, Auto Bild have published their winter version of the shootout style braking test.
For the winter test, Auto Bild have tested 53 winter tyres in 225/45 R17 in wet and snow braking. The two braking distances are combined, and the top twenty tyres go through to a full test covering all aspects of a tyres performance.
Not for the first time this year, a Bridgestone tyre tops the wet braking test, and wins the overall combined braking distance to finish in the top spot. We're not yet sure what Bridgestone have changed recently, but they've made a massive step forward in the wet, and it will be interesting to see if they can hold onto this performance in the full test.
The "best of the rest" during wet braking testing went to three of the newest tyres on test, the Michelin Alpin 6, Goodyear Ultragrip Performance+ and the Vredestein Wintrac Pro. The Goodyear and Michelin managed to match the performance in the snow, finishing second and third overall.
As always, the tyres at the cheaper end of the spectrum could manage either a reasonable result in the wet, or the snow, but not both, with the worst tyre during wet braking taking a huge ten meters further to stop than the best.