Goodyear UltraGrip 8 Performance

The Goodyear UltraGrip 8 Performance is a Ultra High Performance Winter tyre designed to be fitted to Passenger Cars.

This tyre has been replaced by the Goodyear Ultra Grip Performance 2.

Dry Grip 83%
Wet Grip 83%
Road Feedback 68%
Handling 75%
Wear 82%
Comfort 80%
Buy again 69%
Snow Grip 50%
Ice Grip 40%

Tyre review data from 12 tyre reviews averaging 70% over 119,500 miles driven.

The UltraGrip 8 Performance is ranked 40th of 42 Winter Ultra High Performance tyres.


Latest Tyre Test Results

2014 Auto Bild Winter Tyre Test - 5th of 16 tyres

  • Positive - A premium winter tyre with excellent performance in the snow and wet. Good cornering in all weather, good ride comfort
  • Negative - Slightly long dry braking
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2014 50 Winter Tyre Braking Overview - 2nd of 48 tyres

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2013 Auto Bild Sports Winter Tyre Test - 3rd of 9 tyres

  • Positive - A convincing all-rounder with good winter properties. Balanced handling with safe and good steering response on wet and dry roads. Very quiet
  • Negative - Only average snow handling
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2014 Tyre Tests

  • 2nd: 2014 50 Winter Tyre Braking Overview (225/50 R17)
  • 5th: 2014 Auto Bild Winter Tyre Test (225/50 R17)
  • 2013 Tyre Tests

  • 3rd: 2013 Auto Bild Sports Winter Tyre Test (225/50 R17)
  • 5th: 2013 ADAC Winter Tyre Test - 225/45 R17 (225/45 R17)
  • 5th: 2013 AMS Sports Winter Tyre Test (225/50 R17)
  • 2012 Tyre Tests

  • 1st: 2012 Auto Bild Sports Winter Tyre Test (225/40 R18)
  • 2nd: 2012 Sport Auto Winter Sports Tyre Test (225/40 R18)
  • Size Fuel Wet Noise Weight
    205/60 R16 92H XL *RSC E B 68 12.30kgs
    205/60 R16 92H XL * C B 68 9.60kgs
    215/60 R16 99V XL   C B 69 10.87kgs
    205/65 R16 95H XL   B C 71 9.03kgs
    205/65 R16 95H XL * B B 70 9.07kgs
    205/45 R17 88V XL   E C 68 8.68kgs
    225/55 R17 97H XL * C C 69 11.26kgs
    225/40 R18 92V XL MO E C 69 9.42kgs
    245/45 R18 100V XL * RSC MOE C B 69 14.43kgs
    245/45 R18 100V XL *MO C B 68 12.00kgs
    255/60 R18 108H XL AO C C 70 15.08kgs
    245/45 R19 102V XL *RSC C C 68 14.90kgs
    245/45 R19 102V XL *RSC C C 71 15.00kgs
    285/45 R20 112V XL AO E C 70 17.06kgs

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    Top 3 Goodyear UltraGrip 8 Performance Reviews

    Given 87% while driving a BMW (225/45 R17) on mostly motorways for 3,500 average miles
    I write this review mostly to get info. My experience so far (5'000 km) is positive. I live in Switzerland and drive a BMW G31 2.0D XDrive. I cross the Alps between north and south of the country regularly (the least monthly) in every season, and do some long stretches (1'200 km in a week end) every quarter. So far no snow and ice so ice and snow rating please do not consider. I am actually concerned to see the snow and ice rating are very negative on TR since I got them recommended and cannot say anything bad of the supplier and of the tyres themselves: quite, grippy, not improving mpg despite moving from 245 / 45 in summer (Michelin PS 5) to 225 / 55 in winter but still OK (45 UK mpg easy). I already drove below 0 C with no issues or misbehaviour. Also, I am surprised such a premium brand can deliver something not performing considered that other models are at least OK. I come from Dunlop WS 5 in a former car which proved splendid, but for this new car this was the recommendation of my usual tyre guy and cannot say anything bad so far. Comments welcome.
    Helpful 18 - tyre reviewed on January 9, 2023
    Given 84% while driving a Volkswagen Golf 7 TDI (225/45 R17) on mostly town for 1,000 spirited miles
    Really quiet, no aquaplanning; but not good on snow espacially driving to uphills.
    On my old car; i was using 175/65/14 Sava Eskimo + ; those were much more better that Ug8 performance
    Helpful 91 - tyre reviewed on September 24, 2015
    Given 30% while driving a SEAT Leon SC FR 1.4 TSI (225/40 R18) on a combination of roads for 16,000 spirited miles
    I had these tires for four years. In the first year, I did not notice anything wrong with them but in time the grip disappeared. In the snow, on ice and even in wet and muddy winter conditions, you could not stop the car without the ABS interfering. They would lose grip in wet conditions. Going on from a standstill uphill, the wheels would span and the tires could not assure the grip needed.
    Helpful 16 - tyre reviewed on September 8, 2022
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    Given 49% while driving a Citroën C5 Tourer (245/45 R18) on a combination of roads for 0 average miles
    Very very good for wet, if you drive in wet is best tire, but bad on snow and dry, bad comfort and too much noise, dont buy, too much money, have better tires in mid/budget class
    Helpful 10 - tyre reviewed on January 10, 2023
    Given 89% while driving a Alfa Romeo (225/45 R17) on mostly country roads for 8,000 spirited miles
    A revelation. Grip in greasy roundabouts. Less noise. To be fair, had no snow so far in 2 winters. But am now a winter tyre convert. Only downside is -2mpg
    Helpful 26 - tyre reviewed on June 16, 2015
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    Given 91% while driving a Audi A5 (255/35 R19 V) on a combination of roads for 10,000 average miles
    Some car tire brands suit different cars and you can go from one brand to an other and it will transform your car. Had michelin pa3 tires as our winter tire on the car and have no complaints with these. However the goodyears have took the car to another level, the grip from these when setting off is amazing even in wet conditions. The car is planted and stable at all speeds and do give you total confidence in all weathers. Comfort level is just as good as michelins but noise level is much better. Brill tires and would recommend to anybody with 19 inch rims on the car in winter.
    Helpful 18 - tyre reviewed on November 24, 2014
    Given 86% while driving a Peugeot 508 SALOON (215/60 R16 H) on a combination of roads for 35,000 average miles
    For a winter tyre it's really low noise.
    wet road performance is perfect especially aquplaning is unbelieveble.
    but in snow (winter tyre!!) I think not good enough by the way it's weird that the tyres are very good on the ice.
    I drove them for about 35000 km. and there's still 6 mm. wear on tyre.

