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Firestone Winterhawk 4

Firestone Winterhawk 4

/69% · winter · · : Upper-middle

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Pros and cons

  • Great handling on snow
  • Short braking distance on snow
  • Very good aquaplaning resistance
  • Exceptional handling on the wet
  • Short braking distance on wet roads
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Competitors

Based on the compiled test results from various sources, the Firestone Winterhawk 4 demonstrates a well-rounded performance with specific strengths and some weaknesses across different driving conditions and metrics. Commonly noted positive attributes include its excellent performance on wet road surfaces, snow, and ice, where it provides good traction, handling, and braking performance. The tyre is praised for its fuel efficiency and low noise level, contributing to a more comfortable and economical driving experience. These qualities are consistently mentioned across different tire dimensions, suggesting a reliable performance character of the Winterhawk 4 in winter conditions and its efficiency in terms of fuel consumption.


However, the Winterhawk 4 does face criticism for its performance on dry roads. Several tests point out weaknesses such as understeering, extended dry braking distances, and, in some cases, reduced handling precision and responsiveness. These shortcomings are highlighted across various tire dimensions, indicating a potential area for improvement in the tire's design or compound formulation to enhance dry road performance.


Another point of divergence in the test results is regarding the tire's durability and environmental impact. While some tests note a very good kilometer mileage indicating long tire life, others report concerns about increased wear and somewhat lower projected mileage. This discrepancy might stem from differences in test conditions or methodologies but highlights an area of consideration for potential buyers based on their driving habits and preferences.


In terms of comfort and noise, the Winterhawk 4 is generally regarded as having a low noise level, contributing to a quieter and more pleasant driving experience. However, some reports mention weaker ride comfort and audible internal rolling noises, especially in certain tire dimensions, suggesting variability in comfort levels that might be influenced by specific tire size or vehicle type.


Overall, the Firestone Winterhawk 4 is perceived as a commendable choice for winter driving, offering secure and reliable performance on wet, snowy, and icy roads with the added benefit of good fuel efficiency. Nonetheless, potential buyers should weigh the noted dry road performance issues and consider how the tire's wear and comfort characteristics align with their driving needs and expectations.

Sizes

Firestone Winterhawk 4 is made in 100 sizes, starting from 155/65 R14 up to 275/45 R20.
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Firestone Winterhawk 4 is ranked #69 of 947 winter tyres based on the results of tests carried out by Autobild 2023, Autobild 2023, and other organizations. Firestone Winterhawk 4 belongs to the Upper-middle segment and is made by a manufacturer from USA. However, this particular model is made in Italy. It is made in total of 100 sizes, 155/65 R14 being the smallest and 275/45 R20 the largest. This tyre was featured in tests 13 times, first test was carried in 2020. Firestone Winterhawk 4 replaced an older model - Firestone Winterhawk 3. This model received the best possible rating in 1 tests. Eu ratings can provide interesting overview over the available dimensions - 100% of Firestone Winterhawk 4 has "B" wet grip rating and most (52%) of the dimensions has "D" fuel-saving rating. Noise is a strong quality of Firestone Winterhawk 4 - most dimensions have below average noise level values - 100% of them produce 0db noise, which result in "a" rating. This tyre has a initial tread depth of 7.9 mm in 245/45 R19. It can be compared to WR D4, which is a tyre from Nokian (Finland) and has a rating of 54%, compared to 69% of the Firestone in question.

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Timeline

2020

Firestone Winterhawk 4 was launched and replaced Firestone Winterhawk 3.

2020

Firestone Winterhawk 4 was tested 1x (Használtautó.hu)

2021

Firestone Winterhawk 4 was tested 4x (Autobild,...)

2022

Firestone Winterhawk 4 was tested 4x (ADAC,...)

2023

Firestone Winterhawk 4 was tested 4x (ADAC,...)

Achievements

Best
Exterior noise
Adac 2023
Autobild 2022
Autoklubcr 2021
Best
Snow handling
Autobild 2023
Automotorsport 2022
Best
Aquaplaning - cross
Adac 2023
Best
Aquaplaning - longitudal
Adac 2023
Best
Dry braking
Adac 2023
Best
Snow traction
Adac 2023
Best
Wet braking
Adac 2023
Best
Interior noise
Autoklubcr 2021
Best
Wet circle cornering
Autozeitung 2021

Firestone Winterhawk 4 in tyre tests

The Firestone Winterhawk 4, a middle segment tyre, has been tested by several well-respected European organizations in various dimensions and winter periods. Results from 2020 to 2022 show that the overall rating for this tyre is 84%, considered an excellent result for a middle segment tyre. In the 2022 AutomotorSport winter tyre test, the Firestone Winterhawk 4 ranked in 5th place out of 8, with the best performance in snow handling and lateral guidance on snow. However, the Autobild Winter tyre test in the same year rated it only in 14th and 16th places out of 56 and 19 respectively, with satisfactory performance. The tyre was considered satisfactory by ADAC in the 2022 and 2021 winter tyre tests, ranking 9th out of 16 and 12th out of 18 respectively. Despite these results, the Firestone Winterhawk 4 was the best in ice braking in the 2021 ADAC winter tyre test and in wet circle cornering in the 2021 Autozeitung winter tyre test. It did not receive a rating for braking distance in two Autobild tests in 2021 and 2020. There was one test where the Firestone Winterhawk 4 won, which was the 2022 Autobild winter tyre test, in which the Cooper Discoverer Winter was the best alternative.

