Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Yokohama AVID Ascend (H- or V-Speed Rated)

Tuesday, April 8, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Yokohama AVID Ascend (H- or V-Speed Rated) Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.1
 
 

2000 Volkswagen Golf GL
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Miles driven on tires: 22,000
Location: Chester Springs, PA
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 22,000 Miles on Tires
February 26, 2014

I have over 220,000 miles on my Golf and have had Goodyear Eagle LS, BF Goodrich Traction TA (twice) and a Kuhmo tire (don't remember which one) and this Yokahama is BY FAR the best tire I've ever had on this car!
I cannot believe the traction it has in not only the wet, but the snow is really good. It feels like a full-blown snow tire to me.
Dry traction and handling is much better than any of the other tires I've had on the car. The sidewall doesn't roll-over during hard cornering (sorry, I'm a licensed SCCA driver so all of my cars go around corners quickly LOL).
Noise is hard to say, it's a 2000 VW Golf so it's not the quietest car to start with. Noise from the tires doesn't seem too bad at all.
All I can say is, this tire is night and day different than any of the other tires I've tried. You really should try them.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Altimax HP

Thursday, April 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General Altimax HP Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.18
 
 

2003 Cadillac Deville
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Miles driven on tires: 3,200
Location: Neillsville, WI
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 3,200 Miles on Tires
February 24, 2014

I have General Altimax HP's on three vehicles now (Cadillac Deville, Volvo S80 & VW Passat W8) & am very impressed on all fronts. The Caddy was recently driven from the east coast back to WI during the last bout of winter storms & the Generals had me sure footed on ice & through snow. They also held the big cruiser on the road through the mountain curves of PA, VA & WV, there were times I was pushing it a bit hard into them & the Generals never protested. I am sure there are better tires out there, but for the price & dependability thus far on three vehicles I'll definetly purchase them again & again.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Super Sport

Thursday, April 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Pilot Super Sport Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9
 
 

2011 Volkswagen GTI
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Miles driven on tires: 32,000
Location: Bonners Ferry, ID
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 32,000 Miles on Tires
March 30, 2014

Simply amazing! These summer tires lasted me two seasons and almost 50000km on all types of mountain highways and conditions from northern British Columbia to the southern tip of Arizona. I own a 2011 VW GTI and I love to drive fast especially in the corners. I bought the car new with a set of Pirelli all seasons on them but didn't care for them much. These Michelin tires were a huge upgrade and gave me the confidence to consistantly push the limit. Mind blowing stablility and control with no slippage except when cornering under the most extreme circumstances. There is some hydroplaning in very wet conditions but not enough to keep you from being the lead car...every time. There is some road noise for the first few thousand kilometers during the break in period but it becomes increasingly less noticeable. You really get to know your vehicle and your driving capabilities when you run these tires. I am a starving university student but I live for those long, summer roadtrips so the price for these tires is well worth living off of Kraft Dinner and hotdogs for a few more months. I will definitely be buying them again. Thank you Tirerack for providing us with the best selection and prices for the only shoes that really matter!

I also run Michelin Pilot Alpin in the winter which are also very good performance winter tires. Check em out!

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Blizzak WS70

Monday, March 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Blizzak WS70 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.45
 
 

2011 Volkswagen Tiguan
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Miles driven on tires: 3,000
Location:  
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 3,000 Miles on Tires
February 12, 2014

I made 3000 miles with this tire. My wife drives this car, but I use it when we go to ski together. I went from 235/50 R18 which is OEM for SEL model to 215/65 R16 for winter. It was good decision. I went with this tire, because I wanted hardcore winter tire for this car. My VW CC is equipped with Bridgestone LM-60 (and they perform extremely well).
Anyway, on Tiguan, due to the AWD, these tires are just going forward with gusto. So far no issues, driving on snow packed roads, went through 3ft of snow: no issue!
If you need tire to go to ski, for lot of snow, ice, slush: this is tire for you.
Be aware: This tire is extremely soft, which is good for ice, snow. However, if you live in states where there is no much snow, but have black ice, maybe Michelin X Ice 3 would be better, since it has better dry capabilities. WS 70 is good tire, but on dry you can feel all that softness.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli P Zero

