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

Continental ContiCrossContact AT
4.3 from 18 reviews

Latest review: I had these tyres for just over five years and I am a frequent traveller from Sydney to Newcastle, so high km’s. The tyres are great quality, low road noise and great in the wet weather. I bought t

  • Build Quality
    5.0 (2)
  • Value for Money
    4.7 (3)
  • Noise Level
    5.0 (2)
  • Wet Weather Handling
    5.0 (3)
  • Durability
    5.0 (3)
  • Dry Weather Handling
    5.0 (3)
BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A KO2
3.2 from 99 reviews

Latest review: Absolutely love these tyres. They've been all over Australia on our old Ranger. I've fitted them on our new Everest and I am still loving them. They look tough and aggressive and perform

  • Build Quality
    3.2 (46)
  • Value for Money
    2.8 (47)
  • Noise Level
    3.0 (47)
  • Wet Weather Handling
    2.7 (47)
  • Durability
    3.4 (48)
  • Dry Weather Handling
    3.9 (48)
3rd Best Tyre
Nitto Trail Grappler M/T
4.8 from 13 reviews

Latest review: I’ve tried them all , coopers , bfg , wrangler, big horns ect . There is always something that lets you down with them but I seriously can not fault nittos , the last forever. I’ve ripped chucks out o

  • Build Quality
    5.0 (4)
  • Value for Money
    4.8 (4)
  • Noise Level
    4.5 (4)
  • Wet Weather Handling
    4.5 (4)
  • Durability
    5.0 (4)
  • Dry Weather Handling
    5.0 (4)
Yokohama C.drive2 AC02
Passenger Tyres

Yokohama C.drive2 AC02

5.0 from 12 reviews

Latest review: I have fitted a set of 225/45/17 to my Mazda3 sp23 which is a car known for its loud road noise in the cabin. The c-drive2 are by far the quietest tyres I have had on this car & feel really good in

  • Build Quality
    5.0 (1)
  • Value for Money
    3.0 (1)
  • Noise Level
    5.0 (1)
  • Wet Weather Handling
    5.0 (1)
  • Durability
    4.0 (1)
  • Dry Weather Handling
    5.0 (1)
Dunlop Grandtrek AT22
3.3 from 65 reviews

Latest review: I got these tyres on my PX3 Ranger. The good points: -They are very quiet on the road. -Comfort is fine at 30psi. -They are hard wearing - done 60,000km and they still have a few mm of tread left. -I

  • Build Quality
    4.0 (17)
  • Value for Money
    3.8 (15)
  • Noise Level
    4.4 (17)
  • Wet Weather Handling
    2.5 (17)
  • Durability
    4.1 (16)
  • Dry Weather Handling
    4.2 (17)

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Continental UltraContact UC6
4.5 from 15 reviews

Latest review: Lasted less than 2 years 25km & require 4 new ones. Wheel alignment & balance done every 6

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    4.6 (13)
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    4.5 (13)
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    4.3 (12)
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    4.7 (14)
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Kumho Solus HS51
Passenger Tyres

Kumho Solus HS51

4.2 from 18 reviews

Latest review: Bought this tyre as a replacement to one of my punctured tyre on a bad luck day. It is the exact same brand and model as the original one that is provided with my KIA Cerato Sports+. Sleek and sporty

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Bob Jane All Rounder
Passenger Tyres

Bob Jane All Rounder

3.1 from 81 reviews

Latest review: Hi long time customer, recently had to get a puncture repair and was told the tyre was unrepairable and I could get a good quality replacement for a fair price, when I went to pay I found my card

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    2.6 (10)
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    2.4 (11)
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    3.3 (10)
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    2.6 (9)
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    2.8 (9)
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    3.4 (9)
Bridgestone RE92
Passenger Tyres

Bridgestone RE92

4.1 from 20 reviews

Latest review: This tyre used to be made in Australia. Mitsubishi Australia selected this tyre for its Magana model. It offers comfortable driving and suits reasonably well for a family car. My set lasted about

Bridgestone Dueler A/T 604V
4.7 from 13 reviews

Latest review: Well it's now 2 years on from my last review, the tyres are fitted to a Mitsubishi Delica L400 4x4, in the last 2 years they have traveled 45,000kms, there is still well over half the tread left, (My

