One of the many things we enjoy in this modern era of automotive is the flexibility in terms of types of vehicles. You have everything from a tiny hatchback to massive trucks, so there’s a little bit of everything. For me and many others, the sweet spot is somewhere in the middle.
Sedans are a popular option, and today’s list will cover one. I’ll talk about a car from a Swedish manufacturer, often praised for making tanks. The model in question is the discontinued S80.
The model speed for a decade, and during that time, the most common tire size options were the 17- and 18-inch ones.
#1. BFGoodrich Advantage Control
Like most of my lists, I’m starting off this one with a premium option from the touring segment. The Advantage Control is a tire that may not excel at everything but is an excellent all-around performer.
The dry performance of the Advantage Control is very good, which is what you’d expect from a premium tire. You’ll get plenty of grip and traction, meaning that in daily driving scenarios, the tire will comply with no issues. It’s no performance option, so you shouldn’t expect it to be glued to the road. With that said, some models, even in this category, can handle a bit more aggressiveness. In terms of the handling, it’s good enough for what most people would expect from it. The responsiveness is solid for daily driving, but you shouldn’t expect too much feedback.
Regarding wet performance, the Advantage Control will do a solid job in most cases. The tire delivers solid levels of grip and traction, meaning that you won’t notice it struggling too much in daily driving scenarios. It can handle a bit of aggressiveness, but it will be slightly behind a few models in the premium segment. One thing this tire does well is safety. It means you’re getting short braking distances and excellent aquaplaning resistance in harsh rain.
The Advantage Control is an all-season tire, and as such, you’re looking at solid performance in lighter conditions. You’ll have dependable traction on unpacked snow as long as it’s not too deep. Driving on packed snow will result in some slip, but the tire will remain usable even in these conditions. Like before, the tire offers short braking distances, so safety isn’t compromised.
Despite the premium tag, the refinement of the Advantage Control isn’t perfect. The comfort levels are pretty good, and the tire deals with bumps and undulations quite well. With potholes, the initial hit is dampened nicely, and most of the vibrations will be absorbed. As for the noise levels, I feel like BFGoodrich could’ve done a better job. The tire is decently quiet around town, with barely noticeable hum. Unfortunately, that’s not the case with highway speeds, and you’ll hear the tire more.
As for the warranty, it may not be the best, but it’s also far from the worst. The Advantage Control comes with a 75,000-mile treadwear warranty, which is pretty good for a premium tire.
- The overall performance is good for most people
- Stable in harsh rain
- The performance on snow isn’t the best in class
- Not the quietest tire in the premium segment
#2. Continental PureContact LS
Next on the list of premium tires, I have a model from Continental. The PureContact LS is a grand touring tire, meaning that it offers a nice blend of longevity, refinement, and performance.
In dry conditions, the PureContact LS delivers all the performance you need, and most people would have no complaints. For daily driving scenarios, the tire will remain planted, and most people won’t notice any slip. Despite being a touring tire, the grip and traction levels are high enough to handle some aggressive driving, as long as you don’t overdo it. Combined with the short braking distances, this is a tire that doesn’t have too many flaws in these conditions. The handling is also pretty good for a tire from this category. It’s quite responsive and sharp for a touring tire, but like most of its rivals, it doesn’t provide a lot of feedback.
Wet is where I feel like the PureContact LS shines. The tire deals with damp roads exceptionally well, thanks to the high levels of grip and traction. It’s more than enough for daily driving, and like before, there is some room to push it if you want to have some fun. The tire has its limits, but on public roads, you won’t get to them too often. Like most Continental tires, the braking distances are among the shorter in its class. I can say the same about the aquaplaning resistance. The tire evacuates water very efficiently, meaning that the stability in pouring rain isn’t compromised.
Winter performance is also available, as long as you’re aware of the limitations. The PureContact LS delivers solid traction levels in lighter snow conditions, so it won’t struggle too much on unpacked snow. As for packed snow, the traction is there, and even though you can get it to slip, the tire won’t have too many issues as long as you don’t ask too much of it. With that said, some of its rivals may offer a bit better performance. The braking distances are also pretty short, making this a safe tire.
