Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer Tyres
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Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer Tyre Review Highlights
I bought these tyres in December 2019. They've been fitted to the car for roughly 10,000 miles now of mixed driving. The main reason I bought these tyres is the advantage that they offer over a traditional summer tyre in the snow and cold conditions.
I have been out for the first real test of them in the snow this morning, and I'm happy to say that they've impressed me! It goes without saying that it is an "All Season" tyre so it's always going to be slightly compromised vs a full "Winter" tyre in the snow, but it performed a huge amount better than a "Summer" tyre would. I was able to tackle some snow covered country roads with both fair inclines and declines without the car feeling like it was struggling to grip. When coming to a stop on an incline and setting off again, there are a few seconds of wheel slip whilst the tyre finds some grip, however they're fitted to a fairly heavy front wheel drive estate car so that's understandable, a little bit of wheel slip and traction control kicked in on the steepest part of the climb, but they all worked together to keep/get the car moving, but once on the move it's a really confident feeling tyre. A definite note is that it drives noticeably better on fresh vs compacted snow so I have definitely aimed to keep the wheels in fresh snow where possible. Braking and steering performance were massively impressive too, enabling a confident/safe feeling drive especially down steep, twisting descents, which for me is main reason for purchasing the tyre, as I've got snow chains for if I get really stuck going uphill.
Outside of the snow the rest of the year, I've not noticed any difference to a standard "Summer" tyre. Both in the dry and rain I wouldn't have been able to judge any difference between these tyres and the Michelin Summers that were on the car before, but perhaps if you've got something like a sports car where feedback is important, you may want a full "Summer" tyre in summer. I've had some fun making good confident feeling progress down twisting roads in the summer with these tyres.
They've now done roughly 12,000 miles since they were fitted and they're at about 5-6 mm which is excellent considering that the tyres spend most of their life on NSL "rural" roads (pretty rough road surfaces, gravel farm tracks etc) etc. I'd say in normal driving conditions expecting 25,000 - 30,000 miles from them (changing at 3mm left)
In my opinion, they're definitely worth it!
Were very grippy and comfortable the first year with 15k miles. After that, they got progressively worse. Grip started to go a and noise was going up every the month. We're now at 50k miles and the fronts need replacing. Not only because the thread is almost gone, but it's rock hard and full of cracks. The rears still have enough thread on them, but are also very hard and cracked. Manufacturing date is mid 2016.
TL;DR: started good, went downhill fast after a year. Dissapointing tyre.
These are my first Continental tyres and will almost certainly be my last. I collected my Astra ST 1.6 diesel here in Singapore in mid Dec 19 and while it isn't the most powerful car on the planet it can certainly give the common-or-garden 1.6-litre Hyundai Avante or Civic a run for its money when it needs to. But these tyres undo everything that's right about the Astra. They're noisy on anything but freshly laid asphalt and are very eager to transmit surface imperfections while ironically not giving the driver much information on what the road beneath is doing. Just yesterday I had to execute a pretty quick U-turn in a rainstorm and the squeal that issued from them was louder than a pair of cut cats. They also look pretty ugly in high profile form, what with their tubby sidewalls and not much rim protection. Apparently they're cheap and bad enough that even our local tyre dealers wouldn't trade them in brand new... So I'll just live with them until they wear down (which shouldn't take long given they started out with only 6mm of tread...)
Writing about the Nokian WR D4
Driving on mostly country roads
for 8000 average
Although good in all cold/winter conditions I have only one issue. The edges of the tyres are delaminating very easily. As another reviewer said the edges come off in chunks, and this is exactly what is happening. Used for 18 months (ish).
Good: Great in all weathers especially when cornering.
Bad: High wear rate and prone to uneven wear