Bridgestone Blizzak LM005 review
Victory in seven out of 11 categories, including strong wet and dry results, put Bridgestone’s Blizzak LM005 beyond doubt
There’s no compromise to the Blizzak LM005’s win this year and it easily romps to a second victory on the trot. As soon as the results started coming in, it was clear it would take something special to stop the Bridgestone.
Seven wins and a runner-up spot from 11 tests makes this a convincing success. It topped the snow braking test, but the winning margins meant the Continental had the edge on the white stuff. Other rivals also performed better in the deep-water aquaplaning tests, but elsewhere it was all Bridgestone.
The Japanese producer has certainly found something in wet braking because it was more than two metres ahead of the next best, with the rest of the field covered by a similar margin. The Blizzak had an edge for lateral grip, and like the Hankook, it felt it was pulling the car through turns, rather than always wanting to push wide. It didn’t feel so good in the dry where there was a softer edge, but the lap time was still fast.
Add in the fact it was the most frugal tyre on test and it’s a two-time winner.
The Blizzak LM005 is the undisputed champion, with a remarkable run of test wins that shows Bridgestone is able to combine excellent wet performance with fuel efficiency.
Customers rate this tyre highly, giving it an overall score of 4.5/5. Feedback focuses on impressive grip in winter weather and reliable stopping distances in wet and cold 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 LM005 - currently readingVictory in seven out of 11 categories, including strong wet and dry results, put Bridgestone’s Blizzak LM005 beyond doubt
- 3Continental WinterContact TS 870If you’re expecting snow, then the Continental WinterContact delivers the best performance on the white stuff
- 4Hankook Winter i*cept RS2Sharp responses meant the Hankook Winter i*cept RS2 impressed on the dry handling track, but efficiency could be better
- 5Michelin Alpin 6Excellent wet performance means the Michelin Alpin 6 is well suited to the type of winters we experience in the UK
- 6Goodyear UltraGrip Performance +Goodyear’s UltraGrip Performance + tyre is clearly better suited to snow than wet weather, but it also did well in dry braking and had low rolling resistance
- 7Dunlop Winter Sport 5Respectable results in the aquaplaning tests aside, Dunlop’s Winter Sport 5 offering is slipping behind newer rivals
- 8Maxxis Premitra Snow WP6A podium spot for straight-line aquaplaning contrasted with a lowly seventh on the curved test
- 9Avon WV7 SnowWhile Avon’s entry lacked performance, especially in the snow, it proved to be one of the quietest tyres
- 10Results by categoryWhich winter tyre performed well in which area? Our tables reveal all