2019 off-road tire test 255/65 R17 - 4x4 Australia

All Terrain tires often look like "shoes" for a rover. They look like humanity is stuck in the Middle Ages and passable roads will not appear soon. And when such tires "press" on the buyer from all sides, his hands involuntarily drop in confusion. Getting together and making a choice without prompting is unlikely to succeed. Here, either talk to a consultant, or be guided by the test of seven off-road tires in the size of 255/65 R17 , which was published on the pages of the Australian magazine 4x4 Australia in January 2019. To get additional details, view here: Falken Wildpeak AT3W Review


The tests took place at the Mount Cotton Auto Training Center (Redland, Queensland). It is a favorite destination for racing enthusiasts from all over the northeast of Australia. The test car is an Isuzu D-Max LS-U with 17-inch alloy wheels. At the wheel of the four-door pickup truck was Paul Stokel, a professional pilot and seasoned tire assessor.


Results table


First, Paul worked out the main program of four driving disciplines: braking 100–0 km / h and slalom on dry asphalt, braking 70–0 km / h and slalom on wet surface. The electronics recorded the results and processed them. Then the test driver drove off-road on the test tires. The gravel path gave way to a path covered with stones, and that path turned into mud. Stokel expressed his impressions in the "off-road coefficient". This ratio could be both downward and upward.

The victory in the 255/65 R17 off-road tire test was awarded by 4x4 Australia to the Maxxis AT-700 Bravo Series. In Eastern European countries with such a tread they sell the Maxxis AT-771 Bravo Series . “This tire went through double corners the fastest, even if we are talking about the advantage in tenths of a second. In braking tests, she was twice the second, but one cannot but say that she lost significant meters to the leader. It was easy for her to wade through mud and gravel, but on the stones her tread sometimes slipped, ”wrote the Australians.


Reviews of other medalists and tires from the middle of the final rating:


· 2nd place - Falken Wildpeak AT3W and Bridgestone Dueler A / T 697 . Both models proved to be “competent and consistent” both on asphalt and off-road.


· 4th place - Hankook Dynapro AT-m RF10 . "A tire that does not stand out, but does not disappoint: average results and average price tag."


· 5th place - Dunlop Grandtrek AT25 . “The tread is focused on driving in the city, and this is reflected in over-confident domination when it was necessary to brake as quickly as possible. But the tale turned into a shame when the tire had to get dirty. "


· 6th place - Nexen Roadian AT . "We pay exactly for what we have." The tire showed the penultimate results in braking tests and did not give full confidence on the road.


4x4 Australia named Goodyear Wrangler All Terrain Adventure the worst choice for mixed highway and off-road use in 2019 . According to the pilot, this tire lives up to its adventure moniker with its strong grip on rocky roads and above average traction on gravel and mud. Much less impressive is the way it performs on the asphalt, especially if there is water on it. In addition, the high cost cannot be ignored, although it can be justified by the ultra-strong Kevlar threads in the sidewalls. Such additional protection will come in handy for those who are "merciless to their tires."

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