Finding Your SUV Tyres

Finding The Best SUV Tyres

Choosing the best SUV tyres can depend on seasonality, driving style and the type of vehicle you own. If mileage is important to you, the Goodyear EfficientGrip 2 SUV tyre provides 25% more miles than its predecessor. If you need a tyre suited to dealing with everything the British weather has to bring including wintery conditions, the Vector 4Seasons Gen-3 SUV is designed to perform well all year round.

There is plenty more than can impact your decision too, which we’ll go into detail on in this article.

How to Choose the Best SUV Tyres

The modern SUV category continue to evolve to include MPVs, CUVs and TUVs. Searching for tyres for any kind of SUV is not too dissimilar to the considerations you would take when choosing tyres for any other vehicle.

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Key factors to consider before choosing tyres are:


Tyres for SUV use are specifically designed to hold the additional weight and size of the vehicle compared to a regular passenger car. With this in mind, the tyre has capabilities to bear the additional load whilst also providing the outstanding braking, cornering and high-speed performance expected of regular passenger vehicle tyres.

OE Tyres

A great place to start when looking for tyres for your SUV is finding the Original Equipment (OE) tyres that were factory fitted to your vehicle. OE tyres are selected to enhance the performance of your vehicle, how the manufacturer intended for the vehicle to behave in terms of ride comfort, cabin noise, handling, etc.

Driving Style

Whether you are looking for SUV tyres for high mileage commuting, city driving or seasonality, the wide range of Goodyear SUV tyres are designed to be tailored to your driving style and journey needs.


Knowing the size of the tyres needed for your SUV is imperative to finding the right tyres, this is usually shown on the sidewall of your current tyres or in the owner’s handbook, e.g. 275/40/R21 107Y XL. Finding the correct tyres for speed rating and load index – indicated by the numbers and letters following your tyre size - is of increased importance to larger, heavier vehicles such as SUVs. Larger SUVs will generally require XL (extra load) marked tyres that have the ability to carry additional load bearing capacity. These measurements can then be put into the Goodyear Tyre Finder to show the range of tyres available for your vehicle.

Weather & Seasonality

Seasonality plays a key role in selecting the correct tyres for your SUV to maximise vehicle performance and handling. There are three seasonal tyre choices:

  • All Season: A great choice for the UK climate year-round as they provide the ability to cope with most winter including ice and snowfall, whilst also displaying characteristics of a summer tyre for wet and dry weather.
  • Summer: Designed to provide optimal performance in terms of handling and grip on dry and wet roads above 7°c,
  • Winter: Structured to support grip and additional traction in harsh, cold conditions below 7°c, including snow and ice,


The driving experience can be enhanced by choosing quiet SUV tyres. You’ll find a tyre’s noise rating on its tyre label, which measures the exterior noise a tyre generates while driving. An increase in just a few decibels can represent a big difference in noise levels within the car. The Goodyear EfficientGrip 2 SUV and Eagle F1 Asymmetric 3 SUV have excellent noise level ratings.

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

Careful consideration should be made when selecting the right tyre for your vehicle – car, SUV and 4x4 tyres all play very different roles in the handling and performance of the vehicle. Car tyres are designed to focus solely on road performance – the grip, wet and dry braking and road comfort. SUV tyres are produced to take the additional weight/load of the vehicle alongside road focused grip, braking and handling. 4x4 tyres are reinforced to take the durability of off roading adventures, whilst the heavily defined tread pattern helps to maximise grip on all terrain.

What's the Difference Between SUV and Car Tyres?

Many SUV vehicles will have a higher centre of gravity than a normal car. This means, when cornering, especially at high speed, tyres may experience greater forces in the shoulder area and outside tread area. An SUV tyre will take this into account in the way it is designed and be better able to match the handling requirements of an SUV vehicle, such as the additional weight of the vehicle and higher centre of gravity.

For this reason, you shouldn’t put car tyres on an SUV or vice-versa. Ultimately, using tyres that aren’t designed for your vehicle will compromise its safety and driving capabilities.

Browse our recommended SUV tyres below by season.   

  Summer SUV Tyres

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EfficientGrip 2 SUV

The Goodyear EfficientGrip 2 SUV is EV ready thanks to low rolling resistance and Mileage Plus Technology, proven to provide 25% more mileage than the predecessor**, whilst not compromising on handling and safety features.

