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 Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Friday, November 8, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DWSReviewer's Overall Rating: 9

2008 Nissan Sentra SE-R
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Miles driven on tires: 10,000
Location: Worcester, MA
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 10,000 Miles on Tires
September 01, 2011

We bought 4 215X45X17 "XL" Conti Extreme Contact DWS and had them mounted in October 2010 at Martin Tire in Worcester Ma, a Tire Rack recommended service center. They did an excellent job, inflating to 40 psi, did not scratch the allow rims, and it has never been necessary to return for rebalancing. We went through the 2010-2011 winter with record snowfalls and we live at nearly 1000 ft on the hills to the west of Worcester. The approaches are very steep and challenging with lots of snow and ice. Most of our neighbors have AWD or 4WD vehicles (and our other car is a Nissan Pathfinder). We just passed 10,000 miles on the tires and they look new with no sign of tread wear. We had no difficulty all winter long making our hill into our driveway. There were instances when there was 5-6 inches of snow down and the grade is steep with no opportunity to build speed ahead of the turn onto our road. We have one of the steepest accesses in Worcester MA yet we had no trouble getting home in severe weather conditions. These tires come very close to the Mountain and Snowflake severe weather requirement and we highly recommend them for northern tier states and CANADA where snow, ice and HILLS are a problem. If you have an AWD Subaru, VW, BMW or Audi I would recommend them even for areas as tough as Oregon, Washington, Montana and Idaho. They are excellent in severe conditions (and we have only front wheel drive)! I keep the tires inflated to 50 psi year round which improves their handling and treadwear. The Conti's are a true radial, not a "bias radial" and the 2 ply sidewalls and 4 ply tread are highly conforming to the road surface. Don't be afraid to put them close to their 51 PSI maximum. We found the ride conforming because the sidewall flexibility cushions the bumps. Also, the 177HP Sentra SER engine hits maximum torque at 2800 rpm yet reducing the tire size from stock 225X45X17 to 215X45X17 XL did not cause any tire spin issues. On a dry road, they are awesome. Great tires.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Friday, November 8, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DWSReviewer's Overall Rating: 9.09

2006 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 1.9L
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Miles driven on tires: 40,000
Location: Nazareth, PA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 40,000 Miles on Tires
February 13, 2013

The tires have been used on my 2006 VW Jetta TDI for approximately 40k. I have read all the reviews specific to this Continental Extreme DSW tire. Personally, this tire is the best performance "all season" tire for THIS car. However, having said that, I will tell you that I base my air pressure on the "tire" manufactures suggestioned recommendations -up to 51 psi and NOT the car manufacturer. I run with 43 psi in my tires and do NOT experiense the sidewall flexing some say exists with the tire. I blast through standing puddles and lake type puddles without a problem. I go on and through snow with no problem and go around cars in snow like it is dry pavement. Again, it maybe due to the "car" characteristics i.e. low, solid, feels wide stance etc. The only complaint I would have is the tire tread longevity but really, to obtain the kind of handling in wet, dry and snow this tire will give you, different softer type compound has to be used by the manufacturer. Because I treasure the best all round tire to be on my car, I will choose this tire again because my research does not show at this time another tire exists that is better in the area of wet, dry, cornering and snow like this tire. As a matter of fact, it's time to buy my 16 year old daughter tires on her 2005 Chevy Cobalt and this is what I will order. I'll be right behind her in the replacement of these tires on my VW Diesel that keeps on going strong.

