MINI Cooper SD Tyres

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The following tyres have been reviewed on the MINI Cooper SD
Continental WinterContact TS 850 (48) 90% 91% 86% 87% 86% 90% 90% 89% 363,130
Michelin Pilot Sport 4 (154) 93% 91% 86% 88% 76% 82% 81% 85% 1,537,023
Pirelli P Zero (100) 85% 72% 78% 74% 62% 67% 58% 71% 1,738,173
Bridgestone Potenza RE050 (56) 83% 69% 76% 69% 66% 61% 59% 69% 939,170

MINI Cooper SD Tyre Review Highlights

Writing about the Bridgestone Potenza RE050 given 91% (205-40-17-W)
Driving on for 120000 spirited miles
I ran several sets of these on my R56 mini cooper S and now run them on my F56 cooper SD. Love them as summer tyres on both cars. When I got the new SD it was running Dunlop sport maxx RT tyres and was rather prone to understeer on wet country roads (alarming and disappointing compared to the older car). I worried that it was caused by the heavier diesel engine, but replacing the tyres with Bridgestone RE050's fixed the issue completely.
As I said, great as summer tyres for the mini. They do loose a bit of traction on cold wet roads around 5 Deg C. For winter months I use Bridgestone Blizzak LM32 tyres which have a less ultimate grip in the warm, but are better in cold conditions, are very progressive and maintain decent turn in that some other winter tyres don't.
tyre reviewed on 2017-12-30 22:29:33
Writing about the Michelin Pilot Sport 4 given 88% (205-45-17-)
Driving on a combination of roads for 2000 average miles
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tyre reviewed on 2017-01-08 17:34:04
Writing about the Pirelli P Zero given 69% (225-40-19-W)
Driving on mostly country roads for 28000 spirited miles
Lasted well on Mini Paceman 28,000 miles! These were run flats and started to tram line. Replaced with non runflats, much better
tyre reviewed on 2017-07-02 12:07:04
Writing about the Continental WinterContact TS 850 given 47% (205-40-17-V)
Driving on mostly country roads for 1000 spirited miles
Only run for a short time. They grip well, but we're horrible to drive on a car with otherwise excellent sporty handling. The sidewalls are too soft which causes a lack of feedback on turn in (no feedback at all until the tyre leans over and grips). Worse still, the lack of turn in is immediately followed by a loose feeling at the rear of the car as the rears lean over and bite.

I blew out two of the four tyres in a deep pothole a week after purchase, so I've taken the opportunity to replace the whole set with the cheaper Bridgestone Blizzak lm32 tyres I usuallly buy. Wish I'd stuck to them instead of listening to the reviews on these continentals.

The continentals do have good grip and I think would be ok on a family saloon, but not on a sporty car.
tyre reviewed on 2017-12-30 14:28:37
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