2019 Auto Center Winter Tyre Test

Dry BrakingNokian WR Snowproof: 27.43 MUniroyal MS Plus 77: 31.61 M
Subj. Dry HandlingContinental WinterContact TS 860: 10 PointsUniroyal MS Plus 77: 04 Points
Wet BrakingMichelin Alpin 6: 33.35 MGislaved Euro Frost 6: 38.18 M
Subj. Wet HandlingYokohama BluEarth Winter V905: 10 PointsDebica Frigo HP2: 05 Points
Straight AquaContinental WinterContact TS 860: 86 Km/HGislaved Euro Frost 6: 76.4 Km/H
Snow BrakingContinental WinterContact TS 860: 15.06 MToyo Snowprox S954: 17.53 M
Snow TractionToyo Snowprox S954: 6.11 NMichelin Alpin 6: 5.06 N
Subj. Snow HandlingNokian WR Snowproof: 10 PointsToyo Snowprox S954: 04 Points
Ice BrakingNokian WR Snowproof: 11.44 MYokohama BluEarth Winter V905: 13.67 M
Ice TractionNokian WR Snowproof: 5.14 sUniroyal MS Plus 77: 6.40 s
Subj. ComfortMichelin Alpin 6: 10 PointsUniroyal MS Plus 77: 05 Points
Rolling ResistanceBarum Polaris 5: 8.148 kg / tYokohama BluEarth Winter V905: 9.426 kg / t
The 2019 Auto Center winter tyre test is both good and bad.

The positive is that out of ten 205/55 R16 patterns, it only includes two premium manufacturers. This means we get a much better look at the midrange bracket of winter tyres, which is great for those of us who want to save a little money, and all ten patterns on test have been tested for ice braking and traction which is now usually omitted from central European tyre testing.

Sadly, Auto Center decided not to provide any data from handling testing, instead giving an overall subjective score, which we assume combines lap time and handling. While this is a little odd, it's better than no test at all.

The final results might not make a buying decision any easier either, as nearly half the tyres on test finished in fourth place. With everything so close in the midrange pack, make sure you drill into the test data to really help you understand which tyre is best for your own driving needs.



During dry braking, the Nokian Snowproof had an unusually large braking advantage, stopping the car nearly two meters shorter than the next best tyre.

The Continental WinterContact TS860 finished joint top with the Gislaved Euro Frost 6. 


The premium tyres from Michelin and Continental were the best in wet braking.

Yokohama had a strong result in the wet handling tests.

The Continental WinterContact TS860 had another strong result in the wet, winning the aquaplaning test.


Continental proved to be excellent in snow braking too.

Strangely, the top two tyres from snow braking were near the bottom of the pack in snow traction.

Braking proved to be more important than traction for the snow handling tests, with Continental and Nokian back on top.


Nokian demonstrated its nordic routes, winning the ice braking and ice traction testing.


The Barum had a very low rolling resistance.

Michelin and Nokian finished the test with the highest subjective comfort scores.


View Results as a single table and adjust the score weighting

1st: Nokian WR Snowproof

Nokian WR Snowproof
  • 205/55 R16
Dry Braking1st100%
Subj. Dry Handling4th-2 Points80%
Wet Braking6th+1.94 M94.5%
Subj. Wet Handling3rd-2 Points80%
Straight Aqua9th-6.4 Km/H92.56%
Snow Braking2nd+0.11 M99.27%
Snow Traction7th-0.9 N85.27%
Subj. Snow Handling1st100%
Ice Braking1st100%
Ice Traction1st100%
Subj. Comfort2nd-1 Points90%
Rolling Resistance2nd+0.4 kg / t95.38%
High grip on ice, excellent snow handling, good dry braking.
None mentioned.

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2nd: Continental WinterContact TS 860

Continental WinterContact TS 860
  • 205/55 R16
Dry Braking7th+3.03 M90.05%
Subj. Dry Handling1st100%
Wet Braking2nd+0.5 M98.52%
Subj. Wet Handling3rd-2 Points80%
Straight Aqua1st100%
Snow Braking1st100%
Snow Traction8th-0.99 N83.8%
Subj. Snow Handling2nd-1 Points90%
Ice Braking6th+0.82 M93.31%
Ice Traction8th+0.86 s85.67%
Subj. Comfort4th-2 Points80%
Rolling Resistance3rd+0.47 kg / t94.55%
High aquaplaning resistance, very well balanced tyre, excellent snow braking.
None mentioned.

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3rd: Michelin Alpin 6

Michelin Alpin 6
  • 205/55 R16
Dry Braking2nd+1.98 M93.27%
Subj. Dry Handling6th-3 Points70%
Wet Braking1st100%
Subj. Wet Handling3rd-2 Points80%
Straight Aqua4th-4.5 Km/H94.77%
Snow Braking8th+0.52 M96.66%
Snow Traction10th-1.05 N82.82%
Subj. Snow Handling5th-3 Points70%
Ice Braking5th+0.52 M95.65%
Ice Traction5th+0.49 s91.3%
Subj. Comfort1st100%
Rolling Resistance9th+1.04 kg / t88.72%
Excellent wet braking, low noise.
Average ice performance.

