Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology

Tuesday, July 15, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology Reviewer's Overall Rating: 10
 
 

2010 BMW X5 xDrive35d
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Miles driven on tires: 20
Location: Freeport, PA
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 20 Miles on Tires
April 30, 2014

These tires are absolutely awesome! I cannot comment on the treadwear, but the performance is outstanding. My X5’s inner Beemer has been released! Great steering, cornering and ride. Had to turn the radio off so I could listen to and enjoy the quiet. Don’t know why they put run flats on a performance vehicle. Feel like I have a new car. Have separate snow tires.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli Scorpion Verde All Season Plus

Tuesday, July 8, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Pirelli Scorpion Verde All Season Plus Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9
 
 

2010 BMW X5 xDrive35d
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location: Elk Grove, CA
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
May 17, 2014

Running on run flat tires was the worst tire experience I have ever had within my 40 years of driving.The stiff sidewalks transmit noise. No more bang from pot holes and my X5 is now quiet at high speeds. I purchased one of the last discontinued X5 factory spares kits, but a tow service membership is a great all-around protection whether with or without a spare. My old run flat tires lasted for 30 thousand painful miles and the lower cost of the new non run flat tires equates to 20 thousand miles to break even. This SUV is now set up to run on the highway and is not going to see much off-road adventure that would justify stronger sidewalls. This is my summer tire and so far so good. Just completed my 500 mile trip from the Sacramento Valley to the Central Oregon Coast up the I 5 corridor. The diesel motor loved the added grip and mini vans faded away thru the mountains.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop Signature

Monday, June 9, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Dunlop Signature Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.78
 
 

2011 BMW X5 xDrive35i Base Model
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Miles driven on tires: 32,000
Location: Huntsville, AL
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 32,000 Miles on Tires
June 01, 2014

HUGE improvement over the OEM Michelin run-flats. With the run-flats, it was like trying to run a 100 yard dash while wearing galoshes. The Dunlops restore the ability to enjoy the spirited performance native to BMW's (yes, even a 6,000 pound X5 SAV).

Treadwear has been a pleasant surprise -- now at 32,000 miles, and have probably 10,000 more to go before prudent replacement. (The OEM Michelins were at the wear bars at 25,000 miles.) Only negative - we got some snow this winter, and they were not great in anything over an inch or two. But in northern Alabama, that is such a rare occurrence as to be insignificant. Up north, where I used to live, I'd probably swap these out in the winter for some dedicated snow tires.

Bottom line -- if you have OEM run-flats on your BMW, UPGRADE to these Dunlops, and get superior performance for less than half the price. Highly recommended!!!

New Bridgestone Dueler H/L Alenza Plus Versus Dueler H/L Alenza for Crossovers and SUVs

Tuesday, March 25, 2014 by Gary Stanley

Back in 2004, the Bridgestone Dueler H/L Alenza was introduced to premium crossover and SUV drivers as the premier tire of choice. Always a good performer in our Crossover/SUV Touring All-Season category, it has been praised by our customers for its quiet ride, great wet traction, wear and good looks. Appropriate vehicle applications and Original Equipment fitments include the Cadillac Escalade, Acura MDX, BMW X5, Mercedes-Benz ML Class, Lexus RX, Buick Enclave and the new Cadillac ATS and ELR. For more on this tire's great reputation and feedback, take a look at "Best Tires for a Street-Driven SUV." 

Bridgestone is known for continually pushing the envelope, and ten years later, has introduced a new and improved version of the H/L Alenza. This new tire is the Dueler H/L Alenza Plus. 

This new version maintains the same appearance, popular sidewall design and efficient tread pattern of the current Bridgestone Dueler H/L Alenza. That is where the differences end. H/L Alenza Plus tires have a new tread compound that Bridgestone states will improve on the tire's fuel economy by reducing rolling resistance by up to 10% compared to the previous version of the tire without sacrificing wet, dry or snow traction. Bridgestone has also upped the ante for treadwear by offering the tire with an 80,000-mile limited treadwear warranty!

If you're in the market for a premium, quality replacement tire for your crossover or SUV, don't overlook the Bridgestone Dueler H/L Alenza Plus.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1

Thursday, February 6, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.91
 
 

2011 BMW X5 xDrive35d Base Model
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Miles driven on tires: 2,000
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Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 2,000 Miles on Tires
February 05, 2014

This is the second set of this tire I have purchased for this vehicle They are so good I leave them on all year long! The 1st set lasted for 44000 miles They are quiet and are great in our Colorado snow.

 

Non-Run-Flat All-Season Tire Option for BMW X5 (20" Wheels)

Thursday, January 30, 2014 by Marshall Wisler

One of the most difficult vehicles to outfit with all-season tires is the BMW X5 and X6 with staggered 20" wheels. Unfortunately, with the 275/40R20 front and 315/35R20 rear tire sizes, there aren't any run-flat options up to the task of performing in snowy conditions.

