How does your car handle? (and tyre recommendations)
Hello everyone, my names Jay, new here.
Recently picked up an 06 S-line PD170 sportback and as much as i love the car i have some worries about it. We have two cars within the household and until buying the audi the car i always drove was a 2007 1.6 ford focus, since buying the audi my brother now drives the focus everyday and i barely use it, but the two times i have driven it i've been reminded of how good of a car it is to drive, it feels solid, much more feel through the steering wheel and happily takes whatever i throw at it. I feel a hell of a lot more confident in that car than i do in the audi.
I understand the audi is a heavier car, the wheelbase is probably slightly longer being a sportback, but this car scares me a little. At what i wouldn't even consider to be pushing it i've had understeer, i almost hit a kerb the other day doing 30ish around a bend (not under heavy or even mild acceleration) that the focus would easily eat up with no problems. Even though conditions haven't been great lately alot of the time its just been damp and the tyres just dont seem to grip at all. It almost went sideways going round a tight bend in wet conditions, ESP kicked in, i slammed the brakes and stopped straight away, it was as if someone had yanked the handbrake, it slipped that violently. Was probably doing 20 at best, its a slow corner.
The car has factory fitted BBS CH's, the fronts are wrapped in pilot sports with a fair amount of tread and the rears in budgets (all 4 are going to be replaced soon) they're all 225 40 18.
I dont know what to say really, i expected alot more from this car, fords not exactly in the same league as audi but i'd happily say my focus would take a steaming hot pee pee over the audi in terms of handling. So my question is this, does anyone else share similar experience with the handling of their cars? (except for quattro owners)
Aside from that, i love it, going from a petrol to a diesel with this sorta power is always gonna be fun (apart from having no traction until 3rd) the cars a beaut!
I was also wondering if anyone could recommend a good set of replacement tyres? I've had a read into some previous threads, Falken FK452s seem to be a popular mid-range tyre, im not convinced by the pilot sports, conti sport contact 5's seem to be a good premium option but wear rates seem to be an issue (and will be an issue with all the torque through the front) aside from that im stumped. I want to get them changed soonish, and im hoping this will help with the understeer.