User tests of 185/60 R15 winter tyres for 2015/2016

  • Author: OPONEO.CO.UK

Are you looking to acquire new winter tyres in size 185/60 R15? You’ve come to the right place! Below, we have rankings for the best five winter tyre models in this size, as decided by driver opinions and reviews.

These rankings are designed to help you choose your ideal tyres more quickly, by highlighting the five most popular models in this size. 185/60 R15 winter tyres are fitted onto a number of popular models, including the VW Polo and Golf, Seat Ibiza and Lancia Dedra.

Winter tyres on snow

A good choice of winter tyres will guarantee your safety in all conditions (photo: Nokian

The best 185/60 R15 winter tyres according to OPONEO users

Tyre model Score  
1. Continental ContiWinterContact TS850 4,4 See offer
2. Nokian WR D3 4,3 See offer
3. Uniroyal MS Plus 77 4,2 See offer
4. Fulda KRISTALL MONTERO 3 4,0 See offer
5. Zeetex Z-Ice 1000 4,0 See offer

*as at 21 July 2015

Scores are on a scale of 1 to 5, where 5 is the most positive.

Continental ContiWinterContact TS850

Continental ContiWinterContact TS850

Continental ContiWinterContact TS850 winter tyre.

From the reviews posted by drivers in our portal, the Continental ContiWinterContact TS850 has an average score of 4.4 out of 5, distinguishing it as an excellent tyre. Users of this particular model were most impressed with its driving performance, giving it an average score of 4.5 out of 5, while also praising the comfort of driving. Of these drives, 97 per cent said they would definitely recommend it to friends and family.

A quick look through the comments about this tyre will highlight the great performance parameters it offers. According to one user: “As regards rolling resistance, I didn’t notice any increase in fuel consumption. On snow there were zero problems, on slush they drove like on tracks, and on a wet road there was no aquaplaning and the braking distance was good. When driving on an ice-covered road, I felt disappointed – in a positive sense.” Another driver was also similarly positive, summarising with: ““Very good tyres which provide comfort and confidence while driving. On snow they behaved very well, the grip was excellent. They also drove without any problem on an icy surface.”

I want to buy Continental ContiWinterContact TS850 tyres.

Over the years, this tyre has made successful appearances in a range of professional tyre tests. Since 2012, it has been tested 11 times. Of these, it won the top position in eight of them, coming second in the remaining 3 tests. These results certainly highlight the superb design offered by this winter tyre.
The Continental ContiWinterContact TS850 is a tyre of the highest quality, designed for use on mid-range and compact cars. It features a directional tread, which is the safest solution for driving on wet surfaces. It’s manufacturer, Continental, is a German firm with with many years of experience behind it. Apart from producing models under its own brand, the Continental tyre group is also the owner of additional brands, such as Uniroyal, Barum and Semperit. 

Nokian WR D3

Nokian WR D3

Nokian WR D3 winter tyre.

This tyre has also been well received by drivers. Their high ratings in our portal have given this model an overall score of 4.3 out of 5. Of those that rated it, 96% would definitely recommend it to others. When it comes to individual factors, drivers appreciated the driving performance (scoring 4.4 out of 5) and the tyre’s running costs (4.2 out of 5).

In their reviews, drivers were keen to express greater details about their experience with the tyre, adding that the “driving is smooth and safe, even at high speeds” and the tyres are “totally quiet”. Users were also eager to praise this winter tyre’s performance in the snow, writing “Drives extremely well, the tyre performs excellently, braking on snow is great, the tyre is quiet and comfortable, with very good traction” and “When moving off on compacted snow there are no real problems, and they also cope very well with slush. Aquaplaning does not occur.”

I want to buy Nokian WR D3 tyres.

In the years 2012-2014, this tyre took part in 17 professional tyre tests run by various motoring magazines and organisations. In each and every case, it achieved good ratings and a podium position. With so many positive tests, it’s clear this model has some excellent performance parameters.

Nokian is a company known for producing high quality winter products, so it’s no surprise that the Nokian WR D3 is a premium winter tyre. It is designed especially for small and medium family cars. It provides excellent performance on snow and wet roads, thanks to the directional tread incorporated in the design.

Uniroyal MS Plus 77

Uniroyal MS Plus 77

Uniroyal MS Plus 77 winter tyre.

The Uniroyal MS Plus 77 is well received by our drivers as a winter tyre product. On our portal, it has already received over 540 reviews, offering an averaged score of 4.2 out of 5. Of these drivers, 97% said they would happily recommend it to their friends. Of its various parameters, it was most praised for its driving performance, with a score of 4.3 out of 5.

