2011 Auto Bild Winter Tyre Test

Auto Bild, well known for their excellent tyre tests, have recently tested 11 premium winter tyres and 1 premium all season tyre in the popular 225/45 R17 to create their 2011 winter tyre test.

As always, the tyres were put through their paces on snow, wet roads and dry roads, with their wear rate, noise and comfort measured objectively and subjectively.

As always with winter European tyre tests, the scoring was bias towards raw snow and wet performance, with subjective handling and dry performance given a lower weighting in the final results.

We'll have a full write up soon, but for now here are the overview results with testers comments on each tyre.

The Results

1st: Michelin Alpin A4

Michelin Alpin A4
  • 225/45 R17
World class all round performance with excellent mileage. Safe handling, good ride comfort
Slight weakness with aquaplaning

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2nd: Bridgestone Blizzak LM32

Bridgestone Blizzak LM32
  • 225/45 R17
All round talent with excellent traction on snow. Best handling with precise steering on wet and dry roads. Excellent low rolling resistance
Average wear

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3rd: Dunlop SP WinterSport 4D

Dunlop SP WinterSport 4D
  • 225/45 R17
Fantastic snow performance with safe handling on both dry and wet roads. Shortest wet braking distance
Slight weakness with aquaplaning

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4th: Goodyear Ultra Grip Performance 2

Goodyear Ultra Grip Performance 2
  • 225/45 R17
Good winter tyres with good traction and stable cornering on snow. Excellent steering response on wet roads
Quite high pass by noise, average wear

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5th: Uniroyal MS plus 66

Uniroyal MS plus 66
  • 225/45 R17
Stable cornering and safe handling qualities on snow, high mileage, good value for money
Only average wet performance

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6th: Toyo Snowprox S953

Toyo Snowprox S953
  • 225/45 R17
Convincing winter tyre with dynamic handling on snow. Good aquaplaning
High wear, increased rolling resistance, lots of understeer on wet roads

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7th: Continental WinterContact TS 830 P

Continental WinterContact TS 830 P
  • 225/45 R17
Safe handling with stable corning in all weather conditions. Good braking on wet roads
Poor dry braking, average wear

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8th: Nokian WR D3

Nokian WR D3
  • 225/45 R17
The snow king. Low rolling resistance, low noise
Average aquaplaning, poor wear

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9th: Pirelli Sottozero Serie II

Pirelli Sottozero Serie II
  • 225/45 R17
Good lateral grip on snow and wet roads, good aquaplaning results, low rolling resistance
Poor wet and dry braking, high wear

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10th: Nexen Winguard Sport

Nexen Winguard Sport
  • 225/45 R17
Good price to performance ratio, low rolling resistance
Low traction and long stopping distances in snow, poor handling and long braking on wet roads

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11th: Kumho IZen KW17

Kumho IZen KW17
  • 225/45 R17
Good rolling resistance, low price
Low grip on the snow, poor steering response and long stopping distances on wet roads. Poor ride comfort

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12th: Goodyear Vector 4Seasons

Goodyear Vector 4Seasons
  • 225/45 R17
Dynamic handling and short braking distances in the dry, very good value for money
When compared to a full winter tyre, poor snow performance. Average ride quality

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