while driving a
SEAT LEON 1.6 105 bhp
(195/65 R15) on
a combination of roads
These came with my Seat Leon when I got the car a few months ago, at the time they were probably already 40% worn. When changing them a couple of days ago (upgraded the alloys so needed 225 profile tyres)they were about on the legal limit.
First impressions on this budget tyre was that they definitely better than the old Chengshan budget tyres that I had on my old car (Ford Focus) which were by far the worst tyres I have ever had on a car! Back to these GL695's, dry grip during mixed A/B roads & motorways was very good and felt that the car stuck to the road very well. These tyres however are a bit noisy at times, especially when traveling along between 30-50mph.
Wet grip - in my opinion pretty average and to be expected for this budget tyre, it still stuck to the road well and braking was safe too, but sometimes in heavy rain the car would skid when setting off at lights and going round roundabouts when the roads were wet was particularly noticeable too as you could feel the tyres struggling slightly from the feel of the steering wheel, but from experience the tyres never gave in or skidded out of the control.
Overall, these really are not bad budget tyres at all and if I had to purchase budget tyres again (which won't be in the future as now I'm running on 225 profile tyres, I stick to premium) I will look out for these.