Best Tyres

Tyres should be replaced every few years and are one of the most important purchasing decisions we make since they keep us safe on the roads. We break down all the complicated jargon and tell you how to get the best wheels for your ride. Keep reading…

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Michelin Primacy 3 ST

Michelin Primacy 3 ST 🏆 2024

4.8  (132)
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Kim S.
Kim S.NSW3 posts
 
Had good experience All Round TyresNoise had reduced once I installed these tyres
Not cheap but I guess you would say these tyres are very smooth and overall good value.
Bridgestone Potenza Adrenalin RE003

Bridgestone Potenza Adrenalin RE003 🏆 2024

4.4  (223)
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Rainer
Rainer 35 posts
 
Michelin Pilot Sport 4

Michelin Pilot Sport 4

4.5  (109)
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Le Barq
Le BarqNSW8 posts
 
The tires that I trust for my families' safetyLot's of site raving about this tires and they are 100% right. Exceptional wet performance. Aqua-planning is a thing of the past with this tyre. Been on the Pilot Sport bandwagon since the PS3 and now, they took it another notch. Can't wait to buy their future PS5. Show details
Replaced by Michelin Pilot Sport 4  4.5
Michelin Pilot Sport 3

Michelin Pilot Sport 3

4.5  (102)
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mirrabucca
mirrabuccaACT113 posts
 
Bridgestone Turanza Serenity Plus EL64

Bridgestone Turanza Serenity Plus EL64 🏆 2024

4.5  (90)
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Phillip P
Phillip PVIC2 posts
 
Quiet, Smooth, Great Drive feel and Long LastingSuper Quiet, Smooth and long lasting. I immediately noticed the difference as I drove out of the shop. I owned these before and will buy them again & again & again. Show details
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
Toyo Open Country A/T II

Toyo Open Country A/T II

4.3  (63)
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Ramon94
Ramon94VIC6 posts
 
DurableI’ve done close to 55,000km and they’re still excellent and stop every time, have had some close calls but they never let me down Show details
Pirelli Cinturato P7

Pirelli Cinturato P7

4.5  (48)
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Scott
ScottQLD5 posts
 
Pirelli Scorpion ATR

Pirelli Scorpion ATR

4.1  (105)
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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
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
Pirelli Dragon Sport

Pirelli Dragon Sport

4.5  (45)
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l0ves_ch0c0late
l0ves_ch0c0lateQLD98 posts
 
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
Hankook Optimo K415

Hankook Optimo K415

4.1  (65)
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Diego
Diego
 
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
Kumho Ecsta Le Sport KU39

Kumho Ecsta Le Sport KU39

4.4  (35)
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graemeblore
graemebloreVIC
 
VERY poor mileageQuite good all weather handling, & reasonably quiet. I was very surprised and disappointed with their rapid wear though.
We had only driven 33,000 k's on them; mostly freeways and major arterial roads, in a normal suburban wagon. Would NOT recommend. 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
Yokohama BluEarth AE01

Yokohama BluEarth AE01

4.0  (55)
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sani a.
sani a.ACT
 
Good tyres for its priceWe had 4 of these tyres. The back tyres lasted 40,000km. The front tyres will go up to 45,000km easy. We didnt do a good job of rotating them! We used 225/60/r17. Good tyres for its price. Handling was nothing out of the ordinary. Relatively good petrol consumption. Definitely no mugs. I saw them real cheap at Tempe Tyres in Sydney. Show details
Bridgestone Ecopia EP100

Bridgestone Ecopia EP100

3.7  (114)
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Israel A.
Israel A.4 posts
 
Great Product!Good and quality tires I've been using it now for 2 months and expecting greatness of these tires. Great design and the agent is really good. Show details
Winrun R330

Winrun R330

3.8  (79)
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Cocoon H.
Cocoon H.QLD
 
Worst cheap tyresNot good tyres specially when wet......slips at a lower speed too.....won't bother buying it again Show details
Bridgestone Potenza RE050A

Bridgestone Potenza RE050A

3.8  (65)
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Gfez
GfezNSW2 posts
 
Great tyresGreat grip wet and dry, much better than the pilot sport 4s my car came with. (MK8 Fiesta ST ) Much quieter more grip and cheaper. Cant comment on life only had them for a few hundred ks 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
 
Bridgestone Turanza ER300

Bridgestone Turanza ER300

3.8  (59)
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Harry dhindsa
Harry dhindsaVIC2 posts
 
