Cheap Tyres Compared to Known Brand Tyres – Honest Review

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In this video I address a question I get asked a lot. Should I just stay away from Chinese cheap budget range tyres??
There are some things that we must consider when buying any tyres and I talk about my experience in selling tyres and the feedback I have collected on this topic.

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Fernando Hernandez says:

I have seen many new Chinese tires blow out. I will never buy them!!

J Alcatraz says:

What do you think of the rotalla details S pace RU01 tyres?

robert hensen says:

my mother loved avon she bought from once a week

yarpos says:

A lot of people who say they would only buy brand name tyres and would never by Chinese, should have a close look at the sidewalls on many brand names tyres. They may be surprised where many are being made.

Grimshaw Grummage says:

manufactured in sibera = manufactured by north korean slave labour in russian siberia.

yt678901 says:

Yokohama Chinese ?
Where do you live man, where is your cave?

Mr. Musician. says:

My tires are 275/55/20s they are as pricy as they are big.. I found the cheapest Chinese tire and put it on for about 1300 Saudi Riyals. A known brand tire would cost me about two times more..

In my opinion, tire engineering and quality is improving to the level that it has started closing the gap between big and small tire manufacturing companies in the recent years. It’s like the big boys reached the peak point of tire manufacturing procedures and Chinese are just trying to catch up right now. And doing o.k for what they ask for.

Actually I don’t mind changing tires sooner. Unless it’s because they keep blowing up! But even wear over a 40000 km is ok for a cheap and safe tire. Older tires lose their safety and performance overtime. So, I prefer keeping my money for now and worry about changing tires every 30k – 40k km.

But if the tire carries safety concerns I would never look at it. But from my xp they are all the same. I even found a few Chinese tires that are better than other known brands! Thank you for the video.

tone167 says:

Oddly enough, the worst tyres I’ve ever had on a car were Sava Intensas. Ordinary grip in the dry, appalling grip in the wet and they barely lasted 30,000km on a moderately driven Mondeo. I later learned these were Eastern European tyres.

(I take no responsibility for these abominations … these were new tyres put on the car just before I bought it … I was young and foolish)

Andy Bill says:

Just had a set of Rotalla tyres on my car recently as I use it to drive on to building sites. I have been pleasantly surprised with the RH01 which is about the top end of their range. I had Michelin energy saver tyres previously and have to say that there is no noticeable difference in everyday drivability, in the dry the RH01 preforms marginally better under braking than the energy saver and only marginally worse in the wet, I expect a shorter potential service life as this is achieved with a softer compound, but given that the tyre can match the performance in other respects and I am yet to have any tyre make it past 10,000 miles of service I have no reason to invest the premium brands.

my main advice would be to pick a tyre suited to your use. If you drive pothole covered puncture traps of a road or on building sites all the time buy something you can afford to replace when it is damaged, as a cheap tyre in good condition is in almost all cases (at least where EU standards apply) safer than a damaged tyre regardless of brand. If you drive a sports car buy tyres to match its performance.

Andre van der Westhuizen says:

Kumho Ecsta PS71 235/65R18 fitted to my 2014 Honda Accord 3.5 V6 coupe. Much better than the standard Michelin tyres that were fitted originally. Loads of traction as they never break free or allow the tracion control light to come on. The Michelins would squeel under hard braking and and spin up when accelerating even from second gear. Kumhos are quiet aswell. Very happy whith my Kumho tyres.

scott l says:

If you want a quiet, long lasting tire that can that can stop on wet roads you are going to pay.

Bartholomew Horatio Brunel says:

Of course when ever you fit new tires remember they can be slippery for the first 100 miles or so until they have scrubbed upa bit.

gilessmokey says:

no mention of the fuel efficiency of the tyres.

Cigar Box Pick and Slide says:

nankang eco on my classic car less than two months ago and now almost on their wear limits !!!!!!!!!

René van Oyen says:

I had Nankang (B rating in the wet) tyres on my small car, they were horrible on dry tarmac and dangerous in the wet (very slippery and wheel spin from a car with only 55bhp). Then I replaced all four of them with Michelin with a A-rating for wet, it was like heaven. I couldn’t get any wheel spin from it and every ride in any condition was very reassuring. These Michelin’s cost twice as much, but it’s the best investment anytime for me.

Joe Mcewan says:

I smile when i come across tyre/oil snobs. If sold in eu or usa thay have standards thay must reach.but if you push your to the limit dont expect any thing to last.

Ben Crosbie says:


Phil Atkins says:

This is a great video, I’m glad you uploaded!

I have some experience with two chinese branded and manufactured tyres myself; Autogrip and Jinyu.

I had a Volvo V40 which are notoriously hard on rear tyres due to the handling set up.

With this in mind, without having the rear suspension replaced or adjusted, I found the Jinyu to be far superior to the Autogrip.

In 215/45 R17, my Autogrip P308 tyres wore out after 8000 miles over 9 months in the south of england, and this was down to the cord on the inside! I was shocked and very unimpressed. I also noticed that the compound was cracking on the outside, and the tyres were only 2 years from their manufacturing date, so they should not have aged that poorly. Now because those tyres were “economy” tyres, I knew they’d be a relatively hard compound.

I had a theory about needing a softer compound, so the next set I ordered (from blackcircles) I had very specific requirements. I chose a really cheap set, the Jinyu branded YU61. I say I chose them, but instead I bought a set of high grip (A in the wet), low economy (E grade) and 68db from their undisclosed section, just named “blackcircles”.

