£78ish each (including VAT and fitting) for the Falken Azeni FK520, versus £130.99 for Michelin Pilot Sport 4s, says the internet. Are the Michelins twice as good? They cost almost twice as much. We’d always had Michelins on our high-miler Golf R, but as we’ve moved from main dealer servicing to specialist, it made sense to look at different rubber at the same time, to save a few quid if we could. With a new set of four Falkens on, and endless bloody rain lately, we’re reporting back with 2000 wet miles under our wheels.

The grip on cold, wet roads is excellent and road noise is low. They’re not quite Michelins, but they are definitely great value for money. I expect, hard trackday use aside, you’d be hard pressed to feel the difference between the brands. We’ll update when this weather passes…

So far, so good. Thanks Falken!

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Rich Duisberg

Rich Duisberg* has had work published in Classic & Sportscar, Practical Performance Car, Modern Mini, Banzai, MogMag, Evo, GT Porsche, Complete Kit Car, Absolute Lotus, Alternative Cars, Classic Retro Modern, and elsewhere. Rich often appears on CBS’s XCAR and Carfection channels, and Motors TV, plus JayEmm on Cars, enthusing about historic motoring. His latest book (find his work on Amazon) was described by SniffPetrol as "hilarious", although he was also threatened with legal action by elderly DJ Tim Westwood. In his Midlands man cave is a 1972 Fiat 500, a Lotus Elise, a BMW barge and a vintage Royal Enfield pushbike. Previous machines of interest include an Mk1 MX5 (owned for 14 years!), an Alfa GTV6, a Porsche 968 and a Sinclair C5. The Metro (right) was bought for an experiment, and abandoned in Africa. "I am not getting in a car with him" -  said Le Mans winner, Derek Bell. *A nom-de-plume inspired by the BBC's League of Gentlemen.

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