Run-Flat and Non-Run-Flat Tires for Your MINI Cooper

The MINI Cooper has been an extremely popular car since it was reintroduced about ten years ago. Now with the price of fuel sky high, smaller and more fuel efficient cars like the MINI are a great vehicle to own.

Many Coopers come originally equipped with a run-flat tire. I talk to many customers who would prefer to replace the run-flat tires with a conventional non-run-flat option. Fortunately, for those who want to maintain run-flat capabilities, Bridgestone has come out with the Potenza RE960AS Pole Position RFT. This is Bridgestone's third-generation run-flat and it has been well received. Having driven on the tire myself, it's difficult to tell the difference in ride comfort from a conventional tire. Potenza RE960AS Pole Position RFT tires also provide temporary extended mobility for a distance of 50 miles at up to 50 mph even after a puncture has allowed complete air pressure loss.

If you are a driver who wants a non-run-flat tire, there are a couple of nice options you should look at. For those who may want to step up to a dedicated performance tire, one of my favorites for the MINI is the Michelin Pilot Super Sport. This is a summer-only tire that offers exceptional wet and dry grip and will turn your MINI into a hot rod! Pilot Super Sport tires are comparatively light, with weight savings of up to 10% compared to other tires of similar dimensions. This reduces unsprung weight for improved handling.

Another non-run-flat tire I like for the MINI is Kumho's Ecsta 4X. This is a very nice high performance all-season tire with great year-round traction, a 40,000-mile treadlife warranty and a nice price tag.

Bridgestone Potenza RE960AS Pole Position RFT
Bridgestone Potenza RE960AS
Pole Position RFT
Michelin Pilot Super Sport
Michelin Pilot Super
Kumho Ecsta 4X
Kumho Ecsta

There are several other great tires out there for the MINI. These are just a few suggestions. To see all options available for your MINI Cooper, shop by vehicle.


Monday, February 16, 2015 by George

Can i replace my 205/55/R17 low profile run flat tires on my 2012 Mini Countryman All 4 with a higher profile(65?) run flat tire?
Wednesday, February 18, 2015 by Tire Rack Team

George, The use of a taller size, such as a 65 series, is not advisable for the Countryman and will likely result in rubbing issues. --
Wednesday, July 13, 2016 by Pam

I bought a used 2011 Countryman S (All Wheel Drive). The tires on it are 225/45/R18 91V. I am getting ready to replace them. Should I go back to factory specs? What exactly is the difference between 205/55/R17 and 225/45/R17? I DO NOT want run flats.
Friday, July 15, 2016 by Tire Rack Team

Pam, There is no issue using the 225/45R18 if you like them. A 225/45R17 is going to be shorter than we recommend for your vehicle.
Tuesday, December 26, 2017 by Genny

I'm looking to replace my Mini Paceman 205/55R17, do I stay with the same size for any of the above mentioned tires? Or if I was to go another route with a standard tire, what size should I be looking at?
Thursday, December 28, 2017 by Tire Rack Team

Genny: There are more options in the wider 225/50R17, so that would also work on the Paceman if you do not like your choices in the stock size. If you were looking for the best-riding, longest-lasting all -season run-flat tire, take a look at the Bridgestone DriveGuard. Click here for current pricing:
Thursday, January 18, 2018 by Kay

Hello. I have a 2010 Mini Cooper S, and it currently has 215/45/17 summer tires on it. I live in VT and am looking for the best snow tire. I found some that I liked but upon checkout I was warned they would not fit. My mini is also lowered. Thanks!
Monday, January 22, 2018 by Tire Rack Team

Kay, in the recommended 215/45R17, the highest rated winter tire currently is the Bridgestone Blizzak WS-80. Click below for current pricing:
Thursday, February 15, 2018 by Nick

Hi Tire Rack Team. I have 205-40-R19 tires on my 2015 Countryman S. I've punctured 5 tires in just over 3 years (thankfully I bought tire insurance). But I live in NYC now. What are your recommendations for 17" rims and tires? And what do you think about converting to non-run flats (for a smoother ride, and to be susceptible to pothole punctures)? Thank you

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