Vi Bilägare: SUV Studded Winter Tire Test R18 2023

Vi Bilägare: SUV Studded Winter Tire Test R18

In 2022, the Swedish magazine Vi Bilägare conducted its first test of SUV winter tires in size 235/55 R18. The test car was a Volvo XC40; this tire size fits other popular car models, such as Audi Q3, Nissan Qashqai, Peugeot 3008, Toyota RAV4, Volkswagen Tiguan, as well as the electric Mercedes EQA and EQB.
The test involved tires from a number of popular brands, such as Continental, Goodyear, Michelin, Nokian, and Pirelli. At the same time, Bridgestone is preparing a replacement for its current generation of tires (in Sweden, the company is offering studded tires from the Noranza line), and Japan in this test was represented by Sumitomo, which not so long ago released a new studded model under the brand of Falken. In addition, the test involved a Maxxis tire — in 2021, the Taiwanese brand unexpectedly won in the VB summer tire test, and the Swedes decided to test what a winter tire produced by the same company would be capable of.

  1. Michelin X-Ice North 4 SUV - Winner Recommended
    Michelin X-Ice North 4 SUV
    N/A 33
    · Winter · 2019 · Light Truck / SUV - Light Truck/SUV Studdable Winter / Snow · Studded · For Nordic Winter x
    Verdict:

    Excellent snow and ice grip. Good feedback through the wheel and good handling in the dry. Low noise emission. Low rolling resistance. Weak grip on wet pavement. Low hydroplaning resistance. Relatively poor grip in sharp corners.

    Internal Noise   Ice Handling   Ice Acceleration   Dry Handling   Snow Braking   Rolling Resistance   Snow Acceleration   Snow Handling   Wet Braking   Wet Handling   Straight Hydroplaning  
    Europe Europe · Russia+ Russia+
    Test Score:
    82
  2. Nokian Hakkapeliitta 10 SUV Recommended
    Nokian Hakkapeliitta 10 SUV
    N/A 35
    · Winter · 2021 · Light Truck / SUV - Light Truck/SUV Studdable Winter / Snow · Studded · For Nordic Winter x
    Verdict:

    Excellent snow and ice grip. Great lateral stability on all types of surfaces. Low hydroplaning resistance. Long braking distance on wet pavement. High noise emission.

    Ice Acceleration   Ice Handling   Ice Braking   Snow Braking   Snow Handling   Wet Braking   Dry Handling   Straight Hydroplaning   Internal Noise  
    USA+ USA+ · Canada Canada · Europe Europe
    Test Score:
    82
  3. Goodyear UltraGrip Arctic 2
    Goodyear UltraGrip Arctic 2
    88 50
    · Winter · 2021 · Passenger - Studdable Winter / Snow · Studded · For Nordic Winter x
    Verdict:

    Excellent traction and short braking distance on snow and ice. Lack of handling precision in corners. Relatively high rolling resistance.

    Ice Braking   Snow Braking   Ice Acceleration   Rolling Resistance  
    Europe Europe · Russia+ Russia+
    Test Score:
    80
  4. Pirelli Scorpion Ice Zero 2
    Pirelli Scorpion Ice Zero 2
    N/A 34
    · Winter · 2019 · Light Truck / SUV - Light Truck/SUV Studdable Winter / Snow · Studded · For Nordic Winter x
    Verdict:

    Good grip on tarmac. Precise steering response and good handling feedback on all types of surfaces. Average ice traction. Reduced hydroplaning resistance.

    Wet Braking   Dry Handling   Wet Handling   Dry Braking   Straight Hydroplaning  
    Canada Canada · Europe Europe · Russia+ Russia+
    Test Score:
    79
  5. Continental IceContact 3
    Continental IceContact 3
    87 52
    · Winter · 2019 · Passenger - Studdable Winter / Snow · Studded · For Nordic Winter x
    Verdict:

    Good hydroplaning resistance. Low noise emission. Good handling performance under loads. Reduced ice grip. Relatively long braking distance on all types of surfaces.

    Straight Hydroplaning   Snow Handling   Internal Noise   Ice Braking   Ice Acceleration  
    Europe Europe · Russia+ Russia+
    Test Score:
    66
  6. Nokian Nordman 8 SUV
    Nokian Nordman 8 SUV
    N/A 31
    · Winter · 2021 · Light Truck / SUV - Light Truck/SUV Studdable Winter / Snow · Studded · For Nordic Winter x
    Verdict:

    Good traction and short braking distance on ice. Relatively poor performance in all of the disciplines. Very noisy.

    Ice Braking   Ice Acceleration   Internal Noise   Ice Handling   Dry Handling   Snow Braking   Wet Braking   Snow Handling   Wet Handling  
    Europe Europe · Russia+ Russia+
    Test Score:
    54
  7. Maxxis Premitra Ice Nord NS5
    Maxxis Premitra Ice Nord NS5
    N/A 21
    · Winter · 2017 · Light Truck / SUV - Light Truck/SUV Studdable Winter / Snow · Studded · For Nordic Winter x
    Verdict:

    Short braking distance on tarmac. Very good results on wet pavement. Weak grip on ice and snow. Very noisy.

    Wet Braking   Wet Handling   Straight Hydroplaning   Dry Braking   Internal Noise   Ice Handling   Ice Braking   Ice Acceleration   Snow Braking   Snow Acceleration   Snow Handling  
    Canada Canada · Russia+ Russia+
    Test Score:
    48
  8. Falken Winterpeak F-ICE 1
    Falken Winterpeak F-ICE 1
    75 32
    · Winter · 2020 · Passenger - Studless Ice & Snow · For Nordic Winter x
    Verdict:

    Short braking distance on tarmac. Excellent hydroplaning resistance. Weak traction on ice. High noise emission. Lost a large number of studs during the test, and was disqualified.

    Snow Acceleration   Wet Braking   Straight Hydroplaning   Ice Acceleration   Ice Braking   Internal Noise  
    USA+ USA+ · Canada Canada · Europe Europe
    Test Score:
    71
Year
2023
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Max Score, points
100
Tire Size
235/55R18
Season
Winter
Auto Type
Light Truck / SUV / 4*4
List Type
Professional Tire Test
Region
Europe
Date added
Oct 18, 2022
Date updated
Oct 22, 2022
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