To help consumers choose the best tyre for their vehicle, the ACL participates every year, summer and winter, in the various tests carried out by its partners in European automobile clubs. The latest one was for 28 winter tires in the popular 205/55 R16 and 175/65 R14 sizes.
Size 175/65 R14
This size, which is suitable for Ford Fiesta or VW UP city cars, has two "good" tires: Continental WinterContact TS860 and Dunlop Winter Response 2. They have no weakness at all. In general, tires of this size perform quite well: eight tires are rated "satisfactory" and one "sufficient". The Nankang Snow SV-3 does not pass the test with poor wet and snow results.
Size 205/55 R16
3 "good", 11 "satisfactory", 1 "sufficient" and 1 "insufficient": these are the results in this tyre category, which is particularly suitable for Volkswagen Golf, Ford Focus or Citroën C4 vehicles. In this series the best tires are Continental WinterContact TS860, Goodyear UltraGrip 9 and Dunlop Winter Sport 5. More than half of the tires tested were rated as "good" or "satisfactory" on snow and wet roads. Only one tyre, the Laufenn I FIT LW31, was failed due to its poor wet performance.