2022 AMS Winter Tyre Test

The first winter tyre test for 2022 is here, and it's the Auto Motor Und Sport UHP winter tyre test! This year AMS tested eight patterns in 245/45 R19 using an Audi A6 test vehicle.

Dry BrakingMichelin Pilot Alpin 5: 43.5 MUniroyal WinterExpert: 49.0 M
Dry HandlingContinental WinterContact TS 870 P: 120.5 Km/HCooper Discoverer Winter: 118.6 Km/H
Wet BrakingVredestein Wintrac Pro: 31.8 MUniroyal WinterExpert: 39.5 M
Wet HandlingVredestein Wintrac Pro: 75.2 Km/HUniroyal WinterExpert: 69.5 Km/H
Straight AquaFalken Eurowinter HS01: 78.9 Km/HContinental WinterContact TS 870 P: 73.0 Km/H
Curved AquaplaningFalken Eurowinter HS01: 2.79 m/sec2Firestone Winterhawk 4: 2.24 m/sec2
Snow BrakingFirestone Winterhawk 4: 24.9 MFalken Eurowinter HS01: 30.0 M
Snow TractionMichelin Pilot Alpin 5: 3.69 NFalken Eurowinter HS01: 3.00 N
Snow HandlingContinental WinterContact TS 870 P: 52.9 Km/HFalken Eurowinter HS01: 48.2 Km/H
Snow CircleFalken Eurowinter HS01: 3.13 SFirestone Winterhawk 4: 4.10 S
NoiseCooper Discoverer Winter: 69.5 dBFalken Eurowinter HS01: 71.6 dB
PriceFirestone Winterhawk 4: 196 Michelin Pilot Alpin 5: 309
Rolling ResistanceContinental WinterContact TS 870 P: 7.6 kg / tFalken Eurowinter HS01: 9.9 kg / t

There's almost nothing surprising about this test, it's nice when a test makes sense. At the front we have the Michelin Pilot Alpin 5 and Continental WinterContact TS870P (two of Tyre Reviews favorite UHP Winter tyres), with the wet masters Vredestein and Bridgestone following them up in third and fourth places overall.

Falken will likely be disappointed with last place, however the replacement to the HS01, the HS02, is now new to market so we expect this new tyre to be vastly improved.

Read on for the full data!

Dry

Michelin winter tyres always perform well in the dry, and this test was no exception with the Pilot Alpin 5 having a significant lead in dry braking over the second placed Continental, which in turn had a significant lead over the rest of the group.

Dry handling put the Continental back on top, with the Falken edging out the Michelin to second place.

Wet

The Vredestein Wintrac Pro had a 1.3 meter advantage during the wet braking test! Cooper and in particular Uniroyal struggled.

Vredestein held its lead in wet handling and Falken once again jumped up to second place, this time ahead of the Bridgestone Blizzak LM005 in third.

Falken also had a large lead in the aquaplaning result.

Snow

Snow braking was led by the new Firestone WinterHawk 4, with Vredestein once again proving it's ability at slowing the test car.

Snow traction (figures in ms/2 not newtons) was led by Michelin, with Vredestein and Continental also performing well.

Continental and Michelin led the group during the snow handling testing with Falken continuing to struggle.

Environment

The Cooper Discoverer Winter claimed its first test win during external noise measuring.

Impressively the Conti had the lowest rolling resistance, with Falken once again struggling.

The Falken was however one of the cheapest tyres of the test.

Results

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1st: Michelin Pilot Alpin 5

Michelin Pilot Alpin 5
  • 245/45 R19 102V
  • EU Label: C/B/72
  • Weight: 11.51kgs
  • Tread: 7.9mm
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking1st100%
Dry Handling3rd-0.9 Km/H99.25%
Wet Braking4th+2.8 M91.91%
Wet Handling5th-2.1 Km/H97.21%
Straight Aqua5th-4 Km/H94.93%
Curved Aquaplaning7th-0.31 m/sec288.89%
Snow Braking3rd+0.8 M96.89%
Snow Traction1st100%
Snow Handling2nd-0.4 Km/H99.24%
Snow Circle7th+0.95 S76.72%
Noise2nd+0.3 dB99.57%
Price8th+113 63.43%
Rolling Resistance6th+0.5 kg / t93.83%
Excellent driving dynamics with direct steering response, high level of grip and the best balance on snow. Shortest braking distances, high cornering stability and great steering precision on dry roads.
Deficits when braking in the wet, low aquaplaning resistance, faintly audible noise when cornering.
Very Good.

