while driving a
Fiat Punto 2001 1,2i
(185/65 R14 H) on
a combination of roads
Only had these tyres for a few days, so my scores are based purely on first impressions.
So far I've driven on both dry and wet roads and the tyres feel great, much better than I'd expect from any old cheap budget tyre and anything that can make a Punto feel good must be decent right?
Sidewall ratings: Treadwear 300 (a decent mid-score) suggests a tyre that's not so soft that the blocks move about too much, generate heat and wear rapidly, and not so hard that they don't move enough to grip as surfaces and loads change.
Traction A: (2nd. highest band) for good acceleration and braking in the wet.
Sure there's a slight twitch when crossing those shiny white lines but only a truly exceptional tyre would avoid that.
Temperature A: good for sustained high speed motoring.
Noise levels are well controlled and I'm very impressed with the overall performance, very hard to beat at the price.
As for the appearance, they're black rings of rubber with a tread pattern and embossed writing on the sides.....they look like tyres!
I've had expensive tyres before that were excellent when new but despite still being perfectly legal were shockingly bad at around 50% worn, so it remains to be seen how well these Neutons last but I'm optimistic and either way, they represent superb value for money.
So based on first impressions, side wall ratings and price, I can highly recommend these Neuton Solace NT3000 tyres.