Falken has a knack for combining the good merits of a touring tire (long tread wear, quiet ride) with the traction and grip of a true high-performance tire. In this review of the FalkenZiex ZE950, I tested this tire on a 2012 BMW X3 with the 240-horsepower inline-six cylinder engine. The Beemer was fitted with the stock 17-inch wheels and came with relatively new Falken Ziex ZE950 tires, or so I thought.
You see, the tires looked brand new upon first glance. The treads were still thick and highly visible to naked eyes. Unbeknownst to me, the tires were three months old and have accumulated at least 2,000 miles. I learned this at the end of the review, but I will discuss more on tread wear later.
The Falken Ziex ZE950 is a high-performance all-season touring tire. The asymmetric tread design with wide-angled tread slot gives the tire an aggressive and sporting look. I know I should have tested this tire on a high-performance sedan or coupe like the Hyundai Genesis Coupe or maybe the Cadillac CTS-V since the tire looks more suited for cars that deliver maximum performance. However, the BMW X3 is adequate since it is a sporty crossover that you won’t see lingering around on a narrow off-road trail.
With that being said, the FalkenZiex ZE950 is a sterling choice for sporty compacts or midsize sedans and small crossover vehicles. It is also available in a wide array of sizes from 15” to 20” diameters.
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Falken Ziex ZE950 review: Features
The unique wide-angled tread block on the outside tread is responsible for improving traction in the snow and this allows the slush to be redirected to the center of the tire. The treads also have multiple sipes designed using 3D Canyon Sipe Technology that adds more biting surfaces to the tire for improved traction, stability, and control on all types of surfaces.
The Falken Ziex ZE950 is also equipped with wide circumferential grooves and a sculptured groove wall that helps in channeling water away from the face of the tread. This feature is designed to resist hydroplaning and deliver better handling when the roads are covered with water or slush.
With all of such technology packed in a magnificent looking tire, you would find it hard to believe that this tire is priced lower than other all-season tires from more popular brands. The FalkenZiex ZE950 tires fitted to my test car were less than $100 each. I don’t know what you will think about this, but this is good value in my book.
Falken Ziex ZE950 review: Test Drive
The FalkenZiex ZE950 A/S is also backed by a 45,000 to 65,000-mile warranty.