Mud Tyres or Off-Road Tyres Which Ones Are for You?


Feeling the pull of adventure on your heart but your SUV tyres holding you back?

We often find out the limitations of the stock street tyres when we go off-road. In most instances, a tyre upgrade is only way to get the most out of your 4x4 vehicle. But how aggressive should you go when buying new off-road tyres?

Well, let’s find out how you want to drive and we shall know.

If you Plan to Plough through River Beds and Desert Storms

Mud tyres are made for heavy off-roading adventures in punishing terrains. If you are planning to go off-road 80 percent of the time, then mud tyres are the one you should go for. However, there are some drawbacks to having these hefty tyres on your SUV.

Increased Road Noise: The bulkier tread on mud tyres make them a nuisance to drive on the highway, especially if you have a soft-top 4x4. 

Decreased Fuel Efficiency: Mud tyres are also heavier than average street or off-road tyres and can reduce the fuel-efficiency of your vehicle drastically. So, keep that in mind if you are trying to go green with your life choices.

Lesser Manufacturer Warranty Covers: Due to their heavy-duty application, mud tyres are rated for lesser mileage under manufacturer warranty terms in comparison to off-road or street SUV tyres.



If You are an Amateur Off-Roader with Roots in the City

Off-roader tyres are a compromise between the ever reliable and efficient tyres and mud tyres with their muscular treads. These tyres are optimised for both street and milder off-roading adventures. If your idea of adventure is a happy holiday in the hills and you plan to drive there by road, off-roader tyres might just be the pick for you.

Off-road SUV tyres like the Apollo Apterra range are optimised for both highway and two-track use. These tyres have a robust construction with cut, wear and chip resistant treads that can help you 'Go the Distance' when the going gets tough. Moreover, the stiffer centre rib and stronger shoulder design of these tyres ensures high-precision steering when you are on the highway. Apollo offers these tyres with 2-year unconditional warranty and 5-year manufacturer warranty to bolster the claims of high-mileage of its off-road tyres.

So, now that you know which tyres to pick for your SUV. It’s time to head over to a tyre shop near you and check out the options. However, be very honest with yourself when making a decision for buying new SUV tyres because you will be stuck with them for at least a couple of years, hence a wrong choice now may lead to later discomfort or extra costs.

To make it easier for you to pick the best SUV tyre for your 4x4, we have a handy tyre finder at, so make sure you check that out as well.

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