You can expect the PureContact LS to deliver excellent refinement as a premium tire. The noise levels are pretty low, especially around town. There is some hum, but it’s pretty low and unnoticeable at lower speeds. It increases a bit on the highway, but it’s still among the quieter tires in this category. The comfort levels are also very high. It irons out smaller imperfections easily, and driving over repetitive bumps won’t make the tire bouncy. With potholes, the initial hit is well-dampened, and the tire absorbs almost all vibrations.
In terms of the warranty, I wouldn’t say it’s bad, but I was expecting a bit more. The PureContact LS has a 70,000-mile treadwear warranty, which isn’t bad, but it’s still behind some of its rivals.
- Superb wet performance
- Comfort and noise levels are excellent
- Very responsive for a touring tire
- There are a few models with a longer treadwear warranty
- The snow performance isn’t the best in its class
#3. Bridgestone WeatherPeak
For my next touring tire from the premium segment, I have a model from Bridgestone. I’m talking about the new-ish addition to the lineup – the WeatherPeak, a tire that offers some improvements over its predecessors.
The WeatherPeak is a tire that will deliver plenty of performance in dry conditions. For daily driving, the grip and traction levels are more than enough, leaving you with a bit of headroom to push it. To be fair, it’s not a UHP tire, so you won’t be taking it on a track, but you can try to have some fun, as much as this tire can offer. In terms of the handling, it’s not too bad, and the tire doesn’t disappoint. You’re looking at pretty solid responsiveness, and it won’t be as numb as some of the other touring tires.
Driving in wet conditions isn’t a problem for the WeatherPeak. It offers high grip and traction levels on damp roads, which will keep the slip to a minimum. As a result, you can accelerate without doing a burnout and you won’t have to worry about understeering into every corner. Taking things too far will result in these things, but I doubt most people will do that on their daily commute. To compliment the overall performance, the tire also offers short braking distances. In heavy rain the tread pattern deals with heavy rain quite well and offers excellent aquaplaning resistance.
Unlike some of its rivals, the WeatherPeak is categorized as an all-weather tire, thanks to the 3PMSF rating. As a result, the tire’s snow performance is pretty good. The tire deals with unpacked snow quite well, and even though you’ll notice the occasional slip on packed one, I cannot fault it too much. There is a point where the conditions will be too harsh for this tire, meaning that you won’t find it too usable in deep snow or icy surfaces.
When it comes to refinement, the WeatherPeak does a good job, but I feel it’s behind some of its rivals in certain areas. I cannot fault this tire in terms of the comfort level. It handles bumps well and absorbs the bigger ones without transferring a lot of vibrations. With that said, driving on a bad road will provide you with a slightly bumpier ride when compared with its rivals. As for the noise levels, I don’t have too many complaints. The tire is relatively quiet around town, with the hum being drowned out by other noises. At highway speeds, you may notice it in some situations, but I still wouldn’t classify it as obnoxious.
Like the previous tire, the warranty isn’t as long as I hoped. The WeatherPeak comes with a 70,000-mile treadwear warranty, which is on the same level as the Continental tire.
- The handling is pretty good
- Excellent performance in dry and wet conditions
- Deals with light snow quite well
- Despite the 3PMSF rating, it may struggle a bit on packed snow
- It may feel bouncy in certain scenarios
#4. General AltiMAX RT45
With the premium touring tires aside, let’s talk about something from the mid-range segment, starting with a tire from General. The AltiMAX RT45 is a tire you should consider if you’re looking for a good balance between price and performance.
The AltiMAX RT45 is a tire that will provide you with all the performance you’ll need to satisfy your daily driving needs in dry conditions. There’s enough traction to prevent the tire from slipping on acceleration. You may notice a bit of understeer in the corners, but only if you go in a bit hot. As long as you’re not pushing it too much, you won’t notice it’s a mid-range tire. The braking distances may not be the shortest in this segment, but they are still pretty short, enough for me to call them safe. In the handling department, the tire does well, but with a small caveat. The responsiveness is pretty solid, and the tire reacts to your inputs. A slight complaint here is that the tire needs a bit more input on-center, making micro corrections in a straight line slightly troublesome.
