Should you fit winter tyres to your car? - The tyres

We test four tyre categories in dry, wet and snowy conditions to find out which is best suited to the UK

The tyres

All tyres tested were 205/55 R16 94V XL, aside from the Continental, which was only available in 91H. Prices from lovetyres.com.

Winter - Continental’s ContiWinterContact TS 850

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We expect this proven tyre to excel on the slipperiest surfaces, but it could struggle in the warm. 

Max speed rating 149mph

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Wet grip Grade C

Size range 155/65/ R14 – 225/50 R17

Price as tested £65.99

All-season – Goodyear Vector 4Season Gen-2 

A great performer in its own class, but we want to see how it fares against the the summer-biased CrossClimate.

Max speed rating 149mph

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Wet grip Grade B-C

Size range 155/70 R13 – 235/55 R17

Price as tested £75.91

Summer with winter certification – Michelin CrossClimate

The first of its kind on the mass market, can this summer-focused tyre really hack it on snow? 

Max speed rating 168mph

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Wet grip Grade A

Size range 185/60 R15 – 225/50 R17

Price as tested £60.36

Summer – Michelin Primacy 3 

This test’s mild ambient temperatures should favour the Primacy 3. Conversely, snow and ice tests should represent a major challenge.

Max speed rating 186mph

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Wet grip Grade A

Size range 195/55 R16 – 245/50 R18

Price as tested £70.68

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