Matt Robinson profile picture Matt Robinson 2 months ago 12
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Are Budget Winter Tyres Actually Any Good?

It might be tempting to go for a cheaper option when buying winter tyres, but how much grip and traction are you losing in the process?

Remind me later

We get it - you’ve already spent quite a bit of money on some nice summer tyres for your car, so when it comes to winters, there might be a temptation to cheap out. But if you do, how much grip and traction will you lose?

To find out, Tyre Reviews headed north of The Wall with a VW Golf and a Volvo S90 to compare Nokian’s Snowproof winter boots to the catchily-named ‘Tristar Ice Plus S210 Snow’, a product sold under several different brands.

Are Budget Winter Tyres Actually Any Good? - DIY

The answer is, as you might expect, you get what you pay for. But how far off the budget option was from the premium tyre varied from test to test, and the extra weight of the Volvo generally made the gap even bigger whenever it was used.

Watch the video at the top of the page to see exactly how the budget option fared.