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, under CE 1222/2009, has mandated that all tyres manufactured after the date of July 1 2012 for cars and commercial vehicles include standard EU Tyre Labels classifying them by three performance characteristics:fuel efficiency classified from A to G,wet grip classified from A to G, and noise emission in decibels.
Categories of tyres unaffected by this regulation include: retreaded tyres, professional off-road tyres, racing/sports car tyres, as well as certain types of tyres designed to improve traction such as studded tyres, T-type temporary spare tyres, tyres for cars built before 1990, tyres with a maximum allowed speed of 80km/h, tyres for rims with a diameter less or equal to 254 mm or greater or equal to 635 mm. This label is intended on one hand to promote economic and ecological efficiency in traffic, as well as increase road safety, and on the other hand to help consumers select appropriate tyres by ensuring a certain degree of product transparency.
Nevertheless, the label has been criticized for only showing a very limited number of characteristics. Professionals argue that tyres have many more features that are important and relevant to road safety, including but not limited to aquaplaning properties, driving stability, service life, product properties on wet and dry roads other than wet grip, properties on snow. Tyre manufacturers suggest that the test results from various institutions and industry magazines should remain a very important source of information for the end consumer, because they focus on and rate a wide variety of tyre properties and features.
Nokian WR D3 tyre review
Average based on 1,866 test results
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11.07.2015 from JS 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.).
18.06.2015 from Philip Baker Very quiet & supple ride.Quite different to the standard Continentals.Tempted to keep them on all year.Highly recommended.
06.06.2015 from CR Excellent winter tyre that also copes reasonably with warmer weather while Spring is still arriving.
27.05.2015 from Steve I was pleasantly surprised at how much nicer these felt to the Goodyear Ultragrip 8s fitted to my other car. The Nokians felt more sure-footed, with less squirm, although that could equally be down to the differences in vehicle (Goodyears on a small, light, 2-seat sporty type & the Nokians on the much heavier Toyota).
That said, they felt like ordinary tyres in ordinary conditions, very good in the wet and with quite low noise levels and without much (if any) difference in fuel economy.
I would 100% definitely buy these again and I would recommend them to others.