Best 4WD Tyres

Going off the beaten path can be made possible with the right equipment - and this includes the right tyres. Knowing what to look for when choosing 4WD tyres will ensure that they’re fit for purpose, won’t leave you stranded mid-adventure, and will let you go on the adventure you want. Continue reading...

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Falken WildPeak AT3W

Falken WildPeak AT3W 🏆 2024

4.5  (54)
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josh
joshNSW32 posts
 
Low quality, no manufacture supportMine started to split at 30000klm. No off road and Falken dont want to know about it Show details
Pirelli Scorpion ATR

Pirelli Scorpion ATR

4.1  (106)
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Natalie S.
Natalie S.
 
Best off the bestNo problem with my tyres . Never had to do wheel alignments . People will always talk crap. Done 160 k on the same set off tryes . Sand , mud , mountains .. best tyres for my vw. Time to get new set now . Show details
Toyo Open Country A/T II

Toyo Open Country A/T II

4.3  (64)
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James P.
James P.
 
Hankook Dynapro ATM

Hankook Dynapro ATM

4.1  (115)
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Steelo
SteeloWA5 posts
 
Great all round tyre, good for towing as wellGreat in wet on road and on gravel and beach Show details
Hankook Dynapro MT

Hankook Dynapro MT

4.5  (45)
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Trever W.
Trever W.
 
Amazing tires!!! Great price! If you don't run these tires, [Content Removed]Amazing in snow, self cleaning in the mud, and the run at 3psi just fine in the orevon sand. Hills are no problem. Tough as hell too. I'm buying another set now before they are discontinued! Show details
Bridgestone Dueler A/T 697

Bridgestone Dueler A/T 697

3.9  (195)
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Aracelys B.
Aracelys B.NSW
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i am very happy for got cheep price!i am very happy for got cheep price! thank you so much! Show details
Cooper CS5 Grand Touring

Cooper CS5 Grand Touring 🏆 2024

4.6  (33)
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Deb M.
Deb M.QLD4 posts
 
Pirelli Scorpion Verde All Season

Pirelli Scorpion Verde All Season

4.2  (57)
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Eugenio T.
Eugenio T.NSW2 posts
 
Great tyres for my Land RoverThey hold the road pretty well also in wet condition better than Bridgestone and Good Year that I had on previously. Good Year were not bad bu did not last. This ones seems very similar to the Continental but at a much better price point. Show details
Goodyear Wrangler Duratrac

Goodyear Wrangler Duratrac

4.5  (34)
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GasgasLex Images
GasgasLex ImagesWestern Australia4 posts
 
Goodyear EfficientGrip SUV

Goodyear EfficientGrip SUV

4.4  (37)
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Stevo
Stevo2 posts
 
Pretty ordinaryTyres perform ok but at 35000 ks are just about done. These were on my new x class and disappointed with a supposedly premium tyres lack of durability. On road is okay but poor off road. Show details
Cooper S/T MAXX

Cooper S/T MAXX

3.9  (76)
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Doug
DougQLD
 
So badGot these on jb gator van done maybe 15/20000 km can’t believe how bad there worn Show details
Yokohama Geolandar A/T-S G012

Yokohama Geolandar A/T-S G012

3.9  (79)
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Ian wilson
Ian wilsonNSW
 
Hopeless tyre came standard on nissan pro 4xNearly worn out at 20000 km,they offer good grip wet and dry and not to bad off road , just don't last, my last nissan I put Hankook on and they had 40000 km when I traded it and they were still good Show details
Kumho Crugen KL33

Kumho Crugen KL33

4.8  (21)
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Just an ordinary bloke
Just an ordinary blokeWollongong2 posts
 
Michelin Latitude Tour HP

Michelin Latitude Tour HP

4.6  (24)
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Dean
DeanNorthern NSW33 posts
 
BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain T/A KM2

BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain T/A KM2

4.0  (42)
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Conn
ConnVIC2 posts
 
Wouldn’t even think of purchasing againReally disappointed with these tyres. Lasted 6 months.
No traction in the wet whatsoever I can hardly tow my 8x5 tradesman trailer when raining very dangerous. Paid $1700 for the set. Complete waste of money. Show details
Michelin Primacy SUV

Michelin Primacy SUV

4.2  (32)
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Missagh M.
Missagh M.6 posts
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Best tyres on the market hands downVery grippy and reliable even in the wet let’s you relax and drive the way you want with premium accuracy and smoothness Show details
Michelin LTX Force

Michelin LTX Force

5.0  (17)
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Mick T
Mick TNSW
 
Best wearing SUV tyre I've hadAt 70,000 Km's still have 20,000 Km's left on them, quiet on road and very good handling in the wet, good off road as well bought from Tyres plus in South Windsor at a low price and good service.
Yokohama Geolandar A/T G015

