The rating of winter studded tires of the 2015-2016 season( Test results)

The world market for car tires for winter tires account for a modest 7-8%.And in Russia, production of tires for the winter period is a profitable business, they account for up to 60% of the market. For our country, suitable winter tires Scandinavian type with a massive protector, well punching snow and ice cake.

In order to select the most the best winter tires 2015, 2016 , the tests of 4 leading foreign and domestic automotive publications were studied:

  • Tuulilasi
  • TestWorld
  • "Autorevyu"
  • "Behind the wheel".

Based on the results of all tests, the rating of winter stud tires 2015-2016 was compiled. It presents Russian and imported winter tires, an overview of Scandinavian-type models.

We also recommend to study the battery test to fully meet the winter.

In addition, a rating of winter studded tires 2016-2017 winter season.


  • Winter tire rating for the 2015-2016 season
    • 10. Michelin X-IceNorth 3
    • 9. Formula Ice
    • 8. Hankook Winter i * Pike RS W419
    • 7. Gislaved Nord * Frost 100
    • 6. Goodyear UltraGripIce Arctic
    • 5Nokian Nordman 4
    • 4. Nokian Nordman 5
    • 3. Pirelli Winter Ice Zero
    • 2. Continental ContiIceContact
    • 1. Nokian Hakkapeliitta 8
  • Winter tire test method

Winter tire rating of the season 2015-2016

10. Michelin X-IceNorth 3

Optimization of the snow clearance is due to a more open tread pattern. Tires hold the road well even in conditions of poor adhesion.

Pros: is quiet tires that accelerate without problems and hold the clutch on the snowy road, confidently ride the slush. They have the shortest of the considered models the brake distance from 100 km / h on dry asphalt.

Cons: acceleration and braking on the ice midships. The worst time during tests during a round-trip. The Michelin X-IceNorth 3 rubber test showed their suitability for an area where there is little snow and ice.

9. Formula Ice

The car, "shod" in Formula Ice, is well run on dry asphalt, and the aluminum hexagon spike helps to go well and brake on snow and ice.

Pros: tires perfectly brake on dry asphalt and showed a high ride.

Cons: failure during the ice-snow tests. Suitable as a budget option for the metropolis, with rare departures for the city.

8. Hankook Winter i * Pike RS W419

A low noise rubber of Korean production with 180 spikes( depending on the dimension) and a high-density lamination system to reduce braking distances.

Pros: is the best time in bends on the icy track, the test pilots had no complaints about the tires while driving the car on the slope in the snow, on a circular track and forest tracks. They behave confidently on a dirty track, on a dry and wet road.

Cons: on snow behavior is somewhat uneven.

7. Gislaved Nord * Frost 100

Tires are equipped with spikes with optimized head geometry( faces in all directions).This helps ensure reliable adhesion to the ice cover. Wide area of ​​the contact spot with a large number of hooks.

Pros: rubber successfully passed the test with snow and ice, earned good marks on the wet surface( the overall score was 8.3 according to Test World).

Cons: high rolling resistance and long braking distance on dry asphalt.

6. Goodyear UltraGripIce Arctic

The grooves of this rubber are made with slits in the form of a letter V. Their goal - to ensure a confident grip on snowy areas.

: Tuulilasi and TestWorld tests on ice and snow, this model withstood dignity, not disgraced and on wet asphalt and water-snow "porridge"( the overall score is 8,4 according to Test World).

Defects: responds more slowly than other models in emergency situations on dry asphalt.

5. Nokian Nordman 4

Under the tire studs are elastic pads that soften the contact with the road, reduce noise and prolong the "life" of the spikes.

Pros: Russian test teams of past years rated Nokian Nordman 4 as "strong middleweight".

Cons: team Test World did not like how the tires showed themselves on wet asphalt, and most of all - on the ice. They gave the subjects a total score of 7.1, worse were only studded Sunny SN3860( 5.9).

4. Nokian Nordman 5

To further improve the grip, a protrusion( "bear claw") is created on the tread block, creating tension in it. When braking, the spike is held in an upright position.

From the pros: "Driving" praised the tire for a low price( from 1930 rubles), the average fuel consumption, good stability on the snow cover, cross-clutch on the ice, and how the car moved along the asphalt.

Cons: mediocre handling and comfort, satisfactory patency in the snow.

3. Pirelli Winter Ice Zero

Pirelli products are tested only in severe weather, as it will have to work on uneven, icy and snowy surfaces.

Positive feedback: about acceleration, braking and handling on snow and ice. You can quickly slow down on the asphalt with melted snow.

Disadvantages: loss of grip in bends, heavy noise from tires, not short enough to evaluate the "excellent" braking distance on the surface without water.

2. Continental ContiIceContact

When making tires, a special mixture is used, taking into account the particularly cold winter climate. ContiIceContact is a station wagon that is suitable for both "passenger cars" and for off-road vehicles.

Positive aspects: fast braking on ice, no complaints about handling, on the snowy road and dry road can quickly accelerate and brake.

Cons: is not a reference resistance to slashplaning.

1. Nokian Hakkapeliitta 8

Having passed the strict test of winter stud tires 2015-2016, this rubber set has won the unanimous approval of both Russian and Finnish test teams. Car enthusiasts can choose any radius of this tire: R13, R14, R15, R16, R17, R18, R19 and R20.

Advantages: huge number of spikes( 190 pieces at 205/55 R16).Adding special additives to the rubber allowed to reduce the weight of the tire. There are no problems with the handling on the track with melted snow, on the frozen and snow-covered surface. Small braking distance on a wet and dry asphalt surface.

Disadvantages: noise.

Test procedure for winter tires

Tuulilasi tested 8 studded models for acceleration and braking in snow and ice conditions. Also, races were made on wet and dry asphalt, and resistance tests were performed( slipping the machine wheels on a mash from water and snow).

The magazine "Behind the wheel" has studied 10 sets of the most demanded winter tires( 175/65 R14) at a price not higher than 3700 rubles per piece. The main thing for the experts of the publication was the price-quality ratio.

"Autoreview" with the help of Mercedes-Benz S-class found out how to "behave" on the road: winter tires - "Scandinavians" with studs, studless "auto shoes" for severe winters of Scandinavian type and studless tires of European type. The most important dispersals and braking were made in a huge hangar. At start the traction control system was applied, at braking - antiblocking system, and on a twisting line controllability was supported by system of dynamic stabilization.

Team Test World conducted the winter tire test 2015 in the open air and indoors. At first, the time was recorded for which the car will pass a circle. From high-quality tires( and in the tests involved 25 sets), it was required to provide rapid acceleration, high lateral adhesion and a short braking distance. Then the test pilots expressed good and bad impressions about each model. In addition, feedback was collected about how a car with different tires maintains the specified direction of travel.