These wonderful Continentals replaced the absolutely awful original equipment Contis (4X4 Contact) which were toast by 20,000 miles; identically the same tread life exhibited by the same tire on my former 2004 V8 Touareg= terrible. On the 2004 I replaced with Bridgestone Dueler Alenzas (18) and loved those, however that tire is not available in 19 for the 2010. These DWS Extreme Continentals do all and more than those Bridgestones. At 17,000 miles, with 5000 mile rotations, I have suffered no ills whatsoever. Low road noise, outstanding treadwear to date even on this 5200 lb. vehicle, great, confidence-inspiring handling in sweepers. I have had no deep snow experience to date, but this is an all season, not a winter tire. The difference in wear rate vs. 4X4 Contacts is the ticket. 540 vs. 360 plus they cost less. Buy these tires from Tire Rack!