Economy, mid-range or premium tyres?
In the motoring world, there are few products that vary more in price than tyres.
As anyone who has ordered replacements will know, there is a vast range of options, varying in quality and therefore price. Many people are unsure of the benefits a premium tyre can bring, or alternatively whether cutting down on tyre costs is a worthwhile compromise. To help you properly navigate the minefield that is the tyre market, we’ve put together a handy guide so that you can be informed when the time comes to replace your tyres.
What is the difference?
Tyres can crudely be broken down into three groups: economy, mid-range and premium. Economy tyres are those which compromise on certain qualities for a lower cost. While these won’t be winning any F1 races, they are functional and for many people do the job just fine. However, as with most products if you cut costs, you could also be reducing the safety of your tyres. Premium tyres often advertise that they are safer than their cheaper counterparts.
Mid-range tyres are self-explanatory and in fact, this category covers the largest share of the tyre market. These are often manufactured by some of the leading brands, yet are offered under different brand names at a slightly lower price than the premium product. Dunlop is a great example of a mid-range tyre that performs extremely well for the average driver.
Finally, premium tyres are top of the quality list and unsurprisingly top of the cost list too. Premium tyres are produced by the industry heavy weights, namely Michelin, Pirelli, Goodyear and Bridgestone. These tyres consistently come top of the polls in terms of reviews and are the ultimate tyre to choose for all round high performance.
What should the choice be for you?
Premium may offer the best all-round tyre performance, but at a premium price this is to be expected and understandably many drivers will want to know about whether such an investment is worth it. The fact of the matter is that there is no one-size-fits all answer to the question of tyre choice.
Decisions should be made depending on general car use, the desire for efficiency and of course budget. If you clock up serious mileage on your vehicle, it may be sensible to steer clear of the lower end tyres as cost cutting on initial tyre outlay for an active driver could be more costly in the long run as they will need replacing more regularly.
If you have drivers who clock up less mileage, you may be advised to opt for the cheaper tyre options, and justly so. If the car isn’t regularly used, there can seem little logic in splashing out on premium tyres.
An important factor that should not be neglected is efficiency. Better tyres, when maintained at the correct pressure, mean a more efficient drive, thus you get more MPG out of your vehicle’s engine. This can save costs in fuel and reduce general car maintenance issues, and should be considered as a factor.
No matter the quality
Whether you decide to invest and choose premium tyres or keep costs down and choose economy, there are some rules that you can follow to get the best out of your tyres.
Ensure that your tyres are balanced, don’t think that by purchasing two premium tyres and two economy tyres will benefit your vehicle. In fact it will do more damage than good. All tyres need to be similar tread and quality. By purchasing two types, some tyres will need to be replaced sooner than others, which will affect the efficiency of vehicle.
Similarly, you must regularly check the tyre pressure and tread on all five tyres (including the spare tyre). As it is illegal to have tyres below a certain tread and pressure. Having under inflated tyres also means that it costs the vehicle more fuel.
When fitting new tyres you should also try to replace all of the tyres at the same time. If this isn’t possible you can also rearrange the tyres so that the two newest tyres are at the front of the car. If this isn’t done it will mean that the tyres are deteriorating at different speeds which will cause the car to become lopsided and can damage the vehicle.
Regardless of choice, Allstar offers a partnership with ATS Euromaster to make your next tyre replacement a breeze.