All tyre tests where Firestone Winterhawk 4 was featured:
Name Enviromental impactDriving safety
Best values in test22.1
Firestone Winterhawk 432.3
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Name Stopping distance on wetStopping distance on snow
Best values in test31,429,2
Firestone Winterhawk 433,931,0
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Autobild Winter tyre test 2023 225/45 R18
not recommended
Ranked #20 of 20
Finishing in the middle of the pack among 20 competitors, the Firestone Winterhawk 4 demonstrated a commendable performance in a recent evaluation. This tire showcased a balanced driving behavior on both snow and wet conditions, highlighting its reliability in varied winter scenarios. However, it was not without its drawbacks. Criticisms were directed towards its tendency to understeer on dry surfaces, alongside extended braking distances when dry and an increased rolling resistance. These aspects suggest room for improvement in optimizing its performance across all winter conditions. Despite these critiques, the tire's strengths in handling snowy and wet roads stand out, painting it as a solid choice for diverse winter driving needs.
Name WetDrySnowRunning costs
Best values in test2+2+11-
Firestone Winterhawk 42+ 322
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Autobild Winter tyre test 2023 225/60 R18
not recommended
Ranked #9 of 10
In the evaluation, the Firestone Winterhawk 4 achieved a commendable position among its competitors. The tire was praised for its exceptional performance in winter conditions, showcasing excellent aquaplaning resistance and being highlighted for its competitive pricing. However, it was not without its drawbacks; notably, the tire exhibited significant understeer during dry handling, delayed steering response, and extended braking distances both on wet and dry surfaces. Despite these issues, it stood out in specific winter disciplines, particularly excelling in snow braking, snow circle cornering, and snow handling, indicating its specialized design for winter usage.
Name
Firestone Winterhawk 4
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ADAC Winter tyre test 2022 185/65 R15
satisfactory
Ranked #9 of 16
Name WetDrySnowIceRolling resistanceNoiseWear
Best values in test1,71,91,81,91,72,51,5
Firestone Winterhawk 42,03,22,22,11,7 2,82,5
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Autobild Winter tyre test 2022 215/55 R17

Ranked #14 of 56
Name Stopping distance on wetStopping distance on snow
Best values in test32,825,4
Firestone Winterhawk 43626,4
Autobild Winter tyre test 2022 215/55 R17
satisfactory
Ranked #16 of 19
In a comprehensive evaluation among 19 competitors, the Firestone Winterhawk 4 secured a commendable position, demonstrating its proficiency in the winter tire segment. The tyre distinguished itself with its convincing performance on snow, where its capabilities shone, ensuring a reliable grip and handling that drivers can trust in wintry conditions. Additionally, it showcased a very good mileage potential, which speaks volumes about its durability and long-term value. The quiet rolling noise further adds to the comfort of driving, making journeys more pleasant in terms of auditory experience. However, it was not without its drawbacks. The Firestone Winterhawk 4 showed only satisfactory performance on dry surfaces, which included extended braking distances on both wet and dry conditions, indicating a need for improvement in those areas. Furthermore, the tyre's comfort on the road was deemed moderate, suggesting that the driving experience could be affected by the tyre's inability to absorb road irregularities as smoothly as one might prefer. Despite these mixed results, the Firestone Winterhawk 4's strengths in snow performance and its commendable mileage make it a noteworthy option for drivers seeking a balanced winter tyre. Its shortcomings in dry conditions and comfort require consideration, but its overall performance underlines its potential as a solid choice for winter driving.
Name WetDrySnowRunning costs
Best values in test2+2+2+2+
Firestone Winterhawk 423+2+ 2+
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Source: www.autobild.de
Name WetDrySnowRolling resistanceNoise
Best values in test9,39,4101010
Firestone Winterhawk 46,46,78,988
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Source: reifenpresse.de
Name Stopping distance on wetStopping distance on snow
Best values in test32,127,3
Firestone Winterhawk 433,528,6
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Source: www.autobild.de
Autobild Winter tyre test 2021 205/55 R16
satisfactory
Ranked #10 of 20
Name WetDrySnowRolling resistanceWear
Best values in test2+2+11-1
Firestone Winterhawk 42+ 3+1- 2+2
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Source: www.autobild.de
ADAC Winter tyre test 2021 225/50 R17
satisfactory
Ranked #12 of 18
Name WetDrySnowIceNoiseWear
Best values in test1,61,91,52,12,71,5
Firestone Winterhawk 42,13,31,92,1 2,92,5
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Source: www.adac.de
Autozeitung Winter tyre test 2021 235/55 R18
highly recommended
Ranked #5 of 10
Name Points totalWetDrySnow
Best values in test386143138118
Firestone Winterhawk 4363125123115
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Source: reifenpresse.de
Name Stopping distance on dryStopping distance on wetStopping distance on ice
Best values in test13,914,816,4
Firestone Winterhawk 414,415,925,3
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Source: www.autonavigator.hu

Test ratings distribution

100% (1x)85% (6x)0% (2x)
Highly recommendedSatisfactoryGoodNot recommended
1x4x2x2x

Ratings x Wheel size

R15R16R17R18R19
85% (1x)85% (2x)85% (2x)33.3% (3x)85% (1x)

Ratings x Width

185/xx Rxx205/xx Rxx215/xx Rxx225/xx Rxx235/xx Rxx245/xx Rxx
85% (1x)85% (2x)85% (1x)28.3% (3x)100% (1x)85% (1x)

FAQ

  1. Where is Firestone Winterhawk 4 made?

    Firestone Winterhawk 4 is made in Italy.

  2. Is this tyre suitable for SUVs?

    Yes, this tyre is also made in SUV sizes.

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