2021 ADAC 17 Inch Winter Tyre Test

Test Summary
Best tyre for dry roadsBridgestone Blizzak LM005
Best tyre for wet roadsBridgestone Blizzak LM005
Best tyre for snowDunlop Winter Sport 5
The best tyre overallDunlop Winter Sport 5
Michelin Alpin 6
The lowest fuel useESA Tecar Supergrip Pro
The best tyre for iceToyo Observe S 944
Nokian Snowproof P
Nexen WinGuard Sport 2
Firestone Winterhawk 4
The lowest wearMichelin Alpin 6
The quietest tyreNexen WinGuard Sport 2
ADAC tyre tests are some of the most influential in the world, and for the 2021 winter season ADAC have chosen to test eighteen 225/50 R17 tyres and sixteen 195/65 R15 winter tyres, across two tests. This article covers the 17" test, to see the 15" test please click here.

Surprisingly the Dunlop Winter Sport 5 tied for the lead with the Michelin Alpin 6. The Dunlop is now quite an old tyre, but he had some of the best grip in the snow, and very low rolling resistance.

The Michelin Alpin 6 was stronger in the dry and wet than the Dunlop, but couldn't match it in the snow and ice, and as usual the Michelin had the lowest wear on test.

The Dunlops sister tyre, the Goodyear UltraGrip Performance+ finished third with a slight weakness in the dry compared to the leading two tyres, and Kleber finished an impressive fourth considering its price point, with only a slight weakness in the wet.

Sadly, ADAC don't share any actual data with the public, but their scoring and testing notes can be found below.

Results

The overall results were weighted 15% dry, 30% wet, 20% snow, 10% ice, 5% noise, 10% fuel consumption and 10% rolling resistance.

1st: Dunlop Winter Sport 5

Dunlop Winter Sport 5
  • 225/50 R17
  1. Total: 58.4
  2. Dry: 7.2
  3. Wet: 7
  4. Snow: 9
  5. Ice: 7
  6. Rolling Resistance: 8.6
  7. Noise: 5.2
  8. Wear: 7
  9. Overall: 7.4
Balanced tyre, good performance on dry and wet roads, best on snow, low fuel consumption.
None mentioned.

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1st: Michelin Alpin 6

Michelin Alpin 6
  • 225/50 R17
  1. Total: 59.8
  2. Dry: 7.8
  3. Wet: 7.4
  4. Snow: 7.2
  5. Ice: 7.6
  6. Rolling Resistance: 7.6
  7. Noise: 5.8
  8. Wear: 9
  9. Overall: 7.4
Balanced tyre, good in the dry, wet, snow and ice, best mileage in wear test.
None mentioned.

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3rd: Goodyear UltraGrip Performance+

Goodyear UltraGrip Performance Plus
  • 225/50 R17
  1. Total: 56
  2. Dry: 7
  3. Wet: 7
  4. Snow: 7.6
  5. Ice: 7
  6. Rolling Resistance: 7.4
  7. Noise: 6
  8. Wear: 7
  9. Overall: 7
Short braking distances in the dry, good driving behavior on wet roads, good drivability on snow and ice.
Slight weaknesses in driving behavior on dry roads.

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4th: Kleber Krisalp HP3

Kleber Krisalp HP3
  • 225/50 R17
  1. Total: 58
  2. Dry: 7.2
  3. Wet: 6.6
  4. Snow: 8.6
  5. Ice: 7.6
  6. Rolling Resistance: 8
  7. Noise: 6.4
  8. Wear: 7
  9. Overall: 6.6
Good results in the dry, good snow properties, good properties on ice, low rolling noise.
Slight weaknesses in drivability on wet roads.

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5th: Bridgestone Blizzak LM005

Bridgestone Blizzak LM005
  • 225/50 R17
  1. Total: 55.6
  2. Dry: 8.2
  3. Wet: 8.4
  4. Snow: 6.4
  5. Ice: 7.2
  6. Rolling Resistance: 8
  7. Noise: 5.4
  8. Wear: 6
  9. Overall: 6
Good driving behavior on dry roads, best on wet roads.
Weaknesses in the drivability on snow, devaluation due to high wear.

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5th: Continental WinterContact TS 860

Continental WinterContact TS 860
  • 225/50 R17
  1. Total: 56.8
  2. Dry: 6
  3. Wet: 8.2
  4. Snow: 7.8
  5. Ice: 7.6
  6. Rolling Resistance: 8.2
  7. Noise: 6
  8. Wear: 7
  9. Overall: 6
Good in the wet, snow and ice.
Weakness on dry roads leading to devaluation.

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5th: Nexen WinGuard Sport 2

Nexen WinGuard Sport 2
  • 225/50 R17
  1. Total: 53.2
  2. Dry: 6.4
  3. Wet: 6.4
  4. Snow: 6.8
  5. Ice: 7.8
  6. Rolling Resistance: 7.2
  7. Noise: 6.6
  8. Wear: 6
  9. Overall: 6
Good dry braking, good on ice.
Weakness in drivability in the dry, weakness in the wet, slight weakness in the snow, devaluation due to high wear.

