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SUV Tyres: A Hidden Cost?

Modern, good-looking, and easy to drive, the SUV is what some would call a perfect car. Not to mention SUVs come in a variety of price ranges and brands so consumers are spoiled for choice. Combine this with similar power trains with sedans, one expects similar maintenance costs. That is true save for one exception: the tyre. In this article we will go through why SUV tyres are more costly than their sedan counterparts.

SUV Tyres are Costly

SUV Tyres

SUV tyres need to be better and tougher than sedan tyres for one simple reason: SUVs are heavier. As more weight means more pressure on a tyre, and if an SUV used sedan tyres, they would not last very long.

Hence, to ensure SUV tyres are able to do it’s job, it has several differences from the ubiquitous sedan tyres.

Size and Structure

SUV tyres are typically larger because they have wheel rims with larger diameters and wider cross-sections. This is crucial to take on the aforementioned load of an SUV and the greater associated forces that will be acting on the tyres. As such, SUV tyres have thicker and stronger sidewalls with additional internal reinforcement.


SUVs are expected to be driven like sedans: comfortable, silent, and safe. These requirements mean SUV tyres need special rubber compounds to provide good traction and sound absorption.

That is why if you want to change your SUV tyres, expect a 40-100% higher costs just on the tyre. 


Finally, scarcity drives up prices. Unlike the ubiquitous sedan tyres, there are fewer SUV tyres and all of them are likely to be from large companies like Michelin, Goodyear, Continental, and others. Therefore, prices are driven up by this. So, what does the cost actually look like?

Sedan Tyre Prices

Model Tyre Sizes Price Range (RM)/Tyre
Perodua Myvi 1.5 AV 185/55R15 170-230
Honda Accord 1.5L TC-P 235/45R18 360-440
Mercedes-Benz C200 225/45R18 380-640

SUV Tyre Prices

Model Tyre Sizes Price Range (RM)/Tyre
Perodua Ativa 205/60R17 440-480
Honda CR-V 1.5L TC-P 235/60R18 540-610
Mercedes-Benz GLC200 255/45R20 880-1280

If you compare the above prices within the same car brand, the prices can easily double. As such, first time buyers of SUVs may be shocked by the prices when they change their tyres for the first time as they wear out.

However, as SUVs become more commonplace, the demand for their spare parts, including tyres should decrease over time. 

Read more: Crossover vs SUV

In sum, one must be mindful of the price tag that comes with an SUV, and not just on the whole car. Not to mention to remember to take care of your tyres, or you might have to change a flat on your own.

myTukar offers excellent maintenance services to cover all your needs. From taking care of your tyres, periodic service, to even a full makeover. We’ve got it all covered.

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