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Which 4WD or SUV tyres are right for you

Learn about our vast range of 4WD tyres

The whole concept of a 4WD has undergone a lot of changes in the Australian way of life over the last decade. 4WDs and SUVs now account for the fastest-growing segment of new vehicle purchases in Australia. But not all 4WDs are created equal.

The range of sizes and uses for SUVs and 4WDs is as varied as their owners, so how to choose the right tyres for your needs?

Choose your terrain

Where you drive most of the time is one of the most important factors to take into consideration when you’re looking at your tyre purchase. This is particularly relevant to 4WD tyres because most tyres for this segment are engineered to suit specific terrain requirements.

The three most common terrain designations are AT, HT and MT. These stand for All-Terrain, Highway-Terrain and Mud-Terrain respectively.


All-Terrain tyres are sometimes also referred to as 80-20 tyres. This is a reference to their being designed to primarily be used as an on-road tyre with some time spend in light off-road duties.

These are the tyres that suit most drivers, as they provide a balance between daily driving on sealed surfaces but are also able to tackle camping trips, dirt roads, farm and worksite duties, and some light 4WDing.


Would you be surprised if I told you that Highway-Terrain tyres are engineered to suit the specific requirements of a lot of highway driving?

Specifically, this means that HT tyres are designed to withstand higher temperatures that are generated by being in constant use over longer distances. They are also designed to clear water efficiently and handle safely in emergency conditions.


Mud-Terrain tyres are perfect for those who love exploring the great outdoors and aren’t afraid to get their vehicles dirty. These tyres are designed to handle harsh off-road conditions, such as mud, rocks, and uneven terrain. The aggressive tread patterns and robust sidewalls of MT tyres provide excellent traction and durability in challenging environments. While they may be noisier on paved roads and wear faster than their AT and HT counterparts, they offer unmatched performance for serious off-road enthusiasts.

When making a decision about which type of tyre to choose, it’s essential to consider the terrain and driving conditions you encounter most often. For example, if you primarily drive on highways and paved roads but enjoy occasional off-road adventures, AT or HT tyres may be your best bet. However, if you’re an avid off-roader who frequently tackles muddy trails, rocky hills, and rugged landscapes, MT tyres will likely serve you best.

In conclusion, the right 4WD tyres for your needs depend on your driving habits and the type of terrain you most often encounter. By understanding the differences between All-Terrain, Highway-Terrain, and Mud-Terrain tyres, you can make an informed decision that suits your unique requirements. As always, consulting with tyre professionals and taking into account your vehicle’s specifications will ensure you select the perfect tyres for your 4WD, providing optimal safety and performance in all driving conditions.

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Posted 11/04/2023