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#296203 29-May-2022 21:11
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My Kia Sportage is going to be due a new set of tyres within the next year, so I'm keen to start looking for tyres now and buy them on sale if possible.

 

Current tyres are 245/45R19 Hankook Kinergy Gt.

 

Does anyone have any recommendations for tyres?  The existing ones are ok but keen to see what else is out there. 

 

 

 

Also not sure if I should be looking at summer or all-season tyres. Living in Wellington we get a bit of rain but its rarely sub 5degrees.


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  #2920180 29-May-2022 22:07
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I wouldn't worry too much about SUV specific tyres for a Sportage, it doesn't have a solid chassis and is more just tall high station wagon. General purpose road tyres would be fine.


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  #2920236 29-May-2022 22:52
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Disclaimer: Haven't actually tried any of these tires.

Summer tires are fine in rain, just they are not as good under 6 deg C (incl snow and ice). In wellingtion, I wouldn't be concerned either way. Often tires in NZ aren't even marketed with a summer / all season designation, and one has to either look up overseas material, or look for m+s on the sidewall to identify an all season.

 

Bad news is your tire size seems to be an expensive one. Hyperdrive has the H436 Kinergy Gt, $504 each incl gst and after discount + fitting.

 

https://www.hyperdrive.co.nz/products/category/227/tyres?searchMethod=2&productType=1&plate=&tyrewidth=245&tyreprofile=45&tyrerim=19&tyrewidthrear=&tyreprofilerear=&tyrerimrear=

 



Personally I would probiably go for Michelin Primacy 4's. Bit cheaper at $450 each +fitting from hyper drive. 8mm new tread depth, and seem to be in a similar ballpark to other tires in tests.

 

https://alltyretests.com/michelin-primacy-4/

 

 

 

Of if you want sticky Performance tires, Michelin Pilot sport 4.

 

Could potentially get a quote from cooper tires, if long life tires appeal.

Or try one of the no name Chinese brands. Under $200 each.


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  #2920252 30-May-2022 06:05
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Prior owner of my suv put cheap Chinese tires on it and they were not nice. Hard, slippery and very noisy. The road noise was like a droning whine.

Changed for Goodyear eagle suv tyres then subsequently Hankook RA23 which were both much better.



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  #2920254 30-May-2022 06:32
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Depends how you use the vehicle I guess, but I was quite impressed with some maxxis that came on my current car (outback) - I live in an area with a lot of really rough unsealed metal roads, which I find really chew up the softer road tires. My hobbies also mean I end up either on beach sand or icy mountain roads fairly frequently. The maxxis performed and lasted really nicely.

 

When I had to replace them I ended up doing all 4 corners but kept the maxxis as spares as tire guy said they still have a decent bit of life left in them. Ended up with dunlop grandtreks this time and they also seem to be doing the job well; I think I've put about 40k km on them and they still look good, perform well and are nice and quiet.  

 

If you're doing all 4 tires definitely contact a few local tire places and ask for quotes to compare - you might find they offer a decent price without needing to wait for a sale. 





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  #2920297 30-May-2022 09:46
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Replaced all 4 on the Outback with MICHELIN PILOT SPORT 4 SUV - Car Tyre | MICHELIN New Zealand Official Website

 

Thrilled with them and this car is our work horse - sports, road trips, local shopping run, etc.

 

Have about 20,000km on them and still looking good. Got a good deal from Herb Morgan Tyre Service in Onehunga, Auckland - no affiliation, just a happy customer.


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  #2920310 30-May-2022 10:31
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watching this keenly, as i'm gonna need to replace a couple soon.

 

 


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  #2920311 30-May-2022 10:39
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I am also watching this as my CX-5 will need new tyres soon. Like the OP I also live in Wellington, but my car really only gets used for trips out of town which often includes the Desert Road and Lewis Pass so good winter capability is essential. 

 

I was hoping to get something decent on all four corners for $1500 fitted, but it sounds like it might be a stretch unless I get a really good deal. 




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  #2920316 30-May-2022 11:03
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I put Michelin Pilot Sport 4s on my SUV first. Really great tyre as you would expect, but also as you would expect with a performance tyre the life wasn't great. I think I got about 30,000km out of them which isn't too bad but not great. I then put Bridgestone Turanza Serenity Plus on next and I'm really happy with them. I've not noticed any loss of performance in dry or wet over the Michelins but the tyre life is much greater. They about 20,000km on them now and look like they could easily get another 20,000-25,000km easily. 

 

I also go them on a buy 3 get the 4th free deal so very happy with the value and performance.

 

Although, having just typed all of that, it doesn't look they are available in your size. I'll still leave this here in case it helps someone else.


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  #2920318 30-May-2022 11:10
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alasta:

I was hoping to get something decent on all four corners for $1500 fitted, but it sounds like it might be a stretch unless I get a really good deal. 



What size tyres? I notice that OP is looking for 245/45 19 where a standard size for Sportage is sometimes quoted as 235/55 R19. A slight difference can push the price up if it isn't a popular size.

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  #2920324 30-May-2022 11:32
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Bung:
alasta:

 

I was hoping to get something decent on all four corners for $1500 fitted, but it sounds like it might be a stretch unless I get a really good deal. 

 



What size tyres? I notice that OP is looking for 245/45 19 where a standard size for Sportage is sometimes quoted as 235/55 R19. A slight difference can push the price up if it isn't a popular size.

 

Yeah.

 

If @alasta has a lower trim, with 225/65R17 tires, your cost will be massively lower than OP's.

 

https://www.hyperdrive.co.nz/products/category/227/tyres?searchMethod=2&productType=1&tyrewidth=225&tyreprofile=65&tyrerim=17

 

 

 

Michelin Primacy 4 SUV, set of 4 for $1066+ fitting as an example.


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  #2920343 30-May-2022 12:33
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Thanks for the tip. Mine is a GSX and the specifications confirm the size as 225/65R17, so that's good news. 

 

I didn't realise that this was a benefit of buying a cheaper model variant!


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  #2920346 30-May-2022 12:37
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Generally lower profile tyres as fitted to higher spec models with larger wheel diameters will always be more expensive but its not always the case. It comes down to how common the tyre size is. I understand a few years back there was a really uncommon tyre size fitted to some Nissan Murano's that was so uncommon it had to be produced in really small quantities and was hideously expensive as a result.


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  #2920351 30-May-2022 13:00
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No SUV specific advice, but I managed to get a good deal by getting an online quote from Bridgestone then getting Tony's to beat the price (even though they are part of the same company). Can all be done online so fairly easy. 


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  #2920376 30-May-2022 13:49
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If you travel off sealed road much (I do quite a bit on gravel) then I can recommend Yokohama GEOLANDER types. Various models with different levels of aggressive tread.

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  #2920403 30-May-2022 14:41
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For road tyres for my SUV, which is a Pajero, I use Bridgestone LE01s.  I don't know if they come in a suitable size for your vehicle.  They are a good all-round road tyre.  Good in my experience for rain, snow, ice, gravel and boat ramps.  Reasonably quiet, handle OK (it's still an SUV) and long wearing.  OK for light off-roading - e.g. driving through the Molesworth or Rainbow stations to Hanmer.

 

I live in Marlborough and we regularly drive on frost/ice during winter.  I don't bother with winter tyres or anything like that.  For proper off-roading, or for beach launching the boat, I have a set of off-road tyres on steel rims I will swap to.





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