X-Ice is not quiet, smooth, or responsive on dry pavement, lol. They are good for heavy and constant winter use. Not the best choice for an all-around, multipurpose winter tire.
However. TireRack says otherwise, rating the X-Ice #1
in their Road Manners & Dry/Wet Track results.
In fact, they rate the X-Ice far better than the Yokos you mentioned.
All four tires delivered very good snow traction with a small overall advantage for the Bridgestone Blizzak WS80, especially noticeable when asking the tire to brake and turn at the same time. The Michelin X-ice Xi3 was a close second overall, and like the Blizzak WS80 also delivers very good overall traction with just a little less cornering capability than the Bridgestone tire.
Under the light handling workload of our Road Ride, the Michelin X-Ice Xi3 continued its leading position for the category, feeling well connected to the road. The Bridgestone Blizzak WS80 was very close behind, and a noticeable improvement in this area versus previous-generation Blizzak Studless Ice and Snow tires. The Yokohama iceGUARD iG52c showed reasonably quick initial steering response, but didn't feel quite as connected as the Michelin and Bridgestone tires.
All four tires produced somewhat more tread noise than a typical all-season tire, but none were found to be objectionable. Such as it was the X-Ice Xi3 generated the least, while the Blizzak WS80 and iceGUARD iG52c scored close behind.
The Bridgestone Blizzak WS80 provided the best traction in the dry and wet 50-0 mph panic stop test, and also in dry cornering. The Michelin X-Ice Xi3 was a close second, while providing slightly better wet cornering traction than the Blizzak WS80. The Yokohama iceGUARD iG52c offered noticeably less grip for stopping and cornering in both dry and wet conditions...
And their summary...
All four of our test tires performed well in those conditions. The separation came when asked to perform abrupt maneuvers on dry and wet roads. It's here the Blizzak WS80 and X-Ice Xi3 showed a distinct advantage. The iceGUARD iG52c proved adequate, but at a level below the Bridgestone and Michelin tires, while the Winter Maxx WM01 didn't have the traction of the others, particularly in the wet.
Sorry, but based on that, the fact that it's ranked 2nd behind the Blizzak from customers, based on 3.5 million miles driven, and based on personal experience driving in winter weather for over 20 years, I think it's a damn good choice for an "all-around, multipurpose winter tire."