2015 Auto Bild SUV Winter Tyre Test

Test Summary
Best tyre for dry roadsApollo Alnac 4G Winter
Continental Winter Contact TS 850 P SUV
Maxxis Arctictrekker WP05
Best tyre for wet roadsDunlop Winter Sport 5
Best tyre for snowDunlop Winter Sport 5
Apollo Alnac 4G Winter
Pirelli Scorpion Winter
The lowest fuel useDunlop Winter Sport 5
Continental Winter Contact TS 850 P SUV
Michelin Alpin 5
The most comfortableApollo Alnac 4G Winter
Maxxis Arctictrekker WP05
The quietest tyreBridgestone Blizzak LM80 EVO
Four wheel drive vehicles offer improved traction on difficult surfaces, such as snow. While this means you don't get stuck as often during bad weather, four wheel drive doesn't offer any advantage under braking, and little advantage during cornering, meaning winter tyres are still the best option if you plan on using your car in all conditions.

To test which of the modern winter tyres works best with the latest generation of SUV and four wheel drive vehicles, Auto Bild Allrad have tested eight winter tyres in the popular 215/65 R16 on a VW Tiguan.

Results

Dunlop takes the win with the Winter Sport 5. The new tyre was strong in all three key areas (snow, wet and dry), with only a slight weakness in dry braking and an expensive price tag as negative marks. The Indian brand Apollo scored a strong second place, with a good balanced performance and low price, and Continental have rounded out the top three with the Winter Contact TS850 P SUV, marked down largely due to price and aquaplaning performance, but showing its usual excellent shallow water wet performance.

1st: Dunlop Winter Sport 5

Dunlop Winter Sport 5
  • 215/65 R16
  1. Total: 40
  2. Dry: 5
  3. Wet: 8
  4. Snow: 8
  5. Comfort: 6
  6. Rolling Resistance: 7
  7. Noise: 6
Excellent snow traction, good wet performance, good in the dry
Expensive, average dry braking

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2nd: Apollo Alnac 4G Winter

Apollo Alnac 4G Winter
  • 215/65 R16
  1. Total: 38
  2. Dry: 6
  3. Wet: 6
  4. Snow: 8
  5. Comfort: 7
  6. Rolling Resistance: 5
  7. Noise: 6
Very good in the snow with excellent cornering, good grip in the wet and dry and good price
Slightly higher rolling resistance, average wet braking

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3rd: Continental Winter Contact TS 850 P SUV

Continental Winter Contact TS 850 P SUV
  • 215/65 R16
  1. Total: 35
  2. Dry: 6
  3. Wet: 6
  4. Snow: 5
  5. Comfort: 6
  6. Rolling Resistance: 7
  7. Noise: 5
Very short braking distance and good grip in the wet, low rolling resistance
Expensive, slightly higher noise levels, average aquaplaning results

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4th: Pirelli Scorpion Winter

Pirelli Scorpion Winter
  • 215/65 R16
  1. Total: 33
  2. Dry: 3
  3. Wet: 5
  4. Snow: 8
  5. Comfort: 5
  6. Rolling Resistance: 5
  7. Noise: 7
Very good in the snow, good cornering on wet roads, low rolling resistance
Average aquaplaning scores, average braking in the wet and on dry roads

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5th: Michelin Alpin 5

Michelin Alpin 5
  • 215/65 R16
  1. Total: 34
  2. Dry: 4
  3. Wet: 5
  4. Snow: 6
  5. Comfort: 6
  6. Rolling Resistance: 7
  7. Noise: 6
Good in the snow, very low rolling resistance, high resistance to aquaplaning
Average dry and wet cornering, long dry braking, very high price

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6th: Nokian WR SUV 3

Nokian WR SUV 3
  • 215/65 R16
  1. Total: 31
  2. Dry: 5
  3. Wet: 5
  4. Snow: 5
  5. Comfort: 4
  6. Rolling Resistance: 6
  7. Noise: 6
Very good in aquaplaning tests, short braking distances in the dry
Average steering precision, average ride comfort, long wet braking, expensive

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7th: Bridgestone Blizzak LM80 EVO

Bridgestone Blizzak LM80 EVO
  • 215/65 R16
  1. Total: 32
  2. Dry: 3
  3. Wet: 3
  4. Snow: 7
  5. Comfort: 5
  6. Rolling Resistance: 6
  7. Noise: 8
Very good in the snow, quiet, good wet cornering
Average aquaplaning resistance, long dry and wet braking

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8th: Maxxis Arctictrekker WP05

Maxxis Arctictrekker WP05
  • 215/65 R16
  1. Total: 32
  2. Dry: 6
  3. Wet: 4
  4. Snow: 4
  5. Comfort: 7
  6. Rolling Resistance: 4
  7. Noise: 7
Good aquaplaning results, short dry braking, good comfort, low price, quiet
Average snow performance, average wet grip, long wet braking, high rolling resistance

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