Federal Couragia M/T has rated favorably on first appearance in a recent tire evaluation conducted by the Australian magazine 4WD Action. The test was performed using a 285/75/R16 size tyre on a Toyota 100 Series Land Cruiser in the bush for a week to put the tyres through their paces in various situations such as road, rock, mud, clay, and sand to see how they fared when pushed to the limits. Of the 14 sets off mud terrains tested in reasonably harsh conditions, each tyre was given a score out of 10 based on its performance in each category. All rubbers really got a workout and had their merits. Having taken into account all the test criteria, the editors selected the Couragia M/T as a “recommendable” tyre after evaluating thirteen other competitive brands, calling it well built and capable of performing in all categories that a mud tyre should have behaved.
According to test results, Federal attained better marks in the comparative test against five tyres including Bridgestone Dueler M/T, Cooper Discover STT, Dunlop Grand Trek MT2, Hankook Dyna Pro M/T as well as Yokohama Geolander M/T by a 1.5 to 2 point margin lead in both rock and mud areas.
The tyre handled all areas with confidence, particularly as it was on the rocks. During this test, the Couragia M/T couldn’t be detected slipping at all. Bagging well at 15psi, the large individual tread blocks worked well to gain traction on some of the wet rock surfaces. This tread design did considerably well in the mud too. At no time did these tyres look like leaving the Cruiser stranded. The large rubber lugs act like claws to swiftly ejected mud and debris, while they grip the solid surface for maximum traction to keep the Cruiser moving forward. In the sand on the other side, the rear tyres quick to follow the front when trying to drive out the sandy ruts at high speeds.
When hit on the road, the soft rubber compound and aggressive tread patterns ensured the tyre retained good traction the whole time when pushed hard through corners at 100km/h. In straight line, the Couragia M/T didn’t wander; and when forced onto the unsealed kerb by a large semi, the tyres made it easy to get the Cruiser back into the blacktop.
The Federal Couragia M/T was a good tyre to drive with on-and of-road that best suits your vehicle, your driving style, and your realistic expectations of what you expect from a mud tyre. For those of you looking at trying a tyre with ability to deliver strong resistance to abrasions for long life and even wear, the Couragia M/T is a good choice.