*Compared to predecessor EfficientGrip SUV

Popular choice for: Land Rover Range Rover, BMW X5, Audi Q7, Nissan Qashqai, Ford Kuga, VW Tiguan
Available in sizes: 17" - 19"

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High tread elasticity and flexibility results in less fractures caused by rough road conditions (over a wide range of temperatures).

Active Braking Technology

Thanks to Dry Braking Technology, our SUV tyre's contact with the road is increased when braking, so you can stop in a shorter distance in both wet and dry conditions.

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Lower compound stiffness facilitates block bending and wiping out of water. Longer and increased number of gripping edges facilitates water evacuation.

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Eagle F1 Asymmetric 3 SUV

Discover a light, steady ultra high-performance tyre that delivers shorter braking distances* in wet or dry conditions. Enjoy peace of mind knowing you can stop quickly when you need to.

Popular choice for: Alfa Romeo Stelvio, Audi Q5, Porsche Cayenne, Jaguar F-Pace, Range Rover
Available in sizes: 17" - 22"

Grip Booster Technology

The Eagle F1 Asymmetric 3 SUV is made with a unique Grip Booster compound that increases the tyre's stickiness with the road surface, for powerful grip.

Active Braking Technology

Thanks to ActiveBraking Technology, our SUV tyre's contact with the road is increased when braking, so you can stop in a shorter distance in both wet and dry conditions.

SUV Optimized Contruction Technology

This robust, lightweight tyre features SUV-optimized construction technology, delivering improved handling, stability and tread wear and reduced rolling resistance.

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EfficientGrip SUV

The fuel-saving SUV tyre that brakes shorter.

Popular choice for: Volkswagen Tiguan, Ford Kuga, Nissan Qashqai, KIA Sportage, Renault Kadjar
Available in sizes: 16" - 22"

Fuel Saving Technology

Reduce your fuel stops and CO2 emissions with the EfficientGrip SUV. Goodyear’s FuelSaving Technology combines a lightweight structure with advanced materials that lower rolling resistance. The result is a tyre that moves more efficiently, leaving a lighter impact on your wallet and the environment.

Shorter braking distance on wet and dry roads

Benefit from shorter braking, come rain or shine.**


The EfficientGrip SUV gives you more mileage between tyre changes. Its silica tread compound keeps the tyre working for longer, saving you money.

Improved steering precision and handling

Enjoy responsive steering and handling, thanks to the EfficientGrip SUV’s lower weight and an optimised design that maintains tyre stiffness around bends.

  All Season SUV Tyres

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Vector 4Seasons Gen-3 SUV

More test wins than any other brand tested.***

Popular choice for: Dacia Duster, Fiat 500X, Jeep Renegade, Range Rover Evoque, Renault Kadjar
Available in sizes: 16" - 20"

Snow Grip Technology

Better grip on snow through large amount of sipes at the center of the tread. The sipes influence each other at their intersection, stimulating their opening for better grip.

Dry Handling Technology

Shorter dry braking & Improved dry handling. Reduced deformation of the tyre during heavy maneuvers through strong crown & shoulder blocks.

Aqua Control Technology

Lifetime Aqua Planing Resistance. Over time grooves evolve to continuously ensure water dispersion.

  Winter SUV Tyres

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UltraGrip Performance SUV Gen-1

Shorter braking performance for SUV's in all Winter conditions.

Popular choice for: Audi Q7, Mercedes GLS Class, BMW X5, Porsche Macan
Available in sizes: 16" - 22"

Active Braking Technology

Shorter braking distance on all winter roads.****


Tread Optimal Performance Indicator Technology

Allows the driver to change tyres at the correct interval for optimal winter performance.

3D BiS Technology

Better balance between dry handling and snow performance.

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UltraGrip+ SUV

The performance SUV tyre that delivers all-round winter traction.

Popular choice for: Jaguar F-Pace, Mercedes G Class, Volvo XC90
Available in sizes: 16" - 18"

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Tackle the worst of winter conditions with the UltraGrip SUV. Goodyearfs 3D-BIS Technology® uses interlocking blades that provide a high number of biting edges to give you all-round winter traction.