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4th: Gislaved Euro Frost 6

Gislaved Euro Frost 6
  • 205/55 R16
Dry Braking5th+2.89 M90.47%
Subj. Dry Handling1st100%
Wet Braking10th+4.83 M87.35%
Subj. Wet Handling7th-4 Points60%
Straight Aqua10th-9.6 Km/H88.84%
Snow Braking6th+0.3 M98.05%
Snow Traction9th-1.03 N83.14%
Subj. Snow Handling3rd-2 Points80%
Ice Braking2nd+0.4 M96.62%
Ice Traction2nd+0.25 s95.36%
Subj. Comfort8th-4 Points60%
Rolling Resistance8th+0.93 kg / t89.78%
Good dry handling, short ice braking, good snow and ice traction.
Long wet braking.

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4th: Fulda Kristall Control HP2

Fulda Kristall Control HP2
  • 205/55 R16
Dry Braking6th+3 M90.14%
Subj. Dry Handling8th-5 Points50%
Wet Braking7th+2.8 M92.25%
Subj. Wet Handling7th-4 Points60%
Straight Aqua3rd-3.5 Km/H95.93%
Snow Braking3rd+0.13 M99.14%
Snow Traction5th-0.81 N86.74%
Subj. Snow Handling7th-4 Points60%
Ice Braking4th+0.51 M95.73%
Ice Traction3rd+0.29 s94.66%
Subj. Comfort9th-5 Points50%
Rolling Resistance5th+0.52 kg / t93.96%
Short snow and ice braking, good ice traction, high aquaplaning resistance.
Poor dry handling, average wet grip.

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4th: Debica Frigo HP2

Debica Frigo HP2
  • 205/55 R16
Dry Braking9th+3.79 M87.86%
Subj. Dry Handling7th-4 Points60%
Wet Braking9th+3.15 M91.37%
Subj. Wet Handling10th-5 Points50%
Straight Aqua6th-5.3 Km/H93.84%
Snow Braking3rd+0.13 M99.14%
Snow Traction4th-0.79 N87.07%
Subj. Snow Handling5th-3 Points70%
Ice Braking3rd+0.44 M96.3%
Ice Traction4th+0.41 s92.61%
Subj. Comfort2nd-1 Points90%
Rolling Resistance4th+0.49 kg / t94.36%
Short ice braking, good ice traction, low noise.
Poor wet handling.

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4th: Barum Polaris 5

Barum Polaris 5
  • 205/55 R16
Dry Braking8th+3.07 M89.93%
Subj. Dry Handling8th-5 Points50%
Wet Braking5th+1.86 M94.72%
Subj. Wet Handling2nd-1 Points90%
Straight Aqua8th-5.4 Km/H93.72%
Snow Braking7th+0.4 M97.41%
Snow Traction6th-0.89 N85.43%
Subj. Snow Handling9th-5 Points50%
Ice Braking7th+1.08 M91.37%
Ice Traction7th+0.63 s89.08%
Subj. Comfort4th-2 Points80%
Rolling Resistance1st100%
Low price, good wet handling.
Poor snow handling.

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8th: Yokohama BluEarth Winter V905

Yokohama BluEarth Winter V905
  • 205/55 R16
Dry Braking4th+2.07 M92.98%
Subj. Dry Handling3rd-1 Points90%
Wet Braking3rd+0.56 M98.35%
Subj. Wet Handling1st100%
Straight Aqua5th-5.2 Km/H93.95%
Snow Braking9th+0.85 M94.66%
Snow Traction2nd-0.51 N91.65%
Subj. Snow Handling7th-4 Points60%
Ice Braking10th+2.23 M83.69%
Ice Traction9th+1.03 s83.31%
Subj. Comfort4th-2 Points80%
Rolling Resistance10th+1.28 kg / t86.44%
Good wet and dry handling, short wet braking distances.
Poor ice braking and handling, high fuel use.

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9th: Toyo Snowprox S954

Toyo Snowprox S954
  • 205/55 R16
Dry Braking3rd+2.04 M93.08%
Subj. Dry Handling4th-2 Points80%
Wet Braking4th+1.39 M96%
Subj. Wet Handling6th-3 Points70%
Straight Aqua6th-5.3 Km/H93.84%
Snow Braking10th+2.47 M85.91%
Snow Traction1st100%
Subj. Snow Handling10th-6 Points40%
Ice Braking8th+1.22 M90.36%
Ice Traction6th+0.53 s90.65%
Subj. Comfort7th-3 Points70%
Rolling Resistance7th+0.91 kg / t89.96%
Good in the dry and wet.
Long snow braking, low ice grip.

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10th: Uniroyal MS+ 77

Uniroyal MS Plus 77
  • 205/55 R16
Dry Braking10th+4.18 M86.78%
Subj. Dry Handling10th-6 Points40%
Wet Braking8th+2.92 M91.95%
Subj. Wet Handling7th-4 Points60%
Straight Aqua2nd-2.5 Km/H97.09%
Snow Braking5th+0.26 M98.3%
Snow Traction3rd-0.7 N88.54%
Subj. Snow Handling3rd-2 Points80%
Ice Braking9th+1.96 M85.37%
Ice Traction10th+1.26 s80.31%
Subj. Comfort9th-5 Points50%
Rolling Resistance6th+0.86 kg / t90.44%
High aquaplaning resistance, good ice handling.
Long braking distances on all surfaces, low ice traction, poor handling.

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