Reading the reviews from our users, we can learn more about how well this tyre behaves. Many people were satisfied with the performance in harsh conditions. One user commented that the tyres are very quiet and “behave superbly in the wet and on slush”, while another user added that: “On a wet, slippery surface I find that they grip very well. On snow they coped excellently. I had no problem driving out”. Another review sums up this tyre perfectly: “They perform magnificently in snow and slush. They didn’t let me down once, either in the wet or in the dry, or in deep snow. I recommend this tyre to other users. It also has a very good, modern appearance.”

I want to buy Uniroyal MS Plus 77 tyres.

In addition to the praise given from ordinary drivers, the tyre also did well in expert tests. Between 2013 and 2014, it featured in test runs by both the ADAC organisation and Auto Zeitung Allrad magazine. In both of these tests, the tyre received an “especially recommended” rating on both occasions.

The Uniroyal MS Plus 77 is a mid-range winter tyre. As well a universal car tyre, it is also available in sizes for SUVs. The Plus 77 model includes a directional tread, providing great performance in rain, fresh snow and even during the thaw. Uniroyal is a well known brand that belongs to one of the largest tyre corporations in the world - the German Continental group.



Fulda KRISTALL MONTERO 3 winter tyre.

Currently, the Fulda KRISTALL MONTERO 3 has been reviewed by over 630 drivers, offering an averaged score of 4.0 out of 5. It’s driving parameters, however, scored slightly more highly with 4.1. As far as recommendations go, 94% of the drivers trying this tyre would have no problem suggesting it to a friend.

The reason behind the high ratings becomes clear when we look at the driver opinions more closely. According to one reviewer, the tyre “performs excellently in snow and slush, as well as on dry surfaces, traction on snow is superb, its grip comes up to very high standards”, while another added that “when moving off in snow the tyres quickly find their grip. In general they provide confident driving”. Drivers also praised the tyres ability to cope in different conditions, adding that they “perform magnificently on ordinary slush during the thaw” and “they also perform well when you want to drive dynamically. I can find no fault with the tyre’s grip even during fast driving or when moving off rapidly”.

I want to buy Fulda KRISTALL MONTERO 3 tyres.

This tyre has also been assessed in four tyre test runs by various motoring magazines and organisations. On each occasion, it has either gained a podium position or been awarded a “especially recommend” or “recommended” rating. Combined with the user reviews, it’s clear this tyre offers some excellent qualities.

The Fulda KRISTALL MONTERO 3 is a universal mid-range tyre. Its design includes a modern directional tread, which is the best for winter conditions, offering a tread that copes well on wet surfaces. The Fulda tyre brand is owned by the American Goodyear group.

Zeetex Z-Ice 1000

Zeetex Z-Ice 1000

Zeetex Z-Ice 1000 winter tyre.

The Zeetex Z-Ice 1000 earned an overall score of 4.0 out of 5, marking it as a tyre worthy of recommendation. It is also received an average score of 4.1 (out of 6) for its comfort, as well as a high result (4.0 out of 6) for its driving performance. Out of those that rated the tyre, 97% would definitely recommend it to others.

One of the well received factors of this tyre, according to our driver reviews, is the pricing. Users regularly expressed that “for this price they are superb tyres. They are quiet and grip the surface well” and “extremely decent tyres, good quality at a reasonable price”. One user also remarked that “For this price, it is a tyre that is worth the money. I am someone who drives quite fast and dynamically. On these tyres there were no problems even at high speeds.” 

I want to buy Zeetex Z-Ice 1000 tyres.

The Zeetex Z-Ice 1000 is a winter tyre for mid-range and higher-range vehicles. Its design focuses on a asymmetric tread, ensuring great performance all-round in winter conditions. The Zeetex brand is from the United Arab Emirates.

How to choose winter tyres for yourself

Before making a final choice of tyres, make sure you have checked information from various sources.
●     Tyre tests are conducted regularly by motoring organisations and magazines. These texts take place before the winter and summer seasons, providing objective and accurate information and a variety of performance factors.
●     You can also look at the EU tyre labels for information on three specific qualities: fuel efficiency, noise level and wet grip. However, these labels are most useful for summer models and do not take into consideration the typical winter tyre performance parameters most drivers are concerned about.
●     Customer opinions are also useful, as this represents direct feedback from those that have used the tyres on a daily basis. We have over 90,000 comments in our portal, which is why we have provided key information on the 5 best tyres in 185/60 R15 to make the process easier for you.
Finally, if you have checked these sources of information or are still unsure, you can always speak to an expert or specialist. Our sales personnel are happy to answer any question you might have and help you in choosing the right tyres for your needs.

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