I've had studs before. I have a set of Firestone studded tires on my lexus. They are loud. You can really hear the studs. For the mini, I decided to go all out and get a set of nokian hakkapalitta 8. Factory studded. One word. AMAZING. They are quiet, ride nice and super in snow and on ice. The studs are quiet and they grip better than the Firestone. They should. They were more than double the price.