When you look for winter tyres for an SUV, you will need to look for special SUV tyres, there are special SUV studded tyres and SUV non-studded tyres. Some even indicate that they are good for electric cars, which is important to check if your car is a hybrid or electric. If you select tyres for a hybrid or electric car or an SUV that are not recommended for that use, they might wear out too fast, as the wear is higher due to higher torque and their inherent higher weight due to heavy battery packs.
Due to the higher wear with hybrid and electric cars, it is
important to rotate the tyres when the difference in tread depth is 2-3 mm. You
will need to track the tread depth so that you know when it is time to rotate.
It might be that you will need to rotate 3-4 months to make sure that you can
get more service life out of your tyres. Even if you change between summer and
winter tyres and you are used to make the rotation during these occasions, the
higher wear with electric cars might make this too seldom. So you may have to
do it a bit more frequently, thus you will need to measure and keep track of
the tyre wear.
If you live and experience Nordic winters, the Nokian Hakkapeliitta R3 SUV is a
great tyre for real winter weather, with Aramid Sidewalls to make it even more
puncture resistant. It is great for both petrol and electric cars. If you
experience more Central European winters, then you have the Nokian WR SUV 4
that is great on both wet as well as winter surfaces. So regardless if you have
rain, snow, ice or slush, these tyres will get you safely to your end
The key for safety is that even SUVs need proper winter
tyres. Even though they look like they would be able to drive through any type
of terrain, the cold can make even the most rugged looking tyre turn extremely
hard and make them lose a lot of their ability to create grip on even normal
roads. If you then combine that with proper winter weather with snow and ice,
you might be in for a dangerous drive. So make sure that you get a set of high
quality SUV winter tyres.
When it comes to winter tyres, Nokian Tyres is the most well-know winter tyre brand. Their Nokian Hakkapeliitta series is top of the line when it comes to winter tyres. You have both studded Nokian Hakkapeliitta and non-studded ones. So if you want a solid winter tyre, then you will need to decide if you want studded tyres or non-studded tyres, both will give you excellent grip and control during the winter even when facing the most challenging conditions.
You have the Nokian Hakkapeliitta 8 and the Nokian
Hakkapeliitta 9, where the latter one has the world’s first patented double
stud technology, which provides excellent lateral grip when passing and in
curves. They have both succeeded
extremely well in magazine tests around the world and are great tyres when you
don’t want to compromise on safety and having the perfect grip. This is the
perfect winter tyre when you face a lot of icy roads and you want to make sure
that you have the best possible grip. You will need to respect the regulations
that apply to studded tyres. You will need to ensure that they are allowed in
your country, then when it comes to the earliest date that you can use them and
the latest day that you can still have them on.
If you decide that non-studded tyres are better tyres for
you then you have the Nokian Hakkapeliitta R3, which
gives you excellent winter grip without the studs. This gives you a bit more
flexibility if you plan to cross country borders or live in a country where
they don’t allow studded tyres. They use sipes and multi-faceted snow claws
between the shoulder and the blocks. They also have bio based cryo crystal grip
particles to create abrasion and thus improve the grip on ice. So regardless of
the winter road surface, these tyres will give you good grip on both snow and
ice with great driving comfort.
For electric cars and SUVs you will need to make sure that
the tyres are intended for them. The Nokian Hakkapeliitta 9 works well with
electric cars and for SUVs you will need to go for the Nokian Hakkapeliitta 9 SUV that also
works for petrol, electric or hybrid SUVs or then the Nokian Hakkapeliitta 8
SUV. When it comes to non-studded tyres for SUVs that also support electric or
hybrid you have the Nokian Hakkapeliitta R3 SUV.