In wet conditions, the AltiMAX RT45 delivers dependable performance as long as you know its limitations. The traction and grip levels on damp roads are pretty good and more than enough for most drivers. There is a bit of headroom to push it, but you shouldn’t expect a lot. In this regard, there are a few tires in this category that seem to handle a bit more pushing in these conditions. Another area where this tire does well is the aquaplaning resistance. The tread pattern does a very good job of keeping the tire stable even when you’re driving in pouring rain.
When it comes to winter performance, the AltiMAX RT45 does a surprisingly good job. It’s an all-season tire, so you shouldn’t expect it to replace a proper winter tire, but it holds up very well in lighter conditions. The traction on unpacked snow is very good, and as long as you’re not very aggressive, the tire will be fine. I was surprised by how well the tire does with slightly deeper snow, something that even some premium tires struggle with. The tire also deals with packed snow quite well and combines that with decently short braking distances.
Refinement is an area where the AltiMAX RT45 delivers satisfactory results. The noise levels are decently low, and the tire won’t be too loud when driving around town. You may notice a deeper hum over certain areas, but it shouldn’t be a massive dealbreaker for most people. The comfort levels, on the other hand, are pretty high for a mid-range tire. You can expect this tire to smooth out a good amount of smaller imperfections. Larger bumps or potholes are also not a problem, meaning the tire will absorb them along with any potential vibrations.
Despite the mid-range category, the warranty of this tire is pretty good. The AltiMAX RT45 comes with a 75,000-mile treadwear warranty, meaning that it’s a bit above the previous two tires, which are premium ones.
- The dry performance is excellent
- Surprisingly good performance on snow
- 75,000-mile treadwear warranty
- It doesn’t handle aggressiveness on damp roads as well as some of its rivals
- You may notice a deep hum over sum surfaces
#5. Toyo Celsius II
The second mid-range option for the S80 is a tire from Toyo. I’m talking about the Celsius II, a recently released tire from the Japanese manufacturer, aimed at offering a balance between price and performance.
When it comes to dry performance, the Celsius II is a tire that will deliver everything you need for daily driving. The tire’s grip and traction levels may not be the highest in its class, but they are high enough for most people. It can handle some aggressiveness without slipping, but the tire doesn’t promote fun in any way. The braking distances are on par with most of its mid-range rivals, so they are short and safe. As for the handling, the tire is pretty good, partially. The part I liked is that it’s quite responsive for a mid-range touring tire with a good amount of weight to it. Unfortunately, it suffers from lack of feedback like many of its rivals in this category.
Wet is where the Celsius II seems to do a bit better and is closer to the top of its class. The traction on damp roads is pretty decent, and the tire will handle some aggressive acceleration without slipping. I was also impressed by the grip levels, which help the tire go around a corner at a slightly higher speed than some of its competitors. The braking distances are quite short, surpassing many popular names in this category. As a bonus, the tire deals with harsh rain well and offers excellent aquaplaning resistance.
Toyo made some claims about the winter performance of the Celsus II, but unfortunately, I didn’t get a chance to test it. I’ll update this list as soon as I do.
The refinement of the Celsus II is pretty decent, but I do have one slight complaint about the noise levels. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not a loud tire in most cases. You can drive on the highway and won’t be bothered too much by it. With that said, over some rougher surfaces, there is a more pronounced tone. The comfort levels, however, are pretty good for a mid-range tire. It absorbs most of the vibrations on larger impacts and dampens the initial jolt. The tire also does a very good job smoothing out smaller holes or road imperfections.
Looking at the warranty, we see another weak side of the Celsus II. The tire comes with a 60,000-mile treadwear warranty, which is less than the model from General.
- High comfort levels
- More than enough performance for daily driving
- Solid responsiveness with a good amount of weight
- There are noticeable tones when driving on rougher surfaces
- The treadwear warranty isn’t the best, even in the mid-range segment
#6. Bridgestone Potenza RE980AS+
Despite not being the world’s sportiest sedan, the S80 has some sportiness in its DNA, which is where these next two tires come into play. I’ll be talking about an all-season UHP option, starting with the Potenza RE980AS+.
