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Which Cars Get A Spare Wheel As Standard?

One of the sad truths of modern car design is the phase out of the traditional spare wheel, with just a handful of cars on sale today fitted with one as standard.

The decision to kill off the spare wheel is inextricably linked to emissions, with the EU test-cycle for CO2 rating using a car’s weight to calibrate the rolling road for the test. Hence, the lighter the car, the less the owner will have to pay in tax.

As a result, car manufacturers’ fight to save every gram and the spare wheel has been seen as an easy route to cut weight. Indeed, a typical 17-inch alloy wheel weighs about 20kg, which can add up to nine grams of CO2 to an average vehicle’s emissions. 

Spacesavers are the most likely spare wheel fitted as standard. However, the spacesaver is not designed to be driven for long distances, with most having a maximum recommended speed of around 50mph (80 km/h) restricting drivers to short distances.

The majority of new cars are sold with a tyre repair kit as standard, while a smaller proportion get runflats, which use reinforced sidewalls and rubber to prevent a puncture and allow the driver to continue for a limited time. The remainder are fitted with either a compressor or a self-sealing tyre. 

See also:  Full guide to choosing a tyre - and making it last

Manufacturer Has a full size spare Has a space saver spare Has a repair kit Has run-flat tyres
Alfa Romeo - Mito Super, Speciale and Veloce, £100 on other trims; Stelvio: £275 4C, Giulia, Mito, Stelvio Giulia Speciale and Veloce, £250 other trims
Audi - A £199 option A1, A3 e-tron, Q2, Q5, Q7, R8, TT -
BMW - On 2 Series for £75 1 Series, i3
£180 on 1 Series, 2 Series, 3 Series, 4 Series, 5 Series, 6 Series, 7 Series, X1, X2, X3, X4, X5, X6
Citroen On Space Tourer Berlingo Multispace, C1, C3, C3 Aircross (£75 on Touch), C4 Cactus, C4 / Grand C4 Picasso Berlingo Multispace Touch, C1 Touch, C3 Touch, C3 Aircross Touch, C4 Cactus Touch, C4 / Grand C4 Picasso with Blue HDI 150 engine, Space Tourer Touch -
Dacia - Duster £150, Logan and Sandero £100 Duster, Logan, Sandero -
Fiat 500X £175, Doblo £170, Qubo £100 Tipo, 500 £100, 500L £125, 500X £100, Panda £60 124 Spider, 500, 500L, 500X, Doblo, Panda, Punto, Qubo -
Ford Fiesta £100 (not Style), Focus £100 (Zetec and Titanium), Ka+ £100, Mondeo £100 Edge, Focus, Galaxy, Kuga, Mondeo, S-Max, Ecosport, Fiesta, Ka+, Mustang -
Honda - CR-V Civic, HR-V, Jazz, NSX -
Hyundai i800, Santa Fe, Tucson i10, i20, i30, ix20, i40, Ioniq Hybrid, Kona i10 (S/SE Blue), i20 S, S Air, SE and Prem Nav 1.0 TDGi, i30 S, Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid and electric, Kona S, Tucson S -
Infiniti - Q70, QX70 Q30, QX30 Q30 Sport, QX30 with 19-inch alloys, Q50, Q60
Jaguar F-Pace £370 XE £160, XF £190, XJ £140 Luxury/Premium, sandard on Portfolio, Autobiography and R-Sport, E-Pace £272, F-Pace £160, F-Type £377 XE, XF, XJ Luxury and Premium, E-Pace, F-Pace, F-Type -
Jeep Wrangler, Renegade £200 Grand Cherokee, Cherokee Trailhawk £120, Compass £120, Renegade £150 Cherokee, Compass, Renegade -
Kia Niro, Sorento Std on Carens, Ceed, Optima, Soul, Sportage, Venga, Picanto £30, Rio £42, Stinger £41, Stonic £38 Ceed GT, Optima 3, GT Line S, SW and PHEV, Picanto, Rio, Soul Sport and EV, Stinger, Stonic, -
Land Rover - Range Rover, Range Rover Sport, Velar, Evoque £165 Discovery Sport (seven-seater), Evoque, Range Rover Hybrid, Range Rover Sport Hybrid Discovery, Discovery Sport (five-seater)
Mazda - - 2, 3, 6, CX3, CX5, MX5 -
Mercedes-Benz - - A-Class, B-Class, C-Class, GLA, GLC, GLE 500e S-Class, E-Class, GLE, GLS, GLA AMG Line, C-Class £595 with AMG alloys
MG - - GS, MG3, ZS -
MINI - £100 on Clubman, £100 on Countryman Three-door, five-door, Convertible, Clubman, Countryman -
Mitsubishi Shogun Outlander (diesel) ASX, Eclipse Cross, Mirage, Outlander PHEV -
Nissan - Juke Y N-Connecta and Tekna DIG-T 4WD CVT and X-Trail, Leaf £170, Qashqai £215 Juke, Leaf, Micra, Qashqai -
Peugeot 208 GTI Prestige, 2008 petrols, Traveller, 308 £98, 3008 £98 108, 208, 308, 2008 diesel, 3008, 5008, 508 108 Access/Active, 5008 2.0 HDI -
Porsche - £270 on Cayenne 718 Boxster, 718 Cayman, 911, Panamera, Macan, Cayenne -
Renault - Captur £110, Clio £110, Kadjar £110, Koleos £110, Megane £110, Scenic / Grand Scenic £110, Twingo £110 Captur, Clio, Kadjar, Koleos, Megane, Scenic / Grand Scenic, Twingo, Twizy, Zoe -
SEAT - Arona, Ateca, Ibiza, Leon, Toledo Mii -
Skoda Karoq (£250) Citigo £55, Fabia £90, Karoq £150, Kodiaq £105, Octavia £105, Rapid £85, Superb £105 Citigo, Fabia, Karoq, Kodiaq, Octavia, Rapid, Superb -
Subaru Forester, Levorg, Outback, WRX STI - BRZ, Impreza, XV -
Suzuki Jimny Baleno £219, Celerio £219, Ignis £219 (4WD £249), S-Cross £219, Swift £219 (4WD £249), Vitara £219 Baleno, Celerio, Ignis, S-Cross, Swift, Vitara -
Toyota Land Cruiser Auris, Avensis, Prius Active and Bus Ed, Prius+, Rav-4 Aygo, Avensis Touring Sports, C-HR, GT86, Prius Excel and Bus Ed+, Verso, Prius plug-in -
Vauxhall - Adam £110, Astra £110, Cascada £110, Corsa £110, Crossland X £110, Grandland X £110, GTC £110, Insignia £110, Mokka X £110, Viva £110, Zafira Tourer £110 Adam, Astra, Cascada, Corsa, Crossland X, Grandland X, GTX, Insignia, Mokka X, Viva, Zafira Tourer -
Volkswagen Arteon, Passat GT & Alltrack, other Passat models £165 Beetle, Golf, Golf SV, Passat, Polo, Tiguan, T-Roc, Touareg, Up £50 take Up, Up beats and Up GTI Golf GTE and e-Golf, Passat GTE and GTE Advance, Polo beats, Sharan, Tiguan 2.0 BiTDI DSG, Tiguan Allspace, Touran, Up. -
Volvo - S60 £150, S90 £150 (not Twin Engine), V40 petrols £150, V60 £150, V90 £150 (not Twin Engine), XC60 £150 (not Twin Engine), XC90 £150 (not Twin Engine) S60, S90, V40, V60, V90, XC60, XC90 -

