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    Guys / girls

    I have a query regarding tyre dimensions / sizes.

    I currently have 205 / 55 /16 tyres on my Vectra.

    A friend has offered to sell me their wheels and tyres as they've changed to alloys. His tyres are 215 / 55 / 16.

    I was thinking of buying them to keep as spares in case of punctures etc.

    Questions are:

    1) What difference does this make to the handling/running of the car ?
    2) Can I use a mix of say 205's on front / 215's on rear (or vice versa) ?
    3) What's better 205's or 215's ?

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    going off experience on motorbikes, it does two things:-
    firstly because they are wider they offer slightly more grip (not noticeable with normal driving).
    secondly they slow the car down at high speeds, by high i mean 150MPH+, so again not noticeable for normal driving.
    the only downside is the price of the tyres is around £15-20 more per tyre.

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    Another consideration is the type of driving you do
    If you do mostly town and rural driving then you want narrower tyres, like the 205
    If you do mostly motorway driving then you want wider tyres, like 215

    The above is the same for people choosing between the 215/50R17 and 225/45R17

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