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Best all season or winter tires? Michelin Cross Climate 2 SUV test

Michelin introduced the Crossclimate 2 SUV to its “road test” with an event at the Porsche Experience Center, home of the four-wheeled fun we saw opening in September 2021. The track at Franciacorta wasn’t a random choice: in addition to an off-road road, it’s also useful for testing All-season (or “four seasons”) traction which is also an original equipment suggestion in some SUVs, the track includes a segment with classic handling exercises and a “zero grip” pistino” that simulates distance on ice. Let’s give the numbers it might be from Helpful for some, but it’s always good to think about the Italian tire market numbers as Michelin analyzes the period from 2015 to 2021 and shows how winter cars lost 14% (despite reaching the limit in 2018) with one exception: in the world of high-end and high-end segments ( SUVs and wheels from 18 inches and above), there was growth. On the other hand, All Seasons benefited from an objective growth in technical performance (somewhat transversely to all brands) and became so reliable that it conquers practically anyone: in the same Q period under study, they achieved +180% growth, and lost ground to the epidemic, but once the traffic restrictions were lifted, why did I choose all seasons, I was always the winter type, and every winter family cars underwent a ritual of changing the set of tires on custom rims, a practice Useful for those who want to simplify operations, have enough space in the garage and don’t mind taking up to an hour to carry out the process. With extremely cold winters and a lot of snow, the performance of winter tires does not compete, and this is undeniable. My old Juke has overcome heavy snowfall and a few layers of ice without problems during various business trips in Italy and Europe, all without ever being able to rely on 4WD: You know 4x4s that hang on the side of the road uphill? They almost certainly ride in the summer thinking they can count on all-wheel drive and forget that without tire grip, no 4×4 can handle it. However, over the years I’ve come to realize that average temperatures are starting to rise, winters are less severe with less snow, and the few cases where winter will be its best, with lots of snow or with temperatures below “threshold” Limit” 7 degrees, no longer to justify a second set of tires, the obligation to replace them and a second set of rims. So, with the switch to Model 3, with all-wheel drive, I decided to do what I promised myself I would never do: spend the winter without winter, and keep the summer and chains on board, according to the law. crazy? Not quite: It was the winter of 2021, we were all unsure of how much to really travel with the pandemic, my original Michelin Pilot Sports (and still after nearly 28,000 km) were excellent tires and the money savings wasn’t bad. Hence, the issue of the risk/benefit ratio. Winter has passed, there haven’t been many trips (here’s one from 3 to 12) and I’ve seen the mountain on three occasions, all of which have run without problems and (almost) no snow. I don’t deny, however, that I missed out on the winter: cheery bends with lots of cold or humidity often forced all-wheel drive intervention along with the electronic controls, and luckily I had a good summer that didn’t go so poorly in the wet. In short, psychologically, I couldn’t get much used to not having the right shoes, and instinctively drove like I had the winter, only to remember I didn’t make the change this season. It made me miss winter, it was March 7, 2022. The temperature graph shows the driving moments below the yellow line 7.5 degrees, a multi-stage trip to Europe for different dates (BMW i4 test, plenary session on batteries in the European Parliament and Hyundai Snow test), where Winter is in their ideal region. There are many moments for a week, but not many in absolute terms if we look at the cold season as a whole. MICHELIN CROSSCLIMATE 2 SUV (and not only) Lighting came after the dynamic presentation of the Crossclimate 2 SUV. The development of an already existing range (this, the “non-SUV” version), which today covers almost all sizes, convinced me in the practical split-track and road test. The low-grip “pistino”, a special kind of perfectly smooth asphalt that is very close to the car’s reactions on ice, I already rode at the end of May with the rear-wheel drive summer Porsche. On that occasion the goal was fun, searching for the tail and losing cohesion, and so it was even more impressive, thanks to the new memory of this event, to note how the four seasons of Michelin turned the course into “no grip” in a perfectly tolerable route. For comparison, snow turned into the equivalent of wet asphalt, and all by just changing tires. It is clear that the Q5 TFSI-e used for testing is different from the sports car. On the one hand, all-wheel drive is reliable, but it is worth noting that all-wheel drive helps you in the traction phase, and not in the release phase. And with the Crossclimate 2 SUV, even the version returned with very honest, predictable and honest feedback. The Q5, on the other hand, has the disadvantage compared to the Porsche of being an SUV which makes the tires work harder to compensate for the higher wheel set. It is not uncommon for me to choose something after trying it for review and while noting its flaws (my smartphone, my computer, my car…) and it would be the same for deciding to forgo winter to switch to The All Season which, in the case of Michelin, is also 3PMSF , an acronym that translates to the certainty of being able to spread across Europe in winter without violating regulations. TUV Sud (Braking and Traction tests) and Dektra (Durability tests). Michelin advertises a longer service life, and I know from own experience that French* (the asterisk is indicated in the box below) are best at maintaining safety performance even at the end of their life, while others are excellent when new and significantly degrade. before the 2 mm limit. A curiosity few may know: Michelin is today the main tire manufacturer in Italy. We are not only talking in terms of tires already made in Italy, Cuneo is one of the best factories in all of Europe, but also about the working Italian workers. In short, there is more Italy in a French brand than in an Italian … Moreover, the brand speaks of B in noise, and in fact the first test confirmed the excellent acoustic performance, which was generally appreciated and more substantial for those who have electric SUVs or Delivery. Seeing a four-season tire that has evolved so much to the same noise level as the Summer Pilot Sport 4 (original equipment), is further confirmation of how different today’s “M+S” tires are compared to early days tires, and how much invisible technology is out there which is the result of the research. In vehicles, corpses and sculptures. And this is a speech that applies in general to all major manufacturers of high-quality tires, with the exception of the “Chinese guys” on duty. CROSSCLIMATE 2 SUV NUMBERS With the arrival of the Crossclimate 2 SUV, the Michelin all-season (or four-season) range has become practically universal: Crossclimate 2 SUVs are from 17 to 20, Crossclimate 2 for cars ranges from 14 inches to 23″ and coverage is 99% of cars. Going into the details of the novelty (Crossclimate 2 SUV), label markings A, B or C for fuel consumption (obviously dependent on size), B for grip in the wet, B for noise and sport in the 3pmsf logo.In terms of technical innovations, work has been done On extended mileage: +20% compared to the previous model.In short, the Crossclimate 2 SUV promises to go even further and, even approaching the limit, still maintains a high level of performance in terms of safety.The compound also increases Silica content and carbon black, the chassis lowers consumption by better and more evenly distributed forces (SUVs certainly aren’t “nice” with rubber in acceleration, braking and steering) and the design is responsible for maintaining drainage capacity throughout the life cycle. winter? In short, are all seasons perfect? of course not. Are all-season tires better than winter tires on snow? No, but as I mentioned a few paragraphs above, the disadvantages of this type are clearly visible if you compare it with “pure winter”. But Michelin asks us a question to help us choose, the same question I asked myself in the last cold season during an inadvertently winter abandonment experience. So I suggest you quote it again: Do you drive a lot in places with harsh winters, with a lot of snowfall or with many days with a temperature below 7 degrees, which is the popular watershed between winter and summer? If yes, then it is better to choose winter. If no, then all the seasons are now ripe and perform, not only for those who never leave town except for a ski holiday, but also for those who like me travel often and in different situations.

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