The 10 Best Tyres to Buy in 2018
Often overlooked and overshadowed by figures like horsepower, miles per gallon, torque, and other common car features. You've got to remember it's the tyres that are the only things connecting your car to the ground. They have a massive impact on safety and performance. With a huge range of international manufacturers, some with over a 100 years worth of experience producing tyres, there's a lot of great brands to choose from. After comparing the top brands in Australia for overall satisfaction, value for money, warranty, longevity, handling, noise and service. We've narrowed the 10 Best car tyre patterns. Here they are:
10. Pirelli Cinturato P1 Verde
We're back to Pirelli once again, but not with their highest performing tyre. But rather their best tyre for urban mobility, especially for smaller city cars. The Cinturato P1 is designed to save fuel, provide a comfortable ride and give you a safe ride. You won't be pushing these tyres to their limits, but for the price, it's great value at under $100 per tyre. It comes with run-flat technology, to keep the tyre supported and running in case there's not enough pressure.
|Review||Pirelli Cinturato P1 Verde|
|Wet weather handling||8.2|
9. Goodyear Assurance Triplemax
A more conservative tyre than the ones featured. It gives you 3 things; Great fuel savings, durability, and wet weather grip. For a family car, you can save hundreds of dollars over the lifetime of the tyres with its low rolling resistance. It's built with Kevlar, a very strong material for added durability, and is also designed to maximise control in the wet. Handling is not its strong point, but with Assurance in its name. It makes for a good city and family car tyre.
|Review||Goodyear Assurance Triplemax|
|Wet weather handling||9.0|
8. Kumho ECSTA Sport KU31
An award winning passenger car tyre. The ECSTA Sport KU31 balances both comfort and high-performance for sports cars and even normal sedans. The asymmetric groove design of the tyre gives you stability at high speeds. It's known for excellent wet and dry weather handling, and runs quietly even when the tyres are worn. Extended Run-Flat Technology lets you keep going even on a flat tyre. Best of all, these tyres can be had for under $100 each. It's great bang for your buck, though these sport tyres do wear a little fast.
|Review||Kumho ECSTA Sport KU31|
|Wet weather handling||7.6|
7. Yokohama ADVAN SPORT V105
Yokohama's association with the World Touring Car Championship and many other racing series worldwide enables them developing a superior Orange Oil Tyre compound. This Orange Oil technology used in the Advan Sport V105, helps tyre's adhesion at the microscopic level. Which leads to great grip in wet and dry conditions, but not at the expense of high tyre wear or more rolling resistance. A true sports performance tyre that also gives you a quieter ride. It has great handling but wears a bit fast.
|Review||Yokohama ADVAN SPORT V105|
|Wet weather handling||8.7|
6. Hankook Ventus S1 Noble2
The Ventus S1 noble combines ultra-high performance and all season durability. While being a high-performance tyre, it doesn't compromise on comfort at all. In fact comfort and noise reduction are one of its strong points. It's durable, able to handle high speeds, and provides good wet weather grip. For the price you pay, these tyres are well worth the money.
|Review||Hankook Ventus S1 Noble2|
|Wet weather handling||8.3|
5. Dunlop Sport Maxx GT
This should be the tyre of choice for your next weekend getaway. A subsidiary of Goodyear in Australia, Dunlop caters very well to the sportier kind of driver. They pride themselves on their 'Race Derived' technology, which has directly gone into the Sport Maxx GT tyre. A flatter tread profile, asymmetrical tread design, and their Multi Radius Touch Technology gives you more grip, better feedback and precision at speed.
|Review||Dunlop Sport Maxx GT|
|Wet weather handling||8.2|
4. Continental ContiSportContact 5
A German brand known for quality tyres, Continental has created an ultra-high performance tyre built for all round safety. It features Black Chilli Technology which leads to shorter braking distances in both wet and dry conditions. It has been rated very high in wet weather handling, and gives you great stability. The tyre is responsive to your inputs and delivers a comfortable ride. Ideal for luxury and high-performance cars who want a safe road trip. It provides relatively low rolling resistance and fuel savings. They're not the cheapest set of tyres, but definitely worth having them on a fast luxury car.
|Review||Continental ContiSportContact 5|
|Wet weather handling||7.7|
3. Michelin Pilot Sport 4 S
Michelin is a company that doesn't like trade offs. Performance in every area is crucial to them, and guess what? They've really pulled it off with this tyre. The Pilot Sport 4 S has Dynamic Response Technology which continuously adapts to the road for ultra-precise steering, outstanding cornering ability and a remarkably good tread life. This is a new release and in the 2017 Evo Summer Tyre test, the Michelin Pilot Sport 4 won by a solid margin against leading brands. This is a fantastic choice for sportier cars, good value for money, and provides a long wear. These tyres are a little pricey, but remember you don't need a supercar to enjoy the feeling the give you.
|Review||Michelin Pilot Sport 4 S|
|Wet weather handling||9.3|
2. Bridgestone Turanza T001
While Bridgestone's Potenza range delivers outstanding grip and handling, the Turanza range is designed for luxury and comfort. Upon comparing the two ranges, the Turanza T001 brings out the best of everything. Comfort and safety is the number 1 priority, but it also does well to provide great grip in wet and dry conditions. Along with a longer, more regular wear across the tyre. The tyre's wider main groove also reduces risk of hydroplaning. No matter where you go, or what season it is, this tyre is an all-around great choice, with great service available all over Australia.
|Review||Bridgestone Turanza T001|
|Wet weather handling||7.2|
1. Pirelli Pzero All Season Plus
You can find the iconic Pirelli logos plastered around racetracks all over the world. They're fitted to some the fastest cars in the world, and their technology and research have led to them becoming Number 1 for most satisfied customers. Undoubtedly Pirelli is doing something right and deserves to be at the top. For Road going tyres, the Pzero All Season Plus is the best all round tyre they have. Featuring an optimised tread pattern that ensures comfort, quietness and great handling in all seasons. It helps save fuel with a low rolling resistance, and long tyre wear rated to last for over 100,000 km.
|Review||Pirelli Pzero All Season PLUS|
|Wet weather handling||9.6|