while driving a
Audi A3 Sportback
(225/40 R18 W) on
a combination of roads
Dry Grip: Exceptional for an economy tire. The only difference that you'll notice between this and a premium brand is that it seems to give a little bit more (side walls aren't as stiff) under heavy cornering or huge acceleration. Overall though, you would have to be driving like a lunatic in order to overwhelm these tires.
Wet Grip: Probably the best part of these tires. They disperse water so well that you will struggle to believe that your car isn't invincible in the wet.
Icy Roads: I've not tried them on full blown deep snow, but on what I've been able to, light snow and very icy (Black Ice) roads, these tires take them in stride. Again once your driving within a rational limit these tire's won't fail you.
Wear: I've done over 25K in these tires and the only reason it is getting changed is that my vehicle needs to the wheels aligned and the camber adjusted as i've gotten an uneven wear of 4mm-4mm-1mm. Which as you can tell would suggest that I'd have at least another 5-8K left in the tires.
Progressiveness: This is where you can tell that it's an economy tire. Unlike the Pirelli's originally supplied with the vehicle, going into a corner you get a steady predictable slip factor. To expand, you know that going into a corner of Y tightness using X speed will result in Z slipping. Depending on how you look at this, this could be a good thing or not. It's good because it is predictable, but bad because you don't have that infinite grip that you'd have gotten from the Pirelli's. That being said, the Pirelli's would give you so much grip and then just give so you weren't always sure when it was going to give, although like stated earlier, you'd have to be driving like a lunatic to reach that point.
Overall: I've purchased my 3rd pair of tire's and won't switch brands until they stop making these. Can't say anything bad about them and for around Â£65 - Â£70 per tire, a bargin since I do around 30K miles per year.