Purchased these to replace stock Hankook Optimo's which were just plain terrible. I was not looking for a performance tire. We make a few road trips every year and wanted a cost effective tire with a higher load and speed rating over the stock tires. The Ventus tires are much firmer than the stock tire but this has not related to any extra discomfort or road noise and the car feels much more composed at highway speeds. So far in the dry they have exceeded my expectations for cornering, acceleration and braking. I have yet to experience them in the wet. The Optimo's were horrible losing traction even in 3rd gear under hard acceleration. My only concern is that the comfort blocks may not allow water to expell well and hydroplane but the verticle grooves may be wide and deep enough to prevent this. Cannot rate for snow as I run separate winter tires and would never use an all season tire in the winter.
So far very happy with this tire as an OEM replacement.