Budget Tyres or Premium Tyres: Comparison

Author Name – Jack Underwood

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Are you looking for new tyres for either your car or van? We understand that purchasing a new set of tyres can be a daunting process, especially with the wide variety of tyre brands currently sold within the UK. In this article, we are going to explain the differences between budget tyres such as Autogreen Tyres against Premium Tyres such as Pirelli or Michelin tyres.

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What to consider

All tyres sold will come with an EU tyre label, no matter whether these tyres fit into the premium, mid-range or budget tyre categories. The EU tyre label ratings measure three areas; wet grip; fuel efficiency; noise. Some tyres despite being a budget tyre can have a better EU tyre label rating than premium tyres, however, it is important that these are not the only factors that you need to take into account when purchasing new tyres.

There are many more factors that should be taken into account when comparing budget to premium i.e. dry braking; wet handling; dry handling; steering responsiveness; cornering stability; resistance to aquaplaning; tread wear v mileage; ride comfort and smoothness; appearance and many other factors.

Premium Tyres or Budget Tyres?

Premium brand manufacturers spend many millions each year on R&D to develop tyres that provide optimal performance against ALL these criteria (not just wet grip, fuel efficiency; and noise.) This is why all the vehicle manufacturers fit premium brands as original equipment and not budget tyres.

Premium tyres go through extensive testing and development between not only the tyre manufacturer but also the vehicle manufacturer. The reason for this is to ensure that the safety levels, as well as the experience and performance levels, are reached to the optimum level for the vehicle manufacturer.

Benefits of Premium Tyres

There are many benefits to purchasing premium tyres. If you are looking to replace the original tyres that were fitted onto your vehicle, it is always recommended that you aim to replace these with the exact tyre make and model. The reason for this is that your vehicle model will have been rigorously tested with the original equipment tyres.

Premium tyres due to the investment in research and development also have many other benefits:

  • Longer Lifetime Value
  • Improved Fuel Efficiency
  • Improved Aquaplaning Resistance
  • Enhanced Safety Levels
  • Reduced Braking Distances
  • Greater levels of grip
  • Excellent performance in wet conditions

Is it worth paying for premium tyres instead of budget tyres?

It is important to be aware that although budget tyres are cheaper than premium tyres, a premium tyre should have a longer lifetime value and will also offer additional performance benefits in terms of safety levels and overall performance. We understand that premium tyres can be expensive, especially if you are required to pay for these in one lump sum. This is why at National, we offer Payment Assist which allows you to spread the cost of your tyre purchase over a number of months.

Pay Monthly- spread the cost

At National, by selecting Payment Assist, you can spread the cost for your tyres over monthly payments. Unlike Klarna and Clearpay, Payment Assist has a number of additional benefits as these payments will be interest-free payments.

Why are budget tyres cheaper than premium tyres?

Premium tyres use higher quality materials than budget and cheap tyres which will help not only extend the lifetime of the tyre but also improve overall performance levels. At National, we stock a range of budget, mid-range and premium tyres.

If you are looking to purchase new tyres, whether that be budget, mid-range or premium tyres, then please click on the link below. You can get your tyres fitted at a branch local to you or alternatively at National, we also offer mobile tyre-fitting. This means that we can come to you and you can have your tyres fitted at either your home or work.

Buy Now

To buy tyres online on our website, all you need to do is enter your vehicle registration number or tyre size into our search functionality and you can pick the perfect tyres for your vehicle. If you head to our 'Brands' dropdown within the navigation bar, you will be able to find out more about which tyres we sell and how they can suit your vehicle. We also display tyre reviews which have been left by our previous customers.

If you have any questions, feel free to give your local branch a call or alternatively you can contact us by using the live chat functionality or by heading over to our social media platforms.


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