2019 AMS Winter SUV Tyre Test

Test Summary
Wet BrakingBridgestone Blizzak LM005: 31.2 M
Nokian WR Snowproof: 36.1 M
Dry BrakingNokian WR Snowproof: 44.1 M
Hankook Winter i cept evo2 SUV: 46.8 M
Wet HandlingGoodyear UltraGrip Performance Plus: 73.3 Km/H
Nokian WR Snowproof: 68.9 Km/H
Dry HandlingToyo Snowprox S954 SUV: 116.1 Km/H
Goodyear UltraGrip Performance Plus: 114.1 Km/H
Rolling ResistanceContinental WinterContact TS 850 P: 7.4 kg / t
Falken Eurowinter HS01 SUV: 9.3 kg / t
NoiseHankook Winter i cept evo2 SUV: 69.3 dB
Pirelli Winter Sottozero 3: 71.1 dB
Straight AquaFalken Eurowinter HS01 SUV: 83.1 Km/H
Nokian WR Snowproof: 70.3 Km/H
Snow BrakingBridgestone Blizzak LM005: 25.6 M
Toyo Snowprox S954 SUV: 28.1 M
Snow HandlingGoodyear UltraGrip Performance Plus: 49.4 Km/H
Giti GitiWinterW1: 46 Km/H
PriceGiti GitiWinterW1: 073
Michelin Alpin 6: 160
Subj. Dry HandlingVredestein Wintrac Pro: 10 Points
Falken Eurowinter HS01 SUV: 07 Points
Subj. Wet HandlingVredestein Wintrac Pro: 10 Points
Falken Eurowinter HS01 SUV: 06 Points
Subj. ComfortFalken Eurowinter HS01 SUV: 10 Points
Giti GitiWinterW1: 07 Points
Subj. Snow HandlingGoodyear UltraGrip Performance Plus: 10 Points
Toyo Snowprox S954 SUV: 07 Points
Warning, lots of data ahead! For the 2019 winter, Auto Motor und Sport have tested eleven of the best winter tyres in the 215/55 R17 crossover SUV size.

The biggest plus of this test is the sheer amount of data they've produced, as they've rated the tyres both objectively and subjectively in a lot of categories.

It's also good news for Goodyear, as the new Goodyear UltraGrip Performance + wins on its first outing, proving to have an excellent balance of wet and snow performance, along with short dry braking distances.

Stepping up on the promise of 2018, the Bridgestone Blizzak LM005 once again proves itself as a strong contender, and maybe the tyre of choice for the snowier climates.

The Vredestein Wintrac Pro rounds out the top three places. This tyre might be the best choice for the drier, warmer climates, as it excelled in the dry and wet handling tests, but was a little weaker than the best on test during snow testing.

The other result worth mentioning was the new Nokian SnowProof. It's not very often we see Nokian performing badly in a winter test, let alone finishing last. In this test, the Nokian performed extremely well in the dry, with the best dry braking result and had a good result in the snow, but really struggled in the wet. As this is the first test of the SnowProof we've seen, we'll await more test data to see whether the new Nokian really is this bad in the wet, or it was something related to this test.

The overall results were incredibly close, with all the tyres down to eighth place being recommended, but if you want the best for your SUV in 215/55 R17, pick from the top five.

Dry

Interestingly, the top two spots during dry braking were taken by the bottom two tyres overall, with the Nokian and Giti proving to be the best at stopping the VW T-Roc.

Dry handling was extremely close between the eleven tyres, with a difference of just 2 km/h between the best and worst tyres.

The sporty Vredestein was the only tyre to receive ten points during subjective dry handling scoring.

Wet

The Bridgestone Blizzak LM005 had a significant advantage during wet braking.

The top three tyres overall dominated wet handling, both in average speed and subjectively.

The Falken had an advantage during the aquaplaning testing, with the rest of the tyres closely matched.

Snow

Bridgestone once again stopped the VW T-Roc in the shortest distance, this time during snow braking.

