2017 Drive Out Off Road 4x4 Tyre Test

Test Summary
Best tyre for dry roadsGoodyear Wrangler All Terrain Adventure
Best tyre offroadGoodyear Wrangler All Terrain Adventure
Yokohama Geolander AT S
The best tyre overallGoodyear Wrangler All Terrain Adventure
The toughest tyreBFGoodrich All Terrain TA KO2
Most modern SUVs and 4x4 vehicles are fitted with "H/T" (highway terrain) tyres from the factory. These tyres, such as the Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 3 SUV are a modified version of regular car tyres, and are designed to spend the majority of their life on-road. While these tyres are quiet, comfortable and excellent in the wet, the major disadvantage is they aren't designed for any sort of serious offroading, so have both grip issue and puncture issues when being used offroad.

All Terrain tyres, otherwise known as "A/T", are designed to be used both onroad and offroad. While they can't match the comfort and wet grip of H/T tyres, they offer huge advantages offroad, providing far more grip in dirt, mud and on grass, and offering a much higher resistance to punctures from sharp rocks.

The latest issue of Drive Out magazine has tested seven all terrain tyres in 265/65 R17, covering dry and dirt braking, rock traction and just how strong the tyre sidewalls are.

Results

The brand new Goodyear All Terrain Adventure, which we tested last month, won the test with the strongest dry and dirt braking, the second strongest sidewall, and excellent traction (in fact, all seven tyres scored 100% in the rock traction test). A true all terrain tyre, which works really well both on the road and off the road.

The very well regarded BF Goodrich TA K02 scored a strong second place with 93% overall. The BF Goodrich had the strongest sidewalls on test and was third overall off-road, but struggled on road, scoring last in the dry braking. Like the seconded place BF Goodrich, the Yokohama Geolander AT-S was strong off-road but less so onroad, making it a better tyre for a vehicle which spends more time in the dirt.

Goodyear Wrangler All Terrain Adventure1st: Goodyear Wrangler All Terrain Adventure
  1. Total: 170.1
  2. Dry: 25
  3. Offroad: 25
  4. Toughness: 22.5
  5. Overall: 97.6
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BFGoodrich All Terrain TA KO22nd: BFGoodrich All Terrain TA KO2
  1. Total: 161.2
  2. Dry: 18.3
  3. Offroad: 24.8
  4. Toughness: 25
  5. Overall: 93.1
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Yokohama Geolander AT S3rd: Yokohama Geolander AT S
  1. Total: 159.6
  2. Dry: 22.2
  3. Offroad: 25
  4. Toughness: 20.1
  5. Overall: 92.3
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Hankook DynaPro ATM RF104th: Hankook DynaPro ATM RF10
  1. Total: 158.4
  2. Dry: 24.5
  3. Offroad: 24.4
  4. Toughness: 17.8
  5. Overall: 91.7
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General Grabber AT35th: General Grabber AT3
  1. Total: 152.8
  2. Dry: 23.2
  3. Offroad: 23.3
  4. Toughness: 17.4
  5. Overall: 88.9
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GT Radial Adventuro AT6th: GT Radial Adventuro AT
  1. Total: 148
  2. Dry: 23.6
  3. Offroad: 21.4
  4. Toughness: 16.5
  5. Overall: 86.5
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Continental Cross Contact AT7th: Continental Cross Contact AT
  1. Total: 145.1
  2. Dry: 23.8
  3. Offroad: 22.3
  4. Toughness: 14
  5. Overall: 85
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