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Winter Tyres, The Big Question, Yes or No?

Here at Winter Tyre Reviews, we’ve covered very specific vehicles in our posts and shown you packages for them.

But what if you don’t, like most of us, driver the top of the range SUV, 4X4 or executive saloon car?

Mazda 6 Snow

Take the Mazda 6 above, a superb family saloon and a popular choice with many motorists, but would you really fit winter tyres and why would you?

So what are the benefits of having winter tyres?

Well the answer applies to just about every car on the road, if you know your tyre size, then there is most likely a winter tyre to suit your budget and your car.

So what’s the difference between winter and summer tyres? After all, you’ve done ok up to now. That’s right, apart from that time when you put your foot down and the drive wheels spin, front or rear, and that light on the dashboard that show’s a car sliding flickers away.

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Or the time when you hit the brakes in the car park at your local supermarket and the car goes sideways, the ABS kicks back on the brake pedal because it won’t grip or won’t turn properly into the parking bay.

The myth around winter tyres is that you need to have snow on the ground for them to work and that’s why certain places in Europe they are a legal requirement. This is just not true.

Summer tyres have a rubber compound that makes them harder at temperatures below 7C  meaning that grip on the road, the ability to steer confidently and the handling are seriously reduced.

The traditional tread patterns for summer tyres are designed for grip but they often don’t have the capabilities to evacuate water as well in winter conditions, dry use is their main function and they do this superbly.

So how are winter tyres different?

Winter tyres have a specific tread pattern, like the tyre pictured below, with slightly wider grooves between the rubber and sipes in the tread to effectively grip the road surface.

Vredestein Wintrac Xtreme S

 

The rubber compound is more flexible below 7C so that it flex’s and moves to the road surface and conditions.

An average winter tyre can evacuate a full bucket of water from the tread in 7 seconds, and during wet conditions, this reduces the risk of aquaplaning. Steering comes back to the feel of summer driving, providing that you don’t think you’re Stirling Moss!

Snow and slush are pushed from the tread to keep the tyre clear and doing what it’s supposed to do, maintaining contact with the road.

The Autocar magazine conducted a test showing summer versus winter tyres and you can see what they found here.

For us, it’s a given, the team here run them in winter and we love them and how safe we feel when driving around, but that’s our view, and that’s what we’re here to do. Advice from ours and your experiences.

So, if you drive a Toyota Yaris, Range Rover or anything in between, the benefits are there for all cars, vans, motorhomes and campervans.

Want more information or would you like to leave a review/comment? Please do.

Or you can contact our partner, Tyremen, on 08456 807808 and they’ll be happy to advise you.

Thanks for reading

The Winter Tyre Reviews Team

Land Rover Freelander, the best of the small SUV’s?

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In the last of our Land Rover vehicle posts, with our partner, Tyremen, we’re going to look at the baby of the family, the Freelander.

As with other posts, it’s full of Land Rover heritage, and the 4WD is second to none on a vehicle like this. So why does it need winter tyres?

A 4WD vehicle is great, lots of grip, go anywhere attitude and is perfect to keep your family safe. But, as some of you will already know, put it in a field with lots of mud or on a country winter road, and it will slide around on those summer tyres.

Why? The rubber compound on summer tyres isn’t flexible enough in colder weather, quite to opposite, it turns harder and won’t give as much grip, affects traction and acceleration and can seriously affect handling, more so if you’re towing a large trailer.

Winter tyres are designed with a more flexible rubber compound that moves and grips at 7C and below. Sipes in the tread patterns give great traction on snow, slush and icy roads and water is pushed out with the ability to clear a bucket full of water in a matter of seconds, reducing the risk of aquaplaning.

The Freelander comes in wheel sizes from 16″ to 20″, so there is a lot of winter tyres out there for most wheels. The 16″, 17″ and 18″ are perfect for a straight swap for tyres only and with a set of four starting around £520 it’s not an expensive option.

