15" Tires for Your MINI Cooper Hardtop with 175/65-15 Original Equipment

Friday, March 2, 2012 by Cy Chowattukunnel

Before BMW launched the new MINI back in 2002, Americans didn't have a lot of options for a fun and efficient car. The new MINI changed all that. With the original R53 and the newer R56 launched in 2007, MINI has created a very unique niche occupied by a cadre of loyal and happy drivers. You can tell a lot about a car by talking to drivers and MINI Cooper drivers are more than content with their vehicles.

To keep your MINI zipping along, you'll need to keep up on normal maintenance including replacing your worn O.E. 175/65-15 tires. So if it's time to replace the tires on your MINI Cooper Hardtop consider the following options.

Every driver has specific traits he or she wants to focus on, but most Cooper Hardtop drivers want a tire that maintains the peppiness of their MINI while providing good ride compliance, treadwear, wet grip and snow grip. 

Throughout our years of testing, we've found that better all-season tires will improve wet grip substantially. However, for proper grip in wintry conditions, you should install a set of dedicated winter / snow tires. This is especially true for a lightweight car like the MINI Cooper.

If you're looking for improved handling and ride balance along with better treadwear and wet grip, I would recommend the Grand Touring All-Season General AltiMAX HP for $76*. The next best choice with slightly less ride compliance is the High Performance All-Season Yokohama AVID ENVigor (H&V) at $88*, with my third choice being the Continental ContiProContact at $99*.


General AltiMAX HP

Yokohama AVID ENVigor (H&V)

Continental ContiProContact


MINI Cooper Hardtop FAQ:

  1. For the 2006 MINI Cooper Hardtop, the Upgrade Garage asks if my MINI was manufactured before or after July 12, 2006, why? After July 12, 2006, MINI changed from a 12mm wheel bolt to a 14mm wheel bolt. This information is important when selecting your next set of wheels. 
  2. For my 2007 MINI Cooper Hardtop the Upgrade Garage asks if I have metal or rubber valve stems, why? In 2007, MINI switched over from indirect TPMS to direct TPMS. Again, this data is needed when selecting a new set of wheels for your vehicle. 
  3. What if I'm looking for a tire that's more for speed? Take a look at the 195/50-15 Dunlop Direzza Z1 Star Spec.
  4. Before making a purchase I would like to see what other MINI Cooper drivers have to say, is this possible? Yes, you can view our consumer reviews here.

*Prices subject to change, excluding shipping


Comments on 15" Tires for Your MINI Cooper Hardtop with 175/65-15 Original Equipment

Monday, January 21, 2013 by sam heller:
I see 175/55-15 size wheels and then I see 205 size tires. Will the 305s actually fit the factory rims?
Tuesday, January 22, 2013 by cy:
Both 1st Generation (R53) and 2nd Generation (R56) Cooper Hardtops ran 175/65-15's on 15x5 (5" wide) wheels as the Original Equipment 15" size. 205/50-15 is too wide for the original equipment 15" wheel. 195/50-15 works as an autocross/track size. Cy
Saturday, November 22, 2014 by Dawn:
This site has been very, very helpful in my search for replacement tires on my 2011 Mini Cooper. Thanks!!
Tuesday, November 25, 2014 by cy:
Dawn, you're very welcome, thank you and have a great week. Cy.

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