2019 Auto Center Winter Tyre Test

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.


1st: Nokian WR Snowproof

Nokian WR Snowproof
  • 205/55 R16
Dry Braking1st100%
Subj. Dry Handling4th-2 Points
Wet Braking6th+1.94 M94.5%
Subj. Wet Handling3rd-2 Points
Straight Aqua9th-6.4 Km/H92.56%
Snow Braking2nd+0.11 M99.27%
Snow Traction7th-0.9 N85.27%
Subj. Snow Handling1st
Ice Braking1st100%
Ice Traction1st100%
Subj. Comfort2nd-1 Points
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 Handling1st
Wet Braking2nd+0.5 M98.52%
Subj. Wet Handling3rd-2 Points
Straight Aqua1st100%
Snow Braking1st100%
Snow Traction8th-0.99 N83.8%
Subj. Snow Handling2nd-1 Points
Ice Braking6th+0.82 M93.31%
Ice Traction8th+0.86 s85.67%
Subj. Comfort4th-2 Points
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 Points
Wet Braking1st100%
Subj. Wet Handling3rd-2 Points
Straight Aqua4th-4.5 Km/H94.77%
Snow Braking8th+0.52 M96.66%
Snow Traction10th-1.05 N82.82%
Subj. Snow Handling5th-3 Points
Ice Braking5th+0.52 M95.65%
Ice Traction5th+0.49 s91.3%
Subj. Comfort1st
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 Handling1st
Wet Braking10th+4.83 M87.35%
Subj. Wet Handling7th-4 Points
Straight Aqua10th-9.6 Km/H88.84%
Snow Braking6th+0.3 M98.05%
Snow Traction9th-1.03 N83.14%
Subj. Snow Handling3rd-2 Points
Ice Braking2nd+0.4 M96.62%
Ice Traction2nd+0.25 s95.36%
Subj. Comfort8th-4 Points
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 Points
Wet Braking7th+2.8 M92.25%
Subj. Wet Handling7th-4 Points
Straight Aqua3rd-3.5 Km/H95.93%
Snow Braking3rd+0.13 M99.14%
Snow Traction5th-0.81 N86.74%
Subj. Snow Handling7th-4 Points
Ice Braking4th+0.51 M95.73%
Ice Traction3rd+0.29 s94.66%
Subj. Comfort9th-5 Points
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 Points
Wet Braking9th+3.15 M91.37%
Subj. Wet Handling10th-5 Points
Straight Aqua6th-5.3 Km/H93.84%
Snow Braking3rd+0.13 M99.14%
Snow Traction4th-0.79 N87.07%
Subj. Snow Handling5th-3 Points
Ice Braking3rd+0.44 M96.3%
Ice Traction4th+0.41 s92.61%
Subj. Comfort2nd-1 Points
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 Points
Wet Braking5th+1.86 M94.72%
Subj. Wet Handling2nd-1 Points
Straight Aqua8th-5.4 Km/H93.72%
Snow Braking7th+0.4 M97.41%
Snow Traction6th-0.89 N85.43%
Subj. Snow Handling9th-5 Points
Ice Braking7th+1.08 M91.37%
Ice Traction7th+0.63 s89.08%
Subj. Comfort4th-2 Points
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 Points
Wet Braking3rd+0.56 M98.35%
Subj. Wet Handling1st
Straight Aqua5th-5.2 Km/H93.95%
Snow Braking9th+0.85 M94.66%
Snow Traction2nd-0.51 N91.65%
Subj. Snow Handling7th-4 Points
Ice Braking10th+2.23 M83.69%
Ice Traction9th+1.03 s83.31%
Subj. Comfort4th-2 Points
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 Points
Wet Braking4th+1.39 M96%
Subj. Wet Handling6th-3 Points
Straight Aqua6th-5.3 Km/H93.84%
Snow Braking10th+2.47 M85.91%
Snow Traction1st100%
Subj. Snow Handling10th-6 Points
Ice Braking8th+1.22 M90.36%
Ice Traction6th+0.53 s90.65%
Subj. Comfort7th-3 Points
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 Points
Wet Braking8th+2.92 M91.95%
Subj. Wet Handling7th-4 Points
Straight Aqua2nd-2.5 Km/H97.09%
Snow Braking5th+0.26 M98.3%
Snow Traction3rd-0.7 N88.54%
Subj. Snow Handling3rd-2 Points
Ice Braking9th+1.96 M85.37%
Ice Traction10th+1.26 s80.31%
Subj. Comfort9th-5 Points
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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