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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Best Tyre

Yokohama Geolandar AT G015
4.3 from 24 reviews

Latest review: I've now put 40,000 on the Geolanders with half of the distance towing a 2.8t caravan. They're quiet on the road, wear really well and perform well in the

  • Build Quality
    4.3 (14)
  • Value for Money
    4.3 (13)
  • Noise Level
    4.2 (13)
  • Wet Weather Handling
    4.3 (13)
  • Durability
    4.2 (13)
  • Dry Weather Handling
    4.7 (13)
2nd Best Tyre
Dunlop Sport FM800
Passenger Tyres

Dunlop Sport FM800

4.8 from 17 reviews

Latest review: Purchased 4 new Dunlop Sport FM800 (185/65R15) from Bob Jane T-marts with 3+1 special the other week, and saved $171. The old tyres would spin very easily in the wet, however these new Dunlops are

  • Build Quality
    4.9 (8)
  • Value for Money
    5.0 (9)
  • Noise Level
    4.6 (9)
  • Wet Weather Handling
    4.9 (9)
  • Durability
    4.6 (8)
  • Dry Weather Handling
    5.0 (9)
3rd Best Tyre
Kumho Crugen KL33
4.8 from 17 reviews

Latest review: Just got this tyre fitted onto my Honda CRV. it is the best tyre i ever change. 100% satisfaction. especially it drives through the water, the car wouldn't feel lost

  • Build Quality
    4.8 (13)
  • Value for Money
    4.9 (13)
  • Noise Level
    4.5 (13)
  • Wet Weather Handling
    4.4 (13)
  • Durability
    5.0 (12)
  • Dry Weather Handling
    4.7 (13)
Hankook Dynapro HP
4.1 from 29 reviews

Latest review: Have 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

  • Build Quality
    3.3 (4)
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    2.8 (4)
  • Noise Level
    4.0 (4)
  • Wet Weather Handling
    2.5 (4)
  • Durability
    3.8 (4)
  • Dry Weather Handling
    4.5 (4)
Goodyear Eagle F1 Directional 5
4.4 from 22 reviews

Latest review: I'm in nz and the directional 5 handle really good dry grip steering high speed corners bends 75kph sweeping bends 130 kph no sliding i have a honda integra dc5 type s and yep im very impressed

  • Build Quality
    4.8 (6)
  • Value for Money
    4.5 (6)
  • Noise Level
    4.0 (6)
  • Wet Weather Handling
    5.0 (5)
  • Durability
    5.0 (5)
  • Dry Weather Handling
    4.8 (6)

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Nexen N'Fera SU1
Passenger Tyres

Nexen N'Fera SU1

4.3 from 23 reviews

Latest review: I drove on Nexen Nfera SU1 tyres on a very twisty racing circuit in my stock car (a stock Dacia with 115hp), ya there weren't much horsepower but I can tell you, on dry tarmac these tyres had very

  • Value for Money
    5.0 (1)
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    5.0 (1)
  • Dry Weather Handling
    5.0 (1)
Kumho Ecsta SPT KU31
Passenger Tyres

Kumho Ecsta SPT KU31

3.9 from 36 reviews

Latest review: Dont expect any more than 20k from these (i do work them hard) however for the price they are a fine performer wet and dry . Road noise is quite acceptable , dry grip is excellent and wet grip

Michelin LTX Force
5.0 from 14 reviews

Latest review: Attended my local Tyres Plus Store as my stock Bridgestones on my new Ford Ranger Wildtrak had worn out at 60,000klms. I advised I was an occasional beach goer with the occasional dirt road driving.

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    4.9 (9)
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    5.0 (10)
Laufenn S Fit EQ
Passenger Tyres

Laufenn S Fit EQ

4.4 from 20 reviews

Latest review: Bought at JAX Tyres and Auto. Had ordered Goodyear Eagle F1 Sport but they were not available. Had not heard of Laufenn but apparently they are a sub brand of Hankook. Purchased them on a 4 for 3

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    4.2 (9)
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    4.2 (9)
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    4.4 (9)
  • Wet Weather Handling
    4.4 (8)
  • Durability
    4.0 (7)
  • Dry Weather Handling
    4.8 (9)
Maxxis MA-P1
Passenger Tyres

