Falken Eurowinter HS01 review
The 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.
The 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. Deep water is where the Eurowinter is happiest, taking both the aquaplaning tests, which helps it to third place in the wet. It struggles more in the shallower water of the handling track, where it lacks grip in turns and on acceleration. It tops only the Toyo in the snow where it has a good balance but lacks bite compared with the best.
It’s back at the rear of the pack in the dry, feeling soft around the handling track although its time is close to the best. However the elephant in the room is fuel economy. It was poor in the last test, but it’s further off the pace here, using around seven per cent more fuel than the Nokian.
We say: Good in the wet, but fuel economy needs addressing
Blackcircles.Com says: This model isn’t well known at present, so there hasn’t been a great number of orders for this tyre. But motorists who have bought the Eurowinter have left positive reviews.
In this review
- 1IntroductionOur exhaustive tests reveal the best winter tyre that can cope with snow and freezing conditions
- 21. Goodyear UltraGrip Performance+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.
- 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 HS01 - currently readingThe 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