On a dry road, the Potenza RE980AS+ will offer all the performance you’ll need and a lot more. As a UHP tire, the traction levels are very high, meaning that even in aggressive acceleration scenarios, the tire won’t slip. Thanks to the high grip levels, going into a corner is not a problem. The tire won’t promote too much understeer, so it’s a solid choice for people who want to have fun. You can reach the limits, and the best part is that it’s predictable and progressive, so you’ll know when it starts to let go. I mentioned that it’s predictable, meaning that this tire communicates well and gives you enough feedback through the steering wheel. Combine this with the responsive nature, and you’re looking at a very dynamic tire.
The Potenza RE980AS+ continues delivering excellent performance in wet conditions, but it’s not perfect. There’s more than enough grip and traction on damp roads for daily driving scenarios. This leaves you with some headroom to push it if you want, but a few models in this category seem to do a better job. The same goes for the braking distances. They are short but not the shortest in the UHP segment. Despite that, this tire won’t disappoint, and most people won’t notice it’s lacking. As for the aquaplaning resistance, it’s very good, and the tire remains stable without too many issues.
Since we’re talking about an all-season tire, winter performance is available to a certain extent. The Potenza RE980AS+ deals with snow decently well, offering enough traction to give you usable performance in lighter conditions. Like most tires in this class, the performance on unpacked snow is a bit better over packed one, but in both cases, the tire offers solid performance. Keep in mind that I’m talking about performing well in lighter conditions while offering short braking distances.
As a performance-oriented tire, the Potenza RE980AS+ is decently well-refined. The tire offers low noise levels for this category, which is highly praised. It’s not a touring tire, so there is some hum, but it’s not too intrusive, even when you’re driving at higher speeds. The comfort levels are pretty decent as well, as long as you’re aware that you will have to live with a slightly stiffer tire. I wouldn’t call it uncomfortably harsh, but you will notice smaller imperfections or larger bumps in the road, some of which will come accompanied by a bit of vibration.
The warranty is something that the Potenza RE980AS+ does exceptionally well. Bridgestone offers this tire with a 50,000-mile treadwear warranty, which is almost in the touring territory.
- Phenomenal dry performer
- Solid snow performance in lighter conditions
- Responsive and communicative
- Wet braking distances are behind some of its rivals
- Slightly stiffer ride
#7. Yokohama Advan Sport A/S+
My second UHP option is a tire from Yokohama, which seems to do things a bit differently when compared to the previous one. The Advan Sport A/S+ is a tire that offers solid performance without compromising the refinement.
Performance in dry conditions is something that the Advan Sport A/S+ can deliver quite well. For what most people would need on the road, the grip and traction levels are far higher, and the tire will handle some aggressiveness. With that said, a problem for some may be the fact that despite the UHP tag, it’s not a tire that wants to be treated too aggressively. A good thing about the overall performance is the short braking distances. The handling is good for the category, but it’s not the sportiest of the bunch. It’s quite responsive, and even though it lacks a bit of weight, I wouldn’t call it bad. The feedback isn’t the best, which is why it’s not the most confidence-inspiring tire.
As far as wet performance is concerned, the Advan Sport A/S+ does a pretty good job, but it’s a bit behind the best-in-class models. The tire offers high levels of grip and traction, meaning you won’t notice any issues in daily driving scenarios. Since it’s a UHP tire, you may want to push it, and you can, but only up to a certain extent. This is evident from the braking distances. They are short and well within the safe limits, but at the end of the day, they are a bit longer than some of the premium rivals. The same goes for the aquaplaning resistance – it’s good, and the tire remains stable, which is fine for most people.
A saving grace of the Advan Sport A/S+ is the winter performance. It’s an all-season tire, meaning that it offers some performance in lighter conditions. Surprisingly, it does a pretty good job on unpacked snow, offering a good amount of traction. The tire also seems to do a solid job on packed snow, combining that with relatively short braking distances. Traction on ice is acceptable, but keep in mind that it’s not a winter tire, so don’t expect miracles.
