Nokian WR Snowproof review
Although helping to provide improved fuel economy, the Nokian WR Snowproof isn't the best choice for a capable winter tyre
When we tested the then-brand-new Snowproof last year, we questioned the performance targets the Finnish producer had set for its latest winter tyre. And we do so again after this year’s test.
The Nokian starred in the fuel economy test, where it used around two per cent less fuel than the next best. Although that’s great for high-mileage drivers, potential buyers may well question the price you have to pay in other areas for that advantage at the pumps.
The trouble is that the winter specialist’s usual pace-setting performance on snow has gone. The Snowproof ended up finishing in sixth place across the snow tests, some three per cent behind the best. At the wheel, you could feel that lack of grip, the Nokian requiring lower entry speeds than most, with the front easily pushing wide. When it did grip, the rear moved.
It was even further off the pace in our wet tests, finishing around six per cent behind the leaders in last place. The weak front grip was there again, and you needed to wait for it to hook up before you could accelerate away.
The Nokian also propped up the results in the cabin noise test. However, as you might expect, it fared better in the dry, taking a podium finish, just under two metres off the leading Bridgestone.
We say: Remarkable fuel economy deserves credit, but is this what drivers want when buying a winter tyre primarily for superior performance in poor conditions?
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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 5A reasonable performance, but the Dunlop range is beginning to show its age.
- 9Nokian WR Snowproof - currently readingAlthough 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