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Best winter tyres 2018: tyre brands reviewed and UK prices compared

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Ozboy wrote:
A notable improvement since replacing my summers with Cross Climates is I no longer experience front tyre skip in the now colder temperatures (e-class AWD). Ie. The summers would annoyingly skip when ever I turned a corner in full lock due to the summer compound hardening in the cold and momenterally losing grip as I accelerated (even gently) to get around the corner. This is no longer happening with the new all seasons compound.


This seems to be something of a Mercedes feature - the GLC does this so badly that All Season tyres have been supplied free of charge to owners who complained and All Season tyres are now supplied by default on that car.
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slowboarder wrote:
Continental now recommends sticking with your wider tyre sizing in winter:

"It is a common misbelief that you shouldn’t use wide tires in winter. However, that is outdated. In fact, they offer a variety of benefits........"

https://www.continental-tires.com/car/technology/wide-tires


Thanks for posting that, I have always used the same size winter and summers...
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slowboarder wrote:
Continental now recommends sticking with your wider tyre sizing in winter:

"It is a common misbelief that you shouldn’t use wide tires in winter. However, that is outdated. In fact, they offer a variety of benefits........"

https://www.continental-tires.com/car/technology/wide-tires


Sure there will be conditions that are better tackled with wider tyres e.g. fresh snow although fresh snow is generally not the problem, it's compacted snow and ice that typically causes problems in central europe.
You can't put snow chains on certain cars without going for narrower tyre as wheel arch clearance is restricted. This isn't restricted to sports cars.

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As for wide tyres, these only excel in deep snow, which is a surface that the average driver will rarely experience, if at all.


https://www.oponeo.co.uk/tyre-article/wide-or-narrow-tyres-for-winter

Would be interesting to see a test with the same car using wide & narrow winter tyres though.


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@Alastair, I should spend less time on ski forums and more time on Merc owners forum and could have got myself a free set of all-season tyres! 😄
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Ozboy wrote:
@Alastair, I should spend less time on ski forums and more time on Merc owners forum and could have got myself a free set of all-season tyres! 😄


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https://www.tyrereviews.co.uk/Article/The-differences-between-16-17-and-18-Inch-winter-tyres.htm

This was meant as a reply to DB post
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mooney058 wrote:
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https://www.tyrereviews.co.uk/Article/The-differences-between-16-17-and-18-Inch-winter-tyres.htm

This was meant as a reply to DB post


Thanks, interesting only small differences in most areas although the respective tyres performed best where expected. The overall quality of the tyre looks to be more important than small differences in dimensions.

Over 10% difference between the smallest and largest tyres in the aquaplaning test. Shocked After hitting a patch of surface water/slush I've aquaplanned for a short distance on the motorway at speed in the winter. Most other instances you are traveling at low speed in winter conditions but motorway speeds of 60 mph+ are typical in the winter and thats where the fatality risk rather than just bent metal risk is greatest IMHO.
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Informative thread!

Convinced by the need for winter tyres (Audi A4 Quattro 2012, 245/40/R18) but unsure whether or not to go buy new wheels (225/55/R16) or just stick winters on the current wheels. Worried I'll not be able to get chains on on the larger tyres. Don't really think I'll be in the situation where I need them, but if the police are telling everyone to stick chains on I don't want to be stuck!

Any advice appreciated...

EDIT: Anyone used Goodride SW608 tyres?
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@joe1890, with an Audi quatro you are not likely to need chains. If you do then it is quite likely the roads will be closed because of chaos. I would go for a smaller set in 16. I do the same on my xdrive - 19 size wheels for summers, 17 for winters!
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@joe1890, Joe where are you driving to?

@mooney058 is right there and in any case authorities should not force you to mount chains if you have the snowflake + 3 mtn peaks marking on your winters.
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@joe1890 - just had the same dilemma with golf gtd on 18" wheels. Pretty certain that chains (apart from maybe the £300+ special ones) wont fit as v little clearance. So I've gone for 16" wheels + winters. Small increase in clearance for emergency chains if gendarmes insist (prob not required with the winters in reality). Fringe benefit is these plumper tyres ride so much better across the rubbish Herefordshire/Glos roads (I must be getting old).


This place sells ex dealer VW/Audi stock and sometimes has wheels+tyres in - worth a try
https://www.deutsche-parts.co.uk/
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@joe1890, pretty sure that an Audi B8 platform only supports 17" wheels or less for snowchains. Your handbook will tell you though. Keep your 18" wheels and buy snowsocks instead of chains.

Use the money you save on buying wheels to buy some better tyres than those Goodrides - they came 15th out of 16 in the Autobild 2016 winter tyre test. Cheap winter tyres are not just false economy, they can be positively dangerous.
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Thanks all. On a slight budget so it's either 16" wheels and cheaper tyres as a set, or slightly better tyres on the existing wheels. From the sounds of it the tyre is the most important and quite honestly I really don't think with Quattro and winters I should get stuck!

@Ozboy, this year down to Les Deux Alpes, but also thinking longer term for the next few years that I want to have my bases covered.
@Raceplate, that's the info I currently have. Unless I buy the special snow chains that are £300 quid which is ridiculous!
@MHskier, thanks, I'll have a look into that!
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I have just bought a set of Yokohama Winter Tyres. I have never used that brand before but the tyre centre told me that they were a good mid range tyre. Any opinions on Yokohama?
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@rumdiary, this brand is indeed ok as Japanese are familiar with snow.

However your question is equivalent to - “I have just bought Volkl skis - are they any good” Smile as reply really depends on a car and the specific model of tyres and the intended use. So assuming you bought the correct model suitable for your car and needs then it is indeed perfect Smile
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@rumdiary, I ran Yokohama W Drive winter tyres for a couple of years. They were fine. They were very reasonably priced but as I bought them not long after that Fuki ? power station went up I was half expecting them to glow a little green Laughing
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Another complication can affect the choice between new wheels and tyres or just swapping tyres is the type of Tyre Pressure Monitoring System used. Cars with direct monitoring can require that you need new TPMS sensors in each wheel, cloned to match the original sensors and fitted to the same position as the tyres you are taking off. Cars with indirect monitoring can be OK but you should check before committing.
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I'm using these, no complaints, had 2 snow filled adventures to Tignes with them and no problems at all

https://www.autoexpress.co.uk/accessories-tyres/92869/goodyear-vector-4seasons-gen-2
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So, where's giving decent prices on a new set of winter tyres? ]
Looking to replace 4 Vredestein Wintracs.
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@Hells Bells, I got a new set of Nokian WR D4 from Oponeo a month or so ago. Very good price indeed; they had a fair range of brands.
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@Inboard, cheers. Just sorting the order now.
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@Hells Bells, I have used Oponeo
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Black circles for current car but the prices vary by so much, I guess depending on what their stock lines are holding etc.

Sometimes you luck into an excess supply just for your size, easier if you can just input your reg rather than specific details.
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