These tyres lasted 16,000 miles before I sold the car, they had even wear throughout and a LOT of tread left. They had better noise, grip, handling characteristics, but sadly a thinner tyre wall so they aren’t for hard track day use (obviously).

All in all this experience really made me realise that as you said in your video, chinese tyres aren’t inherently bad. Like any products the proof is in the pudding, and I was amazed by the relative quality of these two tyres. I’d reccommend Jinyu YU61 tyres to anyone in the UK if they needed a stop gap tyre.

ioan pena says:

I use kumho ES31 and they do very well when it rains on dusty roads.

Adam Saint says:

Thank you for your candid comments sir. Very useful as I will need 2x new tyres soon!

Bartholomew Horatio Brunel says:

Some of these cheap tires can be a bit on the slippery side, not to advised if you have not had experience on the motor crosstrack, especially if on two wheels.

Tommy Cars&Games 97 says:

My tyres cost £96 each but I have been skint and had to have a cheap tyre and tbh couldn’t tell the difference

Jon Alford says:

What’s your recommendation for an E91 on Irish roads (mainly West Cork – crap roads)

gt shelby says:

I’m a Chinese who studying in Europe,let me tell you something.Tires in China sells much cheaper than Europe,for example,the same size tires in video,I can pay 45eur for a Dunlop,or 58eur for Goodyear,even the most expensive one is Michelin,just 75eur.And the price of the same tires in Europe,20%more than in China.Tires of my car is 235/60R18,Iv found the exactly same tires: Pirelli SVAS between two countries.93eur in China and 131eur in Spain.So why the tires are so expensive here?

jldude84 says:

I’ve had two different brands of low profile summer performance Chinese tires on my old car, one brand was Sunny, and I can’t remember the other brand but it was absolutely the cheaper off brand. I can’t exactly speak for their GRIP as opposed to a name brand tire as I never had name brand tire to compare them to, but for the money they were plenty decent tires, I never had a problem with either brand over about 60,000 miles total. I imagine if you’re really particular and demanding on your tires then maybe the cheap brands would not be suitable, but honestly for most people I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Sunny tires.

Peter -PxDemaR- Bergman says:

Good review! I almost always buy Asian. Hard to not do so, since over 80% of the tire market is manufactured in Asia. You should not be tricked into believing that Hi-End brands like Michelin, Dunlop, Good-Year and Pirelli gets away from being anything but one part of the Asian quality, when almost all rubber is imported from Asia (and some from South America). My favorite from Asia is KUMHO, and non Asian is FULDA.

Mico Mitrovic says:

I find that gt radial are one of the better discount tires from China.

Ben says:

Always buy THE best tyres you can afford.

It’s the difference between stopping in time in an emergency and paying the insurance excess

IMHO the best way to work out the difference between cheap tyres v decent tyres is the price difference between the two x4 and your total insurance excess.

J 1 says:

Toyo tires are my first choice

abdul sijad says:

only goodyear vector 4 seasons g2 for me for 60 quid each of ebay for a brand new tyre and 5 quid for fitting from the local trye place u cant go wrong…..rather that then some cheap shit tyre which all in all cost 20 quid less

Juan Rivero says:

For me Continental Truecontac for spring summer and Brigestone Blizzak SW80 for the long winter two car Chrysler Tonw&Country, Chevrolet Cruze in Canada Toronto, the las tires was Good Year no good in wet very slippery and Michelin worn out really fast 40’km maximum. my las Chinese tires look like new in a Volvo S60R AWD was GARBAGE really NOISE and hard… soo good luck… thanks

Cytoproct says:

You are a very honest person God bless you

Fred Last says:

I have 2 chinese tyres on my back wheels since 2013. I’ve done about 45,000 miles on them. I reckon they have another 2 years in them Not bad for £30 each.


SUNPRO TIRES last 2 monts max before they crack and wear half way

Broj 1 says:

I wouldn’t touch Asian tires with a 10 foot pool! (I would consider only Japanese products)
In Canada I buy mostly Michelin.Tires don’t get better than Michelin and they are made in Canada!
My life is worth more than 20 $.
Michelin,founded 1889. (128 years ago). Dunlop Tires,founded 1889. Continental Tires,founded 1871 (146 years ago). Good Year,founded 1898. (119 years ago),… 20 years ago,Chinese were mostly riding bicycles and now they are going to make better tires than rest of the world?

uktech says:

I always use Uniroyal. Always served me well and the price is usually reasonable.

trigolis says:

If you’re not driving a high performance vehicle then there’s no need to get a brand name tire. The average consumer with a typical consumer vehicle and non-aggressive driving habits will do fine with a no name Chinese tyre. As always there are good and bad Chinese tyres. Do the research.

John Hull says:

One thing you didn’t touch on is if it’s a low mileage per year backup vehicle….NEVER NEVER GET A CHINESE tire after two to three years… you’ll see degradation and dry rot that’ll scare you


the immortal tires right now are the HANCOOK WHITE WALLS

Ashish Patel says:

I would never trust Chinese tires.

7S POWER says:

Wow that’s is so unbelievable that you would stock and sell junk tires i.e Autogreen to your customers. I bet the tires are made in RPC. The V-Speed rated tires are always more expensive than the H, S, T, & Q.


Michelin tires dry out like crazy

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