Michelin CrossClimate – 205/55/16 on Dacia Stepway
I’ve covered a few hundred miles on these and have found the following so far
- Not a harsh ride like the Westlakes
- No tramlining like the Westlakes
- Very good handling in both the wet and dry unlike the Goodyears
- Fuel economy is so far the same
The next few months (autumn/winter) will be a good test, especially at lower temperatures and if I’m lucky, plenty of snow!
Cost wise, well they aren’t cheap – £71 per tyre fitted, which is nearly double the price of the Westlakes when I had these fitted the other week.
Well these have covered a few thousand miles now and what can I say?
Very grippy in all weather conditions, worked very well in the snow and ice (only let down by the standard rears which have zero grip in the snow!) but fuel economy is not as good, even taking in account the use of winter diesel. For me its a drop of about 3 mpg per tank.
Update – Nov 2017
Time to replace these tyres (tread depth is just under 3mm) and what can I say over the life of them?
- MPG did drop, roughly 4 mpg over their life compared to the previous budget tyres.
- Grip in snow and ice is very good.
- Grip in wet weather is very good.
- Grip in hot weather is not so good, plus standard driving in overly warm UK weather (Such as May/June 2017) ended up with feathering on the outer edge of the tyres – Not being pushed, normal driving in normal daily commute.
- Wear rate is pretty much the same as other tyres on the front, maybe a little extra life but nothing to write home about.