2020 Auto Bild Performance Winter Tyre Test

Test Summary
Dry BrakingMichelin Pilot Alpin 5: 41.9 M
Fulda Kristall Control HP2: 46.5 M
Dry HandlingApollo Aspire XP Winter: 110.6 Km/H
Cooper Weather Master SA2 Plus: 106.3 Km/H
Wet BrakingBridgestone Blizzak LM005: 47.3 M
Fulda Kristall Control HP2: 56.7 M
Wet HandlingMichelin Pilot Alpin 5: 74.4 Km/H
Fulda Kristall Control HP2: 69.6 Km/H
Straight AquaFulda Kristall Control HP2: 91.3 Km/H
General Altimax Winter 3: 81.9 Km/H
Snow BrakingMichelin Pilot Alpin 5: 24.3 M
Cooper Weather Master SA2 Plus: 26.1 M
Snow TractionGoodyear UltraGrip Performance Plus: 3098 N
Kleber Krisalp HP3: 2294 N
Snow HandlingDunlop Winter Sport 5: 61.5 Km/H
Cooper Weather Master SA2 Plus: 57.4 Km/H
NoiseBFGoodrich gForce Winter 2: 69.7 dB
Dunlop Winter Sport 5: 74.8 dB
WearMichelin Pilot Alpin 5: 47970 Km
Cooper Weather Master SA2 Plus: 29930 Km
ValueLaufenn I Fit Plus: 10.41 Price/1000
Pirelli Winter Sottozero 3: 16.22 Price/1000
Rolling ResistancePirelli Winter Sottozero 3: 6.95 kg / t
Vredestein Wintrac Pro: 8.85 kg / t
Following on from the 52 winter tyre braking test, the top 20 winter tyres in 245/45 R18 have been put through the usual Auto Bild winter tyre tests, to discover the best performance winter tyre for the 2020 season.

As usual there's a summer tyre for reference, so scroll down to see all the details of this mega test, and don't forget to check out the Auto Bild website for the full details of this epic winter tyre.

Dry

As always the case, the summer tyre had a significant advantage in dry braking, as the siped winter tyres can't provide enough block stiffness to match the summer tyre during an emergency stop.

The best of the winter tyres was the Michelin Pilot Alpin 5, nearly two meters ahead of the second placed Vredestein Wintrac Pro.

 

The summer tyre held the advantage in the dry handling testing, with the Apollo Aspire XP Winter moving up to the best of the winter tyres on test.

Wet

As winter tyre technology progresses, we are starting to see winter tyres outperform summer tyres in wet conditions, even when warm.

In this test, the Bridgestone Blizzak LM005 had an impressive advantage in the wet braking test, with the worst tyres taking nearly 10 meters longer to stop the car.

The Michelin, Continental and Semperit were all ahead of the summer tyre in the wet handling test.

Interestingly the summer tyre had a big advantage in straight aquaplaning, which is unusual for modern top tier summer tyres. This could indicate the chosen summer tyre was a second tier brand.

Snow

Unsurprisingly the summer tyre had no grip in the snow tests, and there was a near 2 meter spread between the best and worst winter tyre during snow braking.

The snow traction test was even worse for the summer tyre, with around 1/6 the traction performance of the best winter tyre.

The sister brands of Dunlop and Goodyear lead the snow handling tests.

Environment

As usual, Michelin had the best projected wear from the tyre, with the worst winter tyre having almost 50% of the projected mileage.

When you compare price against projected mileage, the well priced, low wear Laufenn tyre proved to have the best value.

Even though the Michelin had the best wear on test, it also had the most expensive purchase price making it one of the worst value tyres.

Pirelli and Bridgestone had the lowest impact on fuel use on test.

Auto Bild test external drive by noise, not internal cabin noise. In this test, the three Michelin brands proved to be the quietest tyres.

