Dunlop SP Winter Sport 3D

The Dunlop SP Winter Sport 3D is a Winter Ultra High Performance tyre designed to be fitted to a Passenger Car.

Dunlop SP Winter Sport 3D
81%[average]
Dry Grip
81%
Wet Grip
85%
Road Feedback
82%
Progressiveness
78%
Wear
76%
Comfort
80%
Buy Again
83%

Dunlop SP Winter Sport 3D Reviews (3)

81%
Breakdown Score
  • Dry Grip 9
  • Wet Grip 8
  • Road Feedback 9
  • Handling 8
  • Wear 9
  • Comfort 8
  • Buy again 6

Tyre reviewed on

A Combination of Roads for 0 Spirited miles

Renault Scenic

I'm a bit delayed in writing this review, but I've finally got around to it!
As an opening summary, I liked these tyres, they were dependable, pretty predictable, and safe year-round.
before I go any further I must add that my particular set were MO Mercedes suffix, whether or not this has much or any bearing on their performance I doubt I will ever know, but just to make a note.
So, first impressions... After the Continental they replaced which were rather too soft in their construction for my car, these were somewhat of a revelation. Steering response in particular was greatly improved as was the turn-in, going from far too much lock to be desirable in order to change and hold direction, to darting into a corner and nipping through without much complaint at all, within the realms of feasability for a winter compound of course.
Following on from this I was impressed by the stability of said winter compound, being much less 'mushy' than had been expected. In the dry there was little complaint, even when run out of season into the very late spring one year they didn't balk at such conditions. The stiffness of the carcass was clearly responsible to a notable degree, but even still those '3D' sipes seemed to do what they said on the tin, keeping things settled and composed.
Wet behaviour was and wasn't their achilles heel, being interestingly changeable but not seemingly related to ambient conditions or suchlike. Overall the wet grip was good and secure, not the best but not alarming. The thing I found was that at times they would feel almost as if covered by a layer of wax, tacky but slithery, they didn't let go completely at any time but would sometimes when shown a tight curve just understeer into a wide arc, skating across the surface, whilst most of the time being secure and dependable. I did get to know when this was likely to happen, certain road surfaces/ curves, etc. but it didn't always follow suit that it would happen! Temperature, moisture, time of day seemingly had no bearing. Don't take this out of context though, they were good in the wet, you knew how far to push them, and if you did overload them they would smear and drift rather than release and slide, which is always a favourable attribute in a tyre!
Comfort was ok, a little harsher than the previous tyres but nothing to bother about.
The tread wore well, much better than anticipated, and did see some usage well above the intended temperature realms. They did of course wear quicker in warm weather, but held up well with very little tearing or shreding of the tread blocks.
Winter performance wasn't sparkling but they did get me around absolutely fine including a 2 mile trek on an unploughed, very bumpy, undulating uphill country road 4" deep at the least in snow where we bounced and meandered along quite nicely with my other half rather pensive in the passenger seat! Braking and steering in the snow had to be done smoothly and carefully to avoid breaking traction, but my car is very nose heavy with keen brakes so basic physics dictate that this is likely with any tyre, I would say that on a 'normal' car things will be much better indeed, but to what degree I don't know! In a nutshell, I found them a little lacking but nonetheless they got me around in some unsavoury conditions where I know a std tyre would've seen me stranded even though I'm no fool when it comes to driving in the snow.

So, to summarise and conclude, If you want the best in the snow or in the wet unconditionally, look elsewhere. If you want a tyre with sporty behaviour, safe in the wet, keeps a good amount of precision and stability in the dry, whilst keeping you mobile in the snow and ice, then these are worth putting on your shortlist.
They'd even make a decent 'all season' tyre, as they behave better in the dry (on the steering axle at least) than the fabled Bridgestone A001, and feel nicer to drive too.

Tyre size reviewed: 185-65-15-H
80%
Breakdown Score
  • Dry Grip 8
  • Wet Grip 9
  • Road Feedback 8
  • Handling 7
  • Wear 7
  • Comfort 7
  • Buy again 10

Tyre reviewed on

A Combination of Roads for 18,000 Average miles

Mazda 3 Series

I have chosen Dunlop as my winter tyre, based on ADAC, Autobild, Auto moto und Sport and Le moniteur automobile winter tyre comparison, where this tyrewas best or amongst highly recommended.
So far, having driven it on sheet ice, standing water, 5-10cm of slush on very uneven road surface and recently through 10-15cm of snow (engine undertray was scraping the snow!), I have to admit I am astonished by the performance of this tyre.
Works perfectly with Mazda's (rather liberal! ) ESP, ABS/BAS and traction control.
In comparison with my previous winter tyre (Goodyear Ultra Grip 5), Dunlop is obviously better, in every way.
It's best feature: the way it stops on (not so smooth ) ice...incredible! My friend swalloed a chewing gum, while I were testing the tyres on huge, frozen parking lot!