As in the wet testing, the new Goodyear proved to be excellent during snow handling.

Environment

All the tyres were relatively close in both external noise and subjective internal noise, but the Falken proved to have the best balance of the two.

The Continental WinterContact TS850P had the lowest rolling resistance, but was one of the most expensive to buy.

Results

Goodyear UltraGrip Performance Plus1st: Goodyear UltraGrip Performance+
  1. Wet Braking: 3rd (+1.3M)
  2. Dry Braking: 3rd (+0.4M)
  3. Wet Handling: 1st (+0Km/H)
  4. Dry Handling: 11th (+-2Km/H)
  5. Rolling Resistance: 4th (+0.6kg / t)
  6. Noise: 6th (+0.9dB)
  7. Straight Aqua: 2nd (+-6.6Km/H)
  8. Snow Braking: 2nd (+0.4M)
  9. Snow Handling: 1st (+0Km/H)
  10. Price: 9th (+72)
  11. Subj. Dry Handling: 6th (+-2Points)
  12. Subj. Wet Handling: 1st (+0Points)
  13. Subj. Comfort: 2nd (+-1Points)
  14. Subj. Snow Handling: 1st (+0Points)
Positive: Great in the wet and on snow, show braking in the dry, worked well with the vehicles ESP systems
Negative: Average dry grip when cornering
Overall: Test winner

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Bridgestone Blizzak LM0052nd: Bridgestone Blizzak LM005
  1. Wet Braking: 1st (+0M)
  2. Dry Braking: 4th (+0.5M)
  3. Wet Handling: 3rd (+-0.4Km/H)
  4. Dry Handling: 7th (+-1.2Km/H)
  5. Rolling Resistance: 2nd (+0.2kg / t)
  6. Noise: 6th (+0.9dB)
  7. Straight Aqua: 6th (+-7.6Km/H)
  8. Snow Braking: 1st (+0M)
  9. Snow Handling: 7th (+-1.4Km/H)
  10. Price: 7th (+55)
  11. Subj. Dry Handling: 2nd (+-1Points)
  12. Subj. Wet Handling: 1st (+0Points)
  13. Subj. Comfort: 2nd (+-1Points)
  14. Subj. Snow Handling: 2nd (+-1Points)
Positive: Very good handling in the snow and the wet, stable behavior during emergency maneuvers
Negative: Relatively long braking and poor lateral stability in the dry
Overall: Excellent

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Vredestein Wintrac Pro3rd: Vredestein Wintrac Pro
  1. Wet Braking: 4th (+1.4M)
  2. Dry Braking: 4th (+0.5M)
  3. Wet Handling: 2nd (+-0.1Km/H)
  4. Dry Handling: 4th (+-0.7Km/H)
  5. Rolling Resistance: 8th (+1.3kg / t)
  6. Noise: 4th (+0.7dB)
  7. Straight Aqua: 5th (+-7.3Km/H)
  8. Snow Braking: 8th (+1.7M)
  9. Snow Handling: 4th (+-1Km/H)
  10. Price: 5th (+45)
  11. Subj. Dry Handling: 1st (+0Points)
  12. Subj. Wet Handling: 1st (+0Points)
  13. Subj. Comfort: 8th (+-2Points)
  14. Subj. Snow Handling: 8th (+-2Points)
Positive: Precise steering response and high traction in the dry and wet
Negative: Relatively long snow braking, high rolling resistance
Overall: Excellent

