The All Season tires AP2 with its V-shaped profile is prepared for any weather. The good grip on wet and snowy roads, stands clearly in addition to the improved rolling resistance. The lower rolling resistance also reduces the fuel consumption. The double-layered steel reinforcement and the new 3-D sipes provide additional rigidity and better wet handling.
EU Tyre Label and Efficiency Classes
The European Union, under CE 1222/2009, has mandated that all tyres manufactured after the date of July 1 2012 for cars and commercial vehicles include standard EU Tyre Labels classifying them by three performance characteristics:fuel efficiency classified from A to G,wet grip classified from A to G, and noise emission in decibels.
Categories of tyres unaffected by this regulation include: retreaded tyres, professional off-road tyres, racing/sports car tyres, as well as certain types of tyres designed to improve traction such as studded tyres, T-type temporary spare tyres, tyres for cars built before 1990, tyres with a maximum allowed speed of 80km/h, tyres for rims with a diameter less or equal to 254 mm or greater or equal to 635 mm. This label is intended on one hand to promote economic and ecological efficiency in traffic, as well as increase road safety, and on the other hand to help consumers select appropriate tyres by ensuring a certain degree of product transparency.
Nevertheless, the label has been criticized for only showing a very limited number of characteristics. Professionals argue that tyres have many more features that are important and relevant to road safety, including but not limited to aquaplaning properties, driving stability, service life, product properties on wet and dry roads other than wet grip, properties on snow. Tyre manufacturers suggest that the test results from various institutions and industry magazines should remain a very important source of information for the end consumer, because they focus on and rate a wide variety of tyre properties and features.
Maxxis AP2 All Season tyre review
Average based on 20 test results
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20.11.2020fromPhilip These are fitted on my small van and during the summer of 2020 with Covid-19 restrictions in the UK, so reduced mileage and no adverse weather conditions, so not able to say how they perform with any slush or snow on the roads. Living in the North of England we generally only get a few days when there might be snow and I happen to live in an area where the roads are fairly well ploughed and gritted, so usually any snowfall is not a major concern. I have run all season tyres for a number of years but this is the first time that I am giving Maxis a try. Only time will tell but on limited experience so far, overall generally happy but wear and grip once the newness has worn off them will be the key on cold and wet road surfaces that we can get for a good four months over the winter.
10.08.2020fromScott Creighton I feel the tyres give a reassuring grip in both wet and dry conditions. Unable to comment on snow conditions as have not experienced those conditions. The comfort of the ride has also improved from the previous tyres.
28.04.2020fromDick Great tyres for the price.
Above expectations and would definitely buy these tyres again.
22.04.2020fromIan Newcombe The difference in grip from the manufacturer's recommended tyre is dramatic - very good indeed and has provided much more assured level of grip and better confidence overall in general handling than I would have expected.
The Aygo is our fall back car and not used that often, only driven when others are either off road or being serviced and is used mainly for short journeys. That said, it has been like being given a new car and do not regret changing across to this tyre at all.
We've had this situation before with other Toyota models and in changing from their prescribed tyre or removing the high energy types of tyres they like to fit as standard works wonders on grip and handling generally. Fuel economy usually gets upset by around 10%, but, the benefits in handling and overall grip have been worth this small sacrifice.