Not been here for a while, but given the few threads around our current weather crisis i thought i might feedback my experience of my 98 smart and its winter footwear.
Last feb the smartie managed to move all of 50cm in the snow, having friends in poland and knowing what benefit winter tyres give, i thought i'd invest in some for my 15's. Also a good way of keeping the shiny 16's nice and tidy.
I've fitted a combo of Continental Winter Contacts on the rear and Yokohama Winter Ts up front the std 98 spec sizes 135 up front and 175 at the rear.
Winters no doubt feel softer and grippier in the cold and wet conditions and are a revelation in the snow, the little car has be carrying on a like a mountain goat.. Even in the snow of south london.
A couple of caveats:
I think i'll move to roadster steels as the 135's are just so skinny up front.. Having 175s on my front summer 16's with sticky Yokokhamas which have given such improved grip under braking in the wet. Going back to 135's was a bit of a shock. I'll try and run with 185 all round and winter Nokian WRG2's for next year..
Also on compacted snow / ice the winters help a lot but you will still slip and skid so be careful... I think that studded tires might be a bit extreme!
From friends in poland the old Fiat 126's with winters were quite something in the mountains.. so our smarts should be equally capable when properly equipped. In fact the smart being so small let me drive around stranded cars and buses. All a bit terminator….
I got my tyres from www.mytyres.co.uk delivered to a tyre fitter locally.
Cheers to all and keep safe.