A guide to comparing tyres

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A guide to comparing tyres

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Tyre comparison

Tyre Safety

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Why compare tyres?

It is so important to choose the right tyre for your car.   The wrong type of tyres not only impede the performance of your car, but can also affect your safety.

With thousands available to you, we know that choosing tyres can be a bit of a mine-field, but Motokiki is passionate about tyre comparison and dispelling all myths and cutting out complications to help you find the ideal tyre for your car.

Motokiki's guide to comparing and choosing tyres


First things first, you will need to make sure that you have the right size. You can easily discover this by looking in your car manual or reading the markings on your current tyres.  

Here’s a guide to help:


Next you will need to work out whether you will need winter or summer tyres. Most people in the UK choose to use the summer or all seasons variety all year around.  Winter tyres have a firmer grip on the road in icy or cold climates whereas summer tyres have strong stable traction in most weathers. Some people store Winter tyres from between October - March each year.


Speed Rating

Speed rating is the maximum speed a tyre should be driven at.  Tyres are categorised from N-Y, with each category indicating its maximum speed.  This is very important if you take your car for a spin around the race track.


Load Rating

The load rating on a tyre defines what the maximum load can be for a tyre moving at its maximum legal speed. The load rating can be found on the sidewall of the tyre and will be two or three digits long. It is the responsibility of the manufacturer to set the load capacity.


Fuel Efficiency

Each tyre is graded A - G by performance. ‘A’ being the highest. Having a high grade in fuel efficiency will help reduce your fuel consumption AND help reduce CO2 emissions.


Noise Efficiency

Believe it or not the tyres on your car impact the noise level coming from your car.  

The decibels which are displayed by black marking levels on the EU tyre label will give you an indication on the noise level of the tyre.


Wet Performance

The wet performance label on the tyres will indicate how the tyre grips during wet driving conditions.

The wet performance can make a difference in braking distances.


Economy Vs Mid-range tyres Vs Premium Tyres

There are three different groups of tyres. Economy tyres, mid range tyres and premium tyres.

When comparing the three, economy tyres tend to compromise on certain quality which means you can buy them for a lower cost. Economy tyres are functional but if you cut cost then you could reduce the safety of your tyres.

Mid range tyres is exactly what it says on the tin. They’re mid range. You’ll find that this category actually has the largest share in the tyre market and they’re often manufactured by some of the worlds leadings brands, however they’ll be sold under a different brand name at a slightly reduce price compared to the premium tyres.

Premium tyres are top of the range; In quality and in price. You’ll find premium tyres are always on top when it comes to high performance and reviews and tend to be a high contender with drivers clocking up the miles.

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