If you are going to buy new winter tires, you have to look carefully at what kind of meat you have in the cockpit.

The market is in fact flooded with new brands, which do not always offer the level of safety that you can expect.

In this tire test you can read which tires you should have.

The summer seemed to be almost endless, but soon it will really happen: winter is approaching.

As winters are generally mild, more and more people are opting for all-season tires.

These are good alternatives for compact and medium-sized cars, but with an oversized sedan such as the BMW 5-series that we used in this test, we would still go for the traditional winter tires.

Too many tires are not worth their money

The purchase of winter tires is still quite a puzzle, because the number of tire manufacturers continues to grow.

We purchased tires in size 245/45 R18 from more than fifty brands during our anonymous online purchasing round and from the tire trade.

To get straight to the point: a third of those tires are not worth the money.

They cause braking distances that are far too long, according to our first safety check.

All tires must qualify in a wet braking test.

Tires that underperform are immediately offside.

Only the tires with the best performance can advance to the next lap and take part in the tests on snow.

The twenty winter tires with the shortest braking distances on average qualify for the final.

With winter tires you will quickly come to a standstill on ground snow.

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All test participants also managed to convince with good safety reserves in the braking test on solid snow.

The summer tire needs almost twice as many meters to bring the car to a stop.

Braking distance at 50 km / h (in meters)

  • Michelin Pilot Alpin 5: 24.3

  • Bridgestone Blizzak LM 005: 24.5

  • Fulda Kristall Control HP2: 24.5

  • BF Goodrich g-Force Winter 2: 24.6

  • Kleber Kristall hp3: 24.6

  • General Altimax Winter 3: 24.7

  • Goodyear Ultragrip Performance +: 24.8

  • Laufenn I Fit +: 24.8

  • Barum Polaris 5: 24.9

  • Vredestein Wintrac pro: 24.9

Cornering / slalom

The interplay of traction, lateral grip and steering behavior determines how well the test BMW runs on snow with the various tires.

Highest speed achieved (in km / h)

  • Dunlop Winter Sport 5: 61.5

  • Goodyear: 61.3

  • Bridgestone: 61.2

  • Continental WinterContact TS 850P: 60.8

  • Fulda: 60.8

  • BF Goodrich: 60.7

  • Uniroyal MS Plus 77: 60.7

  • Kleber: 60.6

  • Hankook Winter i * cept evo3: 60.2

  • Michelin: 60.2


When purchasing a set of winter tires, it is important not to stare blindly at the purchase price, but to thoroughly immerse yourself in the test results of these types of tire tests.

Then you know for sure that you get a lot of tire for your money.

The winter tires from Michelin, Bridgestone, Goodyear, BF Goodrich, Kleber and Hankook go home with the label 'very good'.

At the bottom of the list are the tires of Laufenn, Nokian, General Tire and Pirelli, who scored 'sufficient'.

The only band with the predicate 'moderate' is that of Cooper.

You can find the full ranking here.

The entire test was in AutoWeek 43.

For more information, visit AutoWeek.nl