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Mohit Bhardwajvia Facebook

Could you please suggest which company tyres is best for Honda city svmt (2015 model)?

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Hi Mohit,

 You should go for Michelin Energy XM2 or Bridgestone Turanza AR20. Both these tyres offer superb wet and dry grip, precise handling and comfort. But out of these two, Michelin would offer a better ride comfort while Turanza would be more durable over rough roads. So, decide accordingly.

If you want something cost effective then go for Yokohama Earth-1 tyre.

Regards,

Ramit

Vishal Sharmavia Google

I have been using michellin 185/65/14 on my hyundai i20. Currently using Michellin, drove around 60000 kms , awesome tyre , super silent, great handling but a little soft tyre.\\nSide Wall of two Tyres have badly damaged, had to specially repair them with extra rubber.\\nNow confused in \\nMichellin XM2\\nBridgestone B290\\nYokohama Earth1\\nConti CC5\\nApollo Alnac 4G \\nPls guide which will be best option - 2000 kms a month running, 80% good roads, 20% bad roads.

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Hi Vishal,

Since your running is mostly on bad roads, I'd say go for Yokohama Earth-1. It has been specially designed keeping Indian road conditions in mind, so it should be able to handle the usual abuses.

Conti CC5 is also a soft tyre, so avoid that. Bridgestone B290 is failrly durable but is a bit noisy and traction levels won't be as good as in Yoko.

Regards,

Ramit

jawaharbabu garapativia Google

Please recommend Swift vdi tubeless tyres

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Hello Jawaharbabu,

You can start with MRF ZV2K. It is a decent tyre and offers confident weta dn dry braking with a good tread life. However, if your priority is tread life then go for CEAT Milaze X3. CEAT says that this tyre lasts up to 1 lakh kms and offers good grip and comfort.

If you are interested in getting a tyre that offers better grip, handling and comfort then Yokohama Earth-1 would be a very good choice. However, a top of the line tyre in terms of grip, comfort, handling and safety would be Michelin Energy XM2.

I have mentioned tyres in the increasing order of their prices. So, MRF ZV2K costs the least of the lot while Michelin is the most expensive one.

Regards,

Ramit

 

 

Ankit vermavia Google

I want to change all 4 Tyre of my santro xing 2009 model.\nWhich one is best....\nGood year\nMRF\nBridgestone\nYokohama.\n\nOr u suggest other radial Tyre.

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Hi Ankit,

Sadly, there isn't a universal definition of "Best" when it comes to tyres. We all have our different priorities and preferences. But I would try to suggest you something which would tick all the right boxes.

You should look at buying Michelin Energy XM2 tyres of Bridgestone Turanza AR20 for your Xing. Both these tyres offer superb grip, handling and tread life. They both make use of Silica in their rubber compound. This increases grip levels over wet surfaces and enhance tyre life. But Michelin Energy XM2 would offer a more comfortable and quiet ride quality.  

In case you want something cost-friendly, then go for MRF ZVTS. It offers confident wet and dry grip and a long tyre life, but is a bit noisy , especially at high speeds.

Yokohama Earth-1 is also a very good tyre and delivers a great performance. It is also priced somewhere between MRF and Bridgestone/MIchelin. So, if you can afford to spend a bit more than MRF then you should go for this.

Regards,

Ramit

Hello Roshan,

If you want tyres that offer decent performance but have longer tread life, then MRF ZV2K would be a good option. The downside is that these tyres are a bit noisy, especially at high speeds.

In case you want something better, then Yokohama Earth-1 would be a very good option. Not only are these tyres reasonably priced, but they also offer great traction, comfort and handling. Even the tread life is quite good.

However, if you want something top of the line, then go for Michelin Energy XM2 or Bridgestone Turanza AR20. 

Both these tyres offer superior traction, excellent handling and a very comfortable ride quality. While Bridgestone is more durable on rough roads, Michelin tyres offer better ride comfort and enhanced tyre life.

Regards

Ramit

Love Malhotravia Google

Hello i have a swift zxi model. My company fitted tyres is 185 65 R 15 ZVTV 88 of Mrf. And i have driven 64000 km. Now i have to replace my tyres. So i am confusing betweem apollo 4g tyres and mrf tyres. So plz tell me which one is best and if you have any other better option in these range so plz tell about that also. Thanku Love 99999440492

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Hi Love,

 

The stock factory tyres offer a decent balance of comfort, longevity, grip and cost. I'd recommend sticking with ZVTV if you want the tyre to last really long time.

https://tyres.cardekho.com/mrf/zvtv/185-65-r15-88s-tubeless

Optionally, you can also consider the Earth1. These are quite and comfortable and offer good straight line and cornering grip.