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 Kumho Ecsta 4X

Wednesday, April 10, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Kumho Ecsta 4XReviewer's Overall Rating: 8.1

2008 Nissan Altima Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 9,000
Location: Providence, RI
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 9,000 Miles on Tires
February 07, 2013

Coming off a cheap pair of dealership tires that were put on my Altima 3.5SE MT, obviously these are night and day better. However, I will tell you that these tires have completely changed the driving characteristics of my vehicle. I have been driving sport sedans for the last decade, and have purchased many tires. The best set of tires I've ever owned were the Good Year Assurance Triple Treds on my 2007 VW Passat. Those are great in all conditions. I live in New England where we run the full gamut of weather patterns (Snow, Ice, Dry, Wet) throughout the year. However, they don't make an 18" tire in this size. I can tell you that you will be very satisfied with cornering and overall handling of this tire. It is also very quiet even at 100+mph. W/ 270hp coupled to a 6-speed FWD car as light as the altima, it was very hard to hook the tires when accelerating. With the Kumhos on, I can actually drive my car the way it was meant to be driven.

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 Continental ContiProContact

Wednesday, March 6, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ContiProContactReviewer's Overall Rating: 5.62

2010 Volkswagen CC
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Miles driven on tires: 35,000
Location: Santa Rosa, CA
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 35,000 Miles on Tires
February 15, 2013

OEM tires. Was lucky to squeeze 35K miles out of them. Noisiest tire I've ever driven. Overall, not very happy and am anxious to upgrade as the CC handles well, and will likely improve with better tires. VW sure must have gotten a deal from Continental on these, but at the expense of a mediocre driving experience at the height of a new owner's love of their purchase. Switching to the Continental DWS which other owners of the same vehicle really enjoy, in all conditions, and for less $$ than these. Go figure.

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
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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.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Potenza RE970AS Pole Position

Thursday, February 28, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Potenza RE970AS Pole Position Reviewer's Overall Rating: 5.91
 
 

2009 Honda Civic Coupe
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Miles driven on tires: 5,000
Location: West Bend, WI
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 5,000 Miles on Tires
February 27, 2013

I have had the "all season Pole Positions" on three different cars now (95 BMW 325i (three sets), 04 VW Golf, 09 Honda Civic SI) Bridgestone made a change to the tread design and possibly the rubber compound, thus dropping the price. I used to swear by this tire, however, I am very dissapointed in the performance on this vehicle. It might be that the Civic is a little lighter, but the stickers show a difference of only a couple hundred pounds. This car hydroplanes on even the lightest of rainfalls, and slush or snow, forget it. I'll leave it at home. I've now had the opportunity to drive under pretty much all conditions, (sleet, ice, slush, packed snow, fresh powder, pouring rain and light rain), hey, I live in Wisconsin, and if the roads are anything but dry, this car stays parked. As I mentioned before, it could be the car, but it has ASC and a front LSD so with one of the best rated "all season" tires, I don't think it should handle as bad as it does.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Ventus V12 evo K110

Monday, February 25, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Hankook Ventus V12 evo K110Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9

2010 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution
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Miles driven on tires: 15,000
Location: San Francisco, CA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 15,000 Miles on Tires
February 19, 2013

Hankook's Ventus V12 Evos are very good performance tires and for the price, they're excellent. I purchased a set for my awd Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution 10 and drive them exuberantly on tarmac, gravel and snow (just not on actual ice) and they're such good tires, I'm buying another set. Yes, there are tires that will last longer, but they're not performance tires in this league. Yes, there are tires that are more track-focused but they probably wouldn't work as well on the mix of city, highway, rain, dirt roads and even snow that I enjoy so much. I even purchased a set for my fwd VW GTI and like them for that car too.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Super Sport

Monday, February 25, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Pilot Super SportReviewer's Overall Rating: 9.20

2010 Volkswagen CC
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Miles driven on tires: 500
Location: San Diego, CA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 500 Miles on Tires
February 19, 2013

