2019 Auto Bild Winter 17 inch Tyre Test

Test Summary
Wet BrakingBridgestone Blizzak LM005: 29.2 M
Debica Frigo HP2: 34.2 M
Dry BrakingReference Summer: 38.4 M
Sava Eskimo HP2: 47.3 M
Wet HandlingReference Summer: 75.7 Km/H
Debica Frigo HP2: 69.5 Km/H
Dry HandlingReference Summer: 84.6 Km/H
Kumho WinterCraft WP71: 80.1 Km/H
WearMichelin Alpin 6: 51250 Km
Kumho WinterCraft WP71: 35260 Km
Rolling ResistanceNokian WR Snowproof: 7.43 kg / t
Kumho WinterCraft WP71: 9.99 kg / t
NoiseNexen WinGuard Sport 2: 68.7 dB
Sava Eskimo HP2: 76.1 dB
Straight AquaBFGoodrich gForce Winter 2: 78 Km/H
Yokohama BluEarth Winter V905: 62.8 Km/H
Snow BrakingKleber Krisalp HP3: 24 M
Reference Summer: 89.1 M
Snow HandlingHankook Winter i cept RS2: 78.4 Km/H
Fulda Kristall Control HP2: 75.3 Km/H
ValueSava Eskimo HP2: 07.62 Price/1000
Nokian WR Snowproof: 11.69 Price/1000
PriceSava Eskimo HP2: 300
Michelin Alpin 6: 520
It's winter testing time, and as always, Auto Bild are leading the way! Following on from the 53 winter tyre shoot-out, Auto Bild have taken the top twenty 225/45 R17 tyres through to the full test, along with a summer tyre as reference. Each set of tyres has been tested in the dry, wet and snow using a RWD BMW 1 Series, and Auto Bild are one of the few publications which test for wear. It's an exciting test! (if you're into tyres...)

The Top Three

After finishing just fifth in the braking shootout, you'd be forgiven for thinking Continental have some serious opposition for the TS860 dominance, but now all aspects of the tyres performance has been tested, they're back on top with another win for the TS860. As with previous tests, the Continental excelled with an all round performance, while having the second lowest wear on test! An impressive feat, and another sign that the high wear Continental tyres have experienced in the past are firmly behind them.

The new Goodyear UltraGrip Performance+ finished in second place, again with a very well balanced performance and low wear, with the new Michelin Alpin 6 close behind it. As usual, the French tyre displayed the best wear on test, combined with an excellent all round performance, but as with all three tyres, it came at a price, with the top three tyres having some of the highest purchase prices on test. 

The Rest

This time, the "best of the rest" award goes to Apollo, with the Aspire XP winter proving to have an excellent blend of winter qualities, and a very low purchase price, leaving it as the fourth best value tyre on test (a metric dividing purchase price with tread wear!)

Bridgestone couldn't hold onto the win from the braking test, struggling a little in the snow testing, but it is still an excellent result for the LM005, and a tyre that looks to be well suited to the British style winters thanks to a very strong dry and wet performance.

Vredestein once again put on an impressive performance finishing sixth place overall, with the Wintrac Pro noted as a sporty feeling winter tyre. Like the Bridgestone, it coped better in the dry and wet than it did the snow, so a good candidate for the UK market.

The final notable performances are Dunlop finishing in sixteenth, and Pirelli finishing eighteenth place. Buying premium doesn't always guarantee you a premium performance, with the Pirelli having both poor grip, and very high wear.

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Dry

As is the case with siped tyres, and the main reason you shouldn't run winter tyres year round, all the winter tyres lagged behind the summer reference during dry testing, with the best on test (Pirelli) a full 6 meters behind the summer.

There was a smaller, but still significant gap during dry handling testing.

Wet

The Bridgestone LM005 was the only winter tyre which beat the summer tyre during wet braking, while the Michelin could only match the summer tyre.

The Goodyear UltraGrip Performance+ was the best winter tyre during the wet handling lap.

There was over 15 Km/H difference in straight aquaplaning testing.

Snow

The snow testing was separated by 2.4 meters, with all tyres having an acceptable performance for most of the UK.

Snow handling showed the well priced Kleber to have the best all round balance of snow performances.

Environment

The Nokian SnowProof had an incredibly low rolling resistance, with nearly all the winter tyres having lower fuel use than the summer reference.

The Nexen and Continental were the quietest tyres on test during the external noise testing.

Cost / Wear

Michelin is always strong in wear testing, and it continued its dominance by having a big advantage. Continental and Apollo also proved to have really strong wear characteristics, while Uniroyal, Kleber, Pirelli and Kumho wore out nearly 15,000 km sooner than the Michelin.

