Vauxhall Vectra cdti (120) Tyres

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The following tyres have been reviewed on the Vauxhall Vectra cdti (120)
Avon ZV7 (62) 88% 84% 75% 73% 79% 84% 80% 80% 312,406
Neuton NT8000 (32) 90% 74% 80% 75% 81% 82% 77% 80% 230,381
Radar RPX800 (6) 75% 62% 68% 53% 88% 67% 55% 67% 84,100

Vauxhall Vectra cdti (120) Tyre Review Highlights

Writing about the Avon ZV7 given 69% (215-55-16-V)
Driving on a combination of roads for 14000 average miles
I have had altogether 8 of these tyres on 2 cars (215/55R16 on a Vectra and 205/55R16 on a Kia Ceed 1st gen) and, together with my wife, have done more than 22000 miles on them.
So, good points first. These tyres wear well - a set of them lasted for 14000 miles in the front of my diesel Vectra, and would have lasted about 15500 miles if I didn't have to change them before a very long driving holiday abroad. This is good for the front axle of a Vectra with the heavy 1.9 litre lump, especially after my previous Uniroyals. I also managed to buy them quite cheap, up to a point.
The grip in the dry is not bad, provided the road is in a decent condition. For some reason on the Vectra they behave much better than on the Kia - goes on to say that the tyre characteristics have to match the suspension. They also lose the grip progressively and tell you they do so, again on a decent road.
Now to the bad points:
They aren't very good in the wet, which in British climate is not ideal... Not much grip altogether, but the worst point is their tendency to aquaplanning. In my driving life I have used some better and worse tyres but when it comes to aquaplanning, these come as one of the worst. Any water deeper than 2mm, any speed greater than 50mph, and bang! goes the grip and handling, and you start feeling more like a passenger than a driver. Which, in British climate and with knackered roads full of ruts and tracks, is very bad. So Avon is a British company, right? One would think they'd have made a tyre suitable for downpours... But maybe I'm spoiled after these previous Uniroyals.
Three more things: they are quite noisy, especially after a while, they have subjectively a rather high rolling resistance, and they don't like worn, tired roads, especially grater-like wear of the surface (lots of small bumps with different asphalts coming from wear and repairs). Which again, in today's Britain... ;)
I had 8 of them in 2 cars, mostly because they were attractively priced. However, with their price going up fast, I can't recommend them any more. Either be honest to yourself, do a research, pay £20 less and buy something budget that fares similarly in the tests (yes, some are around), or cough up around £15-25 more and get something that is premium, not only aspires to be.
tyre reviewed on 2017-08-14 13:11:41
Writing about the Neuton NT8000 given 68% (215-50-17-)
Driving on a combination of roads for 10000 average miles
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tyre reviewed on 2017-06-02 20:44:40
Writing about the Radar RPX800 given 58% (215-55-16-W)
Driving on a combination of roads for 600 spirited miles
Had these fitted last week and drove about 600 miles on various different road conditions. They do their job as long as you don't drive fast. Around town they're very nice and confortable, grip well around roundabouts and even when the speed is higher, they still grip for a bit, however, they are quite predictable and you can almost pinpoint the milisecond they're about to give out. Braking, they're not very grippy, in fact, they feel quite "greasy" and bouncy. On the motorway they reveal themselves as a cheap tyre. They're noisy. Very noisy. In fact, these are probably the noisiest tyres i've ever had fitted to my car. All in all, for the £50 fitted i paid for them, they're decent enough and if it wasn't for the unconfortable noise above 60mph, i would consider them very good. Still, i will see if they can do the 15k miles i normally do a year,
tyre reviewed on 2016-12-04 20:53:23
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