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The Vredestein Ultrac Cento I bought are fitted to a Skoda Superb Mk2 2.0 TDI DSG (170 BHP). Unfortunately, after 1,5 years I got bulges on two front tyres. The tyres are worth the price, but the price of 400 pounds per set and not 150 pounds per tyre as it was earlier. I have used them for two seasons and did ca. 15 thousand miles. When it comes to tread wear, they wear surprisingly slow. They behave best on warm pavement, but unfortunately I can’t use them more aggressively in the car I have as it is a bit long and TC on the rear switches on when you overdo. Unfortunately, as for the UHP tyre, they hum too much above 60 MPH, and such phenomenon wasn’t present in a lower class product – Nankang in this case. If I was to choose new tyre in the price up to 600 pounds other than Vredestein Ultrac Cento, it would be Continental ContiSportContact 3 or CSC 5, as I have such tyres fitted to a Mini Cooper S (200 BHP) and they are perfect on both wet and dry, and they have never squealed – and they passed numerous corners sharply, without cutting. I also decided to change to Nankang AS 1 as they are quieter, and when I do passenger transport, my passengers prefer not to hear humming of the tyres on the motorway, as it is uncomfortable. I don’t use the car on the track, but on public roads, and it’s not a car to use for fun, so the tyres are used in a sensible way. Therefore, I think I don’t need UHP tyres such as Vredestein Ultrac Cento. If I buy a Porsche, then I will fit UHP tyres – for a middle class car, Nankang will be just fine, and I think the fact that these tyres are a revolution in Germany and in the USA is just a confirmation.
Please to not be mislead by my star rating, as you have to rate behaviour of summer tyres in winter conditions, which is ridiculous. When it comes to Vredestein Ultrac Cento tyres themselves, they got fitted to my alloy wheels and they behave superbly on both dry and wet. Very good grip. After doing almost 8500 miles they have minimal, however visible wear. I think that if someone does a lot of miles (ca. 20000 a year), then these tyres should last about 3-4 seasons. I have a few objections when it comes to noise level, because it all depends on the surface – they are a bit loud on rough surface, but on smooth pavement and concrete they are very quiet. Shock absorbing can be only rated as good, but I have hard suspension and it also may have influence. My general rating in 1-10 scale is 9, but I think that for this price, Vredestein Ultrac Cento are good tyres with great driving properties, however bear in mind they are not the quietest (it all depends on the surface). It’s hard for me to say if I would buy Vredestein Ultrac Cento again, but I can say I will definitely stay with Vredestein.
I purchased these tyres for my 335i coupe twin turbo petrol for the winter in the UK.
I ran them on my original 17" wheels which have a 255 rear and 225 front. This really helped as the car has a lot of power and torque and can ask a lot of the rear tyres. I normally run 19" wheels for summer with high performance tyres.
The Vredsteins were excellent. They provided superb wet grip and in the minimal snow that I drove had superb grip in the snow. I really liked the way the tyres didn't harden in the colder temperatures unlike summer tyres.
Ride quality was fantastic but some of this would have been running them on a 17" wheel compared to my 19" wheel summer tyres.
Longevity was very good although I didn't cover many miles during winter so difficult to say.
Dry grip was good considering they are a winter tyre but I did find the handling a little vague at times but this may have been because the tread blocks were still very new and tall and moving a little bit.
Overall though I am delighted with them and very glad I fitted a winter tyre and will be putting them back on the car in early November having swapped them at the beginning of April to my summer wheels/tyres.
I have summer tyres from this manufacturer, which I'm very pleased with. When it comes to winter I previously used the Pirelli Carving Edge and I have to admit that Vredestains are not able to compete with them, despite the tread of the same type (symmetrical, directional). It is a different class of tyres though. Someone wrote somewhere that these tyres are meant to be for compact cars, relatively light and maybe there is something in it. I would have to try to actually make an opinion on it, however in my case these tyres lose their grip quite fast even in dry conditions so it may be though. It just doesn't go with my car. I'm also not a huge fun of the sound that they make outside of the car while driving in the rain, this is probably caused by the discharge of water from under the wheels. Although I must admit that they very nicely suppress inequality of the road. I recommend to those with light cars.
I've used them for years on both my Sprinters & Transporters.
They give a good ride, good traction (so my vans never get stuck), even wear and last for 40000- 50000 miles. They can be a little pricey but to my mind well worth the extra money.
excellent tyres and excellent service
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