Superb grip and handling on snow and ice

The UltraGrip SUV’s high density radial blades help to maintain optimal adhesion on snow, ice and wet. Longitudinal blades enhance handling on frozen and thawing roads.

Off road performance

The UltraGrip SUV comfortably tackles off-road terrain. Shoulder blocks are designed to quickly rip through and evacuate mud and snow.

*Compared to all tested competitor. Tested by TÜV SÜD Product Service GmbH in October 2017 by order of Goodyear Dunlop. Products tested: Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 3 SUV, Bridgestone Dueler H/P Sport, Michelin Latitude Sport 3, Pirelli P Zero Rosso. Tyre size: 255/50 R19; Test car: BMX X5 30d; Test locations: Mireval (F), ATP Papenburg (D).

**Special traction resins in the tread deliver increased grip when stopping in the wet. The tread pattern features 3-dimensional shoulder blades that enhance braking grip on dry roads.

***Based on 40 reviews in journals from January 2013 to January 2020, conducted by 15 of the leading and independent European tyre magazines. The calculation is based on the number of goodyear test victories in the year round category over all competitors tested. More information under

****Compared to the next best tested competitor. Tested by TÜV SÜD Product Service GmbH in February 2016 by order of Goodyear Dunlop. Products tested: Goodyear UltraGrip Performance SUV Gen-1, Bridgestone Blizzak LM-80 EVO, Continental ContiWinterContact TS 850 P, Michelin Latitude Alpin LA2. Tyre size: 235/65 R17; Test car: Audi Q5 2.0 TDI; Test locations: Mireval (F), Saariselkä (Fin), Montpellier (F), Garching (D)

SUV Tyre Tests

What DriveTribe say...

DriveTribe’s very own Mike Fernie, and Tom Howard, AKA the Gentleman Racer, put our Asymmetric 3 SUV tyres to the test on the ultimate road trip across the South of France. Enjoying the winding scenery of the mountain roads, through the stunning vineyards, to the bustling city roads of Montpellier with ultimate vehicle precision, stability and comfort thanks to the Goodyear Asymmetric 3 SUV.

What the results say...

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What our customers say...

'Braking and handling has been superb in the dry, wet, and on snow throughout the year and there has been no adverse noise with this tyre'

Tyre Reviews user on Vector 4Seasons SUV Gen-2

'A very quiet and efficient tyre that performed very well in nearly every condition'

Tyre Reviews user on Eagle F1 Asymmetric 3 SUV

'Exceptional good grip on wet roads and very good on snow too'

Tyre Reviews user on UltraGrip Performance SUV Gen-1

'Precise steering, great on wet and excellent on dry roads'

Tyre Reviews user on Eagle F1 Asymmetric 5

How To Look After Your SUV Tyres?

1. Tyre Pressure - due to the increased weight of an SUV, tyre pressure is particularly important for fuel efficiency. Your TPMS should alert you if your tyre pressure is incorrect but it is recommended to use a tyre pressure gauge to check your SUV tyre pressure manually on a regular basis. 

2. Tyre treads – your tyre tread is important for grip, traction, and resistance to aquaplaning. By law, tread on SUV tyres needs to be at least 1.6mm in depth. You can check your tyre tread depth by looking for the tread wear bars on your tyres or by using a tread depth gauge. You can also use a 20p coin to check your tread.

3. Wheel alignment – keeping your SUV tyres aligned can extend the life of your tyres and prevent uneven tread wear. Your wheel alignment can be thrown out if you clip a curb, catch a pothole in the road or even go over a speed bump too quickly. So it’s important that you include wheel alignment when servicing your SUV

4. Don't overload your SUV -even though SUV tyres are designed to support increased weight, you can still overload your vehicle. Every SUV tyre comes with a load index which represents the weight limit you should adhere to. To understand the weight limits on your SUV tyres, discover how to read your tyre sidewall here

5. Rotate your SUV tyres - this is the process of changing the position of the tyres on your vehicle, often done by swapping front and rear car tyres. Your front tyres often wear out faster than your rear tyres and so by rotating them, you can extend the life of your tyres. Discover more about tyre rotation here.

Where To Buy SUV Tyres?

Goodyear SUV tyres are available from your local tyre dealer, searching for tyres couldn’t be easier using our dealer finder. 

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