Best Tires for Snow

On the threshold of winter every car driver thinks about what tires to choose. Especially for that matter we present you the review of best tires for snow for passenger cars made by German ADAC. They have chosen 14 tires made for relatively mild European conditions (as opposed to “Scandinavian” tires that are designed for very harsh weather). Also we provide you with the results of winter tire tests for light trucks and SUV’s. The attention in this test was drawn to good performance on both snow and asphalt, as 4×4’s are less prone to getting stuck in snow and their owners usually like active driving.

Winter tire ratings

The ratings for best snow tires were made among 14 brands and we are going to provide the Top 5. The tires had R14 size, the most popular size for compact city cars like Ford Fiesta, Toyota Yaris, etc. The marks are ranged from 0 to 5, the less, the better.

Comparison tests

  1. Continental ContiWinterContact TS800

Total score – 2,105

Recommendation – Good

  1. Goodyear UltraGrip 8

Total score – 2,195

Recommendation – Good

  1. Michelin Alpin A4

Total score – 2,235

Recommendation – Good

  1. Firestone Winterhawk 2 Evo

Recommendation – Satisfactory

Total score – 2,53

  1. Pirelli Winter 190 Snowcontrol Serie 3

Total score – 2,585

Recommendation – Satisfactory

As a result, Continental ContiWinterContact TS800 was the winner. These tires have well-balanced characteristics and best fuel economy and treadwear. Three tires were recommended for winter driving, while others had some more or less important drawbacks, which gave them the mark “satisfactory”.

Among tires for light trucks and SUV’s there were three leading models: Michelin Latitude X-Ice 2, Nokian Hakkapeliitta R SUV and Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1. Here is the winner.

Bridgestone Blizzak DM V1 – excellent choice for light trucks and SUV’s

Bridgestone Blizzak DM V1 were honored as the best tires for snow as they show very good performance on ice and packed snow. This tire can withstand severe winter conditions and ensure steady traction and quick braking on slippery surface. It has two remarkable features:

  • micro particles in the tire work like the smallest studs for ice grip
  • spongy covering that absorbs water on ice surface

It also has outstanding handling and cornering stability that makes it a perfect choice for owners of SUV’s.