2022 Auto Bild SUV Winter Tyre Test

The 2022 Auto Bild SUV tyre test has tested ten sets of performance suv winter tyres in the popular 225/45 R19 size using a BMW X1, and included a reference summer tyre so we can compare the differences.

Dry BrakingMichelin Pilot Alpin 5: 43.5 MBridgestone Blizzak LM005: 47.2 M
Dry HandlingBridgestone Blizzak LM005: 97.0 Km/HPetlas Explero W671: 94.3 Km/H
Wet BrakingHankook Winter i cept evo3: 46.2 MPetlas Explero W671: 63.3 M
Wet HandlingBridgestone Blizzak LM005: 78.5 Km/HPetlas Explero W671: 72.5 Km/H
Wet CircleHankook Winter i cept evo3: 15.43 sPetlas Explero W671: 17.44 s
Straight AquaFalken Eurowinter HS01: 75.9 Km/HPetlas Explero W671: 65.6 Km/H
Curved AquaplaningToyo Observe S 944: 4.56 m/sec2Petlas Explero W671: 2.98 m/sec2
Snow BrakingMichelin Pilot Alpin 5: 24.1 MFalken Eurowinter HS01: 26.4 M
Snow TractionMichelin Pilot Alpin 5: 3860 NFalken Eurowinter HS01: 3560 N
Snow HandlingMichelin Pilot Alpin 5: 68.7 Km/HToyo Observe S 944: 64.9 Km/H
Snow SlalomMichelin Pilot Alpin 5: 4.68 m/sec2Falken Eurowinter HS01: 4.07 m/sec2
NoiseMichelin Pilot Alpin 5: 69.5 dBHankook Winter i cept evo3: 74.9 dB
PricePetlas Explero W671: 470 Michelin Pilot Alpin 5: 1125
Rolling ResistanceNokian Snowproof P: 6.89 kg / tFalken Eurowinter HS01: 9.39 kg / t

The overall results closely mirror the 2021 Tyre Reviews Performance Winter Tyre Test, with the Michelin Pilot Alpin 5 and Continental WinterContact TS870P proving to be the best of the group.

Only one tyre was awarded "Not Recommended" by Auto Bild, the Petlas W671. This also matches the Tyre Reviews Winter Test from this year, where the cheap Petlas brand tyre performed extremely poorly in the wet.






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1st: Michelin Pilot Alpin 5

Michelin Pilot Alpin 5
  • 225/45 R19 96V
  • EU Label: C/B/68
Dry Braking1st100%
Dry Handling2nd-0.3 Km/H99.69%
Wet Braking7th+3.6 M92.77%
Wet Handling5th-1.2 Km/H98.47%
Wet Circle6th+0.51 s96.8%
Straight Aqua7th-4.9 Km/H93.54%
Curved Aquaplaning8th-0.84 m/sec281.58%
Snow Braking1st100%
Snow Traction1st100%
Snow Handling1st100%
Snow Slalom1st100%
Price2nd+65 94.22%
Rolling Resistance6th+1.58 kg / t81.35%
Exemplary premium tires with the best snow qualities, high steering precision and dynamic handling properties in all weather conditions, short snow and dry braking distances, top ride comfort.

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2nd: Continental WinterContact TS 870 P

Continental WinterContact TS 870 P
  • 225/45 R19 96V
  • EU Label: C/B/71
Dry Braking7th+2.6 M94.36%
Dry Handling6th-0.9 Km/H99.07%
Wet Braking4th+0.7 M98.51%
Wet Handling6th-1.3 Km/H98.34%
Wet Circle4th+0.25 s98.41%
Straight Aqua8th-5.8 Km/H92.36%
Curved Aquaplaning3rd-0.2 m/sec295.61%
Snow Braking8th+1.5 M94.14%
Snow Traction4th-110 N97.15%
Snow Handling6th-2 Km/H97.09%
Snow Slalom3rd-0.24 m/sec294.87%
Noise3rd+0.6 dB99.14%
Rolling Resistance4th+0.61 kg / t91.87%
Convincing all-round talent with balanced performance potential, precise steering behavior, high aquaplaning safety, short snow and wet braking distances, quiet road noise, fuel-saving rolling resistance.

