2019 Winter Tyre Test Market Overview

Wet BrakingBridgestone Blizzak LM005: 29.2 MLaufenn I FIT: 39.4 M
Snow BrakingKleber Krisalp HP3: 24 MImperial Snowdragon 3: 31.7 M
Following on from the All Season tyre market overview, 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.

Notable Performances

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.

Wet

 

Snow

 

Results

1st: Bridgestone Blizzak LM005

Bridgestone Blizzak LM005
  • 225/45 R17
  • 3PMSF: no
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Wet Braking1st29.2 M100%
Snow Braking10th24.6 M24 M+0.6 M97.56%
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2nd: Goodyear UltraGrip Performance+

Goodyear UltraGrip Performance Plus
  • 225/45 R17
  • 3PMSF: no
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Wet Braking3rd30.6 M29.2 M+1.4 M95.42%
Snow Braking5th24.3 M24 M+0.3 M98.77%
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3rd: Michelin Alpin 6

Michelin Alpin 6
  • 225/45 R17
  • 3PMSF: no
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Wet Braking2nd30.4 M29.2 M+1.2 M96.05%
Snow Braking13th24.7 M24 M+0.7 M97.17%
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4th: Semperit Speed Grip 3

Semperit Speed Grip 3
  • 225/45 R17
  • 3PMSF: no
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Wet Braking9th31.6 M29.2 M+2.4 M92.41%
Snow Braking5th24.3 M24 M+0.3 M98.77%
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5th: Continental WinterContact TS 860

Continental WinterContact TS 860
  • 225/45 R17
  • 3PMSF: no
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Wet Braking7th31.5 M29.2 M+2.3 M92.7%
Snow Braking9th24.5 M24 M+0.5 M97.96%
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6th: Vredestein Wintrac Pro

Vredestein Wintrac Pro
  • 225/45 R17
  • 3PMSF: no
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Wet Braking4th30.8 M29.2 M+1.6 M94.81%
Snow Braking20th25.2 M24 M+1.2 M95.24%
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7th: BFGoodrich gForce Winter 2

BFGoodrich gForce Winter 2
  • 225/45 R17
  • 3PMSF: no
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Wet Braking11th32 M29.2 M+2.8 M91.25%
Snow Braking4th24.2 M24 M+0.2 M99.17%
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8th: Kleber Krisalp HP3

Kleber Krisalp HP3
  • 225/45 R17
  • 3PMSF: no
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Wet Braking13th32.2 M29.2 M+3 M90.68%
Snow Braking1st24 M100%
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9th: Apollo Aspire XP Winter

Apollo Aspire XP Winter
  • 225/45 R17
  • 3PMSF: no
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Wet Braking5th31.2 M29.2 M+2 M93.59%
Snow Braking19th25.1 M24 M+1.1 M95.62%
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10th: Kumho WinterCraft WP71

Kumho WinterCraft WP71
  • 225/45 R17
  • 3PMSF: no
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Wet Braking7th31.5 M29.2 M+2.3 M92.7%
Snow Braking15th24.8 M24 M+0.8 M96.77%
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11th: Nokian WR Snowproof

Nokian WR Snowproof
  • 225/45 R17
  • 3PMSF: no
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Wet Braking13th32.2 M29.2 M+3 M90.68%
Snow Braking10th24.6 M24 M+0.6 M97.56%
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12th: Hankook Winter i cept RS2

Hankook Winter i cept RS2
  • 225/45 R17
  • 3PMSF: no
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Wet Braking11th32 M29.2 M+2.8 M91.25%
Snow Braking17th24.9 M24 M+0.9 M96.39%
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13th: Dunlop Winter Sport 5

Dunlop Winter Sport 5
  • 225/45 R17
  • 3PMSF: no
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Wet Braking18th32.9 M29.2 M+3.7 M88.75%
Snow Braking5th24.3 M24 M+0.3 M98.77%
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14th: Uniroyal MS+ 77

