Winter tire tests 2016: All tests at a glance – The best winter tires 2016

New winners, old acquaintances and dangerous failure: We analyzed the 2016er winter tire test of ADAC, AUBI, AMS, GTÜ and ACE and summarized.

Overview and compared: With us you will find, as every year an overview of the most important winter tire tests
Overview and compared: With us you will find, as every year an overview of the most important winter tire tests

Source: ADAC

Berlin - Colorful leaves, late nights, new wheels: In October, the tire change season begins. Automobile clubs and specialist magazines have also tested 2016 winter and all-season tires and graded. We analyzed all the tests for you and the overall winner named.

2016 is all about standard sizes. The ADAC tested 225/45 R17 together with the partner clubs from Switzerland and Austria winter tires in the dimension 185/65 R15 subcompact and in Mittelklassenmaß. GTÜ and AutoBild tested the compact car size 205/55 R16. Auto Motor und Sport tested winter tires for compact SUV 215/60 R17, Auto Bild wheel winter tires for large SUVs in 255/55 R18.

In addition to pure winter tires rated ADAC, ACE and Auto Bild All-season tires in 205/55 R15. Here are the key findings from the latest tests:

  • Well-known brands win comparison tests: Continental, Dunlop, Michelin and Goodyear on the top places
  • Cheap Asian tires often rated as "dangerous"
  • Different opinions on all-season tires: ADAC and ACE recommend, Auto Bild awarded high marks
  • All season tires with weaknesses in the winter or summer mode

ADAC, ÖAMTC, TCS: Winter tire test with 185/65 R15

The ADAC tested winter tires in size 185/65 R15. These are used for example for vehicles of small and compact cars The ADAC tested winter tires in size 185/65 R15. These are used for example for vehicles of small and compact cars Source: ADAC; Photo credit: Goodyear

Cheap, but noisy and slippery: The ADAC tested in the compact car size 185/65 R15 15 winter tires. With wear and tear all candidates performed well or very well. Bad marks were for the entire field in the discipline noise and comfort. In addition, most tires drove mediocre to moisture and ice.

"Very good" ADAC did not forgive. The best-Goodyear Ultra Grip 9 and Michelin Alpin A4 from the club judged each "good". A broad middle (eleven tires "satisfactory") comes about by a devaluation: From the evaluation "satisfactory" is one of the worst individual score in safety-relevant criteria as a final grade. Firestone Winterhawk 3 and adhesive Krisalp HP2 cut "poor" from.

GTÜ: Winter tire test with 205/55 R16

The testing organization GTÜ tested 13 winter tires in the compact car size 205/55 R16 on routes of 2,000 kilometers. A total of seven profiles rated the GTÜ as "highly recommended", two more than "recommended". Striking: The cheapest tires compared (Nexen WinGuard Snow'G WH 2, set for about 230 euros) depends on more expensive tires.

Overall victory brings the Continental WinterContanct TS860 with decent lead over the Nokian WR 4D and the Pirelli Cinturato winter. Goodyear, Michelin, Dunlop and Hankook also reach the top grade. The Westlake SW618 his other hand, "dangerous" and coincided with a "Poor" by. Kumho, Vredestein and GT Radial patzen especially in wet conditions.

Auto Bild: Winter tires 205/55 R16

The Auto Bild and GTÜ have winter tires in size 205/55 R16 viewed. This tire size is predominantly in the compact class for use The Auto Bild and GTÜ have winter tires in size 205/55 R16 viewed. This tire size is predominantly in the compact class for use Source: Auto image GTÜ; Photo credit: Continental

In the winter tire test of the Auto Image total of 27 tires were on the brake test. The 20 best profiles evaluated the magazine accurately. Surprises, there was noContinental Winter Contact TS860, Michelin Alpin 5 and Goodyear Ultra Grip 9 to square one ( "exemplary") share.

Dunlop, Pirelli, Semperit, Nokian and Hankook rated the Auto Bild "good", nine other tires as "satisfactory". Large outliers there is not in the test. Only BF Goodrich G-Force Winter and Fulda Kristall Control HP are due to weaknesses in wet handling "conditionally recommended". Cheap tires did not make it into the Top 20.

