Winner in the AUTO BILD snow chain test Pewag Snox Pro
In the end, the Snox Pro snow chain from Pewag came first in our test with 177 out of a possible 200 points. It convinced with very good driving characteristics, a balanced price-performance ratio and comparatively simple assembly. A strong rubber cord on the inside of the tire wall provides the necessary traction.
How AUTO BILD tested it
The test results at a glance
Conclusion on the snow chain test
Buying a snow chain: you should pay attention to this
The right size: In order to find the right snow chain for the car, the following information is required: the exact tire size and the rim width. To be on the safe side, you should take a look at the car’s operating instructions, because some tire dimensions only fit into the wheel arches with certain snow chains. There can be space problems in the wheel arch, especially in cars that are lowered or equipped with large winter wheels. Special chains with particularly thin links can help here. Or when buying winter tyres, you choose the smallest possible tire dimension that is permitted for the vehicle.
chain type: If you only go on a winter sports holiday once or twice a year, a simple cable chain is enough. Prices start at around 50 euros. Slightly more comfortable models have an automatic system that takes over the re-tensioning (from 70 euros). If there is only little space in the wheel housing or if the chain has to be mounted on the rear axle, spring steel U-shaped chains are more suitable. They cost around 130 euros. It is even easier with comfort chains, the chain does not have to be mounted behind the wheel by hand – from 250 euros.
Requirements: As a minimum requirement, a good snow chain should meet the so-called Ö-Norm 5117 for cars, then it is definitely also approved for use in Austrian ski areas.
Tips for using snow chains
Time: At the latest when the blue mandatory sign no. 268 appears. If you continue driving there without putting on chains, you risk a fine. Of course you don’t have to wait for the sign. Tip: It’s better to wind it up a little earlier. Once you get stuck going uphill and are in the way of other drivers, it quickly becomes very uncomfortable.
Snow chains for all-wheel drive vehicles: All-wheel drive vehicles are also subject to snow chain requirements. Here, too, it is sufficient to fit just one axle with snow chains. If there are no manufacturer specifications and only one pair of chains is available, it should be on the front axle. Reason: The car can be braked and steered better, especially when going downhill. But: Without chains on the rear axle, the rear of the vehicle tends to break out. That’s why it’s best to put snow chains on both axles here as well.
Speed limit: The maximum speed is limited to 50 km/h. And of course the chain has to come down again as soon as the road is free of snow.