If you’re running on 19″ and 20″ wheels, this then becomes a little more difficult. Winter tyres are not made in as large quantities and can be difficult to come by, and starting at over £1000 for a set of four in the 20″ size, it starts to become a lot more expensive. Coupled with the £80 per time to have them changed over twice a year, then you’re into serious money.

So what are the options for the larger sizes? Most will opt for a wheel and tyre package and drop down an inch or two. We are firm believers in 19″ dropping to 17″ and 20″ to 18″ wheels for the simple reason that the less tread you put on the road, the better the qualities of the tyre.

Grip Graphite

Big, wide summer tyres struggle in the winter, they can’t cope with the cold. So unless you have big mud tyres fitted, then you should seriously look at winter tyres.

The packages come fitted with either the Vredestein Wintrac 4 Xtreme or the Quatrac 3 SUV tyres which are very popular in Europe and great tyres!

Have you fitted winter tyres to your Freelander? What are your thoughts on winter tyres for 4X4 and SUV’s? Let us know below.

Want more help or advice? Call the friendly team at Tyremen on 08456 807808

Do you have a comment or review? Let us know below!

Thanks

The Winter Tyre Reviews Team

 

 

SUV and 4X4 Winter Tyres, Which are Best?

Audi Q7 Winter Wheels

 

Here at Winter Tyre Reviews, with our partner Tyremen we are going to look at the top three most popular winter tyres for SUV and 4X4 vehicles.

So lets start with the Vredestein Wintrac 4 Xtreme.

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This tyre is gaining in popularity in the UK which mirrors sales in Europe. Designed with performance in mind, this is a robust SUV tyre with saloon car characteristics.

A prominent ‘W’ directional design tread pattern gives a robust appearance which is demanded by owners, but just because it looks good, is it?

Well, the tread design makes the clearance of water, slush and snow a quick and effective process. Stopping distances are good when compared to summer tyres and handling improved for greater stability in cold weather.

Tyre wear is good and we have had reports comparing mileage with summer tyres.

Basic off road use is good, enabling great traction in mud and gravel tracks and driveways.

Fuel economy is rated between C and E dependant on size, Wet Grip is rated E and noise levels at 71db see here for a full explanation.

All in all, a great choice for winter safety giving confidence for all day to day use!

We rate 8/10

Next on our list is the Goodyear Wrangler Ultragrip

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As you can see from the image, the Goodyear is a traditional SUV/4X4 tyre, big, chunky with a defined tread pattern, so can you use it for normal every day use? Well, yes you can, and here’s why.

As it’s name suggests, the Ultragrip does just that! It gives exceptional traction and pull in most winter conditions. Unlike the Vredestein, this is a tyre designed with ‘off road’ in mind, but that then balances off against ‘on road’ qualities.

Don’t get us wrong, it is more than adequate plodding around town, but with its more aggressive tread pattern, the ratings are compromised, here’s how:

Fuel economy is E to F ,Wet grip is C to E, Noise levels between 68db to 75db.

Removal of snow, slush and water from the tread is very good. Off road performance is one of the best in snow, but every day use isn’t as good as other tyres available, therefore:

We rate 7/10

Our last tyre we are going to review is the Dunlop Grandtrek SJ6

Dunlop Grandtrek

 

Wow, just look at that tread pattern! Six wide circumferential grooves provide one of the best water drainage  tyres around and helps to reduce the risk of aquaplaning in some of the worst conditions.

It is designed with multiple blades and its compound is made up with Silica-Plus and microscopic studs which gives superb traction and wet performance.

The tread pattern is directional, with wide grooves that cuts through water, slush and snow. Dry weather grip is good on the majority of surfaces with a firm grip on ice.

Fuel economy is rated at E, Wet Grip is rated at F and noise levels at 74db to 76db dependant on tyre size.