Tyre size reviewed: 205-55-16-T
80%
Breakdown Score
  • Dry Grip 8
  • Wet Grip 8
  • Handling 0
  • Comfort 8
  • Buy again 8

Tyre reviewed on

A Combination of Roads for 1,000 Average miles

Kia Motors ceed

Hi I bought the Dunlop Winter Sport tires this year before the snow started to fall only after reading reviews from a few countries and with tests by different independant organisations. I had used Michelin Energy Saver summer tires before which had come with my brnad new car that is less than one year old. I now have about 1,000 miles on the Dunlop's. First may I say that I have driven them in all kinds of conditons now and I am very pleased, satisfied. Why: for one, my car feels more secure on the road. My steering is more precise. With the Michelins I felt that the steering was less precise, less direct. Iamgine if you will driving at 100 km or 60 miles an hour on the highway.. now imagine chaging lanes..with the Dunlops I feel that when I make a steering change input it mkaes the move I want. The tires for winter tires are also quiet. I have used then in snow up to some 6-8 inches and not gotten stuck yet while others with mor eexpensive cars get stuck in parking lots and on roads. I would describe my driving as average. I am not a racer.

Tyre size reviewed: 195-65-15-
80%
Breakdown Score
  • Dry Grip 9
  • Wet Grip 9
  • Road Feedback 9
  • Handling 8
  • Wear 8
  • Comfort 6
  • Buy again 7

Tyre reviewed on

Mostly Motorways for 12,000 Average miles

MG ZT 135+ CDTi

I've been using these tyres for around 12,000 miles (19,000 km) in the last 7 seasons (I try to use summer tyres as much as possible) and they were great when they were new. While getting older, they've become quite noisy what affected the driving comfort especially on longer distances on motorways. Also, the fuel consumption was a bit higher than I would expect. Other than that, I had no problem with grip on any kind of surface, handling is good as well as the road feedback. However, I will try different tyres next time.

Tyre size reviewed: 225-50-17-H
80%
Breakdown Score
  • Dry Grip 8
  • Wet Grip 9
  • Road Feedback 7
  • Handling 9
  • Wear 5
  • Comfort 8
  • Buy again 10

Tyre reviewed on

Mostly Country Roads for 200 Spirited miles

Audi S3

I had a SWB Shogun with 'sport' tyres that we supposedly good on snow too - the truth was that the oversized tyres were like rubber rings and were simply useless! My S3 was supprisingly much more capable on snow and ice than the Shogun. The problem was stopping! After much searching and reading of reviews I ended up with a set of SP 3D and the difference is simply, astonishing. The moment I pulled out of the garage with my new tyres (3-4inches of snow lying at the time) I instantly noticed the difference. Up hills on deep snow, ice, slush and compacted snow the car sailed up with no spinning whatsoever. Stopping is obviously not the same as on a dry road, but the difference is fantastic. I managed to stop and start on hills my Dad's Nissan Patrol (with all terrains) struggled with. If you are unsure about an making an investment in winter tyres, I wouldn't give it another thought. The safety alone is worth every penny. The look on people's faces when I motor pass then in an arrow straight line is pretty good too! I shall never have a car without winter tyres on during the winter months again!

Tyre size reviewed: 225-40-18-
79%
Breakdown Score
  • Dry Grip 7
  • Wet Grip 9
  • Road Feedback 9
  • Handling 8
  • Wear 8
  • Comfort 6
  • Buy again 8

Tyre reviewed on

A Combination of Roads for 15,000 Average miles

Mazda 6

Good for the winter - decent grip in the snow and handling quite good too. Very bumpy ride though

Tyre size reviewed: 225-55-16-
76%
Breakdown Score
  • Dry Grip 7
  • Wet Grip 9
  • Road Feedback 8
  • Handling 7
  • Wear 7
  • Comfort 6
  • Buy again 9

Tyre reviewed on

Mostly Country Roads for 8,000 Average miles

Mercedes Benz E Class

surprised by other low reviews= very good in the wet compared to summer Michelin premacy though noisier on my merc 320

Tyre size reviewed: 245-45-17-V
71%
Breakdown Score
  • Dry Grip 5
  • Wet Grip 7
  • Road Feedback 9
  • Handling 7
  • Wear 6
  • Comfort 9
  • Buy again 7

Tyre reviewed on

Mostly Town for 10,000 Spirited miles

Mercedes Benz C180K T

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Tyre size reviewed: 225-45-17-
64%
Breakdown Score
  • Dry Grip 8
  • Wet Grip 8
  • Road Feedback 7
  • Handling 9
  • Wear 5
  • Comfort 7
  • Buy again 1

Tyre reviewed on

A Combination of Roads for 14,000 Average miles

Volvo S80 T6

Overall a very good tyre, but in my experience not up to all awards achieved. While I was satisfied with the performance in general, I was disappointed by two things - it is very noisy and wear is far below average. Anyway, I would be possibly satisfied with it still, but cannot be while knowing what the amazing ContiWinterContact TS830 can do. As this might be an issue in the given tyre size (it works much better on my wife's car with smaller size), for next winter I will buy Continental in a heartbeat.

Tyre size reviewed: 245-40-18-W
60%
Breakdown Score
  • Dry Grip 9
  • Wet Grip 7
  • Road Feedback 9
  • Handling 5
  • Wear 5
  • Comfort 2
  • Buy again 5

Tyre reviewed on

Mostly Town for 10,000 Average miles

Volvo S80 D5

Iv got these on all four corners of my volvo s80 replacing dunlop sport maxx1.

Generally, they're good tyres but the noise is unbearable sometimes. Especially on a dry motorway. It almost sounds like the windows are open.

Tyre size reviewed: 225-45-17-

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