Yokohama Geolandar A/T G015

4.2  (29)
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Geezer
GeezerQLD8 posts
 
Not convinced at this stageGeolander Tyres came brand new on my 2019 Mazda CX9. I have driven 28000 Kilometres not Miles. And they are nearly to legal limit in Australia so either my Mazda dealership garage are swapping tyres from other vehicles or tyres are not what the tyre manufacturer state in wear per KM. So investigation ongoing at this time Show details
Michelin Latitude Cross

Michelin Latitude Cross

4.3  (27)
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Kevin Evans
Kevin EvansQLD4 posts
 
J-Trax A/T

J-Trax A/T

4.5  (21)
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Sandra
SandraQLD2 posts
 
New rims and tyresBought new Tyers and rims for my MUX from the Caloundra. Staff were very friendly and helpful helping me decide what would work Show details ·  1
Kumho Road Venture MT51

Kumho Road Venture MT51

3.9  (35)
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Anderson L.
Anderson L.NT2 posts
 
Hankook Dynapro HP

Hankook Dynapro HP

4.1  (29)
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Les B
Les BSA12 posts
 
Can't complainHave had two sets of these from Kmart first set gave me 75000 after new bridge stones wore out at 40000.
Current set now done 55000 with 4 mm left.
Have never spun in wet in my XTrail TI.
Smooth quiet ride.
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Kumho Road Venture AT KL78

Kumho Road Venture AT KL78

4.3  (21)
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Stephen H.
Stephen H.QLD2 posts
 
Great tyre!Amazing set of tyres! Perfect for on and off the road, have awesome road traction in the wet and can handle corners comfortably with no slide and the side wall protection prevents scuffs to rims. Show details
Toyo Open Country M/T

Toyo Open Country M/T

4.7  (15)
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JustUs
JustUs8 posts
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Dunlop Grandtrek AT22

Dunlop Grandtrek AT22

3.3  (66)
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Raymond C.
Raymond C.2 posts
 
Nitto Trail Grappler M/T

Nitto Trail Grappler M/T

4.8  (13)
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Jayden
JaydenVIC5 posts
 
BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A KO2

BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A KO2

3.2  (107)
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Mak N.
Mak N.WA3 posts
 
Bridgestone Dueler H/P Sport

Bridgestone Dueler H/P Sport

3.6  (38)
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Kylie R
Kylie RWA4 posts
 
Great tyresCurrently have Bridgestone Dueler 225/55R18 98V on my 2021 Forester. Was informed at my last service (62000km) that I needed new tyres. They’ve been great in all weather situations so will be purchasing again Show details
Replaced by Toyo Open Country U/T 4.5 
Toyo Open Country H/T

Toyo Open Country H/T

4.4  (17)
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shf001
shf001QLD37 posts
 
Maxxis AT-980 Bravo

Maxxis AT-980 Bravo

3.9  (23)
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Theè L.
Theè L.QLD
 

A 4WD travelling down a muddy dirt track in a forest.

Types of 4WD tyres

4x4 tyres are often broken down into 3 categories: all terrain (A/T), highway terrain (H/T), and Mud Terrain (M/T). There are also light truck (L/T) tyres.

When choosing a type of tyre, ask yourself the following questions before comparing the features of each:

  • How often will I realistically go off-road?
  • When I do go off-road, how long will this be for?
  • How harsh will the conditions be when I go off-road?

All terrain tyres

All terrain (A/T) tyres are a great all-rounder if you drive both in the city and off road. They’re more heavy-duty and deal with rocks and ruts more easily than highway terrain tyres, but aren’t as durable as mud terrain tyres. However, they’ve got the capabilities for outback trips and rougher terrain, while also being able to keep you comfortable on bitumen.

Not all 4x4 all terrain tyres are the same; you can find some with thinner treads for driving in the city and some with more open treads for smoother driving on more difficult terrain.

Pros
Versatile, as they’re suited to both sealed roads and muddy tracks.
More robust than highway terrain tyres.
More grip on unsealed surfaces than H/T tyres, due to a more open tread pattern.
Cons
Not as comfortable as H/T tyres.
Not as quiet as H/T tyres.
Can’t handle as rough terrain as M/T tyres.

Highway terrain tyres

Highway terrain (H/T) tyres are suited to those who spend most of their time on-road. They’re capable of light, occasional off-roading (such as on gravel roads), but won’t do the job for more serious paths and harsh conditions.

These tyres have less space between the tread blocks, more siping for greater traction, and an overlay between the steel belts to make for a more comfortable ride.

