BMW X5 4.8i and X6 5.0i - 20" Winter Tires

Thursday, October 1, 2009 by BJ Joines
The new BMW X5 4.8i is one of the most powerful and sporty SUVs on the road today. They come equipped with some very large, staggered 20" tires from the factory. Their original factory tires would be either the Dunlop SP Sport Maxx ROF or the Bridgestone Dueler HP Sport RFT. Both of these tires are summer performance run-flat tires. Neither can be driven safely in ice and snow conditions. I've encountered many X5 owners in search of a good winter or all-season tire for this vehicle. Winter capable tire options are extremely limited so I'll outline the best possible options for the X5 4.8.

For winter use with the original wheels:


These Pirelli Scorpions will be an excellent winter tire for those looking to maintain the factory wheels and tire sizes on the vehicle. 

For all-season use with the factory wheels:

315/35R20  Michelin Latitude Tour HP

These are the only tire option that can be used in all weather conditions. This is a great option for those not living in a heavy snow area but where you may see some light snow and freezing temperatures. Unfortunately, these are not run-flat capable tires. 

For winter use with a new wheel and tire package: 

Tire Rack's Preferred Winter Package

255/55R18 Pirelli Scorpion Ice and Snow RFT   
18x8 Elbrus I05 wheel

This combination is ideal for those drivers looking for the maximum winter traction and a new wheel and tire package. The benefit of using a separate winter wheel and tire package is not having mount and dismount tires on the wheels twice a year. This is a more convenient option and the smaller wheel diameter will offer the best winter traction available. 

 




Comments on BMW X5 4.8i and X6 5.0i - 20" Winter Tires

Sunday, October 31, 2010 by John:
I recently purchased a 2007 BMW X5 4.8i with the 20 inch wheels. I appreciate the Blog here on the winter set-up for the 20 inch wheels. Will putting snow tires on the 315/35/20 get me around safely in the snow and ice? FYI, I'll be getting a separate set of 20 inch wheels specifically for winter. I'd prefer not changing the look of the vehicle with smaller wheels, i.e.; 18 or 19 inch. Debating on if I should put 275/40/20 on all 4 wheels with snow tires or if sticking with the staggered wheels with snow tires will be just about the same in terms of winter performance, and safety. Thank you!
Sunday, December 5, 2010 by Pete:
I have the same exact vehicle and the 20" "Y" spoke rims. I just bought the pirellis in 275 and 315. I was looking for direct tire replacement for winter driving. I don't mind swapping out tires two seasons....as long as my vehicle has run flats, and gets me through snow without worrying, I'm good. I won't know how good these tires are until I get them delivered - should be here Dec 8 2010, and get them installed and aligned. I would 100% opt for the pirellis and be done.

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