2016 AMS Winter SUV Tyre Test

Test Summary
Best tyre for dry roadsNokian WR D4
Best tyre for wet roadsDunlop Winter Sport 5 SUV
Best tyre for snowBridgestone Blizzak LM80 EVO
The lowest fuel useContinental Winter Contact TS 850 P SUV
The most comfortableNokian WR D4
GT Radial Champiro WinterPro HP
Hankook Winter i cept evo2 SUV
The quietest tyreGT Radial Champiro WinterPro HP
Westlake SW658
Dunlop Winter Sport 5 SUV
Bridgestone Blizzak LM80 EVO
Winter tyres aren't exclusively reserved for two wheel drive vehicles, four wheel drive cars benefit too. This year Auto Bild have tested ten winter tyres in the popular 4x4 / SUV / Crossover size of 215/60 R17, which covers cars such as the Opel Mokka, Skoda Yeti, and the Volkswagen Tiguan.

Full results below. Results are weighted as follows: Dry 30%, wet 30%, snow 30%, rolling resistance / noise 10%.

Results

1st: Continental Winter Contact TS 850 P SUV

Continental Winter Contact TS 850 P SUV
  • 215/60 R17
  1. Total: 52.5
  2. Dry: 8.4
  3. Wet: 9.7
  4. Snow: 9.4
  5. Comfort: 8
  6. Rolling Resistance: 10
  7. Noise: 7
Very good results on snow and wet roads
Relatively long dry braking, high level of noise

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2nd: Nokian WR D4

Nokian WR D4
  • 215/60 R17
  1. Total: 52
  2. Dry: 9.3
  3. Wet: 9
  4. Snow: 8.7
  5. Comfort: 9
  6. Rolling Resistance: 8
  7. Noise: 8
Good results in the snow, high resistance to aquaplaning
Slightly slower steering response

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3rd: Goodyear UltraGrip Performance SUV Gen 1

Goodyear UltraGrip Performance SUV Gen 1
  • 215/60 R17
  1. Total: 50.7
  2. Dry: 8
  3. Wet: 9.7
  4. Snow: 9
  5. Comfort: 8
  6. Rolling Resistance: 8
  7. Noise: 8
Good wet traction, good handling on dry roads
Relatively weak grip on the rear axle in the snow

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4th: Dunlop Winter Sport 5 SUV

Dunlop Winter Sport 5 SUV
  • 215/60 R17
  1. Total: 51.4
  2. Dry: 8.1
  3. Wet: 9.8
  4. Snow: 8.5
  5. Comfort: 7
  6. Rolling Resistance: 8
  7. Noise: 10
Balanced behavior on snow, very good results in wet conditions
Slightly slower steering response, average comfort

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5th: Hankook Winter i cept evo2 SUV

Hankook Winter i cept evo2 SUV
  • 215/60 R17
  1. Total: 47.9
  2. Dry: 8
  3. Wet: 7.4
  4. Snow: 8.5
  5. Comfort: 9
  6. Rolling Resistance: 7
  7. Noise: 8
Balanced and safe behavior in the snow, good handling on dry roads
Long braking distances and poor lateral stability on wet surfaces, nervous handling at the limit of grip

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6th: Vredestein Wintrac xtreme S

Vredestein Wintrac xtreme S
  • 215/60 R17
  1. Total: 47.7
  2. Dry: 8.8
  3. Wet: 7.7
  4. Snow: 7.2
  5. Comfort: 8
  6. Rolling Resistance: 8
  7. Noise: 8
Short braking distances on snow, very good handling on dry surfaces
Poor snow balance, long braking distances and a tendency to understeer on wet surfaces, poor resistance to aquaplaning

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7th: Bridgestone Blizzak LM80 EVO

Bridgestone Blizzak LM80 EVO
  • 215/60 R17
  1. Total: 48.1
  2. Dry: 7.9
  3. Wet: 5.7
  4. Snow: 9.5
  5. Comfort: 8
  6. Rolling Resistance: 7
  7. Noise: 10
Good handling on snow. fast steering response on dry surfaces
Poor resistance to aquaplaning, long braking distance on wet roads

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8th: Westlake SW658

Westlake SW658
  • 215/60 R17
  1. Total: 47.1
  2. Dry: 7.9
  3. Wet: 7.6
  4. Snow: 7.6
  5. Comfort: 8
  6. Rolling Resistance: 6
  7. Noise: 10
Acceptable balance in various conditions
Poor traction on snow, low resistance to aquaplaning

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9th: GT Radial Champiro WinterPro HP

GT-Radial Champiro WinterPro HP
  • 215/60 R17
  1. Total: 48.5
  2. Dry: 7.5
  3. Wet: 7.3
  4. Snow: 7.7
  5. Comfort: 9
  6. Rolling Resistance: 7
  7. Noise: 10
Short braking distances on snow, good handling on dry surfaces, very low noise level
Long braking distances on dry and wet roads, poor resistance to aquaplaning - High rolling resistance

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10th: Star Performer SPTV Winter SUV

Star-Performer SPTV Winter SUV
  • 215/60 R17
  1. Total: 41.2
  2. Dry: 8.2
  3. Wet: 5.7
  4. Snow: 5.3
  5. Comfort: 7
  6. Rolling Resistance: 7
  7. Noise: 8
Good handling and short braking distances on dry surfaces
Weak results in the snow, long braking distances and under good handling on wet surfaces, clearly audible low-frequency noise at 60 km/h. not recommended for regions with snow in winter

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