Winter tyres test 2015/2016: Results by category

Test-by-test scores show you which tyre performed well where - plus our overall verdict

We've included the Vredestein all-season tyre and Goodyear summer tyre in our results tables to show how their performance compared with the best winter tyres. Again, we’re keen to stress the difference winter tyres make when the temperature falls below seven degrees Celsius. It can be hard to persuade drivers to splash out around £100 per corner if they haven’t experienced this, but our results tables demonstrate that it can be money well spent.

Snow braking 
1Nokian100%
2Uniroyal99.60%
3Goodyear99.50%
4Continental98.10%
5Michelin98%
6Dunlop97.00%
7Pirelli95.80%
8Hankook94.50%
 -Vredestein a/s88.50%
 -Goodyear summer39.30%
   
Snow traction 
1Nokian100%
2Uniroyal99.20%
3Continental97.80%
4Michelin97.90%
5Goodyear97.10%
6Pirelli94.10%
7Dunlop93.70%
8Hankook92.60%
 -Vredestein a/s93.60%
 -Goodyear summer29.60%
   
Snow circle  
 1.=Nokian100%
 1.= Michelin100%
3Uniroyal99.90%
 4.=Goodyear99.40%
 4.=Pirelli98.40%
6Continental98.30%
7Dunlop97.60%
8Hankook96.90%
 -Vredestein a/s94.60%
 -Goodyear summer0.00%
   
Snow handling 
1Nokian100%
2Goodyear99.70%
3Michelin98.40%
4Uniroyal98.30%
5Dunlop98.10%
6Continental97.50%
7Pirelli97.40%
8Hankook96.10%
 -Vredestein a/s95.00%
 -Goodyear summer0.00%
   
Straight aqua 
1Nokian100%
2Uniroyal99.30%
3Continental97.80%
4Hankook97.70%
5Goodyear96.70%
6Michelin94.50%
7Dunlop94.20%
8Pirelli91.00%
 -Vredestein a/s86.30%
 -Goodyear summer96.10%
   
Curved aqua 
1Hankook100%
2Nokian94.40%
3Goodyear90.80%
4Continental90.70%
5Uniroyal90.40%
6Michelin86.50%
7Dunlop85.90%
8Pirelli68.70%
 -Vredestein a/s89.40%
 -Goodyear summer78.80%
   
Wet braking  
1Continental100%
2Pirelli98.10%
3Michelin96.20%
4Goodyear95.70%
5Uniroyal95.40%
6Dunlop93.60%
7Nokian92.50%
8Hankook90.40%
 -Vredestein a/s93.20%
 -Goodyear summer86.20%
   
Wet Handling 
1Pirelli100%
2Continental99.60%
3Goodyear99.20%
4Michelin98.70%
5Uniroyal98.40%
6Dunlop98.00%
7Nokian97.00%
8Hankook94.20%
 -Vredestein a/s96.60%
 -Goodyear summer96.30%
   
Dry braking  
1Nokian100%
2Dunlop99.20%
3Continental97.90%
4Pirelli97.50%
5Hankook97.10%
6Michelin96.70%
 7.=Goodyear93.70%
 7.=Uniroyal93.70%
 -Vredestein a/s98.40%
 -Goodyear summer109.50%
   
Dry handling 
1Nokian100%
2Hankook99.90%
 3.=Michelin99.60%
 3.=Pirelli99.60%
5Goodyear98.90%
6Continental98.80%
7Dunlop98.70%
8Uniroyal98.60%
 -Vredestein a/s100.80%
 -Goodyear summer102.10%
   
Cabin noise  
1Pirelli100%
2Dunlop99.80%
 3.=Continental99.20%
 3.=Goodyear99.20%
 3.=Uniroyal99.20%
6Michelin99.10%
7Nokian98.80%
8Hankook98.00%
 -Vredestein a/s98.60%
 -Goodyear summer99.00%
   
Rolling resistance 
1Continental100%
2Goodyear98.80%
3Dunlop94.00%
4Michelin87.10%
5Pirelli85.90%
6Uniroyal85.60%
7Hankook83.90%
8Nokian83.30%
 -Vredestein a/s93.00%
 -Goodyear summer109.40%
   
Price  
1Hankook£82.49
 2.=Dunlop£91.99
 2.=Goodyear£91.99
4Michelin£99.49
5Nokian£100.99
6Uniroyal£101.99
7Pirelli£106.99
8Continental£120.99
 -Vredestein a/s£109.49
 -Goodyear summer£67.99
   
Overall  
1Continental100%
2Nokian99.50%
3Goodyear99.40%
4Uniroyal98.60%
5Michelin98.40%
6Dunlop98.00%
7Pirelli96.90%
8Hankook96.70%
 -Vredestein a/s95.80%
 -Goodyear summerNR

Overall verdict

Hankook and Pirelli sit at the foot of the table, but are by no means disgraced and are safe, if thirsty, winter tyres. In the middle of the pack are the Michelin, Dunlop and new Uniroyal tyres, which deliver very similar performances. No pairing is more closely matched than former winners Goodyear and Nokian. But another past champ takes overall glory, in the shape of Continental’s superb all-rounder.

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