What Is The Best Winter Tyre Option?

Mon 23rd Dec 2019

Thinking of fitting winter tyres to your car in preparation for the likely cold snap? Did you know that there are a range of different options available?

Thankfully the team at Car Magazine have conducted independent tests to find the best snow and winter tyres available. By sourcing their tyres from a variety of suppliers in Germany, the magazine then took those tyres to a special Arctic test facility in Finland to find the best available option.

The test looked at a number of parameters including deceleration, traction, steering, precision and driving stability before coming up with a winner, the Goodyear UltraGrip Performance Gen-1.

“We tested it in a V-spec and it offers high safety reserves on snow and in dry conditions, and is particularly easy to grip on wet asphalt. Despite its overall strong performance, it failed to come first in any one discipline,” said the Car Magazine report on the top performing Goodyear.

Other tyres to do well in the tests include the Michelin Alpin 5 described as ‘outstanding in the wet and dry’, the Vredestein Wintrac Pro which was ‘a balanced winter tyre that fits all round’ and the Dunlop Winter Sport 5, rated as ‘brilliantly safe in adverse conditions’.

Though British winters don’t tend to have the same conditions as some parts of northern Europe, there are a growing number of drivers choosing to switch tyres. But be warned, it’s an expensive process with all four wheels costing in the region of £400-600 dependent on the car and of course the consideration of new wheels to put the tyres on. If you can afford winter tyres it’s a safer option, however there are no rules which suggest that all cars must have them fitted in the UK.