2019 ADAC 185/65 R15 Winter Tyre Test

Test Summary
Best tyre for dry roadsKleber Krisalp HP3
Best tyre for wet roadsContinental WinterContact TS 860
Best tyre for snowDunlop Winter Response 2
The best tyre overallDunlop Winter Response 2
The lowest fuel useDunlop Winter Response 2
Davanti Wintoura
The best tyre for iceDavanti Wintoura
The lowest wearMichelin Alpin A4
The quietest tyreToyo Snowprox S943
Pirelli Cinturato Winter
Continental WinterContact TS 860
Gislaved Euro Frost 6
This year the German motoring organisation ADAC have tested sixteen winter tyres in the popular 185/65 R15.

While ADAC don't provide data for their results, just an overall score, they are one of the few publications who properly test wear.

Unlike last year where Continental dominated the ADAC winter tyre test, this year Dunlop take the test win with a strong snow performance, low fuel consumption and excellent wet grip.

Pirelli jump up from fourteenth place last year to a joint second this year with a well balanced performance, and the Michelin sub brand Kleber outperforms its parent brand, joining Pirelli in second place overall.

Results

The dry results are weighted 15% overall, wet 30%, snow 20%, ice 10%, noise/comfort 5%, fuel consumption 10% and wear 10%.

1st: Dunlop Winter Response 2

Dunlop Winter Response 2
  • 185/65 R15
  1. Total: 64.4
  2. Dry: 7.4
  3. Wet: 8.2
  4. Snow: 11.6
  5. Ice: 7
  6. Rolling Resistance: 8.8
  7. Noise: 6.6
  8. Wear: 7
  9. Overall: 7.8
Great results in the snow, Low fuel consumption, Very good results on wet pavement, Good results on dry pavement
None mentioned
Test Winner

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2nd: Kleber Krisalp HP3

Kleber Krisalp HP3
  • 185/65 R15
  1. Total: 58.6
  2. Dry: 7.8
  3. Wet: 7.4
  4. Snow: 7
  5. Ice: 7
  6. Rolling Resistance: 7.6
  7. Noise: 6.4
  8. Wear: 8
  9. Overall: 7.4
Excellent results on dry pavement
None mentioned
Excellent

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2nd: Pirelli Cinturato Winter

Pirelli Cinturato Winter
  • 185/65 R15
  1. Total: 57.8
  2. Dry: 7.2
  3. Wet: 8
  4. Snow: 7.2
  5. Ice: 7.2
  6. Rolling Resistance: 7
  7. Noise: 6.8
  8. Wear: 7
  9. Overall: 7.4
Good balance of characteristics, Good results on snow, dry and wet roads
None mentioned
Excellent

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4th: Continental WinterContact TS 860

Continental WinterContact TS 860
  • 185/65 R15
  1. Total: 58.6
  2. Dry: 7
  3. Wet: 8.4
  4. Snow: 7.6
  5. Ice: 6.8
  6. Rolling Resistance: 8.2
  7. Noise: 6.8
  8. Wear: 7
  9. Overall: 6.8
Excellent results on wet roads, Good results on dry roads and snow
Relatively weak grip on ice
Excellent

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4th: Hankook Winter i cept RS2

Hankook Winter i cept RS2
  • 185/65 R15
  1. Total: 56.4
  2. Dry: 7
  3. Wet: 7.8
  4. Snow: 7
  5. Ice: 6.8
  6. Rolling Resistance: 6.8
  7. Noise: 6.2
  8. Wear: 8
  9. Overall: 6.8
Good results on snow, dry and wet roads
Relatively weak grip on ice, Increased fuel consumption
Excellent

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6th: Michelin Alpin A4

Michelin Alpin A4
  • 185/65 R15
  1. Total: 57.2
  2. Dry: 7.6
  3. Wet: 7.8
  4. Snow: 6.4
  5. Ice: 7.4
  6. Rolling Resistance: 6.6
  7. Noise: 6
  8. Wear: 9
  9. Overall: 6.4
Very low wear, excellent results on dry roads and on ice
Relatively weak grip in the snow, Increased fuel consumption
Good