Very poor handlingReplaced 4 new tyres for my falcon 235/55/17 from day one i feel uncomfortable and poor handling,checked couple of times nothing wrong found in car spoken with bridgestone care too but nothing sorted out.
Tires seems really hard on road even my previous Chinese tyres were better. Show details
Michelin Primacy 4

Michelin Primacy 4

4.4  (28)
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Fredbasset
FredbassetVIC6 posts
 
Bridgestone Ecopia EP300

Bridgestone Ecopia EP300

4.1  (38)
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Mushka24
Mushka2413 posts
 
Fantastic grip, great price and good enduranceFantastic grip, great price and good endurance to go along with it!
Highly recommend this range of tire for the daily consumer

List of tyres

How do I know when to change my tyres?

Generally, a tyre needs to be replaced every 5 years or so. This is because the rubber will naturally deteriorate over time by losing moisture and oils. This tends to happen faster in hotter climates and applies to all tyres, even tyres that aren’t being used such as your spare.

You can know when it’s time to change your tyres by checking for uneven wear when inspecting the surface of your tyres.

The lifespan of your tyres mainly depends on the tread depth. The tread depth of a tyre is particularly important as it’s how your vehicle bonds with the road. Having a shallow tread depth can mean that your car loses traction with the road and takes longer to break - this is even more dangerous in wet conditions.

As tyres wear down, the tread wear indicators (small bars in the tread grooves) get shorter and eventually become smooth. When only 1.6mm of tread is left, the tyres have officially become unroadworthy. Instead of waiting that long, it is recommended that you get them replaced once they go down to 2mm.

When replacing your tyres, it’s best to do all four at once. This is because mismatched tyres can influence the overall balance and road grip of the vehicle.

What tyres should I get for my car?

The first thing you should do is check your manufacturer’s guide in order to choose tyres that are suitable for your particular vehicle. The manufacturer can help identify the right size, speed rating and load rating for your vehicle.

You should look for tyres that have an optimum blend of handling, braking, efficiency, wear rate, ride comfort and road noise. You can get a better sense of how a tyre performs by reading reviews on our website.

There are many well-reputed brands to choose from such as Bridgestone, Michelin and Pirelli. The brand of tyre you choose depends on personal preference, but it is best to ensure your two front tyres are of the same brand and the two rear tyres are the same. Having different brands on each row may result in poor handling.

How much should I spend on a tyre?

Tyres can range in price from $100 to $1,000 or more. Why is there such a big range? Well, tyres in the upper range can give a better grip and may have additional qualities such as lower noise levels at higher speeds. Smaller cars can suit more affordable tyres, whereas a luxury car will demand a higher quality tyre with a high speed rating.

What do the codes on my tyres mean?

The code on the side of the tyre may seem complex when it's placed all together, but each segment provides valuable information that can help you decide on the right tyre for your car.

Using the Kumho P 215/65 R15 90H as an example, here’s what it means:

Brand and name: The first part will simply be the maker of the tyre (in this case, Kumho) and will sometimes include the particular model range.

Type: The first letter will indicate the style of vehicle the tyre is designed for:

P: Passenger car and most 4WD

LT: Light truck and some utes

M: Motorcycle

T: Temporary

Width: The first set of numbers in the code will indicate the tyre width measured in millimetres. In this instance, the width is 215mm.

Profile: The second number (in this case, 65) refers to the ratio of the tyre width to height. This number is expressed as a percentage. Generally, tyres with a lower profile are used on performance cars and have a firmer sidewall.

Construction: How the tyre is constructed is indicated by a letter:

  • R: Radial (as is the case in our example tyre)
  • D: Diagonal
  • B: Bias belt

Radial tyres were first developed in 1946 and are flexible and absorb shock well. Diagonal tyres consist of casing layers made from nylon cord. They give high vehicle stability and a high resistance against side wall damage. Bias-belted tyres provide a smoother ride and lower rolling resistance.

Diameter: The diameter is given in inches (in this case, 65) and will tell you which size rim the tyre is designed to fit. Typically, the larger the diameter, the more expensive the tyre will be. As car wheels are increasing in size, the smaller tyre sizes tend to be less popular.

Load index: Load ratings can be expressed in kilograms or as an index number. An index number of 90 carries up to 600kg. This is essentially how much load a correctly inflated tyre can handle. Index numbers range from 70-126. Examples include 84 (500kg), 86 (530kg), 89 (580kg), 92 (630kg), and 94 (670kg).

