Renault Clio IV TCe 90 Tyres

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Tyre Reviewed Dry Grip Wet Grip Feedback Handling Wear Comfort
Michelin CrossClimate 2 (84) 87% 84% 76% 71% 84% 85%
Hankook Ventus Prime 3 K125 (110) 89% 81% 80% 79% 80% 80%
Michelin Primacy 3 (191) 85% 79% 76% 77% 69% 80%
Continental Eco Contact 5 (88) 80% 67% 68% 68% 74% 68%
Nordexx NS9000 (12) 67% 50% 55% 51% 68% 55%

Renault Clio IV TCe 90 Tyre Review Highlights

Writing about the Michelin CrossClimate 2 given 51% (205-45-17-)
Driving on mostly country roads for 5000 spirited miles
Figured I would add my say on these pretty poor tires after 12 months and roughly 5k miles.
Background, car they were fitted to is a mk4 Clio. The car is my runabout and spends 95% of its time on county lanes. I would say I push on when the conditions are safe and clear to do so.
The tires I was coming from (this time last year) were Mitc PS4’s, with 5mm even wear. The sizes is 205/45/17.
I had run the PS4 in snow and found them be somewhat difficult to get on with. Upon hearing of the tires snow credentials and supposed wet/dry grip I was sold on the CC2’s for a daily. I had them fitted and full alignment done.
I drive the same roads every day, and have done for over 20yrs, I am very familiar with clios and have had this one 3 years. Therefore feel I am able to give a balanced review on this tire fitted on a small car.
Dry grip - no areas I can complain about. When the tire does break away it’s quite slow and not snappy in the dry.
Full wet roads - not a bad show on properly wet roads. But they do not clear standing water at all well. If you hit a moderate puddle at 50-60mph on light bend, the car will aquaplane severely.
Lightly frosted surface. They were pretty good here (even from cold), and offered good confidence. That said, if you could get heat in to the PS4s they wouldn’t be far behind.
Sheet ICE - again pretty good. But ultimately on ICE without spikes any tire is going to slip.
Light muddy covering on road (the kind you find near passing point on country lanes in the winter). Truly scary! Genuinely feels like your driving on oil. This affects braking and the car can easily be made to go sideways fairly significantly at less than 40 mph with a quick flick of the wheel. Notably the PS4 seemed very strong in exactly the same conditions.
Greasy morning due - again truly scary! I have nothing positive at all I can say, other than the stone chip surfaces (10mm stone dumped on hot tar) tend not to get that wet in the morning. The black tarmac was a different story. They will break traction mid corner with no warning, or just under steer heavily, feeling like they never really get grip. Again the PS4 excelled in this area.
The final point I will make is how I’ve come to write this review. The tire is obviously snow marked. The side effect of that seems to be an incredibly soft tire compound. This evening I was on a road am very familiar with and managed to blow the sidewall right out. I had run into a very small break away at edge of the road. Not even enough to jolt the car, but enough to do the tire. Upon getting it off and inspecting it closely I noticed a number of fairly large slices in various parts of the tire was (not man made), both inner sideway and in the main contact area. This is damage I’ve found across all 4 tires now.
Overall I would not buy these again, and really fail to see how Mitch have the audacity to price these lower performance tires over the clearly better Pilot Sport range. The tires all have well over 6mm left, they’re all now coming off and I’m going to try the PS5.
tyre reviewed on 2022-09-03 09:28:02
Writing about the Continental Eco Contact 5 given 50% (225-45-17-)
Driving on mostly country roads for 4000 spirited miles
No comments left
tyre reviewed on 2021-09-27 12:27:50
Writing about the Michelin Primacy 3 given 66% (205-45-17-W)
Driving on mostly country roads for 18000 spirited miles
My thoughts on these are a fantastic tire if you want good dry road holding and decent mileage. They are however letdown by wet performance in my opinion. I’ve had them as factory fitment on my 2018 Clio, I’ve covered 18k and the front tires are just under 2mm, rears are around 4mm. This may sound like atrocious ware, however the car is hammered round country lanes. For me, an average is under 10k miles per set. The drive in wet conditions is good in terms of braking Poor in term of lateral grip through the corners, and will aquaplane on minimal puddles. This is enough to put the car in to a slide if on a corner below national speed limit. This is a trait I’ve noticed a lot with are sold as mainstream premium tires, that wet performance is traded for mileage. Given the size of tire I am very limited on choice when it comes to what are called the UHP tires, I have been waiting for Michelin to bring to Pilot sport 4s to the U.K. in this size, unfortunately this hasn’t as yet happened and I’ve gone for the lower spec Pilot sport 4.
tyre reviewed on 2020-11-01 20:51:52
Writing about the Hankook Ventus Prime 3 K125 given 77% (195-55-16-V)
Driving on mostly motorways for 10000 average miles
General: Decent summer tyre. Probably works best if you live in a relatively warm climate Pros: - Good grip in the dry - Wearing well. Still have around 7mm remaining after approx 16k Km (10k miles). - Good road feedback / feel through the steering. - Generally progressive / predictable tyre. - Pretty good wet braking. Cons: - Quiet when new but have become noisy over time. Especially at highway speeds. Most noticeable when the weather is cooler (i.e. 10-15C). - Poor wet grip in the corners. Progressively / predictably understeers at low speeds in wet conditions. - Fuel consumption OK but not the best (I get better fuel figures on my winter tyres).
tyre reviewed on 2020-10-25 07:43:16
Writing about the Continental Eco Contact 5 given 47% (195-55-16-H)
Driving on a combination of roads for 4000 average miles
Fitted from new on a Scandinavian spec Renault Clio 0.9Tce Sport Tourer (estate).
Have now covered just over 4000mi / 6000km.