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    4.7 (3)
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    5.0 (3)
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    3.7 (3)
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    4.0 (3)
  • Durability
    4.3 (3)
  • Dry Weather Handling
    4.7 (3)
Michelin LTX A/T
4.8 from 12 reviews

Latest review: I have fitted a set or LTX force to my Jeep Compass Trailhawk. It was a 18500 km trip, 3 .5 moths From Melbourne to Perth, Broom, Cape Leveque, Gibb River rd, Mitchell falls, El Questro, Bungle

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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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    5.0 (3)
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    5.0 (3)
Bridgestone Dueler H/P Sport
3.5 from 33 reviews

Latest review: Came standard on a new Subaru XT. After 9 months had a slow leak on right rear, ended up having it repaired. At 14 months, same tyre had to be replaced as it was pierced on the corner by road

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    4.1 (8)
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    3.4 (8)
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    4.3 (9)
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    4.3 (7)
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    3.0 (7)
  • Dry Weather Handling
    4.6 (8)
Toyo Open Country H/T
4.3 from 16 reviews

Latest review: I bought these tyres in 2016 to replace the Goodyear’s that were on it. Instantly felt better to drive, but that is comparing a new tyre to and old worn one. But I remember when the Goodyear’s were ne

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Kumho Solus KL21
3.6 from 31 reviews

Latest review: I had KMart Auto fit a set of these on my VW Touareg when the original Pirellis were shot at 36,000km. That was in 2012. Now 2021 and VW has 144,000km on the clock. Yes the tyres are cactus no but

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    5.0 (2)
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    5.0 (2)
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    3.3 (3)
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    4.3 (3)
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    5.0 (3)
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    5.0 (3)
Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 2
3.6 from 29 reviews

Latest review: Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 2 has been excellent on my Golf GTi. Amazing grip and very quiet, with a sidewall bezel that helps protect the rim from light scrapes on gutters etc. Usually get

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    2.3 (4)
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    2.8 (4)
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    4.3 (3)
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    4.0 (3)
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    2.0 (3)
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    4.0 (3)

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Winrun R380
Passenger Tyres

Winrun R380

4.3 from 16 reviews

Latest review: I recently stepped up from normal Ute tyres to A/Ts. I chose Winrun because they were affordable , reliable and great value for money. The tyres travel well on the highway but also off road as well,

  • Build Quality
    4.3 (4)
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    4.8 (4)
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    3.0 (4)
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    4.0 (4)
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    4.3 (4)
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    4.5 (4)
Dunlop SP Sport 300E
Passenger Tyres

Dunlop SP Sport 300E

3.5 from 31 reviews

Latest review: I installed these tyres in my Toyota camry more than 2 years ago. It's still going well so far. No issues so far. I have driven more than 30K so far. It was covered under Beurepairs warranty so

Maxxis AT-980 Bravo
3.8 from 21 reviews

Latest review: WOW…..I can’t believe the mileage from these tyres. I have these on my BT50 and tyres were at 50% tread depth when I purchased 3 years ago. (08/2017 Proof owns logbook receipt). Now 80,000+ kms on I

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    4.3 (3)
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    3.3 (3)
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    4.7 (3)
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    4.7 (3)
Maxxis HT-750 / 760 Bravo
4WD Tyres

Maxxis HT-750 / 760 Bravo

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4.5 from 13 reviews

Latest review: Have had 2 sets of MAXXIS HT760'S and very happy with the wet and dry grip and tread life, getting more than 70,000kms off both sets. Most of all the improvement in economy over the tyres that came

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    4.0 (1)
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    3.0 (1)
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    2.0 (1)
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    4.0 (1)
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    5.0 (1)
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Bridgestone Turanza ER30
3.5 from 26 reviews

Latest review: I own a Mercedes B-180, which is 3 years old and done only 24,000Kms, I have TURANZA tyres, which are said to be the best and run upto 80,000kms, last week when I serviced my vehicle at Mercedes,

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    5.0 (1)
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    3.0 (1)
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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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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.