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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 10-10-2016, 09:02 PM Thread Starter
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Winter tyres or all season?

I have been thinking about getting some winter wheels and tyres for my cross country D2 Lux which is on 225/50/17 tyres. I have these already for my older Polo. However it appears that since I went for these 5 years ago all season tyres have appeared that are reported to be a reasonable compromise giving most of the winter performance without sacrificing too much in normal conditions to summer tyres. This would avoid the problem of having and storing the extra set and buying more rims. The tyres cost doesn't really change as you just wear out 2 sets over twice the time that a single set goes.

Anybody else have any views and experiences? Thanks
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I was lucky enough to be offered winter tyres and wheels for my first V40 by my dealer. When I got my new V40 I kept the winter wheels. As the dealer stores them for me, and changes them over for free, I think I am on a good deal.
I have no experience of all season tyres, but there must be a compromise. The winter tyres do cope with the colder wet weather better.
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It depends on how wintry is your winter, I guess. Here in Swizzieland, winter tyres are not obligatory (they are in parts of Germany), but if you have an accident on summer tyres in winter, expect both the constabulary and the insurance companies to be somewhat less than understanding.

All-season tyres are undoubtedly a compromise, but I'd imagine that in mild winter conditions, they are a compromise with which most people could comfortably live. They will wear quicker in summer and are usually noisier (because of the tread pattern), and they won't grip as well in summer conditions as a summer tyre, ditto winter, but, providing that you don't drive like a lunatic, the differences will be slight and probably barely noticeable.
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UK Tyres are pretty much universal.
We don't have a proper winter here, just the occasional snow flurry where most of the UK then drive at a crawl anyway.

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