Join Date: Sep 2018
Location: Charlotte, NC
Car Year & Model: 2015 GLA250 4-Matic
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I have the Bridgestone DriveGuard RFT’s on my 2015 GLA250 4M. Given the size, they weren’t cheap either. I never liked the OEM Continentals as they were too “hard” and didn’t seem to have a lot of grip.
The Bridgestone’s run at a higher pressure (around 52psi), so if you do go with them, be sure the TPMS sensors are replaced or reprogramed.
As for ride, they are a bit smoother and a lot quieter, but you’re still aware you’re driving an all-wheel drive car with stiff wall run flats. Some esoterically call that “road feel” – I went from a pickup to my GLA so I don’t mind it. They handle well, and the only quirk I’ve noticed is during hard braking, because of the stiff sidewalls, they tend to give off a slight vibration similar to brake shudder. They are good in the rain, and on the highway. I have yet to snow test them.
If you’re going from a standard tire to the RFT’s, you may not like any of them. My first choice would have been Yokohama, but they were even more pricey. I have to visit a lot of construction sites, so for me the sacrifice in ride is well outweighed by the fact I can drive off the site and right to the tire shop if I pick up a nail.
2015 GLA250 4-Matic, Conservative Charcoal Gray,
Black Leather Interior, Walnut Trim Dash, Harmon Kardon Sound,
Off-Road Package, Sport/Manual Package,
Rearview Camera, Power Passenger Seat With Memory, Becker Nav