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3rd: Vredestein Wintrac Pro

Vredestein Wintrac Pro
  • 225/45 R19 96V
  • EU Label: D/B/72
Dry Braking4th+2 M95.6%
Dry Handling5th-0.8 Km/H99.18%
Wet Braking3rd+0.6 M98.72%
Wet Handling3rd-0.9 Km/H98.85%
Wet Circle3rd+0.13 s99.16%
Straight Aqua6th-2.9 Km/H96.18%
Curved Aquaplaning4th-0.41 m/sec291.01%
Snow Braking4th+0.9 M96.4%
Snow Traction6th-120 N96.89%
Snow Handling3rd-1.4 Km/H97.96%
Snow Slalom6th-0.34 m/sec292.74%
Noise8th+1.8 dB97.48%
Price8th-258 75.66%
Rolling Resistance8th+2.26 kg / t75.3%
Balanced winter profile with stable driving characteristics on wet and snowy roads, short snow and wet braking distances, high safety reserves in aquaplaning, good value for money.
Increased rolling resistance.

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4th: Bridgestone Blizzak LM005

Bridgestone Blizzak LM005
  • 225/45 R19 96V
  • EU Label: C/A/72
Dry Braking10th+3.7 M92.16%
Dry Handling1st100%
Wet Braking2nd+0.3 M99.35%
Wet Handling1st100%
Wet Circle2nd+0.12 s99.23%
Straight Aqua5th-2.5 Km/H96.71%
Curved Aquaplaning4th-0.41 m/sec291.01%
Snow Braking2nd+0.3 M98.77%
Snow Traction2nd-50 N98.7%
Snow Handling4th-1.8 Km/H97.38%
Snow Slalom3rd-0.24 m/sec294.87%
Noise6th+1.6 dB97.75%
Price10th-140 86.79%
Rolling Resistance3rd+0.49 kg / t93.36%
Winter pro with the best handling qualities on snowy and wet slopes, precise steering behavior, short snow and wet braking distances, safe aquaplaning qualities, fuel-saving rolling resistance.
Extended dry braking distances.

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5th: Hankook Winter i cept evo3

Hankook Winter i cept evo3
  • 225/45 R19 96V
  • EU Label: D/B/72
Dry Braking8th+3.3 M92.95%
Dry Handling3rd-0.5 Km/H99.48%
Wet Braking1st100%
Wet Handling2nd-0.7 Km/H99.11%
Wet Circle1st100%
Straight Aqua4th-2 Km/H97.36%
Curved Aquaplaning2nd-0.08 m/sec298.25%
Snow Braking4th+0.9 M96.4%
Snow Traction6th-120 N96.89%
Snow Handling4th-1.8 Km/H97.38%
Snow Slalom5th-0.27 m/sec294.23%
Noise10th+5.4 dB92.79%
Price6th-310 70.75%
Rolling Resistance9th+2.35 kg / t74.57%
All-round talent with stable driving characteristics in all weather conditions, good safety reserves in aquaplaning, dynamic wet handling, short wet braking distances, fair price.
Extended dry braking distances, significantly increased tyre noise.

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6th: Firestone Winterhawk 4

Firestone Winterhawk 4
  • 225/45 R19 96V
  • EU Label: D/B/71
Dry Braking8th+3.3 M92.95%
Dry Handling4th-0.7 Km/H99.28%
Wet Braking6th+2.7 M94.48%
Wet Handling4th-1 Km/H98.73%
Wet Circle5th+0.37 s97.66%
Straight Aqua3rd-1.8 Km/H97.63%
Curved Aquaplaning7th-0.77 m/sec283.11%
Snow Braking3rd+0.8 M96.79%
Snow Traction4th-110 N97.15%
Snow Handling2nd-1.1 Km/H98.4%
Snow Slalom2nd-0.22 m/sec295.3%
Noise2nd+0.4 dB99.43%
Price5th-340 67.92%
Rolling Resistance7th+2.05 kg / t77.07%
New branded winter tire with balanced performance potential, stable handling in all weather conditions, good aquaplaning properties, quiet rolling noise, moderate price level.
Slightly longer dry braking distances, increased rolling resistance.