Maxxis MA-P1

4.3 from 21 reviews

Latest review: Bought a set of Maxxis from Stillwell Hyundai on my last service. I cannot recall the tyre type, this is was these ones. In general i've had the same brand on the past on other cars and they are

Kumho Road Venture AT KL78
4.3 from 21 reviews

Latest review: 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

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    5.0 (1)
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    5.0 (1)
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    4.0 (1)
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    5.0 (1)
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    5.0 (1)
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    5.0 (1)
Toyo Open Country A/T
3.7 from 39 reviews

Latest review: Put a set of Toyo Open Country A/T on my 2010 BT 50 last year..find them great touring tyre for offroad and towing. BUT..totally usless in the wet find they tend to slip on corners..very

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    4.0 (7)
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    4.0 (7)
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    4.0 (8)
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    2.4 (8)
  • Durability
    3.9 (8)
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    4.1 (8)

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Toyo Proxes C100+
Passenger Tyres

Toyo Proxes C100+

4.0 from 28 reviews

Latest review: Got a set of four for our SUV. First thing I noticed was how quiet they are the moment I left the dealership. The following day did a 3hr drive north in the rain; these things stick to the road like

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    4.3 (10)
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    4.4 (11)
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    3.8 (12)
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    3.6 (11)
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    4.4 (10)
  • Dry Weather Handling
    4.1 (11)
Mickey Thompson ATZ P3
4.0 from 29 reviews

Latest review: I have a set of BAJA ATZ 285/70r17. They have done approximately 25,000km. One of the tyres has developed a large blister in the sidewall. After several frustrating phone calls to Mickey Thompson

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    3.0 (8)
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    3.0 (8)
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    3.9 (8)
  • Wet Weather Handling
    3.1 (9)
  • Durability
    3.0 (9)
  • Dry Weather Handling
    3.6 (9)
Dunlop SP Sport 01
Passenger Tyres

Dunlop SP Sport 01

4.2 from 22 reviews

Latest review: Tyre Size 205/55/R16 I normally buy performance Yokohama or Bridgestone tyres, but these came standard with my 2011 Toyota Corolla.... and I've been impressed! Done 50,000 kilometres so far on

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    5.0 (1)
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    3.0 (1)
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    3.0 (1)
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    4.0 (1)
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    5.0 (1)
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    4.0 (1)

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Goodyear Cargo G26
Light Commercial Tyres

Goodyear Cargo G26

4.1 from 25 reviews

Latest review: Bought for VW Transporter which needed wheel alignment. Taken by surprise at how quickly they wore on the edges. Alignment done and tyres rotated, but performance in wet is appalling.

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    2.3 (3)
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    2.8 (4)
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    3.0 (3)
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    2.3 (3)
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    2.0 (3)
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    3.3 (3)
Continental ContiMaxContact MC5
3.6 from 43 reviews

Latest review: I bought these tyres in Sydney on my Nissan A33 Maxima and drove straight to Darwin , 4,000ks in 4 days, Tyres were a bit noisy and i had to check the pressures EVERY day, wear factor is good , no

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    3.0 (1)
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    4.0 (1)
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Goodyear Excellence
Passenger Tyres

Goodyear Excellence

4.2 from 21 reviews

Latest review: Original tyres on 2010 Falcon Wagon. Made in China. Four or five of five original tyres developed cracks in the edge of the tread resulting in them failing (going flat) at inconvenient times /

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    3.5 (2)
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    5.0 (1)
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    5.0 (1)
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Toyo Open Country M/T
4.7 from 15 reviews

Latest review: Just drove the QAA and Hay River in the Simpson. Done several times before and have used both the Toyo Open Country II 265/75R16 A/T and the Toyo 285/75R16 R/T on these previous crossings. Due to

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    5.0 (3)
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    5.0 (3)
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    4.7 (3)
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    4.7 (3)
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    4.7 (3)
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    5.0 (3)
Continental ContiPremiumContact 2
3.6 from 36 reviews

Latest review: Without a doubt the best tyre I’ve ever bought, for my performance muscle car 275x45x18 I’ve had both the 2-3 contact and I am most satisfied at the grip level on my supercharged car

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    5.0 (3)
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    4.8 (4)
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    4.5 (4)
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    5.0 (3)
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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.

Codes on the tyres decoded

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 sometimes, 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

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.