2019 19 Inch Performance Winter Tyre Test

Test Summary
Dry BrakingGoodyear UltraGrip Performance Plus: 40.2 M
Hankook Winter i cept evo2: 44 M
Dry HandlingToyo Snowprox S954: 121.9 Km/H
Kumho WinterCraft WP71: 118.5 Km/H
Wet BrakingGoodyear UltraGrip Performance Plus: 45.7 M
Nokian WR A4: 54.8 M
Wet HandlingGoodyear UltraGrip Performance Plus: 95.3 Km/H
Nankang SV2: 89.9 Km/H
Straight AquaGoodyear UltraGrip Performance Plus: 73.7 Km/H
Nokian WR A4: 59.9 Km/H
Snow BrakingGoodyear UltraGrip Performance Plus: 27.6 M
Nankang SV2: 30.8 M
Snow HandlingKumho WinterCraft WP71: 49.4 Km/H
Nankang SV2: 45 Km/H
NoiseNankang SV2: 70.7 dB
Hankook Winter i cept evo2: 75.7 dB
PriceNankang SV2: 515
Michelin Pilot Alpin 4: 960
Rolling ResistanceContinental WinterContact TS 860 S: 08.06 kg / t
Hankook Winter i cept evo2: 10.35 kg / t
For their third winter tyre test of 2019, Auto Bild have stepped up the fun and fitted an Audi S5 with eleven sets of 255/35 R19 ultra high performance winter tyres, and included the usual set of reference summer tyres!

Following on from a win in Auto Express, the new Goodyear UltraGrip Performance+ takes its second win of 2019, once again proving to have a near flawless blend of qualities. Vredestein have also continued their run of good results with a very strong second place for the Wintrac Pro. This tyre is significantly cheaper than the premium winter tyres in the UK, so is probably the best choice if you need to save a few pounds.

Rounding out the top three is the Uniroyal MSPlus 77. This tyre was extremely strong in the snow, but relatively weak in the dry and wet. This means while the Uniroyal placed higher overall than tyres like the Continental WinterContact TS860S, the tyres with a better dry and wet performance are far more suitable for the UK climate.

As always, check out all the data below to see which blend of qualities works for your intended driving patterns and budget.

Dry

The new Goodyear tyre won the dry braking test, but was significantly behind the summer tyre. The midrange tyres from Kumho and Toyo also performed excellently.

As with dry braking, the summer tyre had a big advantage, this time with Toyo the best of the winter tyres.

Wet

The Goodyear continued its excellent braking run in the wet, being the only winter tyre to stop better than the summer tyre.

As with wet braking, the Goodyear was the only tyre to best the summer tyre over a fast lap, with Vredestein just able to match it.

Impressively, Goodyear also won the straight aquaplaning testing.

Snow

Snow braking gave Goodyear a clean sweep of braking results, with all the winter tyres vastly out performing the summer tyre.

Snow handling was very close between the top seven tyres, with Kumho coming out on top.

Environment

Continental had a big advantage in fuel use.

Nankang had the lowest external drive by noise.

The most expensive set of tyres on test was almost double the price of the cheapest set.

Results

1st: Goodyear UltraGrip Performance+

Goodyear UltraGrip Performance Plus
  • 255/35 R19
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking1st100%
Dry Handling8th-2.5 Km/H97.95%
Wet Braking1st100%
Wet Handling1st100%
Straight Aqua1st100%
Snow Braking1st100%
Snow Handling4th-0.5 Km/H98.99%
Noise8th+3.4 dB95.41%
Price9th+365 58.52%
Rolling Resistance4th+0.6 kg / t93.07%
Exemplary driving characteristics in all weather conditions, sporty wet handling, very good grip in the snow, low rolling resistance.
Expensive.

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2nd: Vredestein Wintrac Pro

Vredestein Wintrac Pro
  • 255/35 R19
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking5th+1.6 M96.17%
Dry Handling4th-1.7 Km/H98.61%
Wet Braking4th+2.4 M95.01%
Wet Handling2nd-0.4 Km/H99.58%
Straight Aqua2nd-0.5 Km/H99.32%
Snow Braking8th+1.5 M94.85%
Snow Handling2nd-0.3 Km/H99.39%
Noise7th+3 dB95.93%
Price7th+245 67.76%
Rolling Resistance10th+2.26 kg / t78.1%
Excellent performance in the snow, and on wet roads, good aquaplaning resistance, sporty steering feel, short wet braking, stable dry handling.
High rolling resistance.

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3rd: Uniroyal MS+ 77

Uniroyal MS Plus 77
  • 255/35 R19
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking10th+3.5 M91.99%
Dry Handling5th-2.2 Km/H98.2%
Wet Braking7th+4.7 M90.67%
Wet Handling6th-3.3 Km/H96.54%
Straight Aqua5th-1.9 Km/H97.42%
Snow Braking2nd+0.4 M98.57%
Snow Handling3rd-0.4 Km/H99.19%
Noise4th+1.5 dB97.92%
Price6th+185 73.57%
Rolling Resistance5th+0.96 kg / t89.36%
Excellent in the snow, high aquaplaning resistance, safe dry handling balance.
Long wet and dry braking, average comfort.