Where can I buy a spacesaver or full-size spare wheel?

The first place to start is probably the most expensive - and that's your local franchose dealer. If you're buying new from them, you might be able to get either a full-size spare wheel or spacesaver added as part of the deal (if there isn't one fitted already).

If you've already bought the car and don't want to go down that route, then Amazon* is useful place to start, with many wheel sizes covered. For something like a Fiesta, you'll be looking at around £100. You can give a ebay* a go, too, and it will be cheaper, but you need to be sure about what you are buying. After all, will it be a false economy if the tyre turns out to have been used (so you don't know its history) or isn't up to scratch when you might need it.

Spacesavers "in a bag"

Spacesaver 1 Spacesaver 3 Spacesaver 2

A number of specialists have cropped up in recent years who offer everything you need in a bag (spacesaver wheel and tyre), jack and tool kit. For a Fiesta, these are around £200, but as they come packed in a bag, can be kept in the boot of a car if it doesn't have a wheel well for a spare. One of those is Tyremen who kit includes a Continental tyre and two-tonne jack (prices vary from model-to-model). Another supplier offering a similar product is Road Hero.

Both the RAC* and The AA* carry what is known as a 'universal spare wheel' on their breakdown patrols. This is another option. The spare wheel fits almost any car, acts like a spacesaver and allows you to carry on with your journey. You then arrange to to replace your damaged tyre and breakdown firm then collects the universal fit wheel. This could be an option if you're prepared for a wait if the worst does happen - our Breakdown Cover advice has the low-down on various breakdown providers.

Ask HJ

Should a spare wheel be smaller than the standard wheels?

I have a Kia Niro which I am taking to France this autumn and to France and Spain next spring. I don't wish to rely on the supplied tyre repair kit so have purchased online (not from Kia) a spare steel wheel and tyre. I have fitted it to the car to check that the rim actually fitted the studs, which it does, but the wheels diameter seemed smaller than the wheels supplied with the car. I telephoned the supplier to check that this wheel and tyre was appropriate and after checking told me that it was within legal tolerances and that it was okay to use. Is this right? The tyre supplied with the car originally is 205 / 60 R16 the tyre on the steel rim is T125 / 80 R17 99M I would be grateful if you could confirm to me that this wheel is safe to use in an emergency to get me to a place where I can get the original tyre repaired or replaced. I hope this information makes sense.
Yes, but this is strictly for emergency use only. Do not exceed 50mph. Be aware that roadholding, steering and braking will be adversely affected, particularly braking in the wet. Treat it strictly as a 'limp to safety' measure, not a substitute for the punctured tyre. (The likelihood of a puncture is very low anyway.)
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