Fulda Kristall Control HP2

Fulda has developed a new high-performance winter tire for high-performance vehicles: the Kristall Control HP2. A multitude of modern technologies in the Fulda Kristall Control HP2 have been combined to create a tire that drivers can count on in winter conditions.

This tyre replaced the Fulda Kristall Control HP.

Dry Grip 90%
Wet Grip 79%
Road Feedback 81%
Handling 74%
Wear 76%
Comfort 90%
Buy again 73%
Snow Grip 60%
Ice Grip 40%

Tyre review data from 7 tyre reviews averaging 74% over 17,200 miles driven.

The Kristall Control HP2 is ranked 36th of 60 Winter High Performance tyres.

Latest Tyre Test Results

2023 ADAC 16 Inch Tyre Test - 9th of 16 tyres

  • Overall - The KRISTALL CONTROL HP 2 provides good steering feedback and precision on dry roads, along with good safety margins at the limit. Its braking is also rated as good. On wet roads, the tyre receives an overall satisfactory rating; it scores well in aquaplaning but only satisfactory in braking and inadequate in handling due to low grip levels and imprecise steering. On winter roads, it earns a good overall rating due to its strong braking performance on snow and ice, although it falls short in traction and handling. Environmentally, the tyre excels across the board, offering the highest projected lifespan in the test, low wear, and above-average performance in fuel efficiency and weight.
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2023 Winter Tyre Test 54 Set Braking Test - 23rd of 54 tyres

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2022 Auto Bild Winter Tyre Test - 19th of 22 tyres

  • Positive - Short snow braking distances, good economy with high mileage.
  • Negative - Significantly understeering handling in all weather conditions, longer wet and dry braking distances.
  • Overall - Fair.
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Top 3 Fulda Kristall Control HP2 Reviews

Given 89% while driving a BMW 520i (205/60 R16) on for 0 miles
very good tires. Good handling on heavy snow roads.
Helpful 176 - tyre reviewed on January 4, 2017
Given 78% while driving a Volkswagen Golf R estate (205/50 R17) on a combination of roads for 2,500 spirited miles
I bought these tyres as they were all my local tyre company had in stock - they have turned out to be extremely good, far better than my previous Nokian WR D4 tyres. They are amazingly quiet & seem to offer plenty of grip & low rolling resistance. They're also enjoyable to drive on a twisty road - I was always conscious of having much narrower & higher profile winter tyres before (summer size is 235/35/19, so quite a difference), but with these, it's easy to forget. They're even effective outwith the normal "window" for winter tyres (I drove over 600 miles in 2 days, with the temperature not dropping below 11c).

In short, although these are a "mid range" tyre (& one I wouldn't have bought if I hadn't needed them in a hurry), I wouldn't hesitate to use them again, they have surprised me with how good they are! I haven't experienced proper winter conditions yet (just a few heavy frosts), but impressive so far.
Helpful 13 - tyre reviewed on December 15, 2023
Given 68% while driving a BMW 330i M Sport Coupe (225/45 R17) on mostly town for 700 average miles
Hit a curb today i was unable to stop for around 15 meter with these brand new tires were driving around 40mp/h
Helpful 64 - tyre reviewed on January 26, 2019
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Given 39% while driving a Opel Astra K 1.4T 150 (205/55 R16 V) on a combination of roads for 4,500 average miles
Yeah, I don´t know really where to start...This is the second season I have these tires and today I am going to get rid of them. These tires are so bad that they are almost dangerous to have on a car. I have had some rubbish tires on my Kia Pride that performed better than these Fulda tires . The tires are fine in the dry, they perform OK, nothing special and they are super comfortable and not noisy, BUT in the wet or on snow, they are dangerous. Very unpredictable, in almost every corner there is understeer, no matter the speed. I have tried to raise and to lower the pressure of tires...Did almost 100KM just testing to see if something would help...I am out of ideas and I have to get rid of them today
Helpful 23 - tyre reviewed on January 12, 2021
Given 90% while driving a BMW 530d F11 (245/45 R18 V) on a combination of roads for 3,500 average miles
Very good grip and driving in wet roads. Very good in poor snow, also in wet snow, but not very good in ice roads for braking and no good grip in ice. Noisy when speed more than 100km/h, but good handling and road feedback.
Helpful 51 - tyre reviewed on January 29, 2019
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Given 87% while driving a SEAT 1.4 TSI (225/40 R18) on a combination of roads for 6,000 spirited miles
Bought them because the reviews were good and I they were pretty cheap while still being a tyre made by the Dunlop/Goodyear group.
I'd like to specify that my "reference" as a summer tyre is a Dunlop SportMaxx RT2.
The ride is pretty good, I have 18" rims but the car is pretty comfortable and this doesn't change with these, they may be even better than the summer tyres. Noise levels are good too and the typical noise that winter tyres make (typically when you're slowing down and stopping) is not particularly noticeable.
Handling is really safe, maybe not the most fun but the car is always easy to control and predictable. I had a few times with my summer tyres (when I was really pushing the car) where the car decided to go sideways when the "partially deactivated" ESC decided that he didn't like me making the car widen up the trajectory with the throttle; such a thing never happened with these tyres instead. The front is always going to be the one to give up first. They even saved my ass (helped by the ESC, fully activated fortunately) when I took a damp and greasy, badly designed, new roundabout, too fast; ESC started working like crazy, the car kept it's composure and trajectory and I got out of it effortlessly. (Plenty of people crash on that roundabout since day one, the guardrail is full of dents and scratches).
Grip is really good too, especially while accelerating. Even on damp roads in second gear most of the times the tyres don't spin, and I've got 150PS. I suppose the sipes really do their job.
The best part? Snow and Ice traction. It didn't snow much last year in southern italy so I decided to go find some snow because I wanted to test them. I found a few snow covered roads and it almost didn't even feel like I was driving on snow. I found then a really steep incline inside the city that, since it was in the shade and was really steep, none had dared to drive through; I went up and found out that either I could only go right, which was a dead end, and on the left was a "wrong way". Stupidly, I stopped and suddenly realized that I shouldn't have,"this thing is too steep, I'm gonna get stuck" I though. Oh boy was I wrong; with the help of the electronic differential despite the snow and ice I started going up with minimal wheelspin, made a U turn and went back downhill without even triggering the ABS. That was so satisfying.
Can't comment on wear but didn't seem excessive.
Honestly I can't really find any big fault in them, especially for the price. If you're looking for a safe tyre for the winter they're a good choice, especially if you're gonna drive through lots of snow and ice.
Helpful 35 - tyre reviewed on August 25, 2018