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List of Tested Tires:

 

Cooper Weathermaster SA2+

Continental WinterContact TS850P

Hankook Winter i*cept evo2 W320

Goodyear Ultragrip Performance Gen-1

Nankang Winter Activa SV-2

Michelin Pilot Alpin 4

Pirelli Winter Sottozero 3

Nokian WR A4

Yokohama W*drive V905

Toyo Snowprox S954 

 

 

 

  Best tyre for dry roads


Nokian WR A4


 

      

 

  Best tyre for wet roads


Michelin Pilot Alpin 4


 

      

 

  Best tyre for snow


Continental WinterContact TS850P

 


 

      

 

  The quietest tyre


Continental WinterContact TS850P


 

      

 

  The lowest fuel use


Continental WinterContact TS850P


 

      

 

  The best value tyre


Continental WinterContact TS850P


 

 

Summary

 

10  Toyo Snowprox S954

Dry   Dry

Handling   star star star star star


Braking    star star star star

Wet   Wet 

Handling   star star star


Braking   star star star

  Snow 

Handling   star star star


Braking   star star star

Noise   Noise   star star star star

Fuel consumption   Fuel consumption   star star star star

 

 

9  Nankang Winter Activa SV-2

Dry   Dry

Handling   star star star star


Braking    star star star star

Wet   Wet 

Handling   star star star


Braking   star star star

 Snow 

Handling   star star star


Braking   star star star

 Noise   Noise   star star star star star

Fuel consumption   Fuel consumption   star star star

 

 

8   Cooper Weathermaster SA2+

Dry   Dry

Handling   star star star star


Braking    star star star star

Wet   Wet 

Handling   star star star star star


Braking   star star star star

 Snow 

Handling   star star star star


Braking   star star star

 Noise   Noise   star star star star star

Fuel consumption   Fuel consumption   star star star

 

 

7  Nokian WR A4

Dry   Dry

Handling   star star star star star


Braking    star star star star

Wet   Wet 

Handling   star star star star


Braking   star star star

 Snow 

Handling   star star star


Braking   star star star star

 

Noise   Noise   star star star star

Fuel consumption   Fuel consumption   star star star star

 

 

6   Pirelli Winter Sottozero 3

Dry   Dry

Handling   star star star star


Braking    star star star

Wet   Wet 

Handling   star star star star


Braking   star star star star

 Snow 

Handling   star star star star


Braking   star star star

 

Noise   Noise   star star star star

Fuel consumption   Fuel consumption   star star star

 

 

5  Yokohama W*drive V905

Dry   Dry

Handling   star star star star


Braking    star star star star

Wet   Wet 

Handling   star star star


Braking   star star star star

 Snow 

Handling   star star star star


Braking   star star star star

 

 Noise   Noise   star star star star

Fuel consumption   Fuel consumption   star star star

 

 

4  Hankook Winter i*cept evo2 W320

Dry   Dry

Handling   star star star star


Braking    star star star

Wet   Wet 

Handling   star star star


Braking   star star star

 Snow 

Handling   star star star star


Braking   star star star star star

 

 Noise   Noise   star star star star

Fuel consumption   Fuel consumption   star star star

 

 

3  Michelin Pilot Alpin 4

Dry   Dry

Handling   star star star star


Braking    star star star

Wet   Wet 

Handling   star star star star star


Braking   star star star star star

 Snow 

Handling   star star star star


Braking   star star star star

 

 Noise   Noise   star star star star

Fuel consumption   Fuel consumption   star star star star

 

 

2  Goodyear Ultragrip Performance Gen-1

Dry   Dry

Handling   star star star star


Braking    star star star star

Wet   Wet 

Handling   star star star star star


Braking   star star star star star

 Snow 

Handling   star star star star


Braking   star star star star

 

 Noise   Noise   star star star star

Fuel consumption   Fuel consumption   star star star star

 

 

1  Continental WinterContact TS850P

Dry   Dry

Handling   star star star star star


Braking    star star star

Wet   Wet 

Handling   star star star star star


Braking   star star star star star

 Snow 

Handling   star star star star


Braking   star star star star

 

 Noise   Noise   star star star star star

Fuel consumption   Fuel consumption   star star star star star

  


 

Review 

In Europe the question of what winter tires for sports cars have to be, divides drivers into two camps - one prefer that tires provided the maximum coupling on snow, and the second consider that riding qualities on asphalt as in the winter they use the sport cars only on dry and wet roads are more priority, and in case of snowfalls abstain from trips.

Experts consider that key value anyway has coupling on snow and wet covering as in similar conditions a lot of things depend on tires. At the same time when using on dry covering of the tire have to be able to maintain heavy loads and speeds as all of them are intended for sports cars. Thus, from tires rather big level of universality all the same is required, and as has shown the test, not all cope with this task.

The most balanced were two tires developed by Continental and Goodyear, and the third place was taken by tires Michelin which nevertheless had some weaknesses. When experts have estimated the cost of these tires in the German shops, it has appeared that they can quite be considered and the most expensive in the segment. The average price equals 170 euros so mounting of four tires will demand about 800 euros.

While top tires are intended for the exacting drivers who are not constrained financially there are also those who would like to save upon purchase of winter rubber. Especially for them tires Nankang at the cost of 87 euros have been added to the test. The economy can make to 330 euros, but problem that at tires of the Taiwan brand very bad characteristics on snow. They have long braking distance, weak thrust effort and bad controllability on snow-covered surface, and besides, except for the stability test to hydroplaning, they have very poorly acted and on the wet route. At the same time Nankang with their rigid rubber mix provide very good response to turns of wheel and the best braking efficiency on dry covering, and in general they can be recommended to those who goes by the car only in good weather. The similar situation was and with much more expensive Toyo at the cost of 130 euros which can be recommended only with restrictions.

Tires Cooper at the cost of 120 euros have shown mediocre results on snow, but thus could be almost compared to Michelin on dry covering. Besides they have very good indicators on wet surface, especially in respect of resilience to hydroplaning. Thus, they can be recommended for regions where in the winter often it is necessary to move on wet roads.

In the range of 140-150 euros Yokohama, Nokian and Hankook are offered. At tires of Japanese brand the good results on snow accepted on dry and wet asphalt and the high resistance to swing, and at Nokian priorities are placed diametrically. Tires of the Finnish brand save fuel, perfectly work at dry surface, but thus they have weak results on snow and wet covering.

Hankook not could receive assessment It "is recommended", despite good indicators on snow and dry asphalt, and the long braking distance on wet covering became the main reason. Anyway, Hankook could bypass, for example, more expensive Pirelli, at which weak results on snow and dry surface.

Verdict: If there is readiness to be reconciled with small shortcomings, Cooper, Yokohama and Hankook will be interesting alternative to more expensive tires from top brands.