The experts at Which? magazine have put tyres for small and medium tyres through their paces to reveal the qualities of a Best Buy option.
“Best Buy tyres often cost more than budget ones, but fit them to your car and it should stop faster,” the report begins. “Our braking tests show a huge difference between the best and worst tyres.”
“Fit Best Buy tyres to your car and it could stop up to 10.8m sooner (around 2.5 car lengths) in the wet. This could be the difference between stopping in time or crashing,” the report continues. “That’s why if a tyre doesn’t do well in the wet, it can’t be a Best Buy.”
The Which? team tested 14-inch (175/65 R13T) tyres, usually fitted to small cars such as the Honda Jazz, and awarded Best Buy status to Hankook Kinergy Eco K425, Continental ContiEcoContact 5 and Pirelli Cinturato P1 Verde. Which? singled out the Kormoran Impulser b2 as ‘atrocious in the wet, with little resistance to aquaplaning’ and earmarked it as a tyre to avoid.
The team also look at 15-inch (195/65 R15 V) tyres which fit medium cars like the VW Golf and awarded Goodyear Efficient Grip Performance, Hankook Kinergy Eco K425 and Dunlop Sport BluResponse the coveted Best Buy status, while warning the Federal Formoza FD2 ‘is definitely worth avoiding with atrocious wet-weather grip and braking, and poor performance in the dry’.
For the full details it is definitely worth getting hold of a copy of the June 2014 issue and you can also click here to find out what makes a Which? Best Buy tyre.
The report also highlighted the fact that while in some cases the Best Buy tyres cost more initially, they last longer and give better fuel economy, which means they could end up saving you money in the long run.
Which? list etyres.co.uk as a supplier of the tyres it tested. etyres customers benefit from its low prices and free mobile tyre fitting service and its highly competitive prices are currently even lower thanks to the aMAYzing tyre sale, which offers £25 off the price of four or more new tyres or a £10 discount on orders of two or three new tyres.
Denna Bowman, Head Office