Writing about the Michelin Latitude Cross
Driving on a combination of roads
for 2000 average
Had a lot of snow and ice so far this winter and the colder months are yet to come - I was already impressed with these tyres through a very wet spring and had intended to wait until after winter to add another review about them but I have been both surprised (good) and disappointed at the same time. Firstly, the bad - a small very low speed (about 10kmh) slide on icy paving saw my car gently come to rest against the concrete gutter. It was such a gentle collision I simply drove away but on inspecting the tyre an hour later, the sidewall had two fractures. I drove back to the site to inspect the gutter and where my tyre had hit was a seam where sections of concrete joined. This concrete seam had caused the rip in the sidewall. I was deflated even if my tyre was not - an expensive near new tyre rendered worthless by an innocuous piece of concrete kerbing. Now the good - These tyres are MUCH better than my previous dedicated winter tyres, wet roads, dry, slush, snow and ice. The biggest surprise so far is how good they are STOPPING on icy roads (yeah okay, even without the help of concrete guttering!). Seriously, you feel them biting into the road to help stopping making my ABS work overtime. Overall, I love these tyres but not impressed by the sidewall strength (and mine are the XL version, supposed stronger sidewalls for extra load).