Michelin is a true premium only brand. Which means every tyre produced is aimed to be top of its class. Recent derka testing proved on adverage michelin also last 8000kms further. VS bridgestone whos intension is to cover all aspects of the market and take all profits overseas along with tonys tyres and firestone all under the big B. They make SOME great tyres. michelin make all great tyres. Go for the xm2 if its available. Its designed for nz conditions and can exceed 100,000kms if looked after. Along with life long safety from full depth sipes, and silica technology- (michelin invented this too). Your most important safety feature deserves the most you can afford.