Dunlop Winter Sport 5 review
It has been around since 2015, but the Winter Sport 5 has always finished at the upper end of our results.
It has been around since 2015, but the Winter Sport 5 has always finished at the upper end of our results. This is another tyre that has benefitted from continual development, as can be seen by the tiny gap to the newer Michelin. Its success is built in Finland on the snow, where it’s second only to its test-winning stablemate Goodyear and its brand-new Performance+.
And behind the wheel you don’t need a stopwatch to feel that grip. Despite a strong front end, the rear moves less than with many rivals, plus it has the ability to pull you through turns. So it’s no surprise that it takes the handling win and podiums in the rest of the tests. It drops to fifth in the key wet tests, where its balance isn’t quite as good as the leaders. And, while it is good for fuel economy, a poor dry performance prevents a higher placing here.
We say: Quiet, fuel-efficient and happiest in poor driving conditions
Blackcircles.Com says: First launched more than three years ago, this tyre enjoys good sales. Drivers who buy it are normally fairly impressed with their purchase, giving the Dunlop a 4.5/5 rating overall.
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 5 - currently readingIt 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