Goodyear UltraGrip Performance + review
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
When we last tested in this size in 2019, Goodyear’s Performance + was the victor, with six category wins and two seconds. There were no wins this time, but the results were close between it and the Michelin and Hankook.
When tested shortly after its launch in this size the UltraGrip was the snow master, but as we saw last year, it has been overtaken on the frozen test tracks. Results in the wet and dry were similar too, with mid-pack finishes across the tests.
Dry braking was a highlight and the handling was close to quickest. It felt good, too, with only a touch more lock needed than the best, and a decent balance. That was carried over to the wet, although the lap time was three seconds or so off the pace. It also had less bite than the Bridgestone or Hankook but felt secure.
Goodyear won’t be happy with the wet braking result, where it was still doing 19mph when the Bridgestone had stopped. As we’ve seen before, the upside of these wet results is good fuel economy and the Goodyear was the rolling-resistance runner-up.
It could so easily have been a podium finish for this former winner, which looks as if it could do with further development to build on its initial promise.
Customers have been impressed with this tyre, scoring an overall 4.8/5. Reviews often comment on wet performance, plus stability on snow and ice.
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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 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 + - currently readingGoodyear’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