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Continental WinterContact TS 850 P4th: Continental WinterContact TS 850 P
  1. Wet Braking: 2nd (+1.1M)
  2. Dry Braking: 8th (+1.6M)
  3. Wet Handling: 5th (+-0.8Km/H)
  4. Dry Handling: 3rd (+-0.5Km/H)
  5. Rolling Resistance: 1st (+0kg / t)
  6. Noise: 9th (+1.4dB)
  7. Straight Aqua: 4th (+-7.1Km/H)
  8. Snow Braking: 6th (+1.6M)
  9. Snow Handling: 6th (+-1.1Km/H)
  10. Price: 10th (+74)
  11. Subj. Dry Handling: 2nd (+-1Points)
  12. Subj. Wet Handling: 5th (+-1Points)
  13. Subj. Comfort: 2nd (+-1Points)
  14. Subj. Snow Handling: 2nd (+-1Points)
Positive: Although tires were launched five years ago, they still perform well due to their balanced performance, stable behavior and good lateral stability in the snow, good wet handling
Negative: Relatively long braking distance on snow and dry surfaces
Overall: Excellent

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Michelin Alpin 65th: Michelin Alpin 6
  1. Wet Braking: 5th (+2.3M)
  2. Dry Braking: 4th (+0.5M)
  3. Wet Handling: 4th (+-0.7Km/H)
  4. Dry Handling: 7th (+-1.2Km/H)
  5. Rolling Resistance: 4th (+0.6kg / t)
  6. Noise: 8th (+1.2dB)
  7. Straight Aqua: 7th (+-7.7Km/H)
  8. Snow Braking: 6th (+1.6M)
  9. Snow Handling: 10th (+-1.7Km/H)
  10. Price: 11th (+87)
  11. Subj. Dry Handling: 2nd (+-1Points)
  12. Subj. Wet Handling: 1st (+0Points)
  13. Subj. Comfort: 2nd (+-1Points)
  14. Subj. Snow Handling: 2nd (+-1Points)
Positive: Good handling in the snow and on dry roads, good lateral grip in the wet
Negative: Relatively long braking distances in the snow and wet
Overall: Good

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Hankook Winter i cept evo2 SUV6th: Hankook Winter i cept evo2 SUV
  1. Wet Braking: 5th (+2.3M)
  2. Dry Braking: 11th (+2.7M)
  3. Wet Handling: 7th (+-2.6Km/H)
  4. Dry Handling: 2nd (+-0.2Km/H)
  5. Rolling Resistance: 10th (+1.6kg / t)
  6. Noise: 1st (+0dB)
  7. Straight Aqua: 9th (+-10.8Km/H)
  8. Snow Braking: 4th (+0.9M)
  9. Snow Handling: 2nd (+-0.2Km/H)
  10. Price: 4th (+42)
  11. Subj. Dry Handling: 6th (+-2Points)
  12. Subj. Wet Handling: 8th (+-4Points)
  13. Subj. Comfort: 2nd (+-1Points)
  14. Subj. Snow Handling: 2nd (+-1Points)
Positive: Good traction and handling in the snow, good dry handling, very quiet
Negative: Long dry braking, unbalanced in the wet, high rolling resistance
Overall: Good

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Falken Eurowinter HS01 SUV7th: Falken Eurowinter HS01 SUV
  1. Wet Braking: 8th (+2.8M)
  2. Dry Braking: 10th (+1.8M)
  3. Wet Handling: 10th (+-3.5Km/H)
  4. Dry Handling: 9th (+-1.7Km/H)
  5. Rolling Resistance: 11th (+1.9kg / t)
  6. Noise: 3rd (+0.5dB)
  7. Straight Aqua: 1st (+0Km/H)
  8. Snow Braking: 3rd (+0.5M)
  9. Snow Handling: 3rd (+-0.7Km/H)
  10. Price: 2nd (+33)
  11. Subj. Dry Handling: 10th (+-3Points)
  12. Subj. Wet Handling: 8th (+-4Points)
  13. Subj. Comfort: 1st (+0Points)
  14. Subj. Snow Handling: 2nd (+-1Points)
Positive: Good snow performance, very good aquaplaning resistance
Negative: Relatively weak wet grip, average dry performance
Overall: Good

