Vi Bilägare: SUV Studdless Winter Tire Test R18 2023

Vi Bilägare: SUV Studdless Winter Tire Test R18

The Swedish experts from the Vi Bilägare magazine tested friction winter tires in size 235/55 R18, designed for SUVs and crossovers; among other tires, the test involved the 2022 newcomer — Nokian Hakkapeliitta R5 SUV. Besides the Nokian model, the test also involved tires from Bridgestone, Continental, Falken, Goodyear, Kumho, and Michelin; for comparison, the experts also included in the test pool a tire from the private brand Mazzini, owned by the Chinese company Best Choice International, which also offers tires under the brands of Delmax, Autogreen, and Gowind.

  1. Nokian Hakkapeliitta R5 SUV - Winner Recommended
    Nokian Hakkapeliitta R5 SUV
    N/A 38
    · Winter · 2022 · Light Truck / SUV - Light Truck/SUV Studless Ice & Snow · For Nordic Winter x
    Verdict:

    Excellent ice grip. Good performance on all types of surfaces. Low rolling resistance. Long braking distance on wet pavement. Poor straight hydroplaning resistance. Very good.

    Ice Acceleration   Ice Handling   Ice Braking   Snow Braking   Rolling Resistance   Snow Acceleration   Snow Handling   Straight Hydroplaning  
    North America North America · Europe Europe · Russia+ Russia+
    Test Score:
    87
  2. Goodyear UltraGrip Ice 2 Recommended
    Goodyear UltraGrip Ice 2
    87 42
    · Winter · 2014 · Passenger - Studless Ice & Snow · For Nordic Winter x
    Verdict:

    Excellent wet performance (for a Scandinavian-type tire). Low noise emission. Relatively low lateral stability on ice and snow. Very good.

    Straight Hydroplaning   Dry Handling   Wet Braking   Noise   Wet Handling  
    Europe Europe · Russia+ Russia+
    Test Score:
    81
  3. Continental VikingContact 7
    Continental VikingContact 7
    90 58
    · Winter · 2018 · Passenger - Studless Ice & Snow · For Nordic Winter x
    Verdict:

    Strong traction and good handling response on all types of surfaces. Increased noise emission. Good.

    Ice Handling   Ice Braking   Snow Braking   Snow Handling   Noise  
    USA+ USA+ · Canada Canada · Europe Europe · Russia+ Russia+ · East Asia East Asia
    Test Score:
    79
  4. Michelin X-Ice Snow SUV
    Michelin X-Ice Snow SUV
    N/A 36
    · Winter · 2020 · Light Truck / SUV - Light Truck/SUV Studless Ice & Snow · For Nordic Winter x
    Verdict:

    Short braking distance on snow and ice. Good stability and dry handling response. Insufficient grip on wet pavement. Poor hydroplaning resistance. Good.

    Ice Braking   Snow Acceleration   Dry Handling   Snow Braking   Wet Braking   Straight Hydroplaning  
    USA+ USA+ · Canada Canada · Russia+ Russia+ · Japan Japan
    Test Score:
    78
  5. Falken Winterpeak F-Snow 1
    Falken Winterpeak F-Snow 1
    N/A 31
    · Winter · 2021 · Passenger - Studless Ice & Snow · For Nordic Winter x
    Verdict:

    Good grip and high level of driving safety on snow and ice. Low noise emission. Insufficient stability and poor handling response on tarmac. High rolling resistance. Good.

    Ice Braking   Snow Acceleration   Noise   Dry Braking   Straight Hydroplaning   Dry Handling   Rolling Resistance  
    Europe Europe
    Test Score:
    75
  6. Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V3
    Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V3
    N/A 38
    · Winter · 2019 · Light Truck / SUV - Light Truck/SUV Studless Ice & Snow · For Nordic Winter x
    Verdict:

    Short braking distance on dry pavement. Good lateral stability on snow. Low noise emission. Poor lateral stability on wet pavement. Low hydroplaning resistance. High rolling resistance. Good.

    Dry Braking   Noise   Snow Braking   Snow Handling   Straight Hydroplaning   Rolling Resistance   Wet Handling   Ice Acceleration  
    Europe Europe · Russia+ Russia+ · China China · South Korea South Korea
    Test Score:
    66
  7. Kumho WinterCraft SUV Ice WS51
    Kumho WinterCraft SUV Ice WS51
    N/A 3
    · Winter · Passenger - Studless Ice & Snow · For Nordic Winter x
    Verdict:

    Good hydroplaning resistance. Short braking distance on wet pavement. Good handling response on asphalt. Weak traction on ice. Poor handling performance on all types of surfaces. Satisfactory.

    Straight Hydroplaning   Wet Braking   Dry Handling   Ice Acceleration   Ice Handling   Ice Braking   Noise   Snow Handling   Wet Handling  
    Europe Europe
    Test Score:
    55
  8. Mazzini Snow Leopard LX
    Mazzini Snow Leopard LX
    N/A 5
    · Winter · Light Truck / SUV - Light Truck/SUV Studless Ice & Snow · For Nordic Winter x
    Verdict:

    Good snow grip. Short braking distance on wet pavement. Excellent hydroplaning resistance. Poor ice traction. Poor stability on dry pavement. Irritating noise.

    Wet Braking   Straight Hydroplaning   Ice Acceleration   Ice Handling   Ice Braking   Dry Handling   Noise   Snow Handling  
    Europe Europe
    Test Score:
    53
Year
2023
Tire Test Original Link
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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 21, 2022
Date updated
Oct 22, 2022
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