So I have this tire only for 500 miles, but I am writing initial review. Later, after several thousands miles I will do follow-up.
These tires are replacing horrible Kumho Ecsta Platinum LX tires I had on VW CC since I bought a car. Those were installed by dealer, so I thought, OK I will drive them untill I wear them out. What a mistake. After 12,000 miles two tires developed flat spots, started to coup, became extremely noisy. Anyway, after some 18,000 miles, of which 6,000 were pure torture, I decided that it was enough.
I got these Pilot Super Sport because I wanted summer tires, which is appropriate for European vehicle. In Europe, from where I am coming, cars come with summer tires not all season tires, and then in winter we switch to winter tires. Here in the U.S. it seems most of the people for some reason love all season tires.
Anyway, Michellin's were drastic improvement. I could feel improvement immediately in handling and braking. Improvement in handling was drastic, but in braking was amazing. The brake pedal now feels stiff, no changes in stiffness during driving like with Kumho's. Since I got Pilot Super Sport, ABS did not activate at all for now, although I drive spirited. Hard accelerations do not result anymore in spinning for no reason, and ride, oh well, it does not seem like I am driving any more on four rolling rocks.
I will do follow-up after 5,000, 10,000 and later. So far, they live up to their reputation.
Here in Southern California there are few rainy days, so I cannot say anything yet on the wet performance, but I believe it will be equally impressive.
If you plan to buy new performance tires, do no look further then Pilot Super Sport!

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop SP Sport 01 A/S

Monday, February 25, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Dunlop SP Sport 01 A/S Reviewer's Overall Rating: 2.09
 
 

2012 Volkswagen GTI
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Miles driven on tires: 8,700
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 8,700 Miles on Tires
February 22, 2013

After 8700 miles on the OEMtire a bubble grew on the sidewall. VW sent me to dunlop sent me to just tires and it was a big cluster and no warranty coverage. Worst experience with a tire in my life. Dunlop and VW are pretty much worthless in working things out. I have low profile potenzas on my other car and I've never had a problem with those. Dunlop tires are not worth your time

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Firestone Winterforce UV

Monday, February 11, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Firestone Winterforce UV Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.56
 
 

2007 Toyota sienna le
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location: Kennebunk, ME
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
February 10, 2013

These tires are great! I have a set on VW Jetta also and they are outstanding on that car as well. I would highly recommend these tires! Both of our vehicles were only mediocere on snowy conditions prior to the new winter tires and now we are comfortable in wet/greasy snow and large dry snowfalls.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Wednesday, January 30, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DWSReviewer's Overall Rating: 8.2

2004 Volkswagen Jetta GLI 1.8T Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 35,000
Location: Virginia Beach, VA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 35,000 Miles on Tires
January 29, 2013

I've had the Conti ExtremeContact DWS tires for over 2 years. I've enjoy every single mile I've had them on especially replacing the old Dunlop Summer tires that the previous owner had.

Initial few hundred miles, I did noticed that the wet traction was a little disappointing but once I was able to dial in the PSI on my VW, that totally changed. Unless it was there was a monsoon out there, the tires stuck to the asphalt. So if you don't like how these DWS initially work, adjust your tire pressure accordingly.

At 35,000 miles, the wear is great and just feels like the tires at 1,000 miles. With proper rotation and tire pressure, I may get near the 50k miles mark.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Thursday, January 24, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DWSReviewer's Overall Rating: 7.91

2011 Ford Fusion
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Miles driven on tires: 5,000
Location: Lake Hopatcong, NJ
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 5,000 Miles on Tires
January 21, 2013

I originally bought two sets of the ExtremeContact DWS for my previous vehicle, a 2008 VW Jetta GLI and had no reservation in installing them on my 2011 Ford Fusion Sport. Aside from treadlife (I averaged 35-40k with regular rotations and alignments) I have no serious complaints with this tire. As with any all-season you give up the best of summer tires and the best of snow tires however the ExtremeContact offers good all around performance for most driving conditions and is well matched to high performance sedan. Dry performance is acceptable albeit a noticable notch below a summer tire, as would be expected. Wet and light snow conditions are where this tire really excels. Noise and ride quality are also what is expected from a high performance tire and is a fair trade for the increased cornering and all-season capabilities. Prices are a bit high but are in line with other tires in this segment (Ultra Hi-Performance All Season). I would definitely recommend this tire... especially to anyone else who has to put up with some winter driving and is too lazy (like me) to change over to snow tires every year.