Alloy wheels vs Steel wheels

In a world where the type of car you drive makes a statement about you and your lifestyle; how much money you earn, whether you are a fast flyer or an off-road adventurer, even the type of wheels you have influences people’s opinion.

So do you make your choice of wheels because of aesthetic beauty or what is considered to be more durable? Here are out pros and cons on alloy and steel wheels. 

Alloy Wheels: The Pros 

  • Alloy wheels are lighter so it takes corners more lightly and suspension seems easier.
  • They offer more freedom in design than steel which means that you are more able to customise alloys, giving your car a slightly more unique look.
  • Alloy wheels keep their shape more than steel wheels, handling the car better.
  • Unlike steel wheels, alloys are less likely to rust, leaving more time to drive instead of paying to constantly treat your wheels.
  • They provide more protection in terms of pothole damage; a money saver.

So things are looking pretty good for alloy enthusiasts, as well as looking great their high prices may save you money with their durability in terms of road surfaces and metal treatment. But, how do they compare to Steel?

Steel Wheels: The Pros

  • Although the weight that steel wheels provide may not be desirable during the spring and summer months, during winter; steel wheels can give you more peace of mind by gripping the road more than alloys; snow included.
  • Damage to the aesthetics may be less noticeable due to their aesthetics.
  • You can add covers that reflect the look of Alloys, so you add beauty as well as durability.
  • They are 75-80% less expensive than alloys.

So it seems that steel wheels are good in terms of winter driving and can be dressed up to look like alloys, meaning that you still get the look (kind of…) and for a reduced price. All in all though, alloys currently carry more weight for this battle, but what happens when we look at the disadvantages for both? Could steel make a steady come-back?

Alloy Wheels: The Cons

  • Although their lighter weight works in its favour for a more relaxed, feel good drive; if you were to be involved in an impact, they tend to bend more easily than steel which could cause a problem. 
  • They suffer aesthetic damage more than steel does, which could mean more treatment is needed.
  • Alloys tend to be more expensive than their steel cousins.

All in all, not too many disadvantages compared to their advantages. Things are looking good for Alloy Wheels.

Steel Wheels: The Cons

  • If you downsize from alloys to steel, the weight of the car will increase enormously; which is never a good feeling when driving on busy roads. 
  • Newer cars tend to be automatically installed with alloys.
  • They can’t compete with Alloys for more sporty drivers.

The Final Verdict

So, steel wheels have the same number of cons which suggests that, overall, the aesthetically pleasing and lighter-feel alloy wheels are a better choice than their counterpart who, although can be decorated in the same style, just can’t compare.

In order to buy the best alloy wheels available you have to use a great supplier; alloy wheels from Autopart UK offers great quality wheels in a variety of styles for you to make the perfect statement with your perfect car.


Written by Lewis Shaw

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