What the Advan Sport A/S+ lacks in performance makes up in terms of refinement. Even though we’re talking about a performance-oriented tire, the comfort levels are pretty good. The tire smooths out a good amount of road imperfections and bumps without feeling stiff. With larger potholes, the hit is dampened enough, and the vibrations are decently absorbed. One thing you will notice with larger potholes is a thump, and that’s the only complaint I have about the noise levels. In the rest of the situations, considering it’s a UHP, you’re looking at a relatively quiet tire.
The warranty is what surprised me a bit with this tire. You’re getting the Advan Sport A/S+ with a 55,000-mile treadwear warranty, putting it a bit ahead of the previous model.
- Solid overall performance
- Well refined for a UHP tire
- Decent traction on snow
- The handling isn’t the sportiest
- Wet performance is noticeable behind some of its rivals
#8. Pirelli Winter Sottozero 3
All tires so far were all-season options, so the last three will cover the winter segment, something that the previous ones won’t be any good at. The Winter Sottozero 3 is among the best performers in this category, without too many negative sides.
When it comes to dry performance, the Winter Sottozero 3 is a tire that will offer a lot of it. It can deliver high levels of traction, meaning that you won’t notice it slipping unless you push it really hard. The cornering grip is also excellent, thanks to which you won’t have to worry about understeering every time you turn the steering wheel. With this in mind, you can probably guess that the tire has short braking distances, and you’d be right – they are among the shortest in this class. One area some people may be a bit disappointed with is the handling. It’s averagely responsive and doesn’t provide as much feedback as some other models in this segment.
The excellent performance of the Winter Sottozero 3 continues in wet conditions. There’s plenty of grip and traction in damp conditions to keep the tire sticking to the riad. It’s thanks to the high levels of grip and traction, which are among the highest in this class. They’ll help keep the tire on the road, and you won’t have to worry about it slipping. The package also includes short braking distances, meaning you’re looking at a safe tire. As food as this sounds, there is one thing that I’m not a massive fan of. The aquaplaning resistance is very good, and the stability isn’t compromised. With that said, some models can do a noticeably better job.
Considering that the name is Winter Sottozero 3, you can guess it’s aimed at winter performance. In snowy conditions, the tire delivers plenty of traction, which is what you’d expect from a premium tire. It deals with packed and unpacked snow very well and offers short braking distances. The tire also manages to deliver more than just usable traction when you’re driving in deep snow patches. As a winter tire, I also cannot fault the ice performance. Naturally, it’s not on the same level as something from the studded lineup, but it does a very good job as a studless tire.
Finally, we have the refinement, which I’d categorize as typical for a winter tire. The noise levels are decent enough, as long as you’re aware that winter tires are slightly noisier. With the Winter Sottozero 3, you’ll hear a faint hum around town, which increases whenever you get on the highway. It’s not terribly loud, but it’s not the quietest tire in this category. The comfort levels, on the other hand, are very good. Considering that it’s a softer tire, you can expect to have a plush riding experience. The tire irons out smaller bumps and imperfections to the point you won’t notice them too much. As for the larger ones or potholes, it will dampen the initial hit and absorb the vibrations very well.
- Dry and wet traction are excellent
- High comfort levels
- Plenty of snow and ice performance
- Some of its rivals offer slightly better aquaplaning resistance
- Noise levels aren’t the lowest, especially at highway speeds
#9. Michelin X-Ice Snow
The second winter tire for the Volvo S80 is another premium model from Michelin. The X-Ice Snow is a direct competitor of the previous one, meaning you won’t have to sacrifice a lot for a tire that delivers superb performance in these conditions.
Driving on dry roads with the X-Ice Snow is something you won’t have any issues with. The grip is phenomenal, and you can go into a corner at a higher speed and still not experience understeer. When accelerating, the traction will keep the tire from slipping, so you won’t be doing mini burnouts every time you’re at a stoplight. Sure, the levels are high, but you may reach a point where the tire will let go, but you’ll need to push it hard for that. One area you may not be thrilled about is the handling. The responsiveness will be fine for average drivers, but enthusiasts will want more. It’s the same story with the feedback – the tire doesn’t provide enough to be the enthusiast’s choice.
