Recently, I helped a customer find replacement tires for his 2011 MINI Cooper Countryman S. He had been running the Original Equipment run-flat in size 205/55R17. During our call, the MINI owner provided two main criteria. First, he wanted a non-run-flat tire that had all-season capability. Second, there was a restrictive price point that the customer requested. While looking for tires that were the O.E. size, I was coming across mostly run-flat tires, summer tires or options that were higher than the price he wanted.
It was time to look at an alternate size and I began to search for tires in the 225/50R17 size. This size is about 3/4" wider and the exact same height as the Original Equipment. Tire Rack provides fitment guarantee on this size to be inside the wheelwell without rubbing. In 225/50R17, you'll find a wide range of options from brands such as Fuzion and Hankook to premium performance options from Bridgestone and Michelin. We ended up equipping the customer's MINI with a set of Kumho Ecsta 4X.
Not a MINI owner? Then take a look at a few of my past blog posts on tire options for different vehicles:
- Tire Options for Your Hyundai Santa Fe
- The Best Tires for a Volvo XC90
- Tire Alternatives and Options for Your Dodge Journey
Looking for tire advice on the vehicle you drive? Shop by vehicle or leave me a comment and I'll be happy to consider a future entry based on your recommendation.