7. Toyo Cel­sius

Auto Express - - Winter Driving Special -

IF the Kumho had a def­i­nite snow focus, that could not be seen with the Toyo Cel­sius, which sat in the mid­dle of the pack on the white stuff and closely matched the sum­mer-ori­en­tated Miche­lin Cross­cli­mate +.

While the Toyo had the mea­sure of ri­vals Hankook and Falken, it was close on the snow tests. And the maker hasn’t sac­ri­ficed this to boost wet grip; across our in­creased num­ber of wet tests it topped only the strug­gling Kumho. It was close to the best in the straight aqua­plan­ing as­sess­ment, but wasn’t so good when the asym­met­ric tread was dis­torted in the curved test.

The lack of grip in the wet could be felt on the han­dling cir­cuit, where care was needed on en­try speed as it pushed wide read­ily. We also had to wait to get on the throt­tle to avoid wheel­spin.

It felt sharper in the dry with good steer­ing and grip that lasts longer than some. Plus, if you want a quiet tyre this is the one to go for.

“Lack of grip could be felt on han­dling cir­cuit, where it pushed wide”

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