Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

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Vehicle: 2010 MINI Cooper S Clubman
4.0
Miles Driven on Tires: 1,600
Location: Batavia, IL
Driving Condition: Combined Highway/City
Driving Style: Average
Continental ExtremeContact DWS
Follow-Up Review: 3,800 miles on tires
March 18, 2013
Now that I've had a chance to drive in heavy snow, I've upgraded my ranking on heavy and light snow. I've been able to safely drive in winter conditions with over 4 of snow without getting stuck while retaining good steering control. I feel comfortable not buying dedicated winter tires based on recent experiences with these tires.
Initial Review: 1,600 miles on tires
January 11, 2013

Replaced OEM runflats with these tires. Ride comfort and wet traction improved significantly. Tires are fantastic in rain and light snow. Haven't driven in heavy snow yet.

As other reviewers have warned, the steering response of these tires is much slower than runflats. Entry into turns has lost a lot of precision. This does take some of the go kart handling fun out of the Mini. I considered returning them, but the improved ride comfort has been worth the trade off.

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