Goodyear UltraGrip Arctic 2

The Goodyear UltraGrip Arctic 2 is a Premium Touring Winter tyre designed to be fitted to Passenger Cars.

Tyre review data from 1 tyre reviews averaging 91% over 1,500 miles driven, and 4 tests with an average result of 3rd.

Dry Grip 80%
Wet Grip 100%
Road Feedback 90%
Handling 70%
Wear 0%
Comfort 90%
Buy again 100%
Snow Grip 100%
Ice Grip 100%

The UltraGrip Arctic 2 is unranked of 66 Winter Premium Touring tyres.

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2023 Studded Tyre Test
3rd of 8 tyres
  • The second generation of the UltraGrip Arctic has short braking distances on all types of surfaces.

    Despite having class-leading wet grip and the shortest braking distances on dry roads, Goodyear manages to match Nokian and Michelin when it comes to stopping on ice and snow. The initial grip on winter roads is also impressive.

    However, the lateral grip is not quite on par with the very best, and the tyre also has vague steering precision, making it somewhat difficult to place under pressure. This applies to both winter and dry roads. Nevertheless, it doesnt cause any trouble and never puts the driver in a tight spot.

    Goodyear is suitable for those who often drive on dry roads but want studs for the treacherous black ice that lurks in the shadows.
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2022 Studded Winter Tyre Test
3rd of 8 tyres
  • Short braking distances and good traction on ice/snow.
  • Lacks sharpness in the curves, relatively high rolling resistance.
  • The second generation Arctic from American Goodyear exhibited an impressive ice grip that was enough for test victory last year. Again this year, Goodyear performs at its best when it comes to starting and braking on ice and snow. However, it does not impress as much in the curves, neither on ice and snow nor on wet or dry roads. The lateral grip is not quite on par with the very best and the tire also has a somewhat numb steering precision which makes it somewhat difficult to place. But it does not invent a lift and never puts the driver in trouble.

    This is the tire for those who want the shortest braking distance on the winter road but don't care about perfect cornering behavior. However, the rolling resistance is among the highest in the test.
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2021 Nordic Studded Winter Tyre Test
3rd of 8 tyres
  • Overall rating 8.9. Features on ice and snow- Best braking on ice- Good snow grip- Variable driving behavior. Properties on asphalt- Excellent lateral grip on wet- Shortest braking distances in the wet- Precise and conscientious
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Given 91% while driving a BMW BMW E90 325d (225/45 R17) on a combination of roads for 1,500 spirited miles
Was in need for high quality studded winter tyres that supported spirited sideways driving on ice lake with a RWD car and Goodyear Artic 2 delivered. Tyres excel at ice grip in terms of braking and acceleration, when turning, unless you wish to go sideways, it is better to slow down first. It makes sense when looking at the studs because studs are not triangular shape like Michelin X-Ice north 4 nor Nokian Hakkapeliitta 10 but rather plate/bowl shape? Either way, when driving straight, you will get the car to stop in emergencies. Snow grip is also excellent, no problems whatsoever when it comes to grip. Black ice is a tricky part, when the black ice is thin and is just a small coat over asphalt, snap oversteer is paramount, but on thicker black ice (frozen lake) it grips well. Comfort is also great, just some tyre humming due to studs but that is to be expected.

Since i drive a RWD car, of course i am going to disable ABS and all other assists the car has and take it to the ice road for sideways fun. RWD cars are not the best when it comes to acceleration from standstill on ice but with these tyres i had no problems getting going, took some time but it wasn't an issue. As for driving sideways, fun factor was 10/10. Transition from one side to another (Inertia drift/Scandinavian flick) is very smooth and understeer is hard to come by. Tyres don't warm up too much either so it maintains its grip for at least 3-4 kilometers of drift time, after that point, car starts to throw itself a lot more with less feedback than on cold tyres. I did crash into snowbanks and ice walls quite a few times and tyres took some strong impact because of it, however, the tyre stayed on the rim and no puncture was registered. I did lose air at 1 tyre when crashed into ice wall but that was only due to tyre being in bad position leaving a small air crack to leak air from but NO PUNCTURE nor TYRE COMING OFF THE RIM! Rim itself didn't get damaged either. My tyres did not come with Goodyears rim protection i think, but i did get extra load (XL), so i guess they are durable enough as they are.

For RWD cars that drive around during winter, these tyres are fantastic! Lots of sideways fun and predictable behavior on oversteer. Cornering is not so great like Michelin X-Ice North 4 or Hakkapeliitta 10 but straight line braking and acceleration grip make up for it. A bit expensive yet worthwhile investment for 800€ set!
Helpful 36 - tyre reviewed on February 10, 2024