Dunlop Winter Sport 5 review
A reasonable performance, but the Dunlop range is beginning to show its age.
The Winter Sport 5 has been around since 2015 and, although updates have been able to keep it up with newer designs, it is a little further off the top performers than it was last year in 17-inch form.
Despite this, it remains a top performer on the white stuff. Across the three tests it finished in third place, just a few percentage points behind the winning Pirelli.
It actually took the win in our braking test, was sixth – but close to the best performers – in traction, and finished as runner-up in the handling. That’s not bad for a five-year-old design. It felt good, too, with strong traction on lock plus a decent balance.
It was less effective in the wet, where it was only better than the struggling Nokian (left) alongside fellow snow star Pirelli. The Dunlop’s wet braking result is of concern, at around 4.5 metres off the winner. There’s a floaty feel in the wet, with a weak front requiring care getting on the throttle if the line is to be maintained.
Its braking performance was also weak compared with the best in the dry, although the margin was smaller. On the plus side it was best of the rest in fuel economy and proved the quietest on test.
We say: Good on snow, but braking a concern elsewhere. Fuel economy and comfort impress but we hope a Winter Sport 6 is in the pipeline.
Blackcircles.Com says: First launched more than three years ago, this tyre enjoys good winter sales. Customers who purchased the Dunlop have left feedback focusing on the tyre’s wet performance, giving it a score of 4.5/5 overall.
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 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 5 - currently readingA 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
- 11Results by category & overall verdictWhich winter tyre performed well in which area? Our tables reveal all