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17" winter tyres. Will never go back to 19"
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Just bought a set of wheels for the winter. Good Year Ultra Grip Performance SUV 215/60 R17. Went for 17" instead of the 19" the car was delivered with. What a difference! What a soft ride! I guess I'll never go back to 19" ;-) I even think the car looks better now... Probably some of you won't agree, so let's leave it at that. I'm happy, at least!

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Sad. Car now looks like rice powah... I have 2 19"sets; winter and summer and there is no money to switch to 17"...

When I Will have wish for offroad then I will use 16" steel wheels with off-road tyres on it. Otherwise 19" all the way... I have an oppurtunity to test Kadyar with both tyres fixed (17" and19") and expirience was far better with 19". Also handling of car, stability, entry speed in curve... Even comodity was not significant better with 17" to weight on it side.

But this is mine subjective viewing and feeling.

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Here in Lithuania we are allowed to use spiked tyres and many do. When I lived in Sweden, I used spiked winter tyres on a few cars. My experince was mixed. Up in the mountains and on very icy roads, there is no discussion. Spikes all the way. Also, if you MUST use your car everyday regardless of the weather, it might save your life (I especially remember one day, when the radio announced "We sometimes say - don't get on the road if you not necessarily must. Today we say - don't get on the road even if you must" ;-)  ). 

But most of the time, I drove on wet asphalt, which wears down the spikes (as well as the road) and you loose them, so there are hardly any left in the tyre, when you need them.

As I use the car now, I can let it stand on very icy days. My priority, when choosing tyres, was that they perform very well on wet asphalt and reasonably well on snow and ice, without doing too bad on dry asphalt.

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1 hour ago, turboted10 said:

Yes again it's as above, there is no perfect answer in changing weather conditions. My only concern is that many think winter tyres are simply chunkier treaded versions of normal tyres. 

In all honesty I have never seen or heard of anyone using spiked tyres here in the Uk, we just don't get the weather in general. Anyone in outlying areas is going to find that 4wd comes into the equation way before spikes.

Whatever happened to good old Mud and snow tyres, rock hard with tread like a JCB? They really were a valid option for the few bad days we have but absolutely to hard and uncomfortable for smooth tarmac

Once, living in Sweden, I was waiting in line to a car wash in Denmark. A young woman came up to me and asked "Are those spiked tyres? I've never seen such in my whole life. Can I touch them?" ;-)

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HI  YES that is very true  indeed could argue it takes LONGER to stop as 4x4 system is heavier ---so think momentum and all that  it must take longer to stop  also in case of kadjar fuel tank is bigger more weight again ;)   oh my god mine will never stop  :o   so, be careful out there  :rolleyes:

JC  B)

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There's an argument for 17 inch wheels vs 19 inchers and given the option (which I didn't have) I would have chosen 17 inchers. But the 19 inch wheels are OK, albeit a bit noisier around town (you hear road noise at lower speeds than my previous small wheeled Scenic). Part of that may be a quieter engine or different soundproofing though - and the Kadjar is more stable. I have no problem with kerbing as i just drive more carefully when near or crossing them.

But winter tyres? Not here in coastal southern England - where snow is on the ground for half a day about twice a year on average and even then is only an issue if you live outside the towns!

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Interestingly, during my absence I went to Spain and had a BMW 218 Gran Tourer with 17” wheels on hire. I really and truly could not detect a difference in the ride comfort.  Also the “start/stop button is in the same place, the cup holders are small and unless the steering column is at its lowest setting the dash info display is obscured.  The I-Drive system is much clunkier and less intuitive than R-Link. 

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Bought a year old KJ 10 days ago and love it, except hadn't realised the lack of choice for 'bad weather' tyres like i had on the Megane - only options seem to be swap to smaller rims so i can use my tyre of choice or fit winter tyres, the front runner being Vredsteins, the swap back in March (UK) 0r have two sets of rims £££££ - any other ideas would be very welcome

 

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Can anyone comment whether road noise is significantly better with the 17” wheels ?   ....  or is the type of tyre the most significant factor?

 

I find 19” perfectly comfortable with good handling.  but they could be quieter on bad motorway surfaces.

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