The "Value" score is simply the price of the wear in Euros, per 1000 km. In this test, the lower priced tyres proved to be the best value, with even the excellent wear of the Michelin unable to offset its higher purchase price.

Results

Continental WinterContact TS 8601st: Continental WinterContact TS 860
  1. Wet Braking: 8th (+2.3M)
  2. Dry Braking: 3rd (+6M)
  3. Wet Handling: 5th (+-2Km/H)
  4. Dry Handling: 2nd (+-1.7Km/H)
  5. Wear: 2nd (+-5330Km)
  6. Rolling Resistance: 9th (+0.68kg / t)
  7. Noise: 2nd (+0.2dB)
  8. Straight Aqua: 2nd (+-1.3Km/H)
  9. Snow Braking: 9th (+0.5M)
  10. Snow Handling: 7th (+-1.1Km/H)
  11. Value: 16th (+3.27Price/1000)
  12. Price: 19th (+200)
Positive: Best driving characteristics in all conditions. Direct steering, stable cornering, low fuel use and excellent tread wear
Negative: None mentioend
Overall: Test Winner

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Goodyear UltraGrip Performance Plus2nd: Goodyear UltraGrip Performance+
  1. Wet Braking: 4th (+1.4M)
  2. Dry Braking: 7th (+6.3M)
  3. Wet Handling: 2nd (+-1Km/H)
  4. Dry Handling: 11th (+-2.9Km/H)
  5. Wear: 4th (+-8380Km)
  6. Rolling Resistance: 12th (+1.01kg / t)
  7. Noise: 9th (+1.6dB)
  8. Straight Aqua: 4th (+-3.4Km/H)
  9. Snow Braking: 5th (+0.3M)
  10. Snow Handling: 7th (+-1.1Km/H)
  11. Value: 14th (+3.09Price/1000)
  12. Price: 17th (+170)
Positive: Excellent driving properties on wet and snowy surfaces, precise steering behavior with dynamic wet and snow handling, and short braking distances. Low wear.
Negative: None mentioned
Overall: Exemplary

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Michelin Alpin 63rd: Michelin Alpin 6
  1. Wet Braking: 2nd (+1.2M)
  2. Dry Braking: 5th (+6.1M)
  3. Wet Handling: 6th (+-2.6Km/H)
  4. Dry Handling: 11th (+-2.9Km/H)
  5. Wear: 1st (+0Km)
  6. Rolling Resistance: 14th (+1.14kg / t)
  7. Noise: 13th (+2.5dB)
  8. Straight Aqua: 9th (+-6.3Km/H)
  9. Snow Braking: 13th (+0.7M)
  10. Snow Handling: 13th (+-1.5Km/H)
  11. Value: 11th (+2.53Price/1000)
  12. Price: 20th (+220)
Positive: A model winter tyre with excellent snow and wet performance, good aquaplaning resistance, short wet braking, good ride comfort and lowest wear
Negative: None mentioned
Overall: Exemplary

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Apollo Aspire XP Winter4th: Apollo Aspire XP Winter
  1. Wet Braking: 6th (+2M)
  2. Dry Braking: 7th (+6.3M)
  3. Wet Handling: 7th (+-2.9Km/H)
  4. Dry Handling: 5th (+-2.3Km/H)
  5. Wear: 3rd (+-6150Km)
  6. Rolling Resistance: 16th (+1.37kg / t)
  7. Noise: 11th (+2.3dB)
  8. Straight Aqua: 6th (+-4.6Km/H)
  9. Snow Braking: 17th (+1.1M)
  10. Snow Handling: 14th (+-1.8Km/H)
  11. Value: 4th (+0.69Price/1000)
  12. Price: 7th (+75)
Positive: Well priced winter tyres with a balanced performance, stable wet and dry handling, short snow and wet braking, good aquaplaning resistance, best price / performance ratio
Negative: None mentioned
Overall: Exemplary

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Bridgestone Blizzak LM0055th: Bridgestone Blizzak LM005
  1. Wet Braking: 1st (+0M)
  2. Dry Braking: 5th (+6.1M)
  3. Wet Handling: 3rd (+-1.4Km/H)
  4. Dry Handling: 3rd (+-2Km/H)
  5. Wear: 5th (+-9020Km)
  6. Rolling Resistance: 7th (+0.52kg / t)
  7. Noise: 7th (+1.3dB)
  8. Straight Aqua: 5th (+-3.8Km/H)
  9. Snow Braking: 10th (+0.6M)
  10. Snow Handling: 16th (+-2Km/H)
  11. Value: 17th (+3.63Price/1000)
  12. Price: 18th (+175)
Positive: Good wet and dry grip, with dynamic handling and good steering precision
Negative: Average lateral stability on snow
Overall: Exemplary

