Goodyear EfficientGrip Performance for winter
Summer tyre tested in winter conditions
The fact we couldn’t get to two of our snow tests on this tyre says it all about using regular summer designs in the harshest weather. After driving on winter rubber all day, we found the lack of grip scary – it shows why the UK grinds to a halt every time snow falls.
Even when it’s just cold and wet, the summer tyre struggled to match winter rivals, needing five metres more to stop. And thisis our champion in this size; the gap would be bigger with other tyres.
On the handling track, we triggered the stability control and ABS very early. It turned in sharply, but was overwhelmed quickly as we applied more lock – not as scary as on snow, yet not the confidence-inspiring grip you get with a winter tyre.Only in the dry did the summer tyre have the edge, plus it’s more efficient. But for the best chance of avoiding a mishap this winter, these need to come off when the temperature drops.
|Snow circle||No result|
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In this review
- 1IntroductionOur experts pick from eight of the best winter tyres for 2014
- 21. Continental ContiWinterContact TS 850Good all-round performance with few compromises make this a winter tyre winner.
- 32. Nokian WR D3Top performer on snow and in dry conditions in the cold, but not the cheapest to run.
- 43. Goodyear UltraGrip 9An excellent debut in our test, with good performance on snow and wet roads.
- 54. Uniroyal MS plus 77
- 65. Michelin Alpin A4Its days on sale are numbered, but this winter tyre is still well worth considering.
- 76. Dunlop SP Winter Sport 4DSecure and safe, although rivals have the edge over this tyre in most tests.
- 87. Pirelli Snowcontrol Serie 3Competent, but aquaplaning performance needs looking at, as does fuel efficiency.
- 98. Hankook Winter iCept RSA keenly priced tyre, but you will pay for that at the pumps over time.
- 10All-season tyre: Vredestein Quatrac LiteAll-season tyre promises grip in any weather