2019 AMS Winter SUV Tyre Test

Test Summary
Dry BrakingNokian WR Snowproof: 44.1 M
Hankook Winter i cept evo2 SUV: 46.8 M
Dry HandlingToyo Snowprox S954 SUV: 116.1 Km/H
Goodyear UltraGrip Performance Plus: 114.1 Km/H
Subj. Dry HandlingVredestein Wintrac Pro: 10 Points
Falken Eurowinter HS01 SUV: 07 Points
Wet BrakingBridgestone Blizzak LM005: 31.2 M
Nokian WR Snowproof: 36.1 M
Wet HandlingGoodyear UltraGrip Performance Plus: 73.3 Km/H
Nokian WR Snowproof: 68.9 Km/H
Subj. Wet HandlingGoodyear UltraGrip Performance Plus: 10 Points
Nokian WR Snowproof: 06 Points
Straight AquaFalken Eurowinter HS01 SUV: 83.1 Km/H
Nokian WR Snowproof: 70.3 Km/H
Snow BrakingBridgestone Blizzak LM005: 25.6 M
Toyo Snowprox S954 SUV: 28.1 M
Snow HandlingGoodyear UltraGrip Performance Plus: 49.4 Km/H
Giti GitiWinterW1: 46 Km/H
Subj. Snow HandlingGoodyear UltraGrip Performance Plus: 10 Points
Toyo Snowprox S954 SUV: 07 Points
Subj. ComfortFalken Eurowinter HS01 SUV: 10 Points
Giti GitiWinterW1: 07 Points
NoiseHankook Winter i cept evo2 SUV: 69.3 dB
Pirelli Winter Sottozero 3: 71.1 dB
PriceGiti GitiWinterW1: 073
Michelin Alpin 6: 160
Rolling ResistanceContinental WinterContact TS 850 P: 7.4 kg / t
Falken Eurowinter HS01 SUV: 9.3 kg / t
Warning, lots of data ahead! For the 2019 winter, Auto Motor und Sport have tested eleven of the best winter tyres in the 215/55 R17 crossover SUV size.

The biggest plus of this test is the sheer amount of data they've produced, as they've rated the tyres both objectively and subjectively in a lot of categories.

It's also good news for Goodyear, as the new Goodyear UltraGrip Performance + wins on its first outing, proving to have an excellent balance of wet and snow performance, along with short dry braking distances.

Stepping up on the promise of 2018, the Bridgestone Blizzak LM005 once again proves itself as a strong contender, and maybe the tyre of choice for the snowier climates.

The Vredestein Wintrac Pro rounds out the top three places. This tyre might be the best choice for the drier, warmer climates, as it excelled in the dry and wet handling tests, but was a little weaker than the best on test during snow testing.

The other result worth mentioning was the new Nokian SnowProof. It's not very often we see Nokian performing badly in a winter test, let alone finishing last. In this test, the Nokian performed extremely well in the dry, with the best dry braking result and had a good result in the snow, but really struggled in the wet. As this is the first test of the SnowProof we've seen, we'll await more test data to see whether the new Nokian really is this bad in the wet, or it was something related to this test.

The overall results were incredibly close, with all the tyres down to eighth place being recommended, but if you want the best for your SUV in 215/55 R17, pick from the top five.

Dry

Interestingly, the top two spots during dry braking were taken by the bottom two tyres overall, with the Nokian and Giti proving to be the best at stopping the VW T-Roc.

Dry handling was extremely close between the eleven tyres, with a difference of just 2 km/h between the best and worst tyres.

The sporty Vredestein was the only tyre to receive ten points during subjective dry handling scoring.

Wet

The Bridgestone Blizzak LM005 had a significant advantage during wet braking.

The top three tyres overall dominated wet handling, both in average speed and subjectively.

The Falken had an advantage during the aquaplaning testing, with the rest of the tyres closely matched.

Snow

Bridgestone once again stopped the VW T-Roc in the shortest distance, this time during snow braking.

As in the wet testing, the new Goodyear proved to be excellent during snow handling.

Environment

All the tyres were relatively close in both external noise and subjective internal noise, but the Falken proved to have the best balance of the two.

The Continental WinterContact TS850P had the lowest rolling resistance, but was one of the most expensive to buy.