So based on its slant towards off road capabilities and high noise levels:

We rate 7/10

There are other SUV tyres out there, but as they come in large sizes and don’t make up the biggest percentage of cars on the road, they can be hard to come by.

That is why we looked at these three. If you have another preference or want further information and availability, call the guys at Tyremen on 08456 807808

Thanks for reading and leave your thoughts or comments below.

The Winter Tyre Reviews Team

 

 

Vredestein Wintrac Xtreme S Winter Tyre

Vredestein Wintrac Xtreme S

Here at Winter Tyre Reviews we are going to bring you information on the Vredestein Wintrac Xtreme S winter tyre.

The tyre was launched in June 2013 and was received well in all sectors of the tyre industry. But the big test came during the winter months, how would it perform and would drivers use it as opposed to the Snowtrac 3, which was rumored to be the tyre making way?

Well, the popular Snowtrac 3 is still with us, but the Wintrac Xtreme S is being produced in more sizes by Vredestein since its release, now it comes in wheel sizes 16″ to 22″ the range will fit most vehicles on the road. Click here for a full list of tyres and sizes.

As with any Vredestein tyre, quality and reliability are second to none. Price has been competitive with the Continental.

But what does it do?

Well, the tyre has a directional tread pattern, meaning it clears snow and slush much more effectively than a summer tyre would in winter conditions, giving increased grip, handling and shorter stopping distances, essential in winter conditions!

All in all, we highly recommend this tyre as do our partner Tyremen, check out their winter tyre packages, or call the friendly team on 08456 807808

The Winter Tyre Reviews Team

Steel or Alloy for Your Winter Wheels and Tyres?

Here at Winter Tyre Reviews we are going to look at what wheels to fit your winter tyres to.

We know, it’s only mid October, but it will be here before you know it, the summer months have gone, and it’s getting colder!

So, it’s a good idea to start thinking about winter wheels and tyres, so you can research what’s available and at what prices by clicking here. One of the biggest decisions to make when buying winter tyres is what type of wheel to go for. The options are Steel and Alloy, let’s look at the benefits of both with our partner Tyremen:

Steel Wheel

Winter Steel Wheels

The major benefit of steel over alloy wheels is that they are cheaper. They are generally produced in smaller sizes so allow for a reduction in wheel size. This means that they are perfect for you if you’re one of the many drivers who like to opt for a smaller diameter wheel for the winter. Many drivers choose this option because a smaller wheel makes for easier and safer winter driving, it reduces the tyre print on the road surface helping to improve traction, grip and shortens stopping distances compared to summer tyres in winter conditions.

Skidding is part and parcel of winter driving and something that drivers worry about. If you are worried about damaging your wheels during winter and don’t want to spend a lot on replacing them if you do, then steel is probably the best choice.

Winter Alloy Wheels

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So lets be honest, alloy wheels look better than steel, so if you want your car to look as good as possible then this is the option for you! Alloys are also available in larger sizes so are suitable for vehicles that won’t take a smaller wheel, or you have a down an inch or two. This is usually the large SUV market such as the Audi ‘Q’ range or the BMW ‘X’ range. These are great vehicles and a black steel wheel just will not look right. Alloy wheels come in all sizes and for all cars, so if your in your favourite city car or that SUV, the choice is there to maintain the great look whatever you drive.

The alloy wheels stocked by Tyremen are imported from Germany and are of superb quality. They are finished in hard-wearing paint (ideal for the winter months!) and come with a 5 year guarantee.

The come with the European TUV certificate which means they are approved for use and meet the manufacturers requirements for their vehicles, not sure, ask our partner.

Check out the full range of winter tyres at our partner website www.tyremen.co.uk. Once we have finished all of our hard work planning for winter, there will be a full winter wheel and tyre package on the website too – so check back soon! If you can’t wait, call the friendly Tyremen team on 08456 807808.

Thanks,

The Winter Tyre Reviews Team

BMW X6, Winter Tyres and Wheel Packages, Should you Invest?

