2020 Vi Bilagare Nordic Friction Winter Tyre Test

Dry BrakingBridgestone Blizzak Ice: 28.69 MNexen Winguard Ice Plus WH43: 32.28 M
Subj. Dry HandlingGoodyear UltraGrip Ice 2: 5 PointsNereus NS805 Plus: 1 Points
Wet BrakingGoodyear UltraGrip Ice 2: 34.41 MBridgestone Blizzak Ice: 43.12 M
Wet HandlingGoodyear UltraGrip Ice 2: 43.11 sBridgestone Blizzak Ice: 47.14 s
Straight AquaGoodyear UltraGrip Ice 2: 73.3 Km/HBridgestone Blizzak Ice: 61.4 Km/H
Snow BrakingNexen Winguard Ice Plus WH43: 11.3 MNereus NS805 Plus: 11.7 M
Snow HandlingContinental VikingContact 7: 72.25 sNereus NS805 Plus: 75.24 s
Ice BrakingNexen Winguard Ice Plus WH43: 2.54 MNereus NS805 Plus: 3.62 M
Ice HandlingContinental VikingContact 7: 48.82 sGoodyear UltraGrip Ice 2: 53.46 s
Subj. NoiseContinental VikingContact 7: 5 PointsNokian Hakkapeliitta R3: 2 Points
PriceNereus NS805 Plus: 682 Continental VikingContact 7: 1621
Rolling ResistanceMichelin X Ice Snow: 5.89 kg / tBridgestone Blizzak Ice: 6.2 kg / t
For their second winter test of 2020, the excellent Vi Bilagare have tested eight Nordic friction (studless) winter tyres.

As with the studded version, Vi Bilagare have performed a thorough test covering dry, wet, snow and ice, and should be considered one of the benchmarks for extreme winter testing in Europe. 

This test is particularly interesting as it has the new Michelin X-Ice Snow, Bridgestone Blizzak Ice, Pirelli Ice Zero FR and Nexen Winguard Ice Plus WH43 placed against the established Nordic winter tyres from Continental, Goodyear and Nokian.

Scroll down for the full results, and don't forget to checkout ViBilagare.se for the full details of the test!


While Nordic winter tyres aren't intended to have the best outright dry performance, dry braking is still a key safety test. In this test, the new Bridgestone Blizzak Ice proved to have the best grip, stopping the test vehicle nearly one meter sooner than the next best tyre on test, the Goodyear UltraGrip Ice 2.

The Goodyear was the best subjectively during dry handling, offering the best balance and high levels of grip.


Wet braking is another safety critical test, and again Goodyear was impressive, beating the rest of the group by nearly three meters. This sort of advantage is almost unheard of during wet braking.

The Goodyear retained its lead during wet handling, finishing the short lap over a second ahead of second placed Pirelli Ice Zero FR.

Impressively the Goodyear rounded out its wet performance with another clear win in straight line aquaplaning.


The new Nexen Winguard Ice Plus WH43 had a good lead in snow braking.

The snow specialist Continental VikingContact 7 took its first win during snow handling, outperforming the pack by a small margin. Interestingly the snow braking winning Nexen could only manage seventh.


Once again the Nexen proved to have an excellent braking ability, winning the ice braking testing by over half a meter.

Continental repeated its snow handling advantage, showing its rounded ability to also win ice handling.


The new Michelin X-Ice Snow had the lowest rolling resistance, but the group was close overall.

The Continental VikingContact 7 was the only tyre to score 5/5 in subjective noise and comfort testing.

The budget Nereus (also known as Firemax) was the cheapest tyre on test, however the performance in other testing reflected this.


1st: Continental VikingContact 7

Continental VikingContact 7
  • 205/60 R16
  • 3PMSF: no
Dry Braking3rd29.64 M28.69 M+0.95 M96.79%
Subj. Dry Handling3rd4 Points5 Points-1 Points80%
Wet Braking5th38.39 M34.41 M+3.98 M89.63%
Wet Handling5th44.99 s43.11 s+1.88 s95.82%
Straight Aqua4th64.1 Km/H73.3 Km/H-9.2 Km/H87.45%
Snow Braking2nd11.46 M11.3 M+0.16 M98.6%
Snow Handling1st72.25 s100%
Ice Braking2nd3.06 M2.54 M+0.52 M83.01%
Ice Handling1st48.82 s100%
Subj. Noise1st5 Points100%
Price8th1621 682 +939 42.07%
Rolling Resistance4th6.05 kg / t5.89 kg / t+0.16 kg / t97.36%
A near faultless nordic winter tyre, highest overall levels of grip in the ice and snow, combined with good grip in the dry and wet.

