Why are the tyres on our SEAT Ibiza wearing so fast?

My daughter-in-law has a SEAT Ibiza Ecomotive 1.4 diesel purchased from new in September 2009. At the first service, after 8,500 careful miles, the (factory fitted) front tyres are worn almost to the legal minimum. This cannot be right. The tyres are Bridgestone B250, 175 70R/484T. Have you any suggestions as to what tyres should be purchased as a replacement that, under normal conditions, should last over 20,000 miles?

Asked on 27 October 2010 by HP, Reading

Answered by Honest John
I’ve heard of this on Polos too. The reason might be special hard compound, low rolling resistance tyres and the weight of the engine is causing too much understeer, thus wearing the tyres. First job is an alignment check at a branch of www.alignmycar.co.uk. If it isn't out of alignment, then try replacing the tyres with Michelin Energy Savers.
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