Writing about the Hifly HF805
Driving on mostly motorways
for 650 average
My name is Kenny. I bought 4 x Hifly HF805 tyres on Tuesday 26 March 2014 for my 3.0 litre Jaguar S-Type V6 Sport after reading the gentleman with the Ford Galaxy's review on this page. To that gent, I would just like to say a HUGE 'thank you'. Cheers, mate, for your accurate, intelligent and trustworthy review.
After reading his review, I purchased the tyres from Gates Tyres, Workington, Cumbria. They were fitted to my Jag straightaway in Gates Tyres's superb tyre-fitting centre by a great tyre-fitter called Gary. I bought my Jag in June last year. There was shaking through the steering wheel when I got it, but I didn't mind. I thought it might be a wheel-balancing issue. My Jag is 9 yrs old, but only has 65,000 miles on it. It is in mint condition. It is Midnight Black, with full sport Black Pack option. She is a beautiful car to look at, and drive. The only thing that was spoiling the ownership of my Jag was the tyre issues - both front and back.
I was getting violent shaking through my steering wheel, but had NO idea it could possibly be caused by the tyres. I am an engineer, but I'm not a tyre expert. Gary told me that all 4 tyres were misshapen. Also, the tyres were perished (cracked) and made with a hard (crap) rubber compound. I had no idea tyres could be 'misshapen'. I visited Kwik-Fit in January 2014 who told me the same thing, but I thought they were just trying to get me to buy new tyres. The back tyres were making an maddening rumbling noise because of the high and low spots caused by being slightly distorted and misshapen. Gary showed me how to feel for these high/low spots when he removed the old tyres.
I was going to buy 4 x Dunlop Sport Maxx RT tyres. However, I had read terrible reviews about them. After looking here on Tyrereviews.co.uk website, I decided to try the Hifly tyres as a CHEAP way to find out if my steering wheel shakes were being caused by misshapen tyres. Well, guess what? I immediately drove along a stretch of dual carriageway at 70mph and had NO steering wheel vibration WHATSOEVER. Finally, my Jag feels like a Jag should be: assured and solid grip on the road at speed, and a super-smooth luxury ride.
My Hifly HF805 245/40/R18 Y tyres cost just £75 pounds each!! Compare that to £151 for ONE Dunlop Sport Maxx RT tyre on BlackCircles.com! Honestly, these tyres are AWESOME: good, soft compound. I do drive my Jag pretty sportily (..great fun!) and these Hifly tyres have fantastic grip.
Bottom line: the Hifly HF805 tyre is a fantastic tyre. 'Budget' does NOT mean 'crap' when referring to this Hifly HF805 tyre. I'm still not a tyre expert, but I know quality, good design and superb manufacturing.
I had to drive from the Lake District to London for a business meeting on Wednesday 26 March 2014. The day after my new tyres were fitted. Before, I was dreading the journey with the old tyres on my car. But with the new tyres fitted the journey was a dream. Finally, my cherished Jag feels like the luxury sporting performance Jaguar she always was! The weather was dry/fine/sunny on my 300mile drive to London: the tyres were superb. Fantastic, assured grip. Driving 300miles back home, I faced TORRENTIAL rain the whole way: the tyres, again, were superb in atrocious wet conditions, too. Felt just as safe as driving in dry conditions. Exceptional water removal performance due to intelligent tread design. I panicked a few times when I suddenly saw huge areas of standing water on the motorway as I was driving at 80mph. As all of you will also have experienced in scary such moments, you have ZERO time to react. But instead of potentially-fatal aquaplaning, these Hifly tyres just carved through all that water in a totally safe and reassuring way. Thank f**k!
Thanks again to that gent with the Ford Galaxy for his review about the Hifly tyres. And thanks, also, to the Hifly Tyres company in China for making such a fantastic tyre.
For all the reasons I've mentioned above, I'm giving this Hifly HF805 tyre a 10 in EVERY category. Do NOT hesitate: buy this tyre. You'll be extremely delighted and very impressed with it.