I have just bought a used Mondeo Titanium X Sport after a reasonable hiatus from car ownership due to living in the big smoke of London and Singapore, so I'm a little out of touch with the car world of today.
The car is in decent nick with 10,000 miles on the clock and what looks like a decent set of Potenza 235x40x19 96Ys on it. These appear healthy enough for now, but I know that new rubber in this size will be somewhere between "ouch" and buttock clenchingly expensive, so I would like to do some homework well in advance of actual need.
I know there are a few posts on this subject already - I just thought I would put out my perspective and see if any recommendations are different.
My views are that I wont buy budget tyres - no way, now how. This is from bias in "the old days" where budget tyres were pretty garbage. There have probably been a lot of advancements, but I would rather put my safety in the "hands" of the premium brands.
Looking at names out there I think my choices are :
Brigestone (Potenza is by Bridgestone - right?)
In the past I have always gone for either Contis or Dunlops as I always thought Michelins were overpriced and rubbish in the wet, but that's based on 7 years back ..
So - I live in Scotland which as rumour has it - is always wet (near enough). So - I have a big priority on wet handling.
Safety is top priority, so I would like anyone's view on the above brands (and models if you can recommend any), that would give a good reckoning in terms of :
- Wet road handling
- Dry road handling
- Road noise
- Fuel economy
In order of most to least important.
Budget is not a huge concern - I will pay top ££ if a tyre is SOO much safer than another alternative, but I don't want my wallet raided just for a fancy name and "go faster" stripes type thing.
Your expert options are greatly awaited.