Tyres are among the most important parts of an automobile that shouldn't be subject to compromise. But if you're on a budget, which tyre should you go for that come near the quality of a premium brand? More importantly, are cheap tyres good enough to be safe? YouTube channel Tyre Reviews aims to answer that question with its latest tyre review video.
The video above presented a tyre test comparing eight cheap tyres. The inexpensive tyres were the Nankang Econex NA1, Davanti DX390, Winrun R330, Tomket Sport Series 1, King Meiler Sport 1 KM, Triangle SporteX TH201, Maxtrek MAXIMUS M1, and Double Coin DC99.
Meanwhile, the Continental PremiumContact 7 was also present to serve as a benchmark for affordable brands. The presenter explained that the test is not only to determine the best tyre but also to establish how much better the premium tyre performs.
The test began with a wet braking demonstration, where the premium Continental Premium Contact 7 was used as the benchmark. The other eight tyres were then tested, and the results showed a significant difference. The cheap tyres had a longer braking distance and were less predictable. which could cause accidents.
Wet handling was also tested, and the results showed that the Continental Premium Contact 7 was still the best, with the Tomcat tyre coming second. According to the presenter, the difference between the premium tyre and the best cheap tyre was smaller than the difference between the best and the worst cheap tyre.
The Nankang tyre was found to be a good value tyre, but it had an oversteer problem. The Retreaded King Milo was noted to be a budget tyre that responded well to steering initially, but the compound could not keep up with the grip demands. The Double Coin tyre was the worst-performing tyre, with vast amounts of understeer and occasional oversteer.
In the end, the presenter highlighted the importance of choosing a tyre in terms of safety, be it budget or premium. The wet braking and handling tests concluded why premium tyres are worth the investment. For people who need to purchase new tyres and are looking for information on the best options in the market, the test was a definite must-watch.