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5th: Vredestein Wintrac Pro

Vredestein Wintrac Pro
  • 225/50 R17
  1. Total: 54.6
  2. Dry: 7.4
  3. Wet: 7.4
  4. Snow: 7.6
  5. Ice: 7
  6. Rolling Resistance: 8
  7. Noise: 5.2
  8. Wear: 6
  9. Overall: 6
Good dry properties, good properties in the wet and snow.
Devaluation due to high wear.

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9th: Sava Eskimo HP2

Sava Eskimo HP2
  • 225/50 R17
  1. Total: 51.6
  2. Dry: 6
  3. Wet: 5.8
  4. Snow: 7.6
  5. Ice: 7.2
  6. Rolling Resistance: 8.2
  7. Noise: 4
  8. Wear: 7
  9. Overall: 5.8
Good on ice and snow, low fuel consumption.
Weakness in the dry and wet, loudest tyre on test.

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9th: ESA Tecar Supergrip Pro

ESA-Tecar Supergrip Pro
  • 225/50 R17
  1. Total: 55.2
  2. Dry: 5.8
  3. Wet: 6.4
  4. Snow: 7.8
  5. Ice: 7.4
  6. Rolling Resistance: 9.2
  7. Noise: 5.8
  8. Wear: 7
  9. Overall: 5.8
Best fuel consumption, good performance in snow and ice.
Weaknesses in driving behavior on dry and wet roads.

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11th: Fulda Kristall Control HP2

Fulda Kristall Control HP2
  • 225/50 R17
  1. Total: 51.4
  2. Dry: 5.6
  3. Wet: 6
  4. Snow: 7.2
  5. Ice: 7
  6. Rolling Resistance: 8.4
  7. Noise: 4.6
  8. Wear: 7
  9. Overall: 5.6
Good braking and traction on snow, low fuel consumption.
Weakness in the dry with long braking distances, weakness in the wet.

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12th: Firestone Winterhawk 4

Firestone Winterhawk 4
  • 225/50 R17
  1. Total: 55.4
  2. Dry: 5.4
  3. Wet: 7.8
  4. Snow: 8.2
  5. Ice: 7.8
  6. Rolling Resistance: 7.6
  7. Noise: 6.2
  8. Wear: 7
  9. Overall: 5.4
Good in the wet, snow and ice.
Weak on dry roads.

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12th: Nokian Snowproof P

Nokian Snowproof P
  • 225/50 R17
  1. Total: 54.4
  2. Dry: 7.6
  3. Wet: 5.4
  4. Snow: 6.6
  5. Ice: 7.8
  6. Rolling Resistance: 8.2
  7. Noise: 6.4
  8. Wear: 7
  9. Overall: 5.4
Good driving characteristics in the dry, shortest dry braking, best lateral force on ice.
Weakness on wet roads, weakness in the snow.

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12th: Pirelli Winter Sottozero 3

Pirelli Winter Sottozero 3
  • 225/50 R17
  1. Total: 51
  2. Dry: 5.4
  3. Wet: 6.2
  4. Snow: 8.8
  5. Ice: 6
  6. Rolling Resistance: 7.4
  7. Noise: 4.8
  8. Wear: 7
  9. Overall: 5.4
Good dry braking, best drivability in the snow.
Low drivability in the dry, weak in the wet.

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12th: Toyo Observe S 944

Toyo Observe S 944
  • 225/50 R17
  1. Total: 50.2
  2. Dry: 7
  3. Wet: 5.4
  4. Snow: 6.2
  5. Ice: 7.8
  6. Rolling Resistance: 7.2
  7. Noise: 5.2
  8. Wear: 6
  9. Overall: 5.4
Good in the dry and on ice.
Weak in the wet and on snow. Devaluation due to high wear.

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16th: Maxxis Premitra Snow WP6

Maxxis Premitra Snow WP6
  • 225/50 R17
  1. Total: 50.8
  2. Dry: 7.8
  3. Wet: 7.4
  4. Snow: 5.2
  5. Ice: 6.4
  6. Rolling Resistance: 7.6
  7. Noise: 5.2
  8. Wear: 6
  9. Overall: 5.2
Good results in the dry and wet.
Very weak on snow and ice, high wear.

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17th: Goodride Z507

Goodride Z507
  • 225/50 R17
  1. Total: 34.8
  2. Dry: 4.4
  3. Wet: 5.4
  4. Snow: 1
  5. Ice: 5.8
  6. Rolling Resistance: 7.8
  7. Noise: 4.4
  8. Wear: 5
  9. Overall: 1
Good dry braking.
Poor drivability in the dry, weak in the wet, very weak on snow, worst wear in the test.

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17th: Linglong Green Max Winter UHP

Linglong Green Max Winter UHP
  • 225/50 R17
  1. Total: 41.6
  2. Dry: 5
  3. Wet: 1
  4. Snow: 7.6
  5. Ice: 7.2
  6. Rolling Resistance: 7.4
  7. Noise: 5.4
  8. Wear: 7
  9. Overall: 1
Good on snow covered roads and ice.
Weak in the dry, very weak in the wet.

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