Dunlop Winter Maxx Review


Dunlop WINTER MAXX Full - 660x550
Studless

13"
175/70R13
14"
165/65R14
175/65R14
175/70R14
185/60R14
185/65R14
185/70R14
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175/65R15
185/55R15
195/55R15
195/60R15
195/65R15
205/65R15
205/70R15
215/70R15
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185/55R16
195/55R16
205/55R16
205/60R16
205/65R16
215/55R16
215/60R16
225/55R16
225/60R16
17"
205/50R17
215/45R17
215/50R17
215/55R17
215/60R17
225/45R17
225/50R17
225/55R17
235/45R17
245/45R17
18"
215/45R18
225/40R18
225/45R18
225/55R18
245/40R18
245/45R18
255/45R18
19"
245/45R19
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The Good
  • Cornering stability is quite predictable
  • Price
  • Solid hydroplaning resistance...
The Bad
  • ...braking performance highly compromised in rain
  • Not particularly agile
  • Constant understeer in warmer conditions
Dry Performance76
Wet Performance78
Light Snow Traction92
Deep Snow Traction87
Ice Traction84
Comfort80
Treadwear82
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When one talks of winter driving and the tires that go with it, thoughts of heavy duty trucks and SUVs trudging through heaps of snow come to mind. It is often overlooked that average drivers of sedans, hatchbacks, coupes and minivans have to contend with the same issues. Dunlop set their sights squarely on this breed of motorists when they came up with this tire. Our Dunlop Winter Maxx review showed that these tires are designed to instill a sense of assurance when driving through nippy and freezing environments.

It was featured on our list of best winter tires.

Performance Designed With Precision

In constructing the ultimate winter tire for the everyday driver, Dunlop put together a silica – fortified Nano – fit Rubber sipe amalgam that is cast into an off – centre  autonomous block pattern. All this industry jargon basically translates to steadfast grip whether in dry conditions, sleet, snow or ice.

In an attempt to combat one of the main adversaries of tires, tread wear, the tire has as a feature, high – density treading which incorporate block rigidity as a way to promote balanced tread wear. An added benefit to this is that the tire enjoys improved cornering and handling.

The Dunlop Winter Maxx also takes tire wear prevention a notch further. The manufacturer has built in snow wear bars that help to notify the driver about the condition of the tire. Once these snow platform indicators wear off, it then means that the tire may not perform at its best in ice and snow surfaces.

Dunlop Winter Maxx Review – A Few Glitches In Paradise

Though at face value the Winter Maxx tire ticks all the right boxes, it does however feel a bit soft when cruising in the open highway, especially in windy weather. This can result in a whistling / whining sound that can be a bit irritating. It is however not a deal breaker given their purpose as ultimate winter tires. The rubber compound tends to get tauter in colder driving conditions.

There is one more issue that afflicts the Dunlop offering. It seems, while it does exceptionally well with everyday cars, the tire lags behind when it comes to high performance vehicles. Luxury sedans and hot hatches tend to have more power than the tire can handle. As a result there is a tendency for the tires to ‘break loose’, experiencing marked wheelspin while in gear.

Noticeably there are just a few issues that tarnish the otherwise flawless Dunlop Winter Maxx record. The following upsides are sure to make up for any drawbacks though.

What Sets The Winter Maxx Apart

  • Muira – Ori inspired sipes assist in avoiding block deformity and enhance tread – to – ice contact
  • Broad treads and lugs make for excellent grip in snow and wet cornering
  • Tires are characterized by specialized silica compounds that deliver high end footing in slush, snow and sleet driving.
  • It integrates a Digital Rolling Simulation technology that assists with sipe design rigidity and improve overall traction.

Dunlop has gained a reputation as a tire manufacturer that numerous drivers count on. With the release of the Winter Maxx tire, the company has gone a step further, merging real life driving experience with high end technology to create a high performance tire.

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Author: Matt Taylor

A 28 year old car guy that used to work in a car repair shop. I used to talk about tires because I had to, now I talk about them because I want to.

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