2021 Auto Bild Sports Car Winter Tyre Test

Dry BrakingMichelin Pilot Alpin 5: 41.4 MContinental WinterContact TS 850 P: 44.6 M
Dry HandlingMichelin Pilot Alpin 5: 102.9 Km/HGoodyear UltraGrip Performance Plus: 99 Km/H
Wet BrakingBridgestone Blizzak LM005: 49 MNankang SV2: 65.4 M
Wet HandlingBridgestone Blizzak LM005: 72.9 Km/HNankang SV2: 62.7 Km/H
Wet CircleBridgestone Blizzak LM005: 12.41 sNankang SV2: 13.53 s
Straight AquaMichelin Pilot Alpin 5: 97.5 Km/HDunlop Winter Sport 5: 90.4 Km/H
Curved AquaplaningHankook Winter i cept evo3: 4.22 m/sec2Vredestein Quatrac Pro: 3.13 m/sec2
Snow BrakingBFGoodrich gForce Winter 2: 30.7 MNankang SV2: 36.9 M
Snow TractionBFGoodrich gForce Winter 2: 2975 NToyo Snowprox S954: 2353 N
Snow HandlingBFGoodrich gForce Winter 2: 44.7 Km/HToyo Snowprox S954: 39.3 Km/H
Snow SlalomMichelin Pilot Alpin 5: 3.89 m/sec2Vredestein Quatrac Pro: 3.26 m/sec2
NoiseBFGoodrich gForce Winter 2: 72.4 dBDunlop Winter Sport 5: 75.4 dB
PriceNexen WinGuard Sport 2: 430 Michelin Pilot Alpin 5: 700
Rolling ResistanceBridgestone Blizzak LM005: 7.91 kg / tFalken Eurowinter HS01: 10.22 kg / t
The 2021 Auto Bild Sportscars winter tyre test has tested twelve of the best winter tyres in 245/40 R18 size using a Mercedes C Class, AND have included a summer and all season tyre as reference.

This is exceptionally useful for those of us wondering whether to fit winter or all season tyres for the bigger while size, and for a change Auto Bild named the all season tyre used, it's the Vredestein Quatrac Pro. 

There are however some drawbacks to the single reference tyre. The Quatrac Pro is an older patter now, and certainly not the best all season tyre on the market anymore. This means while it was good in the dry, it didn't beat all the winter tyres as you'd expect (the Michelin CrossClimate 2 certainly would have), it struggled in the wet, and if you'd expected it to come last in a group of winter tyres in the snow tests, you're also in for a surprise.

Sadly Auto Bild didn't name the summer reference tyre, but this was unusually good in aquaplaning, and one of the best in the dry and wet.

There were also some nice synergies between this test and the Tyre Reviews Winter Tyre Test, with the Michelin Pilot Alpin 5 and Hankook Winter Icept Evo 3 performing amongst the best in both tests, and the Bridgestone Blizzak LM005 being the wet specialist of the group.

Dry

As in the Tyre Reviews test, the Michelin Pilot Alpin 5 was the best in both dry tests, beating even the all season tyre, but still significantly weaker than the summer reference which was nearly four meters ahead.

The order of results was also the same in dry handling, with the reference summer tyre leading Michelin and the all season Vredestein Quatrac Pro, with the Toyo SnowProx S954 in fourth.

Wet

Wet braking retained the summer tyres advantage, but this time the gap was closer at two meters shorter stopping distance. The difference between the best and worst winter tyre was fifteen meters from 100kph (62mph) which is a vast difference.

The Bridgestone Blizzak LM005 managed to edge out the summer tyre around the wet handling lap.

The summer tyre regained its lead to be the best in straight aquaplaning, leading the best winter tyre by quite a margin.

Snow

Snow braking once again had the BF Goodrich gForce Winter being the best winter tyre on snow, leading the consistent Hankook Winter Icept evo 3 and Dunlop WinterSport 5.

BFGoodrich continued its advantage during the snow traction test.

Snow handling rounded out the trio of wins for BFGoodrich, while the Nankang SV2 and Toyo Snowprox S954 continued to perform poorly in all snow tests.

Environment

The BFGoodrich was also the quietest tyre on test, with the Nexen WinGuard Sport 2 following closely. In this test, every winter and all season tyre were quieter than the summer tyre.

The Bridgestone had the lowest rolling resistance on test, beating the summer tyre. The all season tyre finished midpack.

There was a difference of 270 euros between the cheapest and most expensive tyres, and as always, the cheapest were amongst the worst performing on test.