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4th: Continental WinterContact TS 860 S

Continental WinterContact TS 860 S
  • 255/35 R19
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking3rd+1 M97.57%
Dry Handling2nd-1.2 Km/H99.02%
Wet Braking6th+4.3 M91.4%
Wet Handling4th-2.5 Km/H97.38%
Straight Aqua10th-7.6 Km/H89.69%
Snow Braking7th+1.3 M95.5%
Snow Handling7th-1 Km/H97.98%
Noise5th+1.8 dB97.52%
Price10th+420 55.08%
Rolling Resistance1st100%
Sporty dry handling, precise steering, good feedback, low rolling resistance.
Slightly long wet braking, average comfort, expensive.

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5th: Hankook Winter i cept evo2

Hankook Winter i cept evo2
  • 255/35 R19
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking11th+3.8 M91.36%
Dry Handling7th-2.4 Km/H98.03%
Wet Braking3rd+1.9 M96.01%
Wet Handling3rd-2.1 Km/H97.8%
Straight Aqua8th-5.2 Km/H92.94%
Snow Braking5th+1 M96.5%
Snow Handling5th-0.7 Km/H98.58%
Noise11th+5 dB93.39%
Price5th+170 75.18%
Rolling Resistance11th+2.29 kg / t77.87%
A well balanced winter tyre with safe wet and dry handling, short wet braking distances.
Slightly long dry braking, high rolling resistance, average comfort.

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6th: Michelin Pilot Alpin 4

Michelin Pilot Alpin 4
  • 255/35 R19
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking7th+1.9 M95.49%
Dry Handling3rd-1.4 Km/H98.85%
Wet Braking2nd+1.4 M97.03%
Wet Handling4th-2.5 Km/H97.38%
Straight Aqua8th-5.2 Km/H92.94%
Snow Braking6th+1.2 M95.83%
Snow Handling9th-2 Km/H95.95%
Noise9th+4.2 dB94.39%
Price11th+445 53.65%
Rolling Resistance8th+1.33 kg / t85.84%
Stable safe handling on wet and dry roads, precise steering, good feedback, short snow braking.
Understeer in the snow, average comfort, expensive.

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7th: Kumho WinterCraft WP71

Kumho WinterCraft WP71
  • 255/35 R19
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking2nd+0.5 M98.77%
Dry Handling11th-3.4 Km/H97.21%
Wet Braking8th+6.1 M88.22%
Wet Handling9th-4.7 Km/H95.07%
Straight Aqua4th-1.5 Km/H97.96%
Snow Braking2nd+0.4 M98.57%
Snow Handling1st100%
Noise3rd+1.3 dB98.19%
Price3rd+90 85.12%
Rolling Resistance7th+1.29 kg / t86.2%
Sporty driving qualities in the snow, short dry braking distances, low noise.
Understeer in the dry and wet, long wet braking.

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8th: Toyo Snowprox S954

Toyo Snowprox S954
  • 255/35 R19
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking3rd+1 M97.57%
Dry Handling1st100%
Wet Braking5th+3.9 M92.14%
Wet Handling7th-3.7 Km/H96.12%
Straight Aqua3rd-1.1 Km/H98.51%
Snow Braking10th+2.9 M90.49%
Snow Handling10th-2.9 Km/H94.13%
Noise6th+2.8 dB96.19%
Price4th+135 79.23%
Rolling Resistance6th+1.19 kg / t87.14%
High aquaplaning resistance, stable wet handling, good steering in the dry.
Average grip on snow, long wet braking distances.

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9th: Nexen WinGuard Sport 2

Nexen WinGuard Sport 2
  • 255/35 R19
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking8th+2.1 M95.04%
Dry Handling6th-2.3 Km/H98.11%
Wet Braking9th+7.7 M85.58%
Wet Handling7th-3.7 Km/H96.12%
Straight Aqua7th-4.6 Km/H93.76%
Snow Braking9th+1.8 M93.88%
Snow Handling8th-1.8 Km/H96.36%
Noise2nd+0.4 dB99.44%
Price2nd+20 96.26%
Rolling Resistance9th+1.93 kg / t80.68%
Short snow braking, stable dry handling, good comfort, low price.
Average grip with understeer on snow, very long wet braking, high rolling resistance.

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10th: Nokian WR A4

Nokian WR A4
  • 255/35 R19
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking6th+1.7 M95.94%
Dry Handling9th-2.6 Km/H97.87%
Wet Braking11th+9.1 M83.39%
Wet Handling10th-5.1 Km/H94.65%
Straight Aqua11th-13.8 Km/H81.28%
Snow Braking4th+0.9 M96.84%
Snow Handling5th-0.7 Km/H98.58%
Noise10th+4.3 dB94.27%
Price8th+265 66.03%
Rolling Resistance2nd+0.44 kg / t94.82%
Balance snow performance.
Low wet grip, low aquaplaning resistance, long wet braking, understeer in the dry and wet.

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11th: Nankang SV2

Nankang SV2
  • 255/35 R19
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking9th+2.8 M93.49%
Dry Handling10th-3.1 Km/H97.46%
Wet Braking10th+8.1 M84.94%
Wet Handling11th-5.4 Km/H94.33%
Straight Aqua6th-2.4 Km/H96.74%
Snow Braking11th+3.2 M89.61%
Snow Handling11th-4.4 Km/H91.09%
Noise1st100%
Price1st100%
Rolling Resistance2nd+0.44 kg / t94.82%
Low rolling resistance, low price.
Very low wet grip, long wet braking, slow steering response with understeer in the dry and wet.

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