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 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.






1st: Michelin Pilot Alpin 5

Michelin Pilot Alpin 5
  • 225/45 R19 96V
  • EU Label: C/B/68
  • 3PMSF: no
Dry Braking1st43.5 M100%
Dry Handling2nd96.7 Km/H97 Km/H-0.3 Km/H99.69%
Wet Braking7th49.8 M46.2 M+3.6 M92.77%
Wet Handling5th77.3 Km/H78.5 Km/H-1.2 Km/H98.47%
Wet Circle6th15.94 s15.43 s+0.51 s96.8%
Straight Aqua7th71 Km/H75.9 Km/H-4.9 Km/H93.54%
Curved Aquaplaning8th3.72 m/sec24.56 m/sec2-0.84 m/sec281.58%
Snow Braking1st24.1 M100%
Snow Traction1st3860 N100%
Snow Handling1st68.7 Km/H100%
Snow Slalom1st4.68 m/sec2100%
Noise1st69.5 dB100%
Price10th1125 470 +655 41.78%
Rolling Resistance6th8.47 kg / t6.89 kg / t+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
  • 3PMSF: no
Dry Braking7th46.1 M43.5 M+2.6 M94.36%
Dry Handling6th96.1 Km/H97 Km/H-0.9 Km/H99.07%
Wet Braking4th46.9 M46.2 M+0.7 M98.51%
Wet Handling6th77.2 Km/H78.5 Km/H-1.3 Km/H98.34%
Wet Circle4th15.68 s15.43 s+0.25 s98.41%
Straight Aqua8th70.1 Km/H75.9 Km/H-5.8 Km/H92.36%
Curved Aquaplaning3rd4.36 m/sec24.56 m/sec2-0.2 m/sec295.61%
Snow Braking8th25.6 M24.1 M+1.5 M94.14%
Snow Traction4th3750 N3860 N-110 N97.15%
Snow Handling6th66.7 Km/H68.7 Km/H-2 Km/H97.09%
Snow Slalom3rd4.44 m/sec24.68 m/sec2-0.24 m/sec294.87%
Noise3rd70.1 dB69.5 dB+0.6 dB99.14%
Price9th1060 470 +590 44.34%
Rolling Resistance4th7.5 kg / t6.89 kg / t+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
  • 3PMSF: no
Dry Braking4th45.5 M43.5 M+2 M95.6%
Dry Handling5th96.2 Km/H97 Km/H-0.8 Km/H99.18%
Wet Braking3rd46.8 M46.2 M+0.6 M98.72%
Wet Handling3rd77.6 Km/H78.5 Km/H-0.9 Km/H98.85%
Wet Circle3rd15.56 s15.43 s+0.13 s99.16%
Straight Aqua6th73 Km/H75.9 Km/H-2.9 Km/H96.18%
Curved Aquaplaning4th4.15 m/sec24.56 m/sec2-0.41 m/sec291.01%
Snow Braking4th25 M24.1 M+0.9 M96.4%
Snow Traction6th3740 N3860 N-120 N96.89%
Snow Handling3rd67.3 Km/H68.7 Km/H-1.4 Km/H97.96%
Snow Slalom6th4.34 m/sec24.68 m/sec2-0.34 m/sec292.74%
Noise8th71.3 dB69.5 dB+1.8 dB97.48%
Price6th802 470 +332 58.6%
Rolling Resistance8th9.15 kg / t6.89 kg / t+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
  • 3PMSF: no
Dry Braking10th47.2 M43.5 M+3.7 M92.16%
Dry Handling1st97 Km/H100%
Wet Braking2nd46.5 M46.2 M+0.3 M99.35%
Wet Handling1st78.5 Km/H100%
Wet Circle2nd15.55 s15.43 s+0.12 s99.23%
Straight Aqua5th73.4 Km/H75.9 Km/H-2.5 Km/H96.71%
Curved Aquaplaning4th4.15 m/sec24.56 m/sec2-0.41 m/sec291.01%
Snow Braking2nd24.4 M24.1 M+0.3 M98.77%
Snow Traction2nd3810 N3860 N-50 N98.7%
Snow Handling4th66.9 Km/H68.7 Km/H-1.8 Km/H97.38%
Snow Slalom3rd4.44 m/sec24.68 m/sec2-0.24 m/sec294.87%
Noise6th71.1 dB69.5 dB+1.6 dB97.75%
Price8th920 470 +450 51.09%
Rolling Resistance3rd7.38 kg / t6.89 kg / t+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
  • 3PMSF: no
Dry Braking8th46.8 M43.5 M+3.3 M92.95%
Dry Handling3rd96.5 Km/H97 Km/H-0.5 Km/H99.48%
Wet Braking1st46.2 M100%
Wet Handling2nd77.8 Km/H78.5 Km/H-0.7 Km/H99.11%
Wet Circle1st15.43 s100%
Straight Aqua4th73.9 Km/H75.9 Km/H-2 Km/H97.36%
Curved Aquaplaning2nd4.48 m/sec24.56 m/sec2-0.08 m/sec298.25%
Snow Braking4th25 M24.1 M+0.9 M96.4%
Snow Traction6th3740 N3860 N-120 N96.89%
Snow Handling4th66.9 Km/H68.7 Km/H-1.8 Km/H97.38%
Snow Slalom5th4.41 m/sec24.68 m/sec2-0.27 m/sec294.23%
Noise10th74.9 dB69.5 dB+5.4 dB92.79%
Price4th750 470 +280 62.67%
Rolling Resistance9th9.24 kg / t6.89 kg / t+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
