I used to own a Mazda Protege5 (Probably the best handling car I've owned, out of the box). Although IMO, my Focus wagon definately has the potential to handle at least as well AND ride much better. The P5 was STIFF.KH16 is a good non-enthusiast's tire. The ASX is a good enthusiast's tire with a lot more grip, but shorter life. Whether you'll be happy or not depends on what you are used to.