Results

1st: Michelin Pilot Alpin 5

Michelin Pilot Alpin 5
  • 245/45 R18
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking1st100%
Dry Handling2nd-0.1 Km/H99.91%
Wet Braking4th+2.6 M94.79%
Wet Handling1st100%
Straight Aqua14th-5.2 Km/H94.3%
Snow Braking1st100%
Snow Traction5th-93 N97%
Snow Handling9th-1.3 Km/H97.89%
Noise3rd+0.4 dB99.43%
Wear1st100%
Value19th+4.81 Price/100068.4%
Rolling Resistance8th+1.02 kg / t87.2%
Test winner with high levels of grip in the snow, dynamic wet and dry handling, short braking distances, very low wear, low rolling resistance.
High price.

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2nd: Bridgestone Blizzak LM005

Bridgestone Blizzak LM005
  • 245/45 R18
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking10th+2.5 M94.37%
Dry Handling5th-0.5 Km/H99.55%
Wet Braking1st100%
Wet Handling4th-0.5 Km/H99.33%
Straight Aqua11th-3.7 Km/H95.95%
Snow Braking2nd+0.2 M99.18%
Snow Traction2nd-69 N97.77%
Snow Handling3rd-0.3 Km/H99.51%
Noise9th+1.6 dB97.76%
Wear11th-7790 Km83.76%
Value15th+4.27 Price/100070.91%
Rolling Resistance2nd+0.4 kg / t94.56%
Convincing all round performance, excellent winter properties, good wet and dry handling, low rolling resistance.
Average wear.

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3rd: Goodyear UltraGrip Performance+

Goodyear UltraGrip Performance Plus
  • 245/45 R18
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking12th+2.8 M93.74%
Dry Handling3rd-0.2 Km/H99.82%
Wet Braking9th+6.4 M88.08%
Wet Handling10th-2.4 Km/H96.77%
Straight Aqua4th-1.7 Km/H98.14%
Snow Braking7th+0.5 M97.98%
Snow Traction1st100%
Snow Handling2nd-0.2 Km/H99.67%
Noise13th+3 dB95.87%
Wear10th-7380 Km84.62%
Value12th+3.14 Price/100076.83%
Rolling Resistance6th+0.88 kg / t88.76%
Excellent in the snow and on dry roads, safe characteristics on wet roads, good aquaplaning resistance.
Average comfort.

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4th: BFGoodrich gForce Winter 2

BFGoodrich gForce Winter 2
  • 245/45 R18
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking8th+2.3 M94.8%
Dry Handling15th-2.4 Km/H97.83%
Wet Braking7th+6 M88.74%
Wet Handling8th-1.8 Km/H97.58%
Straight Aqua6th-2.8 Km/H96.93%
Snow Braking4th+0.3 M98.78%
Snow Traction3rd-86 N97.22%
Snow Handling6th-0.8 Km/H98.7%
Noise1st100%
Wear3rd-3690 Km92.31%
Value10th+2.58 Price/100080.14%
Rolling Resistance13th+1.49 kg / t82.35%
Convincing winter tyre with good economy, good in the snow, good aquaplaning resistance and low wear.
Increased rolling resistance.

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4th: Kleber Krisalp HP3

Kleber Krisalp HP3
  • 245/45 R18
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking7th+2.2 M95.01%
Dry Handling14th-2.2 Km/H98.01%
Wet Braking9th+6.4 M88.08%
Wet Handling10th-2.4 Km/H96.77%
Straight Aqua8th-3.2 Km/H96.5%
Snow Braking4th+0.3 M98.78%
Snow Traction20th-804 N74.05%
Snow Handling8th-0.9 Km/H98.54%
Noise1st100%
Wear5th-4920 Km89.74%
Value7th+1.67 Price/100086.18%
Rolling Resistance18th+1.72 kg / t80.16%
Well priced with good performance level and safe handling in all weather, low wear.
High rolling resistance.

