2020 Auto Bild SUV Winter Tyre Test

The 2020 Auto Bild SUV Tyre test has tested ten crossover SUV / 4x4 winter tyres in the popular 225/55 R17 size, with a summer tyre included as a reference.

Of the ten tyres on test, the top four tyres were given the "Exemplary" award, which included the new Goodyear UltraGrip Performance+, the much improved Bridgestone Blizzak LM005, the new Michelin Alpin 6 and the Vredestein Wintrac Pro.

The test winning Goodyear had a good all round performance, with the testers noting the winter tyre felt precise and dynamic in all conditions. The Bridgestone LM005 performed well in the dry and wet to secure second place, while the joint third Michelin and Vredestein pair performed well in all tests, but either cost more to buy (Michelin) or used more fuel (Vredestein.)

Dunlop and Toyo finished fifth and sixth place overall, both being awarded the label "Good". The Dunlop was the strongest tyre in the snow on test, but was let down by the worst dry braking, while the Toyo struggled in the wet.

The final four tyres on test all struggled more in the wet than the best on test.

Dry

The reference summer tyre had a significant advantage in the dry tests, with the gap a huge 5.3 meters. While summer tyres always out performed all season and winter tyres in dry braking, it's rare we see a gap this big, which is probably lengthened by the extra weight and higher centre of gravity of the BMW X1 used for testing.

Dry handling kept the summer tyres advantage, with the Bridgestone performing extremely well from the winter tyres.

Wet

The Bridgestone took the top stop during the wet braking testing, with the gap between the summer tyre and the best winter tyre closing to 2.5 meters.

Vredestein proved to be the best winter tyre during wet handling, with the Duraturn again struggling to perform.

Budget tyres often perform well in aquaplaning testing, however the Duraturn struggled again, floating the X1 significantly earlier than the best on test by Maxxis.

Snow

The snow braking group was very close, with the Dunlop edging out the Uniroyal and Goodyear tyres.

Snow traction again had the Dunlop at the top of the test.

Dunlop rounded out the snow testing with a triple win, performing best in snow handling.

Environment

The Michelin was strangely noisy in this test, something we've not seen before for this tyre.

The summer tyre used the least fuel on test, with the Uniroyal a surprise best of the winter tyres.

Results

Be sure to check out the Auto Bild website for the full results.

1st: Goodyear UltraGrip Performance+

Goodyear UltraGrip Performance Plus
  • 225/55 R17
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking7th+1.7 M96.3%
Dry Handling5th-2.1 Km/H97.85%
Wet Braking3rd+2.2 M95.18%
Wet Handling3rd-0.6 Km/H99.32%
Straight Aqua7th-3.3 Km/H95.8%
Snow Braking3rd+0.3 M98.86%
Snow Traction2nd-5 N99.79%
Snow Handling3rd-0.2 Km/H99.66%
Noise7th+1.5 dB97.9%
Price8th+315 42.2%
Rolling Resistance6th+0.52 kg / t93.6%
Exemplary premium tyres with the best snow quality, high steering precision and dynamic handling properties in all weather conditions, short snow / wet braking distances, good comfort, fair price.
None mentioned.
Excellent.

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2nd: Bridgestone Blizzak LM005

Bridgestone Blizzak LM005
  • 225/55 R17
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking4th+1.2 M97.36%
Dry Handling1st100%
Wet Braking1st100%
Wet Handling4th-0.8 Km/H99.09%
Straight Aqua6th-3.2 Km/H95.92%
Snow Braking6th+0.8 M97.03%
Snow Traction5th-40 N98.32%
Snow Handling6th-1.2 Km/H97.95%
Noise2nd+0.3 dB99.57%
Price7th+275 45.54%
Rolling Resistance3rd+0.07 kg / t99.09%
Convincing all round performance, precise steering behavior, short snow and wet braking distances, dynamic dry handling, low external noise, good price / performance ratio.
None mentioned.
Excellent.

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3rd: Michelin Alpin 6

Michelin Alpin 6
  • 225/55 R17
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking2nd+0.5 M98.88%
Dry Handling4th-1.9 Km/H98.05%
Wet Braking4th+2.5 M94.55%
Wet Handling5th-1.7 Km/H98.06%
Straight Aqua5th-2.9 Km/H96.31%
Snow Braking9th+1.7 M93.88%
Snow Traction7th-60 N97.48%
Snow Handling8th-1.3 Km/H97.77%
Noise10th+3.8 dB94.84%
Price10th+385 37.4%
Rolling Resistance4th+0.25 kg / t96.82%
Premium tyres with stable handling qualities in all weather, excellent wet handling, precise steering with good feedback.
High price, increased pass-by noise.
Excellent.

