2020 Studded Winter Tyre Test

Test Summary
Dry BrakingGT-Radial IcePro 3: 28.88 M
Nokian Nordman 7: 33.3 M
Subj. Dry HandlingMichelin X Ice North 4: 5 Points
Nokian Nordman 7: 2 Points
Wet BrakingGT-Radial IcePro 3: 33.87 M
Nokian Nordman 7: 38.91 M
Wet HandlingGT-Radial IcePro 3: 43.11 s
Nokian Nordman 7: 45.75 s
Straight AquaPirelli Ice Zero 2: 64.6 Km/H
Michelin X Ice North 4: 59.4 Km/H
Snow BrakingContinental IceContact 3: 10.5 M
GT-Radial IcePro 3: 10.73 M
Snow TractionPirelli Ice Zero 2: 3.62 s
Toyo Observe Ice Freezer: 3.92 s
Snow HandlingNokian Hakkapeliitta 9: 74.62 s
GT-Radial IcePro 3: 78.81 s
Ice BrakingNokian Hakkapeliitta 9: 3.43 M
GT-Radial IcePro 3: 5.31 M
Ice TractionMichelin X Ice North 4: 1.89 s
GT-Radial IcePro 3: 3.29 s
Ice HandlingMichelin X Ice North 4: 51.23 s
GT-Radial IcePro 3: 61.42 s
Subj. NoiseMichelin X Ice North 4: 5 Points
GT-Radial IcePro 3: 2 Points
Fuel ConsumptionMichelin X Ice North 4: 5.66 l/100km
GT-Radial IcePro 3: 5.78 l/100km
For the 2020 Vi Bilägare Winter studded tire test, the Swedish magazine has tested 8 of the most extreme studded winter tyres in 205/60 R16.

As this is a studded winter tyre test, the testers placed much more emphasis on snow and ice performance, so if you're in a region that sees a lot of compacted snow and ice on the road during normal winters, this is a very useful test.

Scroll down to see the full results.



The GT Radial IcePro 3 had a significant advantage during dry braking, with the next best Continental IceContact 3 nearly 2 meters behind.

The magazine didn't give dry handling lap times, instead just awarding the tyres subjective handling scores.


In the wet the GT Radial held onto its advantage, with the Pirelli Ice Zero 2 a meter behind in second place.

The GT Radial continued its advantage during a wet handling lap.

Pirelli and GT again scored well during straight aquaplaning testing.


GT Radial couldn't continue its wins in the braking test, this time finishing last during snow braking. It's not unusual for a tyre that performs well in the dry and wet to lack grip during snow and ice testing, however the Continental IceContact 3 proved to have a rounded ability.

Snow traction showed a similar story.

The winter specialists Nokian took their first win with the Hakkapeliita 9 during the important snow handling test.


Ice braking had the Nokian and Michelin leading with a significant advantage.

Michelin and Nokian continued to lead during the ice traction testing.

Rounding off their excellent snow performance, Michelin and Nokian also led in ice handling.


Michelin proved to have the lowest rolling resistance on test.

Michelin also had the lowest subjective noise, being the only tyre awarded 5/5.


1st: Michelin X Ice North 4

Michelin X Ice North 4
  • 205/60 R16 96T
  • Origin: Russia
Dry Braking7th+3.43 M89.38%
Subj. Dry Handling1st
Wet Braking3rd+1.19 M96.61%
Wet Handling7th+2.64 s94.23%
Straight Aqua8th-5.2 Km/H91.95%
Snow Braking1st100%
Snow Traction2nd+0.05 s98.64%
Snow Handling5th+1.07 s98.59%
Ice Braking2nd+0.04 M98.85%
Ice Traction1st100%
Ice Handling1st100%
Subj. Noise1st
Fuel Consumption1st100%
High grip on ice, good handling on dry asphalt, low noise level.
Low resistance to aquaplaning, relatively long braking distances on wet surfaces

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2nd: Continental IceContact 3

Continental IceContact 3
  • 205/60 R16 96T
  • Origin: Germany
Dry Braking2nd+1.87 M93.92%
Subj. Dry Handling3rd-2 Points
Wet Braking5th+3.05 M91.74%
Wet Handling2nd+0.66 s98.49%
Straight Aqua3rd-0.9 Km/H98.61%
Snow Braking1st100%
Snow Traction2nd+0.05 s98.64%
Snow Handling2nd+0.42 s99.44%
Ice Braking4th+0.77 M81.67%
Ice Traction4th+0.29 s86.7%
Ice Handling3rd+1.01 s98.07%
Subj. Noise2nd-1 Points
Fuel Consumption3rd+0.03 l/100km99.47%
Good ride quality on any type of surface.
Not the best ice performance on test.

