Winter tyre reviews 2021: results by category
Which winter tyre performed well in which area? Our tables reveal all
We’re pretty sure Avon would agree that the WV7 Snow needs updating or replacing. Dunlop is in a similar position, with a tyre that’s beginning to show its age, whereas Maxxis needs to develop more performance away from dry roads.
There’s precious little to choose between Goodyear, Michelin and Hankook, although Goodyear needs to rediscover its wet performance, while Michelin needs to work on snow grip. Hankook has finally found the right balance for the RS2, although its fuel economy could be better. Continental is the one for snowy conditions, but elsewhere the Bridgestone is the clear winner.
Bridgestone Blizzak LM005
Even the briefest scan of these results will make the message unmistakable: with seven outright wins and a runner-up spot from the 11 tests, it’s obvious Bridgestone has found something special with the Blizzak LM005. For dark days in winter, this is the clear choice.
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 LM005Victory 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 category - currently readingWhich winter tyre performed well in which area? Our tables reveal all