All in all a pretty good tire. I have put them through two track days and am on my third winter with them and they have been my Swiss Army knife tires. They probably have another 15k in them and for how I have hammered on them I can't complain. They did get noisy at about 15k but cross rotated them and they are quiet again. The fault of this isn't the tire but the aggressive camber of the GTI in the rear. I also think the tread pattern and the sidewall look good. I would definitely purchase them for replacement to keep the oem look too.