Have you seen this message when searching for tires on our website?
The following tire you have selected has a higher load rating than the vehicle's Original Equipment (O.E.) tires. This typically results in increased ride harshness, which some customers may find undesirable.
The Dunlop tire, however, can. With extra load tires, you can inflate the tire up to 41 psi, and carry more weight. This particular Dunlop can carry up to 1,477 pounds at 41 psi. In certain Audi and Volkswagen vehicles, XL tires are required to carry the weight of the vehicle.
But for most vehicles, standard load tires would suffice. So why the move to XL if it's a harsher ride? I've ridden on both standard load tires and XL tires...and I can't tell a bit of difference. Everyone feels things differently, but a vast majority of the time, the difference is very subtle. The warning is there just so there are no surprises.
So next time you're looking at a Hankook Ventus V12 evo V110, or a Continental ExtremeContact DWS, and you see the XL, have no fear! These tires will still work (and work well) for your vehicle.