Matador MP 59 Nordicca MS

The Matador MP 59 Nordicca MS is a Touring Winter tyre designed to be fitted to Passenger Cars.

Dry Grip 86%
Wet Grip 75%
Road Feedback 81%
Handling 72%
Wear 90%
Comfort 85%
Buy again 88%
Snow Grip 80%
Ice Grip 90%

Tyre review data from 12 tyre reviews averaging 83% over 86,300 miles driven.

The MP 59 Nordicca MS is ranked 21st of 96 Winter Touring tyres.

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Top 3 Matador MP 59 Nordicca MS Reviews

Given 83% while driving a SEAT Leon FR 1.8 180HP (225/45 R17) on a combination of roads for 30,000 spirited miles
These were great winter tyres that were finally replaced for reasons I'll explain below. They actually still had a lot of tread left. Grip in the dry and wet was very good. When they were new, I could drive on ice that I couldn't walk on as if it was a damp road. They made short work of moderate snow. They were extremely comfortable and usually quiet although certain road surfaces caused a drone. Handling was OK although the tread squirmed under hard acceleration, needing care to keep in a straight line. I noticed when I put them on for the fifth winter that cold weather grip wasn't as good. When I put them on for season six, the tread had hardened further. They had no grip whatsoever on a slightly icy road and were immediately scrapped. This may be an issue for most winter tyres. In future I'll be scrapping tyres when they're five years old, regardless of wear
Helpful 28 - tyre reviewed on December 1, 2021
Given 86% while driving a Fiat Bravo (205/55 R16 H) on a combination of roads for 15,000 easy going miles
very good tyres exellent in snow and gold weather caution in much water to aquaplaning
Helpful 23 - tyre reviewed on January 2, 2015
Given 90% while driving a Vauxhall Vectra SRI 1.9 (150) (225/45 R17 H) on a combination of roads for 3,000 spirited miles
My driving style is very progressive as I like to test tyres to see what their limits are in all conditions. I've been through all brands of summer tyres on my 220 bhp st220 and vectra 150sri but this was my first set of winter tyres. I went from 215/50/17w in the summer to 225/45/17H.
Bought Them on 15 dec 2012 when it was 5 degrees only for it to go to 12 degrees the next day and for the following week! However this gave me a chance to get them scrubbed in and test them in slight warmer conditions......Review as follows
At 12 degrees I drove them on a 800 mile round trip from the north east to wiltshire. Dry grip was really good and they were comfortable, similar to Barum bravuris2. Yes they are a softer compound but if you raise your tyre psi a little in warmer conditions it limits any movement in the softer sidewall/compound. I know some have commented on the wet grip not being up to scratch but let me explain the characteristics of the tyre with respect to this....if it was raining or roads were damp I pushed them hard accelerating on roundabouts, and although they don't inspire 100% confidence like premium brands in the wet such as Michelin ps2/3 or Goodyear assym 2 , they have never let go or felt even remotely dangerous an I would put them at 95%... I drove in torrential rain for several hours and they were great. The only time they twitched was when they aquaplaned slightly going through a 10ft long, 3 inch deep puddle at 60mph, but I don't know many tyres that wouldnt twitch slightly in similar circumstances....
7 degrees and below.... The tyre performance improves the colder it gets. When it got down to 0-3 degrees they felt similar to my summer tyres with regards to comfort... Below 0 and again performed great..... We've now had 5 days of snow and ice so I've had the chance to test them properly down to -7. In soft snow or snow on ice they've been great.... I've headed for every snow covered hill in sight including one at a 50 degree angle covered in ice with 3 inches of fresh snow... Went up and turned no problem in 2nd gear with only slight movement when turning after I applied a few too many revs....obviously you still can't drive like an idiot in snow but u can trust them as long as your are sensible... Don't think you would get stuck in snow at any time.... In slush or wet snow they are not the greatest when turning as they slide slightly , but they soon regain traction... In straight lines it's no problem......I would put this down to the tread pattern as there is no continuous block in the rubber which would help prevent the side movement...
In summary they are a decent tyre... Looking at reviews of other winter tyres i would imagine they are a slightly cheaper version of the continental winter contact ts830p, about 30 quid cheaper per tyre fitted...

Helpful 21 - tyre reviewed on January 19, 2013
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Latest Matador MP 59 Nordicca MS Reviews

Given 80% while driving a Fiat doblo (185/65 R15) on a combination of roads for 500 average miles
I had a set of these put on our Doblo Cargo a few weeks ago in anticipation of the cold, and possibly white, winter ahead. Although they've only done around 500 miles so far, they seem to be very good. Temperatures haven't really got above 5 or 6 deg, and some mornings have been icy - initially (first 100 miles or so) the tyres felt a bit 'squirmy' and I felt a distinct tendency towards oversteeer, but they've either 'settled' now, or I'm used to the feeling! I've driven through standing water at reasonable speeds, and not noticed any aquaplaning, and on wet roads the tyres offer good grip and show no scary traits when cornering - bear in mind that though the Doblo's not driven flat out, and its in no way a performance vehicle, so these observations are relative to that style of driving! They cost me just under £50 a corner, so quite a saving on 'premium' brands for something that, to me at least, offers just what I was looking for (so far!) in a winter tyre. I'll report back if it snows!
Helpful 21 - tyre reviewed on December 3, 2012
Given 87% while driving a Renault megane cc (205/50 R17 H) on a combination of roads for 5,000 average miles
Have run these tyres in the worst of last years winter in colchester! on wet or dry roads they were great, on the ice and compacted snow they were truly awesome. I was the only car running and making 4x4's look pathetic, climbed a 1 in 5 hill, stopped at the top and pulled away without a hint of a slip or skid. The tyre comes with a really thick rim protector which has saved my alloys on more than one occasion. well worth the money.
Helpful 17 - tyre reviewed on February 2, 2012
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Given 77% while driving a Skoda Octavia (195/65 R15 T) on a combination of roads for 4,500 average miles
Excellent winter tyre(you don't get stucked), but you must be carefull on wet surfaces.
Helpful 22 - tyre reviewed on May 17, 2011
Given 83% while driving a Volkswagen Sharan 1.9TDi (195/65 R15 H) on mostly country roads for 3,000 average miles
Brilliant. £240 set me up for winter driving in a VW Sharan. (Good ground clearance helped in the deep snow (15cm)). I can totally recomment these. During the recent snow in December 2010 I kept moving when the only other vehicles were 4X4. I even managed when it the snow became sheet ice and no other ordinary car could go... Seriously, there were at least 12 occasions when other cars failed to get up a hill and I just passed them... even a FreeLander and a Volvo Cross Country. Bring on the snow!
Helpful 21 - tyre reviewed on February 12, 2011
Given 80% while driving a Skoda Octavia (195/65 R15 T) on a combination of roads for 3,300 average miles
Great handling on dry surface, fuel economy, and very good traction on snow and ice. You must be carefull on wet surfaces (0.8 mm of water at 74 km/h...acvaplaning)
Helpful 15 - tyre reviewed on January 13, 2011
Given 89% while driving a Saab Automobile vector sport (225/45 R17 V) on mostly town for 2,000 easy going miles
Excellent winter tyre, highly recommended for use in the Arctic North East of England.
Helpful 18 - tyre reviewed on December 21, 2010