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1st: Continental WinterContact TS 870 P

Continental WinterContact TS 870 P
  • 245/45 R19 102V
  • EU Label: C/B/71
  • Weight: 10.81kgs
  • Tread: 8.6mm
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking2nd+0.7 M98.42%
Dry Handling1st100%
Wet Braking6th+3.6 M89.83%
Wet Handling4th-1.4 Km/H98.14%
Straight Aqua8th-5.9 Km/H92.52%
Curved Aquaplaning3rd-0.03 m/sec298.92%
Snow Braking3rd+0.8 M96.89%
Snow Traction3rd-0.1 N97.29%
Snow Handling1st100%
Snow Circle4th+0.68 S82.15%
Noise6th+1.1 dB98.44%
Price7th+74 72.59%
Rolling Resistance1st100%
Despite small deficits in cornering grip, very easy to control handling on snow with wide reserves. Balanced in the wet, short braking distances, neutral and precise grip on dry roads.
Comparatively weak on wet roads with limited braking, low aquaplaning resistance and reduced grip in curves.
Very Good.

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3rd: Vredestein Wintrac Pro

Vredestein Wintrac Pro
  • 245/45 R19 102W
  • EU Label: D/B/72
  • Weight: 12.46kgs
  • Tread: 8.6mm
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking6th+3.8 M91.97%
Dry Handling7th-1.8 Km/H98.51%
Wet Braking1st100%
Wet Handling1st100%
Straight Aqua4th-3.8 Km/H95.18%
Curved Aquaplaning6th-0.15 m/sec294.62%
Snow Braking2nd+0.5 M98.03%
Snow Traction2nd-0.07 N98.1%
Snow Handling7th-2.1 Km/H96.03%
Snow Circle4th+0.68 S82.15%
Noise2nd+0.3 dB99.57%
Price5th+27 87.89%
Rolling Resistance2nd+0.3 kg / t96.2%
Very good traction and braking on snow. Quite balanced wet properties, safe lane changes.
Unexpectedly low lateral grip on snow. Limited controllability in the wet at the limit of grip. Long dry braking with sensitive handling and lower grip during dry handling. Disturbing noise when cornering.
Very Good.

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4th: Bridgestone Blizzak LM005

Bridgestone Blizzak LM005
  • 245/45 R19 102V
  • EU Label: C/A/72
  • Weight: 11.94kgs
  • Tread: 8.0mm
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking5th+3.1 M93.35%
Dry Handling4th-1.1 Km/H99.09%
Wet Braking2nd+1.3 M96.07%
Wet Handling3rd-1.3 Km/H98.27%
Straight Aqua3rd-2.7 Km/H96.58%
Curved Aquaplaning4th-0.04 m/sec298.57%
Snow Braking5th+1.1 M95.77%
Snow Traction5th-0.15 N95.93%
Snow Handling4th-1.4 Km/H97.35%
Snow Circle6th+0.82 S79.24%
Noise7th+1.2 dB98.3%
Price6th+61 76.26%
Rolling Resistance2nd+0.3 kg / t96.2%
Very balanced, reliable and easy to control on snow. Very short braking distances thanks to very good grip in the wet. Dynamic, spontaneous steering and agile on dry roads.
Longer dry braking distances, oversteer balance when driving fast in the dry.
Very Good.

