Crossovers and SUVs big and small are selling by the truck load in Singapore – a market which is traditionally dominated by sedans. Yokohama is no stranger in this competitive category with the Geolandar lineup, aimed squarely at crossovers and SUVs. With the introduction of the G055, the Geolandar range now offers a civilized, all-season performance tyre alongside off-road hardcore tires for trucks and SUVs for jungle bashing.
The Yokohama Geolandar SUV G055 is manufactured using Yokohama’s proprietary Orange Oil and Silica rubber compound. For those not familiar with this technology, Orange Oil has been proven to reduce rolling resistance and increase fuel efficiency, without sacrificing grip levels.
Despite appearances, this tyres has was built to be a quiet rolling tyre with the symmetric tread design, zig-zag grooves and plenty of notches around the varied pitch tread pattern. It’s also rated for you to have some fun in mud, should you ever find yourself having to drive across something like a wet grassy field.
We fitted a set of the Geolandar SUV G055 to a Volvo XC60. After the initial scrub-in period, the immediate distinction after changing the tires was the quietness both at city and highway cruising. The tyres are on the stiff side, with road imperfections and bumps being noticeable, but not jarring.
This stiffness however, has a good upshot. Cornering isn’t what one expects from a SUV but the tyres handled corners very well, with good feedback and decent road holding capabilities in the dry are excellent. Driving responsibly and sensibly, there are no serious quirks of these tyres, they grip okay in the wet – we could feel a slight bit of front end twitching under heavy braking in the wet as the ABS fights for traction.
In fairness, SUVs can’t go wrong with eco-friendly Geolandar SUV G055 tyres. It’s a worthy note that these tyres did not impact any of Volvo’s claimed fuel economy, and under the most careful precision right foot control, at least an additional kilometre-ish per litre.
The Geolandar SUV G055s are good all-round tyre, with good handling and consistent grip in the dry and only slightly damp wet performance. For the average driver? It will serve well by delivering reasonable comfort and low noise levels on paved paths. On a ending note: these tyres have a extremely high treadwear resistance, you should be easily clocking at least 100,000 km’s or even more before they wear down to the indicators.
Last but not least, we did venture off the roads for a spot of soft-roading – taking the SUV onto a muddy field to get stuck and unstuck, and get some gravel driving done. These tyres are tough enough to handle such unlikely situations, just like the SUVs they’re meant for.
The Geolandar SUV G055 is available in a wide range of sizes ranging from 15 to 20 inches. For more information of Yokohama’s extensive range of tyres that cater for different needs, please visit www.yhiautomotive.com.sg.
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