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6th: Hankook Winter i cept evo3

Hankook Winter i cept evo3
  • 245/45 R18
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking4th+2 M95.44%
Dry Handling6th-0.6 Km/H99.46%
Wet Braking5th+3.2 M93.66%
Wet Handling6th-1.2 Km/H98.39%
Straight Aqua5th-2.7 Km/H97.04%
Snow Braking11th+0.7 M97.2%
Snow Traction10th-208 N93.29%
Snow Handling9th-1.3 Km/H97.89%
Noise17th+4.5 dB93.94%
Wear13th-8200 Km82.91%
Value11th+2.92 Price/100078.09%
Rolling Resistance17th+1.64 kg / t80.91%
New winter profile with sporty performance on wet and dry roads, good in the snow, short snow and wet braking distances.
High rolling resistance.

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7th: Continental WinterContact TS 850 P

Continental WinterContact TS 850 P
  • 245/45 R18
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking19th+4.2 M90.89%
Dry Handling3rd-0.2 Km/H99.82%
Wet Braking3rd+2.4 M95.17%
Wet Handling1st100%
Straight Aqua12th-3.8 Km/H95.84%
Snow Braking14th+0.9 M96.43%
Snow Traction8th-172 N94.45%
Snow Handling4th-0.7 Km/H98.86%
Noise8th+1.5 dB97.89%
Wear4th-4510 Km90.6%
Value17th+4.32 Price/100070.67%
Rolling Resistance11th+1.31 kg / t84.14%
Wet specialist with sporty dynamic handling in all weather conditions, precise steering, very low wear.
Long dry braking distances, high price.

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8th: Dunlop Winter Sport 5

Dunlop Winter Sport 5
  • 245/45 R18
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking16th+3.7 M91.89%
Dry Handling10th-1.1 Km/H99.01%
Wet Braking14th+7.7 M86%
Wet Handling12th-2.7 Km/H96.37%
Straight Aqua3rd-1.6 Km/H98.25%
Snow Braking11th+0.7 M97.2%
Snow Traction9th-189 N93.9%
Snow Handling1st100%
Noise20th+5.1 dB93.18%
Wear7th-5330 Km88.89%
Value18th+4.36 Price/100070.48%
Rolling Resistance4th+0.64 kg / t91.57%
Balanced winter tyres with excellent grip in the snow, high aquaplaning resistance, good comfort.
Extended wet braking, high price.

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9th: Apollo Aspire XP Winter

Apollo Aspire XP Winter
  • 245/45 R18
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking4th+2 M95.44%
Dry Handling1st100%
Wet Braking13th+7.6 M86.16%
Wet Handling7th-1.6 Km/H97.85%
Straight Aqua6th-2.8 Km/H96.93%
Snow Braking15th+1 M96.05%
Snow Traction12th-222 N92.83%
Snow Handling12th-1.6 Km/H97.4%
Noise19th+5 dB93.31%
Wear15th-8610 Km82.05%
Value9th+2.42 Price/100081.14%
Rolling Resistance7th+1 kg / t87.42%
Good traction and short braking distances, good aquaplaning resistance, dynamic dry handling.
Extended wet braking.

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9th: Semperit Speed Grip 3

Semperit Speed Grip 3
  • 245/45 R18
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking9th+2.4 M94.58%
Dry Handling9th-1 Km/H99.1%
Wet Braking2nd+0.8 M98.34%
Wet Handling3rd-0.1 Km/H99.87%
Straight Aqua19th-8.3 Km/H90.91%
Snow Braking19th+1.7 M93.46%
Snow Traction15th-244 N92.12%
Snow Handling17th-1.9 Km/H96.91%
Noise15th+3.1 dB95.74%
Wear5th-4920 Km89.74%
Value7th+1.67 Price/100086.18%
Rolling Resistance9th+1.23 kg / t84.96%
Short braking distances and dynamic behavior in the wet, high mileage, good value.
Low aquaplaning resistance.

