ahh ok fair enough, thanks.
im currently thinking of getting a second set of front alloys and two winter tyres, nokian wr d4 or something, for winter for the front...shouldhelp me out. not sure UK weather warrants 4 winter tyres really. unless there is a very good reason not to only fit two (I guess a query about oversteering/losing the back) but if things are that slippy then should be being extra careful anyway....
2 winter on front and 2 summer tires on back in the same time sounds very dodgy to me.
If you do a lot of milage, 2nd set of tires is not that much cost at the end (overall additional cost per km; also they won't manage to age before worn out). Though in UK, I'm not sure if you need winter tyres ever (unless one lives in mountains somewhere in Scotland?). In other hand if you do e.g. dynamic driving, want best performance out of tires, you probably won't be satisfied with 4 seasons tires ever, as they are never very good comparing to season dedicated tires. Hard choice then.
Just thinking if more optimal combination for UK drivers wouldn't be 2 sets of tires summer for warm time, and 4 seasons tires for winter time (but maybe ones of more winter oriented)? Just idea, but maybe better than summer + winter tires, as you rahter have mild winters, and so winter tires woun't ever have chances to beat 4season tires, and in other hand, in warmer days, may even be noticeably worse choice.
However, if one does not do big mileages, high speeds, do not want the cost/hassle of tire changes, do not have place to store other tire set, then probably more optimal for most of UK lads is to go for best all season tyres and slow down a bit to compensate for their lacks vs dedicated tires in extreme conditions.
I had some kind of similar dilemas for my Wife's Giulietta, but motivation was slightly different. My wife does maybe 5kkm/year mileage only, so I knew from start that if I go for 2 sets of tires so costs and hassle, and additionally after 6 years and probably 30kkm mileage, I will bin both sets, just because aged rubber won't do required(safe?) performance anymore (nonetheless thread still will be >50%). I considered to buy top 4season tires in the time (I think they were GY Vector 4s os someting like that), and put on sale on ebay like service brand new Conti Sport Contact 3 the car was about to be delivered with. But as I live just at edge of mountians (and have sometimes a lot of snow and often ice and sub zero temperatures), at the end I decided that I can't allow compromises. I left CSC3 for summer and bought Conti Winter Contact TS850 for winter. Aside of hassle, CWC are brilliant in Giulietta, only cons I recognize is that it is loud . I have them aso on 159 (just bit bigger size), and they are OK, but not that impresive(heavier car, more power?)).
Not sure if I helped, no prefect solution exists thats for sure. Find your priorities and make your choice.