

  1. Continental WinterContact TS 870 - Winner
    Continental WinterContact TS 870
    N/A 52
    · Winter · 2020 · Passenger - Performance Winter / Snow
    Verdict:

    Strong traction, short braking distance, and good handling response on snow. Short braking distance and good handling response on wet pavement.

    Snow Handling   Snow Braking   Straight Aquaplaning   Snow Traction   Dry Handling   Acceleration on Snow   Wet Braking   Wet Handling  
    Europe Europe · Russia+ Russia+
  2. Bridgestone Blizzak LM005
    Bridgestone Blizzak LM005
    90 59
    · Winter · 2019 · Passenger - Performance Winter / Snow
    Verdict:

    Strong traction, short braking distance, and good handling response on snow. Short braking distance and good handling response on wet pavement.

    Snow Handling   Snow Braking   Snow Traction   Acceleration on Snow   Wet Braking   Wet Handling   Rolling Resistance  
    Europe Europe · Russia+ Russia+
  3. Goodyear UltraGrip Performance+
    Goodyear UltraGrip Performance+
    89 57
    · Winter · 2019 · Passenger - Performance Winter / Snow
    Verdict:

    Excellent traction and very short braking distance on snow. No prominent issues found.

    Acceleration on Snow   Snow Traction   Straight Aquaplaning   Snow Braking  
    Europe Europe · Russia+ Russia+
  4. Michelin Alpin 6
    Michelin Alpin 6
    86 58
    · Winter · 2018 · Passenger - Performance Winter / Snow
    Verdict:

    Excellent hydroplaning resistance. Relatively long braking distance on dry pavement. Increased rolling resistance. Increased noise.

    Wet Handling   Straight Aquaplaning   Dry Braking   Rolling Resistance  
    USA+ USA+ · Canada Canada · Europe Europe · Russia+ Russia+ · Japan Japan
  5. Nokian WR Snowproof P
    Nokian WR Snowproof P
    72 36
    · Winter · 2020 · Passenger - Performance Winter / Snow
    Verdict:

    Short braking distance and good handling response on dry pavement. Very low rolling resistance. Low noise emission. Relatively low hydroplaning resistance. Long braking distance on wet pavement.

    Dry Braking   Rolling Resistance   Wet Braking   Straight Aquaplaning  
    Europe Europe
  6. Pirelli Winter Sottozero 3
    Pirelli Winter Sottozero 3
    80 63
    · Winter · 2014 · Passenger - Performance Winter / Snow
    Verdict:

    Short braking distance and good handling response on dry pavement. Relatively weak traction and relatively long braking distance on snow. Relatively low hydroplaning resistance. Relatively long braking distance on wet pavement. Increased noise.

    Dry Braking   Dry Handling   Acceleration on Snow   Snow Traction   Wet Handling   Snow Braking  
    USA+ USA+ · Canada Canada · Europe Europe · Russia+ Russia+ · East Asia East Asia
Year
2021
Tire Test Original Link
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Tire Size
225/45R17
Season
Winter
Auto Type
Passenger
List Type
Professional Tire Test
Region
Europe
Date added
Aug 03, 2021
Date updated
Aug 27, 2021

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