ADAC, ÖAMTC, TCS: winter tires 225/45 R17

Again a wide Midfielders: Winter tires in the mid-size 225/45 R17 cut in the first place "satisfactory" from. The club classifies most of the results because of weakness in the wet or dry road surface, some due to errors on snow or due to a high wear. The only "good" tire in the test: Dunlop Winter Sport 5 small disadvantage of comfort. In this discipline, but no Pneu reached a good evaluation.

3. The club recommends to the second and third roll Pirelli Winter Sottozero 3 and Firestone Winterhawk to study the detailed ratings. A high wear need not be a disadvantage at low mileage. The worst tire in the test come from Matador (MP92 Sibir Snow) and BF Goodrich (G-Force Winter²).

Auto Motor und Sport: Winter tires 215/60 R17

18-inch model for SUVs and SUVs this year has been the 18-inch model for SUVs and SUVs tested this year, the "Auto Bild Allrad". The best tires of size 255/55 R18 was therefore Goodyear Source: Auto, Motor und Sport; Photo credit: Continental

The specialist magazine Auto Motor und Sport tested winter tires for compact SUV. The size 215/60 R17 fits among other Audi Q3, BMW X3, Jeep Compass, Nissan Qashqai, Volvo XC70 and VW Tiguan. A total of ten tires performed well, only one tire was "conditionally recommended".

In AMS Comparison of Continental TS850P SUV wins. The testers criticized only the volume and slight weaknesses on dry asphalt. Behind Nokian WR 4D follow ( "recommendable") and Goodyear Ultra Grip Performance SUV gene 1 ( "recommended (subject to change)"). Westlake and GT Radial are "not recommended," the worst of the Chinese star performer SPTV cuts.

Auto Bild Allrad: Winter tires 255/55 R18

Similar picture at the big SUV: The Chinese Gripmax Stature M / S disappointed on dry roads and failed when wet. Auto Bild Allrad rated him as "not recommended", despite the low price of 360 euros per set.

Test winner in the category tires for large SUV is the Goodyear Ultra Grip Performance SUV gene 1 ( "exemplary"). Continental Winter Contact TS 850P ( "exemplary") and the Dunlop Winter Sport ( "exemplary") share second place 5 SUV. Pirelli, Michelin and Hankook evaluate the tester with "good".

ADAC: all-season tires in 205/55 R16

All season the club rated relatively poorly. The compact car 205/55 R16 cuts tend to be bad from some profiles as bad as a "good summer tire" in use all year round. Interesting: A "good winter tires" continues despite weaknesses on dry roads at the level of a mediocre all-weather tire. A perfect compromise does not exist, focus bound develop the manufacturer.

tt tt Source: ADAC At least two tires get the ADAC rating of "satisfactory". Michelin Cross Climate can in many disciplines more, but reached on snow only a "satisfactory" and therefore devalued. Him the Vredestein Quadrac follows 5. All other tires according to the ADAC "sufficient" or "poor". Note: The Bridgestone A001 has no snowflake symbol on the tire sidewall.

Auto Bild: all-season tires in 205/55 R16

The Auto Bild awards in all-season tires better overall scores. Again, the Michelin Cross Climate win ( "exemplary"), but the testers also provide weaknesses on snow resistant. Second place ( "good") goes to the Goodyear Vector 4Seasons Gen-2, third place ( "satisfactory") to the adhesive Quadraxer second

Nine tires have the "satisfactory" or better. However, reviewing Firestone Multi Season testers with "conditionally recommended" because of weaknesses on wet and dry roads. Out of competition here is that the Nankang All Season Plus with satisfactory performance in wet and dry roads, but weaknesses in snow.

ACE: all-season tires in 205/55 R16

The ACE criticized in the current all-season tire test especially the properties at high temperatures. "The tested all-season tires are in principle rather Winter tires that perform poorly in general in the dry about stopping distance"The club concludes. After all, still a tire received the verdict" highly recommended ".

The Nokian Weatherproof brings the overall victory with decent values ​​on snow and wet, but weaknesses on dry roads. Second place goes to the Goodyear Vector 4Seasons, third place at the Michelin Cross Climate. All other candidates are "conditionally recommended" or "not recommended". The worst of the Bridgestone A001 cut off.

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sourceADAC, ACE, Auto Bild, Auto Motor und Sport, GTÜ