Vauxhall Agila tyres

The Agila shares much of its design and components with the Suzuki Splash. Such partnerships between manufacturers are a common feature of the modern car industry. Indeed, in the competitive waters of the small hatchback market, they are the only way for car makers to run a profitable operation. Combining forces creates economies of scale in a sector in which profit margins are perilously tight.

In essence, therefore, the Agila and the Splash are the same car, just with a different outward appearance. In a similar way, the Citroen C1, Peugeot 107 and Toyota Aygo also share much common ground. They all have the same competitors, with the likes of the Fiat 500, Renault Twingo, Ford Ka and countless Korean options all fighting for market share.

The Agila may not be the last word in style or performance (it’s been said that you find the Agila once you lose your agility…) but these are shortcomings to which many buyers will turn a blind eye. Its most important feature is that it is a cheap car to run, with low fuel, servicing, tax and insurance costs. For many, that’s all that matters. It may billow about a bit on the motorway or be rather tardy in terms of acceleration or speed. However, it is as a city car, or a low-maintenance option for older motorists, that this car proves its worth.

Agila drivers are faced with a huge and often bewildering number of options when it comes to replacing a worn or damaged tyre. Budget will usually be a key factor in the decision of which one to buy. However, tyre grip ratings should be an important consideration. Naturally the more grip a tyre can provide, the better. This is less of an issue in terms of performance but more so and very important in terms of driving safety. A better rating for wet grip means sharper roadholding and braking on all road surfaces, wet and dry, as well as reduced stopping distances and a lower risk of aquaplaning in rainy conditions. The difference in cost between a tyre with only average grip and one with good grip is often just a few Pounds, an investment always worth making. In contrast, since the Agila is a car not usually used for higher mileages, the fuel economy rating of each replacement tyre option will only be of limited relevance.

Two ranges from Continental, one of the world’s largest tyre makers, have proved the most popular with etyres’ customers for the Agila. Though these represent two of the more expensive options, they are known for their durability and grip, making them excellent long-term value. The PremiumContact range is known for its high levels of grip, making for safer motoring, in all weathers. Continental’s EcoContact tyres are popular for many small cars, not just the Agila, and are designed to combine excellent grip with a low environmental impact.

Similar qualities apply to Nexen’s NBlue range, with these available at a more competitive price. Other options to consider include Dunlop and Firestone tyres, while Michelin’s Energy Saver and Primacy ranges have also proved popular choices for Agila drivers.