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7th: Falken Eurowinter HS01

Falken Eurowinter HS01
  • 185/65 R15
  1. Total: 53.4
  2. Dry: 6.6
  3. Wet: 7
  4. Snow: 6.2
  5. Ice: 6.2
  6. Rolling Resistance: 8
  7. Noise: 6.2
  8. Wear: 7
  9. Overall: 6.2
Good results in the wet
Weak grip in the snow and ice
Good

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8th: Vredestein Snowtrac 5

Vredestein Snowtrac 5
  • 185/65 R15
  1. Total: 53.4
  2. Dry: 6
  3. Wet: 6.4
  4. Snow: 6.6
  5. Ice: 7.2
  6. Rolling Resistance: 8.4
  7. Noise: 5.8
  8. Wear: 7
  9. Overall: 6
Low fuel consumption
Relatively poor dry grip, high noise
Good

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9th: Nokian WR D4

Nokian WR D4
  • 185/65 R15
  1. Total: 54
  2. Dry: 5.8
  3. Wet: 6.2
  4. Snow: 8
  5. Ice: 7.4
  6. Rolling Resistance: 8.6
  7. Noise: 6.2
  8. Wear: 6
  9. Overall: 5.8
Excellent in snow and ice, low fuel consumption
Relatively poor dry grip, high wear
Good

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9th: Goodyear UltraGrip 9

Goodyear UltraGrip 9
  • 185/65 R15
  1. Total: 55
  2. Dry: 7
  3. Wet: 8.2
  4. Snow: 5.8
  5. Ice: 7
  6. Rolling Resistance: 7.6
  7. Noise: 6.6
  8. Wear: 7
  9. Overall: 5.8
Excellent in the wet, good in the dry
Weak in snow
Good

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11th: Gislaved Euro Frost 6

Gislaved Euro Frost 6
  • 185/65 R15
  1. Total: 53.6
  2. Dry: 6.4
  3. Wet: 5.6
  4. Snow: 6.6
  5. Ice: 7.4
  6. Rolling Resistance: 8.2
  7. Noise: 6.8
  8. Wear: 7
  9. Overall: 5.6
Low fuel consumption
Relatively poor wet grip
Good

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11th: Kumho Winter Craft WP51

Kumho Winter Craft WP51
  • 185/65 R15
  1. Total: 50.4
  2. Dry: 6.6
  3. Wet: 6.4
  4. Snow: 5.6
  5. Ice: 7.2
  6. Rolling Resistance: 7.4
  7. Noise: 5.6
  8. Wear: 6
  9. Overall: 5.6
None mentioned
Relatively wear grip in snow, high wear.
Good

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11th: Viking Wintech

Viking Wintech
  • 185/65 R15
  1. Total: 54
  2. Dry: 7
  3. Wet: 5.6
  4. Snow: 7
  5. Ice: 7.4
  6. Rolling Resistance: 7.8
  7. Noise: 6.6
  8. Wear: 7
  9. Overall: 5.6
None mentioned
Relatively poor wet grip
Good

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14th: Sava Eskimo S3+

Sava Eskimo S3 Plus
  • 185/65 R15
  1. Total: 54.2
  2. Dry: 4.8
  3. Wet: 6.4
  4. Snow: 8.2
  5. Ice: 7.4
  6. Rolling Resistance: 8
  7. Noise: 6.6
  8. Wear: 8
  9. Overall: 4.8
Great results in the snow
Weak dry performance
Average

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15th: Toyo Snowprox S943

Toyo Snowprox S943
  • 185/65 R15
  1. Total: 46
  2. Dry: 6
  3. Wet: 6.8
  4. Snow: 1.8
  5. Ice: 7
  6. Rolling Resistance: 7.8
  7. Noise: 6.8
  8. Wear: 8
  9. Overall: 1.8
None mentioned
Very poor in the snow, weak dry performance
Poor

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16th: Davanti Wintoura

Davanti Wintoura
  • 185/65 R15
  1. Total: 42.4
  2. Dry: 5.2
  3. Wet: 1
  4. Snow: 4.4
  5. Ice: 7.6
  6. Rolling Resistance: 8.8
  7. Noise: 6.4
  8. Wear: 8
  9. Overall: 1
Low fuel consumption, excellent on ice
Very poor in the wet, weak in the dry and on snow.
Poor

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