The 2023 Sport Auto winter tyre test has tested ten uhp winter tyres using and Audi S3.
Why do you only see nine in the results below? The Kumho WinterCraft WP 52 was part of the tyre test but was eventually disqualified due to specific issues. While it showed moderate performance on snow and impressive braking capabilities on wet surfaces, it had a tendency to quickly lose grip in curves. The test tyres provided by the manufacturer demonstrated strong grip and a neutral, active behavior in wet conditions, along with very short braking distances on dry surfaces. However, the tyres displayed a lack of grip and steering precision on snow, and were sensitive to puddles in curves, leading to aquaplaning. The tyre was disqualified from the test due to significant deficits in the properties of the currently available tyres with the latest manufacturing dates in comparison to the tested product. These discrepancies between the provided test tyres and the commercially available products ultimately led to the tyre's disqualification.
|Dry Braking||▲Michelin Pilot Alpin 5: 43.6 M||▼Giti GitiWinterW2: 45.7 M|
|Dry Handling||▲Continental WinterContact TS 870 P: 123.7 Km/H||▼Pirelli Cinturato Winter 2: 120.9 Km/H|
|Wet Braking||▲Bridgestone Blizzak LM005: 32.3 M||▼Giti GitiWinterW2: 34.3 M|
|Wet Handling||▲Vredestein Wintrac Pro: 80.1 Km/H||▼Hankook Winter i cept evo3: 78.1 Km/H|
|Wet Circle||▲Vredestein Wintrac Pro: 7.41 m/s||▼Hankook Winter i cept evo3: 7.25 m/s|
|Straight Aqua||▲Giti GitiWinterW2: 76.3 Km/H||▼Vredestein Wintrac Pro: 70.1 Km/H|
|Curved Aquaplaning||▲Hankook Winter i cept evo3: 3.25 m/sec2||▼Vredestein Wintrac Pro: 2.42 m/sec2|
|Snow Braking||▲Bridgestone Blizzak LM005: 29.6 M||▼Falken EUROWINTER HS02 Pro: 31 M|
|Snow Traction||▲Goodyear UltraGrip Performance 3: 1.53 N||▼Giti GitiWinterW2: 1.41 N|
|Snow Handling||▲Bridgestone Blizzak LM005: 54.4 Km/H||▼Falken EUROWINTER HS02 Pro: 51.7 Km/H|
|Snow Slalom||▲Pirelli Cinturato Winter 2: 4.48 m/sec2||▼Bridgestone Blizzak LM005: 4.12 m/sec2|
|Noise||▲Goodyear UltraGrip Performance 3: 71.5 dB||▼Hankook Winter i cept evo3: 74.2 dB|
|Price||▲Giti GitiWinterW2: 121||▼Michelin Pilot Alpin 5: 167|
|Rolling Resistance||▲Continental WinterContact TS 870 P: 8.3 kg / t||▼Giti GitiWinterW2: 9.9 kg / t|
The Continental and Michelin tires demonstrate impressive capabilities. Both brands don't specialize in comfort, and the TS 870 P from Continental somewhat lacks braking connection with the leading group. However, the German tyre excels in all other dry criteria, providing the most feedback through the steering wheel and the highest safety reserves for spontaneous evasive maneuvers at highway speeds. Both Goodyear and Hankook also deliver consistently good to very good dry performance. In contrast, Bridgestone and Vredestein respond more sluggishly to steering commands.
In wet conditions, Bridgestone shines with its consistently foolproof handling, creating an illusion of driving on a dry track. The new tyre from Goodyear and Vredestein's Wintrac Pro also perform strongly, though they struggle with lateral aquaplaning, as do Michelin, Falken, and Pirelli. Hankook's Winter icept evo3 stands out for its water drainage capabilities, while the excluded Kumho tyre is notably quick in wet conditions. While safety is paramount in these tests, efficiency also plays a crucial role. The laboratory tests for rolling resistance reveal that the Bridgestone Blizzak LM 005 successfully combines excellent wet grip with low rolling resistance, making it the test winner. Close behind are the very balanced Goodyear, the snow-reliable dry king Michelin, and the efficient, grippy Continental.
The Michelin Pilot Alpin 5 stands out as extremely fast and safe, leading the pack, followed by Bridgestone (highest subjective rating, but only satisfactory lateral support objectively), Continental (very balanced), and the new Goodyear UltraGrip Performance 3 (best traction). Notably, all four profiles decelerate almost equally strong and harmonize well with the Audi's ABS system.
In the midfield, Pirelli (fast and safe driving, but weaknesses in deceleration), Vredestein (consistently good performance), and Hankook (prompt, safe handling, but objectively weaker lateral support) are found. Falken and Giti show less compatibility with snow, with the new Falken Eurowinter HS 02 Pro falling so clearly behind in the direct handling comparison that it is downgraded by one grade in this chapter.
The Michelin had the lowest external noise, with the Hankook proving to be quite a noisy tyre.
The Giti and Falken were the cheapest to buy, whereas the Michelin was the most expensive.
As seen in other tests this year, the Continental and Bridgsetone had the lowest rolling resistance of the group.
Fast and agile on snow, easy to control. Very good grip on wet surfaces, direct, precise, and neutral handling.
Lacks a bit of grip on dry surfaces compared to the top performers.
King in wet conditions with talent on snow and low rolling resistance.
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Precise, safe, and reliable with a wide range of reserves on all three surfaces.
Could respond a bit finer to unevenness.
Very balanced tire; strong performance under all conditions.
Clear feedback through the steering in snow. Precise, balanced wet handling.
Lower aquaplaning protection in curves, a bit clumsy response to edges.
Snow specialist with high dry grip. Deficiencies in aquaplaning.
Safe on snow and on dry roads, as it is well balanced.
Strong understeering in wet curves. Few reserves.
Rolls efficiently, grippy on snow. Less grippy when the road is wet.
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High wet grip level and safe, sporty, easily controllable handling on wet surfaces.
Low aquaplaning protection in wet curves.
Safe in wet conditions and snow. Prone to aquaplaning early in curves.
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High safety reserves on snow, good aquaplaning precaution.
Strong understeering with high sensitivity to load changes, less balanced in wet handling, highest pass-by noise.
Good on snow, high aquaplaning protection. Too unbalanced in wet conditions.
Safe driving behavior in winter, good grip level in wet curves.
Sluggish steering response and shallow reserves on wet surfaces, sensitive to puddles in curves, sluggish on dry surfaces.
Safe snow handling, prone to aquaplaning, sluggish in dry conditions.
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8th: Giti GitiWinterW2
Apart from the weak braking performance, strong and safe as well as sporty wet performance.
Moderate interlocking on snow, long braking distance on dry surfaces.
Long wet/dry braking distances, good aquaplaning safety.
Neutral to understeering in wet conditions.
Subjectively very low grip level on snow. Neutral to understeering and low aquaplaning protection in wet curves. Few reserves.
Very sluggish snow handling, good wet grip, high rolling resistance.