Results

1st: Goodyear UltraGrip Performance+

Goodyear UltraGrip Performance Plus
  • 215/55 R17
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking3rd+0.4 M99.1%
Dry Handling11th-2 Km/H98.28%
Subj. Dry Handling6th-2 Points
Wet Braking3rd+1.3 M96%
Wet Handling1st100%
Subj. Wet Handling1st
Straight Aqua2nd-6.6 Km/H92.06%
Snow Braking2nd+0.4 M98.46%
Snow Handling1st100%
Subj. Snow Handling1st
Subj. Comfort2nd-1 Points
Noise6th+0.9 dB98.72%
Price9th+72 50.34%
Rolling Resistance4th+0.6 kg / t92.5%
Great in the wet and on snow, show braking in the dry, worked well with the vehicles ESP systems
Average dry grip when cornering
Test winner

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2nd: Bridgestone Blizzak LM005

Bridgestone Blizzak LM005
  • 215/55 R17
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking4th+0.5 M98.88%
Dry Handling7th-1.2 Km/H98.97%
Subj. Dry Handling2nd-1 Points
Wet Braking1st100%
Wet Handling3rd-0.4 Km/H99.45%
Subj. Wet Handling1st
Straight Aqua6th-7.6 Km/H90.85%
Snow Braking1st100%
Snow Handling7th-1.4 Km/H97.17%
Subj. Snow Handling2nd-1 Points
Subj. Comfort2nd-1 Points
Noise6th+0.9 dB98.72%
Price7th+55 57.03%
Rolling Resistance2nd+0.2 kg / t97.37%
Very good handling in the snow and the wet, stable behavior during emergency maneuvers
Relatively long braking and poor lateral stability in the dry
Excellent

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3rd: Vredestein Wintrac Pro

Vredestein Wintrac Pro
  • 215/55 R17
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking4th+0.5 M98.88%
Dry Handling4th-0.7 Km/H99.4%
Subj. Dry Handling1st
Wet Braking4th+1.4 M95.71%
Wet Handling2nd-0.1 Km/H99.86%
Subj. Wet Handling1st
Straight Aqua5th-7.3 Km/H91.22%
Snow Braking8th+1.7 M93.77%
Snow Handling4th-1 Km/H97.98%
Subj. Snow Handling8th-2 Points
Subj. Comfort8th-2 Points
Noise4th+0.7 dB99%
Price5th+45 61.86%
Rolling Resistance8th+1.3 kg / t85.06%
Precise steering response and high traction in the dry and wet
Relatively long snow braking, high rolling resistance
Excellent

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4th: Continental WinterContact TS 850 P

Continental WinterContact TS 850 P
  • 215/55 R17
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking8th+1.6 M96.5%
Dry Handling3rd-0.5 Km/H99.57%
Subj. Dry Handling2nd-1 Points
Wet Braking2nd+1.1 M96.59%
Wet Handling5th-0.8 Km/H98.91%
Subj. Wet Handling5th-1 Points
Straight Aqua4th-7.1 Km/H91.46%
Snow Braking6th+1.6 M94.12%
Snow Handling6th-1.1 Km/H97.77%
Subj. Snow Handling2nd-1 Points
Subj. Comfort2nd-1 Points
Noise9th+1.4 dB98.02%
Price10th+74 49.66%
Rolling Resistance1st100%
Although tires were launched five years ago, they still perform well due to their balanced performance, stable behavior and good lateral stability in the snow, good wet handling
Relatively long braking distance on snow and dry surfaces
Excellent

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5th: Michelin Alpin 6

Michelin Alpin 6
  • 215/55 R17
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking4th+0.5 M98.88%
Dry Handling7th-1.2 Km/H98.97%
Subj. Dry Handling2nd-1 Points
Wet Braking5th+2.3 M93.13%
Wet Handling4th-0.7 Km/H99.05%
Subj. Wet Handling1st
Straight Aqua7th-7.7 Km/H90.73%
Snow Braking6th+1.6 M94.12%
Snow Handling10th-1.7 Km/H96.56%
Subj. Snow Handling2nd-1 Points
Subj. Comfort2nd-1 Points
Noise8th+1.2 dB98.3%
Price11th+87 45.63%
Rolling Resistance4th+0.6 kg / t92.5%
Good handling in the snow and on dry roads, good lateral grip in the wet
Relatively long braking distances in the snow and wet
Good

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6th: Hankook Winter i cept evo2 SUV

Hankook Winter i cept evo2 SUV
  • 215/55 R17
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking11th+2.7 M94.23%
Dry Handling2nd-0.2 Km/H99.83%
Subj. Dry Handling6th-2 Points
Wet Braking5th+2.3 M93.13%
Wet Handling7th-2.6 Km/H96.45%
Subj. Wet Handling8th-4 Points
Straight Aqua9th-10.8 Km/H87%
Snow Braking4th+0.9 M96.6%
Snow Handling2nd-0.2 Km/H99.6%
Subj. Snow Handling2nd-1 Points
Subj. Comfort2nd-1 Points
Noise1st100%
Price4th+42 63.48%
Rolling Resistance10th+1.6 kg / t82.22%
Good traction and handling in the snow, good dry handling, very quiet
Long dry braking, unbalanced in the wet, high rolling resistance
Good

