Whenever we go to buy tyres for our cars, at one point of time we have always pondered over the question of which tyre brand to buy. CarToq tries to help you answer that question with a comparison between Indian tyre brands vis-à-vis International tyre brands by listing out their advantages and disadvantages.

indian vs international tyre brands

What do Indian brands have to offer?

Indian tyre brands have lower prices and last longer. Indian brands like MRF, Apollo, JK Tyres offer tyres which are OEM for car companies like Ford, Maruti Suzuki etc.

These tyres are affordable, have a fairly long wear-out life & are generally durable and are suited for all driving conditions. They are made of harder compounds making them tough, more resistant to punctures and damage etc.

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However, because these tyres are made of harder-rubber compounds they aren’t so good when it comes to performance. These tyres do not offer high grip levels, especially for high-speed driving and cornering. Plus, they rate below international brands in ride quality and noise.

However, brands like MRF and JK Tyres have been associated with road races and rallies, which has helped then gain more experience and to manufacture performance tyres for specific needs. It has also helped improve regular passenger car tyres in the process. These companies now offer a few models which cater to users looking for better options than OEM tyres. A major advantage of these tyres, apart from the performance factor, is the price at which they are available. Due to the competitive pricing, these tyres manage to sell in good numbers in spite of international brands being present in our markets.

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MRF provides a number of models, namely ZVTS, ZV2K, ZSLK and ZLO which are focused towards better ride comfort at the same time being tougher, offer better fuel efficiency with low-rolling resistance, lower noise levels, better cornering grip and handling.

They are available in a variety of sizes for passenger cars. These tyres retail from Rs.2,700–Rs. 5,500 per tyre, depending on the size of the tyre. Another model is the Wanderer which is a specially designed tyre for SUVs and retails for Rs. 6,000 – Rs. 7,000 per tyre.

JK Tyres also offer a variety of options, namely Vectra, Ultima XP, Ultima Sport, Ultima NXT, Tornado, Elanzo Supra, Elanzo Crusero, and Brute. These tyres feature better sidewall construction, larger contact patch, softer rubber compound and better stability among other features. They retail from Rs. 2,500 – Rs. 6,000 per tyre.

Apollo Tyres boasts of a wider range of choices in larger wheel sizes. Models include the Amazer range, Acelere range and Aspire. These tyres feature comfort, improved handling, asymmetric designs and up to Y speed rating (up to 300 kmph). They range from Rs. 2,200 to Rs. 9,500 per tyre for high-performance tyres. They also offer their Hawkz models for SUVs which retail for Rs. 5,000 – Rs. 11,000. 

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Do International brands have an edge over Indian Brands?

International tyre brands like Michelin, Bridgestone, Goodyear are Yokohama are amongst the more widely used tyres in the international markets and some of these are also OEM suppliers for various car manufacturers.

Along with higher price tags these tyres offer a lot more in terms of performance, ride comfort and specific applications due to the years of experience and R & D which goes into their development. With international car manufacturers bringing in their models in to our market, the demand for these tyres has grown substantially over the years, especially in the premium segments.

All these manufacturers are equally competitive and offer tyres for specific needs and have various choices for almost every type of car. Michelin offers models like Energy MXV8, Energy XM1+, Energy XM2, Primacy, Latitude and their Pilot range of tyres ranging from Rs. 2,800 – Rs. 13,300 per tyre.

Goodyear has a wide range, namely Assurance, Ducaro, Duraplus, Eagle, Excellence, GPS2, GT3 ranging from Rs. 2,300 – Rs. 11,500 per tyre. They also have the Wrangler series for SUVs retailing for Rs. 5,000 – Rs. 14,100.

Bridgestone offers their Potenza, Turanza, S, and B series tyres retailing for Rs. 3,000 – Rs. 9,200 with the Dueler series catering to SUVs ranging from Rs. 6,700 – Rs. 13,800.

