I am also interested in the performance of the tyres over a typical UK Winter it's not law here in the UK to fit winter tyres, unlike many of our European counterparts, with the mixed warmer and colder winters. We can experience any conditions from sub zero freezing, snow, heavy snow, frosts, ice, hail, rain, lots of it and warm days mixed in so we can reliabley say UK winters are all seasons mixed into a few short months. I potentially travel all over the UK through work over the winter so there is lots of potential to hit lots of mixed conditions in all regions of the UK.
I have opted for a set of Bridgestone Blizzak winter tyres to fit to my Mini Countryman Cooper SD ALL4, this is a hybrid SUV small to medium car but with the advantage of 4 wheel drive.
Which tyres to select ? Well I went with the Bridgestone Blizzak LM-25 winter tyres, non runflat, in a 195/60 R16 89 H M+S marked tyres, mainly because these matched the vehicle manufactures tyre advice plate fitted in the doorframe of the vehicle.
The advantage of a winter tyre is that they will provide better grip than their summer counterparts in temperatures below 8deg C. This is due to the compound of the rubber being developed specially for cooler temps, also they have better handling on snowy and icy roads as well as wet conditions, the blizzak tyre has a special design to help in these conditions with the specially computer designed tread pattern with high silica content lens shape blocks with honeycomb sipes on the shoulder blocks for premium performance.