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7th: Falken Eurowinter HS01 SUV

Falken Eurowinter HS01 SUV
  • 215/55 R17
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking10th+1.8 M96.08%
Dry Handling9th-1.7 Km/H98.54%
Subj. Dry Handling10th-3 Points
Wet Braking8th+2.8 M91.76%
Wet Handling10th-3.5 Km/H95.23%
Subj. Wet Handling8th-4 Points
Straight Aqua1st100%
Snow Braking3rd+0.5 M98.08%
Snow Handling3rd-0.7 Km/H98.58%
Subj. Snow Handling2nd-1 Points
Subj. Comfort1st
Noise3rd+0.5 dB99.28%
Price2nd+33 68.87%
Rolling Resistance11th+1.9 kg / t79.57%
Good snow performance, very good aquaplaning resistance
Relatively weak wet grip, average dry performance
Good

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8th: Toyo Snowprox S954 SUV

Toyo Snowprox S954 SUV
  • 215/55 R17
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking8th+1.6 M96.5%
Dry Handling1st100%
Subj. Dry Handling2nd-1 Points
Wet Braking10th+3.6 M89.66%
Wet Handling8th-2.8 Km/H96.18%
Subj. Wet Handling8th-4 Points
Straight Aqua8th-9 Km/H89.17%
Snow Braking11th+2.5 M91.1%
Snow Handling8th-1.5 Km/H96.96%
Subj. Snow Handling10th-3 Points
Subj. Comfort8th-2 Points
Noise10th+1.7 dB97.61%
Price3rd+38 65.77%
Rolling Resistance3rd+0.5 kg / t93.67%
Strong in the dry
Long braking distances in the dry, wet and snow. Poor snow handling, poor wet handling
Good

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9th: Pirelli Winter Sottozero 3

Pirelli Winter Sottozero 3
  • 215/55 R17
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking7th+0.7 M98.44%
Dry Handling10th-1.9 Km/H98.36%
Subj. Dry Handling6th-2 Points
Wet Braking9th+3.2 M90.7%
Wet Handling9th-3 Km/H95.91%
Subj. Wet Handling6th-3 Points
Straight Aqua10th-11.4 Km/H86.28%
Snow Braking10th+2.3 M91.76%
Snow Handling8th-1.5 Km/H96.96%
Subj. Snow Handling8th-2 Points
Subj. Comfort2nd-1 Points
Noise11th+1.8 dB97.47%
Price8th+61 54.48%
Rolling Resistance7th+1.2 kg / t86.05%
Balanced dry performance
Long braking distances in the snow and wet, weak aquaplaning resistance
Average

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10th: Giti GitiWinterW1

Giti GitiWinterW1
  • 215/55 R17
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking2nd+0.2 M99.55%
Dry Handling5th-0.9 Km/H99.22%
Subj. Dry Handling10th-3 Points
Wet Braking5th+2.3 M93.13%
Wet Handling6th-2.5 Km/H96.59%
Subj. Wet Handling6th-3 Points
Straight Aqua2nd-6.6 Km/H92.06%
Snow Braking9th+2.1 M92.42%
Snow Handling11th-3.4 Km/H93.12%
Subj. Snow Handling10th-3 Points
Subj. Comfort11th-3 Points
Noise5th+0.8 dB98.86%
Price1st100%
Rolling Resistance9th+1.4 kg / t84.09%
Very low price, short braking distances in the dry
Long braking distances and poor grip in the snow, poor wet handling, understeer in the dry
Average

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11th: Nokian WR Snowproof

Nokian WR Snowproof
  • 215/55 R17
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking1st100%
Dry Handling5th-0.9 Km/H99.22%
Subj. Dry Handling6th-2 Points
Wet Braking11th+4.9 M86.43%
Wet Handling11th-4.4 Km/H94%
Subj. Wet Handling8th-4 Points
Straight Aqua11th-12.8 Km/H84.6%
Snow Braking5th+1 M96.24%
Snow Handling4th-1 Km/H97.98%
Subj. Snow Handling2nd-1 Points
Subj. Comfort8th-2 Points
Noise2nd+0.4 dB99.43%
Price6th+52 58.4%
Rolling Resistance6th+1 kg / t88.1%
Good handling in the snow, short braking distances in the snow and dry, acceptable safety on dry roads
Long braking distances and poor lateral stability in the wet
Average

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