No need for a pit stop with our award-winning tyre manufacturers
Two top tyre brands have snatched our latest customer satisfaction award, with both Michelin and Pirelli taking top honours for 2015. While the field was especially competitive this year, no other rated brand could match our award-winners in key ratings criteria. Let’s take a look at all of our five star rated brands in greater detail.
It’s little wonder why Michelin is so well known – it’s been making tyres since the 1800’s. The brand markets tyres for an enormous range of vehicles, supported by several great product lines.
- Energy XMZ, that (reportedly) last 20% longer than its competitor’s equivalents, and have a 10% reduction in rolling resistance.
- Primary LC, which apparently reduces the road noise of your vehicle significantly, and saves fuel.
- Pilot Sport Series, which reduces braking distance and enhances grip when cornering – it’s even used in Le Mans.
This brand received five stars in these results for overall satisfaction, value for money, tyre life, handling, and noise.
While Michelin hails from France, Pirelli’s home is in Italy, which means that racing is in the company’s blood. A quick look through its website will confirm this, with countless vehicles posited across the pages looking custom made for their spot in pole position. All of them are using Pirelli rubber to make their mark.
However, this brand delivers on a consumer level as well, if our survey results are anything to go by. Pirelli achieved five stars for overall customer satisfaction, value for money, warranty, noise, and customer service / advice.
If you’re looking for great value tyres, this South Korean manufacturer should fit the bill. What we really like about this brand is the iDrive Tyre Selector on its website. It recommends different tyres for different kinds of drivers (e.g. family drivers, city drivers, eco-conscious drivers). It’s a great idea for anyone who’s unsure of what product is right for them.
This brand received five stars for both value for money and road noise (or lack thereof).
Kumho provide a 60,000km guarantee on its Road Venture SAT tyres (at time of print), and an 80,000km guarantee on the APT product line. In short, this company is happy to stand by its products long term, which could give drivers peace of mind when making their purchase.
Kumho received five stars in these results for value for money.
What does $150-a-tyre buy you?
You can have the safest car in the world and it’d still be meaningless without a solid set of tyres beneath your car.
Based on the results of our latest survey, the average driver spends $151 on each new car tyre they purchase. So, what does $755 buy us? It’s an important question, considering nearly three quarters of our survey respondents are wary of being ripped off with new tyre purchases.
Tyres largely buy us piece of mind. Most new cars come complete with Antilock Braking Systems for improved stopping distances in most conditions, but that won’t mean much without good tyres.
According to TyreRight, new tyres typically have an 8mm tread depth. When braking at 80kmph, 3mm tyres travel an extra 9.5 metres than the 8mm tyres before stopping, and tyres on the legal minimum – 1.5mm – take 18 metres.
Granted, the above scenario is for wet weather conditions, but it is likely you’ll have to drive in the rain eventually – and therefore it bears thinking about.
Besides the obvious safety upsides, there are several other great reasons to invest in new tyres:
- Less rolling resistance means greater fuel efficiency (read: free money!).
- Better tread means less road noise for a quiet drive.
- Improved handling enhances the ‘driving experience’, if you’re into that kind of thing.
- You can recycle old tyres, and feel good about it not going into landfill.
How we rated car tyres
Canstar Blue commissions Colmar Brunton to regularly survey 3,000 Australian consumers across a range of categories to measure and track customer satisfaction. The outcomes reported are the results from customers within the survey group who have bought new car tyres (not retreads) in the last 18 months – in this case, 950 drivers.
Each brand must have received at least 30 responses in order to be included. Results are comparative and it should be noted that brands receiving three stars have still achieved a satisfaction measure of at least six out of 10. Not all brands available in the market have been compared in this survey.