Hmm interesting. Perhaps the newer Michelin tyres are indeed an improvment over ones of a few years back. Or, perhaps it is more the case of certain models of Michelins are better than others, and the ones I had being ones that are not so good.Citroenmad wrote:
As for Michelin performance, the older E3A Michelin Energy is ok but the wet grip is not as good as many other brands. They are passable but not great. I took them off my Activa as the wet grip was getting poor, tyres always get less grippy with age anyway.
However, the newer Michelins I think are great! We have three cars fitted with the new style Michelin Energy Savers and they grip in the wet very well. Two of our C5s, mine being one, have Michelin Primacy HPs, they again are great tyres and I can not fault the wet grip, dry grip, wear or noise. The only thing I would like is for them to give a slightly better ride, though that would eat into the handling performance. I wish the Primacy HPs were available in the Xantias size, as they are very good tyres but I am more than happy with the Energy Savers. I have tried many tyres and I I always come back to Michelins. They do also suit Citroëns very well and seem to work well with the ride quality. Having experience C5s on many other brands the ride can be very negatively effected. Same in the Xantia, my HDi had Dunlops on the front which sent more bumps into the car than the new Michelins do.
I don't just use Michelins though, my Activa has a pair of Conti PremuimContact2s on the front (great tyres) and a pair of Pirelli P7s on the rear. I generally try and stick to Michelins though, however I do also like some Contis, Pirellis, Toyos and Vredesteins - superb tyres, another possible I thought of for my Xant.
I'll stress that I do not hang about, even in the wet, my tyres get well tested
I certainly have Mark
What do you think is the best then? Michelin Energy savers, or Michelin Primacy HP's?
The tyre size I would be after is 185/55/15, or 195/50/15 - which is the cheaper tyre size.