The Proton X70 became an instant hit with Malaysians for its superb value for money, quality and features.
At launch, the national carmaker surprised us by equipping the range-topping X70 Premium with 19-inch alloys as standard. The largest-ever wheel size to be fitted onto a Proton model.
Proton officials said that this is to create a greater visual differentiation between the mid-range Executive and Premium variants despite knowing full well that the tyre replacement for the 19-inch wheels would be significantly higher than 18-inch items.
The X70 Premium rolls off the factory riding on 225/55 R19 profile Continental UC6 SUV rubbers. Standard and Executive variants roll on GITI Comfort SUV 520 tyres measuring 225/65 R17 and 225/60 R18 in profile respectively.
Online sellers are listing Continental UC6 SUV 225/55 R19 tyres in a range of RM 585 to RM 670 per piece – note that installation charges may vary in the list price.
If you were to change all four tyres at one go, you are looking at an approximate bill of RM 2,340 to RM 2,680. Don’t forget to factor in labour, balancing and alignment charges which will bump that price up slightly.
You won’t go wrong with OEM tyres which Proton endorses. The UC6 SUV is also a very decent, comfort-oriented tyres with high grip levels both in the dry and wet.
However, if you’re keen on performance-oriented tyres to tame the X70’s 184 PS and 285 Nm of torque (which the UC6 SUV can more than well manage), the newly launched Michelin Pilot Sport 4 SUV would be an excellent candidate.
Do be prepared however to fork out significantly more cash for that purchase. You are looking upwards of RM 1,100 per PS4 SUV tyre, which amounts to RM 4,400 plus if you replace all for corners. Yikes.
While the purchase cost of the Proton X70 is significantly lower compared to equivalent rivals, do be aware that maintaining a high-tech and highly-spec car will come at a higher cost. Remember the next time you're replacing the tyres on your X70, do yourself a favour and not replace with some shoddy second-hand rubbers.