Saab Automobile 9 5 2.0t BioPower Estate (180bhp) Tyres

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The following tyres have been reviewed on the Saab Automobile 9 5 2.0t BioPower Estate (180bhp)
Continental IceContact 3 (1) 80% 60% 80% 80% 0% 50% 100% 80% 8,500

Saab Automobile 9 5 2.0t BioPower Estate (180bhp) Tyre Review Highlights

Writing about the Continental IceContact 3 given 80% (215-55-16-T)
Driving on a combination of roads for 8500 average miles
I had regular studs Superb grip on packed snow and ~1 cm of snow on top of the packed snow. Grip on ice is great also tested on lake ice track. One can have fun throwing the car around on ice and tyres feel good especially while braking. I felt confident with them on slippery surfaces. When there is around 4-5 cm of snow these tyres are too wide and lose contact with hard surface on higher speeds. For those days I wish i had narrower tyres but it is not "the tyres fault". Dry and Wer grip is pretty good but unstudded tyres could be better for those conditions. Atleast these tyres are not able to handle 360Nm of torque (not stock) as well as my previous (old) unstudded tyres. When it gets above freezing these tyres feel quite soft under a heavy car. Below freezing the feedback and response is ok for 16" winter tyres. Noisy tyres there is no going around that even in fairly quiet car but it does not bother me. Combined with 55 profile the ride is smooth and comfortable. They also take the worst out of poorly maintained winter roads. Overall great tyres for narrow and windy roads with changing conditions. For warm, dry and wet conditions these tyres are overkill and can not really shine in what they are best at even though they are not bad. Go for narrower tyre if possible in case you get a lot of soft snow but driving carefully solves that problem too.
tyre reviewed on 2020-06-03 19:31:59
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