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Vredestein Wintrac Pro6th: Vredestein Wintrac Pro
  1. Wet Braking: 5th (+1.6M)
  2. Dry Braking: 3rd (+6M)
  3. Wet Handling: 4th (+-1.6Km/H)
  4. Dry Handling: 4th (+-2.1Km/H)
  5. Wear: 7th (+-9840Km)
  6. Rolling Resistance: 17th (+1.54kg / t)
  7. Noise: 15th (+3dB)
  8. Straight Aqua: 13th (+-8.7Km/H)
  9. Snow Braking: 18th (+1.2M)
  10. Snow Handling: 15th (+-1.9Km/H)
  11. Value: 15th (+3.25Price/1000)
  12. Price: 14th (+150)
Positive: A new winter tyre with excellent wet and dry handling
Negative: Average lateral stability on snow
Overall: Exemplary

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BFGoodrich gForce Winter 27th: BFGoodrich gForce Winter 2
  1. Wet Braking: 11th (+2.8M)
  2. Dry Braking: 11th (+6.8M)
  3. Wet Handling: 11th (+-3.3Km/H)
  4. Dry Handling: 18th (+-3.4Km/H)
  5. Wear: 7th (+-9840Km)
  6. Rolling Resistance: 15th (+1.34kg / t)
  7. Noise: 4th (+0.9dB)
  8. Straight Aqua: 1st (+0Km/H)
  9. Snow Braking: 4th (+0.2M)
  10. Snow Handling: 5th (+-0.8Km/H)
  11. Value: 8th (+2.04Price/1000)
  12. Price: 11th (+100)
Positive: Good value tyres, high aquaplaning resistance, low noise, low wear
Negative: Average dry grip
Overall: Good

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Semperit Speed Grip 38th: Semperit Speed Grip 3
  1. Wet Braking: 10th (+2.4M)
  2. Dry Braking: 18th (+8.1M)
  3. Wet Handling: 8th (+-3.1Km/H)
  4. Dry Handling: 14th (+-3Km/H)
  5. Wear: 7th (+-9840Km)
  6. Rolling Resistance: 5th (+0.38kg / t)
  7. Noise: 8th (+1.5dB)
  8. Straight Aqua: 17th (+-11.2Km/H)
  9. Snow Braking: 5th (+0.3M)
  10. Snow Handling: 3rd (+-0.1Km/H)
  11. Value: 8th (+2.04Price/1000)
  12. Price: 11th (+100)
Positive: A strong all round tyre with good winter characteristics, stable wet handling, low noise and low rolling resistance
Negative: Average aquaplaning, average dry braking
Overall: Good

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Hankook Winter i cept RS29th: Hankook Winter i cept RS2
  1. Wet Braking: 11th (+2.8M)
  2. Dry Braking: 10th (+6.7M)
  3. Wet Handling: 15th (+-4Km/H)
  4. Dry Handling: 8th (+-2.8Km/H)
  5. Wear: 6th (+-9430Km)
  6. Rolling Resistance: 18th (+1.86kg / t)
  7. Noise: 19th (+5.4dB)
  8. Straight Aqua: 12th (+-7.9Km/H)
  9. Snow Braking: 16th (+0.9M)
  10. Snow Handling: 1st (+0Km/H)
  11. Value: 6th (+1.71Price/1000)
  12. Price: 8th (+90)
Positive: The winter king with the best performance on snow, good dry handling, well priced
Negative: Average wet performance
Overall: Good

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Uniroyal MS Plus 7710th: Uniroyal MS+ 77
  1. Wet Braking: 16th (+3.6M)
  2. Dry Braking: 14th (+7.6M)
  3. Wet Handling: 12th (+-3.4Km/H)
  4. Dry Handling: 11th (+-2.9Km/H)
  5. Wear: 17th (+-12890Km)
  6. Rolling Resistance: 11th (+0.85kg / t)
  7. Noise: 12th (+2.4dB)
  8. Straight Aqua: 11th (+-7.7Km/H)
  9. Snow Braking: 10th (+0.6M)
  10. Snow Handling: 10th (+-1.4Km/H)
  11. Value: 12th (+2.63Price/1000)
  12. Price: 9th (+95)
Positive: A good winter performance with stable characteristics in all conditions, low rolling resistance, low price
Negative: Average dry braking
Overall: Good

