MINI Cooper Tires

Looking to get out of the run-flat tires on your MINI Cooper? You're not alone. Many MINI drivers can't stand the harsh ride and loud noise that comes from the stock run-flat tires. Granted, run-flat tires serve a purpose and do the job they are asked, but come at a stiff price, no pun intended.

Here are a few of my favorite non run-flat tires for the MINI Cooper and Cooper S.
Bridgestone Potenza G019 Grid
Bridgestone Potenza G019 Grid. This is a High Performance All-Seaon tire with good traction. It features a nice, directional tread design that helps in the wet and is offered with a 50k mile treadlife warranty.

Yokohama AVID ENVigor
Yokohama AVID ENVigor
. A great choice for the MINI. Sporty tire with great handling and very smooth ride. It features a 60k tread life warranty.

Continental ExtremeContactDWFor those who have the 17" option and may be looking at a summer tire, take a look at the new Continental ExtremeContact DW. This summer tire has everything you're looking for including great wet and dry grip and excellent handling on the MINI. 


Friday, November 26, 2010 by Bruce

I have the Bridgestone Grid 019's. If you are a person who can hear everything going on with your car, look somewhere else. These tires while great in performance are so loud they drive me nuts. If I could find a quiet all-weather tire I wouldn't hear anything but the stereo. Tires are louder than the engine. Might be just me, but be aware if you buy.
Monday, October 3, 2011 by Rhonda Fiorella

Hi, I was just reading your comments about mini Cooper tires. I don't care much about tire noise....being a mini owner, I'm used to a lot of noise while driving. Anyway... what is the cost for the bridgestone tires you recommend? I was given a cost of $1200 by the dealership to replace the continental tires (original to car). This car is much more fun than the Benz I used to own....but costs sometimes more when it comes to repairs. Your advice is appreciated! Thank you.
Tuesday, October 11, 2011 by Steve

Price depends on the size of the tire. Assuming you have a 195-55-16, they are currently priced at $87 each.
Friday, October 28, 2011 by Sherry Ayres

Steve, I have been reading through these discussions for about two months...since one of my 2011 MINI Countryman Continental runflat tires got a nail puncture with 2800 miles on it. I definitely want to move in the directions of replacing all four tires with non-runflat tires. My tire size is 205/55R17-91V. Your best-priced replacement recommendation seems to be the Continental ExtremeContact DW tire. Is my tire size a relatively rare size and, if so, would it be advisable/allowable to slightly modify the size of the replacement tire to go with a more "standard" size (which might be less expensive)? I have convinced my dealer to replace my tires with non-runflat tires "at cost", and they will not charge me for installation, but they will also NOT recommend any non-runflat tires as "MINIs are supposed to have runflats". I don't need the absolute smoothest ride; I would prefer longevity of the tires. BTW, I live in the southeastern part of Virginia, so we don't get much in the way of continually below- freezing winters. Any and all recommendations as far as tire replacements would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks so much!
Friday, October 28, 2011 by Steve

Hi Sherry,

I would say that the Conti Extreme Contact DW is the best non ruflat (summer) tire for the Mini. I would not change the size.
Monday, November 21, 2011 by Sherry Ayres

Thanks, Steve. If I decided to go with an all-season tire, do you still recommend the Conti Extreme Contact DWS (and do they make that tire in a 205/55R17)?

Thanks again!
Friday, December 30, 2011 by Fernando

how much n where run flat tire 205/45 R17?
Wednesday, January 18, 2012 by Bill

Just bouht a '07 mini S w/ 17" wheels. 38,000 miles on original run flats. will be lookiong at non-run flats to replace them soon. live in northwest arkansas. Would prefer an all season tire. What would you recommend?
Wednesday, January 18, 2012 by Steve

Hi Bill,

I would recommend the Yokohama AVID Envigor. They are a very nice riding tire with great handling and excellent traction for the MINI.
Monday, January 23, 2012 by Dave

My 2010 Clubman S has stock 195/55R-16 tires. I want non-runflat replacements. Can I use the Continentals or are they limited to 17" wheels? What would you suggest? I am looking for a little softer and quieter ride.
Friday, January 27, 2012 by Steve

Hi Dave,
The only non ruflat Continental in the 16" size is the ContiProContact. But the tire I would suggest is the Yokohama AVID Envigor. Hope this helps.
Saturday, March 17, 2012 by Bill

Why the change from the Conti Extreme Contact DW to the Yokohama AVID Envigor?

Saturday, March 17, 2012 by Bill

I see the Conti's are all season. I put winters on my 05 Cooper S. What tire would you recommend for summer?

