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Car: 2013 Astra CDTI 165 Estate
Join Date: 18th January 2011
Location: South Yorkshire, UK
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Yesterday I swapped my wheels back to standard, so I thought I should write a review of my experiences with the winter wheels/tyres fitted. Please bear in mind that this is my first experience with winter tyres, so can’t really compare to others on the market.
All in all I have to say they have done what they needed to do with no real dramas. Over the last 5 months (5k miles ish) the wheels have covered all the weather types, most importantly (the reason I purchased them in the first place) Christmas and New Year driving too, from and within the snow covered Polish mountains.
Dry ~ Good, if a little spongy above about 12⁰C (to be expected)
Frosty ~ Good
Damp ~ OK, but a felt a bit vague on roundabouts.
Wet ~ Very good, even in very heavy rain felt really solid and grippy (4-5⁰C)
Snow/Ice ~ really impressed, car was surefooted around the steep mountain roads, stopping and moving away without any dramas.
The tyre wear has been very little from what I can see, so should last for the next few winters without problems.
I am a little disappointed in the steel wheels though after only one winter they are showing spots of rust. I guess because they are silver it is more obvious than on black version. It’s not a big issue, but thought I would mention it.
In conclusion I would recommend them to anyone who is thinking about getting winter wheels next year.