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Nexen WinGuard Sport 211th: Nexen WinGuard Sport 2
  1. Wet Braking: 18th (+3.8M)
  2. Dry Braking: 19th (+8.3M)
  3. Wet Handling: 9th (+-3.2Km/H)
  4. Dry Handling: 6th (+-2.7Km/H)
  5. Wear: 10th (+-10660Km)
  6. Rolling Resistance: 20th (+2.16kg / t)
  7. Noise: 1st (+0dB)
  8. Straight Aqua: 14th (+-9.6Km/H)
  9. Snow Braking: 13th (+0.7M)
  10. Snow Handling: 10th (+-1.4Km/H)
  11. Value: 3rd (+0.26Price/1000)
  12. Price: 3rd (+20)
Positive: A balanced winter tyre with stable driving characteristics in all conditions, short snow braking, low noise, low price
Negative: Long dry braking, high rolling resistance
Overall: Good

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Fulda Kristall Control HP212th: Fulda Kristall Control HP2
  1. Wet Braking: 19th (+4.3M)
  2. Dry Braking: 17th (+8M)
  3. Wet Handling: 19th (+-5.5Km/H)
  4. Dry Handling: 8th (+-2.8Km/H)
  5. Wear: 16th (+-12300Km)
  6. Rolling Resistance: 4th (+0.37kg / t)
  7. Noise: 17th (+4.6dB)
  8. Straight Aqua: 9th (+-6.3Km/H)
  9. Snow Braking: 5th (+0.3M)
  10. Snow Handling: 19th (+-3.1Km/H)
  11. Value: 7th (+1.88Price/1000)
  12. Price: 6th (+70)
Positive: Good ride comfort, good aquaplaning resistance, low price, low rolling resistance
Negative: Average corning in the wet and snow
Overall: Good

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Nokian WR Snowproof13th: Nokian WR Snowproof
  1. Wet Braking: 13th (+3M)
  2. Dry Braking: 7th (+6.3M)
  3. Wet Handling: 18th (+-4.6Km/H)
  4. Dry Handling: 16th (+-3.1Km/H)
  5. Wear: 12th (+-11280Km)
  6. Rolling Resistance: 1st (+0kg / t)
  7. Noise: 10th (+1.9dB)
  8. Straight Aqua: 19th (+-12.5Km/H)
  9. Snow Braking: 10th (+0.6M)
  10. Snow Handling: 7th (+-1.1Km/H)
  11. Value: 20th (+4.07Price/1000)
  12. Price: 15th (+165)
Positive: Excellent snow handling, with sporty dynamic steering, low noise, very low fuel use
Negative: Average wet grip, average aquaplaning resistance
Overall: Good

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Yokohama BluEarth Winter V90514th: Yokohama BluEarth Winter V905
  1. Wet Braking: 15th (+3.3M)
  2. Dry Braking: 13th (+7.3M)
  3. Wet Handling: 15th (+-4Km/H)
  4. Dry Handling: 6th (+-2.7Km/H)
  5. Wear: 12th (+-11280Km)
  6. Rolling Resistance: 9th (+0.68kg / t)
  7. Noise: 16th (+3.7dB)
  8. Straight Aqua: 20th (+-15.2Km/H)
  9. Snow Braking: 19th (+2M)
  10. Snow Handling: 18th (+-2.8Km/H)
  11. Value: 10th (+2.31Price/1000)
  12. Price: 9th (+95)
Positive: Good traction on snow, short wet braking distances, good dry handling
Negative: Understeer in the wet, poor aquaplaning resistance
Overall: Good

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Kleber Krisalp HP315th: Kleber Krisalp HP3
  1. Wet Braking: 13th (+3M)
  2. Dry Braking: 14th (+7.6M)
  3. Wet Handling: 13th (+-3.6Km/H)
  4. Dry Handling: 20th (+-4.2Km/H)
  5. Wear: 18th (+-13940Km)
  6. Rolling Resistance: 13th (+1.13kg / t)
  7. Noise: 3rd (+0.6dB)
  8. Straight Aqua: 3rd (+-2.2Km/H)
  9. Snow Braking: 1st (+0M)
  10. Snow Handling: 1st (+0Km/H)
  11. Value: 5th (+1.63Price/1000)
  12. Price: 4th (+45)
Positive: Very good in the snow, dynamic handling and short braking distances, high aquaplaning resistance
Negative: Understeer and long braking distances in the dry, average wear
Overall: Ok

