Auto Bild’s top all-season & winter tyre makers
After carrying out no less than five comparative tyre tests for various Auto Bild titles, specialists Dierk Möller and Henning Klipp have a solid understanding of which all-season and winter tyres they’d gladly recommend, and which they wouldn’t. Auto Bild summarises Möller and Klipp’s findings for the current season in its 42/2021 issue and at the same time names its leading manufacturers in the all-season and winter categories. Three brands occupy the podium’s upper step.
Auto Bild winter test: Win for Continental, Michelin podium
Auto Bild begins coverage of its 2021 test by noting that motorists in its home market of Germany largely ignored winter tyres until legislation mandated their use in certain conditions. The absence of a comparable law in the UK means winter tyres remain a niche product here, yet they’re a sensible choice for some drivers, such as those living in remote areas of the country or owners of powerful vehicles.
Auto Bild test: All-season tyres for mid-sized cars
Multiple tyre tests in recent years have shown all-season tyres to be a good choice for people wanting safe, year-round motoring, but Auto Bild points out that testing has mostly focused on tyres for small and compact cars. To shift the spotlight onto tyres for sporty mid-sized saloons, the German motoring publication has evaluated 32 brands in size 225/50 R17. In Auto Bild tradition, its testers carried out wet and dry braking tests to cut down this field of candidates to a shortlist of the 16 top performers.
Familiar names contesting Auto Bild 2021 winter tyre test
The shortlist for this year’s Auto Bild winter tyre test provides no big surprises, with all 20 tyres chosen for the final round being flagship or second brands from well-known manufacturers. Bridgestone’s Blizzak LM005 tops the list after delivering the shortest combined stopping distance (from 80 km/h in wet conditions and 50 km/h on snow) during the preliminary test round. Following closely on the Bridgestone tyre’s heels were the Dunlop Winter Sport 5, Hankook Winter I*Cept RS² and Continental WinterContact TS 870.
Tyre test results – summer 2021
What’s the best tyre for my car? While there’s no definitive answer to this question, a few tips from the experts will certainly do no harm when it comes to buying a replacement set.
Performance tyres for compact cars – Auto Bild test
While anyone who thinks ride comfort the be-all and end-all should steer clear of low profile, higher rim diameter tyres, motorists wanting a more dynamic driving experience will benefit from a couple of extra inches and a flatter sidewall. Auto Bild can help decide what tyre to buy, too. It has tested size 235/35 R19 tyres suitable for sporty compact cars such as the VW Golf GTI, Audi S3 and Seat Leon Cupra.
Classic car tyres – retro style or old hat?
The market for classic car tyres is small but lucrative, with some vehicle owners prepared to pay up to four times the price of a regular tyre for a fitment that looks the part. A handful of major tyre brands now offer classic lines that are either past products brought up to date with modern compounds and/or construction or else newly-developed tyres featuring period treads. But how do these tyres compare with regular, current-generation tyres?
5 exemplary tyres in Auto Bild summer test
When browsing tyre test results it’s sometimes easy to gain the impression that the same premium brands dominate proceedings. But this isn’t always the case. Auto Bild has released the results of its 2021 summer tyre test, and the biggest names in the business needed to clear space on the top step of the winners’ podium for an ambitious competitor. The runner-up premium tyre was also given a run for its money by the third-placed candidate, a lower-priced product from the same manufacturer.
Auto Bild summer tyre test: Hankook impresses in preliminary round
Auto Bild won’t publish the results of its summer tyre test for another fortnight, but it has let the identifies of the finalists out of the bag. Of the more than 50 tyre brands that the German motoring magazine looked at – this year in size 205/55 R16 91V – it selected 20 for further, more intensive testing thanks to their performance in an initial qualifying round. A Hankook tyre tops the shortlist after achieving the best stopping distances in both the wet and dry braking tests.