Sunday, April 22, 2012 by Sonny Mangundayao

Hi, I've a run flat tyre in my MINI Cooper S 2010 model. Specs of tire is Dunlop SP Sport 01, 205/45/R17. What ideal pressure would you recommend considering that in the Philippines where I'm a resident has a very high humid and hot weather.
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 by steve

Hi Sonny,
No matter where you are we would suggest running the factory PSI, which in this case looks like 39 PSI for the convertible and 38 PSI for the hardtop. Hope this helps.
Monday, June 18, 2012 by Joe

Hello. I have a 2005 MINI S Convertible and am looking to go to non run-flats. Just looking for a great touring tire. What would you recommend? Thanks in advance.
Friday, June 22, 2012 by Steve

Hi Joe,
If you need size 195-55-16 I would suggest the Continental ProContact. If you need 17" the only tires I would suggest is a performance tire.
Friday, June 29, 2012 by Ed Pyatte

I have an 09 turbo convertible. the tire noise is getting to me. What is the quietist tire available.
Friday, June 29, 2012 by steve

Thanks for your question Ed. You have a Turbo Mini? What size tire do you use?
Saturday, July 7, 2012 by JB

I have a 2011 MCS on stock 17" runflats. Changed to 60% tread Bridgetone Potenza Grid 019's mounted to Mini R98 wheels. The performance & ride greatly improved but the noise is unbearable at 60mph+..unbearable I tell you.. Like Ed, what is the quietest 205/45R17 tire I cn get???
Monday, July 9, 2012 by steve

The quietest tire in this size is the Continental Extreme Contact DWS.
Tuesday, July 10, 2012 by JB

Thanks Steve, what about the Extreme Contact DW summer?
Wednesday, July 11, 2012 by Pat

I have a 2010 Clubman with OE 175/65R15s. I am looking for a quiet all-season with good treadlife. We live outside of Philly, so we do get some snow. Do you know if I can go with a wider tire? What would you recommend?
Saturday, July 28, 2012 by Fritz

I'm looking at Minis. Seems to only come with run-flats. Will conventional tires fit the OEM rims or would I need to get new rims as well? I would want to get quite all seasons of some kind.
Tuesday, July 31, 2012 by WJ

Hello, Steve. I'm like Pat above but I have a 2012 Cooper Hardtop OE 195/55R 16s with les than 300 miles. What do you think is the best quiet, good traction, all-season non-runflat? I'm thinking of talking to the dealer about switching out tires...
Tuesday, July 31, 2012 by steve

For Pat and WJ, I would recommend the Yokohama AVID envigor. For WJ the Kumho Ecsta 4X is a nice tire as well.
Tuesday, July 31, 2012 by Steve

Fritz, Yes you can use a conventional tire on the OE rims. As you can see I tend to recommend the Yokohama AVID Envigor, but it might depend on what size you need as well.
Sunday, August 5, 2012 by zelaikha

hey steve,
Currently I have non run flat tires in a 215/55/16 im looking to replace them for run flats. (do you think this is a good idea? noise doesnt matter to me) if not - what tires do you think i should go for and if so which tires do you think i should go for?
have a flat now.. and its hard finding tires!

Tuesday, August 7, 2012 by steve

Unfortunately, no one makes a run-flat tire in size 215/55/16, but the tire I tend to recommend for the Mini is the Yokohama AVID Envigor.
Friday, August 24, 2012 by peter

I have run flat tires on my 2010 Mini clubman. Within the last year I have had four flat tires on different wheels...........seems these tires are prone to flats. I have a couple of other cars and no flats within the last ten years....
Saturday, September 1, 2012 by Bill

I have a 2010 non-S convertible. It's my first MINI and have gone through 4 run flats in two years. One was from barely bumping the curb. I think that they are garbage, but fortunately, I purchased the tire insurance.

When I had the car serviced last week, the dealer told me I was going to be due for new tires soon and I told him that I had been planning to replace all four and that I wanted to put the standadard go-flat tires on it. He refused, stating that he could only sell me what the car came with from the factory---to the tune of $1,496.

The dealer also told me that I needed new brakes front and rear and that it would cost $1,700.

I took the car to the independent mechanic that my parents have used for their import cars since I was a kid. He looked at the car and said the brakes were fine..."brand new looking" were his exact words. He did however find the brake sensors to be faulty and replaced them for $150 total and also put on a set of Cooper CS4 Touring P195/55VR16 all season tires for $360. Baby handles like a dream with the new tires, the ride is greatly improved and they're much quieter.

