All-terrain vs Mud-terrain - understanding your 4WD tyre needs

If you drive a 4WD, you need to gain an understanding of the tyres you should fit dependent on whether you take your vehicle off road or not and how often.

Choosing the right tyre will ensure to get the best advantage in safety, fuel economy and durability, particularly if you have bought a new 4WD vehicle, which will leave the factory fitted with highway tyres and these are not suitable for any off road driving. 

Bundall Tyres on the Gold Coast share some information here that may help you to be able to choose wisely between all-terrain tyres and mud-terrain tyres for your type of 4WD vehicle.


All-terrain tyres are basically as their name describes.  All-terrain tyres perform well on road, sand and gravel and having a closer tread pattern means they are far less noisy than mud-terrain tyres whilst still giving plenty of grip. These tyres will wear less than mud-terrains if you rarely take your vehicle out 4WDing.

If you are doing daily driving on roads and highways and take your 4WD out on the beaten track or on the beach around 10% of the year, all-terrain tyres offer great stability and are definitely the most economical and effective tyre.

Mild all-terrain

Mild all-terrains are suitable from roads to rugged tracks. They offer excellent grip, stability and ride comfort in wet and dry conditions.

If you need a good balance between on road stability and off road traction, these are the tyres for you.

Aggressive all-terrain

Aggressive-all terrain tyres are the tyres you need if you are into extreme 4WDing and are going off road a high percentage of the year. These popular tyres offer excellent durability and superior traction for off road driving in Australia’s harsh conditions.  Aggressive all-terrain tyres can take on it all; gravel, dirt, sand, rock, ravines, mountains, mud and snow.


Mud-terrain tyres offer all round effectiveness on all types of Australian landscapes including roads, sand, rocks, gravel, rutted trails and of course will outperform all-terrain tyres in wet, muddy conditions.

Mud-terrain tyres are more puncture resistant, offering superior durability in a range of conditions, particularly mud as the large, chunky tread pattern is designed to eject more dirt, rocks and mud than from all-terrains.

Mud-terrains are noisier on the road than all-terrains but if you are 4WDing every weekend, mud-terrain tyres can be a great choice for their all-round effectiveness, superior traction and steering in all types of Australian conditions.

All of the tyres mentioned here are suitable for driving your 4WD vehicle on the sand with.  As a word of caution, if you are taking your vehicle onto sand and have deflated your tyres, for safety’s sake, always remember to reinflate them when you are back on the open road.

Bundall Tyres stock a range of premium, well regarded BF Goodrich all-terrain and mud-terrain tyres for 4WD enthusiasts and their vehicles. If you are a more budget conscious off roader, we have a number of other high quality tyre options available as well.

If you plan on doing any off road driving with your 4WD and want to be sure you are fitting the best tyres to suit your vehicle and driving style, call Bundall Tyres today on 07 5504 5666 or drop into our Gold Coast tyre shop.

Our expert tyre fitters will be able to recommend the most suitable and economical tyre so you know you will be getting the absolute best value for your money. We also stock a range of quality second hand tyres as well.

So, talk to the tyre experts at Bundall Tyres today on 07 5504 5666.  We can help you safely enjoy your next 4WD adventure with the right tyres, whether you’re planning a pleasure driving on the beach, travelling to the Outback or scaling diverse mountain terrain.

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