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Auto Express Winter Tyre Test 2020 with Blackcircles.com

Auto Express Winter Tyre Test 2020 with Blackcircles.com

Recently, Auto Express published the results to this year’s winter tyres test.

Despite the rise in popularity of all-season tyres, the winter tyre segment is still a large market – with a wide range of models.

To help motorists make an informed choice, Auto Express has taken 10 popular winter tyres and put them through a number of tests – highlighting their strengths and weaknesses in winter conditions.

Winter Tyres Test: Size & Models

Each tyre tested came in size  205/55 R16, and below is the full list of models:

Winter Tyres Test: Criteria

As part of this test, Auto Express thoroughly put each tyre through it’s paces. Focusing on the following key performance areas:

Winter Tyres Test: Results

1st – Bridgestone Blizzak LM005

We say: customers have rated the tyre highly – giving it an overall score of 4.7/5. With feedback focusing on impressive grip in winter weather and reliable stopping distances in wet and dry conditions.

Auto Express says: Thanks to standard-setting wet performance, the Blizzak is an ideal tyre for British winters, which see far more rain than snow on the road.

2nd – Hankook Winter i*cept RS2

We say: Motorists who ordered this tyre in the past have left positive reviews – with feedback highlighting the tyre’s performance on snow, plus improved comfort and good fuel economy.

Auto Express says: Return to form for the Winter i*cept RS2, although this time that’s more due to its performance in the wet rather than on snow.

3rd – Michelin Alpin 6

We say: Launched at the end of 2018, motorists have been impressed with the tyre’s grip and complete performance. Customers have left an overall score of 4.4/5.

Auto Express says: Yet another good result for the Alpin 6, which is well suited to UK winters thanks to its good performance in the wet.

4th – Pirelli Cinturato Winter

We say: Not a particularly high selling model - however customer who have purchased the tyre have left very positive reviews. Focusing on wet grip and scoring it 4.9/5 overall.

Auto Express says: Good snow performance is offset by mid-pack wet-test results. Fuel economy needs addressing if it is to challenge the best.

5th – Goodyear UltraGrip Performance +

We say: A good seller following their previous win. Customers have been impressed with the tyre, scoring an overall 4.9/5. Reviews often comment on wet performance, plus stability on snow and ice.

Auto Express says: No repeat win for the UltraGrip Performance +. It remains a top performer on snow, but has to give best to some rivals in the wet and dry.

6th – Falken Eurowinter HS01

We say: A somewhat lesser known model, it’s not a tyre which has seen a great deal of orders. However, good reviews have been left by motorists – achieving an overall score of 4.2/5.

Auto Express says: This tyre’s steady improvement continues, although its grip on snow and in the wet still needs further development.

7th – Dunlop Winter Sport 5

We say: First launched over 3 years ago, this tyre enjoys good winter sales. Customers who purchased the tyre have left feedback focusing on the tyre’s wet performance – scoring it 4.5/5 overall.

Auto Express says: Good on snow, but braking a concern elsewhere. Fuel economy and comfort impress but we hope a Winter Sport 6 is in the pipeline.

8th – Nokian WR Snowproof

We say: This is not a tyre that we sell, as such we are unfortunately unable to provide any insight into the tyre’s popularity or performance with our customers.

Auto Express says: Remarkable fuel economy deserves credit, but is this what drivers want when buying a winter tyre primarily for superior performance in poor conditions?

Did not compete - Continental WinterContact TS 870

We say: Unfortunate that this tyre could not take part. Its predecessor is a popular tyre with our customers – so good things are expected of this tyre when it can be tested.

Auto Express says: It’s unfortunate that this tyre could not be included in the overall results. Its predecessor is a popular tyre with our customers – so good things are expected of this tyre when it finally does go on sale.

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