BMW X6 Snow

Here at Winter Tyre Reviews and with the expert advice from our official partner, Tyremen, we aim to give you the best advice on tyres and wheel and tyre packages for your car. In this blog, we are discussing the top end of the BMW ‘X’ range, the BMW X6.

A fantastic car with superb 4WD capability, there aren’t many cars that give this level of equipment and safety, designed to perform in the most testing of conditions.

So now you’re wondering why you would even need to think about winter equipment, after we’ve given a huge thumbs up for this car? Well, as with most things, it isn’t quite that straight forward.

As with all the BMW ‘X’ range, the standard tyres are summer, these are brilliant during the warmer weather but do not perform great in conditions below 7 degrees. The compound in the rubber becomes harder and does not give the flexibility to grip the road on snow, slush and ice and reduces handling and increasing stopping distances.

This changes the feel of the vehicle and given the size and weight, coming in at over 2 tonnes, the momentum of the car will keep it pointing the way it is going and be slow to turn. This is without doubt an impressive car, as you would expect from BMW, and it deserves to have the best winter equipment to maintain the very highest safety standards you expect from a luxury 4WD BMW.

Do you use your BMW X6 for that special winter trip into the ski resorts? Why not, it’s the perfect car for this trip. There are of course certain rules and legal requirements for winter tyres in Europe, and these should always be your first consideration.

In reality, you use your BMW X6 as the family car and carry around the most valuable items, your family, so why compromise? We are going to look at wheel sizes 19″, 20″ and 21″ with the exception of the 20″ on the BMW X6 M50D model, call the team at Tyremen as this is a unique car with unique requirements.

So lets look at the options, as we said, three wheel sizes, four tyre sizes and a lot of choice. Most BMW X6 models have a larger wheels fitted to the rear, usually you will find 225/50R19 to the front and 285/45R19 to the rear as a standard fit. This is normal for BMW to do this as it gives the  BMW X6 a fantastic rear view, impressive? Yes, but not suited to winter driving as they have a large tyre print on the road surface. For winter driving, we always recommend a narrower, smaller tyre print on the road to give better grip, more responsive steering, improved handling and stopping distances.

So what do we recommend? As with with recent blogs, we have two options available. The first and the recommended option is to have a wheel and tyres package, click here for the latest packages. Whilst this retains the same size front tyre, it reduces the rear tyre width enhancing the grip and giving better stability. The package by Tyremen comes in at a respectable £1170. The wheel used is a BMW X6 specific KD008 by CT Wheels, the wheel is of a similar design to the BMW wheel and takes the original bolts. The rear wheel has an off-set hub bringing it further out so as not to spoil the fantastic lines of the BMW X6, below is a picture from a Tyremen customer with rear off-set wheels on an BMW X5.

X5 With Offset Rear Wheels

The KD008 is fitted with the 255/50R19 Vredestein Wintrac 4 Xtreme, a great tyre giving outstanding winter performance, handling, grip and returns superb mileage. As we have discussed earlier, the narrower the tyre print, the better the performance of the BMW X6 in winter conditions.

The second option is to purchase a set of winter tyres to have fitted to your existing wheels. As the BMW X6 has two different wheel sizes for front and rear, you will need two different tyres. For the front, you will need the 255/50R19 and we recommend the Vredestein Wintrac 4 Xtreme and the 285/45R19 for the rear, also a Vredestein Wintrac 4 Xtreme. However, this is not a cheap option as they will cost around £820 for the set. You will then have to have the tyres changed twice a year at around £120 each time. As both sets of tyres should last three seasons, dependant on mileage, you are looking at a cost of over £1500. We know that you don’t buy a BMW X6 and run it for a year, its a car that you are going to keep for several years, and this makes having the second set of wheels and tyres the perfect option. Our partner, Tyremen, are able to offer a huge range of winter wheels and tyre packages or tyres only to have fitted to your current wheels.

