Nokian WR Snowproof review

Brand new for 2019, the Snowproof just made it into our test in time for the snow assessments.

Brand new for 2019, the Snowproof just made it into our test in time for the snow assessments. Nokian will not be happy with this result, but there is little to choose between the fifth to eighth-placed tyres. You also have to ask what the Finnish maker’s targets were when creating the Snowproof.

It takes the rolling resistance test by a country mile, with around two per cent better fuel economy than the next-placed tyre. We’ve seen Nokian star in this area in previous winter and all-season tests. It’s done well in the dry in the past, too, and wins the braking test this time around. The natural trade-off for good rolling resistance is wet grip, and the Snowproof only manages eighth across all those tests; five per cent off the best. Nokian’s previous forte has been snow grip, but here it only manages fourth, yet the margin is smaller.

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We say: Easy on the wallet, but we’re not sure Nokian has got the performance balance right

Blackcircles.Com says: At the time of writing, does not hold stock of this tyre, so we are unable to provide any insight into the tyre’s popularity or performance with our customers.

Snow braking 97.60%4th
Snow traction94.70%6th
Snow circle97.70%2nd
Snow handling97.20%6th
Straight aquaplaning90.10%9th
Curved aquaplaning94.10%7th
Wet braking93.10%9th
Wet handling93.50%8th
Wet circle96.50%6th
Dry braking100%1st
Dry handling99.30%4th
Rolling resistance100%1st
Cabin noise95.20%4th
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