What’s the Difference Between Car, SUV and 4x4 Tyres?

Friday, 16th October 2020

Car tyres are designed purely to have the best performance on road. This includes things like grip, braking, traction, and handling. However, some SUV tyres and especially 4x4 tyres will have some off-road capabilities.

Car tyres excel with their safety features such as dry and wet braking while retaining that sporty feel and comfort while driving.

An SUV tyre takes all of the features of a car tyre and builds on it for an SUV specific application. This allows for the weight of an SUV vehicle to be supported safely by the tyres, while retaining good levels of grip for handling and breaking with a comfortable feel when driving.

If you expect to spend a lot of your time off road, then you’ll need 4x4 tyres. A 4x4 tyre is designed for 80% off road use and typically have reinforced sidewalls and a blocky, aggressive tread pattern, which give you excellent grip off road without risk of puncture.

Don’t Forget to Think About Seasonality

When it comes to car tyres it’s well known that you can get summer, winter and all season tyres. However, you might think that that’s not the case when it comes to SUVs with 4 Wheel Drive. But you can get seasonal SUV tyres.

Summer tyres, for both SUVs and cars are designed to be excellent in warm weather, regardless of dry or wet conditions. However, as soon as the temperature drops below 7° you should ideally be switching to more suitable tyres.

Winter tyres have a softer and more elastic rubber compound that remains flexible in low temperatures, compared with summer tyres which stiffen up in cold conditions. This guarantees extra grip in the colder months of the year.

An all season tyre blends the best of both the summer and winter tyre into one package, meaning you can run it all year round. All season tyres provide good performance in summer and winter, without excelling compared to specialist summer and winter tyres. They can be a very convenient purchase if you don’t want to change from summer to winter every 6 months or so.