Tyre Comparison & Best Tyre Brands In Australia
Tyre Comparison & Best Tyre Brands In Australia

Tyre Comparison & Best Tyre Brands In Australia 

Tyres are one of the essential parts of your vehicle. Without them, cars would just sit there and not be able to move. The truth is though, only very few people give a second thought to the tyres while buying a car. 

Almost everyone buying a car might analyse and compare other parts and features like the engine, fuel economy, comfort features and the like. But, seldom would you find someone analysing the tyres and comparing them with one another.

According to experts, tyres need more attention than merely filling them with air at regular (in most cases, irregular) intervals or changing them when worn out. 

They are an integral part of keeping you and your vehicle safe. When you step on the brakes, the tyres stop - not the car. And it must balance being virtually indestructible with being as comfortable as possible.  

It is also necessary to know what kinds of tyres suit your vehicle. 

One of the reasons why people don't give much thought to tyres when buying a new car is because they come as an integral part of the vehicle. They're already fitted - part and parcel of the new car - something we new car owners don't have to think about. 

Once the tyres wear out, one simply chooses a replacement option that is affordable and easy. 

However, it is necessary to know more about the different kinds of tyres and tyre brands, so that you can make a wise choice. 

If you know which tyre would suit your vehicle, buying a tyre will be an easy task. However, before you decide on which brand to choose, you have to understand what kind of tyre suits your vehicle the best. 

 

flat-tyre-Tyroola

Here is a quick guide to some of the best tyres available in the market right now:

SUV Tyres – 
Without a doubt, SUVs are the most popular type of vehicle for drivers, with practically every car manufacturer producing one or more models to include in their line up. This major shift in vehicle preference worldwide has also made tyre brands develop more SUV tyres since driving an SUV - which usually come in four-wheel-drive and are heavier and taller than sedans and hatchbacks - places different demands on tyres. 
When it comes to SUV tyres, one would be looking at features like excellent handling and braking, in addition to stability. 
Extra rigidity for better off-road control performance is another requisite of SUV tyres. 
According to Canstar Blue's 2019 Customer Ratings, the Australian motorists voted the Michelin tyres as the best brand. The brand scored high ratings on overall satisfaction, value for money, longevity, wet weather performance, dry weather performance, and stopping ability, among others. Their SUV tyres include the <a href="https://www.tyroola.com.au/tyre/michelin/latitude-cross/nsw/">Latitude Cross,</a> the <a href="https://www.tyroola.com.au/tyre/michelin/latitude-sport-3/nsw/?s=relevance&d=desc&price=0-0 ">Latitude Sport 3, </a>, and the  <a href="https://www.tyroola.com.au/tyre/michelin/primacy-suv/nsw/?s=relevance&d=desc&price=0-0">Michelin Primacy SUV. </a>

Sports Tyres – 
Sports cars are designed for speed and agility and need ultra-high performance tyres to match. They need to have superior dry grip and have decent wet traction and be reasonably long-lasting - though this depends on how much you push it on the track. 
Of course, it goes without saying that sports tyres are also priced much higher than regular tyres - just like your sports car. There are reasonable budget-friendly options out there as well though since most tyre brands have sports tyres in their line up that offers high-performance grippy rubber a few formulas shy of a racing compound.
Over the years, Michelin and Pirelli have found themselves at the top of the heap and have pretty much dominated the performance tyre market. Pirelli's <a href="https://www.tyroola.com.au/tyre/pirelli/pzero-corsa/nsw/">P-Zero Corsa line</a> and Michelin's <a href="https://www.tyroola.com.au/tyre/michelin/pilot-super-sport/">Pilot Super Sport</a> tyres come to mind. 

Pirelli, the most popular sports tyre brand, came in third for the top tyre choices of Australians in 2019. The one and only supplier of racing car tyres for Formula 1, Pirelli Tyres has made its way back to the top after being rated low by the Australian drivers in previous years. They were rated low possibly because the high-performance sports tyres they have in their catalogue are not the ideal tyres for family cars. They tend to be very pricey and may not be very long-lasting as well. But this return to the top shows that Pirelli's latest tyre offerings have won customers over. They earned four stars for overall satisfaction as well as for superior stopping ability and value for money, with three stars for noise whilst driving.