https://tyres.cardekho.com/yokohama/earth-1e400/185-65-r15-88h-tubeless

The XM2 is better at evacuating water on a wet road but those groves will result in a bit more noise compared to the Earth1. Cornering also may not be at par with the Earth 1 but straight line grip will be better because of more rubber contact patch.

https://tyres.cardekho.com/michelin/energy-xm2/185-65-r15-88h-tubeless

 

--Mahesh

pramod deshpandevia Google

I m gng to plan to upgrade types for my grand I 10 175/65/R14 82H is there any milage problem please reply me

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Hi Pramod,

If you go for a harder compound tyre, you get low rolling resistance. Which means, they are easy to spin at the cost of reduced grip. A softer compound will grip the road well at the cost of slightly reduced fuel efficiency. As the contact patch increases, the same thing happens; you increase grip and fuel efficiency reduces.

There are extremes on both ends of the spectrum; the key is to find a balance.

You've chosen a good tyre size for the upgrade but you could face problems with the increase in the overall diameter of the tyre. The speedometer and the odometer could also be affected. As you increase the width, you'll have to decrease the sidewall. 175/60 R14 will be closer to the stock tyre circumference but because of its weird combination, it's very rare tyre spec and not easy to come by.

I'd advise you to stick with the factory spec and choose a softer tyre to improve the grip and handling. Here are some options:

165/65 R14 Earth 1 is a very quiet tyre with grip levels better than the factory fit tyres.

https://tyres.cardekho.com/yokohama/earth-1e400/165-65-r14-79t-tubeless

175/60 R14 Yokohama C Drive is another one to consider for 175-section tyre.

https://tyres.cardekho.com/yokohama/c-drive-a539/175-60-r14-79h-tubeless

 

--Mahesh

Arun Kumarvia Google

I want to upsize the tyre for my FIAT PUNTO ACTIVE.. Currently Im Using 165/80 R14.. Please suggest me the appropriate upsize. I drive in Highways and rough roads. i drive in 110 Km/h speed.

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HI Arun,

 

I'd suggest maintaining the same size but opting for a softer compound tyre for better grip on highways. With an upsize, you run the risk of either tyres rubbing against the wheel well or you'll have to opt for low profile tyres, which will take away the comfort on rough roads.

This Bridgestone Turanza is the same size as your existing tyre. It's good for touring, contains road noise and offers excellent wet road grip.

https://tyres.cardekho.com/bridgestone/turanza-ar20/165-80-r14-85h-tubeless

Yokohama Earth 1 is another one to look at. It's even better at containing road noise:

https://tyres.cardekho.com/yokohama/earth-1e400/165-80-r14-85t-tubeless

 

However, if you absolutely want to upsize, then here are two options to consider with the tyre spec 185/70 R14.

MRF ZLO is the first. It displaces water very well at the cost of contact patch for dry conditions.

https://tyres.cardekho.com/mrf/zlo/185-70-r14-88t-tubeless

The Turanza is another tyre that's almost as good at displacing water but maximises the amount of rubber in touch with the tarmac for maximum dry grip.

--Mahesh

Joy Dasvia Facebook

I have a Honda brio automatic transmission. Need to change tyres. It's a self driven car. Please suggest me for best tyres.

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Hello Joy,

You can begin with MRF ZV2K. It offers good traction and long tyre life. A better option however would be Goodyear Assurance Triplemax. This tyre offers superior handling and wet performance. Even the tyre life is good.

If you could stretch your budget more then go for Yokohama Earth-1 tyres. They come with solid construction  and are silica enriched. This helps in offering superior grip.

Top of the line options would be Bridgestone Turanza AR20 or Michelin Energy XM2. Michelins would offer the best ride comfort but would not be very durable over rough roads.

Regards

 

Rampraveen Somasundaramvia Google

Hi Ramit, I have Yokohama 185/70 R14 in my 2011 Swift Dzire ZXI. As the tire had worn out in 32K KMS, i am planning for change. Could you please advice a suitable model for me. The usage will be on mixed of little uneven roads [read Tamil Nadu state highways] and National highways.

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Hi Ramparveen,

First of all, the reason for early wearing out of your tyres is that you are using wrong size of tyres. The stock on Swift Dzire is 165/80 R14.  The valid upsizes in same rim size are 175/80 R14 or 195/70 R14. If you use 195 the tyre wearing rate would still be relatively higher than 175.

You could try using Yokohama Earth-1 tyre, they are actually made very durable and offer good grip. Another good option would be Bridgestone Turanza AR20. It offers great traction, comfort and is quite durable.

Regards

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