We hope this blog has given you enough information to make the right choice for your BMW X6, and that it will help keep you safe during the winter season. If you need any further help or advice, give the friendly team at Tyremen a call.

Tel: 08456 807808

BMW X5 Winter Tyres and Wheels 2007 Models Onwards

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Here at Winter Tyre Reviews, we are going to discuss wheels and tyres for the BMW X5 from 2007 onwards to get the most out of your X5 during the winter months. Click here for the range.

You may be asking why you would need winter equipment on a 4 wheel drive, and its a great question to ask. The X5 is a fantastic car but comes with summer tyres and wider rear wheels as standard. They make the car look great from a rear view and are great during the warm weather but don’t perform to the best in colder conditions. We think there is a number of reasons for this:

  1. This type of vehicle is often used to drive to ski resorts, and in most of these countries, the use of winter tyres is an essential safety requirement or required by law in certain regions.
  2. The X5 is a vehicle that is very popular for school runs and day to day ferrying of your most valuable cargo, your family, so you want to ensure that your journey is as safe as it can possibly be.
  3. BMW very often use much wider wheels  and tyres on the rear. They look great, but provide too much road coverage and then perform poorly in ice, slush and snow.

So, with our Winter Tyre Experts, Tyremen, we are going to look at the best wheel and tyre options available on the market to give your X5 the best winter performance and safety that you expect from BMW cars.

Winter tyres on the X5 gives them improved handling in some of the most challenging winter conditions. The following advice is general and can be easily used for most makes of 4 wheel drive, but is geared towards the BMW X5 and there are some subtle changes dependant on year and model.

From 2007 onwards, the BMW X5 start at 18″ wheels as standard, our partner, Tyremen, will shortly be stocking Vredestein, Bridgestone and Yokohama in standard tyres and Continental in runflat. By far the best seller for Tyremen is the Vredestein Wintrac 4 Xtreme and is a fantastic winter tyre that can handle some quite tough conditions.

The Vredestein can be used all year round, it is sensibly priced and returns impressive mileage . We have seen many owners move away from the runflat option for this tyre, however, if you are going to do this, make sure you invest in a puncture repair kit, Continental offer three different options, and ensure that you road side assistance is up to date.

For the X5 that is fitted with wheels 19″ these vehicles can easily drop down to the 18″ wheel. Tyremen import some alloy wheels from Alutec based in Germany which are ideal for the X5 and, as you would expect from a German company, engineered well. They come with a 5 year guarantee, are styled like a BMW wheel so it won’t look out of place. Tyremen offer the Alutec Design E, fitted with either a standard or runflat winter tyre.

The only issue you will have with reducing wheel size is the appearance of the X5. For the 19″ wheel, you will most likely have 255/50R19 to the front and 285/45R19 to the rear. By replacing with the 18″ package, you will have a narrower tyre placement which is much more effective in winter. However, it won’t fill the rear wheel arches and you don’t want the look of your X5 to change, so we recommend the 18″ ‘staggered offset’ wheels to the rear. They fill the arches out well and you’d never know they were slightly smaller wheels.

So, now we’ve looked at 18″ wheels, your car has the 19″ or 20″ option on them. Worried that the 18″ option, even with the staggered offset, will be too small? Not a problem, there is a 19″ wheel, again with offset for the rear. This again, is another BMW styled wheel which will give you the same width front and rear. You can then use the 255/50R19 tyre which is a sensible size for winter. These can come with ‘split offsets’ which means the rear wheels are made in such a way that they sit further out than the fronts.

Has your X5 the 20″ wheel option? Then most likely you will have 275/40R20 (available in a winter tyre) to the front and 315/35R20 to the rear, the rears are next to impossible to find as a winter tyre, so you will need to come down to the 19″ option.

This will fill out the rear arches so you would never know you had a narrower wheel fitted. Below is an image from a Tyremen customer, showing how well the narrower smaller wheels fit and maintain the integrity of the X5 look.

