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Old 20th January 2009, 12:57   #1
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Default Michelin Energy XM1+ & Bridgestone Turanza ER-60....The Best Allrounders?

From my limited knowledge on tyres and from recommendations dished out by our Tyre Gurus, especially Ishaan, these two tyres seem to be getting the most positive reviews here. They are both comfort biased tyres with good comfort, low noise levels, longevity & good FE, but are also reasonably good at high speed cornering & grip. They also fall in the same 3.5K-3.7K price bracket.

I am personally quite happy with the overall balance of ride and handling on my S10 with the stock 175/65 R14 size and would like to stick to the same. Just thought that better quality of rubber should do the job. My requirements :-

-Good comfort in city as well as highways, but not necessarily extra comfy. What I mean is that some feedback from tyres and steering is a good thing.
-Low noise at high speeds.
-Reasonably good high speed handling (wet & dry) and straight line stability.
- Overall "fun-to'drive" factor should be retained with a fine balance between ride and handling and a responsive steering.

Am I asking for too much from these two tyres? Surprisingly, Bridgestone India site mentions the Turanze ER-60 under "Sports" category. Does that mean the ER-60s are a touch more more sporty than the XM1+? Also, the Michelins have very soft sidewalls. Can that be a problem in a city like Mumbai? Saifee Tyres Co. recommend Michelins while Premji Sales recommend Turanza ER-60.

So which of these two "allround" tyres should I go for?

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Interesting. Though I would like Yoko A-Drives to also be considered.
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Interesting. Though I would like Yoko A-Drives to also be considered.
Oh yeah, I forget about the A-Drives. I believe even these could fit the bill and can be considered as good allround tyres. And they are cheaper than the other two at 3.2K per tyre. Somehow, Premji Sales guys were not very enthusiastic about these and recommend ER-60 or XM+ over these.
I think I can take these into consideration as well.
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Old 20th January 2009, 13:14   #4
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I got YOKOs A-Drive, on my Palio MJD some 1000 kms back. The tyre noise has just eliminated, the car feels more gripped to the road as compared to the stocked ones.

The driving comfort has increased a lot, steering has become lighter, went to Dehradun last week, clocked 130+ kmph, with that extra confidence that YOKOs gave me, the braking has improved on its head.

A-Drive in Delhi costed me a 3k per tyre.
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I got YOKOs A-Drive, on my Palio MJD some 1000 kms back. The tyre noise has just eliminated, the car feels more gripped to the road as compared to the stocked ones.

The driving comfort has increased a lot, steering has become lighter, went to Dehradun last week, clocked 130+ kmph, with that extra confidence that YOKOs gave me, the braking has improved on its head.

A-Drive in Delhi costed me a 3k per tyre.
Thanks for the reply. You say steering has become lighter. Has that by any chance taken away the steering feedback at low or high speeds? I personally love the slightly heavy steering and dont want to lose out on steering feedback. 3K is a really good price I guess.

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Thanks for the reply. You say steering has become lighter. Has that by any chance taken away the steering feedback at low or high speeds? I personally love the slighlty heavy steering and dont want to lose out on steering feedback. 3K is a really good price I guess.
Hey roms, I did felt the same for the first 100kms, now i am pretty much use to it.

The change in feed is not that substantial but yes perceptible, however now after completing 1000kms it is not even evident to me
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Roms, I am driving on Michelin XM1+ for past six months.
Superb tires, offers good comfort, very silent, good handling in both dry & wet conditions, improved steering response (maybe due to alloys) but didn't find it heavier, was better than before.

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Apart from the 3 mentioned above, another honourable entry IMO would be the Apollo Accelere's.

And my thinking is, with any of the four above, you can't go wrong for the purpose. Chose whichever you like best.
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Roms, I am driving on Michelin XM1+ for past six months.
Superb tires, offers good comfort, very silent, good handling in both dry & wet conditions, improved steering response (maybe due to alloys) but didn't find it heavier, was better than before.
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Initially, I was skeptical in introducing my XM1+ to rough terrians having gained the impression that they are soft rubber compared to Yoko and Bridgestone. But in India, do you have a choice of roads? I had to unwillingly take the car to these roads and believe me, they have handled all kinds of terrains extremely well in the last 1500 kms or so.

I've no experience with Turanza.
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The Turanzas are damn silent and comfortable. I have a 2nd set of Turanzas (AR-10) on the RS (earlier had ER-30). Got almost 45K out of the tyres and they were silent. Had only a solitary puncture in those 45K kms.

I say Bridgestones over Michellins.
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Recently i got a Turanza ER60 tyres for my Fiesta... So far, the ride has been pretty decent - the car running is really smooth at high speeds...

Till now - i am happy with Turanza ER60
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My experience goes from Bridgestone S322, Yoko ES 100, Goodyear Eagle NCT 5 and now ER 60 195/60 R 14 on UVA.

They are silent....the road grip is amazing

Got them from Bombay tyre at Milan subway for 3950 / -per piece a month back.

I have never used XM1 or +

The previous experience with Bridgstone has been good....S322 no Punctures

Yoko - ES-100 - 2 punctures in 2 months
NCT 5 - so many (3 I corrected and lived with 1 till I traded off for ER60) in 7 months
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I used Turanzas on my OHC and presety using XM1+ on my adventure....i think i would prefer Turanzas any day.
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Do turanzas come in 195/60 R 15?
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Does anyone know where Yokos could be available in Hyderabad. I am looking for 185/65 or 195/60 in 14".
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