Sports Utility Vehicles or SUVs are principally road cars that may occasionally have cause to do some light off road driving. Often available in 2 wheel drive or 4x4 options, they are developed using pickup engines but with much less functional and more cosmetic finish to the bodywork design.
SUV tyres as a result cater for all types of requirements, from very typically on road use to high off road use.
When choosing tyres for your SUV we would recommend that you consider carefully what type of driving you are likely to do, such as:
- Handling – On road driving or off road
- Wet & dry grip
- Road noise and comfort
High performance 4x4 tyres
With the increase of vehicles such as BMW X5 and Porsche Cayenne, more performance 4x4 tyres have been introduced. As with normal high performance tyres, these tyres have directional tread patterns, and softer tread compounds that historically have not been available in the SUV market.
These tyres provide characteristics that are usually associated with tyres for performance vehicles and are designed for 95% road use. You will however notice a drop in performance as a result for off road use.
All Terrain 4x4 tyres
All terrain tyres are the classic 4x4 tyre. These types of tyre are perfect for owners who intend to use the vehicle for both on road and off road.
The tyres will provide excellent grip and comfort on both surfaces. As a result of the tyre compound, users should experience a longer lifespan before the tyres need replaced if they are looked after.
Mud Terrain 4x4 tyres
Mud Terrain tyres are ideal for SUV drivers who live in non-urban areas and predominantly use the vehicle for road driving only around 20% of the time.
These tyres have distinctive tread blocks with large gaps to improve traction. However, this means that the wet grip and braking distance during road use is likely to suffer.