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5th: Firestone Winterhawk 4

Firestone Winterhawk 4
  • 245/45 R19 102V
  • EU Label: C/B/71
  • Weight: 11.92kgs
  • Tread: 7.9mm
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking7th+5 M89.69%
Dry Handling5th-1.3 Km/H98.92%
Wet Braking5th+2.9 M91.64%
Wet Handling6th-2.6 Km/H96.54%
Straight Aqua6th-5.7 Km/H92.78%
Curved Aquaplaning8th-0.55 m/sec280.29%
Snow Braking1st100%
Snow Traction4th-0.11 N97.02%
Snow Handling3rd-0.5 Km/H99.05%
Snow Circle8th+0.97 S76.34%
Noise4th+0.6 dB99.14%
Price1st100%
Rolling Resistance5th+0.4 kg / t95%
Easy to control with very good driving dynamics, high level of grip and generous reserves on snow. Balanced cornering dynamics dry at a reduced level.
Weak braking and limited liability reserves, plus sensitive to load changes in the wet, increased risk of aquaplaning. Long braking distances even on dry tracks. Audible internal noise and low levels of comfort.
Good.

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6th: Cooper Discoverer Winter

Cooper Discoverer Winter
  • 245/45 R19 102V
  • EU Label: C/B/71
  • Weight: 11.75kgs
  • Tread: 7.9mm
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking4th+1.7 M96.24%
Dry Handling8th-1.9 Km/H98.42%
Wet Braking7th+6.7 M82.6%
Wet Handling7th-3.1 Km/H95.88%
Straight Aqua2nd-2.2 Km/H97.21%
Curved Aquaplaning2nd-0.01 m/sec299.64%
Snow Braking7th+2.1 M92.22%
Snow Traction7th-0.29 N92.14%
Snow Handling5th-1.8 Km/H96.6%
Snow Circle2nd+0.1 S96.9%
Noise1st100%
Price3rd+7 96.55%
Rolling Resistance7th+1.1 kg / t87.36%
Still decent braking and traction on snow. Very quiet and quite comfortable tyre.
Unexpectedly low cornering on snow with respectable traction and braking grip. Poor performance with risk of oversteer in the wet and less secure balance in dry corners. High rolling resistance.
Sufficient.

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6th: Uniroyal WinterExpert

Uniroyal WinterExpert
  • 245/45 R19 102V
  • EU Label: C/C/72
  • Weight: 12.46kgs
  • Tread: 8.8mm
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking8th+5.5 M88.78%
Dry Handling5th-1.3 Km/H98.92%
Wet Braking8th+7.7 M80.51%
Wet Handling8th-5.7 Km/H92.42%
Straight Aqua6th-5.7 Km/H92.78%
Curved Aquaplaning5th-0.09 m/sec296.77%
Snow Braking6th+1.5 M94.32%
Snow Traction6th-0.2 N94.58%
Snow Handling6th-1.9 Km/H96.41%
Snow Circle3rd+0.59 S84.14%
Noise5th+1 dB98.58%
Price4th+24 89.09%
Rolling Resistance2nd+0.3 kg / t96.2%
Still decent traction in snow, good cornering ability on dry asphalt.
Poor driving stability and poor grip in the wet. Too long braking distances on wet and dry asphalt. Sensitive to load changes in fast corners. Audible rolling noises in the interior when cornering.
Sufficient.

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6th: Falken Eurowinter HS01

Falken Eurowinter HS01
  • 245/45 R19 102V
  • EU Label: D/B/72
  • Weight: 13.84kgs
  • Tread: 8.9mm
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking3rd+1.6 M96.45%
Dry Handling2nd-0.7 Km/H99.42%
Wet Braking3rd+2.2 M93.53%
Wet Handling2nd-0.7 Km/H99.07%
Straight Aqua1st100%
Curved Aquaplaning1st100%
Snow Braking8th+5.1 M83%
Snow Traction8th-0.69 N81.3%
Snow Handling8th-4.7 Km/H91.12%
Snow Circle1st100%
Noise8th+2.1 dB97.07%
Price2nd+1 99.49%
Rolling Resistance8th+2.3 kg / t76.77%
Very decent wet performance with superior aquaplaning resistance but small limitations in cornering grip. Safe, understeering, reliable driving dynamics on dry roads, high levels of comfort.
Long braking distances, sluggish steering response and little grip on snow. Disturbing rolling noise in curves.
Sufficient.

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