Here are the best winter tires

This year’s winter tire test in the NAF magazine Motor confirms the eternal truth, namely that no tire can be the best at everything. The surface you drive on should be the most important factor in the choice of tires.

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The tires from the premium brands still do best in Motor’s tire test. Photo: Niklas Carle

This is what Nils Sødal, senior communications consultant at NAF, says in a press release from the company. In collaboration with the leading Swedish car magazine Vi Bilägare has Motor tested eight studded tires and eight studless tires in the dimension 205/60 R16 on snow and ice – and on dry and wet asphalt.

– To find tires that are suitable for your driving, it is important to look at the results for the surface you mostly drive on, advises Sødal. – It is not a given that the tires that suit your needs are the test winner, he continues.

The pattern depth

The requirement for tread depth in winter tires is 3 millimeters. Neb NAF is stricter and recommends that you change when there are 4 millimeters left.

– It is smart to measure the tread depth in the tires well before the wheel change has to be done. If the tires have a tread depth of 4 millimeters, buy new ones. It is a cheap life insurance, says Nils Sødal.

Most expensive best

According to the survey, there are some exciting newcomers among the studless tires, but the challengers are unable to tip Continental off the throne. They win for the third time with their VikingContact 7 tire.

Among the studded tires is a new variant of last year’s winner Continental IceContact3. In this year’s test, it is among the top three, but not the best. Michelin runs away with the victory among the studded tires.

The three best studless tires:

  1. Continental VikingContact 7 -88 points
  2. Nokian Hakkapeliitta R3 -80 poeng
  3. Goodyear Ultra Grip Ice2 -79 poeng

The three best studded tires:

  1. Michelin X-Ice North 4 -87 poeng
  2. Continental IceContact3 -84 points
  3. Nokian Hakkapeliitta 9 -84 poeng

See the entire survey at the magazine Motor

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Published: October 10, 2020 12:00 PM

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