tl;dr version: Michelin CrossClimate+ on the front, Ecopia’s on the rear. Much better performance all around, no noticeable efficiency hit.
Hey, newbie to the forum here, and here’s my input on this important topic.
My 2016 SE had the original Ecopia’s on it, and the fronts were fairly worn when we bought it CPO last year. Rears were practically new still.
Like everyone, I’ve been very unimpressed with the Ecopia’s performance. They’re just not suitable for use on the drive wheels of a FWD EV. They’re fine for the rear axle as they’re just along for the ride. So beyond minimizing rolling resistance, there’s little else the rears need to be good at. The front axle is by far the dominant one with respect to vehicle dynamics.
So with that said, I’m a big fan of different tire types between the front and rear axles. After all they have very different jobs to do.
So Ecopia A/S tires on the rear axle are a good option for general use, as low rolling resistance and reasonable snow grip is all they really need to be any good at.
Front axle A/S tires however is a much more challenging choice. You definitely want much better traction and general performance, but at the same time want to retain some level of efficiency that you don’t really need to consider with a gas vehicle. So that really narrows down the choice to an A/S tire that offers good wet, dry and snow performance, as well as some semblance of Eco focus at the same time. Basically there isn’t anything....until now that is. The Michelin CrossClimate+.
These came out in Europe a few years back and were somewhat of a holy grail A/S tire. They’re a Summer tyre that has been adapted for all season use, as opposed to the other way around with how traditional A/S tires are designed. In fact Michelin did such a great job that they were even able to brand the tire with the official severe snow duty marking (3PMSF) that denotes a true winter tire....from a Summer tire baseline. Far superior to M+S marking which is largely meaningless. They also have mild Eco focus properties too.
The CrossClimate has only fairly recently been launched in the US so that was obviously the choice for my e-golf. I had a pair mounted on the front axle, stock size. The difference is impressive, similar to others experience with fitting grippier tires. However as they also have a mild eco focus, coupled with the Ecopia’s on the rear, I’ve not yet noticed any degradation in range for my usage profile, which is quite remarkable.
I’ll provide updates as time goes on, including winter condition performance. But so far, it seems that going with a dual tire type strategy is the win-win everyone has been searching for.
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