Been two years since I had these tires for winter, they work very well in snow and ice and this year will be my last season before the end of my lease return. If I renew with another touareg, I definitely will be getting another set of nexen winspike for the touareg.
I purchased 20 inch tires and wheels from 1010tires. Got a good deal, saved a lot compared to in town Edmonton. 1010 tire also included the Volkswagen wheel caps, which I was so surprised and really happy to see. Great service from 10 10 tires.
35 000 - 40 000km on these tires and they are worn out now. I got 1.5 seasons out of them. After 5000km they seemed to perform much better. But that first 5000km it seemed like I had good all seasons. So keep in mind before you rate a tire to break them in.
If you don't put on that many km's a year I would definitely recommend these as they are probably one of the best non-studded tire you'll find. I've owned Blizzak, Continentals, and some other winter tire brands. This one is just as good. I was so confident that in freezing rain I was probably one of the only ones going 120 on the highway still... BUT like any non-studded tire, don't expect miracles. Snow Tires or ICE tires will not make your car have 100% traction all the time. All they do is increase your traction % and your Braking %... if that makes sense... don't buy winter tires and think you will drive like in the summer. It just decreases stopping time, and increases the amount of overall traction... if you want the best then get a studded winter tire... if you don't mind the noise on dry pavement.