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Winter tyres are specially designed for safe driving in temperatures below 7°C, whether or not the road is snow-covered.
What are the best winter tyres for your car? In this article, MICHELIN presents its best winter tyres and, for each of them, the opinions of independent european tyre testers after testing their performance in winter conditions.
Tyres marked “3PMSF” (3 Peak Mountain Snow Flake) are the only ones to guarantee real winter performance by being specifically designed for snow use and having fulfilled all of the requirements through objective testing*.
This marking is increasingly becoming the norm in Europe for identifying a good winter tyre.
The 3PMSF symbol is easily recognisable: a snowflake surrounded by 3 mountain peaks. In accordance with the regulations, it is always accompanied by the M+S marking on the sidewall of the winter tyre.
Each of the tyres shown below is marked 3PMSF.
* Brake efficiency test under winter conditions according to the ETRTO (European Tyre and Rim Technical Organisation) method.
MICHELIN Alpin 6 is the latest generation winter tyre, designed for safety in severe winter driving conditions[1-2-3]. Featuring MICHELIN EverWinterGrip Technologies, this tyre delivers braking, acceleration and traction when driving on snow, from the first kilometer to the last. Benefits from a good longevity, so you can drive with confidence every day to work and on long winter trips, whatever the conditions. MICHELIN's innovative treadwear indicator gives you a simple and convenient way to anticipate the replacement of your winter tyre – keeping you and your passengers safe.
In 2023, MICHELIN Alpin 6 is rated “Good” by ADAC (comparative test of 16 winter tyres 225/45R17 ; 16 winter tyres 205/60R16)
Precise and safe performance at the limit on dry roads ; overall still safe properties on wet roads ; very high estimated mileage ; low weight ; low fuel consumption
Electric or hybrid car
Safety made to last in severe winter conditions.
Hit the road with your high performance car and keep control all winter long with the MICHELIN Pilot Alpin 5 tyre. Designed for excellent steering precision and braking control in winter driving conditions.
In 2023, the MICHELIN Pilot Alpin 5 tyre was the Test Winner of the comparative tests carried out by:
Winter tyre with convincing performance on ice and snow, dynamic wet and dry handling, direct steering response, short dry braking distances, quiet rolling noise
Test winner with top performance on ice and snow, precise handling on wet and dry roads, Good mileage
Best in dry braking and dry handlings, extremely good in the wet, best tyre overall in the snow, highest levels of comfort.
In 2022, the MICHELIN Pilot Alpin 5 tyre was the Test Winner of the comparative tests carried out by:
In 2021, the MICHELIN Pilot Alpin 5 tyre was the Test Winner of the comparative tests carried out by:
In 2020, the MICHELIN Pilot Alpin 5 tyre was :
Road control made to last in severe winter conditions.
Offering high performance, safety and control in all types of winter driving conditions, the MICHELIN Pilot Alpin 5 SUV winter tyre has been engineered to meet the robust demands of an SUV.[1-2]
In 2023, the MICHELIN Pilot Alpin 5 SUV tyre was the Test Winner of the comparative test carried out by Auto Bild Allrad and was rated "Exemplary" (comparative test of 10 winter tyres 225/60R18)
Snow specialist with excellent handling qualities in all weather conditions, precise steering with good feedback, pleasantly quiet rolling comfort
MICHELIN Pilot Alpin 5 SUV is as well rated "Highly recommended" by TYRE REVIEWS (comparative test of 9 winter tyres 235/60R18) and "Very good" by AMS (Auto Motor Sport) (comparative test of 7 winter tyres 255/40R20)
SUV & 4x4
Road control made to last in severe winter conditions for your SUV
Which winter tyres are the safest? Some helpful tips from Michelin: to choose the best winter tyres for you, you must take into consideration where you live, the kind of driving you do, the make and model of your car and the tyre dimensions.
Are you wondering when you should put snow chains on your tyres? It all depends on your country’s regulations, the type of tyres your vehicle has (summer, winter or all season) and the weather. Find out if your vehicle is compatible and learn how to attach snow chains to your tyres.