Best Winter Tyres 2017

For motorists, winter can be a very daunting time to be out on the roads. While it’s not often that we’re completely debilitated by heavy snow here in the UK, issues such as ice, slush and even heavy rain can make the roads more dangerous and almost un-navigable if you’re not properly equipped for them.

Here at The Hatchbag Company, we’re always on the lookout for the best vehicle features, including winter tyres designed to keep you safe and make driving a lot easier during the colder months.  They’re optimised to work best in cold conditions and keep you mobile even when the roads are slippery.

Even with a four-wheel-drive car or SUV, you’ll find cold-weather performance is dramatically boosted by investing in quality winter tyres. In the quest to find the best winter tyres available on the market this year, we took a look at some of the best-selling options. These tyres have all been tested to measure braking, handling performance and grip in snowy, icy and wet conditions. Here are some favourites.

Continental WinterContact TS 860

Engineered in Germany, the Continental WinterContact TS 860 tyres are also perfect for flexible driving in winter conditions here in the UK. They’re able to transfer the car braking forces safely, whether the roads are dry, wet, icy or snow-covered.

In terms of pricing, they sit right at the centre of the best-selling options on the market today. A number of features have been added to give the driver optimum control and safety. The Snow Curve+ technology allows for safe cornering and grip on snow-covered roads, while their new channel system drastically reduces your braking distance on frost-covered and icy roads.

Nokian WR D4

The Nokian WR D4 tyres are the successor to the widely-loved WR D3. The optimised tread pattern of these tyres is reinforced with special incisions which help improve water dispersal whilst clearing snow and slush well. Nokian tyres also have great traction, even when turning around sharp bends.

One downside is that the Nokian tyres are somewhat noisier to manoeuvre than some others in this selection. In terms of efficiency, they don’t measure up to some other options on the market, but considering sheer value for money, the Nokian tyre can’t be faulted on safety and reliability.

Dunlop Winter Sport 5

The Dunlop Winter Sport 5 tyres designed for speed. If you want to get about effortlessly, even in the snow, then they’ll allow you to do just that. With more edges, the tyres have better traction than most. This means that you can enjoy easy handling and good balance in extreme driving conditions.

Thanks to smart aquaplaning characteristics, the tyres are also able to push more water under the tyre quickly than many other options, which makes Dunlop Winter Sport 5 tyres great for dealing with heavy slush and rain. With low rolling resistance, the tyres are extremely fuel efficient which is another bonus.

Hankook i*cept RS2

Hankook are known for delivering great quality at affordable prices. The i*cept RS2 tyres provide a balanced performance in all winter conditions. The tyre structure is made from high grip silica compound which allows for improved snow and water traction as well as lowered rolling resistance.

Additional features include aqua-slush edge grooves and ice grip slits to improve the traction and cornering performance. Hankook have introduced grip claw technology which boosts snow traction by applying sharp edges. By minimising block movement on wet and snowy roads, the tyres produce enhanced driving stability. Overall fuel economy is the only thing that lets these tyres down.

Goodyear UltraGrip Performance Gen-1

These tyres are one of the pricier options on the list, but you can expect a solid performance even in tough winter conditions. The Goodyear UltraGrip Performance Gen-1 has an especially short braking distance on snow and it’s a lot quieter than other winter tyre variations.

The tyres are designed to provide easy handling and they also offer excellent aquaplaning performance because of the hydrodynamic grooves which help to channel the water away from the tyre surface. While this makes your car very easy to handle, it may at times feel delicately balanced on wet surfaces.

Thanks to recent advancements in technology, winter tyres are now capable of a lot more than they used to be. In fact, the right winter tyres can do a lot more to aid safe driving than four-wheel drive with regular tyres. Here at The Hatchbag Company, our custom boot liners and accessories are another ideal complement to an extensive range of specific car makes and models.

The high-quality materials that we use act as a second skin to protect your car from dirt, spillages and scratches, helping to protect the interior of your car boot with lasting quality. For more details on the best winter tyres, search the brand that appeals, while for more on our range you can browse all of our available boot liners here: