Snow Tires for MINI Cooper

Thursday, September 9, 2010 by Doc Horvath

Most MINI Cooper owners are thrilled with how their car handles in dry and wet conditions, but often find the Original Equipment tires leave them wanting more when the snow flies. If you plan on keeping the vehicle for two winters or more, a dedicated set of winter wheels and tires is the way to give you the best grip possible in poor winter weather.

The standard Cooper models come with 15" wheels and tires with an optional 16" size if you select run-flat tires. Since most of the Coopers do not have a spare tire in the trunk, the run-flat tires can be an added safety measure to have. In the stock 195/55R16 size, run-flat snow tires are available from Bridgestone (Blizzak LM-60), Dunlop (Winter Sport 3D ROF), Michelin (Primacy Alpin PA3 ZP) and Pirelli (Winter 210 SnowSport RFT). All of these tires will have very good handling characteristics when the roads are clear and have a slightly more agressive tread pattern and rubber compound for improved snow and ice traction. 

If you live in an area where you have persistant issues with snow or ice you can get better results from a Studless Ice and Snow tire from Bridgestone (Blizzak WS60) or Michelin (X-Ice Xi2), but would have to give up run-flat capability.

Comments on Snow Tires for MINI Cooper

Thursday, November 11, 2010 by Alyson Wilson:
I'm about to spend my first winter in Iowa with my Mini Cooper Clubman. Since there will be snow and ice for months, it sounds like the Studless Ice and Snow tires are my best bet. I currently have the standard 15" wheels. How do I choose an appropriate tire size?
Wednesday, January 12, 2011 by Len Chance:
I live in Chicago and am concerned about the Cooper's handling in the ice and snow. How do these vehicles handle in this condition?
Sunday, November 20, 2011 by Jim Forrester:
I am interested in buying snow tires for my Mini Cooper. Do I need to buy tires for the rear wheels too?
Friday, December 9, 2011 by Ryan Hayman:
Jim, I highly recommend getting 4 snow tires for your Mini
Saturday, January 21, 2012 by Scout:
First winter with my 2008 Mini Convert. Stock tires leave me feeling just like an airhockey puck on snow. I think my real wheel drive 71 Mustang handled better. NEED diff tires.
Tuesday, April 9, 2013 by Jen:
My two cents: I'm at the tail end of my second winter with my Mini in Denver, and will definitely be buying run-flat snow tires next year. No matter how careful you are, the ice is a problem. Also, the run-flat feature has already saved me once, by keeping me going long enough to get to a place to have it patched. Especially since the Mini is our only car right now, I will absolutely keep buying tires with this feature.
Thursday, April 11, 2013 by doc:
Jen,
Thanks for your feedback !

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