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Winter tyre test 205/55 R16 - GTÜ 2016

Agenda: Best value in test Better than average value Worse than average value Worst value in test
#NameRating
Points total
Wet
Dry
Snow
Rolling resistance
Noise
Price
1. Continental WinterContact TS 860
Highly recommended
412
142
127
143
25
9
£68
91 T + 4
2. Nokian WR D4
Highly recommended
387
124
121
142
21
8
£85
91 T + 4
3. Pirelli Cinturato Winter
Highly recommended
378
138
101
139
15
9
£67
91 T + 3
4. Goodyear UltraGrip 9
Highly recommended
376
127
117
132
22
9
£86
91 T + 2
5. Michelin Alpin 5
Highly recommended
376
128
108
140
18
8
£151
91 T + 6
6. Dunlop Winter Sport 5
Highly recommended
367
112
119
136
22
8
£101
91 T + 6
7. Hankook Winter i*cept RS2 W452
Highly recommended
363
104
118
141
16
10
£58
91 T + 7
8. Bridgestone Blizzak LM-001
Recommended
341
100
114
127
19
8
£87
91 H + 5
9. Nexen Winguard Snow G WH2
Recommended
341
86
119
136
20
8
10. Kumho WinterCraft WP71
Conditionally recommended
309
76
108
125
16
9
£63
94 V
11. Vredestein Wintrac Xtreme S
Conditionally recommended
307
73
120
114
18
9
12. GT Radial Champiro WinterPro
Conditionally recommended
305
95
108
102
14
10
13. Westlake SW618
Not recommended
249
52
99
98
10
8
#Name - Rating Points total Wet Dry Snow Rolling resistance Noise Price
Above you can see the results of the GTÜ 2016 205/55 R16 test performed by GTÜ on a Volkswagen Golf in 2016. This test was performed in 205/55 R16, but is applicable to other similar sizes, especially in the same tyre width (205). Continental WinterContact TS 860 is the best of 13 tested tyres according to tested properties (Points total, Wet, Dry, Snow, Rolling resistance, ). Other featured tyres include Nokian WR D4, Pirelli Cinturato Winter, Goodyear UltraGrip 9; Some tyres weren't included in the test, such as BFGoodrich G-FORCE WINTER 2, Semperit Speed-Grip 2, Michelin ALPIN A4.

Same size tyres not featured in the test

Tests usually don't cover the whole market - here is our selection what not to miss when shopping for tyres in this size.
#NameOur ratingSegmentPrice
1. GoodYear UltraGrip Performance+
91% Premium £120 94 V
2. Bridgestone Blizzak LM-005
90% Premium £72 91 T + 3
3. Michelin ALPIN 6
89% Premium £85 91 T + 3
4. Continental WinterContact TS 870
89% Premium £90 91 T + 3
5. Goodyear UltraGrip Performance Gen-1
89% Premium £95 91 H + 1
25
6. BFGoodrich G-FORCE WINTER 2
88% Upper-middle £70 91 T + 3
7. Semperit Speed-Grip 2
86% Lowcost
8. Michelin ALPIN A4
86% Premium £80 91 H
9. GoodYear UltraGrip 9+
86% Premium £68 91 T + 2
10. Pirelli WINTER SOTTOZERO Serie III
86% Premium £88 91 H + 3
11. Kleber KRISALP HP3
86% Upper-middle £72 91 T + 3
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12. Firestone Winterhawk 4
84% Upper-middle £64 91 T + 2
13. Hankook Winter i*cept evo2 W320
84% Upper-middle
14. Maxxis Premitra Snow WP6
83% Lowcost £56 0 H + 1
15. Falken EuroWinter HS01
82% Upper-middle £74 91 T + 3
16. Fulda Kristall Control HP2
81% Lowcost £64 91 H + 1
17. Semperit Speed-Grip 3
81% Lowcost £70 91 T + 7
18
18. Toyo Snowprox S954
78% Upper-middle
19. Nokian WR Snowproof
78% Upper-middle £66 91 T + 3
20. Vredestein Snowtrac 5
77% Premium £63 91 T + 2
21. Continental WinterContact TS 860S
76% Premium £115 91 H
22. Giti GitiWinter W1
76% Lowcost
23. Bridgestone Blizzak LM-001 EVO
75% Premium £67 91 T + 2
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24. Debica Frigo 2
75% Lowcost £64 91 T
25. Uniroyal MS Plus 77
74% Upper-middle £58 91 T + 2
26. Sava Eskimo HP2
74% Lowcost £69 91 H + 1
27. Sava ESKIMO S3+
73% Lowcost £65 91 T
28. Barum Polaris 5
69% Lowcost £58 91 T + 3
29. Kumho WinterCraft WP51
68% Upper-middle £52 91 T + 4
30
30. Fulda KRISTALL MONTERO 3
67% Lowcost £81 91 T + 1
31. Nokian WR D3
66% Upper-middle £71 91 T + 2
32. Nexen WinGuard Sport
66% Lowcost
33. Debica Frigo HP2
66% Lowcost £66 91 H
34. Imperial SnowDragon UHP
65% Lowcost £38 91 H + 1
35. Nokian WR A4
63% Upper-middle £65 91 H + 2
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36. Falken EUROWINTER HS449
63% Upper-middle £91 91 H + 1
37. Yokohama BluEarth winter V905
62% Upper-middle £57 91 T + 3
38. Firestone Winterhawk 3
61% Upper-middle £60 91 T + 3
39. Toyo SnowProx S943
38% Upper-middle £107 91 T
40. Matador MP92 Sibir Snow
36% Lowcost £53 91 T + 3
41. Kormoran SNOW
30% Lowcost £49 91 T + 4
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42. Imperial SnowDragon HP
10% Lowcost
43. Imperial SnowDragon 3
1% Lowcost
44. Duraturn Mozzo Winter
1% Lowcost
45. Syron Everest 1 plus
1% Lowcost
#NameOur ratingSegmentPrice

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