Results

1st: Hankook Winter i cept evo3

Hankook Winter i cept evo3
  • 245/40 R18 97V
  • EU Label: C/B/72
  • 3PMSF: no
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Dry Braking8th43.9 M41.4 M+2.5 M94.31%
Dry Handling6th101 Km/H102.9 Km/H-1.9 Km/H98.15%
Wet Braking2nd49.7 M49 M+0.7 M98.59%
Wet Handling3rd71.9 Km/H72.9 Km/H-1 Km/H98.63%
Wet Circle5th12.65 s12.41 s+0.24 s98.1%
Straight Aqua3rd97.4 Km/H97.5 Km/H-0.1 Km/H99.9%
Curved Aquaplaning1st4.22 m/sec2100%
Snow Braking2nd31.7 M30.7 M+1 M96.85%
Snow Traction3rd2800 N2975 N-175 N94.12%
Snow Handling2nd44.6 Km/H44.7 Km/H-0.1 Km/H99.78%
Snow Slalom5th3.73 m/sec23.89 m/sec2-0.16 m/sec295.89%
Noise11th74.7 dB72.4 dB+2.3 dB96.92%
Price4th495 430 +65 86.87%
Rolling Resistance7th8.74 kg / t7.91 kg / t+0.83 kg / t90.5%
Excellent performance in the snow and rain, good aquaplaning resistance, dynamic handling and short braking distances on snowy and wet roads, very good value for money.
None mentioned.

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1st: Michelin Pilot Alpin 5

Michelin Pilot Alpin 5
  • 245/40 R18 97V
  • EU Label: D/B/70
  • 3PMSF: no
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Dry Braking1st41.4 M100%
Dry Handling1st102.9 Km/H100%
Wet Braking3rd49.8 M49 M+0.8 M98.39%
Wet Handling2nd72 Km/H72.9 Km/H-0.9 Km/H98.77%
Wet Circle4th12.57 s12.41 s+0.16 s98.73%
Straight Aqua1st97.5 Km/H100%
Curved Aquaplaning5th3.82 m/sec24.22 m/sec2-0.4 m/sec290.52%
Snow Braking5th32 M30.7 M+1.3 M95.94%
Snow Traction8th2687 N2975 N-288 N90.32%
Snow Handling3rd44.3 Km/H44.7 Km/H-0.4 Km/H99.11%
Snow Slalom1st3.89 m/sec2100%
Noise3rd72.8 dB72.4 dB+0.4 dB99.45%
Price12th700 430 +270 61.43%
Rolling Resistance2nd8.43 kg / t7.91 kg / t+0.52 kg / t93.83%
An excellent winter tyre with exemplary driving properties in all weather conditions, precise steering behavior, short braking distances.
Expensive.

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3rd: Vredestein Wintrac Pro

Vredestein Wintrac Pro
  • 245/40 R18 97V
  • EU Label: D/B/72
  • 3PMSF: no
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Dry Braking5th43.2 M41.4 M+1.8 M95.83%
Dry Handling8th100.8 Km/H102.9 Km/H-2.1 Km/H97.96%
Wet Braking6th51 M49 M+2 M96.08%
Wet Handling5th71.7 Km/H72.9 Km/H-1.2 Km/H98.35%
Wet Circle6th12.67 s12.41 s+0.26 s97.95%
Straight Aqua4th97.2 Km/H97.5 Km/H-0.3 Km/H99.69%
Curved Aquaplaning2nd4.04 m/sec24.22 m/sec2-0.18 m/sec295.73%
Snow Braking8th32.3 M30.7 M+1.6 M95.05%
Snow Traction6th2705 N2975 N-270 N90.92%
Snow Handling5th44 Km/H44.7 Km/H-0.7 Km/H98.43%
Snow Slalom3rd3.81 m/sec23.89 m/sec2-0.08 m/sec297.94%
Noise10th74.6 dB72.4 dB+2.2 dB97.05%
Price6th535 430 +105 80.37%
Rolling Resistance12th9.38 kg / t7.91 kg / t+1.47 kg / t84.33%
Convincing all-round talent with very good winter and wet qualities, stable wet and dry handling, low price level.
Average ride comfort.

