Design & Technology

Alloy vs steel – the wheel question February 28th, 2017

 

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Wheels are like shoes for your car, serving as much as a stylish statement as they do a functional piece of equipment to take you places. Understandably, when it comes to picking out a car, wheels are one of the aspects that are of great interest to customers.

 

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Steel and alloy wheels are the two most common types of wheel used in cars, and Kia offers its customers a wide variety of options to choose from. Read on to find out which type is best for you!

 

Alloy Wheels

 

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Alloy wheels, also known as aluminum alloy wheels, are now standard on most cars in the automobile market. Alloy wheels are lightweight and more pliable which makes for more agile performance on the road. Lighter wheels mean that in the long run, they offer better fuel economy.

 

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Another advantage of alloy wheels is cosmetic. The way that the alloy wheels are cast makes it easy to forge them into intricate customized designs. Paired with different finishes – painted, polished or chromed – alloy wheels can be a stylistic point that boosts a car’s aesthetic appeal.

 

Steel Wheels

 

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Steel wheels, composed of iron and carbon, are tough and durable, making them a suitable choice for heavy duty or off-road vehicles. While steel wheels place little emphasis on style, they produce a heavier grip, which makes them an ideal choice for travelling through rough roads and winter climates.

 

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Thanks to their solidity, steel wheels are more immune to damage and easier to repair. Given their purely utilitarian function, steel wheels share a simple and uniform look across the board and therefore are a more affordable option.

 

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When it comes to choosing among wheel options, drivers may want to think about their daily driving patterns and preferences. If you are looking for a flashy, highly responsive and easily accelerating ride, go with alloys. If you prefer a rugged and powerful no-nonsense driving experience, stick with steel wheels. No matter which one you choose, just remember that Kia has you covered!