Mazda 6 Tourer 2.2D Sport Tyres
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Mazda 6 Tourer 2.2D Sport Tyre Review Highlights
Writing about the Nexen N Fera SU4
Driving on mostly motorways
for 27000 average
I have had these tyres on the front for 27000 miles over 2 years. Still 4mm left. Seem good with no problems to date. I do a lot of motorway long distance and have been across europe on these with no issue. Now need a set of tyres for the back and will most likely get these again
Writing about the Bridgestone Turanza T005
Driving on a combination of roads
for 3000 spirited
Factory fit tyres on new car and relatively pleased so far. I had previously always fitted michelin crossclimate+ to my previous cars (variety of 'family' hatchbacks) as had always felt very confident in their ability to deal with all scenarios. After the early days and the tyres have started to bed in, they're very comfortable, secure in the wet, and I'm getting good mileage on them (I have managed to achieve/slight exceed the manufacturer quoted WTLP economy figures over the last few tanks). Seem to stop well in the few emergency situations when they have been required, interestingly seem slight less confidence-inspiring in the dry than the wet! Haven't had any really cold/icey conditions to test them in, but seem ok for normal driving in the 5-10oC range. Not that great cornering tho, can feel them losing traction if taking too much speed into the corner/roundabout, although this may be more me needing to adjust to driving a larger/heavier/less agile type of car, and seems to be improving as they bed in anyway.
Too early to comment on wear yet. I think when it does come time to replace them, I'll probably go back to crossclimates or similar, however that's more due to a personal preference for all seasons, and on current evidence, I think I'll be happy to run these ones down properly before changing.
Writing about the Michelin Pilot Sport 4
Driving on mostly motorways
for 10000 average
I've always fitted Michelin tyres - I've gone through Energy Savers, Pilot Primacys, Primacy HPs, PS3s in all weathers. As a fleet driving instructor, I always fit what I consider to be the best tyres to my cars. However, after running Pilot Sport 4s for the past year, this will be the last time I buy Michelin.
I had four PS4s fitted in February last year. They arrived with only 7.4mm tread. When I contacted Michelin to ask why they didn't have 8mm tread like every other Michelin tyre I had used, they denied that my previous tyres had such tread, and offered no explanation as to the reduction in tread (I think it's called shrinkflation!)
After only 1400 miles, the front tyres were worn down to 6mm. After a year and only 10000 miles, the front tyres were worn below 2mm. I made a warranty claim and Michelin, without any hesitation, replaced the front tyres. After 1000 miles the new tyres are worn down to 6.4mm, so I expect them to wear out just as soon. This is on a Mazda 6 diesel estate which is used mostly on motorways and A roads, and rarely above the speed limit.
In comparison, the previous Goodyear Eagle As2s lasted 17000 miles, on the same car with the same driving style. The Eagles were quieter ( the Michelins have a slight howl when cruising), more comfortable, just as good in the dry and superior when worn in the wet. When worn below 2mm, the Eagles still cut through standing water at motorway speeds and felt safe in the wet. When worn to the same depth, the Michelins provided no sense of straight line grip.
In the Pilot Sport 4, it appears that Michelin is manufacturing a soft compound tyre in order to win tyre tests ( which they often do) with no consideration for the longevity of their tyres, which was for so long a strength of Michelin tyres. The wear is almost as bad as what I have experienced from Continental tyres.
Michelin tyres simply do not merit their premium price any more. I will be fitting Goodyears next time, as I have found they are slightly better tyres and better value.