Tyre Reviews: Winter Tire Test R18 2021

Tyre Reviews: Winter Tire Test R18

In this tyre test tyrereviews experts take nine of the best performance winter tyres in the popular 225/40 R18 size and test them in the dry, wet and of course snow to see what the best winter tyre is for the 2021/22 autumn and winter.
These are not nordic / extreme winter tires as found in the northern parts of North America. 225/40 R18 is a popular winter tyre size for vehicles such as the Audi A3 / A4, VW Golf GTI / R, BMW 1 Series and 3 Series, and many other vehicles with this wheel size.

  1. Continental WinterContact TS 870 P - Winner Recommended
    Continental WinterContact TS 870 P
    89 43
    · Winter · 2021 · Passenger - Performance Winter / Snow
    Verdict:

    Positive: A winter tyre with no real weaknesses. Excellent in all conditions and all tests.
    Negative: Slightly slow steering.

    Rolling Resistance   Dry Braking   Snow Circle   Snow Braking   Wet Braking   Snow Handling   Straight Aquaplaning   Comfort   Noise  
    Europe Europe · Russia+ Russia+
  2. Michelin Pilot Alpin 5 Recommended
    Michelin Pilot Alpin 5
    94 46
    · Winter · 2014 · Passenger - Performance Winter / Snow
    Verdict:

    Positive: Significant lead in the dry and snow tests, best straight aquaplaning resistance, low external noise, low rolling resistance.
    Negative: Average wet performance with extended wet braking and poor curved aquaplaning resistance, high purchase price.

    Rolling Resistance   Dry Braking   Snow Traction   Snow Circle   Snow Braking   Snow Handling   Straight Aquaplaning   Noise   Dry Handling   Lateral Aquaplaning   Price  
    USA+ USA+ · Canada Canada · Europe Europe · Russia+ Russia+ · Japan Japan
  3. Hankook Winter i*cept evo3 W330 Recommended
    Hankook Winter i*cept evo3 W330
    90 39
    · Winter · 2020 · Passenger - Performance Winter / Snow
    Verdict:

    Positive: Short dry braking, very good performance in all wet tests including aquaplaning and the best subjectively around the wet handling lap, very good grip in all snow tests.
    Negative: Sightly reduced dry handling performance, high external noise, high rolling resistance.

    Wet Handling   Dry Braking   Snow Traction   Snow Circle   Wet Braking   Snow Handling   Lateral Aquaplaning   Noise   Rolling Resistance   Dry Handling  
    Europe Europe
  4. Bridgestone Blizzak LM005
    Bridgestone Blizzak LM005
    90 59
    · Winter · 2019 · Passenger - Performance Winter / Snow
    Verdict:

    Positive: By far the best performance in wet braking and wet handling, good dry handling, excellent curved aquaplaning resistance, lowest rolling resistance on test.
    Negative: Long dry braking, poor grip in the snow with very low snow traction.

    Wet Handling   Rolling Resistance   Wet Braking   Lateral Aquaplaning   Dry Handling   Snow Traction   Dry Braking   Comfort  
    Europe Europe · Russia+ Russia+
  5. Goodyear UltraGrip Performance+
    Goodyear UltraGrip Performance+
    89 58
    · Winter · 2019 · Passenger - Performance Winter / Snow
    Verdict:

    Positive: Good grip in the wet with high aquaplaning resistance, excellent grip in the snow.
    Negative: Slow dry handling lap, high external noise, high rolling resistance.

    Wet Handling   Snow Traction   Lateral Aquaplaning   Snow Handling   Straight Aquaplaning   Comfort   Noise   Dry Handling   Rolling Resistance  
    Europe Europe · Russia+ Russia+
  6. Dunlop Winter Sport 5
    Dunlop Winter Sport 5
    82 61
    · Winter · 2015 · Passenger - Performance Winter / Snow
    Verdict:

    Positive: Consistent performance in most tests with good aquaplaning resistance, good traction in the snow.
    Negative: Slow dry handling lap, high external noise, high rolling resistance.

    Snow Traction   Straight Aquaplaning   Comfort   Noise   Dry Handling   Rolling Resistance  
    Europe Europe · Russia+ Russia+
  7. Nokian WR Snowproof P
    Nokian WR Snowproof P
    72 37
    · Winter · 2020 · Passenger - Performance Winter / Snow
    Verdict:

    Positive: Very good in the dry, good snow traction and snow circle, lowest noise on test, low rolling resistance.
    Negative: Weak grip in the wet tests with the lowest aquaplaning resistance on test.

    Rolling Resistance   Snow Circle   Snow Braking   Noise   Dry Handling   Straight Aquaplaning   Lateral Aquaplaning  
    Europe Europe
  8. GT Radial WinterPro 2 Sport
    GT Radial WinterPro 2 Sport
    N/A 26
    · Winter · 2020 · Passenger - Performance Winter / Snow
    Verdict:

    Positive: Reasonable dry performance, well priced.
    Negative: Long wet braking, weak aquaplaning resistance, reduced grip in all snow tests, high rolling resistance.

    Price   Rolling Resistance   Snow Circle   Snow Braking   Wet Braking   Snow Handling   Straight Aquaplaning  
    Europe Europe · Russia+ Russia+
  9. Imperial Snowdragon UHP
    Imperial Snowdragon UHP
    N/A 16
    · Winter · 2012 · Passenger - Performance Winter / Snow
    Verdict:

    Positive: Good dry handling, low external noise, cheap purchase price.
    Negative: Extremely long braking in all conditions, low grip in the wet with weak aquaplaning resistance, significantly reduced grip in the snow, high rolling resistance.

    Noise   Dry Handling   Price   Wet Handling   Dry Braking   Snow Traction   Snow Braking   Wet Braking   Snow Handling   Lateral Aquaplaning  
Youtube Video
9 of the BEST Winter / Snow Tires for 2021
September 29, 2021
Year
2021
Tire Test Original Link
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Tire Size
225/40R18
Season
Winter
Auto Type
Passenger
List Type
Professional Tire Test
Region
Europe
Date added
Sep 29, 2021
Date updated
Oct 23, 2021

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