Luckily, for drivers willing to step away from a run-flat tire, Continental offers a fantastic choice. Their ExtremeContact DWS (DWS for Dry, Wet and Snow) has been one of our highest rated Ultra High Performance All-Season tires for quite some time and is available for the X5 and X6. While some tires in the category don't perform well in cold temperatures, the DWS has the highest ratings in the category for light snow and deep snow traction.

The ExtremeContact DWS 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 is only suitable 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.

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Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Thursday, July 18, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DWS Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.62
 
 

2012 BMW X5 xDrive35d Sport Activity
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Miles driven on tires: 2,000
Location: Toney, AL
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 2,000 Miles on Tires
April 13, 2013

I have had these tires now for about 2 months and replaced the Dunlop Sport Max RFT that came with the car and were showing too much wear for 15K miles. The truck is for the wife and baby so the Sport Max was a bit of overkill, but what a difference these tires have made. Quiet and smooth and stick like glue. We have been having our spring rains, toad chokers, and have had lots of standing water on the road several times already this year, no problem, goes straight through. I am very impressed and will definately use these tires again, in 50K miles it looks like.
The delivery process to the installation facility was as smooth as it could have been. The installers called when the tires arrived and I just made my appointment, stopped by and drove away a little bit later, very nice and very reasonable. A local "discount" tire company came within $350 installed out the door. Tire Rack is great.
I will follow up as I put more miles on these beauties.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli Scorpion Verde All Season

Monday, May 13, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Pirelli Scorpion Verde All Season Reviewer's Overall Rating: 10
 
 

2006 BMW X5 4.4i
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Miles driven on tires: 700
Location: Silver Spring, MD
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 700 Miles on Tires
April 29, 2013

I am so happy with my Pirelli Scorpion Verde's that I can't wait to buy another pair. I had Michelin Energy's on my X5 and yes they are a good all around touring tire, however the price is just outragious. Plus, Pirelli's Scorpion Verde's to me are a far more superior tire from the ride, the handling and the way the tire is built. For example, as soon as they arrived at my home, which was delivered by UPS within a day, I could see the quality of the tire and design that stood out from the Michelin tire. Nevertheless, I recently went on a business trip to Delaware and Philly and let me tell you the noise level was low and the comfort and ride was excellent. I've never seen such deep tread grooves on a tire. This tire can handle Rain, Snow and anything in my opinion. I saved over $150 dollars a tire, Verde $201 and Michelin $350. In closing, I have always wanted to have Pirelli's on my car and now I do and I absolutely love them and recommend them to all. You don't have to spend the big bucks on Michelin, really. Let me reiterate that the Pirelli Scorpion Verde is an ideal tire for a SUV that travels via city and highway and ultimatley gives you that confidence of driving in style and luxury. I will be placing my next order for the other pair by the end of the week. Travel Safe!

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Latitude Tour HP

Wednesday, April 24, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Latitude Tour HP Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9
 
 

2011 BMW X5 xDrive35d Sport Activity
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Miles driven on tires: 27,000
Location: San Juan Capistrano, CA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 27,000 Miles on Tires
April 16, 2013

We have staggered sizes. Center sections on both rear wore to safety bars, requiring replacement. Fronts barely show signs of wear at all. I'm anal on PSI and alignment, and these have worn beautifully and ride/handle even better! Didn't realize they are uni-directional, so I can rotate sides. This is a 3 ton beast with 500lbs of torque and 4-wheel drive, almost always driven hard. Totally sold on these tires (especially over run-flats!), and have replaced with same. Maintained quietness throughout life (hard to imagine with this width), and makes this handle like it's on rails. Can't recommend highly enough.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli P Zero

Wednesday, March 13, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Pirelli P Zero Reviewer's Overall Rating: 5.86
 
 

2008 BMW X5 4.8i
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Miles driven on tires: 12,000
Location: Rocklin, CA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 12,000 Miles on Tires
March 07, 2013

Prelli claims we ties should get up to 20000 miles. My tires wore evenly and are wore out at 12,000 miles. This is an expensive tire for that kind on performance and ware. I purchased these tires because I have had great sucess with Prelli Scorpion ATR's on my Lincoln Mark LT.
The P Zero is over rated and not a good tire at even half the money.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli Winter Sottozero Serie II

Monday, February 25, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Pirelli Winter Sottozero Serie IIReviewer's Overall Rating: 8.6

2007 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S
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Miles driven on tires: 500
Location: Hoboken, NJ
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 500 Miles on Tires
February 16, 2013

Rating this tire for what it is (read: winter/snow tire), I must say it is EXCEPTIONAL. As a physician -- where there is no viable excuse for not making to work (especially on call) -- I must be able to travel to and from work safely. I drive my Carrera 4S coupe 365 d/yr. And I live in northern NJ. Barring 2 feet of snow -- where even SUVs may suffer -- these Pirelli tires transformed my car into a virtual "rally car". Even deep, deep snow (about 11 inches) in our last snow storm was a breeze. In fact, I'd go as far as to say the tires were too confidence-inspiring. Stopping, turning and accelerating in nasty wintry elements was easy, actually fun, and most importantly, predictable/reliable. I plan on rotating these into action between Dec 15th and March 30th. I should get at least 3-4 years out of them. But I'll say this much: if I had to get a new set every year, I would. My job depends on it. PS. I also have a BMW X5 w/ dedicated snow tires. My wife, also a physician, uses it for her travels. Truth be told, the Porsche is better in the snow...equipped w/ the Pirelli Sotozeros.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop SP Sport Maxx DSST RunOnFlat

