Went from 205/45/17 run flats which are horrible tires. you feel every crack on the pavement and the ride is terribly noisy. i wanted to address the ride comfort first and foremost and put a bit more beef in the side wall by going to a 205/50/17. No exageration but the ride is like that of a Town Car. And very quiet. The steering feels softer but that should be expected. No rubbing on the wheel wells by going from a 45 to 50 profile. Can't wait to try it on rain and snow. If you hate the ride of your Mini Cooper S get these tires you wont regret it.