Sava Eskimo S3+

The Sava Eskimo S3 Plus is a Touring Winter tyre designed to be fitted to Passenger Cars.

Dry Grip 76%
Wet Grip 75%
Road Feedback 71%
Handling 73%
Wear 78%
Comfort 83%
Buy again 81%
Snow Grip 90%
Ice Grip 84%

Tyre review data from 29 tyre reviews averaging 79% over 335,000 miles driven.

The Eskimo S3+ is ranked 34th of 96 Winter Touring tyres.

Latest Tyre Test Results

2019 ADAC 185/65 R15 Winter Tyre Test - 14th of 16 tyres

  • Positive - Great results in the snow
  • Negative - Weak dry performance
  • Overall - Average
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2018 ADAC Winter Tyre Test - 175/65 R14 - 8th of 12 tyres

  • Positive - Good in the snow
  • Negative - Relatively weak in the dry and wet
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2017 ADAC Winter Tyre Test - 195/65 R15 - 15th of 16 tyres

  • Positive - Especially good in the snow
  • Negative - Weak on dry roads, relatively weak in the wet
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2019 Tyre Tests

  • 14th: 2019 ADAC 185/65 R15 Winter Tyre Test (185/65 R15)
  • 2018 Tyre Tests

  • 8th: 2018 ADAC Winter Tyre Test - 175/65 R14 (175/65 R14)
  • 2017 Tyre Tests

  • 15th: 2017 ADAC Winter Tyre Test - 195/65 R15 (195/65 R15)
  • 2015 Tyre Tests

  • 21st: 2015 Winter Tyre Market Overview (185/60 R14)
  • 2014 Tyre Tests

  • 9th: 2014 ADAC Winter Tyre Test - 175/65 R14 (175/65 R14)
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    Top 3 Sava Eskimo S3 Plus Reviews

    Given 86% while driving a Skoda (165/70 R13) on a combination of roads for 10,000 average miles
    Snow: These tyres are pure snow tyres. Driving on snow is awesome - once I've tryed to go through really high snow like 40cm on dirt mountain road - the car was more likely sitting on snow by its bottom, rather than on tyres and I was still able to drive it through.

    Dry: The opposite of this value is handling on dry roads - the high, soft and small rubber blocks are acting more like a gelly when it comes to sporty drive. It still has a good grip, but it has nothing in common with precise driving. You can really hear the sound of rolling rubber blocks even in decent cornering or accelerating. But its kind of funny aspect of driving these tyres :-)

    Lifetime: I have two cars - one for winter and convertible for the summer, so i am wearing these tyres all season, while driving only few 100 miles in the summer, but the tire still has an ability to stay for 3 to 4 seasons while driving arround 5000 miles a year.

    Summary: I would recommend these tyres for those who want to stay safe in mountains during the winter and accept its limitations during +0 degrees temperatures. Because I am buying them just for the snow, I am going to buy them for ever :D

    PS: But please consider that every tyre acts differently in different tyre sizes! I was surprised how differently the same tyre model could act on different cars. My review is for 165/70 R13 on car which weight is about 1000kg without driver.
    Helpful 19 - tyre reviewed on July 7, 2023
    Given 66% while driving a Opel Corsa (165/70 R13 T) on mostly town for 8,000 average miles
    - Impressive grip on snow,
    - Quiet even at 70mph and very easy to steer them.
    - Above-average road feedback.

    - Poor grip on dry and wet tarmac.
    - When they lose grip, they tend to be wild.
    - Worn very fast, lasting 8000 miles, driven mostly in the city.
    Helpful 109 - tyre reviewed on April 18, 2016
    Given 89% while driving a Lancia 1.6 Mjet 120hp (205/55 R16) on mostly country roads for 60,000 average miles
    Bought on winter '19/'20 and driven approximately 60 thousand in next three winter seasons. Better handling then Conti Eco Contact. After three winter and 60k km it lost its properties
    Helpful 32 - tyre reviewed on April 30, 2022
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    Latest Sava Eskimo S3 Plus Reviews

    Given 70% while driving a Ford B Max 1.5d 95hp (195/55 R15) on a combination of roads for 4,500 average miles
    PROs: Pretty quiet Safe balance in the dry Pretty good in the snow Decent braking in all conditions CONs: Very, very spongy feeling in the steering wheel Wheelspin in the rain (less so when slightly wet but not currently raining) Road feedback exists, but is often misleading due to the sponginess I would say this is a safe tyre for the average driver, even for a few spirited trips. Except for the very apparent sponginess, I would say this is a very good value tyre.
    Helpful 14 - tyre reviewed on March 6, 2023
    Given 64% while driving a Fiat croma (195/65 R15) on a combination of roads for 7,000 average miles
    Good in snow and ice, average on wet, dry not suitable if you need to stop. For a budget tyre is good option in winter, slippery on wet in corners when applying some speed, great mileage.
    Helpful 19 - tyre reviewed on October 4, 2022
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    SEAT (205/55 R16) on mostly town for 10,000 average miles
    Perfect tyre for winter. Excellent snow grip.
    Helpful 26 - tyre reviewed on October 19, 2020
    Given 80% while driving a Opel Vectra C 1.9CDTi 150bhp (205/55 R16 H) on a combination of roads for 10,000 average miles
    Tire performs good both on dry and wet roads and is excellent on snow and icy roads. Great price/performance. Would buy again
    Helpful 23 - tyre reviewed on October 18, 2020
    Given 69% while driving a Toyota Auris (205/55 R16) on a combination of roads for 35,000 average miles
    I bought them couple of years ago as I couldn't find anything better at the moment. I will be completely honest. The first 2 winter seasons they were amazing. Like premium ones. But after those 2 years they were below average. I mean sure.. they break and all but with water they worked only like 75% and in snow less than 50%. Twice I needed to go through ice and I wouldn't do it again.
    Helpful 20 - tyre reviewed on April 8, 2020
    Given 77% while driving a Volkswagen Golf Variant Estate 2.0 TDi 140 DSG (205/55 R16 T) on a combination of roads for 15,000 average miles
    Tires have been driven for 3 winters and about 25000km. Grip is pretty good, not the best there is, but for the price it's great. Wet grip isn't quite the best, but it's far from bad. On snow the tires are perfect. Would buy again.
    Helpful 27 - tyre reviewed on March 1, 2020
    Given 64% while driving a Peugeot 407Hdi (225/45 R17) on a combination of roads for 5,000 average miles
    Good cheap tyre with great snow grip.
    Helpful 30 - tyre reviewed on August 7, 2019
    Given 76% while driving a Volkswagen Golf 7 TDI (195/65 R16 H) on a combination of roads for 30,000 average miles
    The tire has average dry grip but not even close to be dangerous. In wet its little better. In snow it's excellent. Grip in snow is outrageously good. Handling and breaking is very good in snowy conditions. On ice has good grip and breaking. Wear is very low. In comperison to continintal or michelin in my opinion is better in snow and worse in dry conditions. On average in my opinion very good snow tire.
    Helpful 28 - tyre reviewed on March 4, 2019
    Given 80% while driving a Volkswagen Golf Mk5 1.9 TDI (225/45 R17) on a combination of roads for 0 spirited miles
    I have a good experience with them. Used the all seasons, 2 winters the tires are kinda done, only this winter are usable but still they have a good drip in the snow and ice.
    On heavy rain i've had pretty good grip, almost drove like it was dry, never had aquaplane with them, the noise when they were new was a little high but it's not that much of a problem, after they worn out a little bit the noise disappears.
    Handling was very good, didn't had any problem. I do recommend them, and they are pretty cheap.
    Helpful 29 - tyre reviewed on January 27, 2019
    Given 76% while driving a SEAT Toledo (185/60 R15 H) on a combination of roads for 7,000 average miles
    Driven one winter season, very good on snow, soft tyre, comfortable and quiet, handling - medium rating, low price. These were made in Spain, XL version. I dont like Sava eskimo pattern. Estimated lasting on front tyres (front wheels drive) 20000+ km, on rear weels 30000+ km.
    Helpful 23 - tyre reviewed on August 24, 2017
    Given 91% while driving a Citro├źn 1.0 petrol (155/70 R13 T) on a combination of roads for 2,000 average miles
    So, this is an initial review after driving on these tyres for 1 season from mid November to mid March in Croatis. I bought them new and they were made in 2016 in Poland. Take this review with a grain of salt because I can only compare these Eskimos to some old winter tyres (Klebers and Barums I think) that were on the car when I bought it and with my current summer tyres (Nokian iLines).

    I decided to change my old tyres last fall when I noticed a disconcerting lack of grip on damp roads. I bought only 2 tyres because money was an issue and had them installed to the front. I bought them for 300 kunas ( approx. 40 euros) a piece at my local garage with everything included, so it was a good deal. The change was very positive. Dry grip was very good and wet grip was much improved (unlike some drivers here I don't find these tyres lacking in the wet, just the opposite, even when compared to my Nokians). Road feedback is good and at first I taught the handling was pretty good, that is until I put the Nokians on. The iLines are much better and much sportier, but to my surprise the Eskimos are more comfortable and quieter. Just to note my profile, or my car for that matter, isn't sporty but the differences are pretty noticeable.

    OK, so they are a pretty decent winter tyre in these regards but where they really shine is where you'd expect them to: in the snow. We had a couple of days of snowfall here in Croatia and it was real "canadian" weather. I'm talking 30 centimeters of snow on the road in a couple of hours. I needed to make a trip to a nearby town and I felt confident after reading the reviews on this site. Let me tell you I was unstoppable. The snowplows couldn't clean the snow at the rate it was falling, the weather was really bad but I never lost control. I went up some steep roads and down feeling safe.

    There you have it. These tyres are safe, comfortable, magnificent in the snow and cheap, although not sporty at all. The wear seems minimal for now and I can recommend them to people who want cheap and comfortable dedicated winter tyres.
    Helpful 44 - tyre reviewed on May 1, 2017
    Given 100% while driving a Subaru Impreza (175/70 R14) on a combination of roads for 1,000 average miles
    I drive these tyres on a subaru impreza.On snow and ice its basically unstoppable with them.
    Helpful 16 - tyre reviewed on December 1, 2016