So yes, I'd swap out for go-flats. Also, since I'm on my soap box, if you're out of warranty or out-of the service contract, find a good independent mechanic and save yourself a crap heap of money.
Saturday, September 15, 2012 by Karen

Hi. I have a 2009 MINI Cooper. I live in SLC, so we have all four season, so when it SNOWS! I have a Volvo XC70 which is a much smoother ride than the Coop. I love the Coop because of the gas mileage, so I will drive it as often as I can. I am in the market for new tires, but I am a looking for a tire that will provide a smoother ride and will be able to use in all kinds of weather. What do you recommend?
Saturday, September 15, 2012 by Kay

Need some help picking new tires for my 2007 mini cooper. I live in Florida and am concerned mostly with driving in rain and road noise. Current tire size 175/65/15. Any suggestions for a "budget friendly" tire would be greatly appreciated.
Sunday, September 16, 2012 by Jim

my 2012 MiniS is running on Pirreli 205/40 18 Zero runflats.The pressure is at 45Lbs. That seems high to me and the ride as you say in your blog is harsh. What pressure would you recommend for maximum tread life?
Wednesday, August 28, 2013 by Bill

Steve, I am sitting on my boat in the San Juan Islands of Washington but dreaming of my 2012 Mini Cooper convertible which only got a few months workout at home in the Southern California desert. Within 50 miles I became a Run-Flat critic and want to ditch them in the Fall. A friend put Bridgestone Potenza's on his Scion XB, and the road noise was very noticeable - and bad. I assume it would be the same on the Mini. My first priority is low noise, second is wear. The desert means no rain and I drive conservatively, so do not need exceptional tracking. Thoughts? Thanks.
Friday, August 30, 2013 by steve

Not sure what size you have since the Mini has so many options, but the ContiPro Contact and the General Altimax HP make good options for what you're looking for.
Friday, October 18, 2013 by Bill McLain

I have a 2006 Mini Cooper S. Concerned about noise and would like performance as well. Thinking about the Bridgestone Potenza RE760 Sport. What do you think?
Friday, October 18, 2013 by steve

Hi Bill,
The 760 is a great value option. The performance is great and the noise is fairly low. Sure, there may be better tires out there, but naturally they will cost you more money. If you want "bang for the buck", this is a great choice.
Saturday, October 26, 2013 by Derek

I bought a 2007 Mini Cooper S (JCW) last year. It came with Riken Raptor Run-Flat tires, 225/45ZR17 on the front and 205/45ZR17 on the rear. The road noise is very noticeable on these tires. I am looking for a High Performance tire with a wider profile, that has a great wet and dry grip, and excellent handling. Run-Flats not important.
Thursday, October 31, 2013 by steve

The widest size we recommend is a 215-45-17. The best tire I could recommend would be the Michelin Pilot Super Sport. Hope this helps.
Wednesday, November 27, 2013 by Brian

I am in the process of purchasing a MINI Clubman S and I have a decent set of General Altimax Arctic Snow Tires from my previous car and wondered if they would fit the MINI with new wheels. They are 215/55 R16. Thanks for your help.
Friday, December 6, 2013 by Steve

Hi Brian,
That size will likely be to big.
Friday, February 7, 2014 by Marilyn Brenneman

I just bought a 2011 Mini Cooper Clubman S with the original run flat tires. It has 25k miles and will need tires soon. What non run flat will work best--I live in the Seattle area so adverse road conditions typically consist of rain.
Tuesday, February 11, 2014 by Tire Rack Team

If you have the 16", then the Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3 would be your best bet. If you own the 17" option, then the Hankook Ventus S1 noble2 is a great tire for the money.
Sunday, November 16, 2014 by Tony P

Hey Team, I have a 2012 MCS on John Cooper Works 17" wheels that I would like to switch to non flats. I live in California but am looking for quiet and comfortable summer and all season tyres - what do you recommend for both so that I can have 2 options to choose from. Thank you!!
Thursday, November 20, 2014 by Tire Rack Team

Tony, please give us a call so that we can determine which tire would best fit your needs. Summer tires provide great grip but due to their higher speed ratings and stiffer sidewalls they will not be as comfortable as a performance all-season.
Thursday, January 8, 2015 by Rick

I have a 2011 Mini Countryman S All4. The stock Continental all season tires are so noisy and rough riding my wife constantly complains - and so do I! (A) Are there any RFT tire replacements that would give a ride and lower the noise to a non-RFT level? (B) What would be the quietest and best riding alternative non-RFT all-season? (C) Any comments on the Rhinotire treatment for non-RFT tires?
Tuesday, January 13, 2015 by Tire Rack Team

Rick, Given the depth of your questions, please give us a call at (800) 428-8355. We are available M-F 8am-8m and Saturday 9am-4pm EST.
Wednesday, November 18, 2015 by Mark

I've got a 2013 Clubman S that needs new tires and want to move away from run-flats. I live in Wisconsin so I need an all season tire. Recommendations
Sunday, December 11, 2016 by Jonathan Costen

My wife has 205 55 17 run flat tires on her 2013 mini-cooper. What other sizes could we put on that are also not run flats so we can save some money? Would 205 45 17s work?
Tuesday, December 13, 2016 by Tire Rack Team

Jonathan, Is her vehicle a Countryman?

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