Cost is a key factor, but does it pay to go for the cheapest?
You get what you pay for, and that is certainly true with the Wanli tyres. They’re over£10 cheaper than the nearest rivals – buy a full set, and you’d save a massive£140 over four of the most expensive tyres on test.
But the Wanli scored low. For under £70 you could get the Kumho, Fuldaand Maxxis. The low H-speed rating means the Pirelli is in this category, too. Hankook is next, with Goodyear and Dunlop both under £80.
The OptiGrip is good value given its ability in the wet. Vredestein joins premium manufacturersBridgestone, Continental and Michelin, with each tyre at £80-plus.For too many drivers, cost is key, but the overall emphasis in our test is safety – so pricedoesn’t play a major role in our final ranking.
In this review
- 1IntroductionOur experts put 12 of Britain's top-selling tyres through their paces. Which is best for your car?
- 2Dry HandlingIt's arguably the most important aspect of a tyre's performance - but just what did our test reveal?
- 3Wet Handling and CorneringSafety and control are paramount on wet roads - so which rubber was the most reassuring to drive on?
- 4AquaplaningWe rate our tyres' ability to grip a wet road, instead of riding up on the water. Which is the rain master?
- 5Dry BrakingThe heat is on as we put rubber through punishing emergency stops
- 6Wet BrakingTo stop quickly on a rain-soaked surface requires a different range of abilities. Which is a wet winner?
- 7Rolling ResistanceIt's central to better mpg, so we look at energy required to turn a tyre
- 8Price - currently readingCost is a key factor, but does it pay to go for the cheapest?
- 9NoiseTyre roar is a big issue - so we look for the quietest choice
- 10ResultsWe've crunched the numbers to reveal Britain's best tyre