Monday, February 11, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Dunlop SP Sport Maxx DSST RunOnFlat Reviewer's Overall Rating: Not Rated
 
 

2012 BMW X5 xDrive35i Sport Activity
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Miles driven on tires: 11,000
Location: Apple Valley, MN
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 11,000 Miles on Tires
February 08, 2013

I purchased my X5 Sport AV in April and i was shocked to see the treat wear on the front tires. If 10-15K is all i can get out of these i will never purchase Dunlops again. My last X5 i installed Breyton 20" with Mich Dimas and they lastest 5 years.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop SP Sport Maxx DSST RunOnFlat

Thursday, January 31, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Dunlop SP Sport Maxx DSST RunOnFlat Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.14
 
 

2012 BMW X5 xDrive35d Sport Activity
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Miles driven on tires: 14,000
Location: Mission Viejo, CA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 14,000 Miles on Tires
January 28, 2013

I have a BMW x5 and while this is an excellent performing tire, tread life is absolutely HORRIBLE. I'm looking at new fronts in another 1k miles and new rears soon after. I expect more than 15k out of my tires and have had tires on other vehicles last 40-50k, so I know it isn't entirely my spirited driving. Not a fan of these Dunlops.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli Scorpion Winter

Wednesday, January 30, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Pirelli Scorpion WinterReviewer's Overall Rating: 8.44

2013 BMW X5 M
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Miles driven on tires: 1,300
Location: Polson, MT
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 1,300 Miles on Tires
January 26, 2013

The Pirelli Winters seem to handle the varied road and weather conditions we have in NW Montana. They are a bit noisier and less connected on dry pavement than the 20" Bridgestone Dueler HP's that the truck came with, but in snow and ice they stick quite well and handle the 500 ft.lbs of torque from the M motor with xDrive

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Latitude Tour HP

Thursday, January 24, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Latitude Tour HP Reviewer's Overall Rating: 10
 
 

2007 BMW X5 3.0si
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Miles driven on tires: 62,707
Location: Milwaukee, WI
Driving Condition: Easy Going

Initial Review, 62,707 Miles on Tires
December 29, 2012

GOT OVER 62,700 MILES ON THESE TIRES SINCE NEW, THE ONLY SET ON THIS CAR. I TRADED IN THE CAR AND THEY STILL HAD MEAT ON THEM. I WOULD RECOMMEND THESE TIRES TO ANYONE.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Dueler H/P Sport RFT

Tuesday, January 15, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Dueler H/P Sport RFTReviewer's Overall Rating: 6.88

2011 BMW X5 xDrive35i Sport Activity
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Miles driven on tires: 20,000
Location: Sun City West, AZ
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 20,000 Miles on Tires
January 13, 2013

These were OEM RFT tires on my X5 with the M Sport package with Adaptive Drive. The X5 handles great with these tires but can't compare to anything else. However, the tires started to become noisy at 8,000 miles and after 15,000 miles became unbearably awful. At 20,000 miles outer edges of fronts are gone, but rears still look okay.
Will replace with Continental DWS or Michelin Latitude Diamaris without RFT option.

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!

All-Season Tires for a BMW X5 with 20" Wheels

Monday, December 17, 2012 by Zig Ziegler

The BMW X5 is a sleek, sophisticated and high-powered SUV, which meets today's needs of sports car like performance with truck like versatility and cargo space. With the optional Sports Package, the BMW X5 boosts large 20" staggered wheels and run-flat tires. While the package offers a more aggressive stance with wider tires than the standard X5, it also complicates tire shopping when looking for a tire that can perform in all seasons. The 275/40R20 front and 315/35R20 rear tires equipped on the BMW X5 offers a pretty slim selection of all-season tires.

Unbeknownst to many BMW X5 owners, most of these SUVs have been equipped with high performance summer tires. These tires are designed for temperatures above 45 degrees Fahrenheit and do not provide traction in the snow or on ice. If you decide to stay with run-flat tires, the only current option is to use a dedicated set of summer tires in the summer, spring and fall and a dedicated set of winter / snow tires during the winter months.

 Continental ExtremeContact DWS
Continental ExtremeContact DWS
 Continental ExtremeContact DWS
Continental ExtremeContact DWS


However, if you've done your research and want a non-run-flat tire, there's an all-season option to consider, Continental's ExtremeContact DWS. I have had many customers opt out of a run-flat tire for this Ultra High Performance All-Season tire with great results. The ExtremeContact DWS will maintain the high level of performance feel you're used to while adding the ability to use the same tire all year long. Keep in mind there are some drawbacks to switching to a non-run-flat tire and you can find those details by reading "Do I Need to Put Run-Flat Winter Tires On My BMW".

Search by vehicle to see if the Continental ExtremeContact DWS is available for your car.