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4th: Bridgestone Blizzak LM005

Bridgestone Blizzak LM005
  • 245/40 R18 97V
  • EU Label: C/A/72
  • 3PMSF: no
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Dry Braking4th43.1 M41.4 M+1.7 M96.06%
Dry Handling4th101.6 Km/H102.9 Km/H-1.3 Km/H98.74%
Wet Braking1st49 M100%
Wet Handling1st72.9 Km/H100%
Wet Circle1st12.41 s100%
Straight Aqua13th90.8 Km/H97.5 Km/H-6.7 Km/H93.13%
Curved Aquaplaning8th3.73 m/sec24.22 m/sec2-0.49 m/sec288.39%
Snow Braking7th32.2 M30.7 M+1.5 M95.34%
Snow Traction7th2688 N2975 N-287 N90.35%
Snow Handling8th43 Km/H44.7 Km/H-1.7 Km/H96.2%
Snow Slalom6th3.72 m/sec23.89 m/sec2-0.17 m/sec295.63%
Noise6th73.4 dB72.4 dB+1 dB98.64%
Price11th615 430 +185 69.92%
Rolling Resistance1st7.91 kg / t100%
Snow professional with convincing performance on wet and dry surfaces, short wet braking distances, precise wet and dry handling.
Moderate aquaplaning properties.

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5th: Dunlop Winter Sport 5

Dunlop Winter Sport 5
  • 245/40 R18 97V
  • EU Label: C/B/72
  • 3PMSF: no
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Dry Braking7th43.6 M41.4 M+2.2 M94.95%
Dry Handling12th99.3 Km/H102.9 Km/H-3.6 Km/H96.5%
Wet Braking9th52.4 M49 M+3.4 M93.51%
Wet Handling7th70.3 Km/H72.9 Km/H-2.6 Km/H96.43%
Wet Circle8th12.73 s12.41 s+0.32 s97.49%
Straight Aqua14th90.4 Km/H97.5 Km/H-7.1 Km/H92.72%
Curved Aquaplaning4th3.84 m/sec24.22 m/sec2-0.38 m/sec291%
Snow Braking3rd31.8 M30.7 M+1.1 M96.54%
Snow Traction2nd2824 N2975 N-151 N94.92%
Snow Handling4th44.1 Km/H44.7 Km/H-0.6 Km/H98.66%
Snow Slalom7th3.71 m/sec23.89 m/sec2-0.18 m/sec295.37%
Noise13th75.4 dB72.4 dB+3 dB96.02%
Price9th590 430 +160 72.88%
Rolling Resistance4th8.51 kg / t7.91 kg / t+0.6 kg / t92.95%
Excellent performance in the snow, short wet and dry braking distances, pleasant comfort, low rolling resistance.
Understeer in the dry.

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5th: Goodyear UltraGrip Performance+

Goodyear UltraGrip Performance Plus
  • 245/40 R18 97V
  • EU Label: D/C/72
  • 3PMSF: no
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Dry Braking6th43.5 M41.4 M+2.1 M95.17%
Dry Handling13th99 Km/H102.9 Km/H-3.9 Km/H96.21%
Wet Braking8th52.1 M49 M+3.1 M94.05%
Wet Handling10th69.9 Km/H72.9 Km/H-3 Km/H95.88%
Wet Circle7th12.7 s12.41 s+0.29 s97.72%
Straight Aqua9th94.1 Km/H97.5 Km/H-3.4 Km/H96.51%
Curved Aquaplaning3rd3.92 m/sec24.22 m/sec2-0.3 m/sec292.89%
Snow Braking6th32.1 M30.7 M+1.4 M95.64%
Snow Traction4th2789 N2975 N-186 N93.75%
Snow Handling5th44 Km/H44.7 Km/H-0.7 Km/H98.43%
Snow Slalom8th3.66 m/sec23.89 m/sec2-0.23 m/sec294.09%
Noise12th75.1 dB72.4 dB+2.7 dB96.4%
Price9th590 430 +160 72.88%
Rolling Resistance3rd8.46 kg / t7.91 kg / t+0.55 kg / t93.5%
Winter specialist with sporty driving qualities on snow, good aquaplaning qualities, low rolling resistance.
Understeer in the dry.

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7th: Continental WinterContact TS 850 P

Continental WinterContact TS 850 P
  • 245/40 R18 97V
  • EU Label: C/A/72
  • 3PMSF: no
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Dry Braking13th44.6 M41.4 M+3.2 M92.83%
Dry Handling7th100.9 Km/H102.9 Km/H-2 Km/H98.06%
Wet Braking4th50.2 M49 M+1.2 M97.61%
Wet Handling3rd71.9 Km/H72.9 Km/H-1 Km/H98.63%
Wet Circle2nd12.44 s12.41 s+0.03 s99.76%
Straight Aqua10th93.6 Km/H97.5 Km/H-3.9 Km/H96%
Curved Aquaplaning11th3.62 m/sec24.22 m/sec2-0.6 m/sec285.78%
Snow Braking9th32.7 M30.7 M+2 M93.88%
Snow Traction5th2727 N2975 N-248 N91.66%
Snow Handling9th42.7 Km/H44.7 Km/H-2 Km/H95.53%
Snow Slalom9th3.46 m/sec23.89 m/sec2-0.43 m/sec288.95%
Noise8th73.9 dB72.4 dB+1.5 dB97.97%
Price12th700 430 +270 61.43%
Rolling Resistance9th8.91 kg / t7.91 kg / t+1 kg / t88.78%
Balanced winter tires with safe driving characteristics in all weather conditions, dynamic wet handling, short wet braking distances.
Long dry and snow braking.