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Hopefully, we’ve given you enough information to make an informed choice for the winter wheels/wheels and tyres option. If you want to know anything else, why not get in touch with the friendly team at Tyremen.

Call: 08456 807808

Thanks, the Winter Tyre Reviews Team

Audi Q7 Winter Tyres and Wheels

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Welcome to the Winter Tyre Reviews blog for the Audi Q7 winter wheels and tyres.

As the winter season approaches, now is the right time to discuss your Q7 for safe winter driving.

You may well be asking why would you need winter equipment on a 4 wheel drive vehicle, surely it’s designed for this type of weather?

Even though the Q7 is a 4 wheel drive vehicle, it comes with summer tyres as standard. Whilst these are great during the warmer weather, they aren’t designed to perform to the best of their ability at temperatures below 7 degrees. There are a number of reasons for this:

  1. The Q7 is a popular vehicle for the winter sports run to the ski resorts, and in most of these countries, the use of winter tyres is essential requirement for the vehicle’s safety or required by law in certain regions in Europe.
  2. Audi often fit wide wheels and tyres to their vehicles. These look great and give the Q7 fantastic handling and stability with good road coverage in the summer months, but aren’t suited to snow, slush and ice, this is when a narrower tyre placement gives better grip and handling.
  3. And of course, Q7 owners use their vehicles to transport the most valuable cargo anyone has, your family. You know that you want the school run to be as safe as possible in the winter conditions.

So, with the help of our Winter Tyre Experts, Tyremen, we are going to discuss the best wheel and tyre options available on the market to enable your Q7 to perform to the standard and safety you expect from Audi.

Putting winter tyres on the Q7 gives improved handling and grip in some of the most challenging winter conditions. This advice can be generally used for other 4 wheel drive vehicles but is geared for the Audi Q7 and there are some subtle differences dependant on the model.

According to our customers, although the 4WD gets the Q7 moving, and moving well, when it comes to braking and turning in the snow, both of which are pretty important, the Q7 struggles. We believe that there is probably two reasons for this;

  1. The Q7 is a heavy vehicle and the momentum forces the vehicle in the direction it is pointing
  2. The Q7 has wide tyres, these are great for summer, but in the winter a smaller tyre coverage on the road surface provides better performance in snow, slush and ice.

So what exactly do we advise? Well, the Q7 comes in four wheel sizes from 18″ to 21″ and that is a huge variation, however, so we will start with the 18″.

The 18″ wheels usually come with either 255/55R18 or 235/60R18 tyre fitted. In this case, these are the narrowest and smallest tyres used on the Q7 so you can simply opt to change tyres for a winter set. These make a huge difference to the Q7’s performance when temperatures drop below 7 degrees. The current best seller is the Vredestein Wintrac 4 Xtreme, a great priced tyre that offers exceptional mileage, superb winter performance and this tyre can be left on the Q7 all year round without any significant drawbacks.

Because of the really positive feedback we have had from Q7 owners on the 18″ winter option, and as many of the Q7’s fitted with the larger wheels will comfortably take the 18″, they have opted to come down in size for the benefits of winter driving. Remember, the reason for this is the smaller the tyre print on the ground, the better the performance.

If your Q7 is fitted with 19″ or above, then we recommend that you invest in a winter wheel and tyre package. Our partner Tyremen imports a wheel called the Grip made by the German company Alutec. As you would expect from a German company, the quality of the wheel is exceptional and engineered to fit the Q7 so well, that the original bolts fit and they come with a five year guarantee with TUV approval. The wheel is designed to compliment the original wheel and maintain the stylish look of the Q7 and is probably the best aftermarket version available.

When fitted with the Vredestein Wintrac 4 Xtreme as we discussed earlier, the package comes to under £1200. This is by far the best option if you are thinking of keeping the Q7 for a few years and depending on how many miles you drive, both sets from new should be good for at least two seasons.