Yokohama mostly supplies tyres to premium car brands but also offers a wide variety for other regular cars. Their models include: A Drive, C Drive, S Drive, Advan, Aspec and ES series of tyres ranging from Rs.2,900 – Rs. 12,000. For SUVs, they offer the Geolander series ranging from Rs. 5,600 – Rs. 10,000.

Also read: Signs that its time to change your tyres

Which brands are better?

Indian and international brands both have their own advantages and disadvantages. So here is a quick summary which should help you decide.

Indian brands:

  • Offer lower priced tyres which are cost effective and economical to purchase.
  • More options if you are looking for stock tyre sizes as most manufacturers are OE suppliers.
  • Are long-lasting and have a good wear-out life thus reducing costs on frequent tyre changes.
  • Are built tough using harder rubber compounds.

International brands:

  • Offer more grip thus better braking and cornering, and lesser road noise.
  • Overall more performance oriented in spite of their higher prices.
  • Offer more options for larger wheel sizes and lower profile tyres.
  • May have options for odd sizes.

10 COMMENTS

  1. I HAVE VERY BAD EXPERIENCE WITH JK TYRE,EVEN I HAD SUED JK ALONG WITH MARUTI SUZUKI AROUND 4 YEARS BEFORE ,WHER JK TYRE TORNADO HAD BURSTED IN MY MARUTI CAR,AT HIGH SPEEDS,FOR NO FAULT OF MINE THE BRAND WAS TORNADO SIZE 165/80R 14.FINALLY THE COMPANY GAVE ME THE COST OF 2 TYRES,SINCE I MYSELF WAS AN AUTOMOBILE ENGINEER,AND I HAD ARGUED PERSONALLY I ALSO GOT ADDITIONAL CLAIM AND COMPENSATION,AFTER THAT I THREW ALL 5 TYRES OF JK,WHICH HAD JUST COMPLETED 26000KMS,AND LATER WENT FOR YOKOHAMA BRAND 185/70R14.THE PERFORMANCE IS EXCELLENT BETTER ROAD GRIP,BETTER AQUAPLANING,AND IT HAS COMPLETED 55000KMS,AND MY CAR HAS RUN ON ALL KINDS OF TERRAINS,STILL ICAN MANAGE TO RUN ANOTHER 10000KMS

  2. In terms of price, there is just a difference of a few hundred bucks between the premium Indian tyres and the Michelins or the Yokohamas. In some cases, the price is almost the same. And for that extra couple of hundred, you get a much better grip, ride and comfort. Ofcourse, if your prime expectation is the tyre should last long, very long- then an Apollo or an MRF will do the job.
    Otherwise, the imports have the edge even if they’re marginally costlier.

  3. Guys How Much Cost MICHELIN Energy XM2 185/65 R15{: Pilot Sport 3.195/50R15{Primacy LCTyre 195/60R15 Buy for my upcoming dzire vdi please tell me And Which tyre is better one more ? i am buy steel wheels not alloy wheel 15inch Which car i m buy Sx4 Ford Fiesta Etc thanks

  4. i had a very bad experienced with JK tyres since i bought my car, i trusted JK as i thought that company will give their customers good quality material from the manufacturing unit, but it was not the scene, company only see their profit, i want to change all my tyres now, can anyone please suggest me which company i should go for among michelin, yokohama, pirelli and bridgestone. I own suzuki alto and i would also like to know that what claims and warranty any tyre company give in which conditions….. sincere replies wanted…. THANX!!!

  5. I have Ford Figo Titanium Diesel, having Apollo Accelare….Completed 20200 kms…. experienced fairly with Apollo….. But a few days back, experienced a burst from side wall by just a brick at a high speed…..so, changed with GOODYEAR GT3…JUST 100 RS extra….getting one of the pioneers in Tyres mounted at both front wheels…..getting better response till now… :)

  6. I also have gone with bad experience with JK Tyre which came along with my Maruti Suzuki WagonR. I only completed 27K but one of the tyre busted. Also fail to understand, how it got busted since it was spare wheel. Now i want to change my all tyres ASAP. Pease suggest some good brands which manufacture 13 inch car tyre. Price no bar.

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