  • 3PMSF: no
Dry Braking8th46.8 M43.5 M+3.3 M92.95%
Dry Handling4th96.3 Km/H97 Km/H-0.7 Km/H99.28%
Wet Braking6th48.9 M46.2 M+2.7 M94.48%
Wet Handling4th77.5 Km/H78.5 Km/H-1 Km/H98.73%
Wet Circle5th15.8 s15.43 s+0.37 s97.66%
Straight Aqua3rd74.1 Km/H75.9 Km/H-1.8 Km/H97.63%
Curved Aquaplaning7th3.79 m/sec24.56 m/sec2-0.77 m/sec283.11%
Snow Braking3rd24.9 M24.1 M+0.8 M96.79%
Snow Traction4th3750 N3860 N-110 N97.15%
Snow Handling2nd67.6 Km/H68.7 Km/H-1.1 Km/H98.4%
Snow Slalom2nd4.46 m/sec24.68 m/sec2-0.22 m/sec295.3%
Noise2nd69.9 dB69.5 dB+0.4 dB99.43%
Price3rd720 470 +250 65.28%
Rolling Resistance7th8.94 kg / t6.89 kg / t+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
  • 3PMSF: no
Dry Braking4th45.5 M43.5 M+2 M95.6%
Dry Handling8th95.6 Km/H97 Km/H-1.4 Km/H98.56%
Wet Braking8th50 M46.2 M+3.8 M92.4%
Wet Handling9th76.3 Km/H78.5 Km/H-2.2 Km/H97.2%
Wet Circle8th16.21 s15.43 s+0.78 s95.19%
Straight Aqua2nd75.2 Km/H75.9 Km/H-0.7 Km/H99.08%
Curved Aquaplaning1st4.56 m/sec2100%
Snow Braking7th25.5 M24.1 M+1.4 M94.51%
Snow Traction3rd3760 N3860 N-100 N97.41%
Snow Handling10th64.9 Km/H68.7 Km/H-3.8 Km/H94.47%
Snow Slalom9th4.1 m/sec24.68 m/sec2-0.58 m/sec287.61%
Noise5th70.7 dB69.5 dB+1.2 dB98.3%
Price2nd615 470 +145 76.42%
Rolling Resistance5th8.07 kg / t6.89 kg / t+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
  • 3PMSF: no
Dry Braking3rd45.1 M43.5 M+1.6 M96.45%
Dry Handling9th95.5 Km/H97 Km/H-1.5 Km/H98.45%
Wet Braking5th48.1 M46.2 M+1.9 M96.05%
Wet Handling8th76.4 Km/H78.5 Km/H-2.1 Km/H97.32%
Wet Circle7th16.01 s15.43 s+0.58 s96.38%
Straight Aqua1st75.9 Km/H100%
Curved Aquaplaning6th4.08 m/sec24.56 m/sec2-0.48 m/sec289.47%
Snow Braking10th26.4 M24.1 M+2.3 M91.29%
Snow Traction10th3560 N3860 N-300 N92.23%
Snow Handling8th65.4 Km/H68.7 Km/H-3.3 Km/H95.2%
Snow Slalom10th4.07 m/sec24.68 m/sec2-0.61 m/sec286.97%
Noise9th73.5 dB69.5 dB+4 dB94.56%
Price5th785 470 +315 59.87%
Rolling Resistance10th9.39 kg / t6.89 kg / t+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
  • 3PMSF: no
Dry Braking2nd43.9 M43.5 M+0.4 M99.09%
Dry Handling6th96.1 Km/H97 Km/H-0.9 Km/H99.07%
Wet Braking9th53.2 M46.2 M+7 M86.84%
Wet Handling7th76.6 Km/H78.5 Km/H-1.9 Km/H97.58%
Wet Circle9th16.34 s15.43 s+0.91 s94.43%
Straight Aqua9th67 Km/H75.9 Km/H-8.9 Km/H88.27%
Curved Aquaplaning9th3.27 m/sec24.56 m/sec2-1.29 m/sec271.71%
Snow Braking6th25.3 M24.1 M+1.2 M95.26%
Snow Traction8th3690 N3860 N-170 N95.6%
Snow Handling7th66.1 Km/H68.7 Km/H-2.6 Km/H96.22%
Snow Slalom8th4.12 m/sec24.68 m/sec2-0.56 m/sec288.03%
Noise4th70.6 dB69.5 dB+1.1 dB98.44%
Price7th910 470 +440 51.65%
Rolling Resistance1st6.89 kg / t100%
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
  • 3PMSF: no
Dry Braking6th45.9 M43.5 M+2.4 M94.77%
Dry Handling10th94.3 Km/H97 Km/H-2.7 Km/H97.22%
Wet Braking10th63.3 M46.2 M+17.1 M72.99%
Wet Handling10th72.5 Km/H78.5 Km/H-6 Km/H92.36%
Wet Circle10th17.44 s15.43 s+2.01 s88.47%
Straight Aqua10th65.6 Km/H75.9 Km/H-10.3 Km/H86.43%
Curved Aquaplaning10th2.98 m/sec24.56 m/sec2-1.58 m/sec265.35%
Snow Braking9th26 M24.1 M+1.9 M92.69%
Snow Traction9th3620 N3860 N-240 N93.78%
Snow Handling9th65 Km/H68.7 Km/H-3.7 Km/H94.61%
Snow Slalom7th4.24 m/sec24.68 m/sec2-0.44 m/sec290.6%
Noise7th71.2 dB69.5 dB+1.7 dB97.61%
Price1st470 100%
Rolling Resistance2nd7.11 kg / t6.89 kg / t+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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