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8th: BFGoodrich gForce Winter 2

BFGoodrich gForce Winter 2
  • 245/40 R18 97V
  • EU Label: C/B/69
  • 3PMSF: no
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Dry Braking10th44 M41.4 M+2.6 M94.09%
Dry Handling11th99.7 Km/H102.9 Km/H-3.2 Km/H96.89%
Wet Braking11th55.5 M49 M+6.5 M88.29%
Wet Handling11th69.2 Km/H72.9 Km/H-3.7 Km/H94.92%
Wet Circle11th13.05 s12.41 s+0.64 s95.1%
Straight Aqua1st97.5 Km/H100%
Curved Aquaplaning9th3.68 m/sec24.22 m/sec2-0.54 m/sec287.2%
Snow Braking1st30.7 M100%
Snow Traction1st2975 N100%
Snow Handling1st44.7 Km/H100%
Snow Slalom2nd3.85 m/sec23.89 m/sec2-0.04 m/sec298.97%
Noise1st72.4 dB100%
Price8th560 430 +130 76.79%
Rolling Resistance5th8.58 kg / t7.91 kg / t+0.67 kg / t92.19%
Winter king with the best driving properties on snow, quiet pass-by noise.
Average wet grip, long wet braking.

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9th: Falken Eurowinter HS01

Falken Eurowinter HS01
  • 245/40 R18 97V
  • EU Label: E/B/72
  • 3PMSF: no
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Dry Braking8th43.9 M41.4 M+2.5 M94.31%
Dry Handling9th100.1 Km/H102.9 Km/H-2.8 Km/H97.28%
Wet Braking7th51.4 M49 M+2.4 M95.33%
Wet Handling12th68.2 Km/H72.9 Km/H-4.7 Km/H93.55%
Wet Circle12th13.23 s12.41 s+0.82 s93.8%
Straight Aqua6th96.6 Km/H97.5 Km/H-0.9 Km/H99.08%
Curved Aquaplaning10th3.63 m/sec24.22 m/sec2-0.59 m/sec286.02%
Snow Braking4th31.9 M30.7 M+1.2 M96.24%
Snow Traction9th2684 N2975 N-291 N90.22%
Snow Handling7th43.7 Km/H44.7 Km/H-1 Km/H97.76%
Snow Slalom4th3.79 m/sec23.89 m/sec2-0.1 m/sec297.43%
Noise9th74.3 dB72.4 dB+1.9 dB97.44%
Price3rd475 430 +45 90.53%
Rolling Resistance13th10.22 kg / t7.91 kg / t+2.31 kg / t77.4%
Convincing driving characteristics on ice and snow, good aquaplaning resistance.
Understeering handling and slow steering response in the wet.

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10th: Nexen WinGuard Sport 2

Nexen WinGuard Sport 2
  • 245/40 R18 97V
  • EU Label: D/B/71
  • 3PMSF: no
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Dry Braking12th44.2 M41.4 M+2.8 M93.67%
Dry Handling5th101.4 Km/H102.9 Km/H-1.5 Km/H98.54%
Wet Braking12th56.7 M49 M+7.7 M86.42%
Wet Handling6th70.5 Km/H72.9 Km/H-2.4 Km/H96.71%
Wet Circle10th12.87 s12.41 s+0.46 s96.43%
Straight Aqua8th94.7 Km/H97.5 Km/H-2.8 Km/H97.13%
Curved Aquaplaning12th3.43 m/sec24.22 m/sec2-0.79 m/sec281.28%
Snow Braking10th33.5 M30.7 M+2.8 M91.64%
Snow Traction10th2575 N2975 N-400 N86.55%
Snow Handling10th41.3 Km/H44.7 Km/H-3.4 Km/H92.39%
Snow Slalom11th3.27 m/sec23.89 m/sec2-0.62 m/sec284.06%
Noise2nd72.5 dB72.4 dB+0.1 dB99.86%
Price1st430 100%
Rolling Resistance8th8.84 kg / t7.91 kg / t+0.93 kg / t89.48%
Stable dry handling, low noise, low price.
Long wet braking, poor snow grip.

