Avon WV7 Snow review
While Avon’s entry lacked performance, especially in the snow, it proved to be one of the quietest tyres
Following its return to our summer tyre tests, Avon makes its debut in our winter assessment. But you can’t help thinking that it would have liked to have done it with a newer design than the WV7 Snow, which was launched in 2016.
A lot has happened in tyre design since then, and the root of its problems are on snow, where it was four per cent behind the pace-setting Continental. It was pretty close in braking, some half a metre behind the best, but struggled more for traction.
Across the wet tests it was in front of the Goodyear Dunlop pair, helped by good performances in aquaplaning, plus a podium in wet braking. Lateral grip was poor, though, where it finished last in cornering and handling. It was less stable than the best around the handling circuit, requiring plenty of lock and spinning the wheels easily through turns. It lacked sharpness, which was carried over to the dry. There was also a longer wait to get on the throttle to maintain the line.
Across the dry tests it was last, but with a small gap to the best. A final plus point was it proved one of the quietest on test.
The WV7 is a newcomer to our tests, but it’s showing its age in this company and needs to work on snow performance, lateral wet grip and fuel economy to challenge the best.
Customers who have purchased Avon’s winter tyre have left very positive reviews, focusing on its winter grip and 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 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 Snow - currently readingWhile 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