Winter Tires Test: the best and which ones to avoid

Winter Tires Test: the best and which ones to avoid

As every year at the approach of winter, the renowned Touring Club of Switzerland has tested winter tires from leading manufacturers. While most of the models tested were rated “recommended”, of real differences per sist.

Winter tires are showing a much better grip on snow that their “all-weather” counterparts.

Each year, the question arises: should or not be equipped with winter tires  (or snow tires)? If mild fall so far little incentive to take the plunge, the most cautious drivers can still be tempted e equip their car specific envelopes. Advantage: increased grip when the temperature drops below 7 ° (gum retains better flexibility in cold weather), to which are added specific sculptures allowing better control in slippery conditions (rain or snow). Indeed, of the 300 million passed tires each year in Europe 80million are typed “winter” and recognizable to their tread very siped and the logo M S (mud snow or mud snow, in French) adorning their flanks. Tires that can also store the year on his car, but keeping in mind that by mild climate, they are less efficient, more subject to wear and result in higher fuel consumption compared to their counterparts \’all seasons\’.

Winter Tires Test: the best and which ones to avoid

On one manufacturer to another, treads with very different sculptures.

The Touring Club of Switzerland, serious organization conducts annual tests of all kinds, baby seats for roof boxes, and focuses also logically to winter tires. 35 models in two different sizes (165/70 R 14 and 205/55 R 16) were subjected to torture this year, on any type of road (dry, wet, snow and ice). The review relates to 18 criteria, including the handling on floor e dry, wet, snow, ice, noise or wear resistance. The result is a sometimes surprising ranking, in which the most reputable manufacturers are sometimes preceded by other, less prestigious and is less expensive. Also surprisingly, the tests show that the same tire excel in a given size can show (slightly) less effective in another, even if the TCS makes it clear that the results can still be reported to the dimensions neighbors. To buy smart, so here are the champions (and worst) of winter 2015-2016.

Winter Tires Test: the best and which ones to avoid

Before the test, technicians install TCS 165/70 R 14 tires on a VW Polo.

* Ratings are expressed as percentages
Winter Tires Test: the best and which ones to avoid
Winter Tires Test: the best and which ones to avoid
* Ratings are expressed as percentages
Winter Tires Test: the best and which ones to avoid

 

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