Winter tyres 2018 - Overview

Updated 22.10.2018, Jiri Chomat

Winter tyres for  2015/16 To help you select tyres easier you can find the largest overview of the tyre tests in one place. However, we understand that messing with such a multitude of tests is lengthy and confusing, therefore, we have prepared the following list of the best winter tyres for this winter. You can find here tips on tyres with maximum possible performance and also more economical tyres with excellent price/performance ratio. Below is a table with all the tests-proved tyres.

ModelTimes testedthe best placethe worst placethe average place
Continental WinterContact TS 860 Recommended!151 21.13 Buy
Continental ContiWinterContact TS 850P Recommended!101 31.60 Buy
Goodyear UltraGrip Performance SUV Gen-1 Recommended!41 32.00 Buy
Continental ContiWinterContact TS850 Recommended!81 62.13 Buy
Goodyear UltraGrip Performance Gen-1 Recommended!151 52.67 Buy
Continental WinterContact TS 850P SUV Recommended!61 73.00 Buy
Dunlop Winter Sport 5 Recommended!231 73.13 Buy
Michelin Pilot Alpin PA4 Recommended!6253.17 Buy
Goodyear UltraGrip 9 Recommended!161 63.38 Buy
Dunlop Winter Sport 5 SUV Recommended!61 53.50 Buy
Michelin Alpin A4 Recommended!5253.60 Buy
Pirelli Scorpion Winter Recommended!71 83.71 Buy
Dunlop SP Winter Response 2 Recommended!81 93.88 Buy
Michelin Latitude Alpin LA2 Recommended!41 74.25 Buy
Nokian WR SUV 3 Recommended!41 74.25 Buy
Esa-Tecar Super Grip 9 Recommended!3274.67 Buy
Kleber KRISALP HP3 73105.43 Buy
Pirelli Winter Sottozero 3 172185.65 Buy
GT Radial Champiro WinterPro HP 3565.67 Buy
Pirelli Winter 190 Snowcontrol Serie 3 3295.67 Buy
Nokian WR D4 252145.88 Buy
Michelin Alpin 5 182176.22 Buy
Nankang Winter Activa SV-55 3576.33 Buy
Bridgestone Blizzak LM-80 Evo 3676.67 Buy
Semperit Speed-Grip 2 72146.71 Buy
Fulda Kristall Control HP2 82147.00 Buy
Hankook Winter i*cept RS W442 34107.00 Buy
Nokian WR A4 3597.00 Buy
Semperit Speed-Grip 3 43157.25 Buy
Pirelli Cinturato Winter 113147.45 Buy
Bridgestone Blizzak LM-001 174187.53 Buy
Hankook Winter i*cept evo2 W320 75208.00 Buy
Hankook Winter i*cept RS2 W452 132208.08 Buy
Vredestein Wintrac Xtreme S 124278.58 Buy
View all of the tyre tests for this winter 2018 »

An overview based on all of the tyre tests referred to on this page, for a total of 62.I think it is quite a representative sample for the selection. When puting this table, I proceeded as if I was choosing the tires myself - i wrote down the places, counted how many times the tyre was tested and calculated an average position. For clarity, I present the best and the worst position, where they are often noticeable differences. This is because each test gives different weight to various criteria and some even takes different criteria into count. It happens so that the noise is omitted or very little emphasis is put on fuel consumption and tyre wear. For example, the Auto Club Czech Republic tests only the driving characteristics of the tyres, on the contrary, the ADAC gives the non-driving characteristics of the tyres 25% of the overall assessment. Therefore, if we look away from the various scales, tests show the same features-for example, Nokian WR D3 j(e) in all tests the best on dry, Michelin Alpin A4 has the best mileage and so I could proceed further. The criteria of individual testing is also different according to the climate in the country and the focus of the test (sports cars, SUV, etc.)


4 models of winter tyres, which would I put on my car

To illustrate the selection of tyres I picked 4 winter tyres, which would I put on my car - I'll explain why.

Continental WinterContact TS 860

Balanced properties without compromise, winner of numerous tests

Tyre test 2015

ContiWinterContact TS860 is the tyre that won in almost all the tests and it can't be a coincidence. It's victory is caused by a very balanced performance in all tested categories, not lost on even one surface, which is very important for domestic winter. The conditions change very often during winter, so you must be ready on both snow and water on the road. Also, Continental wins across all sizes-so if Continental does the size for your car, you certainly can't go wrong. However, this is a premium tyre, which practically has no competition, and it corresponds to the price which exceeds other tested tyres.

Buy Continental ContiWinterContact TS860 »

Other recommendable premium tyres with similar characteristics: Dunlop Winter Sport 5, Goodyear UltraGrip 9, Dunlop SP Winter Response 2

Michelin Alpin A4

A premium tyre with the highest mileage

Tyre test 2015

Handling is fully comparable with competing tyres, but is unbeatable in cost savings. It has by far the highest mileage (compared to the competition up to 35% better) while maintaining excellent driving properties. Investment in this tyre is definitely worth it in my opinion. It's successor Michelin Alpin 5 However, the results aren't particullary good - that's why I recommend rather this older model.

