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Winter tyre reviews 2019: results by category

Which winter tyre performed well in which area? Our tables reveal all

The tyres were assessed in 13 tests, and these results were used, along with the prices, to calculate an overall rating. In each test, the best tyre is rated at 100 per cent, and the other contenders are scored relative to the winner to show how close the results are. These differences are reflected in our overall ranking.

Verdict

Test debutant Toyo is a step behind the rest in our tests, only shining in the dry – not the main focus of a winter tyre. Ninth place for Hankook is not what we would have expected, given previous showings, but the i*cept RS2 has lost some of its ability on snow.

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The next four tyres are hard to separate, so close are the margins after our 13 tests. Pirelli’s performance with the ageing Sottozero 3 is impressive, but Nokian will have hoped for more with its new Snowproof. Vredestein impresses on its test return and there is another solid showing from Falken. Snow performance helps Dunlop all but match the more wet and dry-focused Michelin.

It’s tight at the top, but the UltraGrip just stole the win from the TS 860 with a great performance on snow and in the wet.

Winner

Goodyear UltraGrip Performance+

Placed first in six of our 13 test categories – and second in three others – the Goodyear is a worthy overall winner in this year’s competition.

Results

Wet braking

1Continental100
1Goodyear100
3Falken97.9
4Michelin96.9
5Pirelli96.6
6Dunlop96.4
7Vredestein95.3
8Toyo94.6
9Nokian93.1
10Hankook88.1
SumContinental PC 6116.3
AllSContinental ASC102.9

Wet handling

1Goodyear100
2Continental99.7
3Michelin98.2
4Vredestein97
5Dunlop96.8
6Pirelli95.2
7Falken95
8Nokian93.5
8Hankook93.5
10Toyo91
SumContinental PC 695.3
AllSContinental ASC96.7

Wet Circle

1Continental100
2Goodyear99.5
3Michelin98.7
4Vredestein98.4
5Dunlop97.8
6Nokian96.5
7Falken96.1
8Pirelli95.4
9Hankook94.9
10Toyo90.8
SumContinental PC 6100.5
AllSContinental ASC97.4

Straight Aqua

1Falken100
2Continental94.2
3Michelin93.4
4Vredestein92.6
5Pirelli92.1
6Toyo91.9
7Dunlop91.8
8Goodyear91.7
9Nokian90.1
10Hankook89.8
SumContinental PC 694.9
AllSContinental ASC91.1

Curved Aqua

1Falken100
2Goodyear98
3Dunlop97
4Michelin96
5Vredestein95
5Continental95
7Nokian94.1
7Pirelli94.1
9Toyo93.1
10Hankook92.1
SumContinental PC 693.1
AllSContinental ASC94.1

Dry braking

1Nokian100
2Toyo99.6
3Vredestein98.4
4Pirelli97.4
5Michelin96.8
6Hankook96.4
7Goodyear95.6
8Continental95
9Dunlop94.8
9Falken94.8
SumContinental PC 6119.7
AllSContinental ASC98.1

Dry handling

1Continental100
2Toyo99.9
3Vredestein99.5
4Nokian99.3
4Michelin99.3
6Pirelli99
7Hankook98.9
7Goodyear98.9
9Falken98.6
10Dunlop98.1
SumContinental PC 6101.6
AllSContinental ASC100.2

Snow braking

1Goodyear100
2Dunlop99.2
3Continental98.3
4Nokian97.6
5Hankook97.3
6Michelin96.1
6Falken96.1
8Vredestein95.1
9Pirelli92
10Toyo87.9
SumContinental PC 645.6
AllSContinental ASC95.1

Snow traction

1Goodyear100
2Michelin97.5
3Dunlop96.4
4Continental95.9
5Hankook94.9
6Nokian94.7
7Vredestein94.5
8Pirelli92.5
9Falken89.1
10Toyo87.2
SumContinental PC 637.8
AllSContinental ASC90.6

Snow circle

1Goodyear100
2Nokian97.7
3Dunlop97.3
4Continental96.1
5Pirelli95.8
6Hankook94.3
7Falken93.6
8Michelin93
9Vredestein92.7
10Toyo89.3
SumContinental PC 661.7
AllSContinental ASC89.1

Snow handling

1Dunlop100
2Goodyear99.9
3Hankook99.8
4Continental99.3
5Michelin97.5
6Nokian97.2
7Vredestein95.3
8Falken95
9Pirelli94.9
10Toyo91.1
SumContinental PC 660.7
AllSContinental ASC97.9

Rolling resistance

1Nokian100
2Dunlop92
3Continental91
4Goodyear89
5Pirelli88
6Michelin86
7Hankook80
7Toyo80
9Vredestein76
10Falken63
SumContinental PC 693
AllSContinental ASC94

Cabin noise

1Goodyear100
2Dunlop96.2
2Falken96.2
4Nokian95.2
5Continental93.3
5Toyo93.3
5Pirelli93.3
8Vredestein92.4
9Hankook88.6
10Michelin87.6
SumContinental PC 692.4
AllSContinental ASC94.3

Prices

1Toyo£97.50
2Pirelli£100.82
3Hankook£100.92
4Falken£107.17
5Dunlop£116.68
6Continental£122.50
7Nokian£122.80
8Vredestein£123.88
9Goodyear£124.73
10Michelin£125.47
SumContinental PC 6£92.57
AllSContinental ASC£107.06

Overall

1Goodyear100
2Continental99.5
3Michelin98.4
4Dunlop98.3
5Vredestein97.7
5Falken97.7
7Nokian97.6
8Pirelli97.3
9Hankook95.9
10Toyo95.3
SumContinental PC 694
AllSContinental ASC98.5
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