Wet performance is another area where the X-Ice Snow will deliver all you need and more. The tire deals with damp roads like a champ, thanks to the high levels of grip and traction. As a result, you won’t notice as much slip as with some of its rivals, and the tire will remain planted with no issues. You can push it a bit, and the tire will be fine, but keep in mind that it’s easy to reach the limits in these conditions.
The X-Ice Snow is a proper winter tire, and as such, it will deliver all the snow performance you need. It deals with snow very well, and the depth won’t cause serious problems, as the tire will remain a strong performer even when you drive in deeper snow. Similarly, the tire’s traction on packed snow is pretty good and won’t struggle as much as some of its rivals. This comes backed by the very short braking distances, putting this tire near the top of the premium segment. Similar to the previous tire, it does a pretty good job on ice. There is a decent amount of traction, and the braking distances remain relatively short, considering the conditions.
When it comes to refinement, the X-Ice Snow is a tire that won’t disappoint. It provides high levels of comfort, thanks to which you’ll get to enjoy a plush ride. The tire is soft enough so that it can swallow smaller imperfections without feeling bouncy. It also deals with potholes very well, smoothing them out and absorbing the vibrations from the impact. The noise levels are pretty good, but not perfect. Around town, the noise isn’t terrible, and the hum isn’t too noticeable. With that said, at highway speeds, you will start to notice it a bit, but even then, I still wouldn’t call it overly loud.
A winter tire with a warranty is a rare sign, but Michelin doesn’t follow what the other manufacturers are doing. The X-Ice Snow comes with a 40,000-mile treadwear warranty, which is a big plus in my book.
- Superb performance in multiple conditions
- Decent traction on ice
- Excellent aquaplaning resistance
- The noise levels at highway speeds aren’t the lowest in this class
- The handling dynamics are average
#10. Bridgestone Blizzak WS90
The third and last winter tire for today’s list is another premium option, and this one is from Bridgestone. I’m talking about the Blizzak WS90, a tire that’s already proven itself to be among the best in this class, considering that it goes up against the previous two tires.
On dry roads, the Blizzak WS90 will offer all the performance you’ll need for daily driving scenarios. The grip and traction levels are more than enough to keep the tire on the road without slipping, which is what most drivers need. It has some room to push it if you’re that kind of driver, and the tire won’t struggle too much with that. It’s important to note that it’s not a UHP tire, so you won’t be taking it on a track. One surprising aspect is that it’s decently responsive, at least when compared with some other winter tires. That said, the feedback isn’t too pronounced, so you may struggle to figure things out once you start reaching the limits.
When it comes to wet performance, the Blizzak WS90 continues to deliver impressive results. The tire offers plenty of traction on damp roads, meaning you won’t see any slip during acceleration. It’s the same thing with the grip, which will help you go around a corner without promoting understeer, at least not one caused by the tire. The tire can handle some aggressiveness, and you’ll have short braking distances to back you up in an emergency. Driving in pouring rain is also not a problem for this tire. The tread pattern does an excellent job of evacuating water, meaning the aquaplaning resistance is excellent.
The Blizzak WS90 is a winter tire, and as such, I have to say that it’s among the best when it comes to snow performance. It deals with the white stuff with ease and will handle almost any situation without struggling. This means you can drive it on packed and unpacked snow and not notice any problems. Some tires in this class may struggle a bit in deeper patches, something you won’t experience with this tire. Regardless of the conditions, you’re looking at very short braking distances. Also, the tire manages to offer solid performance on ice, which is a bit plus.
It seems like the Blizzak WS90 is a perfect tire, but that’s not the case. Even though the refinement levels are pretty good, they are behind some of its rivals. The comfort levels are solid, and the tire will do a good job of smoothing out road imperfections or dampening potholes. As good as it sounds, it struggles a bit to absorb the vibrations, which you’ll notice in the cabin. The noise levels are decent, but it’s not the quietest tire in this segment. There is a hum that isn’t too loud even when driving at highway speeds. The problem here is rougher roads where the tire will produce a more noticeable tone.
- Very short braking distances in multiple weather conditions
- More than enough performance for most people
- Snow and ice performance is among the best in the class
- It lacks feedback when you start to approach the limit
- There are some better refined tires in this category