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Other recommendable eco tyres with similar characteristics: Unfortunately, Michelin has no competition in this category :-)

Nokian WR D3 / Nokian WR D4

Unmatched on dry roads, balanced performance on other surfaces, good price

Tyre test 2015

Affordable tyre, which in all tests proved it's quality on dry roads where has no competition amongst winter tyres. But is not bad even on other surfaces, where it achieves a balanced result. In our tests, always placed between the premium tyres, however, is priced below the price level-that makes it the ideal tyre for a reasonable price. For this year's season, however, the successor - Nokian WR D4that proved the same quality in the new tests. As one of the few winter tyres, the WR D4 has A label on the wet in many sizes.
Buy Nokian WR D4 » Buy Nokian WR D3 »


The ideal tyre for SUV: Nokian WR SUV 3

The perfect mix of properties for the UK winter

Tyre test 2015 Nokian WR SUV 3 I bought on the basis of last year's tests, where it won both the test magazine Offroad and Autobild. I have to acknowledge the quality of the tyre, which was designed for the European winter, which in Nokian's case mean, in particular, wet and wet snowy roads. Its advantages are manifested also on snow, and thanks to the manufacturer's snow claws which facilitate the passage through soft surfaces, typically through the snow. During trips to the snowy mountain areas have not had the slightest problem or in ice hills where other cars had to deploy the chains (fotky z testování najdete v our Facebook album) and even in the spring, it was predictible and prompt. Tests referred to as "unsurpassed on snow and ice" (Offroad 2014) and "compelling on the asphalt, the best of the test on the wet conditions. Very predictable. " (SUV magazine 2013). Along with a nice price lower than premium tyres, I think is the clear choice. Nokian
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Other recommendable tyres for SUV with similar characteristics: Dunlop Winter Sport 5, Continental ContiWinterContact TS850P SUV, Bridgestone Blizzak LM-80 Evo, Pirelli Scorpion Winter

Cheap and good quality tyres-what to choose?

Not all drivers are demanding from the tyres to the maximum performance, but it is important to select a good quality tyre that will allow safe operation for both themselves and other road users. For a reasonable price, so they get relatively high-quality tyres, which in tests always fell between the recommended. Such models are Sava Eskimo S3+, Firestone Winterhawk 3, Fulda Kristall Montero 3 or Barum Polaris 3. These Barums are in the winter tests, doing this in tests Autobild finished in third place. Its price tag is a very suitable choice for those who want a safe tyre at a reasonable price. Be sure to avoid cheap tyres and tyres by untested from supermarkets-such a choice is a lottery, and as a result can come in very expensive, because the quality of rubber, which itself keeps your car on the road, no one can guarantee. From my experience, anything cheaper than Barum Polaris 3 no longer be considered a safe tyre. The weaknesses of the cheap tyres are in particular wet conditions, where is the stopping distance of 100 km/h even on 10 or more metres longer than the recommended tyre for us. Often so cheap tyre can be good in the snow-never, however, will not be so balanced properties, in order to guarantee safe operation throughout the winter.


How to choose winter tyres?

Personally, I think that the method of selection is the most precise according to the tests of the tyres and I am not alone-according to research by tyre manufacturer Continental selects according to the results of the tests 84% of drivers. However, if you live in more extreme conditions than a conventional driver, or can you be satisfied with the versatile tyre, it is necessary to interpret the tests according to your preferences. For example, if you live in the mountains, you will surely not give non-driving characteristics mentioned 25%, as it has the ADAC, but will place greater emphasis on the snow and ice, which is itself of only 10% of the final mark. On the contrary, if in the winter you don't leave the city, cruising on dry and wet roads, the wear and tear and consumption will certainly be one of the most important criteria. In certain cases, it is so necessary to not discharge tests of the tyres, but it is absolutely related to your preferences.


It is advisable to select tyres according to EU labels?

Labels for tyres due to energy savings were incurred primarily and reduce the burden on the environment. Also selected criteria of tyres, when the labels display the grip, save fuel and noise. Personally, I think that the information on the labels has some meaningful value, but the focus is on driving characteristics only marginally. One box to determine the overall quality of winter tyres is not enough, in addition, it is only about the grip on the wet conditions. On the other hand, however, the labels for each size measured separately, which is an advantage compared to the tests-label applies to you purchased the tyre. Therefore I recommend to focus both on the tests of the tyres, the tyres for one test and 13 parameters, as well as to take into account the adhesion on wet roads.

How good are the cheapest winter tyres?

It depends, what do you take for the cheapest tyres. Always at a reasonable price can get high-quality tyres, which were tested and fared well in the tests. An example is the tyre, for example, Firestone Winterhawk 3 or popular Barum Polaris 3. For tyres tested unknown brands, however, is buying the cheapest winter tyres Lottery and no one you cannot guarantee its quality.

The available tests tyres for winter 2018:

All tests of specific sizes from independent organizations. If the test is not in your size, so you can navigate by what nejpodobnějšího size with an emphasis on the same width of the tyre (the first figure before the slash).
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