    Helpful 21 - tyre reviewed on November 20, 2014
    Given 86% while driving a Volvo S80 T6 (245/40 R18 W) on a combination of roads for 10,000 spirited miles
    After previous Conti TS830P and Dunlop WS3D, I decided to try UG8 Performance - in particular because of excellent experience with Eagle F1 A2 as well as the positive reviews. While the dry grip is perfectly fine, these Goodyears are not as great as either TS830P or WS3D. The second slight disappointment came in case of the comfort, as these tyres are less comfy than the previous two. But the rest is excellent - the grip on snow is very good and the wet grip is excellent. While the road feedback is nothing to write home about, the progresiveness is top notch. What makes these tyres truly shining is road noise (extremely silent, no comparison with horribly noisy Dunlops) and wear. After (very fast driven) 10000 miles, the wear is minimal and I am sure they will last for another 10000+ miles. Overall, UG8 Performance are with TS830P the best and most universal winter tyres I know... and the best ones for high speed highways and wet conditions.
    Helpful 18 - tyre reviewed on March 18, 2014
    Given 80% while driving a Toyota Celica VVTLi (215/45 R17) on a combination of roads for 3,500 spirited miles
    Brilliant tyre - Especially in the wet, slush and up to 15cm of snow. This tyre really inspires confidence from the dry right through to the most treacherous of conditions. Road noise not too bad either.
    Helpful 16 - tyre reviewed on January 21, 2013
    Given 76% while driving a BMW 530D (225/50 R17 H) on mostly country roads for 500 average miles
    Very good tires in wet, dry and deep snow. I have a RWD BMW 5 series and it feels like a train on snow now.
    Helpful 22 - tyre reviewed on December 10, 2012
    Given 76% while driving a Volkswagen Passat 2.0TDI (215/55 R16 H) on mostly country roads for 12,000 average miles
    Prior to fitting I drove my normal cross-country route (2 degrees C) and my front tyes felt slippery. After, in the dark I drove home on x4 brand new Mitchelin tyres - same route and experienced much oversteer so kept to low speed (max 50mph), but the grip was amazing! - It felt like 4 wheel drive. I did get overtaken on the straight by an EVO though, but he was motorring! Last couple of days I have kept to main roads in rain and sleet (checked my tyre pressures) and at 70mph have found amazing examples of grip especially when cornering (almost better than UHP tyres in the dry). Compared to summer tyres there is some extra noise at lower speeds, but who cares what matters is grip. My one concern is that my grip will continue to inspire confidence when the laws of physics give up and I will be in stueck! Advice: With your new found winter friends, drive appropriately, remember how you used to drive respectfully with regard to the poor conditions and then look forward to using your winter tyres over several seasons. I have only marked these down on wear/comfort/buy again because they are still new.
    I did look at the other top o' the range brands but decided upon a limit £500 for all 4 tyres. The ContiWInter TS850 were only £5 more per tyre, and to be honest insterested me greatly, but in England we only normally suffer wet snow and slush, so I looked for wet/slush fighting ability (and low noise)as opposed to performance in snow. If I had any real advice, it is research well, order black circles or EU for home delivery and fitting and drive safely.
    Helpful 12 - tyre reviewed on December 7, 2012