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Winter tyre reviews: results by category

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

Newer arrivals have raised the performance bar in our winter tyre test, but Vredestein has yet to join them. A replacement or update for the Wintrac Pro is needed if the Dutch tyre is to get in among the pacesetters.

There is little to choose between the next four. The Michelin Alpin 6 is wearing its age well, but rivals have the edge over the French design in most areas.

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Pirelli needs to balance the Cinturato Winter 2’s snow performance with an improvement in wet grip, while Hankook’s product development team has a good platform to build on with the Winter i*cept RS3.

It is a promising debut for Goodyear’s newest UltraGrip tyre, with the Performance 3 proving to be the deep-water star in this year’s evaluation in Germany.

Bridgestone has to settle for its second runner-up finish on the trot with the Blizzak LM005, but it remains a good choice. The Continental WinterContact TS 870 retains our winter tyre crown, thanks to an all-round good performance.

Winner

Continental WinterContact TS 870

Continental WinterContact TS 870 - winner

A second successive win for the TS 870, which again delivered a well balanced performance. It was on the pace in the Swedish snow, but it was its excellent dry and wet performance in Germany that delivered another victory. The Continental was also the best for fuel economy and battery range.

Results

Overall

1stContinental100
2ndBridgestone99.7
3rdGoodyear99.4
4thHankook99.3
5thPirelli99.1
6thMichelin98.7
7thVredestein96.8
ASHankook97.7
SumBridgestone86.1

Price

1stVredestein£115.20
2ndHankook£117.40
3rdBridgestone£133.80
4thContinental£144.70
5thPirelli£148.20
6thGoodyear£148.50
7thMichelin£152.10
ASHankook£104.90
SumBridgestone£102.50

Snow braking

1stBridgestone100
2ndPirelli99.5
3rdHankook99.3
4thMichelin99.2
5thGoodyear98.6
6thVredestein98.1
7thContinental97.8
ASHankook91.3
SumBridgestone35.6

Snow traction

1stBridgestone100
2ndMichelin98.7
3rdGoodyear98.6
4thPirelli98.5
5thContinental97.2
6thHankook97.1
7thVredestein95.8
ASHankook88.1
SumBridgestone22.7

Straight aquaplaning

1stGoodyear100
2ndContinental99.9
3rdHankook98.9
4thBridgestone96
5thMichelin95.6
6thPirelli95.1
7thVredestein91.7
ASHankook96
SumBridgestone96.4

Curved aquaplaning

1stGoodyear100
2ndContinental98.6
3rdHankook97.3
4thMichelin91.3
5thBridgestone88.6
6thPirelli82.1
7thVredestein79.2
ASHankook91.7
SumBridgestone105.8

Wet braking

1stHankook100
2ndContinental99
3rdBridgestone98.9
=4thGoodyear98.7
=4thMichelin98.7
6thPirelli98.3
7thVredestein90.8
ASHankook95.1
SumBridgestone91.4

Wet handling

1stContinental100
2ndGoodyear99.2
3rdHankook99.1
=4thBridgestone99
=4thPirelli99
6thMichelin97.8
7thVredestein96
ASHankook97
SumBridgestone95.3

Wet circle

1stBridgestone100
2ndContinental99.8
3rdGoodyear99.3
4thHankook99.2
5thPirelli99.1
6thMichelin97
7thVredestein96
ASHankook100.9
SumBridgestone103.2

Dry braking

1stPirelli100
2ndContinental99.1
3rdMichelin98.3
4thGoodyear97.8
=5thBridgestone97.6
=5thVredestein97.6
7thHankook96.7
ASHankook108.1
SumBridgestone119.9

Dry handling

1stHankook100
2ndContinental99.5
3rdGoodyear99.3
=4thBridgestone99
=4thVredestein99
6thMichelin98.7
7thPirelli98.6
ASHankook99.8
SumBridgestone103.7

Rolling resistance

1stContinental100
2ndBridgestone99
3rdVredestein97.5
4thMichelin96.5
5thGoodyear92.7
6thPirelli91.4
7thHankook88.2
ASHankook94.5
SumBridgestone79.3

Cabin noise

=1stContinental100
=1stGoodyear100
=1stVredestein100
4thBridgestone99.9
5thPirelli99.8
6thHankook99.6
7thMichelin98.9
ASHankook101.5
SumBridgestone100.4
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