With the 19″ wheel, for some reason this seems to be an odd size and there is a lack of winter tyres. When available, the cost of the 265/50R19 starts at £250 each plus fitting. With the cost of having them fitted on and off your current wheels at around £120 per year, we feel it would be better to invest in the 18″ winter wheel and tyre package.

Now comes the downside to owning a Q7, but only if you opted for the exceptional looking 21″ wheels. They look amazing on the vehicle and really stand out from the crowd. But! The standard 295/35R21 tyre price starts at just over £230 without fitting and the winter version in this size, made by Yokohama, at a cost of £300 delivered and limited supply, that’s £1200 plus fitting for the vehicle, makes that 18″ winter package more attractive. Due to this cost and the improved safety features for the 18″ package, then this it what we recommend.

We hope that you find this blog useful and will enable you to make an informed choice for your winter wheels and tyres options. If you require any more information, why not contact the friendly team at Tyremen.

Call 08456 807808

Thanks for reading, the Winter Tyre Reviews Team

 

Audi Q5 Winter Wheels and Tyres

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Here at Winter Tyre Reviews we are going to explore the winter wheels and tyre options for the Audi Q5. We have previously covered the Q7 in the Audi ‘Q’ range with vehicle specific information.

The Q5 is the middle of the ‘Q’ range and is proving to be a very popular all purpose family vehicle and has a 5 star NCAP rating for safety, so why compromise this when it comes to winter tyres?

As you will be thinking, the Q5 is 4 wheel drive? Surely it’s designed to work in winter conditions? Well, yes it is, but like anything in life, sometimes a modification may be required and this is when winter tyres become a safety feature.

All Q5’s come with summer tyres as standard, these perform superbly in the warmer weather, giving amazing grip and handling for a car of this size. But in the colder weather, below 7 degrees, the rubber compound in summer tyres becomes less flexible and gives less grip and traction in snow, ice and slush.

There are of course reasons for this, and we have given a few answers below and why we feel you should opt for winter tyres;

  1. The Q5 is often fitted with wide wheels and tyres. These look great and makes the vehicle stand out, but these give a large tyre print on the road which does not work well in the winter, the best guidance is the narrower the better for the best grip.
  2.  The Q5 is a popular vehicle for that winter trip into Europe. Resorts in the Alps and other regions often have a requirement by law to have winter tyres fitted.
  3. The main use of your Q5 is for transporting your most precious cargo, your family. You want to be certain that when you go out on the school run, everyone is going to be as safe as they can be.

So lets look at the options and what is available for the Q5.

The Q5 comes in a range of wheel sizes from 17″ to 20″, so there is a great range available to you, however, not every wheel size has a variation in choice of tyres.

We recommend that for winter equipment, you put no larger than a 17″ wheel fitted with a Vredestein 235/55R17 even if you have 20″ wheels as standard. There are two different versions of the Vredestein in an ‘H’ rating and a ‘V’ rating.

There are two wheels that are supplied by our partner Tyremen, The first is the Grip, by German company Alutec. As you would expect, a German engineered wheel has exceptional quality, a 5 year guarantee and TUV approval. It is designed to compliment the look of the Q5.

The next wheel is the W10 by a Uniwheel who are the parent company of Alutec. Again, this is a fantastic wheel and was new to the market for the 2013/14 winter season. Feedback from customers has been positive for this wheel. It is an Audi specific wheel that is engineered to fit perfectly and take the original bolts, comes with a 5 year guarantee and has TUV approval. The perfect fit for your Q5 and with prices starting at a little over £1000, we feel that this is the perfect investment as we know this is a car that you are going to keep for a few years.

Now you’re asking why? Well, for the best traction, steering and handling in winter weather, as we said earlier in this post, the narrower the better is the rule to follow.

Our partner, Tyremen, are able to offer a huge range of winter wheels and tyre packages or tyres only to have fitted to your current wheels.

