Nexen Winguard Sport

The Nexen Winguard Sport is a Touring Winter tyre designed to be fitted to Passenger Cars.

This tyre has been replaced by the Nexen WinGuard Sport 2.

Dry Grip 82%
Wet Grip 79%
Road Feedback 78%
Handling 65%
Wear 85%
Comfort 81%
Buy again 85%
Snow Grip 90%
Ice Grip 50%

Tyre review data from 21 tyre reviews averaging 77% over 132,205 miles driven.

The Winguard Sport is ranked 40th of 96 Winter Touring tyres.

Latest Tyre Test Results

2023 Winter Tyre Test 54 Set Braking Test - 48th of 54 tyres

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2022 Auto Bild Winter Tyre Test - 14th of 22 tyres

  • Positive - Good traction and short braking distances on snow, stable wet and dry handling.
  • Negative - Understeering behavior on snow, limited mileage, high rolling resistance.
  • Overall - Good.
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2022 Winter Tyre Market Overview - 15th of 57 tyres

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2023 Tyre Tests

  • 48th: 2023 Winter Tyre Test 54 Set Braking Test (225/45 R18)
  • 2022 Tyre Tests

  • 14th: 2022 Auto Bild Winter Tyre Test (215/55 R17)
  • 15th: 2022 Winter Tyre Market Overview (215/55 R17)
  • 2015 Tyre Tests

  • 31st: 2015 Winter Tyre Market Overview (185/60 R14)
  • 2014 Tyre Tests

  • 20th: 2014 50 Winter Tyre Braking Overview (225/50 R17)
  • 2011 Tyre Tests

  • 10th: 2011 Auto Bild Winter Tyre Test (225/45 R17)
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    Top 3 Nexen Winguard Sport Reviews

    Given 91% while driving a BMW 535xd (225/55 R17) on mostly country roads for 11,000 average miles
    Fited these tires to my friends care a bmw e60 535xd ... no problems till now this is the second winter
    Helpful 344 - tyre reviewed on January 7, 2016
    Given 59% while driving a Fiat Stilo (225/45 R17) on a combination of roads for 10,000 spirited miles
    tramlines and loses traction on degrees 4-13 C. Third winter and its worst than before, little bit of wear.
    Helpful 68 - tyre reviewed on December 29, 2016
    Given 64% while driving a BMW 330d M Sport (205/50 R17 V) on a combination of roads for 12,000 spirited miles
    Poor grip in wet conditions. On snow tyre respond better. Dry grip average. Quite comfortable ride, not very noisy.
    Helpful 58 - tyre reviewed on November 8, 2016
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    Tesla (235/45 R18) on a combination of roads for 6,500 average miles
    very good tire, in normal driving. If you drive hard in winter on cold dry road may be the best option. perfect value for money.
    Helpful 22 - tyre reviewed on March 24, 2021
    Given 94% while driving a Honda Prelude 2.2vtec (205/60 R15 H) on a combination of roads for 6,000 average miles
    Winter 2017/2018 was my first experience with Nexen and in any case with Korean tires, so despite relatively good reviews there was certain skepticism about performance, especially in view of mixed test results (target was to find tires which are good on snow and ice like Scandinavian type tires, but also good on dry and wet like tires of continental Europe type, and not expensive). Returning home after tires were mounted I was chocked how they were silent - the best ever I have tried. Noise drop was as I would installed a noise insulation. Confort was also on the top, but partly it could be ensured by a little oversizing: 205/60 instead of 205/55.

    Winter performance was fully satisfactory. In snow and on ice they were subjectively similar to Bridgestone Blizzak Revo GZ and Michelin X-Ice (I): good grip and braking in snow, but on pure ice they were all relatively weak, especially at temperatures slightly below 0C. All provide better handling than braking, so it's necessary to be careful though as with any tires. On dry and wet pavements Nexen looked far better than both with braking - at emergency braking they didn't slide first meters that was always slightly frightening me. Course-keeping ability on dry pavement may be a little bit worse than that with Michelin (quite similar to Bridgestone), but I could feel it just at speed over 120-130 km/h. Wear after 10K km looks typical. Thus, in overall they are really decent winter tires. Nexen, bravo !

    And how to trust all these tire tests ?! Today, in view of my own experience, I may say that there was only one test with Nexen Winguard Sport that looks objective and it was performed in Korea.
    Helpful 34 - tyre reviewed on April 11, 2018
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    Given 100% while driving a Opel astra j 1.6 turbo (225/60 R16) on track for 20,000 average miles
    Super tyres for this price. Good quality!
    Helpful 34 - tyre reviewed on October 26, 2017
    Ford (205/55 R16) on mostly country roads for 205 spirited miles
    Tiers are ok for the price, well my toughts are you cant get everything without the price...well the tires suits 50E each perfectly. Good grip on weat, 80% would i say from 160 ps mondeo short geard. No noise at all, very little road rezistence, feedback is very nice..what i like about them is low rezistence very nice and smooth accel, sporty feedback
    Helpful 34 - tyre reviewed on December 15, 2016
    Given 84% while driving a Ford Fiesta Zetec S (205/40 R17) on a combination of roads for 5,000 spirited miles
    Bought these tyres as my first set of winter tyres. WOW what a difference winter tyres make in cooler weather; anything below about 8 degrees Celsius these seemed to perform better than all the good big brand summer tyres I have owned in the past. I have been running them since november and it is now march and due to living in Scotland I will leave them on until april.

    I was a bit apprehensive about buying the Nexen as they were so cheap however I had read a lot of good reviews and I completely agree. These are fantastic tyres for the money, they offer:
    increased dry and wet grip on cooler days, traction on snow and ice (I tested them on a snow covered car park and I had to really work hard to get my car to skid!!!!) so they do work!, unless you have snow tyres with spikes don't expect better grip on ice, they are quiet on all surfaces and provide good progression and great feedback. Will 100% buy again.
    Helpful 48 - tyre reviewed on March 15, 2016
    Given 83% while driving a Ford Mustang (255/40 R19) on a combination of roads for 2,000 average miles
    Really good tyres. In wet and dry I deel very confident with my mustang rwd.
    Previous tyres were dunlop wintersport 3D and I would certainly go for these Nexens. Very happy user.
    Helpful 33 - tyre reviewed on January 15, 2016
    Given 90% while driving a Audi (235/40 R18 V) on a combination of roads for 10,000 spirited miles
    Used on my Audi A6 after being stuck in the snow everywhere I went one year with Summer tyres. Absolutely fantastic in the snow. Ploughed through deep areas of snow, slush and ice on un-gritted roads without problem. Totally transformed the car in winter weather. Excellent grip in the wet and dry as well. I ended up using the tyres all year round with a 'spirited' driving style. I wouldn't expect them to perform as well as Dunlop/Vredestein on a dry summer's day but they are more than capable as an all-round tyre for typical British weather.
    Helpful 28 - tyre reviewed on January 14, 2016
    Given 77% while driving a Audi A4 2.0 TDi 170 S Line (225/45 R17) on a combination of roads for 0 average miles
    I use this tires on the front wheels only, on the back I have a pair of Hankook Winter ICept Evo W310 Xl, which I used previous winter on the front.

    I'm not sure if my evaluation would be correct, given the fact that I don't have all 4 wheels with the same tires (2&2) but I can certainly compare depending on front wheels grip and I can say that the nexens understirs on semi-dry, on ice are awful, on snow they do fine (got out from pretty hard situations with them) on dry they don't wear that bad grip is semi-good - a lot of tire noise when accelerating.

    I think they are ok for a low budget but next time I'll go for a premium brand. Safety has no price.
    Helpful 25 - tyre reviewed on January 5, 2016
    Given 56% while driving a Toyota (205/55 R16 V) on track for 14,000 easy going miles
    Recommended very good in dry, wet, and silent
    Helpful 29 - tyre reviewed on November 21, 2015
    Given 78% while driving a Saab Automobile 9 3 Vector Sport TiD 150 Saloon (225/45 R17 V) on a combination of roads for 2,000 average miles
    Good price at £62.00 each, plus fitting. Very good in the wet and current cold, icy morning drives. Can't complain for the money but preferred the previous Kleber Quadraxxer tyres but they are £110.00 each. Overall provides confident driving in normal driving style, but not a sports tyre by any means.
    Helpful 16 - tyre reviewed on January 30, 2015
    Given 81% while driving a Ford Fiesta Zetec S (205/40 R17 W) on a combination of roads for 3,000 average miles
    These tyres were a bargain price, and one of the few available below the £100 mark per tyre for my wheel size. I spent a lot of time researching them as was nervous about buying an important piece of kit for driving on snowy roads at such a lower price point than the rest.

    I live in the French ski resort of Courchevel so snowy roads are a regular occurrence.

    Overall I have been impressed by the tyres, I have been able to maintain 30 to 40 mph speeds on roads with 2 cm of compacted snow with out any skidding or loss in breaking performance.(tested on an empty straight road) They have held up pretty well in the corners too, although as always with driving on snow everything needs to be planned and done in slow motion.

    Would I recommend these tyres? In a word yes they are a good all round compromise. My biggest piece of advice for any one driving in the snow a lot is choose your car well.

    The little 1 litre eco boost engine and turbo in my car make it very hard to get any low range torque but as soon as the turbo comes in you do get a lot of wheel spin.
    Helpful 23 - tyre reviewed on January 27, 2015
    Given 80% while driving a Audi (225/40 R18 W) on a combination of roads for 0 average miles
    Fitted to my 2012 A3 2.0 tsi s line. Transforms the car into almost 4 x4 capability. Without these tyres the 2 wheel drive A3 is an embarrassment at the slightest sniff of slush or snow. For the money i cannot complement them enough. Fit them in Nov remove them in March for last 3 yeArs with no appreciable wear at 4000 miles
    Helpful 25 - tyre reviewed on December 30, 2014