1. sorry for posting it in the wrong section; new to the forum
2. howiegu, these are the stock all season tires that came with the car and they performed very well. the Xdrive is able to compensate very well for any slippage that might occur. I was in a dead stop in about 10 inches of powderly snow and had some trouble getting traction so I just reversed a foot and then plowed forward.
i was very impressed with it going up a windy, steep driveway as well. Looks like i'll be fine with this car in the winter here in MN. the reason I gave up my GTI was to get something that could handle the winters here but still be really fun to drive. I think I've found the complete package