Hi Yip, I don't ahve my V yet, but am considering softer tires for grip and success getting up the driveway. What drove you to change your tires and how did the change affect the ride or milage? Thanks for any info to better prepare me.
Hey! Welcome aboard!
My decision was based on the experience of some of the members on this forum and external reviews of the Kumho Solus series of tires, which is mediocre at best... I've never heard of Nexen, the other O.E. tire, but again, not good reports on the performance or quality of their products.
As you may know, I went with Continental ContactExtreme DWS tires due to good reviews by fellow V owners on this forum, in addition to other reviews on sites like TireRack.com.
I do not regret, for a second, getting the DWS tires. They were great in this past season's snow conditions and the ride is nearly as good as if I were driving on the 17" rims on the Base V. And as for noise, certainly quieter than the O.E. tires on the Base V I used to test drive.
I even went a step further, purchasing a set of 17" Base rims from another Veloster.org member, swapping my O.E. tires for a set of TPMS modules and purchasing a set of Continental ExtremeWinter tires... So now, I have my three-season and winter sets all good to go.
Mileage-wise, it's too early to tell, but based on my last fill-up, I got between 26-28 MPG average, according to the trip-computer, which was about 90% in-town driving... I'll get better stats when I log a few more fill-ups and take a few trips to The Cities over the next couple of weeks.
I can tell you this. When I do a trip to The Cities, in my old 2004 Toyota RAV4, I come back with about a third of a tank from full. With the V, I have about two-thirds of a tank from full... and that's running 70-75 MPH between that stretch on HWY 52.
BTW, where are you purchasing your V from and what spec did you get or are considering?