|Best Dry Braking:||Nokian WR Snowproof|
|Best Subj. Dry Handling:||Gislaved Euro Frost 6|
|Best Wet Braking:||Michelin Alpin 6|
|Best Subj. Wet Handling:||Yokohama BluEarth Winter V905|
|Best Straight Aqua:||Continental WinterContact TS 860|
|Best Snow Braking:||Continental WinterContact TS 860|
|Best Snow Traction:||Toyo Snowprox S954|
|Best Subj. Snow Handling:||Nokian WR Snowproof|
|Best Ice Braking:||Nokian WR Snowproof|
|Best Ice Traction:||Nokian WR Snowproof|
|Best Subj. Comfort:||Michelin Alpin 6|
|Best Rolling Resistance:||Barum Polaris 5|
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
High grip on ice, excellent snow handling, good dry braking.
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High aquaplaning resistance, very well balanced tyre, excellent snow braking.
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3rd: Michelin Alpin 6
Excellent wet braking, low noise.
Average ice performance.
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Good dry handling, short ice braking, good snow and ice traction.
Long wet braking.
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
Short ice braking, good ice traction, low noise.
Poor wet handling.
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4th: Barum Polaris 5
Low price, good wet handling.
Poor snow handling.
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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
Good in the dry and wet.
Long snow braking, low ice grip.
10th: Uniroyal MS+ 77
High aquaplaning resistance, good ice handling.
Long braking distances on all surfaces, low ice traction, poor handling.
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