Michelin Alpin 6 review
A well deserved second podium for the French producer, although the gap over the following three tyres is tiny.
Michelin’s current mission is for tyres to be used down to the legal limit, and the Alpin 6 has grooves that widen and emerge as the tread wears. We tested in as-new condition, but it still proved most effective in the wet, as we saw last year in 17-inch form. It finished third, a step behind our top two here, but clearly ahead of the rest. It felt good, too, with a sharpness others lacked and good grip that lasted well as the lock increased.
That sharp, grippy front was matched by a well controlled rear. It was best in the shallower water tests, and was near the best in aquaplaning. The Alpin 6 combined that wet grip with good fuel economy – no mean feat when these are conflicting targets. It was at the head of the chasing pack behind the freakish Nokian.
Dry performance was close to the best, but it was less assured on snow, where it was fifth across the tests. The slight lack of grip could be felt behind the wheel, although it was well balanced.
We say: Yet another good result for the Alpin 6, which is well suited to UK winters thanks to its good performance in the wet.
Blackcircles.Com says: A fairly new model to the market, having only been launched at the end of 2018. Early reviews have been impressive, though, with customers giving an overall score of 4.5/5.
|Dry braking||96.20%||Equal 4th|
|Rolling resistance||87.60%||Equal 3rd|
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 LM005A 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 6 - currently readingA 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