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2nd: Nokian Hakkapeliitta R3

Nokian Hakkapeliitta R3
  • 205/60 R16
  • 3PMSF: no
Dry Braking4th30.22 M28.69 M+1.53 M94.94%
Subj. Dry Handling5th3 Points5 Points-2 Points60%
Wet Braking4th38.15 M34.41 M+3.74 M90.2%
Wet Handling4th44.78 s43.11 s+1.67 s96.27%
Straight Aqua7th62.5 Km/H73.3 Km/H-10.8 Km/H85.27%
Snow Braking5th11.58 M11.3 M+0.28 M97.58%
Snow Handling3rd72.86 s72.25 s+0.61 s99.16%
Ice Braking3rd3.34 M2.54 M+0.8 M76.05%
Ice Handling2nd49.09 s48.82 s+0.27 s99.45%
Subj. Noise7th2 Points5 Points-3 Points40%
Price5th1465 682 +783 46.55%
Rolling Resistance3rd6.03 kg / t5.89 kg / t+0.14 kg / t97.68%
An excellent nordic winter tyre with strong ice grip, and a balanced performance in the snow, dry and wet.
Relatively high levels of noise, poor aquaplaning result.

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3rd: Goodyear UltraGrip Ice 2

Goodyear UltraGrip Ice 2
  • 205/60 R16
  • 3PMSF: no
Dry Braking2nd29.38 M28.69 M+0.69 M97.65%
Subj. Dry Handling1st5 Points100%
Wet Braking1st34.41 M100%
Wet Handling1st43.11 s100%
Straight Aqua1st73.3 Km/H100%
Snow Braking6th11.61 M11.3 M+0.31 M97.33%
Snow Handling6th73.6 s72.25 s+1.35 s98.17%
Ice Braking4th3.35 M2.54 M+0.81 M75.82%
Ice Handling8th53.46 s48.82 s+4.64 s91.32%
Subj. Noise2nd4 Points5 Points-1 Points80%
Price3rd1311 682 +629 52.02%
Rolling Resistance2nd5.94 kg / t5.89 kg / t+0.05 kg / t99.16%
Strongest tyre in the dry and wet, excellent choice for a nordic climate with less snow. Significant advantage in aquaplaning.
Average snow and ice handling with a difficult balance at the limit.

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4th: Pirelli Ice Zero FR

Pirelli Ice Zero FR
  • 205/60 R16
  • 3PMSF: no
Dry Braking5th30.3 M28.69 M+1.61 M94.69%
Subj. Dry Handling1st5 Points100%
Wet Braking3rd37.84 M34.41 M+3.43 M90.94%
Wet Handling2nd44.13 s43.11 s+1.02 s97.69%
Straight Aqua6th63.3 Km/H73.3 Km/H-10 Km/H86.36%
Snow Braking4th11.54 M11.3 M+0.24 M97.92%
Snow Handling4th73.09 s72.25 s+0.84 s98.85%
Ice Braking6th3.43 M2.54 M+0.89 M74.05%
Ice Handling3rd49.43 s48.82 s+0.61 s98.77%
Subj. Noise2nd4 Points5 Points-1 Points80%
Price4th1312 682 +630 51.98%
Rolling Resistance5th6.11 kg / t5.89 kg / t+0.22 kg / t96.4%
A good handling tyre with neutral balance, good in the wet.
Average aquaplaning resistance.

