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New Nokian WR D3 winter tyre is „very recommendable“ in the winter tyre tests 2011 of the renowned German car magazines „auto motor und sport“ and „Auto Zeitung“.
The Nokian is the best on snow and in the dry. It clearly wins the driving tests on snow. „Currently best winter properties compared to its competitors, good driving behaviour in the dry“, the judgement of „auto motor und sport“ praises. Maximum score, shortest braking distance, fastest handling time, and strongest traction on snow for the Finn.
Nokian WR D3 is awarded price-performance winner being the most low-priced of the very recommendable premium winter tyres with a price of 112 Euros compared to the others which cost around 133 Euros.
Showing excellent results, it clearly wins the snow tests: 100 points of a possible score of 100 with „auto motor und sport“, 142 of a possible score of 150 with „Auto Zeitung“. „Outstanding properties on snow characterize Nokian WR D3“, „Auto Zeitung“ summarizes. „Brand new Nokian WR D3 is a highlight in this assessment.
”The skill to achieve top scores in the tyre test is to have ideal results on all road conditions,“ „auto motor und sport“ explains. „Or at least to be strongly outstanding in one area so that slight weaknesses can be compensated in the scoring system under certain circumstances.
The best example is given by new Finnish Nokian WR D3 which indeed on wet roads performs relatively poor due to feeble aquaplaning results but clearly sets the benchmark on snow with the shortest braking distance, the best traction and a very well-tempered driving behaviour: 100 points of a possible score of 100 for the Nokian which not only achieves the best lap time on the snowy handling lane but also drives effortless and precise at the same time.“
German automobile association ADAC ascertains the Nokian’s strengths: „Top mark 1,8 in the dry“. Its handling is outstanding, marked 1,6. With the good marks 2,1 on snow and 2,3 on ice it performs well even in other driving disciplines and backs up its high safety. Its eco friendliness is proven by the green marks 2,0 in fuel consumption and wearing. Mark 1 is the best mark and 6 the worst mark in the German mark system.
Durable Nokian WR D3 is tailored for medium-sized and small family cars and drivers who value safe, economic driving. Nokian WR A3, on the other hand, is optimised for larger and more powerful vehicles with a special emphasis placed on the tyre's sensitive driving response even at higher speeds.
Nokian WR tyres are available in a wide range of sizes from 13” to 20”, speed ratings ranging from T to W (190 – 270 km/h). These new winter products aimed particularly at the Central European markets are from now on available for retail. For tyre change, Nokian tyres are obtainable on good terms at local tyre dealers, as complete winter wheels with rims, too.
DSI and WSI wear indicators
The wear indicator DSI (Driving Safety Indicator) and the snowflake symbol WSI (Winter Safety Indicator) help to enhance safety and improve driving comfort. The numbers indicate the thickness of the remaining tread’s main grooves in millimetres. As the tyre tread is worn away, the individual numbers disappear. A profile depth of 4-5 millimetres is necessary for safe driving in winter. If the snowflakes are no longer visible, the tyres should be replaced with new ones in order to guarantee adequate safety for winter driving.
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.
WR D3 tyre review
Average based on 2,004 test results
Grip in dry conditions
Braking in dry conditions
Grip in wet conditions
Braking in wet conditions
Grip in snow
Internal noise level
12.05.2020fromJohn Live in rural wales where the weather can cut us off, previously driving an old L200 truck when the weather got bad but this has died. Took the chance of winter tyres on the car instead of replacing it - very impressed! Tyres work well in all conditions and haven't noticably worn. Good grip on ice and snow and in the wet. If you want a good tyre - Nokian have impressed me and i will be buying them again when i need to.
11.05.2020fromSteve Walker I drive to Norway every year to ski. These are the best snow tyres I have ever used. Great on deep snow, slush and ice. This was a repeat purchase. I have previously tried several major European and Japanese brands which were disappointing.
11.07.2015fromJS I like them so much I will keep them on through the summer as well. I haven't had to use them on very icy or snowy roads, but certainly I have been delighted. Never skidded where my past tyres would have done, including driving on snow, slush, grass, muddy/leafy road edges, braking sharply on wet roads. I expected poor noise levels, but they are actually better than the tyres my car came with and I don't get tinnitus like the original ones did. The original tyres must have been pretty poor, as my car computer never went over 45mpg . With my winter tyres it mainly shows an average of 54mpg on windy country roads (though I am sure it overstates all the time.).
18.06.2015fromPhilip Baker Very quiet & supple ride.Quite different to the standard Continentals.Tempted to keep them on all year.Highly recommended.