Volvo XC40 Recharge P8 AWD Tyres

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Tyre Reviewed Dry Grip Wet Grip Feedback Handling Wear Comfort
Michelin CrossClimate 2 SUV (5) 92% 90% 78% 82% 87% 98%

Volvo XC40 Recharge P8 AWD Tyre Review Highlights

Writing about the Michelin CrossClimate 2 SUV given 90% (255-40-20-)
Driving on mostly country roads for 2000 spirited miles
TL,DR; Exceptional in snow, great in mud, loud above 50MPH, too soft for high-torque acceleration. Perfect tyre for low temperature climates, less so for temperate. These are Volvo-homologated tyres, but not EV-specific.

I initially reviewed these tyres in September 2022, before the "heavy" (by our standards) snow season experienced over the 2022 UK winter. I said they were soft, likely prone to wear, and probably not great for an EV. I take all that back, with two caveats (different from my first initial review). The tyres, as you'd no doubt expect, excel in the snow. I drove over to Chipping Campden high street in the heaviest snow of the season and drove up that hill like it was a dry summer day. Compacted or fresh snow, the car just carried on. Couldn't be happier. From the review videos we all know this is a snow tyre.

Mud is a similar story. I frequently walk my dog in woodland and open country, and parking is rarely paved. I've never been stuck in the mud, even with deep ruts and wet slurry for a surface. The wide gaps in the tyre tread find something to catch and just pull on through. I'd be lying if I said I considered anything I do as "off roading" but I wouldn't be put off by a muddy trail or gravel track at this point. The car and the tyre seem to be set for adverse conditions.

The two caveats: road noise, and hard acceleration. Above 50MPH there is a constant roar from the tyres. It's an EV; I get that there will be more apparent road noise. But there is a lot of it. Secondly, the front end feels very light under *hard* (maximum) acceleration. I don't remember what the factory-fitted Pirelli's felt like, but it's enough to make me ease off if it's not a dead-straight road. Again, bear in mind this is an EV; 0-60 in well under 5 seconds. It's a rare occurance to push that hard unless you're purposefully pushing the car to the limit. Normal driving the car is comfortable and well planted. Nobody drives TO THE MAX in every day conditions.

I tyres for a car I don't own and driving conditions I very rarely encounter. They were the wrong tyres for me. If you live somewhere cold, they might be the right tyres for you. My next set of tyres will certainly be EV-specific.
tyre reviewed on 2023-04-24 21:08:59
Writing about the Michelin CrossClimate 2 SUV given 80% (255-40-20-)
Driving on a combination of roads for 100 spirited miles
Initial impressions are that these are *very* soft tyres. The sidewall is easily moved with a fingertip at 40PSI, as is the tread. I've a set of Pirelli Scorpion Winter tyres which are more firm to the touch despite significantly more siping in the tread blocks at the same 15 celcius ambient temperature. Maybe the design of the siping in the CrossClimate's compensates for this soft compound. I can't help but think that it will lead to early wear on the tyre tread, especially on a high-torque EV. Having said that, the ride is more comfortable than it was on the 20" Pirelli P Zero Elect's that came on the XC40 Recharge, which is a pleasent bonus on this car. Will add more when the wet and cold weather comes upon us. I'd buy this tyre again, but not for an EV.
tyre reviewed on 2022-09-23 11:02:59
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