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

Michelin Primacy 3 ST
Passenger Tyres

Michelin Primacy 3 ST

4.8 from 130 reviews

Michelin Primacy 3 ST tyres offer silent, comfortable and safe driving as well as excellent handling in wet conditions.

Suitable for all weather conditions
Smooth ride
  • Build Quality
    4.1 (8)
  • Value for Money
    4.0 (8)
  • Noise Level
    4.2 (9)
  • Wet Weather Handling
    4.5 (8)
  • Durability
    4.0 (8)
  • Dry Weather Handling
    4.8 (8)

Was replaced by...
2nd Best Tyre
Bridgestone Potenza Adrenalin RE003
4.4 from 210 reviews

Get precision dry handling and superior cornering performance with these high-performing sports performance tyres by Bridgestone.

Powerful traction
Improved fuel efficiency
Precise cornering
May not be durable
  • Build Quality
    4.2 (31)
  • Value for Money
    4.2 (31)
  • Noise Level
    3.7 (33)
  • Wet Weather Handling
    4.4 (31)
  • Durability
    3.6 (31)
  • Dry Weather Handling
    4.6 (32)
3rd Best Tyre
Michelin Pilot Sport 4
  • Award Winner 2022
  • 2021
Passenger Tyres

Michelin Pilot Sport 4

4.6 from 101 reviews

Michelin Pilot Sport 4 offers excellent steering control and a high level of reactivity so drivers can experience exhilarating moments while feeling confident and safe.

High reactivity
Excellent wet grip & breaking
  • Build Quality
    4.5 (32)
  • Value for Money
    4.3 (33)
  • Noise Level
    4.2 (33)
  • Wet Weather Handling
    4.6 (31)
  • Durability
    4.0 (24)
  • Dry Weather Handling
    4.7 (32)
Michelin Pilot Sport 3
Passenger Tyres

Michelin Pilot Sport 3

4.6 from 98 reviews

Tyres made for sport-oriented vehicles and high-powered saloons, the Michelin Pilot Sport 3 gives you driving pleasure and security in both wet and dry conditions.

Was replaced by...
Bridgestone Turanza Serenity Plus EL64
4.6 from 79 reviews

Latest review: We have a Subaru Outback and tow a camper trailer so really keen to have good performance tyers especially braking in the wet. This tyre has done a great job of meeting this need and also lasting

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Michelin Energy XM2
Passenger Tyres

Michelin Energy XM2

4.5 from 99 reviews

Michelin Energy XM2 tyres last 20% longer, offer more fuel savings and maximise safety. They provide improved grip during cornering and better water evacuation.

Toyo Open Country A/T II
  • Award Winner 2022
  • 2021
4.5 from 53 reviews

Latest review: I bought a set of Toyos 18 months ago and have done 60,000km+. I live rurally, but do long bitumen kms and some offroad, including snow. Despite the comforting "roar" of the rubber hitting the road,

Hankook Dynapro ATM
4.1 from 109 reviews

Latest review: second set of dynapro good wet and dry grip good off road ,done gibb road central highway no puntures smooth quite ride ,done 110000kms and tyres going on camper trailer

Pirelli Scorpion ATR
4.1 from 103 reviews

Latest review: Paid decent money for these. Had them rotated etc. just didn’t last. Not happy and the tyre centre wouldn’t address the issues. Definitely don’t recommend for the price of these tyres

Pirelli Cinturato P7
Passenger Tyres

Pirelli Cinturato P7

4.5 from 47 reviews

Latest review: My previous tyres were Michelin Pilot Sport 4’s, so the bar was set very high going to these Pirellis. The Cinturato P7 is a really nice looking tyre on the vehicle and somewhat quieter than the M

Hankook Dynapro MT
4.5 from 45 reviews

Latest review: 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

Cooper CS5 Grand Touring
4.7 from 33 reviews

Latest review: Mostly on road but also done a lot of work offroad (not what they are designed for). Always kept between 35 and 38 psi, balanced, rotated and aligned regularly. Very comfortable ride, very low noise,

Pirelli Dragon Sport
Passenger Tyres

Pirelli Dragon Sport

4.5 from 42 reviews

Latest review: Came out of Nexen CP691 which were factory fitted to my 2017 Lancer gsr since new. These previous tyres were reliable and durable but I agonized for 4 1/2 years of noisy driving. Got the new Pirelli

Hankook Optimo K415
Passenger Tyres

Hankook Optimo K415

4.2 from 63 reviews

Latest review: My Hankook Optimo K415 235/50R19 came with the Holden Captiva in June 2015, After completing 110,000 kms I recently replaced them. I found that they are no longer made so I went with Goodyear

Cooper S/T MAXX
4.1 from 70 reviews

Latest review: Unfortunately I can't comment on the longevity as I'm unsure when the previous owner bought them. What I can say is that they have lasted well in the time that I have had them but although I have had

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Bridgestone Dueler A/T 697
3.8 from 178 reviews

Latest review: These tyres are simply brilliant. I am a 80/20 on road off road guy, I dont do extreme off road travelling but I wanted something that would be capable enough to get me out of trouble in the dirt, in

Falken WildPeak AT3W
4.9 from 24 reviews

Latest review: Very quiet and almost no road noise. Good wet weather grip. Good offroad performance on dirt, muddy tracks and sand. Snow rated if you live in those areas. Got them buy 3 get 1 free on sale and was

Pirelli Scorpion Verde All Season
4.2 from 55 reviews

Latest review: I have been running the Pirelli Scorpion Verde on my Porsche Cayenne for the last 3 years and ~50.000km. While I mainly drive onroads, I have been also taking it on some pretty serious offroad

Goodyear EfficientGrip SUV
4.5 from 35 reviews

Latest review: Bought my daughter a Rav4 which had a new set of Goodyear Efficient Grip tyres on it. Fast forward almost four years and 105k km later they are still legal - barely though. The mileage is truly

Kumho Ecsta Le Sport KU39
4.4 from 35 reviews

Latest review: Quite 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

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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.