Changing tyres - Tiguan 4x4 2.0L diesel 170BHP

Question from Magus, 23/05/2014 :Hi, I live in Scotland - up a hill! I have a Tiguan 4x4 2.0L diesel 170BHP. I need 2 new front tyres. I'm looking for somethinng with more grip in winter than Bridgestone Dueller H/P sport (fitted from new on all 4 wheels). If I change tyres will I need to change all 4? I've read that I can't mix winter with summer - understood but is there something better out there that I can mix with the Bridgestone?
Answer by rezulteo, 23/05/2014 :

Hello there :)

Indeed, you can not mix winter tyres with summer tyres. In order to help you, can you please tell us which tyre size is fitted to your car?

(You can answer directly to this thread, no need to post a new question).

Happy driving,

The rezulteo Team

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Answer by Magus, 23/05/2014 :

Thanks for getting back. I have 235/50 R18 97 V fitted - given speed limit and type of driving I do, could I 'drop' to H speed rating.if that gives more choice ?

Whilst thinking about it is it worth moving the rear tyres to the front and putting th new ones on the back?

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Answer by rezulteo, 23/05/2014 :

So, you should have a look to these 2 all-seasons tyres:

- HANKOOK Dynapro HP RA23
- MICHELIN Latitude Tour HP

Happy driving !

The rezulteo team

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Answer by rezulteo, 23/05/2014 :

Hello there, and thank you for contacting us :)
The European legislation allows you to "drop" to the Q speed rating for your winter tyres. (Note: this works only for winter tyres). So you can drop to H.

(Source: http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=OJ:L:2011:124:0011:01:EN:HTML)

If your car is a 4WD, you will have to change all 4 tyres. If not, you always have to put the new tyres on the rear and the old ones on the front.
One last thing: when you say, "more grip in winter", do you mean on snow? Or do you mean a specific type of road?
The rezulteo team

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Answer by Magus, 23/05/2014 :

Thank you. Tiguan 80% fwd, 20% rear unless loss of grip when computer directs power to wherever it's needed. At service VW only referred to the need to change front tyres. NE Fife has relatively mild winters so need summer tyre (all season?) that perfoms best in most conditions incl slush & powdered snow w/out need for a set of winter tyres - unless like 2010 of course!

Happy driving :)

The rezulteo team

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Answer by Magus, 23/05/2014 :

Thank you. Now to go shopping