3 Best Tyres for Hyundai Santro under Rs.2200 – An exhaustive review.
Indian market is flush with tyre brands especially in hatchback segment where there are lot of cars fighting for the consumer attention. Customers are constantly searching for value deals when it comes to replacing their car tyres. If the car model is old, they are definitely not in a mood to spend on premium tyres. They want their tyres to be cheap without of course compromising on basic must have features. However trying to identify the right choice of tyres is always difficult for an average consumer but not so difficult for our tyre experts who can quickly scan the market and pick some value deals for the customers. Hence, was born the concept of doing series on “Value Deals on Tyres”. The first car which we picked up was Hyundai Santro Xing which has an OE size fitment of 155/70 R 13. In case you prefer watching a video on the subject you can click the link below or else read on.
Hyundai Santro Xing is extremely popular car of its time. It was my first car too and I have special fondness for this old workhorse. There are still lot of them on the Indian roads. Hyundai Santro was first launched in India in the year 1998 and majority of the cars are now running on replaced tyres. After we zeroed down on the car model the challenge was to identify the sweet spot for the price – the levels at which the tyres for santro turn into an irresistible deal. After an extensive deliberations and cross checking the retail market our experts recommended that anything below Rs.2200/- makes the price an excellent deal.
Now, we moved on to the picking all tyre brands available in the Indian market and drawing out a list. However, there was one problem. Tyres we were looking for had to be cheap, had to carry ISI mark but unfortunately the Indian and other major International tyre brands ended up being priced higher than our identified price levels and hence had to be dropped from our list. However, the ones we ended up selecting, stand as tall as any other national or global tyre brand and they too come with ISI mark. Hence quality was no issue.
So here are the best 3 in this category strictly in alphabetical order :
The first product which made the cut was from Multistrada, a tyre company from Indonesia. In India they sell under their flagship brand called Achilles. For Santro, they have a pattern called Achilles PLATINUM/122. The highlight of this tyre is safety as it has a good wet and dry grip. The comfort of tyres under this category is generally not good as sidewalls are little stiff to protect it from cuts and this is true for Achilles Platinum too. The tyre in Indian retail market sells at around Rs. 2200/-.
Achilles Platinum – 122
The other product which made to the top 3 of our list was KENDA KR 23. Kenda is a Taiwanese tyre company that has been in this business for more than 50 years, their production facilities are in Taiwan, Mainland China and Vietnam. Of the three this tyre is priced cheapest and retails in market around Rs. 1900/-. The tyre has a nice looking pattern, is good for city driving, with decent dry grip but with an average wet grip. It also gives a relatively comfortable drive, with a slightly high noise factor.
Kenda KR23 PATTERN
The last but not the least which made its way into this category was Nexen CP661. Nexen is a 1.3 billion dollar company from South Korea established in the year 1942 with exports to more than 120 countries. Nexen CP 661 lives up to the standards one expects from the most Korean products – durability, functionality without frills – it also has a good grip in dry and wet road conditions. In the Indian retail market it is priced between Kenda and Achilles and is great value for money buy.
Nexen CP – 661
Remember when we are buying tyres, it’s not what one saves on one tyre, it has to be multiplied by 4, since one is buying a set of 4 to replace the old ones.
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