Best winter tyres named by leading magazine

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If you are considering fitting winter tyres to your vehicle you may be interested to see the results of the highly respected Auto Bild seven-page winter tyre test.

The German motoring magazine put 50 tyres through their paces to identify the best tyres for use in the cold season and named four as ‘exemplary’, ten ‘recommendable’, and two as ‘conditionally recommendable’.

The report is particularly interesting because it highlights how many tyres failed to get past the first braking test, but after the second round of testing, in which the 16 best-performing of the size 225/50 R17 tyres were further evaluated on a BMW 3 Series, the results also included a couple of positive surprises, according to Tyres and Accessories.

The Dunlop SP Winter Sport 4D, which was named test winner, the Continental WinterContact TS 850, Michelin Alpin A4 and Nokian WR D3 V were awarded the exemplary accolade, with the Dunlop tyre being singled out for its dynamic handling qualities on snow-covered and wet surfaces, progressive steering response and positive steering feedback, safe aquaplaning qualities, plus a good price-performance ratio and high mileage.

The recommendable places were occupied by the Goodyear UltraGrip 8 Performance, Bridgestone Blizzak LM-32S, Pirelli Sottozero Series 3, Semperit Speed-Grip 2, Hankook Winter I*Cept RS, Uniroyal MS plus 77, Barum Polaris 3, Fulda Kristall Control HP, Kumho I’Zen KW27 and – the first Chinese tyre to achieve this rating – the Westlake SW608. Its close relative the Goodride SW608 also made the final 16, but had to settle for a conditionally recommendable result, as did the Cooper WeatherMaster SA2.

etyres supply and fit a wide range of winter tyres to suit all budgets and if you are considering fitting winter tyres to your vehicle we recommend you contact our national sales team on 0800 028 9000 or 0333 323 9000 for a local rate from a mobile phone to find out about our best offers and making an appointment to have your tyres fitted within the next few weeks.

Denna Bowman, Head Office

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