Winter tyre reviews 2021: results by category

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

Verdict

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. 

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. 

Results

Snow braking

1stBridgestone100%
2ndContinental99.90%
3rdHankook99.60%
4thDunlop98.70%
5thGoodyear98.50%
6thMaxxis97.90%
7thAvon97.00%
8thMichelin96.50%

Snow Traction

1stContinental100%
2ndBridgestone98.10%
3rdMichelin97.70%
4thHankook97.50%
5thGoodyear97.30%
6thDunlop96.60%
7thMaxxis96.00%
8thAvon93.70%

Straight aquaplaning

1stContinental100%
2ndMaxxis96.60%
3rdAvon96.50%
4thBridgestone96.00%
5thDunlop95.40%
6thGoodyear95.30%
7thMichelin95.30%
8thHankook94.50%

Curved aquaplaning

1stContinental100%
2ndGoodyear97.30%
3rdDunlop94.60%
4thAvon90.40%
5thMichelin87.10%
6thBridgestone85.80%
7thMaxxis84.40%
8thHankook77.40%

Wet braking

1stBridgestone100%
2ndMichelin92.60%
3rdAvon91.80%
4thContinental91.70%
5thHankook91.00%
6thMaxxis88.20%
7thDunlop87.70%
8thGoodyear85.40%

Wet handling

1stBridgestone100%
2ndHankook99.60%
3rdMichelin98.80%
4thMaxxis98.40%
5thContinental97.80%
6thGoodyear96.00%
7thAvon95.10%
8thDunlop95.10%

Wet circle

1stBridgestone100%
2ndMichelin97.90%
3rdHankook97.80%
4thMaxxis97.80%
5thContinental97.70%
6thDunlop96.20%
7thGoodyear95.30%
8thAvon95.10%

Dry braking

1stBridgestone100%
2ndGoodyear95.50%
3rdMaxxis95.50%
4thHankook95.30%
5thContinental94.60%
6thMichelin94.60%
7thDunlop94.40%
8thAvon94.10%

Dry handling

1stBridgestone100%
2ndHankook99.3
3rdMaxxis98.7
4thContinental98.6
5thDunlop98.6
6thGoodyear98.4
7thMichelin98.1
8thAvon97.7

Rolling resistance

1stBridgestone100%
2ndGoodyear99.60%
3rdContinental98.50%
4thDunlop96.90%
5thMichelin90.00%
6thHankook81.70%
7thAvon80.70%
8thMaxxis80.00%

Cabin noise

1stMaxxis100%
2ndAvon99.40%
3rdGoodyear99.30%
4thContinental99.10%
5thDunlop99.10%
6thBridgestone98.90%
7thHankook97.70%
8thMichelin97.40%

Overall

1stBridgestone100%
2ndContinental98.30%
3rdHankook97.20%
4thMichelin97.10%
5thGoodyear97.00%
6thDunlop96.70%
7thMaxxis96.70%
8thAvon95.50%

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