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Old 6th June 2018, 18:26   #271
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Hey Guys, I will be taking delivery of my GT TSI next week. The stock set up comes with 195/55/R16.

Im planning to upgrade the tyres straight out of the showroom and was thinking of the following choices:

1) 195/55/R16 Continental MC5
2) 205/50/R16 Michelin PS4


It would be really great if you fellow Bhpians here could kindly state the pros and con's of each Tyre/Size . My preference for a tyre is in the following decending order:

>Grip.
>Comfort.
>Tyre noise.
>Tyre life.

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1) 195/55/R16 Continental MC5
2) 205/50/R16 Michelin PS4
I personally feel the 205 section is not needed for a stock GT TSI even though PS4 is a great tyre. It's definitely a step ahead of the MC5 or P3ST for that matter.
195 is more than enough for grip. I am personally using Michelin P3STs (195/60R15). Sufficient grip, great comfort and reduced noise levels. People usually opt for either the P3STs or the MC5. I would request you to check out their respective threads and decide accordingly.
Another tyre I would suggest you check out is the MRF Perfinza. Nikhil from our forum is using those on his Octavia vRS and he's a happy camper. Again, please check the respective thread for more details.

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Hey Guys, I will be taking delivery of my GT TSI next week. The stock set up comes with 195/55/R16.

Im planning to upgrade the tyres straight out of the showroom and was thinking of the following choices:

1) 195/55/R16 Continental MC5
2) 205/50/R16 Michelin PS4


It would be really great if you fellow Bhpians here could kindly state the pros and con's of each Tyre/Size . My preference for a tyre is in the following decending order:

>Grip.
>Comfort.
>Tyre noise.
>Tyre life.
The PS4 is in a different class than the MC5. It is an aspirational tyre for the sub 10 lac market. But unless you are planning do some.performance upgrades soon, 205 section is not warranted on the stock GT TSI. 195 section is very good for.this car.
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Swapped out the Apollo Alnacs for 195/60/15 Michelin P3STs on my 17K run Polo GT TSI. The Michelins are simply outstanding. The Alnacs were good for the first 10K kms. Almost Michelinesque in their behavour. But offtlate they had become too noisy and the outer grooves had worn out a bit unevenly. As it is the Polo has poor brakes, I did not want to compromise safety further by having tyres with poor grip. Keeping 28~ PSI for the city really is giving me a magic carpet ride.
Hi Santosh, good to know! I am considering the P3STs as well. How is the high speed manners and handling? I am currently running 195/55 Yoko S Drives.
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Hi Santosh, good to know! I am considering the P3STs as well. How is the high speed manners and handling? I am currently running 195/55 Yoko S Drives.
Hi Ragesh. P3ST is a very good tyre. It's got a premium feel to it. The rubber is nice and soft and it is typically Michelin in the way it rides with low noise etc..

In terms high speed grip it is quite good as well. Only downside I can think of is that the tyre, being comfort oriented, does not deliver that sporty feel that out and out sporty tyres like the S drives do. Steering feedback may not be as sharp as the S drives'. But overall its a far better tyre and a very accomplished product. You can go for them eyes closed.
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I just purchased Momo Quantum 16 inch alloy wheels for my Polo GT.
I am keen on getting tires with 205/50 profile.
I am not too sure about the performance of Michelin PS4 on bad roads.
The MOMO dealer is suggesting the Yokohama Earth1 tires that are available in the same size.

Does anyone have any experience with these tires?

I am not inclined to buy the MC5s in 205/55 profile as they might scrap the car.
I wish Continental had 205/50 size in MC5s.

Please advise!
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