Goodyear UltraGrip Performance+ review
The Performance+ is part of a refresh of Goodyear’s winter tyre offering for cars, with the UltraGrip 9+ joining it ready for this winter.
The Performance+ is part of a refresh of Goodyear’s winter tyre offering for cars, with the UltraGrip 9+ joining it ready for this winter. Performance+ is aimed at the high-performance market and has ‘Winter Grip Technology’, which is a new compound with better elasticity at low temperatures.
For once the marketing spiel is spot on, because the Performance+ dominates our snow tests with an almost two per cent advantage over the next best, stablemate Dunlop. It takes braking, traction and circle honours, and loses a clean sweep by the narrowest of margins on the handling circuit. Around the sweeps and elevation changes of the circuit it feels very similar to the previous standard-setter from Continental, with strong front grip and a rear that follows rather than slides through turns. Traction on lock is also impressive, in an area where many rivals struggle.
It also wins in the key wet handling and braking assessments. That solid rear is present again on the wet circuit, where it triggers the stability control less frequently than many rivals, despite the impressive front grip. You can also get on the power early without the front washing wide as it did with other brands. The tyre’s weakest surface is the dry, where it scores two seventh places but, as usual, the margins are fairly close. Pushed hard on the circuit it needs plenty of lock, and performance drops off quickly.
This is the best option if you prioritise quiet running, because it wins the cabin noise test. It also provides a good balance between wet grip and fuel economy – not always a compromise that is easy to judge – finishing among the brands leading the chase behind the winning Nokian.
We say: A new benchmark that rival winter tyres now need to beat
Blackcircles.Com says: Because this is a new tyre to the market, feedback from customers on the Performance+ is yet to come in. But the impressive test results are likely to pique the interest of motorists in the coming months.
In this review
- 1IntroductionOur exhaustive tests reveal the best winter tyre that can cope with snow and freezing conditions
- 21. Goodyear UltraGrip Performance+ - currently readingThe Performance+ is part of a refresh of Goodyear’s winter tyre offering for cars, with the UltraGrip 9+ joining it ready for this winter.
- 32. Continental WinterContact TS 860The WinterContact TS 860 has been something of a phenomenon in our winter tests, having won the last two.
- 43. Michelin Alpin 6Never one to follow the pack, Michelin has looked a bit further down the road with this design, which aims to remain effective right down to the legal tread-depth minimum.
- 54. Dunlop Winter Sport 5It has been around since 2015, but the Winter Sport 5 has always finished at the upper end of our results.
- 6=5. Vredestein Wintrac ProFormer summer champ Vredestein has been absent from our tests since 2016
- 7=5. Falken Eurowinter HS01The change in tyre size suited Falken in its second winter test appearance; it finishes a couple of places higher and a few percentage points closer to the winner.
- 87. Nokian WR SnowproofBrand new for 2019, the Snowproof just made it into our test in time for the snow assessments.
- 98. Pirelli Winter Sottozero 3The Sottozero 3 is something of a veteran of our winter tests.
- 109. Hankook i*cept RS2This tyre was runner-up in our last two winter tests, so it’s a mystery why it drops to one place off the bottom this year.
- 1110. Toyo Snowprox S954Japanese producer Toyo makes its winter test debut, although the Snowprox S954 has been around for a couple of years now.
- 12All-Season tyre: Continental AllSeasonContactMichelin compares its pioneering CrossClimate all-season tyre to a triathlete who is not the best in any discipline but performs well in all of them
- 13Summer tyre: Continental PremiumContact 6You only have to look at the two braking test results to see why some people say motorists should change tyres with the seasons
- 14Results by category & overall verdictWhich winter tyre performed well in which area? Our tables reveal all