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Toyo Snowprox S954 SUV8th: Toyo Snowprox S954 SUV
  1. Wet Braking: 10th (+3.6M)
  2. Dry Braking: 8th (+1.6M)
  3. Wet Handling: 8th (+-2.8Km/H)
  4. Dry Handling: 1st (+0Km/H)
  5. Rolling Resistance: 3rd (+0.5kg / t)
  6. Noise: 10th (+1.7dB)
  7. Straight Aqua: 8th (+-9Km/H)
  8. Snow Braking: 11th (+2.5M)
  9. Snow Handling: 8th (+-1.5Km/H)
  10. Price: 3rd (+38)
  11. Subj. Dry Handling: 2nd (+-1Points)
  12. Subj. Wet Handling: 8th (+-4Points)
  13. Subj. Comfort: 8th (+-2Points)
  14. Subj. Snow Handling: 10th (+-3Points)
Positive: Strong in the dry
Negative: Long braking distances in the dry, wet and snow. Poor snow handling, poor wet handling
Overall: Good

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Pirelli Winter Sottozero 39th: Pirelli Winter Sottozero 3
  1. Wet Braking: 9th (+3.2M)
  2. Dry Braking: 7th (+0.7M)
  3. Wet Handling: 9th (+-3Km/H)
  4. Dry Handling: 10th (+-1.9Km/H)
  5. Rolling Resistance: 7th (+1.2kg / t)
  6. Noise: 11th (+1.8dB)
  7. Straight Aqua: 10th (+-11.4Km/H)
  8. Snow Braking: 10th (+2.3M)
  9. Snow Handling: 8th (+-1.5Km/H)
  10. Price: 8th (+61)
  11. Subj. Dry Handling: 6th (+-2Points)
  12. Subj. Wet Handling: 6th (+-3Points)
  13. Subj. Comfort: 2nd (+-1Points)
  14. Subj. Snow Handling: 8th (+-2Points)
Positive: Balanced dry performance
Negative: Long braking distances in the snow and wet, weak aquaplaning resistance
Overall: Average

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Giti GitiWinterW110th: Giti GitiWinterW1
  1. Wet Braking: 5th (+2.3M)
  2. Dry Braking: 2nd (+0.2M)
  3. Wet Handling: 6th (+-2.5Km/H)
  4. Dry Handling: 5th (+-0.9Km/H)
  5. Rolling Resistance: 9th (+1.4kg / t)
  6. Noise: 5th (+0.8dB)
  7. Straight Aqua: 2nd (+-6.6Km/H)
  8. Snow Braking: 9th (+2.1M)
  9. Snow Handling: 11th (+-3.4Km/H)
  10. Price: 1st (+0)
  11. Subj. Dry Handling: 10th (+-3Points)
  12. Subj. Wet Handling: 6th (+-3Points)
  13. Subj. Comfort: 11th (+-3Points)
  14. Subj. Snow Handling: 10th (+-3Points)
Positive: Very low price, short braking distances in the dry
Negative: Long braking distances and poor grip in the snow, poor wet handling, understeer in the dry
Overall: Average

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Nokian WR Snowproof11th: Nokian WR Snowproof
  1. Wet Braking: 11th (+4.9M)
  2. Dry Braking: 1st (+0M)
  3. Wet Handling: 11th (+-4.4Km/H)
  4. Dry Handling: 5th (+-0.9Km/H)
  5. Rolling Resistance: 6th (+1kg / t)
  6. Noise: 2nd (+0.4dB)
  7. Straight Aqua: 11th (+-12.8Km/H)
  8. Snow Braking: 5th (+1M)
  9. Snow Handling: 4th (+-1Km/H)
  10. Price: 6th (+52)
  11. Subj. Dry Handling: 6th (+-2Points)
  12. Subj. Wet Handling: 8th (+-4Points)
  13. Subj. Comfort: 8th (+-2Points)
  14. Subj. Snow Handling: 2nd (+-1Points)
Positive: Good handling in the snow, short braking distances in the snow and dry, acceptable safety on dry roads
Negative: Long braking distances and poor lateral stability in the wet
Overall: Average

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