A customer on the bimmerfest.com Tire Rack Tire and Wheel Forum recently asked me about winter tires for his new BMW X5 Sport Package SUV.
This sporty SUV (or SAV as BMW likes to call it) comes with large, wide 20" wheels with 275/40R20 up front and 315/35R20 in the rear. It comes equipped with Ultra High Performance Summer tires that, while fantastic in dry and summer conditions, are very poor in cold weather and in snow/ice traction.
A good solution for him was to use the 275/40R20 tire size on both the front and the rear wheels. Using this more narrow tire size, he will have better snow traction as well as have more winter tires to choose from. My top winter snow tire recommendations in this size include the Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1 and the Pirelli Scorpion Ice and Snow.
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