Vredestein are the best tyre manufacturer for 'feel' tyres. I have had sessantas and vortis (even better).
The trick is the pressures. Vreds take a higher pressure than other tyres. Try a fast roundabout and if the sidewalls give (you'll feel it), put a bit more pressure in (they usually run 4-8psi above others) get these right and there is no better tyre. They stop when you desperately need to, which is where it counts.
Note: The tyres are a little heavier (especially vortis with the rigid sidewall) than others. But I like this 'fault' as it is more tyre. They are also slightly wider and they are one of the only tyres not made in China (but in the Netherlands).
Get the pressure right and these are incredible. Don't and the sidewalls have a soggy feel, but they will still be comfortable, quiet and stop well.
I had ultracs on my old FR, great tyre but then i heard theyd been bought out and changed the tyre process, not sure if they were worse or better but I now have uniroyals on my gti, cheaper still and love them especially for the price, £64 each fitted at Malvern tyres!
I am happy that thee are better tyres to choose from these days. I haven't tried uniroyals, but I did see a set in the garage and the sidewall looked a bit flimsy, but no idea if this helps.
The vorti pressures that I have are 38 (F) 34 (R), and this seems really good. Attack a roundabout fast and add a bit of power. I am very happy with the result and they are still not squealing.
I am super happy with the Vortis, more than I was with the sessantas on my A3. I really can't see how they could get better, perhaps maybe for economy.
It's your money, your choice.
Camskill are tops for tyres. I just tried out Tyreleader and that turned out a mess.
Agreed on the michelin. The pilot sport 3's are rated highly, with some rating the Vorti's up with them. But they do cost twice the price, so I would expect something for my money.
With the driving I do, I doubt I can do better than the Vorti's.
What a relief it was getting rid of the contisport 5's.