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

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



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.
Friday, May 1, 2015 by Reed

Question I'm Running 195/60 on my 04 Cooper, my Speedo is Off by 4/5. MPH is that why ? If I go to 175/60 will that get me back ? Or a more Accurate Reading.
Monday, May 4, 2015 by cy

Reed, 175/65-15's are 23.9" in overall diameter, 195/60-15's are 24.2" so there is only a 1.24 % difference in overall diameter (your speedometer will underestimate your actual speed by 3/4 MPH at 60 MPH).
So the larger error you're seeing is not caused by tire size. Thanks. Cy
Monday, May 18, 2015 by Kenny

Sir, I have a question...
I have a 2013 Mini Hardtop and looking to replace our first set of tires. The stock is a little 175/65-15 but could I go larger but keep the stock times without affecting the factory warranty?
And not looking to by a super pricey tire but want a safe and effective tire for my lady child.
Monday, May 18, 2015 by cy

Kenny, 185/65-15 is the widest alternative, standard size that will fit on your 5.5" wide original equipment wheel and have a similar overall diameter as stock.
The vehicle manufacturer is the ultimate arbitrator of their warranty but normally vehicle manufacturers don't have issues with a Tire Rack "standard" size like this one. Thanks. Cy.
Thursday, May 21, 2015 by Noli Mojica

Hi, can you pls help me. I would like to replace the tires & wheels of my 04min cooper. Im planing to buy a 17" mag wheels. What width and profile would fit best?
Currently i am using the original 175/65/15. Thanks
Thursday, May 21, 2015 by cy

We normally we use 205/45-17. See all 205/45-17 options here:


Thanks. Cy.
Tuesday, July 21, 2015 by Tom

Hi, can you pls help me. I would like to replace the tires of my 03min cooper. Im planing to buy a wider tires. What width and profile would fit best?
Currently i am using the original 175/65/15. Thanks
Thursday, July 23, 2015 by cy


The car has enough room to fit a much wider tire but your Original Equipment (OE) rims are only 5” wide. This limits your choices. 185/60-15 or 185/65-15 will fit your OE rims and won’t rub but they’re only ½” wider. So for the OE rims I would recommend staying with 175/65-15.

Thanks. Cy
Tuesday, August 16, 2016 by Sean McCarthy

I'm curious as to why you would not recommend 185/60/15 over the 175/65/15 they sound like a probable road holding improvement to me without much tire wall reduction. Is it cost, or insurance or something else? Thanks
Tuesday, August 16, 2016 by cy

Sean, 185/60-15 will mount on a 2003 Mini Cooper Hardtop's 5" wide Original Equipment (OE) wheel. Having such a narrow rim though, nullifies the 10 mm tire width advantage and detracts from steering response. So that's why l like 175/65-15 on the OE wheel.
Friday, February 24, 2017 by Gloria Lloyd

I own a 2012 Mini Cooper Coupe and need two new tires. How would I determine what size I need and may I acquire the tires at a good price, as I am on a tight budget?
Friday, February 24, 2017 by Cy

Gloria, please check your current tire sidewalls to see what size and tire you're running as Mini used a few different sizes on your Coupe.

If you're only replacing 2 tires, you should match up to the exact tires you're keeping so that you have the same amount of grip front and back. Mixing the tires can cause unusual or unpredictable handling.

Thanks. Cy
Wednesday, November 29, 2017 by Rebecca

Hi, I have an 03 R50 with the original 176/65 R15 tires. We found a set of snow tires from a 95 5 series BMW that ate it. They are 205/65 R15 and I was wondering if you or anyone had tried this size on those OEM rims or if you think they would fit?
Thursday, November 30, 2017 by Cy


Since we ship most of what we sell, we're very conservative when we assess the risk of rubbing. Keeping that in mind. I doubt 205/65-15 will fit but it wouldn't hurt to get anecdotal feedback from other Mini drivers who may have experimented with this size at:


Thanks Cy
Sunday, February 4, 2018 by Jeremy

i have a2006 mini cooper hatchback with OEM rims whats the best size tire can i put on my car id like to go wider
Tuesday, February 6, 2018 by Cy


Since we're ship most of what we sell we're extremely conservative when we assess the risk of rubbing.

With that in mind, 195/60-15 is the widest size we would recommend. 195/60-15 is approximately 8/10" wider and 3/10" larger in diameter than normal 175/65-15 Original Equipment size.

195/60-15 will fit on your 5.5" wide Original Equipment 15" wheel.

Also just to clarify something to readers of this post and its comments. We don't sell Original Equipment (OE) wheels so we rely on a universal guide for specifications on Original Equipment wheels. This guide incorrectly stated the 15" OE wheels were 5" wide, they're 5.5" wide so ignore the 5" wide specification that is referred to in some of the above comments.



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