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11th: Fulda Kristall Control HP2

Fulda Kristall Control HP2
  • 245/45 R18
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking20th+4.6 M90.11%
Dry Handling19th-4.1 Km/H96.29%
Wet Braking20th+9.4 M83.42%
Wet Handling20th-4.8 Km/H93.55%
Straight Aqua1st100%
Snow Braking2nd+0.2 M99.18%
Snow Traction7th-156 N94.96%
Snow Handling4th-0.7 Km/H98.86%
Noise17th+4.5 dB93.94%
Wear8th-5740 Km88.03%
Value4th+1.19 Price/100089.74%
Rolling Resistance5th+0.72 kg / t90.61%
Good snow grip, good aquaplaning resistance, good levels of comfort, low wear.
Understeer in the wet and dry, extended wet braking.

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12th: Vredestein Wintrac Pro

Vredestein Wintrac Pro
  • 245/45 R18
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking2nd+1.8 M95.88%
Dry Handling7th-0.7 Km/H99.37%
Wet Braking6th+4.6 M91.14%
Wet Handling5th-0.7 Km/H99.06%
Straight Aqua9th-3.6 Km/H96.06%
Snow Braking9th+0.6 M97.59%
Snow Traction14th-229 N92.61%
Snow Handling14th-1.7 Km/H97.24%
Noise13th+3 dB95.87%
Wear11th-7790 Km83.76%
Value14th+4.15 Price/100071.5%
Rolling Resistance20th+1.9 kg / t78.53%
Balanced in all weather conditions, short snow braking distances, dynamic wet handling.
Average value, increased rolling resistance.

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13th: Giti GitiWinterW1

Giti GitiWinterW1
  • 245/45 R18
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking15th+3.4 M92.49%
Dry Handling16th-2.6 Km/H97.65%
Wet Braking14th+7.7 M86%
Wet Handling8th-1.8 Km/H97.58%
Straight Aqua17th-7.3 Km/H92%
Snow Braking16th+1.1 M95.67%
Snow Traction13th-224 N92.77%
Snow Handling18th-2 Km/H96.75%
Noise12th+2.4 dB96.67%
Wear9th-6150 Km87.18%
Value2nd+0.71 Price/100093.62%
Rolling Resistance12th+1.39 kg / t83.33%
Short braking distances and good traction on snow, dynamic wet handling, low wear, low price.
Average aquaplaning resistance, long wet braking.

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14th: Uniroyal MS+ 77

Uniroyal MS Plus 77
  • 245/45 R18
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking13th+3.3 M92.7%
Dry Handling13th-1.9 Km/H98.28%
Wet Braking8th+6.1 M88.58%
Wet Handling12th-2.7 Km/H96.37%
Straight Aqua9th-3.6 Km/H96.06%
Snow Braking11th+0.7 M97.2%
Snow Traction6th-108 N96.51%
Snow Handling6th-0.8 Km/H98.7%
Noise10th+1.7 dB97.62%
Wear19th-14350 Km70.09%
Value16th+4.31 Price/100070.72%
Rolling Resistance10th+1.28 kg / t84.45%
Good in the snow, high aquaplaning resistance, good levels of comfort.
Average wet grip, high wear.

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15th: Barum Polaris 5

Barum Polaris 5
  • 245/45 R18
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking13th+3.3 M92.7%
Dry Handling12th-1.3 Km/H98.82%
Wet Braking14th+7.7 M86%
Wet Handling15th-3.1 Km/H95.83%
Straight Aqua13th-4.1 Km/H95.51%
Snow Braking9th+0.6 M97.59%
Snow Traction16th-264 N91.48%
Snow Handling11th-1.5 Km/H97.56%
Noise6th+1.4 dB98.03%
Wear18th-12710 Km73.5%
Value6th+1.36 Price/100088.45%
Rolling Resistance16th+1.58 kg / t81.48%
Good in the snow and on dry roads, good aquaplaning reserves.
Long wet braking, average wear, high rolling resistance.