Friday, February 28, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Pirelli P Zero Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.5
 
 

2011 Volkswagen Tiguan
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Miles driven on tires: 48,000
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Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 48,000 Miles on Tires
February 19, 2014

Most reviews of the P Zero tire seem to come from owners of sporty cars and from residents of northern states (why? this tire is not for winter driving!). Here in Florida, on our VW Tiguan we get the performance and traction we expect, though wet surfaces do slightly challenge this tire. At 48K miles I estimate we still have 10K left on the tread. Overall, a tire that lives up to our expectations of a summer tire.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Altimax HP

Thursday, February 20, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General Altimax HP Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.86
 
 

2004 Chrysler Pacifica
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location:  
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
January 02, 2014

Outstanding wear, ride, performance for all the cars--including this Pacifica--I've used this model tire for ( 2001 VW Bug, 2009 Toyota Carolla XSR) As long as General continues to produce this tire, I will continue buying it for all my vehicles. Friends to whom I've recommended it--some with little car enthsusiasm find this tire quiet, smooth and very good in all conditions.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental PureContact with EcoPlus Technology

Thursday, February 6, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental PureContact with EcoPlus TechnologyReviewer's Overall Rating: 7.22

2004 Volkswagen Touran 1.9TDI
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Miles driven on tires: 10,000
Location: APO, AE
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 10,000 Miles on Tires
January 29, 2014

Overall, this a very good tire. I am driving a Eurospec VW Touran 1.9TDI in Germany and with it being a Highline, I have the factory sport suspension. Overall, I am impressed with how they handle. Coming from ExtremeContact DWS, it is a slight downgrade, and different class of tire, but a predictable tire. I drive spiritedly some days and easy others. Snow traction is very good in my opinion as the traction control very rarely intervenes. Braking is decent in snow and good in dry. Wet traction is OK, but I trust every tire as far as I can throw it in the rain. Steering response is really good and accurate and with my Touran, I have no problem keeping up with other drivers and/or showing them up. They do not let you know when they are ready to give up though. That could boil down to electric steering though. Most cars lack tactile feedback with electric steering setups, so I won't ding the tire for that. ECO, don't know. I average 42MPG for the most part, so I don't know if I am really seeing the return in my wallet with the ECO rating. As I am on my 5th set of Conti's, I have lots of faith in this brand. I have driven on many different brands, but I tend to come back to Conti. This is my 3rd set in a row as I had the ExtremeContacts on an E39 530d and enjoyed those. With Conti, you really can't go wrong, and why pay more for the other brands. I trust Conti and will stick with them and of course, TIRE RACK. Can't beat the service and knowledge. I have no problem recommending this tire to anyone that is looking for a good all season tire.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop SP Winter Sport 4D

Monday, January 27, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Dunlop SP Winter Sport 4D Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.5
 
 

2013 Volkswagen Golf R
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Miles driven on tires: 4,000
Location: Bel Air, MD
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 4,000 Miles on Tires
December 15, 2013

Having had considerable experience with Dunlop's D3 winter radial on two previous cars, I was curious to see how the D4 would perform on my 2013 VW Golf R. In a word, the new D4 is outstanding.

I had my tires installed in early November, before serious winter weather set in here in Maryland. I noticed immediately that while they were a little less precise in their steering feel than my Michelin Pilot summer tires, they delivered excellent wet and dry traction in cold weather, with no loss of ride comfort and no increased noise level over the Michelins.

However, the acid test for these tires would have to be snowy conditions; after all, that's why I bought them. On Sunday, December 8, I drove from Long Island to my home in Maryland in a serious snowstorm. What would have been a 3 hour trip in good weather became a 7 hour challenge, mostly due to accidents on the New Jersey Turnpike and the Delaware Memorial Bridge. Through it all my Golf kept going, with the Dunlops delivering superb traction and excellent steering feel on both fresh and plowed snow. When I got near my home, I went to an empty parking lot, and stopped in about 6" of fresh, moderately wet snow. I engaged first gear, let out the clutch, and punched the throttle...and without drama or excitement, the Golf simply gathered speed and moved straight ahead. I did this several times, with the traction control on and off, and the tire performed equally well. (Yes, with the TC off, I could sense a difference, and a little wheelspin, but it was insignificant.)