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3rd: Vredestein Wintrac Pro

Vredestein Wintrac Pro
  • 225/55 R17
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking1st100%
Dry Handling6th-2.2 Km/H97.74%
Wet Braking2nd+1.3 M97.09%
Wet Handling1st100%
Straight Aqua4th-2.1 Km/H97.32%
Snow Braking7th+1.5 M94.57%
Snow Traction6th-55 N97.69%
Snow Handling6th-1.2 Km/H97.95%
Noise4th+0.7 dB99.01%
Price6th+270 46%
Rolling Resistance8th+1.24 kg / t85.99%
Balance winter tyres with dynamic driving characteristics on wet roads, high aquaplaning resistance, short wet braking distances, good comfort.
Slightly high rolling resistance.
Excellent.

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5th: Dunlop Winter Sport 5

Dunlop Winter Sport 5
  • 225/55 R17
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking10th+3 M93.64%
Dry Handling6th-2.2 Km/H97.74%
Wet Braking6th+3.8 M91.95%
Wet Handling2nd-0.5 Km/H99.43%
Straight Aqua3rd-1.7 Km/H97.83%
Snow Braking1st100%
Snow Traction1st100%
Snow Handling1st100%
Noise6th+1.4 dB98.04%
Price9th+360 38.98%
Rolling Resistance5th+0.51 kg / t93.72%
The winter king with best driving performance on snow, good aquaplaning resistance, precise steering behavior, dynamic wet handling.
Slightly longer dry braking distances.
Good.

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6th: Toyo Observe S 944

Toyo Observe S 944
  • 225/55 R17
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking5th+1.5 M96.72%
Dry Handling3rd-1.5 Km/H98.46%
Wet Braking5th+3.5 M92.54%
Wet Handling7th-3 Km/H96.58%
Straight Aqua9th-4.2 Km/H94.65%
Snow Braking7th+1.5 M94.57%
Snow Traction4th-35 N98.53%
Snow Handling9th-1.4 Km/H97.6%
Noise9th+2 dB97.22%
Price4th+235 49.46%
Rolling Resistance6th+0.52 kg / t93.6%
Balance with tyres with stable driving characteristics on snow covered and wet roads, high aquaplaning resistance.
Slow steering response and understeer in the wet.
Good.

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7th: Uniroyal MS+ 77

Uniroyal MS Plus 77
  • 225/55 R17
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking9th+2.6 M94.44%
Dry Handling8th-2.3 Km/H97.64%
Wet Braking8th+5.6 M88.57%
Wet Handling8th-3.1 Km/H96.46%
Straight Aqua2nd-1.1 Km/H98.6%
Snow Braking2nd+0.1 M99.62%
Snow Traction7th-60 N97.48%
Snow Handling4th-0.3 Km/H99.49%
Noise5th+1.2 dB98.31%
Price5th+240 48.94%
Rolling Resistance1st100%
Winter professional with very good driving characteristics in the snow, low rolling resistance.
Average wet grip, long wet and dry braking distances, understeer in wet handling.
Fair.

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8th: Maxxis Premitra Snow WP6

Maxxis Premitra Snow WP6
  • 225/55 R17
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking3rd+1.1 M97.57%
Dry Handling2nd-1.3 Km/H98.67%
Wet Braking7th+4.9 M89.86%
Wet Handling6th-2.4 Km/H97.26%
Straight Aqua1st100%
Snow Braking10th+1.8 M93.55%
Snow Traction10th-155 N93.5%
Snow Handling10th-1.9 Km/H96.75%
Noise8th+1.8 dB97.49%
Price3rd+155 59.74%
Rolling Resistance9th+1.34 kg / t85.03%
Best aquaplaning performance, short snow braking distances, stable dry handling, low price.
Longer wet braking distances, slow steering response, higher rolling resistance.
Fair.

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9th: Syron Everest 1 plus

Syron Everest 1 plus
  • 225/55 R17
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking5th+1.5 M96.72%
Dry Handling9th-2.8 Km/H97.13%
Wet Braking9th+6.5 M86.97%
Wet Handling9th-4 Km/H95.43%
Straight Aqua8th-3.7 Km/H95.29%
Snow Braking4th+0.5 M98.12%
Snow Traction3rd-30 N98.74%
Snow Handling5th-0.5 Km/H99.14%
Noise1st100%
Price2nd+80 74.19%
Rolling Resistance10th+2.11 kg / t78.29%
Good winter performance, low noise, low price.
Slow steering with average grip and understeer in the wet, long dry braking distances, high rolling resistance.
Not Recommended.

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10th: Duraturn Mozzo Winter

Duraturn Mozzo Winter
  • 225/55 R17
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking8th+1.9 M95.88%
Dry Handling10th-3 Km/H96.92%
Wet Braking10th+15.1 M74.19%
Wet Handling10th-7.9 Km/H90.98%
Straight Aqua10th-8 Km/H89.81%
Snow Braking5th+0.6 M97.75%
Snow Traction7th-60 N97.48%
Snow Handling2nd-0.1 Km/H99.83%
Noise3rd+0.5 dB99.29%
Price1st100%
Rolling Resistance2nd+0.06 kg / t99.22%
Inexpensive winter tyre with good snow qualities.
Low wet grip, low aquaplaning resistance, poor steering response, dangerously long wet and dry braking distances.
Not Recommended.

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