Small car tyres – 
Aside from SUVs, there is a huge boom in the small car market. Worldwide demand has grown not just among single drivers, but even couples and smaller families are rushing out to purchase them. Most vehicle brands have already produced small car models as well. 
Compact cars are now more popular than ever since you don't need a lot of space for them, they are easy to drive, very affordable and perfect for city commutes as well as weekends in the country as well. 
When it comes to small car tyres, longevity and value for money are the major factors which influence buyer decisions. This makes sense since those are pretty much the same values that influenced the purchase of the small car.  
Top brands like Michelin, Goodyear Tyres and Continental Tyres offer excellent choices for small car tyres.

All-season tyres – 
All-season tyres are tyres that can be used all year round. They can withstand the summer heat and winter cold and are a convenient and practical choice for most drivers. These tyres offer year-round traction, long tread wear, and a comfortable ride. 
However, they may not provide precise handling and grip like what is given by performance tyres as well as not withstand extreme temperatures on both ends of the thermometer unlike dedicated summer and winter tyres.
Most tyre brands offer All-season tyres for a wide variety of vehicles. For example, With a wheel size of 14 to 18 inches, all-season tyres like the  <a href="https://www.tyroola.com.au/tyre/roadstone/nsw/">Roadstone range</a> of all-season Tyres, for example, can fit everything from small cars to pickups and light-duty SUVs. 

All-season-performance-tyres

All-season performance tyres – These tyres like the Pirelli <a href="https://www.tyroola.com.au/pirelli-pzero-nero-all-season-xl-ms-mo-22540r18-92h-ty5580f7ccc8.html">Pzero Nero All Season tyres</a> are available in 15 to 20 inches wheel size. They offer excellent grip all year. They come with higher speed rating and offer better handling and braking features than a regular all-season tyre.

Ultra-high performance tyres – All-season and summer ultra-high performance tyres are generally found gracing upscale luxury sedans or sporty vehicles. The all-season UHP tyres provide excellent handling and responsive steering in both wet and dry conditions. However, tread wear and ride comfort might be compromised. Furthermore, the summer UHP tyres are not suitable for cold weather, as they won't grip in snowy or icy conditions. All-season versions of UHP tyres may compromise of some dry and wet grip to gain winter traction.

Winter/snow tyres – These specialised tyres offer superior grip to set off, stop, and corner in cold, inclement weather conditions. They have faster tread wear than all-season tyres due to specially designed tread that bites into the snow and ice. Furthermore, the rubber stays pliable at freezing temperatures due to its formulation. Besides, these tyres stop longer than all-season tyres on cleared roads.

Quiet tyres –
As the name implies, these tyres result in minimum cabin noise. 
This is something many people overlook when choosing tyres. Road noise can be very irritating, especially when it is non-stop on a long road trip. Your tyres can make a big difference in reducing road noise so you can enjoy a more relaxed and comfortable trip.
In 2019, the Continental Pure Contact tyre is considered to be the quietest of the tyres. Other tyres such as the Michelin Energy Saver A/S, Goodyear Assurance Comfortred Touring Radial and the Dunlop Grandtrek AT20 All-Season Tyre also made the list.


Which is the best tyre brand?
Now that we are familiar with the various types of tyres, the big question is, which brand to choose? Well, it is a tough question to answer because there are innumerable choices in each category. There is a long list of tyre brands and all of them have strengths and weaknesses. Let us consider the (*Canstar Blue) table below:

Brand

Overall satisfaction*

Value for money

Life of tyre

Wet weather handling

Dry weather handling

Stopping ability

Michelin

5 stars 

4 stars

5 stars

5 stars

5 stars

5 stars

Bob Jane

4 stars

4 stars

4 stars

4 stars

4 stars

4 stars

Bridgestone

4 stars

4 stars

4 stars

4 stars

4 stars

4 stars

Dunlop

4 stars

3 stars

3 stars

3 stars

4 stars

4 stars

Goodyear

4 stars

4 stars

4 stars

4 stars

4 stars

4 stars

Hankook

4 stars

5 stars

4 stars

4 stars

5 stars

5 stars

Kumho

4 stars

4 stars

4 stars

4 stars

4 stars

4 stars

Pirelli  

4 stars

3 stars

3 stars

4 stars

4 stars

4 stars

Continental

3 stars

3 stars

3 stars

3 stars

3 stars

3 stars

Yokohama

3 stars

3 stars

3 stars

3 stars

3 stars

3 stars

*Data from canstarblue.com

Goodyear-tyres

From the table, it is clear that Australian drivers prefer Michelin tyres the most. The drivers have selected them as the safest and dependable set of tyres. As these ratings are from those drivers who have bought tyres during the preceding 24 months, it carries a lot of weight. It is the opinion of the people who have used these tyres. So, one could conclude that when it comes to the best tyre brand in Australia, Michelin wins the race easily.

