magazine tests winter tyres
popular UK consumer magazine Which? has been lab testing winter
tyres and Continental's tyres came out on top. The January 2012
issue has the complete TestLab report and highlights six best
buy winter tyres in two of the most popular sizes.
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WinterContact TS800 - 175/65 R14T
Really good all rounder and class leader on snow
and good in wet and dry conditions. Slightly lower
performance cornering on ice compared with other
tyres. Price around £74.
Continental WinterContact TS830 - 205/55 R16H
Top of the ratings table on snow, in the wet and
in dry conditions but compared with leading winter
tyres, a slightly lower braking and cornering performance
on ice. Price around £125.
buys - the Which? report mentioned the Falken Eurowinter
HS439 175/65 R14T tyre had "wet grip and snow
performance well below acceptable standards"
and the Kenda Polar Trax KR19 205/55 R16H "did
really badly in wet conditions".
Remember you don't need snow for winter tyres to
show a benefit for winter driving - they work considerably
better in all conditions as temperatures drop below
7C. In some parts of the UK that can be as early
as September or October. With average winter temperatures
of 3.7C, winter tyres can offer 60% more grip than
summer tyres and noticeably more traction and steering