Numerically rating a tire like this is tricky: In the non-snow categories, I compared these Dunlops to my summer Michelins. In the winter/snow category, I compared them to my previous Dunlop D3s. In both catergories, they are outstanding, and I will definitely buy them again! :-)

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental PureContact with EcoPlus Technology

Monday, January 27, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental PureContact with EcoPlus Technology Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.9
 
 

2001 Volkswagen Beetle
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location: Watertown, WI
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
February 23, 2013

We have the Extreme Contact version of this tire on our Passat and are very pleased with their handling in rain, snow, and ice. They grip the road well. Knowing this we were hesitant to try the Pure Contact's on our Beetle, but the additional fuel mileage offered by this new version led us to take a chance.

The tires arrived the same day of a major ice then snow storm, so we had the unfortunate opportunity to drive in some fairly awful weather. Our unfortunate drive turned to be fortunate one with the Pure Contacts. We soon discovered we were right to take a chance on this tires, they grip just as well, if not better as the Extreme Contacts.

It was as if the tires were made of glue and the road was sandpaper, or better yet they seemed to be made of magnets driving over an iron road. I deliberately tried to break traction on ice covered snow, but the car just would not go into a slide. Even on ice I was able to maintain good control, although on pure ice I did slide when trying to break loose, but I was able to quickly maintain control again.

There was no noticeable fuel mileage gain (or loss), but that is to be expected from brand new tires. Once we have some more miles behind us, I will post our fuel mileage results. We currently average 44-48 mpg, with our diesel Bug; even with 295,000 miles. Now if we could just get VW's U.K. version of the TDI Beetle. That one gets 60 mpg! Something VW will never sell in the U.S.

The tires were ordered on Friday morning and arrived three days later on Monday. Amazingly fast shipping. Thank you Tire Rack and Continental!

 

Best Tires for a VW Beetle

Thursday, December 12, 2013 by Steve Huffman

The Beetle is one of the world's most popular cars, at least in volume of units produced. It's been one of the most massed produced vehicles in the world with a history dating back to the 1930s.

Today, the Beetle lives on and is still a favorite on US roads. The new body style is a throwback to earlier models. With thousands on the road, many are going to need new tires.

One great option would be the Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus. This Grand Touring All-Season tire has excellent year-round traction to go along with a superior ride. It offers a very comfortable and quiet ride and has a long-lasting treadlife warranty. Cinturato P7 All Season Plus tires feature lower weight and less rolling resistance to promote better fuel economy.

Another great choice is the Continental ExtremeContact DWS. This Ultra High Performance All-Season tire features Tuned Performance Indicators -- visible letters molded into the second rib from the outboard shoulder to alert drivers of the tire's performance levels. A visible "DWS" indicates the tire has sufficient tread depth for dry conditions, as well as wet roads and light snow. After the "S" has worn away, the remaining "DW" indicates the tire only has sufficient tread depth for dry and most wet road conditions. And after the "W" and "S" have both worn away, the remaining "D" indicates the tire has appropriate tread depth for dry conditions only.

If you're looking for a dedicated winter / snow tire, my favorite continues to be the Bridgestone Blizzak WS70. The Blizzak WS70 features a dual-compound tread with Bridgestone's NanoPro-Tech silica-enhanced Tube Multicell compound layered on top of a standard winter compound. I use these tires on my vehicle and have total confidence in the snow and on ice. If you can't get home with these tires, you shouldn't be out!

Pirelli Cinturato P7AS Plus
Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus
Continental Extreme Contact DWS
Continental ExtremeContact
DWS
Bridgestone Blizzak WS70
Bridgestone Blizzak
WS70


To view all options available for your Beetle, shop by vehicle.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus

Friday, December 6, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.38
 
 

2007 Volkswagen Jetta 2.5L
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Miles driven on tires: 10,000
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Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 10,000 Miles on Tires
November 18, 2013

I purchased this tires for replacement on the old Goodyear RA-S tires on June 2013 for my VW Jetta.I had them for almost 8000K it was still like new no visible worn on my Pirelli TiresI had it for about 6 months before changing car. It was a very good tires, on wet roads and dry condition, no hydroplaning experiences Great Cornering and good stopping power. I definitely will purchased one for my new VW GTI if there were available on my tire sizes. 225/40R18???

