Winter tyre test 205/55 R16 - AutoMotorSport 2018

Agenda: Best value in test Better than average value Worse than average value Worst value in test
#NameRating
points total
Positive features
Neagative features
Price
1. Continental WinterContact TS 860
highly recommended
9,1
Good handling in snow, perfect ESP compatibility, excellent wet performance, alive but safe on dry,
too much choppy responses on snow, still has reserves
£ 70
91 T + 4
2. Goodyear UltraGrip 9
recommended
8,2
Exact and easy control on wet and dry, good traction on snow (but worse in turns)
weak handling on snow, mismatch between riding straight and in the bends, lack of lateral guidance on dry surface
£ 65
91 T + 2
3. Nokian WR D4
recommended
8,1
great on snow - accurate, easy to use and reliable, acceptable on dry, minimal rolling resistance
Wet deficiencies, especially when braking, slightly unpredictable
£ 66
91 T + 2
4. Hankook Winter i*cept RS2 W452
recommended
8,0
very reliable, accurate and powerful on snow, safe and easy to use on wet, predictable understeer
longer braking paths on dry asphalt, increased rolling resistance
£ 65
91 T + 4
5. Pirelli Cinturato Winter
still recommended
7,9
safe and balanced on snow and wet, comfortable
worse dry handling, higher rolling resistance
£ 69
91 T + 2
6. Bridgestone Blizzak LM-001 EVO
still recommended
7,8
very neutral adaptive tire, dry steering is natural and safe when changing lanes, more or less safe
Poor traction, understeer in the snow, weak aquaplaning in turns
£ 60
91 T + 1
7. Vredestein Snowtrac 5
still recommended
7,8
good traction, well balanced on snow (except braking), still acceptable wet performance, above average on dry
weak wet braking
£ 64
94 H
8. Nexen Winguard Snow G WH2
still recommended
7,3
good braking on wet, satisfactory snow performance
unbalanced wet handling, poor aquaplaning resistance, unbalanced dry performance, high rolling resistance
9. Giti GitiWinter W1
still recommended
7,2
Best in the snow from the whole test
poor aquaplaning resistance, low grip and wet direction change responses, low steering accuracy, poor response and dry performance
10. Toyo Snowprox S943
still recommended
7,2
Dry, precise and well-handling, well-adapted to car handling
worse on snow, long wet braking track, poor reactions to load changes in wet turns
£ 53
91 T
11. Kumho WinterCraft WP51
conditionally recommended
6,4
Even with the disadvantages still usable
unbalanced snow performance, mismatch between straights and bends, wet and dry weak, high rolling resistance
£ 52
91 T + 2
#Name - Rating points total Positive features Neagative features Price

Same size tyres not featured in the test

Tests usually don't cover the whole market - here is our selection what not to miss when shopping for tyres in this size.
#NameOur ratingSegmentPrice
1. Goodyear UltraGrip Performance Gen-1
88% premium £ 88 94 V
2. Dunlop Winter Sport 5
87% premium £ 65 91 T + 3
3. Michelin ALPIN A4
82% premium £ 78 91 H
4. Kleber KRISALP HP3
82% upper-middle £ 55 91 T + 3
5. BFGoodrich G-FORCE WINTER 2
75% upper-middle £ 61 91 T + 3
6. Debica Frigo 2
74% lowcost
7. Michelin ALPIN 5
73% premium £ 83 91 T + 6
8. Fulda Kristall Control HP2
73% lowcost £ 57 91 H + 1
9. Semperit Speed-Grip 2
72% lowcost
10. Pirelli WINTER SOTTOZERO Serie III
71% premium £ 110 91 H + 2
11. Nokian WR A4
70% upper-middle £ 67 91 H + 2
12. Falken EuroWinter HS01
69% upper-middle
13. Bridgestone Blizzak LM-001
65% premium £ 57 91 H + 4
14. Hankook Winter i*cept evo2 W320
63% upper-middle £ 60 91 H + 1
15. Kumho WinterCraft WP71
62% upper-middle £ 70 94 V
16. Debica Frigo HP2
58% lowcost £ 55 91 H
17. Semperit Speed-Grip 3
58% lowcost £ 58 91 T + 3
18. Yokohama BluEarth winter V905
56% upper-middle £ 51 91 T + 3
19. Uniroyal MS Plus 77
55% upper-middle £ 61 91 T + 2
20. Sava Eskimo HP2
55% lowcost
21. Nokian WR D3
54% upper-middle £ 59 91 T + 1
22. Sava ESKIMO S3+
52% lowcost
23. Fulda KRISTALL MONTERO 3
45% lowcost
24. Falken EUROWINTER HS449
42% upper-middle £ 62 91 H
25. Firestone Winterhawk 3
37% upper-middle £ 55 91 T + 3
26. Imperial SnowDragon HP
24% a
27. Nexen WinGuard Sport
24% lowcost
28. Matador MP92 Sibir Snow
23% lowcost
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