Summary: Cheap, trustworthy, comfortable, quiet (enough) and reliable. Very predictable on dry, less so in the wet, but still within safe limits. 175/80-14 squeals a bit on tight, mountainy hairpins; otherwise car tracks like a train on them and - as far as this kind of car lets you - they are willing to have the car thrown around on them. Wear is not an issue yet and I also don't expect it to become one. On original 185/65-15 the car was a bit thrashy on sudden ridges, unloaded.
Summary: (see review March 9, 2012) Easy decision to go Barum Brillantis 2s again. Amazing value as previous ones lasted nearly 38,000 miles (down to bars). They were 3 months on the rear then 9 months on the front, then 10 months on rear again. They were moved to back when I fitted Conti Eco 5s which lasted only 9 months on front ! (15000 miles !). The contis were Â£75 each the Barums Â£52. Very happy to have Barums again.
Summary: Decided to scrimp on tyres again last year, as my motoring interests lay elsewhere. The tyres were recommended by the garage, read a couple of reviews and they seemed ok. Got a set fitted, they were cheap. The dry grip on these tyres is good, they had a lot of feedback in the dry and could confidently corner at speed. The wear on them is excellent as well, I would note however that they do squeal a bit on some surfaces.
Summary: Good Tyre if your on a budget, they have worn well which most budgets don't (after about 10,000, still got good most of their tread). The grip is also quite good in the wet, id know breaking heavy on wet & muddy country roads without any ABS and the fact that my tyres are quite narrow. My only query is that iv noticed the tyre walls are quite soft and flexible when doing the pressures, but this hasn't really changed the steering feedback.