Maxxis Premitra Snow WP6 review
A podium spot for straight-line aquaplaning contrasted with a lowly seventh on the curved test
We’ve seen promising performances from Maxxis in our other tests, and while joint sixth doesn’t immediately impress here, the WP6 was in the thick of the battle for the final podium spot.
It performed best in the dry, where it was third across the two tests with a pair of podium finishes. It impressed on the stopwatch and it felt good, with a liveliness most rivals lacked. The front gripped well with limited push when accelerating. It was also responsive to throttle changes.
If the dry was its peak, then it was in the freezing temperatures where it struggled, although it was closer to the leaders in the wet, where it delivered mixed results. Nowhere was that more apparent than in aquaplaning, where it was second in a straight line, but seventh on the curve. Handling and cornering were more consistent, but an initial sharpness was dulled as the laps went on, although this did make for a stable rear.
It took the cabin noise win, which will appeal to some, but poor fuel economy will deter others. A better result there and Maxxis would have jumped several spots.
A mixed bag from Maxxis on its winter debut, with some promising results close to the leaders, but fuel economy needs work if it is to challenge the top two in future tests.
At the time of writing, Blackcircles.com does not currently hold stock of this tyre, so we are unable to provide any insight into the tyre’s popularity or performance with our customers.
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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 5Respectable results in the aquaplaning tests aside, Dunlop’s Winter Sport 5 offering is slipping behind newer rivals
- 8Maxxis Premitra Snow WP6 - currently readingA 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