Dunlop Winter Sport 5 review
Respectable results in the aquaplaning tests aside, Dunlop’s Winter Sport 5 offering is slipping behind newer rivals
As we’ve seen in other recent tests, the Dunlop range is showing its age and it’s hard to see when new designs will be coming, because the focus has switched to brand licensee Goodyear.
We’ve been testing the Winter Sport 5 since 2015 when it was runner up, but results since then have been mixed and now it’s in the bottom three. Dunlop has always been a top performer on snow, but here it was fifth on the white stuff, showing how others have moved the game on.
It was in the same position across the wet tests, thanks to good aquaplaning resistance, but elsewhere it was off the pace. In fact it was lacking pretty much everywhere and needed patience on the throttle through turns. Care was also needed on corner entry because the rear moved quickly when the front gripped.
That low grip was still present in the dry, where it needed more lock than most through the longer turns. The lack of performance in the wet had an upside in economy where the Winter Sport 5 gave away less than one per cent fuel consumption to the frugal Bridgestone.
Advancing years does a tyre design no favours unless it is continuously developed, and this result would suggest that the Winter Sport 5 needs replacing or more investment.
First launched over six years ago, this tyre enjoys good winter sales. Customers have left feedback focusing on the tyre’s wet performance – scoring it 4.6/5 overall.
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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 +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 5 - currently readingRespectable 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