Speed rating: The last letter of the code indicates the speed rating, which tells you the absolute maximum speed the tyre can handle. This is very important to note as you are legally obliged to fit tyres with the correct speed rating on your car.

The ratings range from A-Z with A1 topping at 5 km/h and Y at 300 km/h. They follow a chronological pattern, except H appears after U and before V at 210km/h and there is no O or X. Spare tyres and winter tyres generally have lower speed ratings in the range of M to Q, while high-performance tyres are in the V-Z range. Some examples include:

  • M: 130 km/h
  • S: 180km/h
  • T: 190km/h
  • H: 210km/h
  • V: 240 km/h
  • W: 270km/h

Types of tyres

There are a wide range of specialised tyres available for 4WDs, vans and cars. Different tyres also have different tread patterns for optimal seasonal performance.

Before selecting new tyres for your vehicle, take a look at the different tyres available and make your decision based on your driving style and requirements.

Winter tyres

Otherwise known as snow tyres, winter tyres have phenomenal tread depth which is meant to keep you safe in snowy, icy and wet conditions. They have deep grooves and unique patterns to reduce snow accumulation, providing better traction on the snow.

Summer tyres

Shallow and straight grooves enable summer tyres to provide enhanced aquaplaning resistance and excellent performance when temperatures are above 7°c.

Also known as standard tyres, they have a softer rubber compound to enhance stability and grip, and they sport a sticky tread compound and design that provides resistance against aquaplaning.

All-season tyres

Designed with both summer and winter tyre technology, all-season tyres deliver a compromised performance in all conditions.

They are not optimised for different weather conditions in the same way seasonal tyres are, however they are ideal for drivers who want a practical pair of wheels that don’t need changing every summer or winter.

Run flat tyres

Run flat tyres enable you to continue driving for a short distance following a puncture due to their thick, reinforced sidewalls. Run flat tyres have been designed to protect you on the road if you suffer a puncture whilst driving as it still allows you to maintain control of the car until you can stop in a safe place.

Energy-saving tyres

What makes a tyre fuel efficient? A tyre with low rolling resistance can reduce fuel consumption and save on CO2 emissions. Energy-saving tyres are designed to lower emissions and fuel consumption. This saves you on fuel and money while also being better for the environment.

Most major tyre manufacturers create energy-saving tyres which have been designed to lower fuel consumption. Michelin has the Green X range, Bridgestone has the Ecopia range and Pirelli has the Cinturato range.

High performance tyres

High-performance tyres have excellent characteristics for high-speed driving. They are made from a softer rubber and feature more rigid side walls. This means your vehicle can hug tight curves and provide a smoother driving experience. The wide surface and stick rubber mean the braking is highly responsive.

Types of tyre patterns

Tyres are designed with different tread patterns meant to suit various driver requirements. The potential arrangement of channels, grooves, sipes and blocks can mean you have thousands of different patterns to choose from.

Some tyre patterns are optimised for high-speed agility and cornering whereas others are designed to deliver superior safety in wet conditions. Whilst all tyre patterns are slightly different, they can be separated into three main categories.

Asymmetric tyres

Asymmetric tyres are designed with two alternate tread patterns to provide high performance on both dry and wet road conditions.

The outer edge of the tyre will usually contain large stiff tread blocks which help with cornering whilst the inside contains smaller tread blocks that provide resistance against aquaplaning and enable grip.

Asymmetric tyres usually provide high levels of performance thanks to their superior gripping abilities and are mainly found on SUVs and luxury vehicles.

Directional tyres

Directional tyres have an arrow-shaped tread pattern that distributes water away from the tyre thread and can only rotate in one direction to effectively combat aquaplaning. These tyres also deliver high levels of directional stability and reduce noise levels.

Tyres with a directional tread pattern tend to provide the best performance in wet conditions and this is why most winter tyres are designed with this tread pattern.

Symmetrical tyres

Symmetrical tyres, otherwise known as multi-directional tyres, feature a symmetrical tyre pattern and can be fitted in any position of the vehicle and can travel in any direction. This is useful if you needed to rotate the tyres on your vehicle.

This tread pattern is ideal for urban drivers as they offer enhanced road holding and excellent gripping capabilities. They are not optimised for wet conditions, however, making them unsuitable for more rural areas.

You can read reviews on the best tyres on the market today to help you make up your mind.

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