Choosing the correct tyre size
Make your tyre size selection in strict accordance with vehicle documents and tyre manufacturer recommendations. If the combined wheel and tyre diameter aren’t correctly matched, there may be drastic differences in ride height and speedometer readings.
For example, fitting 17-inch-diameter wheels to a car that is designed to have 14-inch-diameter wheels will change the ride height. That means the car body will be higher off the ground. There will also be a slight increase in top speed, and the speedometer will no longer be accurate. Last but not least, the car will accelerate slower.
Switching to different tyre sizes can only be done in compliance with all legal requirements and regulations – plus the recommendations of the vehicle, wheel and tyre manufacturers. At the very least, the wheel must have complete freedom of circular motion and the tyre’s adequate load capacity must be observed.
In some cases, a different tyre size can be used, but the same new tyres (same tyre size, tread pattern and tyre age) are required to be fitted across the axles. If you want to make those changes and want to ensure safety, consult your vehicle manufacturer or local Continental dealer. An approved test centre will make the changes in your vehicle documents. If you drive without approval, you must expect an increased risk of accidents and to be fined.
The internal construction of tyres fitted on any vehicle must either be radial or bias-ply. Fitting mixed tyre constructions (bias-ply and radial together) for cars, caravans and other light trucks is unsafe and illegal. The only permissible exception is the use of a spare tyre for an emergency.
Concerning the choice of wheels or rims, the same guidelines apply. Motorists must use the standard wheels or rims approved by the vehicle manufacturer as recommended.
What are the most common tyres sizes?
Common tyre sizes are 175, 185, 195 and 205 tyres. The tyre width is measured in steps of 10 and ranges from 125 mm to 335mm. We will show every available tyre size in our chart: