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.

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 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 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.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Blizzak WS70

Tuesday, January 22, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Blizzak WS70Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.09

2009 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 8,000
Location: Buffalo, NY
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 8,000 Miles on Tires
January 09, 2013

Damm Global warming, haven't really had enough snow here in Buffalo, New York to REALLY test these tires over the last two years. Six inches of snow is not enough, especially when the snow melts almost as soon as it hits the ground.
The first two winters I owned the VW Jetta TDI I ran to Goodyear M+S all year. They were fair in the winter but Bridgestone snows did make a big difference in years 3 & 4 when we did have snow.

I'm happy to have the snows when we drive up to Canada or Elliotville for Skiing. I hate it when those dog sleds pass you on the 401 and Queen E.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin X-Ice Xi3

Tuesday, January 15, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin X-Ice Xi3 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 10
 
 

2002 Volkswagen Eurovan MV
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location: Medford, OR
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
January 14, 2013

You ever want to taunt people in their fancy, 4-Wheel drive cars, or their giganto SUV's as they drive like idiots in the snow? Well, try passing all of these folks, some even with chains on, going up 6000 feet of vertical on a twisty road, covered in ice and hard-pack snow in a VW Eurovan....

Recently put these tires on my Eurovan, and it is BULLETPROOF in the snow/ice. Haven't done deep snow yet, but done quite a bit on ice and hard-pack, and they blow my Nokian Hakka R's out of the water. I'm not joking when I say that my vehicle is performing better than a Subaru (without snows) in these conditions.

These tires are quieter than my summer tires....uber quiet on the highway, very plush ride, and overall, I'm amazed. Best studless snow on the market...period. This, coming from a lifelong driver in harsh conditions.

 

Pirelli's Scorpion Winter vs. Scorpion Ice & Snow

Wednesday, December 19, 2012 by Gary Stanley

Since its introduction, Pirelli has impressed us with their Scorpion Ice & Snow winter tire. It has been a favorite option for many light trucks, SUVs and crossover applications. In fact, it's so well liked that the tire is currently ranked number one in our Tire Survey Results. Some of the most popular fitments have been the 255/55R18 and 255/50R19 size for the Porsche Cayenne, BMW X5, Audi Q7 and VW Touareg. For BMW X5 owners, take a look at one of my previous blog posts, "BMW X5 Sport Package Winter Tires" to see how this tire can help your winter driving.

The Pirelli Scorpion Winter has a more aggressive, directional tread pattern to offer more biting edges on snow- and ice-covered roads. Featuring a more open directional center rib and directional shoulder ribs further help with snow and slush traction, as well as aid in water evacuation and hydroplaning resistance. Pirelli's Ecoimpact icons are branded on the sidewalls to highlight the tire's contribution to the environment with regards to energy efficiency, clean air and low noise.

Pirelli Scorpion Ice and Snow
Pirelli Scorpion Ice & Snow
Pirelli Scorpion Winter
Pirelli Scorpion Winter


For the 2012-13 winter season, the new Pirelli Scorpion Winter will be sold alongside the Scorpion Ice & Snow in many sizes. Both tires can make driving fun, even in winter. Shop by vehicle to see if either great winter / snow tire is an option for your vehicle!

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Potenza RE970AS Pole Position

Tuesday, December 11, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Potenza RE970AS Pole PositionReviewer's Overall Rating: 9.80

2008 Volkswagen R32
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Miles driven on tires: 8,700
Location: Cranston, RI
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 8,700 Miles on Tires
November 20, 2012

These tires are all I was looking for and more. I wanted an all season tire that was reasonably quiet with flexible sidewalls and I hoped for good response. The reviews indicated it was this or the Michelins. I went with the lower price since I had good experience with Bridgestone in the past. The results far exceeded my expectations. The R32 has basic understeer (go figure) and my car also felt loose in the rear end. The Bridgestones not only gave more "bite" at the front, they also made the rear end incredibly stable. The front and rear now feel connected. I have driven these tires in snow in RI as well as on the interstate between RI and FL and I am very satisfied with the quality of the ride and they have so far remained very quiet. At 39 psi recommended by VW, they are compliant and have much less harshness than the OE Dunlops.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Tuesday, November 13, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DWSReviewer's Overall Rating: 9.4

2010 Volkswagen CC
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Miles driven on tires: 5
Location: Rochester, NY
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 5 Miles on Tires
November 11, 2012

