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Dunlop, Goodyear Lead Recent Winter Tire Tests

Dunlop and Goodyear have shown their strength in recent winter tire tests conducted by independent firms in Europe.

The SUV vehicle and tire category is booming. That’s why this year Gesellschaft für Technische Überwachung and the ACE AutoClub Europa decided to test eight winter tires, size 235/55 R17, on a Ford Kuga (Escape) on their winter capabilities. The tests, conducted in Sweden and Germany, proclaimed the Dunlop Winter Sport 5 SUV as the winner, with the Goodyear UltraGrip Performance Gen-1 following second.

GTÜ and ACE experts named only the former “Highly recommended” as it consistently received top marks in the winter, wet and dry areas. The Dunlop Winter Sport 5 was particularly convincing when braking on wet, which is a very important quality feature of the tire.

The Goodyear UltraGrip Performance Gen-1 was “Recommended” by GTÜ and ACE after performing very well in all categories. As well as being one of the top performers on snow, wet and dry, this tire also proved to be very quiet.

Other separate tests by ADAC, TCS and OEAMTC in Germany also put the Dunlop Winter Sport 5 in first place and the Goodyear UltraGrip Performance Gen-1 in second place (tie with BFGoodrich and Nokian).