BMW X5 Sport Package Winter Tires

A customer on the 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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Saturday, November 20, 2010 by Sam

Thanks for the info. What do you think of the Michelin Latitude Alpin? I'm looking for good tread wear. You mentioned using 275/40/R20 square setup. The rear wheel on the style 214 20's is 315/35R20. Will the square setup work? Will most shops be okay installing it? Thanks!
Monday, November 22, 2010 by Gary

The Latitude Alpin would be a good choice for a lighter snow area, but it would be a step down in snow and ice traction from the Pirelli Scorpion and Blizzak DMV1. Yes, the 275/40R20 will fit rim widths of 20X9-20X11 with no problem. I doubt shops would have a problem doing this as the this is the recommended range provided by the manufacturer.
Tuesday, March 22, 2011 by mioller

I have Run Flats 255 40 R on the front and 285 40R on the rear 19" alloys on a sports package BMW X5
What's the setup for winter
Thanks for your help
Thursday, March 6, 2014 by Ben Ayow

I recently got an X5 with Pirelli's 255/50 -19's Scorpion and I am wondering what the best pressure to use for winter for from and rear. I do not carry much load most of the times. Can someone advise me. Thank you.
Friday, March 7, 2014 by Gary


What year and model of X5?
Sunday, February 25, 2018 by Thor

What is the price for winter tires bmw x5 f15 and shipping cost to Iceland?
Wednesday, February 28, 2018 by Tire Rack Team

Thor, we can export some tire brands, you would need to either call in or use our sales inquiry email address to work up a quote.

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