Tyre Reviews: Winter SUV Tire Test R18 2024

Tyre Reviews: Winter SUV Tire Test R18

The seasoned team at Tyre Reviews presents its in-depth 2023 SUV Winter Tire Test, meticulously evaluating nine leading winter tires in the 235/60 R18 category. This comprehensive analysis traverses through diverse terrains, from the icy landscapes of snow to the unpredictable wet terrains, and onto the challenging dry tracks. The test not only probes tire performance under these conditions but also delves into aspects of noise, comfort, and rolling resistance. With the winter's chill setting in, Tyre Reviews offers this insightful guide, aiming to equip SUV owners with critical knowledge, ensuring safe and efficient drives in the colder months.

  1. Continental WinterContact TS 870 P - Winner Recommended
    Continental WinterContact TS 870 P
    90 55
    · Winter · 2021 · Passenger - Performance Winter / Snow
    Verdict:

    The Continental WinterContact TS 870 P showcased a harmonious blend of performance across various conditions. Excelling in wet conditions, delivering impressive grip on both dry and snowy surfaces, and having the lowest rolling resistance on test, it solidified its stance as the top-performing tire in this winter SUV evaluation. The tire did, however, manifest mid-tier results in noise and aquaplaning resistance.

    Wet Braking   Wet Handling   Wet Performance   Dry Handling   Snow Handling   Subj. Snow Handling   Rolling Resistance   Noise   Straight Aquaplaning   Price  
    Europe Europe · Russia+ Russia+
    Test Score:
    97.6
  2. Michelin Pilot Alpin 5 SUV Recommended
    Michelin Pilot Alpin 5 SUV
    91 47
    · Winter · 2018 · Light Truck / SUV - Light Truck/SUV Performance Winter / Snow
    Verdict:

    The Michelin Pilot Alpin 5 SUV exhibited exceptional performance in snow, wet, and dry conditions. Being the quietest and offering the highest comfort levels, it marked its superiority in several categories. Despite these commendations, its rolling resistance pulled it away from clinching the top spot, making it the second-best choice for winter SUVs.

    Subj. Comfort   Noise   Subj. Snow Handling   Snow Traction   Wet Braking   Snow Handling   Price   Rolling Resistance   Lateral Aquaplaning  
    USA+ USA+ · Canada Canada · Europe Europe · Russia+ Russia+ · East Asia East Asia
    Test Score:
    97.5
  3. Bridgestone Blizzak LM005 Recommended
    Bridgestone Blizzak LM005
    88 56
    · Winter · 2019 · Passenger - Performance Winter / Snow
    Verdict:

    The Bridgestone Blizzak LM005 showcases its prowess, particularly in wet conditions, with commendable aquaplaning resistance and exceptional performance in snow. While it has a median performance in dry conditions, the tire more than compensates with its enhanced comfort and remarkably low rolling resistance. Its attributes firmly position it as one of the top contenders in the winter tire segment.

    Subj. Comfort   Noise   Subj. Snow Handling   Snow Traction   Straight Aquaplaning   Rolling Resistance   Wet Braking   Lateral Aquaplaning   Dry Braking   Dry Handling   Snow Handling  
    Canada Canada · Europe Europe · Russia+ Russia+
    Test Score:
    96.9
  4. Hankook Winter i*cept evo3 X W330A Recommended
    Hankook Winter i*cept evo3 X W330A
    84 32
    · Winter · 2020 · Light Truck / SUV - Light Truck/SUV Performance Winter / Snow
    Verdict:

    The Hankook Winter i cept evo 3 X emerges as an extremely balanced tire with top-tier dry handling, remarkable wet braking, and unparalleled snow braking capabilities. While it dominated several test categories and showcased low rolling resistance, it did not score as impressively in comfort and noise, which prevented it from achieving a higher ranking.