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5th: Nexen Winguard Ice+ WH43

Nexen Winguard Ice Plus WH43
  • 205/60 R16
  • 3PMSF: no
Dry Braking8th32.28 M28.69 M+3.59 M88.88%
Subj. Dry Handling6th2 Points5 Points-3 Points40%
Wet Braking6th39.2 M34.41 M+4.79 M87.78%
Wet Handling7th46.35 s43.11 s+3.24 s93.01%
Straight Aqua5th63.4 Km/H73.3 Km/H-9.9 Km/H86.49%
Snow Braking1st11.3 M100%
Snow Handling7th73.63 s72.25 s+1.38 s98.13%
Ice Braking1st2.54 M100%
Ice Handling4th49.83 s48.82 s+1.01 s97.97%
Subj. Noise2nd4 Points5 Points-1 Points80%
Price2nd982 682 +300 69.45%
Rolling Resistance7th6.18 kg / t5.89 kg / t+0.29 kg / t95.31%
God snow and ice grip with the best snow and ice braking distances, low noise, well priced.
Poor performance in the dry and wet, high rolling resistance.

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6th: Michelin X Ice Snow

Michelin X Ice Snow
  • 205/60 R16
  • 3PMSF: no
Dry Braking7th31.49 M28.69 M+2.8 M91.11%
Subj. Dry Handling3rd4 Points5 Points-1 Points80%
Wet Braking7th40.23 M34.41 M+5.82 M85.53%
Wet Handling3rd44.71 s43.11 s+1.6 s96.42%
Straight Aqua2nd65.3 Km/H73.3 Km/H-8 Km/H89.09%
Snow Braking6th11.61 M11.3 M+0.31 M97.33%
Snow Handling5th73.44 s72.25 s+1.19 s98.38%
Ice Braking5th3.39 M2.54 M+0.85 M74.93%
Ice Handling7th52.54 s48.82 s+3.72 s92.92%
Subj. Noise5th3 Points5 Points-2 Points60%
Price6th1542 682 +860 44.23%
Rolling Resistance1st5.89 kg / t100%
Good stability and precise handling in the dry and wet, very low rolling resistance.
Average performance in snow and ice.

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7th: Bridgestone Blizzak Ice

Bridgestone Blizzak Ice
  • 205/60 R16
  • 3PMSF: no
Dry Braking1st28.69 M100%
Subj. Dry Handling6th2 Points5 Points-3 Points40%
Wet Braking8th43.12 M34.41 M+8.71 M79.8%
Wet Handling8th47.14 s43.11 s+4.03 s91.45%
Straight Aqua8th61.4 Km/H73.3 Km/H-11.9 Km/H83.77%
Snow Braking3rd11.5 M11.3 M+0.2 M98.26%
Snow Handling2nd72.73 s72.25 s+0.48 s99.34%
Ice Braking7th3.54 M2.54 M+1 M71.75%
Ice Handling6th52.2 s48.82 s+3.38 s93.52%
Subj. Noise5th3 Points5 Points-2 Points60%
Price7th1586 682 +904 43%
Rolling Resistance8th6.2 kg / t5.89 kg / t+0.31 kg / t95%
Shortest dry braking on test, good snow braking.
Very long wet braking, poor wet handling, very low aquaplaning resistance, expensive to buy for performance.

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8th: Nereus NS805+

Nereus NS805 Plus
  • 205/60 R16
  • 3PMSF: no
Dry Braking6th30.78 M28.69 M+2.09 M93.21%
Subj. Dry Handling8th1 Points5 Points-4 Points20%
Wet Braking2nd37.29 M34.41 M+2.88 M92.28%
Wet Handling6th45.31 s43.11 s+2.2 s95.14%
Straight Aqua3rd65.2 Km/H73.3 Km/H-8.1 Km/H88.95%
Snow Braking8th11.7 M11.3 M+0.4 M96.58%
Snow Handling8th75.24 s72.25 s+2.99 s96.03%
Ice Braking8th3.62 M2.54 M+1.08 M70.17%
Ice Handling5th50.63 s48.82 s+1.81 s96.43%
Subj. Noise7th2 Points5 Points-3 Points40%
Price1st682 100%
Rolling Resistance6th6.14 kg / t5.89 kg / t+0.25 kg / t95.93%
Low price, short wet braking, good aquaplaning resistance, reasonable ice handling.
Very poor grip in snow, longest snow and ice braking.

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