If you thought that this rating is just a matter of chance, you couldn't be more wrong. Michelin had topped Canstarblue's rating charts during over the last few years since 2015. At times, it has tied with Pirelli, which drops to 3rd place this year, and Dunlop coming in as the surprise silver placer. 

Now that you have an idea of which brand to choose, let's look at the factors that affect tyre life and performance. 

Many factors affect the longevity of a tyre – either favourably or adversely. Here is a quick look at some of them:

Road conditions – 
Tyres are perhaps the only part of a vehicle that comes in direct contact with the road repeatedly...and more accurately - perpetually. Hence, it is natural that the road conditions would affect the longevity of a tyre. Good road conditions would mean less wear and tear of the tyre and so, longer life. See our wet weather infographic.

Performance – 
Performance tyres are specialised tyres that work well under certain conditions. They offer better grip and tread so that they perform optimally under all circumstances. They make driving better and safe under challenging conditions. This is why it is important to choose the right type of tyre for your vehicle. You wouldn't want to be placing sedan tyres on your SUV and vice versa.

Ultra-high-performance-tyres

Safety – 
Tyres are one of the significant factors that determine the safety of the vehicle. As we mentioned earlier - your brakes technically stop your tyres - which will then stop your car. 
When it comes to choosing tyres, the buyers should have safety as their first and foremost concern. Reliable, long-lasting, high-grip tyres with optimal air pressure will make your vehicle safer. It is imperative to put dependable tyres on duty along with other features like ABS, traction control and the like.

Pressure – Maintaining optimum tyre pressures at all times is one of the crucial requirements to ensure the longevity of tyres. While most people would get their car tyres checked for air pressure once or twice a month or longer, it is advisable to get the air pressure checked every week. Unduly inflated or deflated tyres are bad news for the vehicle as well as for your pocket. 
Inflate them too much - you're courting a blow out since the rubber will round out at the top too much and the centre tread will wear out faster. Put less air than what is needed - your tyre won't be as rigid and will be more prone to punctures.

Tread – Having a tyre with good tread is essential for a pleasurable drive and safety. Since the tread is in contact with the road, it has to be in good condition. If the tread wears off, you should change the tyres at the earliest. If the tread depth is less than 1.5 mm across the entire face of the tyre, it is not roadworthy. Interestingly, according to a survey conducted by canstarblue.com, even though around 76% of the drivers believed they knew how to check the tyre tread depth, only 58% were aware of what was the actual legal tread depth.
There are many tyres now that feature tread safety indicators that can alert you when the tread has worn down to unsafe, illegal levels. However - you must also be aware and informed - and of course - make it a habit to check these indicators regularly or else it will be all for naught. 

tread-depth

Tyre Safety
You must take no chances when it comes to the safety of your passengers and yourself. Make sure that:

Your tyres are in perfect condition, with no objects embedded in the tread. Remove any object stuck between the tread for a safer trip.
If there are bulges and cuts on the sidewalls, you should have the tyre examined, as the damage might be more severe than it seems.
Check air pressure regularly and keep the tyres filled with optimum levels of air. 
Despite all the care, eventually, the tyres would wear out. When that happens, don't hesitate to change them at the earliest. Remember - the cost of new tyres is a lot less cheap than the cost of your life.

tyre-savety
So, for a better and safe driving experience, don't put off buying a new set of tyres. 

Replacing an infotainment device can wait, heck - your new paint job and even new carpeting can wait as well - but replacing your old tyres with a reliable tyre brand can't. 

Always opt for a dependable brand and stay away from second hand and cheaply made tyres as they will compromise your safety.
 

 

Pictures:

https://pixabay.com/en/nascar-brad-keslowski-tires-racing-332136/