I just bought this for my VW CC sport and go it installed. Has ContiProcontacts that came with the car before and was happy with the treadwear of the Continentals so decided to stick with Conti. This is a very quiet tire...it feels like you are driving on a foot of foam. It seems a little soft while cornering and maybe that is just a matter of getting used to it. But when I set the car on cruise at 65mph, I was just gliding and a very luxurious ride. I haven't driven much with it but just wanted to leave some comments at my initial experience.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Friday, November 9, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DWSReviewer's Overall Rating: 8.78

2009 Honda Accord Coupe
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Miles driven on tires: 56,000
Location: Warren, NJ
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 56,000 Miles on Tires
November 07, 2012

I purchased these for my Honda Accord Coupe V6 after the O.E. Michelin's wore out.
I drive about 35,000 miles a year and have been very pleased with them. They didn't last as long as Michelin's but I am still able to drive to work in light snow conditions and have never hydroplaned since I put them on the car.
Michelin's I would never leave the house with as little as 1-2" of snow.
Accord has 126k miles and I am ordering a second set of the Continental Extreme DWS. (this set lasted 56K )- could probably get a little more out of them if we weren't headed in to winter.
They are a little louder than I prefer but it's an excellent tire in wet and
snow conditions.
Also 0rdering these tires for my wife's VW Passat.
Very happy with Continental DWS. Between the two cars I'll have ordered three sets in
18 months.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Firestone Winterforce

Monday, November 5, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Firestone WinterforceReviewer's Overall Rating: 7.91

2001 Volkswagen GTi GLX
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Miles driven on tires: 4,000
Location: Cleveland, OH
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 4,000 Miles on Tires
October 22, 2012

I've got these on my VW GTi and Volvo 850. I would say that these perform as expected, except in just normal rainy situations. I have a supercharged VR6 and I know that I can't expect to accelerate hard on these, but in stopping situations it lacks some grip that I thought should be there. On both the Volvo and VW you have to be careful not to jab the brakes or the wheels will lock up and slide. So, you have to get used to how they respond on slightly wet surfaces. Other than that, the ride is great, and the traction in the snow is amazing. I live in a hilly area and I have no issues navigating to my destination, especially in deep snow.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli P Zero Nero

Monday, November 5, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Pirelli P Zero NeroReviewer's Overall Rating: 8.62

2005 Volkswagen GTI 1.8T
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Miles driven on tires: 15,500
Location: Zagreb, HR
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 15,500 Miles on Tires
October 29, 2012

Car: Seat Leon 1,6 Reference
I know that I buy this tyre as a oversized tyre for my car. But? The first experience was: wow! What tyre! This tyre has a very good and nice grip on a dry surface, with fantastic steering response. You can feel every move of your steering. This tyre is not a tyre for more than 60% city drivers because, in that case, you should consider to buy some cheeper tyre. On the open road and on the highway, you can feel that this tyre is not some entry level tyre. On your steering wheel you have "safety feel" and you don't need to worry that you will lose your grip in some "heavy situations" on the road. A several times, I go a little bit to fast in the curve on the road, and I have a feeling that only tyre saved me from the Crash (dry conditions). I must notice, that I'm not a sport driver, and my Seat Leon have only 100HP. So, I write this rewiew only for the tyre and my experience.
In wet conditions, I didn't have any "The Situation on the road", but also I feel a plenty of safenes feeeling.
Also, I must say, that this tyre is a powerfull in brake situations. No mether how strong you will make a brake, this tyre will be under control and they will no lose the grip.
I spend three seasons with this tyre (5000 miles per season) and I can recommend this tyre for sure. Because of my personal curiosity, I will try something else, but this tyre is one of my favorite.

NOTE:I could not choose my real car (Seat Leon 16V reference, 2005), so I choose VW Golf as a similar car of mine.

Steel Wheels in Stock for VW GTI

Wednesday, October 24, 2012 by Ben Rooney

The current Volkswagen GTI is one of the most popular cars in the hatchback segment. It usually comes equipped with either summer tires from Bridgestone or all-season options from Pirelli or Dunlop. While these tires work well in the warmer months, they do not have much focus on snow traction. Which means purchasing a Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Package is your best bet for handling the toughest conditions winter has to offer.

For the driving enthusiast on a budget, buying steel wheels with your winter GTI tires can help keep the total cost down. Tire Rack currently has 16x6.5" steel wheels in stock that fit the GTI priced at $58 each (price and availability accurate as of 10/19/12). These wheels will not only fit the GTI, but many other Volkswagen and Audi applications using the 5x112 bolt pattern, including the A3, A4, new (2012+) Beetle, Passat, Golf and Jetta.

Winter weather hasn't yet arrived, but winter / snow tire season is in full swing. Many winter items are stocked seasonally, and October is often the month where we have the widest selection in stock. So be prepared this winter by purchasing early so you'll get the tires and wheels you want.