Originally Posted by Tornado
Finally it is CC5 for me.
Michelin Xm2 : rejected for the more numbers of bulges /cuts on the sidewall reviews on internet as compared to other brands.
Earth1 : rejected for lack of transparency on the part of manufacturer. Online user reviews can't be relied upon fully as they are different for different sizes, speed & Load indices and the driving style.
GY ATM : rejected as there wasn't worldly difference between treadlife of stock tyres. Also lack of knowledge on fuel efficiency figures.
Bridgestone ER300 : rejected for F ratings for FE for other sizes & indices. If at all my particular size had a better rating why they are not selling it abroad?
Bridgestones B 290 : rejected for lack of transparency .
CC5 fulfilled most of my requirements.
Also additional benefit of FE offered by Michelin is negated by the low price of the CC5.
1)6 Ply tread likely to be sturdiest as far as cuts & bulges
2) asymmetrical pattern good for hard cornering.
3)Presence of polyamide and absence of pure nylon will offer better comfort & avoid flat spotting.
4) Tread life substantially better than stock tyres.
5) I liked the looks too.
My personal experience of tyres on Santro Xing and Maruti Dzire.
Santro Initially came with Apollo acelere 155/70/R13 Very noisy and bumpy too swapped it with Michelin XM1 in 2010 155/70/R13. drove good for 50K+ figure with 1 or 2 puncture in all and no bulges. Used with stock rims and Nitrogen in all 5 tyres.
Second Santro which I am currently using came with Good Year with defected tyre which was detected 3 months after buying (as it was 5th wheel) vehicle and Company refused to change it. finally drove them for 40K then swapped with Yokohama Earth 1 on stock rims 165/65/R13, all running on Nitrogen, so far no puncture, no bulging, significantly reduced noise, smooth drive. FE same. my calculation is (negative due to tyre upgrade = Positive due to Nitrogen). Best part comes with Replacement for Cuts or tyre burst for first 1 year or 20000 kms which ever occurs first (as per dealer).
Dzire running on All Michelin XM2 25K+ kms done absolutely no complaints only one puncture till now, vehicle is mainly used on rough and village kind roads.