Bridgestone Blizzak LM005 review
A debut success for the Blizzak LM005 and a first win for Japanese giant Bridgestone in our tyre tests.
The winning tyre was launched at the start of 2019, just too late for last year’s test, and Bridgestone said it was the first winter tyre with an ‘A’ tyre label grade for wet grip across the full range, which covers a huge 14-22 inches. It’s the only tyre on test with an A ranking and, while label ratings don’t always match our results, they do here.
It took three wins and two runner-up positions in the wet tests and finished a clear step ahead of all but Hankook. It didn’t feel the sharpest on the handling track, but it was super-effective.
That prowess was followed up by a win in dry braking, plus it was one of the quietest tyres on test. Bridgestone also combined wet grip and economy, with the LM005 at the front of the chasing pack behind the Nokian in rolling resistance.
However, that focus on good wet grip came at the expense of performance on snow, where it finished last across the three tests, but remained within around four per cent of the best.
We say: Thanks to standard-setting wet performance, the Blizzak is an ideal tyre for British winters, which see far more rain than snow on the road.
Blackcircles.Com says: Customers have rated the tyre highly, giving it an overall score of 4.7/5. Feedback focuses on impressive grip in winter weather and reliable stopping distances in the wet and dry.
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In this review
- 1IntroductionFor the ultimate in driving safety, you need tyres to suit the season. Our test reveals the best for the British winter
- 2Bridgestone Blizzak LM005 - currently readingA debut success for the Blizzak LM005 and a first win for Japanese giant Bridgestone in our tyre tests.
- 3Hankook Winter i*cept RS2The Hankook i*cept RS2 puts in a strong performance - a great all-rounder, although slightly noisy
- 4Michelin Alpin 6A well deserved second podium for the French producer, although the gap over the following three tyres is tiny.
- 5Pirelli Cinturato WinterThe Pirelli Cinturato Winter tyre is the most capable on the snow and has closed the gap on top spot
- 6Goodyear UltraGrip Performance +Great on the snow, but the Goodyear UltraGrip Performance + can't compete with rivals in the wet and dry conditions
- 7Falken Eurowinter HS01This is third time we’ve tested the Eurowinter HS01, and each time it gets a little closer to the leaders.
- 8Dunlop Winter Sport 5A reasonable performance, but the Dunlop range is beginning to show its age.
- 9Nokian WR SnowproofAlthough helping to provide improved fuel economy, the Nokian WR Snowproof isn't the best choice for a capable winter tyre
- 10N/A. Continental WinterContact TS 870Although not yet on sale, the Continental WinterContact TS 870 is potentially a champion in waiting