Will a new 3 Series have noisy tyres?

I have just test driven the new BMW 3 series 328i and thought it was a superb car except for intrusive road noise. It was on non standard 18" wheels.

Do you think the road roar would be less on the standard 17" wheels.

Asked on 17 April 2012 by George Deutsch

Answered by Honest John
I didn't have a problem on 18" on my road test because BMW has reduced the width and increased the profile.
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