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli P Zero Nero All Season

Friday, December 6, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Pirelli P Zero Nero All Season Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.33
 
 

2011 Volkswagen GTI-2 door
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Miles driven on tires: 40,000
Location: Bellevue, WA
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 40,000 Miles on Tires
November 18, 2013

I had an old 2011 VW GTI ,this tires was almost worn out in approx. 40K and my tires were 5/32 on the front and 4/32 on my rear wheels, but its still doing well on wet traction but the sad part it was slipping on wet situation while I was on rapid acceleration and my dashboard warning came on, so it was about time I change tires on my front tires. Brought a pair of Michelle Tires trying to see what will happen after putting this Michelle on my front tires....I will wrote any review on this used one let said 3 - 4 months from now.

 

Steel Wheels for Volkswagen Vehicles

Monday, November 4, 2013 by Ben Rooney

Starting this year, we now offer a new 16" steel wheel for Volkswagen applications. It's similar to the wheel it replaced, but is designed to accept the ball or radius seat lug bolts that come with your VW. These wheels are economically priced at $58 each* and are intended for use with Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Packages. The wheel isn't designed to fit Original Equipment hubcaps. For those who would like to purchase hubcaps, view our aftermarket wheel covers.

The 16x6.5" wheel will fit most smaller Volkswagens, however it does not fit larger models like the Passat, Tiguan and Touareg. Audi and VW often share fitments, but the newest Audi models tend to have brakes that are too large for these wheels, while many older Audi models can use them. To check availability for your specific year, make and model, shop by vehicle.

Following the link above will allow you to enter your vehicle's information and browse options available for building a winter package. If you need only the wheels, click the "Skip to Wheels" option at the top of the list of available tires. To learn how we know what wheels are an option for your vehicle, read "How We Know What Fits."

*Prices subject to change

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Sumitomo HTR A/S P01 (W-Speed Rated)

Tuesday, June 18, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Sumitomo HTR A/S P01 (W-Speed Rated) Reviewer's Overall Rating: 10
 
 

2008 Volkswagen Passat Wagon
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Miles driven on tires: 2,000
Location: Danville, CA
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 2,000 Miles on Tires
March 25, 2013

Bought these Sumitomo HTR A/S P01 tires for my wife's 2008 VW Passat Wagon 2.0T to replace the set of Continental tires that had gone 41000. The Sumitomos make the car feel like a whole new vehicle! The car is much more responsive to sterring input and feels glued to the road. I was concerned that MPG would drop because Continentals were LRR tires, but MPG has stayed the same. I am very pleased with these tires and am considering them for my own car. Of course, the entire Tire Rack experience was terrific!

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli Scorpion ATR

Wednesday, April 3, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Pirelli Scorpion ATR Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.29
 
 

2001 Jeep Cherokee Limited
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Miles driven on tires: 58,910
Location: Oakland, CA
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 58,910 Miles on Tires
March 29, 2013

I'm just about to purchase my 4th set of these tires for my Cherokee. Admittedly, I am not an off-roader and I don't ask much of my tires, other than to get me up and down the highway and the occasional trip to the mountains/snow. They definitely slip on wet asphalt and do require some 4wd help in the snow. Overall, this is a very consistent and reliable tire. It wears very well with scheduled rotations, it is fairly quiet, handles well, and maintains a good MPG. I drove Pirellis on a VW GTI in the past and was initially skeptical of putting them on a Jeep, but they have been great!