To summarise; these tyres have been good for fuel economy and reasonably grippy, but the steering and handling characteristics are not confidence inspiring or enjoyable, in my opinion. Can also be noisy on some surfaces.

These tyres might be ok if you want something for low speed city / town use, or if economy is your only major concern.

For me personally, I like a car to handle in a positive and responsive way. These tyres don't strike the balance I'm looking for, so they will soon be changed out for something more responsive.

- Grip quite well in the dry
- Grip quite well in the wet too (no unexpected ABS / sliding / wheelspin to date)
- Low rolling resistance, hence good fuel economy.
- Seem to wear reasonably well (so far)

- Slow / soggy steering response, seemingly due to soft sidewalls.
- Lack of steering feel or feedback. Numb around the dead-ahead.
- Car slops / wobbles around laterally on these tyres following a sudden steering input (e.g. if swerving to avoiding a pothole or something in the road). Seems to take a while for these tyres to settle following such a manoeuvre.
- Unexpectedly noisy on some road surfaces, though reasonably quiet on others.
- Not the most comfortable, despite apparent soft sidewalls. Can feel harsh / jittery over road imperfections such as drain covers and bridge expansion joints.
- Went out of balance within the first 3000km (2000mi).

Other Notes
Increasing the tyre pressures (above recommended for the Clio, but well within specification for tyre) helped to improve the steering response and feel, but the basic characteristics described above are still present.

Driving another Clio 0,9tce on a different brand of tyres (a dealer courtesy car) made me realise how lively the steering and handling on my car can / should be.

tyre reviewed on 2019-06-08 15:15:01
Writing about the Nordexx NS9000 given 57% (205-45-17-)
Driving on mostly motorways for 10000 spirited miles
Cheap, terrible. Too soft at high speed. Hankooks much better except wear.
tyre reviewed on 2018-06-28 00:44:29
Writing about the Continental Eco Contact 5 given 56% (195-55-16-H)
Driving on mostly motorways for 25000 average miles
No comments left
tyre reviewed on 2018-04-26 13:24:29
Writing about the Continental Eco Contact 5 given 51% (225-45-17-)
Driving on mostly town for 14000 average miles
I have these tyres on my Renault Clio TCe 90 as OEM factory fitted tyres. During the first 4-6 months, they were 'ok' but soon after, these tyres became the most uncomfortable, rigid, noisy bumpy tyres I've had. And this is a situation of history repeating itself. Had the EcoContact 3 on my previous Renault Twingo and same thing happened. They are so uncomfortable, so unsettling, so rough and noisy that you will not believe that all this is coming from the tyres. Once, I had a bearing hum noise coming from the rear and I was 100% sure that it was the rear bearing since it had all the properties of a defected bearing (increase with speed, more on turns etc..) Went to my mechanic, almost ready to buy the wheel bearing when all of a sudden, he told me that surely it's not a bearing since the wheel free rotation was perfect. Changed the tyre with the spare wheel and the noise vanished! Incredible! Replaced my front tyres with brand new Goodyear Duragrip (which are relatively cheap to buy) and was astonished with the EXCELLENT comfort, grip, quietness and precision! And they lasted with such good characteristics for, at least 5 years!

On my new Clio, 1 year on, exactly the same problems. Will be replacing them with Goodyear EfficientGrip Performance in the coming future. Continental are disastrous. I can't understand why Renault have been fitting them as OEM tyres for all these years!
tyre reviewed on 2015-07-05 15:02:10
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