Superior handling in cold weather is provided by the asymmetric pattern design and special compound. Three-dimensional sipe improves snow handling and ice traction performance. Multi-tiered shoulders enhance gripping and shovelling ability. Four circumferential groove tread pattern design with 36% void ratio has effective drainage performance to prevent hydroplaning or slipping on a wet surface.
The sipes enhance cornering manoeuvrability and strengthen lateral force
The 2-in-1 pitch design minimizes rolling noise by depressing resonance effect
The cylindrical sipes on the outside help to form icicles to enhance crawling and gripping ability on snowy or icy surfaces
The linkage between outside blocks strengthens block stiffness to enhance corning manoeuvrability
EU Tyre Label and Efficiency Classes
The European Union has introduced the EU Tyre Label by Regulation (No. 1222/2009) identically and bindingly for all EU member states. It applies to passenger car tyres, light commercial vehicle tyres and heavy commercial vehicle tyres produced after 01.07.2012.
Three different areas are tested: rolling resistance, wet grip and the rolling noise the tyre makes on the road.
The following are not affected by the EU Tyre Label: retreaded tyres, professional off-road tyres, racing tyres, tyres with additional devices to improve traction such as spiked tyres, T-type emergency tyres, special tyres for fitting to vehicles first registered before 1 October 1990, tyres with a maximum authorised speed of 80 km/h, tyres for rims with a nominal diameter of 254 mm or less or 635 mm or more.
With this regulation, the European Union is pursuing the goal of promoting economic and ecological efficiency in road traffic as well as increasing road safety on the one hand, and on the other hand, granting consumers more product transparency and at the same time serving as an active decision-making aid.
Already during the incorporation, experts criticise the fact that the EU Tyre Label unfortunately only shows a few product characteristics. Apart from rolling resistance, wet grip and rolling noise, which are the main focus of EU tyre labelling, tyres have much more important and safety-relevant product characteristics, such as aquaplaning properties, driving stability, service life, braking properties on dry and wet roads, behaviour in wintry conditions, etc.
Tyre manufacturers point out that test results from various institutions and journals remain an important information medium for the end consumer. These tests usually focus on further safety-relevant product characteristics besides the EU standard qualifications for tyre labelling, which are always important for the final customer.
Winter Activa SV-55 tyre review
Average based on 86 test results
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08.05.2021 from Chris Good tyres for there money this year was my 2nd or 3rd set
27.05.2019 from Fred Taylor My style of driving consist of response driving to towing a caravan and leisure driving so I do quite a wide variety. I use winter tyres all year round they are better on wet surfaces don't last as long but give you more confidence in cornering, braking and when you encounter deep puddles. Has we do in the country with all the pot holes my wife used them all year to. In winter i do carry snow chains but have not used them.