We hope that you have found this blog informative for your Q5 winter driving and it will enable you to make the right choice for you. If you require any further help or advice, then please feel free to contact the friendly guys at Tyremen.

Tel: 08456 807808

Thanks, The Winter Tyre Reviews Team

 

Audi Q3, Winter Wheels and Tyres Review

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In our last blog covering the Audi ‘Q’ range, we are going to look at the  Audi Q3, the smallest of the range, but by no means any less impressive.

The Audi Q3 comes with four tyre sizes as standard with wheel sizes 17″, 18″ and 19″ and has 4 wheel drive capability and is an outstanding small family SUV. The Audi Q3 has achieved a 5* NCAP rating for safety, so why not compliment this in the winter season with the correct equipment?

As we approach the winter season, you will be wondering why we are discussing winter wheels and tyres for a 4WD vehicle? Surely its purpose is to perform in just these conditions?

Well, you are correct to a point. As with most things in life, we sometimes have to make small adjustments to gain the best performance from any product, and winter tyres are just this example.

As with previous blog’s in the Audi ‘Q’ range; your Audi Q3 comes with summer tyres as standard, these perform as they should in the warmer conditions but struggle below 7 degrees. The rubber compound make up of a summer tyre does not have the flexibility in colder weather, snow, slush and ice, giving less grip and reduced handling and stopping distances.

Do you take your Audi Q3 away for that winter trip into Europe? This often requires you to have at least winter tyres fitted and is a requirement by law in certain regions.

As the Audi Q3 is the baby of the range, it already comes with wide wheels and tyres that fit the vehicle perfectly. However, as we have discussed in previous blogs, the narrower the tyre the better. Why? Well, the larger the tyre print on the road surface during winter conditions, the more difficult it is to gain and maintain traction, handling and stopping distances. Having a narrower tyre print increases all of these qualities that you expect from an Audi vehicle.

Ok, so what are we recommending? As we discussed, the narrower the tyre the better, however, when we get down to tyres on the Audi Q3, they are already a respectable size. Audi fit wide wheels as standard so that they do the job they are supposed to for 7 – 8 months of the year.

With our official partner, Tyremen, we have found the best solutions for your Audi Q3. There are three options open to you for the winter season.

If your Audi Q3 came with 17″ wheels, we advise dropping down a size to the 16″ option fitted with 215/65R16 tyres, there are several makes available from economy to premium. We would always advise fitting the best tyre possible.

Did your Audi Q3 come with either the 18″ or 19″ wheels? Then you too can drop down to the 17″ option fitted with 235/55R17 tyres, our partner Tyremen, stock winter tyres in this size in the mid to premium range. The best tyre for this size, giving outstanding winter performance, grip, handling and mileage is the Vredestein Wintrac 4 Xtreme. All tyres come in various speed ratings which cover all UK and European limits.

The wheels supplied by Tyremen are from the German company, Alutec, and perfectly compliment the look of the Audi Q3. The Grip wheel is as you would expect from a German manufacturer, high quality, a 5 year guarantee, TUV approved and looks great on any of the Audi ‘Q’ range.

But why should you do this and not just buy a set of winter tyres and have them fitted every year? Well that is an option. Winter tyres should last around 2 to 3 winters dependant on mileage. A set of wheels and winter tyres start around £700 for the 16″ package and from £1016 for the 17″ package.

To have the tyres swapped, balanced, and time to have the wheels refitted, this is usually around £120 per time, twice a year. Over the life of both sets of tyres, this could be a minimum of £700 plus the cost of tyres. With a car this good, we know you’re going to keep it for several years and this makes having the second set of wheels and tyres the perfect option.

Our partner, Tyremen, are able to offer a huge range of winter wheels and tyre packages or tyres only to have fitted to your current wheels.

We hope that you have found this blog informative for your Audi Q3 winter driving and it will enable you to make the right choice for you. If you require any further help or advice, then please feel free to contact the friendly team at Tyremen.

Tel: 08456 807808