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2nd: Nokian Hakkapeliitta 9

Nokian Hakkapeliitta 9
  • 205/60 R16 96T
  • Origin: Finland
Dry Braking6th+3.06 M90.42%
Subj. Dry Handling3rd-2 Points
Wet Braking5th+3.05 M91.74%
Wet Handling4th+1.01 s97.71%
Straight Aqua6th-2.5 Km/H96.13%
Snow Braking4th+0.08 M99.24%
Snow Traction5th+0.13 s96.53%
Snow Handling1st100%
Ice Braking1st100%
Ice Traction2nd+0.05 s97.42%
Ice Handling2nd+0.17 s99.67%
Subj. Noise5th-3 Points
Fuel Consumption6th+0.1 l/100km98.26%
High grip and good handling on snow and ice.
Insufficient grip in the dry, high noise.

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4th: Hankook Winter i pike RS2

Hankook Winter i pike RS2
  • 205/60 R16 96T
  • Origin: South Korea
Dry Braking4th+2.23 M92.83%
Subj. Dry Handling3rd-2 Points
Wet Braking4th+2.28 M93.69%
Wet Handling5th+1.64 s96.34%
Straight Aqua4th-1.7 Km/H97.37%
Snow Braking5th+0.1 M99.06%
Snow Traction6th+0.17 s95.51%
Snow Handling3rd+0.57 s99.24%
Ice Braking6th+1.25 M73.29%
Ice Traction3rd+0.19 s90.87%
Ice Handling4th+2.29 s95.72%
Subj. Noise3rd-2 Points
Fuel Consumption2nd+0.01 l/100km99.82%
Good grip on snow and ice, good braking in the dry and wet.
Unbalanced handling at the limit.

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5th: Pirelli Ice Zero 2

Pirelli Ice Zero 2
  • 205/60 R16 96T
  • Origin: Russia
Dry Braking3rd+2.14 M93.1%
Subj. Dry Handling2nd-1 Points
Wet Braking2nd+0.93 M97.33%
Wet Handling3rd+0.99 s97.76%
Straight Aqua1st100%
Snow Braking6th+0.21 M98.04%
Snow Traction1st100%
Snow Handling6th+1.12 s98.52%
Ice Braking7th+1.77 M65.96%
Ice Traction6th+0.53 s78.1%
Ice Handling6th+5.19 s90.8%
Subj. Noise3rd-2 Points
Fuel Consumption4th+0.05 l/100km99.12%
Good handling and braking on in the dry and wet.
Weak grip on ice, average snow handling.

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6th: Nokian Nordman 7

Nokian Nordman 7
  • 205/60 R16 96T
  • Origin: Russia
Dry Braking8th+4.42 M86.73%
Subj. Dry Handling7th-3 Points
Wet Braking8th+5.04 M87.05%
Wet Handling7th+2.64 s94.23%
Straight Aqua7th-2.9 Km/H95.51%
Snow Braking3rd+0.01 M99.9%
Snow Traction4th+0.1 s97.31%
Snow Handling3rd+0.57 s99.24%
Ice Braking5th+0.88 M79.58%
Ice Traction5th+0.33 s85.14%
Ice Handling5th+3.88 s92.96%
Subj. Noise5th-3 Points
Fuel Consumption5th+0.08 l/100km98.61%
Good performance on snow and ice, predictable behavior at the grip limit.
Poor braking performance and generally poor traction in the dry and wet, high fuel consumption, high noise.

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7th: Toyo Observe Ice Freezer

Toyo Observe Ice Freezer
  • 205/60 R16 96T
  • Origin: Malaysia
Dry Braking5th+2.72 M91.39%
Subj. Dry Handling3rd-2 Points
Wet Braking7th+3.31 M91.1%
Wet Handling6th+2.06 s95.44%
Straight Aqua5th-2.2 Km/H96.59%
Snow Braking6th+0.21 M98.04%
Snow Traction8th+0.3 s92.35%
Snow Handling7th+2.23 s97.1%
Ice Braking3rd+0.64 M84.28%
Ice Traction7th+0.91 s67.5%
Ice Handling7th+7.79 s86.8%
Subj. Noise5th-3 Points
Fuel Consumption6th+0.1 l/100km98.26%
Good handling at the limit.
Weak grip on snow and ice.

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8th: GT Radial IcePro 3

GT Radial IcePro 3
  • 205/60 R16 96T
  • Origin: China
Dry Braking1st100%
Subj. Dry Handling7th-3 Points
Wet Braking1st100%
Wet Handling1st100%
Straight Aqua2nd-0.5 Km/H99.23%
Snow Braking8th+0.23 M97.86%
Snow Traction7th+0.21 s94.52%
Snow Handling8th+4.19 s94.68%
Ice Braking8th+1.88 M64.6%
Ice Traction8th+1.4 s57.45%
Ice Handling8th+10.19 s83.41%
Subj. Noise5th-3 Points
Fuel Consumption8th+0.12 l/100km97.92%
Good braking in the dry and wet.
Weak grip on snow and ice, poor handling at the limit.

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