CHEAP TYRES, GOOD
I reckon too many spend too much for too little on tyres. Tyre ratings are overrated. Why, for example, fit V/W/Y rated tyres when no-one in their right mind will travel on public roads at sustained speeds over 240/270/300km/h? Yes car makers are required to fit tyres that can match a car’s top speed, but on replacement they only need be S rated for 180km/h, surely sufficient? On my E46 M3 I’ve just replaced a no-name (wider than standard) brand which gave great mileage, but were horrid in the wet. (Although you drive to conditions don’t you?) In the end they were also noisy and pulling the car to the left. I ended up fitting Nexens – last on your list of 11 tested brands – for half the price of ‘premium’ tyres. After 5000km on the Nexens the result has been: car now tracks perfectly, strong in the wet, quiet and comfortable; longevity unknown. On a track a tyre difference may be noted by an experienced driver, but for the road, what’s the point? And if regularly tracked, surely it’s best to have a spare set of wheels with R-spec tyres anyway? Gordon Bratts, via email A Nexen is miles better than some of those no-name tyres. Some of the more expensive tyres just give much greater feel than the cheaper ones. This alone makes driving, even on a twisty road, much more enjoyable.