Would it be this one.I read a report yesterday suggesting that the new Continental winter contact TS850 might be suitable for all year UK use.
I think tyre manufacturers should put some effort into providing an all year solution for the UK. They seem to be able to sort things for other larger markets leaving us to compromise time and time again.
Totally agree with you Kramer. The reason I switched to the Q5 was due to getting stuck in the snow 2-3 years ago and 2 years ago having an accident costing me my NCB and nearly a £1k hike in insurance premiums (also live in a high theft risk area). I'm lucky in that I have a mate with a garage who can store and fit my tyres. As you say its probably the Quattro that does most the work but for me I'd rather be safe than sorry...I've been driving the A8 quattro (on summers) all weekend and got home last night at 1am with no problems at all. I had to go down side roads which had deep snow and ice and the car handled it without even seeing the ESP light. Personally I think that winter tyres are great HOWEVER they are a huge pain to fit every year and store plus a significant cost. Winters are useless with less than 4mm tread so you may not get a huge about of life out of them. All together this is a pain which is not really worthwhile for the 1 week of snow we usually get in most of the UK IMO unless you do a load of driving and really need your car working (i.e for work or if you have a baby on the way or something).
If you are an experienced driver with quattro you can drive safely on summers. Some of the 2 wheel drive German cars need winter tyres just to move in the snow (like my A5 did) so this would be a must. Last night the side roads were peppered with BMW and Mercs who obviously had given up and ditched the car.
If the weather continues like this I think we will see more "all season" tyres being offered. I would consider all season next time on my car but there is no way I am shelling out for separate winters. I am very impressed with the Audi Quattro and I felt safe most of the time (breaking is a little more delicate). As long as you are sensible and keep well below the speed limit with lots of room ahead of you the car will be fine.
I've done the LR stage 1 and 2 course. I got the first one free and i paid for the second. Anyone can pay and do there courses. The techniques they will teach you can be applied to any vehicle as most of the latest LR/RR's don't have the extra diff locks fitted as they are a cost option that most people won't pay for lol.I understand Land Rover offer "free" off- road courses if you are interested in one of their vehicles. If Audi offered the same I would take them up on it (as long as it wasn't my car ).