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16th: Nokian WR A4

Nokian WR A4
  • 245/45 R18
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking10th+2.5 M94.37%
Dry Handling8th-0.9 Km/H99.19%
Wet Braking11th+6.7 M87.59%
Wet Handling14th-3 Km/H95.97%
Straight Aqua18th-7.5 Km/H91.79%
Snow Braking17th+1.2 M95.29%
Snow Traction11th-215 N93.06%
Snow Handling19th-2.2 Km/H96.42%
Noise6th+1.4 dB98.03%
Wear17th-10660 Km77.78%
Value13th+3.39 Price/100075.43%
Rolling Resistance3rd+0.47 kg / t93.67%
Good snow qualities, good value.
Low levels of grip in the wet.

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16th: Laufenn I Fit+

Laufenn I Fit Plus
  • 245/45 R18
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking4th+2 M95.44%
Dry Handling18th-3.8 Km/H96.56%
Wet Braking19th+9.3 M83.57%
Wet Handling19th-4.4 Km/H94.09%
Straight Aqua16th-6.2 Km/H93.21%
Snow Braking7th+0.5 M97.98%
Snow Traction17th-271 N91.25%
Snow Handling14th-1.7 Km/H97.24%
Noise4th+0.9 dB98.73%
Wear2nd-3280 Km93.16%
Value1st100%
Rolling Resistance15th+1.57 kg / t81.57%
Balance performance in the dry, low noise, low rolling resistance.
Understeer in the snow, average aquaplaning resistance.

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18th: General Altimax Winter 3

General Altimax Winter 3
  • 245/45 R18
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking17th+3.8 M91.68%
Dry Handling17th-3.6 Km/H96.75%
Wet Braking18th+8.9 M84.16%
Wet Handling18th-4.3 Km/H94.22%
Straight Aqua20th-9.4 Km/H89.7%
Snow Braking6th+0.4 M98.38%
Snow Traction4th-92 N97.03%
Snow Handling16th-1.8 Km/H97.07%
Noise5th+1 dB98.59%
Wear15th-8610 Km82.05%
Value3rd+0.77 Price/100093.11%
Rolling Resistance14th+1.55 kg / t81.76%
Well priced with good snow performance, low noise.
Understeer in the wet and dry, average aquaplaning resistance.

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19th: Pirelli Winter Sottozero 3

Pirelli Winter Sottozero 3
  • 245/45 R18
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking2nd+1.8 M95.88%
Dry Handling10th-1.1 Km/H99.01%
Wet Braking14th+7.7 M86%
Wet Handling17th-3.9 Km/H94.76%
Straight Aqua15th-5.3 Km/H94.19%
Snow Braking18th+1.5 M94.19%
Snow Traction18th-273 N91.19%
Snow Handling12th-1.6 Km/H97.4%
Noise11th+2 dB97.21%
Wear13th-8200 Km82.91%
Value20th+5.81 Price/100064.18%
Rolling Resistance1st100%
Good in the snow and dry, low fuel use.
Average wet grip, high price, high wear.

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20th: Cooper Weather Master SA2+

Cooper Weather Master SA2 Plus
  • 245/45 R18
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking18th+4 M91.29%
Dry Handling20th-4.3 Km/H96.11%
Wet Braking11th+6.7 M87.59%
Wet Handling15th-3.1 Km/H95.83%
Straight Aqua2nd-1.5 Km/H98.36%
Snow Braking20th+1.8 M93.1%
Snow Traction19th-321 N89.64%
Snow Handling20th-4.1 Km/H93.33%
Noise15th+3.1 dB95.74%
Wear20th-18040 Km62.39%
Value5th+1.28 Price/100089.05%
Rolling Resistance19th+1.74 kg / t79.98%
Good aquaplaning resistance, low noise, low price.
Average grip in the snow, understeer in the dry, high wear.

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