Uniroyal MS Plus 77
  • 225/45 R17
  • 3PMSF: no
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Wet Braking17th32.8 M29.2 M+3.6 M89.02%
Snow Braking10th24.6 M24 M+0.6 M97.56%
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15th: Nexen WinGuard Sport 2

Nexen WinGuard Sport 2
  • 225/45 R17
  • 3PMSF: no
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Wet Braking19th33 M29.2 M+3.8 M88.48%
Snow Braking13th24.7 M24 M+0.7 M97.17%
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16th: Pirelli Winter Sottozero 3

Pirelli Winter Sottozero 3
  • 225/45 R17
  • 3PMSF: no
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Wet Braking6th31.3 M29.2 M+2.1 M93.29%
Snow Braking24th26.4 M24 M+2.4 M90.91%
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17th: Sava Eskimo HP2

Sava Eskimo HP2
  • 225/45 R17
  • 3PMSF: no
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Wet Braking22nd33.6 M29.2 M+4.4 M86.9%
Snow Braking2nd24.1 M24 M+0.1 M99.59%
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18th: Fulda Kristall Control HP2

Fulda Kristall Control HP2
  • 225/45 R17
  • 3PMSF: no
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Wet Braking21st33.5 M29.2 M+4.3 M87.16%
Snow Braking5th24.3 M24 M+0.3 M98.77%
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19th: Debica Frigo HP2

Debica Frigo HP2
  • 225/45 R17
  • 3PMSF: no
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Wet Braking27th34.2 M29.2 M+5 M85.38%
Snow Braking2nd24.1 M24 M+0.1 M99.59%
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20th: Yokohama BluEarth Winter V905

Yokohama BluEarth Winter V905
  • 225/45 R17
  • 3PMSF: no
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Wet Braking16th32.5 M29.2 M+3.3 M89.85%
Snow Braking22nd26 M24 M+2 M92.31%
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21st: Barum Polaris 5

Barum Polaris 5
  • 225/45 R17
  • 3PMSF: no
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Wet Braking23rd33.9 M29.2 M+4.7 M86.14%
Snow Braking18th25 M24 M+1 M96%
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22nd: Maxxis Arctictrekker WP05

Maxxis Arctictrekker WP05
  • 225/45 R17
  • 3PMSF: no
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Wet Braking27th34.2 M29.2 M+5 M85.38%
Snow Braking15th24.8 M24 M+0.8 M96.77%
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23rd: Avon WV7

Avon WV7
  • 225/45 R17
  • 3PMSF: no
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Wet Braking15th32.4 M29.2 M+3.2 M90.12%
Snow Braking26th27 M24 M+3 M88.89%
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24th: Firestone Winterhawk 3

Firestone Winterhawk 3
  • 225/45 R17
  • 3PMSF: no
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Wet Braking27th34.2 M29.2 M+5 M85.38%
Snow Braking21st25.5 M24 M+1.5 M94.12%
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25th: Falken Eurowinter HS01

Falken Eurowinter HS01
  • 225/45 R17
  • 3PMSF: no
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Wet Braking23rd33.9 M29.2 M+4.7 M86.14%
Snow Braking23rd26.1 M24 M+2.1 M91.95%
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26th: Cooper Weather Master SA2+

Cooper Weather Master SA2 Plus
  • 225/45 R17
  • 3PMSF: no
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Wet Braking10th31.9 M29.2 M+2.7 M91.54%
Snow Braking28th28.3 M24 M+4.3 M84.81%
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27th: Toyo Snowprox S954

Toyo Snowprox S954
  • 225/45 R17
  • 3PMSF: no
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Wet Braking26th34 M29.2 M+4.8 M85.88%
Snow Braking25th26.7 M24 M+2.7 M89.89%
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28th: Seiberling Seilberling Winter

Seiberling Seilberling Winter
  • 225/45 R17
  • 3PMSF: no
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Wet Braking30th34.3 M29.2 M+5.1 M85.13%
Snow Braking27th27.3 M24 M+3.3 M87.91%
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29th: Dayton DW 510 Evo

