I have recently changed my Altis’s tyres to a set of new Yokohama A-Drive doughnuts. I changed them for RM 185 per piece from Tek Ming in Sunway. Why did I go for this tyre? The main consideration is its price, it’s cheap considering its performance and quietness.
Let’s get one thing straight; I do not work for Yokohama, I do not own a tyre shop, and I gain no prizes for writing this recommendation for this tyre. I believe in this tyre because I have used it in my wife’s Wira before. Check this out, the two cars wearing the same shoes:
That’s how convinced I am! When I changed the Yokos on the Wira, my wife’s first impression to me was “This tyre is so much quieter!” Some would argue that all new tyres are quiet. However the Wira has done almost 15,000 km now, over a duration of 18 months. And now the noise is still very much acceptable! Also, I have compared it to similarly spec-ed Michelin and Bridgestone, both brands are priced at a much higher premium, way beyond reach for a poor bloke like me.
The cornering ability on both wet and dry is above average. I still managed to skid the Wira on a very challenging corner, but it took a lot of effort to do it. I doubt one can really make the tyre lose contact with the ground under normal circumstances. Even in rainy conditions, the tyre runs firmly on the ground and over puddles! Can’t say the same for the old Goodyear tyres!
Not all are good about this tyre. Being such a soft tyre, it loses it’s rubber to wear and tear very easily. The Yokos on the Wira has now developed small cracks and immature wear. But probably that is due to heavy usage of the car. No biggie, it’s almost time to change it anyway. Also the quietness is not very apparent when I changed it on the Altis, probably because the noise insulation on the Altis is so much better than the Wira, so I did not really feel any difference.
One minor quirk I noticed that the A-Drive gives the Altis a totally different handling. It now handles sharp corners much better, lesser body roll due to much stiffer side walls. And dare I say too, the rolling resistance is slightly better compared to the NCT5. Previously I clocked only up to a maximum of 470 km on a tankful, but yesterday I managed 509.4 km before the low-fuel gauge lit up. That’s about 14 cents per km vs 13 cents per km. Not a huge difference, but noticeable in the long run.
So will I use it again in the future? If there are no other better alternatives in the same price bracket, this Yokohama will stay on as the perfect tyre for me.