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7th: Toyo Observe S 944

Toyo Observe S 944
  • 225/45 R19 96W
  • EU Label: D/B/71
Dry Braking4th+2 M95.6%
Dry Handling8th-1.4 Km/H98.56%
Wet Braking8th+3.8 M92.4%
Wet Handling9th-2.2 Km/H97.2%
Wet Circle8th+0.78 s95.19%
Straight Aqua2nd-0.7 Km/H99.08%
Curved Aquaplaning1st100%
Snow Braking7th+1.4 M94.51%
Snow Traction3rd-100 N97.41%
Snow Handling10th-3.8 Km/H94.47%
Snow Slalom9th-0.58 m/sec287.61%
Noise5th+1.2 dB98.3%
Price4th-445 58.02%
Rolling Resistance5th+1.18 kg / t85.38%
Good traction and short braking distances on snow, very good safety reserves in the event of aquaplaning, pleasantly quiet ride comfort, low rolling resistance, low price.
Understeering handling in all weather conditions, delayed response to steering commands.

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8th: Falken Eurowinter HS01

Falken Eurowinter HS01
  • 225/45 R19 96V
  • EU Label: D/B/70
Dry Braking3rd+1.6 M96.45%
Dry Handling9th-1.5 Km/H98.45%
Wet Braking5th+1.9 M96.05%
Wet Handling8th-2.1 Km/H97.32%
Wet Circle7th+0.58 s96.38%
Straight Aqua1st100%
Curved Aquaplaning6th-0.48 m/sec289.47%
Snow Braking10th+2.3 M91.29%
Snow Traction10th-300 N92.23%
Snow Handling8th-3.3 Km/H95.2%
Snow Slalom10th-0.61 m/sec286.97%
Noise9th+4 dB94.56%
Price7th-275 74.06%
Rolling Resistance10th+2.5 kg / t73.38%
Good safety reserves for aquaplaning, short braking distances on wet and snowy slopes.
Only satisfactory winter qualities, understeering handling in all weather conditions, increased pass-by noise, very high rolling resistance.

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9th: Nokian Snowproof P

Nokian Snowproof P
  • 225/45 R19 96V
  • EU Label: C/B/70
Dry Braking2nd+0.4 M99.09%
Dry Handling6th-0.9 Km/H99.07%
Wet Braking9th+7 M86.84%
Wet Handling7th-1.9 Km/H97.58%
Wet Circle9th+0.91 s94.43%
Straight Aqua9th-8.9 Km/H88.27%
Curved Aquaplaning9th-1.29 m/sec271.71%
Snow Braking6th+1.2 M95.26%
Snow Traction8th-170 N95.6%
Snow Handling7th-2.6 Km/H96.22%
Snow Slalom8th-0.56 m/sec288.03%
Noise4th+1.1 dB98.44%
Price9th-150 85.85%
Rolling Resistance1st100%
Short dry braking distances, fuel-saving rolling resistance, low pass-by noise.
Moderate cornering on snow, low safety reserves for aquaplaning, understeering wet handling, longer wet braking distances.
Conditionally Recommended.

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10th: Petlas Explero W671

Petlas Explero W671
  • 225/45 R19 96V
  • EU Label: B/C/70
Dry Braking6th+2.4 M94.77%
Dry Handling10th-2.7 Km/H97.22%
Wet Braking10th+17.1 M72.99%
Wet Handling10th-6 Km/H92.36%
Wet Circle10th+2.01 s88.47%
Straight Aqua10th-10.3 Km/H86.43%
Curved Aquaplaning10th-1.58 m/sec265.35%
Snow Braking9th+1.9 M92.69%
Snow Traction9th-240 N93.78%
Snow Handling9th-3.7 Km/H94.61%
Snow Slalom7th-0.44 m/sec290.6%
Noise7th+1.7 dB97.61%
Price3rd-590 44.34%
Rolling Resistance2nd+0.22 kg / t96.91%
Low rolling resistance, low price.
Restricted driving ability on wet roads, low aquaplaning reserves, diffuse steering response, strong understeering wet and dry handling, dangerously extended wet braking distances.
Not Recommended.

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