3. Nokian Weath­er­proof

Auto Express - - Winter Driving Special -

“As you’d ex­pect from a Fin­nish brand, it’s very strong on snow”

IT’S an­other podium fin­ish for this for­mer cham­pion. As you might ex­pect from a Fin­nish brand, the Nokian proved strong on snow; both it and out­go­ing champ Goodyear had a clear mar­gin over ri­vals.

The Nokian was the star of the test for han­dling in the snow, with a great bal­ance and strong trac­tion.

Noth­ing could touch the Nokian in the deep-wa­ter as­sess­ments. In the curved aqua­plan­ing test it was well ahead of even the Hankook in sec­ond.

It worked less well in the shal­lower wa­ter, and the bal­ance it showed on the snow proved more dif­fi­cult to find. It turned in sharply but grip bled away as the lock in­creased.

In wet brak­ing it fared worst in the higher tem­per­a­tures, where it needed more than three me­tres longer to stop than the sec­ond-placed Nexen and six me­tres more than the Miche­lin.

How­ever, the Weath­er­proof was by far the most fru­gal tyre here.

Wet han­dling was not the Nokian’s forte; snow was

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