2020 Auto Zeitung Winter Tyre Test

The 2020 Auto Zeitung has tested fourteen winter tyres in 205/55 R16, including new winter tyres from Bridgestone, Goodyear and Maxxis, as well as a low cost retreaded tyre.

While all the tyres were tested in the dry, wet and snow, sadly Auto Zeitung didn't include any handling data, instead just providing subjective feel scoring. They do a really good job of talking about how the tyres performed in their full article, so we encourage you to head over to AutoZeitung.com and check out the full test where you can also see data such as slalom speeds which we've not included.

Overall, the results confirm the trend we're seeing in 2020, with the Bridgestone Blizzak LM005 taking a dominating win, largely thanks to it's incredible wet performance which saw it stopping 3.4 meters ahead of the second best tyre in wet braking!

The should-have-been-replaced-by-now Continental WinterContact TS860 finished a solid second, with the Goodyear UltraGrip 9+ taking third, matching the excellent performances of the larger Goodyear UltraGrip Performance+.

Dry

Dry braking was won by Hankook, showing an impressive advantage over the next best Bridgestone.

Subjectively, the testers liked the feel of the Toyo, which was also the fastest tyre through the dry slalom.

Wet

The Bridgestone had a huge advantage during wet braking, stopping the test Golf 3.4 meters ahead of the second best Continental. While the Toyo struggled, it was still nearly 7 meters ahead of the retreaded winter tyre.

Subjective wet handling had a similar order to wet braking, highlighting the advantage of having grip when driving quickly...

Hankook and Bridgestone scored best during the aquaplaning testing, which is even more impressive when you consider the braking performance of the tyres.

Snow

While the Fulda tyre struggled in the dry and wet, it was impressive during snow braking, finishing joint top with the aging Dunlop WinterSport 5.

Bridgestone rounded out its impressive performance by scoring the best during subjective snow handling.

The snow traction test was won by Goodyear.

Environment

The snow expert Fulda had the lowest rolling resistance on test.

The best tyres on test overall are also some of the best during subjective comfort testing.

Results

1st: Bridgestone Blizzak LM005

Bridgestone Blizzak LM005
  • 205/55 R16
  • EU Label: C/A/71
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking2nd+0.7 M98.49%
Subj. Dry Handling2nd-1 Points
Wet Braking1st100%
Subj. Wet Handling2nd-1 Points
Straight Aqua2nd-2.4 Km/H97.18%
Snow Braking4th+0.3 M98.85%
Snow Traction2nd-18 N99.18%
Subj. Snow Handling1st
Subj. Comfort3rd-1 Points
Price12th+170 50%
Rolling Resistance4th+0.34 kg / t95.95%
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2nd: Continental WinterContact TS 860

Continental WinterContact TS 860
  • 205/55 R16
  • EU Label: C/B/72
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking11th+2.9 M94.05%
Subj. Dry Handling7th-4 Points
Wet Braking2nd+3.4 M93.74%
Subj. Wet Handling1st
Straight Aqua5th-5 Km/H94.13%
Snow Braking3rd+0.2 M99.23%
Snow Traction6th-47 N97.86%
Subj. Snow Handling2nd-1 Points
Subj. Comfort3rd-1 Points
Price12th+170 50%
Rolling Resistance5th+0.41 kg / t95.16%
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3rd: Goodyear UltraGrip 9+

Goodyear UltraGrip 9 Plus
  • 205/55 R16
  • EU Label: C/B/69
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking10th+2.6 M94.63%
Subj. Dry Handling3rd-2 Points
Wet Braking5th+4.5 M91.88%
Subj. Wet Handling5th-5 Points
Straight Aqua3rd-2.9 Km/H96.6%
Snow Braking6th+0.4 M98.47%
Snow Traction1st100%
Subj. Snow Handling2nd-1 Points
Subj. Comfort1st
Price10th+150 53.13%
Rolling Resistance3rd+0.2 kg / t97.58%
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4th: Hankook Winter i cept RS2

Hankook Winter i cept RS2
  • 205/55 R16
  • EU Label: E/B/72
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking1st100%
Subj. Dry Handling3rd-2 Points
Wet Braking4th+4.2 M92.38%
Subj. Wet Handling5th-5 Points
Straight Aqua1st100%
Snow Braking4th+0.3 M98.85%
Snow Traction3rd-22 N99%
Subj. Snow Handling7th-4 Points
Subj. Comfort3rd-1 Points
Price5th+110 60.71%
Rolling Resistance10th+1.06 kg / t88.38%
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5th: Michelin Alpin 6

Michelin Alpin 6
  • 205/55 R16
  • EU Label: C/B/69
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking5th+1.7 M96.42%
Subj. Dry Handling9th-5 Points
Wet Braking3rd+3.5 M93.57%
Subj. Wet Handling3rd-2 Points
Straight Aqua10th-8.7 Km/H89.79%
Snow Braking8th+0.5 M98.09%
Snow Traction5th-41 N98.13%
Subj. Snow Handling6th-3 Points
Subj. Comfort1st
Price14th+210 44.74%
Rolling Resistance6th+0.42 kg / t95.05%
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6th: Dunlop Winter Sport 5

Dunlop Winter Sport 5
  • 205/55 R16
  • EU Label: C/B/69
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking12th+3 M93.85%
Subj. Dry Handling6th-3 Points
Wet Braking7th+4.6 M91.71%
Subj. Wet Handling5th-5 Points
Straight Aqua9th-8.5 Km/H90.02%
Snow Braking1st100%
Snow Traction9th-61 N97.22%
Subj. Snow Handling4th-2 Points
Subj. Comfort3rd-1 Points
Price11th+160 51.52%
Rolling Resistance2nd+0.11 kg / t98.65%
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7th: Pirelli Cinturato Winter

Pirelli Cinturato Winter
  • 205/55 R16
  • EU Label: E/B/69
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking9th+2.5 M94.82%
Subj. Dry Handling12th-6 Points
Wet Braking8th+6 M89.46%
Subj. Wet Handling8th-6 Points
Straight Aqua4th-3.2 Km/H96.24%
Snow Braking9th+0.6 M97.72%
Snow Traction4th-23 N98.95%
Subj. Snow Handling4th-2 Points
Subj. Comfort11th-5 Points
Price7th+130 56.67%
Rolling Resistance9th+0.82 kg / t90.77%
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8th: Falken Eurowinter HS01

Falken Eurowinter HS01
  • 205/55 R16
  • EU Label: E/B/70
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking4th+1.4 M97.03%
Subj. Dry Handling3rd-2 Points
Wet Braking9th+6.2 M89.14%
Subj. Wet Handling9th-7 Points
Straight Aqua7th-5.9 Km/H93.08%
Snow Braking10th+0.8 M96.98%
Snow Traction12th-115 N94.76%
Subj. Snow Handling9th-6 Points
Subj. Comfort9th-4 Points
Price5th+110 60.71%
Rolling Resistance11th+1.15 kg / t87.51%
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8th: Maxxis Premitra Snow WP6

Maxxis Premitra Snow WP6
  • 205/55 R16
  • EU Label: E/B/70
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking6th+1.9 M96.02%
Subj. Dry Handling7th-4 Points
Wet Braking5th+4.5 M91.88%
Subj. Wet Handling4th-4 Points
Straight Aqua6th-5.3 Km/H93.78%
Snow Braking10th+0.8 M96.98%
Snow Traction7th-49 N97.77%
Subj. Snow Handling11th-8 Points
Subj. Comfort8th-3 Points
Price7th+130 56.67%
Rolling Resistance14th+1.36 kg / t85.56%
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10th: Fulda Kristall Control HP2

Fulda Kristall Control HP2
  • 205/55 R16
  • EU Label: C/B/71
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking13th+4.3 M91.42%
Subj. Dry Handling12th-6 Points
Wet Braking10th+7.3 M87.46%
Subj. Wet Handling12th-9 Points
Straight Aqua11th-10.2 Km/H88.03%
Snow Braking1st100%
Snow Traction10th-70 N96.81%
Subj. Snow Handling8th-5 Points
Subj. Comfort9th-4 Points
Price7th+130 56.67%
Rolling Resistance1st100%
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11th: Nexen Winguard Snow G3

Nexen Winguard Snow G3
  • 205/55 R16
  • EU Label: E/B/72
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking3rd+0.9 M98.07%
Subj. Dry Handling9th-5 Points
Wet Braking12th+8.2 M86.13%
Subj. Wet Handling10th-8 Points
Straight Aqua12th-13.4 Km/H84.27%
Snow Braking10th+0.8 M96.98%
Snow Traction8th-55 N97.49%
Subj. Snow Handling10th-7 Points
Subj. Comfort7th-2 Points
Price3rd+50 77.27%
Rolling Resistance8th+0.75 kg / t91.49%
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12th: Toyo Snowprox S954

Toyo Snowprox S954
  • 205/55 R16
  • EU Label: E/B/71
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking7th+2 M95.82%
Subj. Dry Handling1st
Wet Braking13th+10.6 M82.76%
Subj. Wet Handling12th-9 Points
Straight Aqua8th-8 Km/H90.61%
Snow Braking14th+1.6 M94.14%
Snow Traction13th-126 N94.25%
Subj. Snow Handling13th-9 Points
Subj. Comfort13th-6 Points
Price4th+60 73.91%
Rolling Resistance13th+1.35 kg / t85.65%
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13th: Goodride SW608

Goodride SW608
  • 205/55 R16
  • EU Label: C/C/72
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking7th+2 M95.82%
Subj. Dry Handling14th-7 Points
Wet Braking11th+7.7 M86.86%
Subj. Wet Handling10th-8 Points
Straight Aqua13th-14.1 Km/H83.45%
Snow Braking6th+0.4 M98.47%
Snow Traction14th-154 N92.98%
Subj. Snow Handling11th-8 Points
Subj. Comfort11th-5 Points
Price2nd+30 85%
Rolling Resistance7th+0.68 kg / t92.22%
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14th: King Meiler Winter Tact WT81

King-Meiler Winter Tact WT81
  • 205/55 R16
  • EU Label: E/C/72
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking13th+4.3 M91.42%
Subj. Dry Handling9th-5 Points
Wet Braking14th+16.4 M75.63%
Subj. Wet Handling12th-9 Points
Straight Aqua14th-18.1 Km/H78.76%
Snow Braking13th+1.3 M95.19%
Snow Traction11th-106 N95.17%
Subj. Snow Handling13th-9 Points
Subj. Comfort14th-9 Points
Price1st100%
Rolling Resistance12th+1.16 kg / t87.42%
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