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Old 23rd November 2016, 14:16   #61
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I have 195/60/15 MC5 in my remapped Polo TSi and they are excellent. Lots of grip, no squealing, reasonably quiet and nice ride comfort.

They are also harder than the michelins so will survive the rigors of Indian roads and potholes better.

All in all, while they are not the best in anything, they are nice all rounders.
how much is the cost per tyre for the continentals?
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how much is the cost per tyre for the continentals?
Honestly I don't exactly remember. I think I paid some 9-10k odd I think after exchanging the Apollos the Polo came shod with.
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I am looking to get a new set of tires for my i20 (2012 face lift) Sportz CRDi. After reading this thread, seems like Earth 1 is a popular choice and XM2 is another choice if budget is not a constraint. Stock tires (Apollo Acelere) lasted for 32K in 4.5 years. Still good for another 2 ~ 3K KMs. However, the wear is bad and little uneven and due to which the car slightly pulls to left. The service center guy rotated the tire and it shown the same behavior, started to pull on the right side. They are assuring me there's absolutely no issues with shocks and wheel alignment. They advised heavily on changing the tires. I tend to believe since I did drive during these trials and observed the behavior. I welcome any suggestions & comments if I needed to check suspension more closer in addition to tires.

Coming back to tires, I was just trying to learn from manufacturer's website and saw that XM2 shows discontinued in Michelin India website. May be it is only for 185/65 R14 which is stock spec of i20 Asta and Sportz. I am almost convinced for Earth 1. My driving is 85% city and 15% highway.
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Coming back to tires, I was just trying to learn from manufacturer's website and saw that XM2 shows discontinued in Michelin India website. May be it is only for 185/65 R14 which is stock spec of i20 Asta and Sportz. I am almost convinced for Earth 1. My driving is 85% city and 15% highway.
I believe that XM2 and Earth-1 are 2 competing yet different tyres for slightly different needs. Earth-1 is an intermediate compound, i.e mixing a balance of softness and sidewall rigidity which was important for me. The ride will get slightly hard after 10-15k kms of driving but that's still 10 times better than any stock tyre like Bridgestone/Goodyear. In any case it should not matter for a car with super-soft suspension like the prev-gen i20, I believe Earth-1's will be ideal for this car. XM2's are slightly softer tyres with more pliable sidewalls which will improve grip and comfort but not necessarily road-feel and durability.

After 10k+ kms with the Earth-1's I'm very happy, they look in good shape and I feel they can do 40-50k kms comfortably. They're made for India tyres afterall.
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In any case it should not matter for a car with super-soft suspension like the prev-gen i20, I believe Earth-1's will be ideal for this car. XM2's are slightly softer tyres with more pliable sidewalls which will improve grip and comfort but not necessarily road-feel and durability.
Couldn't agree with you more. 2012, aka, iGen i20, has seriously a softer suspension set-up. I was even thinking to go for Bilstein shocks should there be a bend or some issues, luckily no issues found in last week checking. Tires being my priority, I do not want to spend for shocks. Need to learn more.

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After 10k+ kms with the Earth-1's I'm very happy, they look in good shape and I feel they can do 40-50k kms comfortably. They're made for India tyres afterall.
Thanks a lot for this feedback. Will post back once I change to Earth-1, early Feb.

BTW, any recommendations in Pune for tire swapping? HASS is only suggesting Apollo Acelere or Bridgestone B250. I am not interested in either of them. Other than Lokamanya which is far from east of Pune, I am thinking of Tire Trax in Nagar road, anyone have experienced?

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