    Dry Handling   Rolling Resistance   Wet Braking   Lateral Aquaplaning   Snow Braking   Subj. Dry Handling   Noise   Subj. Comfort  
    USA+ USA+ · Canada Canada · Europe Europe · Russia+ Russia+ · South Korea South Korea
    Test Score:
    96.9
  5. Nokian Snowproof 2 SUV Recommended
    Nokian Snowproof 2 SUV
    85 32
    · Winter · 2023 · Light Truck / SUV - Light Truck/SUV Performance Winter / Snow
    Verdict:

    The Nokian Snowproof 2 SUV stands out primarily for its superior performance in the wet, boasting the best aquaplaning resistance. This suggests optimal performance in slushy conditions, characteristic of winter driving. The tire also performs impressively in snowy conditions. Additionally, users can expect a quiet and comfortable ride with this model. However, its performance lags in dry conditions, although the difference is marginal.

    Subj. Comfort   Subj. Snow Handling   Straight Aquaplaning   Lateral Aquaplaning   Snow Braking   Subj. Noise   Rolling Resistance   Dry Braking   Dry Handling  
    Europe Europe
    Test Score:
    95.7
  6. Pirelli Scorpion Winter 2 Recommended
    Pirelli Scorpion Winter 2
    87 45
    · Winter · 2022 · Light Truck / SUV - Light Truck/SUV Performance Winter / Snow
    Verdict:

    The Pirelli Scorpion Winter 2 emerges as a top contender in dry conditions with its quickest dry lap and commendable braking distances. This model also excels in wet handling, further solidifying its reputation. While its performance in snowy conditions is notable, the tire stands out for its low noise levels, ensuring a comfortable driving experience.

    Noise   Wet Handling   Subj. Snow Handling   Dry Handling   Snow Traction   Dry Braking   Subj. Dry Handling   Subj. Noise   Straight Aquaplaning   Rolling Resistance   Wet Braking   Lateral Aquaplaning  
    Europe Europe · Russia+ Russia+ · China China
    Test Score:
    95.6
  7. Goodyear UltraGrip Performance+ SUV
    Goodyear UltraGrip Performance+ SUV
    85 42
    · Winter · 2021 · Light Truck / SUV - Light Truck/SUV Performance Winter / Snow
    Verdict:

    The Goodyear UltraGrip Performance Plus SUV is a reliable choice for wet and snowy conditions, boasting significant grip in these scenarios. The tire also delivers comfort, making for a smooth driving experience. However, it doesn't perform as well in dry conditions. Moreover, its high rolling resistance and less-than-ideal aquaplaning performance suggest that it's slightly behind newer tire models in the market.

    Subj. Comfort   Noise   Wet Handling   Subj. Snow Handling   Snow Traction   Subj. Wet Handling   Wet Braking   Snow Braking   Snow Handling   Dry Handling   Straight Aquaplaning   Rolling Resistance   Lateral Aquaplaning   Dry Braking  
    Europe Europe · Russia+ Russia+ · China China
    Test Score:
    95.3
  8. Maxxis Premitra Snow WP6 SUV
    Maxxis Premitra Snow WP6 SUV
    N/A 27
    · Winter · 2022 · Light Truck / SUV - Light Truck/SUV Performance Winter / Snow
    Verdict:

    The Maxxis Premitra Snow WP6 SUV offers commendable dry handling characteristics, with notable stability and predictability. This tire is suited for drivers who require reliable dry grip and appreciate a tire's predictability in both dry and wet conditions. Additionally, its noise levels are relatively low, further enhancing driving comfort. However, it falls short in terms of wet and snow grip, which is a significant consideration for winter tires. Coupled with its high rolling resistance, the Maxxis might not be the top choice for those who drive frequently in wet or snowy environments.

    Straight Aquaplaning   Dry Handling   Noise   Dry Braking   Price   Subj. Dry Handling   Subj. Wet Handling   Wet Braking   Wet Handling   Snow Handling   Subj. Snow Handling   Snow Braking   Snow Traction   Rolling Resistance   Lateral Aquaplaning  
    Canada Canada · Europe Europe · Russia+ Russia+
    Test Score:
    94
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The Best SUV Winter Tire? Nokian, Michelin, Continental, Bridgestone, Pirelli & More Tested!
November 4, 2023
Year
2024
Tire Test Original Link
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Max Score, points
100
Tire Size
235/60R18
Season
Winter
Auto Type
Light Truck / SUV / 4*4
List Type
Professional Tire Test
Region
Europe
Date added
Nov 04, 2023
Date updated
Mar 26, 2024
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