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ContiProContact

Tuesday, March 19, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ContiProContact Reviewer's Overall Rating: 5.36
 
 

2010 Volkswagen Golf TDI
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Miles driven on tires: 32,105
Location: Westville, IN
Driving Condition: Easy Going

Initial Review, 32,105 Miles on Tires
March 17, 2013

These tires came as OE on my 2010 VW Golf TDI. They were smooth and very little noise for a low profile tire. After about 25,000 miles noise and poor wet weather handling came to play. At 32,000 miles I had to replace them due to wear. I have always achieved 50,000 to 70,000 on different sets of tires. I thought this was odd but after reading some of the other views, I am not alone. I am a very conservative driver so I was surprised. After reading reviews on TireRack I am trying another set of Continentals, the PureContact DWS. They are rated as a best seller and the ride after 3,400 miles iis great. Night and day ride quality. I will have to post how they perform on mileage at another time. I would not recommend the Continental ContiProContact to anyone looking for tires.

 

Best Tires for Your Ford Focus ST

Thursday, March 14, 2013 by Steve Huffman

When Ford decided to bring the Focus ST to the United States, VW GTI and other hatchback owners finally had an American option. The Focus ST offers a lot of fun and performance at a very affordable price. At nearly 250 horsepower and 266 lb-ft. of torque, the ST packs quite a punch. ST owners will be looking for ways to enhance the performance and capabilities of this turbocharged pocket rocket. As we know, tires are an easy way to accomplish this.

Right off the assembly line, the ST comes with a very nice tire. As far as an Original Equipment tire goes, the Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 2 was a smart choice by Ford. This is a Max Performance Summer tire that does a nice job transferring all that power straight to the pavement. Are there better tires out there? Yes, let's take a look.

If you want to keep a super sticky summer tire on the ST and improve upon the O.E. Goodyear, then go with either the Michelin Pilot Super Sport or Bridgestone Potenza S-04 Pole Position. These tires rank first and second in the Max Performance Summer category. Both options receive high marks in almost every category, including cornering stability, steering response and ride comfort.

Maybe you're in a climate where you'll need or want an all-season tire. After all, if those Goodyears wore out too soon, moving to an all-season tire typically gives you more treadlife. If that sounds like something you'd prefer, I would suggest the Continental ExtremeContact DWS. This has been our top-rated Ultra High Performance All-Season tire for quite awhile.

Michelin Pilot Super Sport
Michelin Pilot Super
Sport
Bridgestone Potenza S04 Pole Position
Bridgestone Potenza S-04 Pole
Position
Continental Extreme Contact DWS
Continental ExtremeContact
DWS


All these tires are available in the stock size, however if you want to go with a slightly more aggressive size, there's no problem stepping up to a 245/40R18. Shop by vehicle to find all tire options for your Ford Focus ST.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli Scorpion Verde All Season

Wednesday, March 6, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Pirelli Scorpion Verde All Season Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.12
 
 

2011 Volkswagen Touareg
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Miles driven on tires: 34,000
Location:  
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 34,000 Miles on Tires
February 25, 2013

O.E. on my 2011 VW Toureg TDI. Tires wore out at 27,000 and noise is extremely loud. I puchased this car new for business, but tire noise is now so loud that cell phone use is impossible.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Exalto A/S

Wednesday, March 6, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Pilot Exalto A/SReviewer's Overall Rating: 7.91

2002 Volkswagen Passat GLS Wagon
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Miles driven on tires: 40,000
Location: Buffalo, NY
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 40,000 Miles on Tires
December 21, 2012

Buffalo, NY area commuter and ski country driving with no complaints. Confident in the dry and can corner well on a VW. Gets eaten around 40K but gotta have 'em. Logged on to buy a pair and share knowledge. Drive fast, use turbo.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli Winter Sottozero Serie II

Thursday, February 28, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Pirelli Winter Sottozero Serie IIReviewer's Overall Rating: 9.45

2012 Volkswagen GTI
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Miles driven on tires: 6,000
Location: APO, AE
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 6,000 Miles on Tires
February 27, 2013

Hard to believe that this tire is rated below the Dunlop Wintersport M3, which is a fine winter tire but inferior to the Sottozero II's, specially in the dry. Very happy with this tire, they also outperform the OEM Pirelli P-Zero All Seasons that came with the car, which were H-rated and very unstable at high speeds. I highly recommended this tire, it was the most affordable for the original VW GTi's 18" wheels , and as a bonus it performs great in the dry, far better than any All-season tire.