Pros
Comfortable to ride in.
Don’t produce as much noise on sealed roads, due to the shallower tread depth.
Generally have the highest speed rating of all 4WD tyres.
Tend to be the cheapest type of 4WD tyre.
Cons
Don’t offer the level of traction and puncture-resistance that A/T and M/T tyres do, although they drive well over sand.

Mud terrain tyres

Mud terrain (M/T) tyres have a durable construction and a deep, block-like tread which creates a lot of noise - you’ll be able to hear one coming a mile away. If you’re regularly off-roading or camping in remote areas, these tyres will give you excellent traction on mud and rock, even in more severe conditions.

While they’re not designed for extensive on-road use, M/T tyres are improving in this area. You can also find mud and snow (M/S) tyres, which have at least 25% open treads that make them suited to driving on snow.

Pros
Able to easily handle challenging off-road driving, including muddy paths and steep terrain.
Great grip, thanks to the large, open tread pattern.
Have great grip, with an open tread pattern that lets it dig into loose surfaces while letting it self-clean.
High level of puncture-resistance.
Cons
Produce lots of on-road noise.
Can feel harsh to drive daily and don’t have great grip on sealed roads.
Give poorer fuel economy on-road.
Because they’re the heaviest, they cost more than other 4WD tyres.

Light truck tyres

Outside of the three main types, 4WD tyres can also be categorised as L/T tyres. Light truck (L/T) tyres are built stronger, to both be more durable and carry more load. These tyres have improved traction and an aggressive tread pattern that makes them more resistant to punctures.

These tyres give you the highest level of protection off road, and can handle heavier weights, which can be useful if you’re towing.

LT A/T tyres are more suited to rugged terrain than regular A/T tyres, while LT M/T tyres are the ultimate option for venturing off the beaten track.

When should I replace my 4WD tyres?

When your 4WD tyre has worn down to the treadwear indicators, it’s a good sign that you should be changing it out. If your tyre starts to chip, crack, or if it sustains irreparable admage, then you should also think about replacing it. You should also have your tyres inspected regularly at a tyre store after they’re 5 years old.

Nowadays, 4WD tyres should easily be able to last for 50,000 to 80,000km, but you should still consider changing them prior to an extended trip.

How to choose 4WD tyres

Size

Off-road wheel sizes often range from 15 to 20 inches, but the larger the diameter, the reduced ability your tyres have to deal with dust and mud. The most common off-road sizes are 16 and 17-inch tyres, as maximising the tyre’s sidewall helps it absorb impact and shock.

Speed and load ratings

Your 4WD will have a recommended speed and load rating, which you can find in the owner’s manual or on the tyre placard on a door jamb.

Tyres have a speed rating that indicate its maximum permitted speed. Don’t push your tyres beyond their limit, as you could risk blowing them. Doing this could also cause issues with any insurance claims.

The different speed ratings are outlined below.

Speed ratingMaximum speed
N140km/h
P150km/h
Q160km/h
R170km/h
S180km/h
T190km/h
U200km/h
H210km/h
V240km/h

Tyres also have load ratings, which indicate how much weight a tyre is designed to carry when at its maximum speed rating and inflated to its maximum pressure. The load rating must not be below the minimum rating for your 4WD.

The different load ratings are outlined below.

Index numberMaximum permitted load
60250kg
70335kg
80450kg
90600kg
100800kg
1101060kg
1201400kg
1301900kg

How to read tyre specs

If you’re wondering what all those numbers on your tyres mean, you’re not alone. Follow this example so that you can figure out your own tyre specs.

185/75/R14/89T

  • 185 is the tyre width in millimetres (185mm).
  • 75 indicates the tyre’s sidewall aspect ratio, as a percentage of width (75 means the height is 75% of its width).
  • R indicates the tyre construction, which in this case is radial ply construction.
  • 14 indicates the rim diameter in inches (14 inches).
  • 89 indicates the load rating (89 can carry 580kg per tyre).
  • T represents the speed rating (190km/h).

Tread

Tyres with a wider block design and angled centre tread blocks are generally suited to dry, sandy conditions. If you’re looking for better traction and more protection, look for flex grooves, release dimples, mud scoops, release dimples, and raised rubber ribs.

Tyres with wider grooves and a more aggressive tread pattern are typically suited to wetter conditions. Also look for siping, which are tiny cuts in your tyres that prevent aquaplaning and reduce slipping in wet conditions by sucking water up and releasing it once the wheels hit the bitumen.

Price

The last thing you want is for something to go wrong when you’re off-roading, particularly if you’re in a remote area. It’s recommended to buy your tyres from a reputable brand. Buying from a reputable dealer will also help you find a tyre that suits your needs, and should ensure that you get adequate after-sales support.

You’re limited to buying tyres that fit your vehicle, so the range that’s available to you will vary depending on what you drive. Generally, however, tyres for 4x4s will range from $150 to over $400 each.

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