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    Posted: 15 Nov 2016 at 9:45am
Although I've sold my Kuga. I'd thought I share some old pictures of it in the snow.

Just a side note, the alloys and winter tyres are still for sale in the "sale section" on the forum. Smile








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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote lee815 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 15 Nov 2016 at 6:35pm
How would you rate the Kuga in the snow ? Its only a matter of time before we get snow where I live but I've only got 19" continental tyres on it.
Did you ever drive it in snow on normal tyres, if yes how was it.
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Ive got 19'' summer tyres too, they wont be any good on icy and snowy roads, don't forget they have got to stop you going downhill too. I'm fitting winter tyres soon.
Take a look at this;
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mfuE00qdhLA

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I've seen that video before, they sure do make a difference.
Which tyres are you going to get ?
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I've got 2 Michelin alpine and 2 Dunlop sp I got from ebay, on my previous Kuga I had Nokian wr3 which were excellent, I had to sell them as they were 17''
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Got my previous Kuga Jan 2014 and fitted winter wheels within a 2 weeks of ownership and only driven it in light slush the rest of the winter. I have Nokian D3 on 16" wheels (I think WR3 replaced D3) as winter wheels and the snow fall of boxing day 2014 was the first real test in at least 15cm of snow on untreated country roads that had very light traffic but they were stuck on it and gradients like the indoor ski slope (Woolly Edge near M1 services).

I was and still am a novice in driving a Kuga in deep snow, but the 2 other drivers in my car at the time and myself couldnt actually believe how we progressed through stuck or struggling traffic even on A roads that had not been treated.
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Does anyone have any experience of 'All Season' tyres in the snow? We rarely have much bad weather in the winter in my part of the world and it isn't economical for me to invest hundreds of pounds on rims and winter tyres for the sake of an occasional 2 inches of the white stuff!
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As one not to get is Good Year Wrangler SRA. Guy in our estate with a Freelander with these on was sliding into the kerb whereas I'd just driven up the same hill 30 minutes before no problem 2014 Boxing Day.




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Originally posted by Belmont31 Belmont31 wrote:

Does anyone have any experience of 'All Season' tyres in the snow? We rarely have much bad weather in the winter in my part of the world and it isn't economical for me to invest hundreds of pounds on rims and winter tyres for the sake of an occasional 2 inches of the white stuff!


Same area as you Belmont. Although born & bred in Abergavenny I'm living in Brynmawr at the moment & you know what its like up here.
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Auto Express normally do a recommended winter tyre feature about now.

Nokian usually score highly as I believe they specialise in winter tyres.
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Good old Google:

http://www.autoexpress.co.uk/accessories-tyres/winter-driving-special/93097/winter-tyres-test-20162017-best-tyre-brands-and-uk

Also a review of all season tyres:

http://www.autoexpress.co.uk/accessories-tyres/92863/all-season-tyres-test-20162017-top-all-weather-tyres-tested

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I've been lucky enough to have experience with summer/all season & winter tyres in a single snowstorm so here's my view.

Background:
*Thought winter tyres were stupid.
*Got stuck and had to abandon car.
*Bought some winter tyres.
*Amazed at difference but struggled with cost of swapping tyres twice a year, particularly in winters with little snow.
*Researched All SEASON tyres & bought some for one of our cars as I was so impressed.

So, at this point, I had 3 cars available to me with 3 different sets of tyres and it snowed heavily one night.....

I couldn't resist taking all three cars out for a go in the snow. Cue some hill starts and a go in a quiet (empty) carpark
No, the cars weren't exactly the same make/model/size, so I'm aware there are other variables here than just the tyres

Happily, my experience mirrored a lot of the proper testing, even when I took the abilities of the different cars into account.
The SUMMER tyres (low profile & sporty) were rubbish on snow & ice. struggled to do hill starts and really difficult to control.
The WINTER tyres were amazing. Even when pushing it quite hard I was struggling to get any slides/wheelspin.

No surprise so far.

The ALL SEASON tyres really got me though. They did slip & slide a little and were obviously not quite as good as the WINTER tyres, but they were like night & day compared to the summer tyres.

I have since had two winters and would now happily recommend a good set of ALL SEASON tyres to anyone who doesn't live up a snowy mountain*
Make sure they have the snowflake 'winter tyre' symbol on (and not just the M&S symbol that many 'offroad' tyres have)

I've recently had some of the new Hankook Kinergy 4S (which replace the Optimo 4S) which are great for the price and do very well in many professional tests, but I've recently got a new car and went for slightly more expensive Goodyear Vector 4Season (G2) as they just beat the Hankooks in various tests. I'm very impressed with them so far.

Details:
Car 1 - Continental low profile summer tyres (cant remember which model).
Car 2 - Goodyear Ultragrip Winter tyres.
Car 3 - Hankook Optimo 4S all season tyres (now superceeded by Hankook Kinergy 4S)


* if you do live up a snowy mountain or in an area that expects a lot of ice/snow, swapping to WINTER TYRES each year is probably a better idea but ALL SEASON tyres are still better than SUMMER tyres.
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That's a great review/ comparison. If I'd have decided to keep my previous Kuga which needed 4 new tyres, it was the Hankooks Kinergy I was going for.   I eventually decided to buy a new car, but am now stuck with standard Conti summer tyres again.   Once they've worn out I'll consider them again. Thanks for the info though.

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That link was posted on this forum in late 2013 and it convinced me that I bought winter wheels even before I'd got my Kuga which was ordered Oct 2013 delivered Jan2014. Winter tyres were fitted 2 week after the delivery of the Kuga.

I know winter wheels are an additional cost and if you fit the wheels yourself it takes less than an hour, but they do make such a difference and the hour its taken to fit them saves you hours later if not an abandoned vehicle.

http://www.kugaownersclub.co.uk/forum/all-mk1-mk2-snow-ice-tyres-socks-chains-etc_topic5292_page39.html?KW=http%3A%2F%2Fwww%2Eautoexpress%2Eco%2Euk%2Fcar%2Dne

Good reminder.


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Great review totallytonto, really useful information! I think I'll be going down the ALL SEASONS route myself, as the weather here is never particularly bad.
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Thanks Guys, glad it's useful.
I did a lot of research on the subject and it was really handy to actually be able to compare the three tyre types within minutes of each other.

Summer tyres:
sporty, fast driving. good fuel efficiency and last longer in dry/warm conditions.

All weather tyres:
perform close to summer tyres but tend to be slightly less grippy in heavy rain. Wear quicker than summer tyres during summer months but offer noticeabley superior grip in cold weather (below 7 degrees C)

Winter Tyres:
vastly superior grip to summer tyres in low temperatures but tend to perform poorly in warmer weather. wear pretty quickly in dry. warm conditions.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Fillco Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03 Feb 2017 at 11:55am
I wonder if this had winter tyres, its rear wheel drive and appears to be 'All Terrain'.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-38853227
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