Dayton DW 510 Evo
  • 225/45 R17
  • 3PMSF: no
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Wet Braking20th33.4 M29.2 M+4.2 M87.43%
Snow Braking29th28.7 M24 M+4.7 M83.62%
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30th: Imperial Snowdragon 3

Imperial Snowdragon 3
  • 225/45 R17
  • 3PMSF: no
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Wet Braking23rd33.9 M29.2 M+4.7 M86.14%
Snow Braking30th31.7 M24 M+7.7 M75.71%
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32nd: Mabor Winter Jet 3

Mabor  Winter Jet 3
  • 225/45 R17
  • 3PMSF: no
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Wet Braking31st34.7 M29.2 M+5.5 M84.15%
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33rd: Matador MP 92 Sibir Snow

Matador MP 92 Sibir Snow
  • 225/45 R17
  • 3PMSF: no
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Wet Braking32nd34.8 M29.2 M+5.6 M83.91%
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34th: Tyfoon Eurosnow II

Tyfoon Eurosnow II
  • 225/45 R17
  • 3PMSF: no
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Wet Braking32nd34.8 M29.2 M+5.6 M83.91%
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35th: General Altimax Winter 3

General Altimax Winter 3
  • 225/45 R17
  • 3PMSF: no
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Wet Braking34th34.9 M29.2 M+5.7 M83.67%
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36th: Gislaved Euro Frost 6

Gislaved Euro Frost 6
  • 225/45 R17
  • 3PMSF: no
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Wet Braking35th35.1 M29.2 M+5.9 M83.19%
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37th: Linglong Green Max Winter UHP

Linglong Green Max Winter UHP
  • 225/45 R17
  • 3PMSF: no
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37th: Linglong Green Max Winter UHP

Linglong Green Max Winter UHP
  • 225/45 R17
  • 3PMSF: no
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38th: Kenda Wintergen 2 KR501

Kenda Wintergen 2 KR501
  • 225/45 R17
  • 3PMSF: no
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Wet Braking36th35.3 M29.2 M+6.1 M82.72%
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39th: Giti GitiWinterW1

Giti GitiWinterW1
  • 225/45 R17
  • 3PMSF: no
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Wet Braking37th35.6 M29.2 M+6.4 M82.02%
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41st: Viking Wintech

Viking Wintech
  • 225/45 R17
  • 3PMSF: no
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Wet Braking38th35.8 M29.2 M+6.6 M81.56%
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42nd: Blacklion Snow Pioneer BW56

Blacklion Snow Pioneer BW56
  • 225/45 R17
  • 3PMSF: no
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Wet Braking39th36.7 M29.2 M+7.5 M79.56%
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43rd: Fortuna Winter Max A1

Fortuna Winter Max A1
  • 225/45 R17
  • 3PMSF: no
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Wet Braking41st36.9 M29.2 M+7.7 M79.13%
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44th: Sailun Iceblazer Alpine Evo

Sailun Iceblazer Alpine Evo
  • 225/45 R17
  • 3PMSF: no
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Wet Braking40th36.8 M29.2 M+7.6 M79.35%
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45th: King Meiler Winter Tact WT84

King-Meiler Winter Tact WT84
  • 225/45 R17
  • 3PMSF: no
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Wet Braking42nd37.4 M29.2 M+8.2 M78.07%
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46th: Duraturn Mozzo Winter

Duraturn Mozzo Winter
  • 225/45 R17
  • 3PMSF: no
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Wet Braking43rd37.6 M29.2 M+8.4 M77.66%
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46th: Duraturn Mozzo Winter

Duraturn Mozzo Winter
  • 225/45 R17
  • 3PMSF: no
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Wet Braking43rd37.6 M29.2 M+8.4 M77.66%
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53rd: Laufenn I FIT

Laufenn I FIT
  • 225/45 R17
  • 3PMSF: no
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Wet Braking44th39.4 M29.2 M+10.2 M74.11%
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