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Yokohama BluEarth-XT AE61

Yokohama BluEarth XT AE61 Review - A Decent Option? [2024]

Here are the key stats for the BluEarth-XT AE61, at a glance.
Key Info - Australia
Vehicle SuitabilityLight Truck / SUV
Driving StyleHighway Rib Summer
SeasonSummer
Release Date2020
Run Flat?No

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Yokohama BluEarth-XT AE61 in Australia

This offering by Yokohama has been around in Australia for about 4 years. Especially designed for 4WDs, SUVs and light trucks, it comes in a total of 27 sizes.

This highway rib summer tyre is a solid option for those looking for a summer tyre in the mid-range of the market. Note that it is not a runflat tyre.

Read on to see how it stacks up against the competition!

How We Reviewed The BluEarth-XT AE61 Tyres

Unlike the Australian government, the European Union carries out standardised tests on all tyres sold in Europe. These tests are carried out in identical conditions, making them a reliable way to compare tyres.

For this review, we use averaged results from tests done on 27 sizes of the BluEarth-XT AE61 tyres by the European Union.

We then compare these to the same results for the following similar tyres, also rated for Highway Rib Summer usage and sold in Australia.

Fuel Efficiency

EU GradeCompared to an A grade tyre?
Fuel Efficiency
(A - E)
C0.2L/100km extra fuel consumption. ~$48 extra per year

The US Department of Energy estimates that around 25% of the fuel consumption of a vehicle is attributable to the tyres. That's a lot, and it means that choosing fuel efficient tyres can save you quite a bit of money.

The BluEarth-XT AE61 tyres rank a C on a scale of A to E in the official fuel efficiency tests carried out by the EU (they call these rolling resistance tests).

Relative to an A grade tyre, expect to use an extra 0.2L/100km. This works out to $48 extra spent on petrol per year, based on a typical 12,000 km driven per year.

Comparison

Here's how the BluEarth-XT AE61 compares to similar tyres for fuel efficiency (1 = Grade E, 5 = Grade A).

Based on the comparison tyres we've selected, the BluEarth-XT AE61 ranked # out of 0 tyres.

Grip & Handling

EU GradeCompared to an A grade tyre?
Wet Grip
(A - E)
ANo difference

We'll now take a look at how these tyres compare in terms of grip and handling.

A good measure of this is 'wet grip', which is an indication of how well the tyres will allow the vehicle to come to a stop in wet conditions.

The BluEarth-XT AE61 tyres rank a A on a scale of A to E in the official fuel tests carried out by the EU.

This is the highest possible rating, and indicates excellent grip and handling in wet conditions relative to other tyres.

Comparison

Here's how the BluEarth-XT AE61 compares to similar tyres for wet grip (1 = Grade E, 5 = Grade A).

For wet grip, they scored # out of 0 comparison tyres.

Noise

EU GradeCompared to an A grade tyre?
Noise
(A - C)
A (68 dB)No difference

Another key factor to consider when choosing a tyre is road noise. Once you're over about 40 km/h, the dominant source of noise you hear is from the contact of your tyres on the road.

There is a surprisingly wide variation in the amount of noise each tyre makes.

The BluEarth-XT AE61 tyres produce 68.0 dB of road noise, which corresponds to a rank of A on a scale of A to C in the standardised testing done by the EU.

This is the quietest possible rating, so you can expect minimal noise from these tyres.

Comparison

Here's how the BluEarth-XT AE61 compares to similar tyres for noise (1 = Grade C, 3 = Grade A).

For noise, they ranked # out of 0 comparison tyres.

Treadwear

We don't have any UTQG treadwear data for this tyre, unfortunately.

Traction

The UTQG system measures traction as straight-line braking in dry conditions. The scale is AA, A, B, C, with AA being the best grade, and C the worst.

We don't have any UTQG traction data for this tyre, unfortunately.

Temperature Resistance

The UTQG temperature resistance tests measure how well tyres can dissipate heat that builds up due to friction with the road. The scale is A, B, C, with A being the highest grade.

We don't have any UTQG temperature data for this tyre, unfortunately.

Warranty

We don't have any warranty data for this tyre, unfortunately. Know how long the warranty period is? Let us know over at the contact page.

Comparisons With Similar Tyres

Still undecided as to whether to go with these highway rib summer tyres? Check out our data-driven comparisons to similar tyres on the market in Australia!

Summary

The BluEarth-XT AE61 tyres are a solid choice for anyone looking to replace their SUV or truck rubber with some tyres designed for highway rib summer action.

For fuel efficiency, they score a grade of C, which is more or less average, though this isn't a super important factor.

More important is the wet grip, which gives you an indication of their traction and handling. In this regard, they get a score of A, which is outstanding.

Finally, for road noise, they receive a A grade, which is excellent.

Full Size List (click to show)

Below is a list of all 27 sizes of the BluEarth-XT AE61 tyres sold in Australia, sorted by tyre width. Select your preferred size to compare prices across multiple suppliers.

Size
205/60 R16 92V
215/50 R18 92V
215/65 R16 98H
215/50 R17 91V
215/70 R16 100H
215/65 R17 99V
215/60 R16 95V
215/55 R17 94V
215/60 R17 96H
215/55 R18 99V XL
225/60 R18 100H
225/55 R17 97W
225/50 R18 95V
225/65 R17 102H
225/60 R17 99V
225/55 R18 98V
225/55 R19 99V
235/55 R19 101V
235/65 R18 106V
235/55 R17 99H
235/50 R18 97V
235/60 R17 102V
235/60 R18 103W
235/55 R18 100V
235/55 R20 102V
235/65 R17 108V XL
245/50 R19 105W XL
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Louis

I'm Louis, an engineer passionate about helping Australians choose better tyres for their vehicles!