Over tyred

I've done the deal and bought a 2010 Mondeo Titanium 2.0TDCi Estate. It has come on 18" wheels with 235/40R18 tyres. Given your advice on tyre sizes previously I'm considering going down a size or two when the tyres need changing. Gut feel says go to the 205/55R16s that are on the Zetec, which are also considerably cheaper (I can buy pukka Ford alloy and a Michelin Primacy at 16" for the same cost as just the 18" tyre). What size suits the Mondeo best?

Asked on 19 September 2010 by MG, via email

Answered by Honest John
The Mondeo won't grip quite so well in the dry on the 16s. But isn't going to throw a fit. And you've had the good sense to decide you'll run with the 18s until they wear out. The Mondeo actually rides surprisingly well on 40 profile 18s. But you'll be lucky to get more than 15k miles out of them. And, as you have ascertained, they are expensive to replace. I think tyre makers give car manufacturers a fantastic deal on big, low profile tyres because they will reap back much more on replacements. A bit like the way Hewlett Packard virtually gives away printers, the replacement print carts for which actually cost more than the original printer with carts in it.
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