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Firestone Winterhawk 4

Firestone Winterhawk 4

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Pros and cons

  • Great handling on snow
  • Very good aquaplaning resistance
  • Low drive-by noise levels
  • Short braking distance on snow
  • Exceptional handling on the wet
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Competitors

Based on the compiled test results from various sources, the Firestone Winterhawk 4 demonstrates a well-rounded performance with specific strengths and some weaknesses across different driving conditions and metrics. Commonly noted positive attributes include its excellent performance on wet road surfaces, snow, and ice, where it provides good traction, handling, and braking performance. The tyre is praised for its fuel efficiency and low noise level, contributing to a more comfortable and economical driving experience. These qualities are consistently mentioned across different tire dimensions, suggesting a reliable performance character of the Winterhawk 4 in winter conditions and its efficiency in terms of fuel consumption.


However, the Winterhawk 4 does face criticism for its performance on dry roads. Several tests point out weaknesses such as understeering, extended dry braking distances, and, in some cases, reduced handling precision and responsiveness. These shortcomings are highlighted across various tire dimensions, indicating a potential area for improvement in the tire's design or compound formulation to enhance dry road performance.


Another point of divergence in the test results is regarding the tire's durability and environmental impact. While some tests note a very good kilometer mileage indicating long tire life, others report concerns about increased wear and somewhat lower projected mileage. This discrepancy might stem from differences in test conditions or methodologies but highlights an area of consideration for potential buyers based on their driving habits and preferences.


In terms of comfort and noise, the Winterhawk 4 is generally regarded as having a low noise level, contributing to a quieter and more pleasant driving experience. However, some reports mention weaker ride comfort and audible internal rolling noises, especially in certain tire dimensions, suggesting variability in comfort levels that might be influenced by specific tire size or vehicle type.


Overall, the Firestone Winterhawk 4 is perceived as a commendable choice for winter driving, offering secure and reliable performance on wet, snowy, and icy roads with the added benefit of good fuel efficiency. Nonetheless, potential buyers should weigh the noted dry road performance issues and consider how the tire's wear and comfort characteristics align with their driving needs and expectations.

Sizes

Firestone Winterhawk 4 is made in 100 sizes, starting from 155/65 R14 up to 275/45 R20.
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Timeline

2020

Firestone Winterhawk 4 was launched and replaced Firestone Winterhawk 3.

2020

Firestone Winterhawk 4 was tested 1x (Használtautó.hu)

2021

Firestone Winterhawk 4 was tested 4x (Autobild,...)

2022

Firestone Winterhawk 4 was tested 4x (ADAC,...)

2023

Firestone Winterhawk 4 was tested 4x (ADAC,...)

Achievements

Best
Exterior noise
Adac 2023
Autobild 2022
Autoklubcr 2021
Best
Snow handling
Autobild 2023
Automotorsport 2022
Best
Aquaplaning - cross
Adac 2023
Best
Aquaplaning - longitudal
Adac 2023
Best
Dry braking
Adac 2023
Best
Snow traction
Adac 2023
Best
Wet braking
Adac 2023
Best
Interior noise
Autoklubcr 2021
Best
Wet circle cornering
Autozeitung 2021

Firestone Winterhawk 4 in tyre tests

All tyre tests where Firestone Winterhawk 4 was featured:
Name Enviromental impactDriving safety
Best values in test22.1
Firestone Winterhawk 432.3
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Name Stopping distance on wetStopping distance on snow
Best values in test31,429,2
Firestone Winterhawk 433,931,0
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Autobild Winter tyre test 2023 225/45 R18
not recommended
Ranked #20 of 20
The Firestone Winterhawk 4 secured the 6th position among 20 competitors, showcasing a commendable performance in a recent evaluation. Testers praised the tire for its balanced driving behavior on snow and wet surfaces, highlighting its proficiency in challenging winter conditions. However, it was not without its drawbacks. Critics pointed out that the Firestone Winterhawk 4 tends to understeer on dry roads and has extended braking distances when dry, combined with an increased rolling resistance. These factors slightly marred its overall impressive capabilities. Despite these criticisms, the tire did not receive a final rating in the test, nor were there specific disciplines or properties in which it was ranked as the absolute best or worst, indicating a well-rounded performance with particular strengths and areas for improvement.
Name WetDrySnowRunning costs
Best values in test2+2+11-
Firestone Winterhawk 42+ 322
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Autobild Winter tyre test 2023 225/60 R18
not recommended
Ranked #9 of 10
The Firestone Winterhawk 4 secured the 9th position in a comprehensive evaluation, showcasing its capabilities primarily on snow, where it excelled in snow braking, snow cornering, and snow handling. Highlighted for its proficiency as a winter specialist with commendable aquaplaning resistance and an attractive price point, this tire managed to draw some positive attention. However, its performance was not without drawbacks. It was particularly criticized for its underwhelming dry handling, characterized by pronounced understeer, a delayed response to steering inputs, and extended braking distances on both wet and dry surfaces. Despite its strengths, these significant concerns led to a final rating of 'Not recommended.'
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Firestone Winterhawk 4
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ADAC Winter tyre test 2022 185/65 R15
satisfactory
Ranked #9 of 16
Securing the 9th position out of 16 competitors, the Firestone Winterhawk 4 earned a final rating of "Satisfactory." Despite performing well on wet roads, snow, and ice, and showing the best score in terms of fuel consumption and wear, its weaknesses on dry roads led to a downgrading of its overall assessment. This tire showcased commendable results in challenging winter conditions, highlighting its efficiency and durability. However, its performance on dry surfaces couldn't measure up, resulting in a recommendation with reservations. The Winterhawk 4 shines in its economic use of fuel and resilience but falls short when it comes to dry pavement, balancing its strengths and weaknesses in winter driving scenarios.
Name WetDrySnowIceRolling resistanceNoiseWear
Best values in test1,71,91,81,91,72,51,5
Firestone Winterhawk 42,03,22,22,11,7 2,82,5
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Autobild Winter tyre test 2022 215/55 R17

Ranked #14 of 56
Name Stopping distance on wetStopping distance on snow
Best values in test32,825,4
Firestone Winterhawk 43626,4
Autobild Winter tyre test 2022 215/55 R17
satisfactory
Ranked #16 of 19
The Firestone Winterhawk 4 secured the 14th position out of 19 competitors in a notable evaluation, indicating a competitive but not top-tier performance. Among its strengths, the tire boasts impressive snow handling capabilities, minimal noise while rolling, and an outstanding tread life, satisfying those looking for durability and a quiet ride during winter conditions. However, its performance was not without drawbacks. The tire displayed only adequate performance on dry surfaces, coupled with extended braking distances on both wet and dry roads, and a ride comfort that left something to be desired. Despite these mixed outcomes, specific areas of absolute best or last performance did not emerge, underscoring its balanced, though not exemplary, capabilities across various criteria.
Name WetDrySnowRunning costs
Best values in test2+2+2+2+
Firestone Winterhawk 423+2+ 2+
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Source: www.autobild.de
AutoMotorSport Winter tyre test 2022 245/45 R19
good
Ranked #5 of 8
Securing the fifth position among eight competitors, the Firestone Winterhawk 4 earned itself a 'Good' final rating in a notable winter automotorsport event. Testers praised the tire for its easily manageable nature, impressive driving dynamics, high level of grip, and considerable reserves on snow, which made it stand out, especially in the disciplines of snow handling and lateral guidance on snow. However, the tire was not without its drawbacks; its performance was marred by weak braking capabilities, a lack of grip reserves, sensitivity to load changes on wet surfaces, an increased risk of aquaplaning, and longer braking distances on dry roads. Additionally, it was noted for generating noticeable noise while rolling, contributing to a less comfortable driving experience. Despite its dynamic prowess in snow-rich environments, the Firestone Winterhawk 4 showed significant deficits in wet and dry conditions.
Name WetDrySnowRolling resistanceNoise
Best values in test9,39,4101010
Firestone Winterhawk 46,46,78,988
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Source: reifenpresse.de
Name Stopping distance on wetStopping distance on snow
Best values in test32,127,3
Firestone Winterhawk 433,528,6
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Source: www.autobild.de
Autobild Winter tyre test 2021 205/55 R16
satisfactory
Ranked #10 of 20
Name WetDrySnowRolling resistanceWear
Best values in test2+2+11-1
Firestone Winterhawk 42+ 3+1- 2+2
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Source: www.autobild.de
ADAC Winter tyre test 2021 225/50 R17
satisfactory
Ranked #12 of 18
Name WetDrySnowIceNoiseWear
Best values in test1,61,91,52,12,71,5
Firestone Winterhawk 42,13,31,92,1 2,92,5
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Source: www.adac.de
Autozeitung Winter tyre test 2021 235/55 R18
highly recommended
Ranked #5 of 10
Name Points totalWetDrySnow
Best values in test386143138118
Firestone Winterhawk 4363125123115
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Source: reifenpresse.de
Name Stopping distance on dryStopping distance on wetStopping distance on ice
Best values in test13,914,816,4
Firestone Winterhawk 414,415,925,3
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Source: www.autonavigator.hu

Test ratings distribution

100% (1x)85% (6x)0% (2x)
Highly recommendedSatisfactoryGoodNot recommended
1x4x2x2x

Ratings x Wheel size

R15R16R17R18R19
85% (1x)85% (2x)85% (2x)33.3% (3x)85% (1x)

Ratings x Width

185/xx Rxx205/xx Rxx215/xx Rxx225/xx Rxx235/xx Rxx245/xx Rxx
85% (1x)85% (2x)85% (1x)28.3% (3x)100% (1x)85% (1x)

FAQ

  1. Where is Firestone Winterhawk 4 made?

    Firestone Winterhawk 4 is made in Italy.

  2. Is this tyre suitable for SUVs?

    Yes, this tyre is also made in SUV sizes.

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