Nitto Motivo

The Nitto Motivo is a Touring Summer tyre designed to be fitted to Passenger Cars.

Dry Grip 65%
Wet Grip 50%
Road Feedback 63%
Handling 63%
Wear 95%
Comfort 73%
Buy again 80%

Tyre review data from 4 tyre reviews averaging 70% over 28,000 miles driven.

The Motivo is ranked 88th of 228 Summer Touring tyres.

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Top 3 Nitto Motivo Reviews

Given 26% while driving a Ford Transit Connect (215/50 R17) on mostly motorways for 0 average miles
This was a big mistake made 2 years ago while searching for tires for our transit Connect. Although the wheels worked out or are "ok" the tires mounted on these were not. CariD worked up this and botched the deal. These 215/50/17 tires are dangerous on the Transit Connect. flexing sidewalls made the van unstable and very dangerous driving. The van would slide through curves as the tires always looked flat or near flat while mounted on the 17'' wheels. Avoid these with a passion. Even the Nitto site has removed these tires as an option for the Transit Connect.
Helpful 24 - tyre reviewed on December 14, 2022
Given 80% while driving a BMW X5 e70 (315/35 R20) on a combination of roads for 1,000 average miles
I drive a bmw x5 50i (2011) that i've had about a month and the previous owner put Nitto Motivo tires on it. As i've not had a lenghty experience my opinions are limited; however, the real reason i took time to write this was to advise against them if snow performance is of any importance to you. I live in MN and these tires provide no lateral or longitudinal grip in snow. They weren't designed to, but they're an "all season" so....though you should know.
Helpful 28 - tyre reviewed on February 23, 2022
Given 89% while driving a Volkswagen Golf GTI (225/40 R19 W) on a combination of roads for 5,000 spirited miles
I've finally hit ~5000 miles on the Nitto Motivo tires that I received direct from the manufacturer. I was originally skeptical about the capabilities an all season tire could provide, especially one with a treadwear rating of 560. I mean, these tires literally could last forever if I were to drive on them nicely. But I didn't. I've taken them canyoning, I've taken them to the track, and have been pretty impressed with the performance they've provided.

Before I get to all that, I'd like to explain how they perform on the road. As a student, I commute almost ~350-400 miles a week, going back and forth to school and work. What was most important in a tire, to me, is ride comfort, because I cannot stand to be driving on the highway while listening to the tires rotate. Because of the high treadwear rating, I assumed that the compound of these tires was going to be hard, which would sacrifice performance and increase life. I was mistaken, because after breaking in the tires, they were still quiet and able to take corners comparable to the performance I had in my Hankook Summer tires. I've also had to slam on the brakes a couple times, as the freeway comes to a stop, and in conjunction with the ABS, the tires helped me stop quickly and effortlessly. They also stay quiet when under high stress (stopping and cornering) which is optimal to my interests; not trying to advertise to people that i'm driving fast or anything.

Because i've only had the tires on for a couple months, i haven't really gotten a chance to test them in water, except in a parking lot during a thunderstorm. They did have less traction, as expected, but there was no significant understeer or loss of traction that would make me uncomfortable or unconfident in the abilities of my vehicle.

I'm glad i've gotten a set of these, because they literally flex the power of new technologies and how advanced tire compounds have come. I mean, since when do all season tires with super high treadwear grip and stay quiet? I'm also very thrilled that these tires will last for an estimated 60k miles.
Helpful 30 - tyre reviewed on September 5, 2012
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Given 69% while driving a Audi A4 2.0 TFSI (205 bhp) (235/45 R17) on mostly country roads for 22,000 average miles
Have had the Nitto Motivo tires on my A4 for just over 35K km and so far they have been a good tire for the price paid for them ($600 for the set). They seem like thay have atleast 75% tread left which means that they can easily get 80-90000 km out of a set. The grip in the dry is better than with the OEM Continentals that the car came with. When it is raining however they are not that grippy. The tires have a very strange symptom which I have read about online and seems not to be a problem. If the vehicle is parked for 3-4 days they get flat spots and there is a slight vibration in the steering/seat for the first 5-10 minutes of driving, however after they warm up they are as good as new. I use winter tires for the car so cannot comment on snow performance. Would definitely get again.
Helpful 24 - tyre reviewed on October 14, 2013