Which wheels and tyres for a Lexus CT 200h?

This particular car is fitted with 16 inch wheels rather than the standard 17 inch. I seem to remember you once saying that smaller wheels/ tyres give a softer ride. Is this true in general, as I find the car has a rather unforgiving suspension in its standard form?

If ride comfort was paramount in a small/ medium saloon, which would top your list?

Asked on 28 December 2012 by elderly gent

Answered by Honest John
Yes. The 16" wheels and deeper profile tyres will give you the bast ride you're ever likely to get in a CT200. A Renault Megane or a Ford Focus on 15" wheels with 195/65 tyres will give a better ride. But the best ride quality of the lot in this size of car is from a Mazda 5 TS2 on 205/55 R16 Toyo J48s. It has very compliant suspension, yet still grips and handles brilliantly. Excellent entry and egress and excellent seats as well. But no automatic.
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