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Dunlop Winter Sport 516th: Dunlop Winter Sport 5
  1. Wet Braking: 17th (+3.7M)
  2. Dry Braking: 16th (+7.9M)
  3. Wet Handling: 17th (+-4.4Km/H)
  4. Dry Handling: 14th (+-3Km/H)
  5. Wear: 11th (+-11070Km)
  6. Rolling Resistance: 2nd (+0.34kg / t)
  7. Noise: 18th (+5.2dB)
  8. Straight Aqua: 7th (+-4.7Km/H)
  9. Snow Braking: 5th (+0.3M)
  10. Snow Handling: 10th (+-1.4Km/H)
  11. Value: 18th (+3.95Price/1000)
  12. Price: 15th (+165)
Positive: Snow specialist with good traction and short braking distances, good aquaplaning resistance
Negative: Understeer in the dry and wet, long dry braking distances
Overall: Ok

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Sava Eskimo HP217th: Sava Eskimo HP2
  1. Wet Braking: 20th (+4.4M)
  2. Dry Braking: 21st (+8.9M)
  3. Wet Handling: 20th (+-6.1Km/H)
  4. Dry Handling: 17th (+-3.3Km/H)
  5. Wear: 15th (+-11890Km)
  6. Rolling Resistance: 3rd (+0.35kg / t)
  7. Noise: 21st (+7.4dB)
  8. Straight Aqua: 18th (+-11.4Km/H)
  9. Snow Braking: 2nd (+0.1M)
  10. Snow Handling: 6th (+-1Km/H)
  11. Value: 1st (+0Price/1000)
  12. Price: 1st (+0)
Positive: Dynamic handling and short braking distances in the snow, low rolling resistance, low price
Negative: Average wet and dry performance, high wear
Overall: Ok

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Pirelli Winter Sottozero 318th: Pirelli Winter Sottozero 3
  1. Wet Braking: 7th (+2.1M)
  2. Dry Braking: 2nd (+5.9M)
  3. Wet Handling: 14th (+-3.7Km/H)
  4. Dry Handling: 8th (+-2.8Km/H)
  5. Wear: 19th (+-15170Km)
  6. Rolling Resistance: 8th (+0.61kg / t)
  7. Noise: 14th (+2.9dB)
  8. Straight Aqua: 16th (+-9.9Km/H)
  9. Snow Braking: 20th (+2.4M)
  10. Snow Handling: 19th (+-3.1Km/H)
  11. Value: 19th (+4.02Price/1000)
  12. Price: 13th (+120)
Positive: Stable handling and short braking in the wet, low fuel use
Negative: Average snow performance, average comfort, high wear
Overall: Ok

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Debica Frigo HP219th: Debica Frigo HP2
  1. Wet Braking: 21st (+5M)
  2. Dry Braking: 19th (+8.3M)
  3. Wet Handling: 21st (+-6.2Km/H)
  4. Dry Handling: 19th (+-3.9Km/H)
  5. Wear: 14th (+-11480Km)
  6. Rolling Resistance: 6th (+0.42kg / t)
  7. Noise: 20th (+5.8dB)
  8. Straight Aqua: 14th (+-9.6Km/H)
  9. Snow Braking: 2nd (+0.1M)
  10. Snow Handling: 4th (+-0.6Km/H)
  11. Value: 2nd (+0.05Price/1000)
  12. Price: 2nd (+5)
Positive: Excellent in the snow, low fuel use
Negative: Poor wet and dry grip, high noise
Overall: Conditionally recommended

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Kumho WinterCraft WP7120th: Kumho WinterCraft WP71
  1. Wet Braking: 8th (+2.3M)
  2. Dry Braking: 12th (+7.1M)
  3. Wet Handling: 9th (+-3.2Km/H)
  4. Dry Handling: 21st (+-4.5Km/H)
  5. Wear: 20th (+-15990Km)
  6. Rolling Resistance: 21st (+2.56kg / t)
  7. Noise: 6th (+1.1dB)
  8. Straight Aqua: 8th (+-5.8Km/H)
  9. Snow Braking: 15th (+0.8M)
  10. Snow Handling: 17th (+-2.1Km/H)
  11. Value: 13th (+2.73Price/1000)
  12. Price: 5th (+65)
Positive: Short wet braking, good wet handling, low noise
Negative: Poor dry grip, high wear, high rolling resistance
Overall: Conditionally recommended

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Reference Summer21st: Reference Summer
  1. Wet Braking: 2nd (+1.2M)
  2. Dry Braking: 1st (+0M)
  3. Wet Handling: 1st (+0Km/H)
  4. Dry Handling: 1st (+0Km/H)
  5. Wear: 1st (+-51250Km)
  6. Rolling Resistance: 19th (+1.87kg / t)
  7. Noise: 5th (+1dB)
  8. Straight Aqua: 5th (+-78Km/H)
  9. Snow Braking: 21st (+65.1M)
  10. Value: 21st (+-7.62Price/1000)
  11. Price: 21st (+-300)
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