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11th: Toyo Snowprox S954

Toyo Snowprox S954
  • 245/40 R18 97V
  • EU Label: D/B/71
  • 3PMSF: no
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Dry Braking3rd43 M41.4 M+1.6 M96.28%
Dry Handling3rd101.7 Km/H102.9 Km/H-1.2 Km/H98.83%
Wet Braking5th50.5 M49 M+1.5 M97.03%
Wet Handling9th70.1 Km/H72.9 Km/H-2.8 Km/H96.16%
Wet Circle9th12.81 s12.41 s+0.4 s96.88%
Straight Aqua7th96.1 Km/H97.5 Km/H-1.4 Km/H98.56%
Curved Aquaplaning7th3.74 m/sec24.22 m/sec2-0.48 m/sec288.63%
Snow Braking12th35.4 M30.7 M+4.7 M86.72%
Snow Traction13th2353 N2975 N-622 N79.09%
Snow Handling13th39.3 Km/H44.7 Km/H-5.4 Km/H87.92%
Snow Slalom10th3.29 m/sec23.89 m/sec2-0.6 m/sec284.58%
Noise6th73.4 dB72.4 dB+1 dB98.64%
Price5th525 430 +95 81.9%
Rolling Resistance11th9.18 kg / t7.91 kg / t+1.27 kg / t86.17%
Good aquaplaning resistance, dynamic dry handling.
Poor snow grip, understeer in the wet.

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12th: Nankang SV2

Nankang SV2
  • 245/40 R18 97V
  • EU Label: E/C/71
  • 3PMSF: no
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Dry Braking10th44 M41.4 M+2.6 M94.09%
Dry Handling9th100.1 Km/H102.9 Km/H-2.8 Km/H97.28%
Wet Braking13th65.4 M49 M+16.4 M74.92%
Wet Handling13th62.7 Km/H72.9 Km/H-10.2 Km/H86.01%
Wet Circle13th13.53 s12.41 s+1.12 s91.72%
Straight Aqua5th96.8 Km/H97.5 Km/H-0.7 Km/H99.28%
Curved Aquaplaning6th3.79 m/sec24.22 m/sec2-0.43 m/sec289.81%
Snow Braking13th36.9 M30.7 M+6.2 M83.2%
Snow Traction12th2364 N2975 N-611 N79.46%
Snow Handling12th39.9 Km/H44.7 Km/H-4.8 Km/H89.26%
Snow Slalom11th3.27 m/sec23.89 m/sec2-0.62 m/sec284.06%
Noise4th72.9 dB72.4 dB+0.5 dB99.31%
Price2nd450 430 +20 95.56%
Rolling Resistance9th8.91 kg / t7.91 kg / t+1 kg / t88.78%
Good aquaplaning resistance.
Limited grip on ice and snow, dangerously long wet braking distances, severe understeer in the wet.

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13th: Vredestein Quatrac Pro

Vredestein Quatrac Pro
  • 245/40 R18 97Y
  • EU Label: D/B/71
  • 3PMSF: no
Test#ResultBestDifference%
Dry Braking2nd41.9 M41.4 M+0.5 M98.81%
Dry Handling2nd102.5 Km/H102.9 Km/H-0.4 Km/H99.61%
Wet Braking10th52.6 M49 M+3.6 M93.16%
Wet Handling7th70.3 Km/H72.9 Km/H-2.6 Km/H96.43%
Wet Circle3rd12.51 s12.41 s+0.1 s99.2%
Straight Aqua11th92.5 Km/H97.5 Km/H-5 Km/H94.87%
Curved Aquaplaning13th3.13 m/sec24.22 m/sec2-1.09 m/sec274.17%
Snow Braking11th34.7 M30.7 M+4 M88.47%
Snow Traction11th2419 N2975 N-556 N81.31%
Snow Handling11th40.7 Km/H44.7 Km/H-4 Km/H91.05%
Snow Slalom13th3.26 m/sec23.89 m/sec2-0.63 m/sec283.8%
Noise5th73.3 dB72.4 dB+0.9 dB98.77%
Price6th535 430 +105 80.37%
Rolling Resistance6th8.73 kg / t7.91 kg / t+0.82 kg / t90.61%
Dynamic handling and short braking distances on dry slopes, precise steering.
Limited snow performance, low aquaplaning resistance.

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