Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Altimax HP

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Vehicle: 2008 Volkswagen GTI 4-Door
Miles Driven on Tires: 500
Location: Youngstown, OH
Driving Condition: Combined Highway/City
Driving Style: Spirited
General Altimax HP
Initial Review: 500 miles on tires
May 25, 2012

I purchased this tire locally because of a great price on the installation of four tires. My initial impressions after 500 miles: I previously had two sets of OEM ContiProContacts (a similar grand touring type) and will compare the Altimax HP to the Conti's. The Altimax is quieter under most road conditions and is better in the wet and better resist hydroplaning. The Conti's handle better during aggressive/very aggressive cornering. You can feel Altimax sidewall rolling under (but not dangerously) while the Conti's sidewalls remain fairly stable. Normal to slightly quicker cornering with the Altimax is okay. Overall ride is similar, but small road irregularities sometime upset the Altimax leading to a sometimes bouncy (not jarring) ride. While neither tire is a performance tire, the Conti's definitely exhibit a more sporting attitude. The Generals actually balanced better on initial installation compared to the Conti's which never seemed to be quite balanced no matter what the garage tried to do. Overall, I would say that the Conti's are a better tire, but they should be for the additional cost. If you drive very aggressively, look toward a more dedicated performance tire Than the Altimax or Conti's. If you need to save some bucks and want a fairly affordable grand touring tire and you only drive up to 80% of your vehicle's capabilities, the Altimax may be okay. But like the old saying says, you get what you pay for. I always keep my tires inflated to the car manufacturers recommendations. The Generals are more sensitive to over or under inflation. A few pounds over results in feeling even the smallest road irregularities. A few pounds under and the handling becomes sloppy. The Conti's are more forgiving to temperature swings and the resulting tire pressure changes. The Altimax HP is not a bad tire, it just isn't quite the well sorted tire that the Conti's are. I will update as the miles increase and the snow starts to fall.

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