ERJ staff report (DS)
Munich, Germany -- Germany's highly respected motoring club, ADAC has published the results of its annual winter tyre test. Once more, the organisation tested two tyre dimensions: 185/65 R15 T and 225/45 R17 H. The group has changed its scoring system, no longer grading the various tyres as especially recommended and not recommended, instead it awards a score. A low score is better.
In the T-rated segment, the top-scoring tyre was Dunlop SP Winter Sport 3D MO with 2.4 points. The worst tyre on test was the Star Performer Winter, with 5.4 points, which, despite being the cheapest tyre on test, was regarded as positively dangerous by ADAC.
Possibly the most remarkable result of all was that the top 11 tyres on test all scored very similar numbers overall, with the worst of these 11 scoring 2.7. Within this, however, there were variations on comfort, wet grip and ice grip.
In the higher performance segment, the spread was wider. The best on test was the Michelin Alpin A4 with an overall score of 2.3, followed by the Continental ContiWinterContact TS830P with 2.4. Worst of the tyres on test was the Westlake SW601 Snow Master which scored 4.9. Again, this tyre was regarded as dangerous by the test organisation.
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Detailed test results for 185/65 R15 T from ADAC (German language)
Detailed test results for 225/45 R17 H from ADAC (German language)