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My brain's beginning to smoulder here, so it makes sense to me to scream for help.

I have a 2016 Captur dCi 1.5, which went for its MOT last week. Everything was fine mechanically, but the inspector spotted a dirty great nail stuck in my offside rear tyre, so I'm looking at replacing both tyres before I need to call a tow truck out.

But here's the thing: having bought the car secondhand, I now find that while the rear tyres are Continental EcoContact5 tyres (205/55 R17 95 V Extra Load), the front tyres are 205/55 ZR17 95 W Extra Load tyres - one of them a Windforce, the other an Orium, both of them cheap and cheerful.

I'm reet confused about what I should be buying as replacements.

Firstly, should I be fitting R17 95 V tyres all round or are there meant to be ZR17s at the front, with a W rating, and R17s at the rear with a V rating? I can't seem to find anything in the manual about which tyres to fit, yet it's obvious that insurance-wise I'm expected to get it right.

Secondly, Continental EcoContact5 & 6 tyres have a very bad rap for aquaplaning, so it seems to be advisable to choose something infinitely more grippy. But I'm struggling to make sense of (for instance) Tyre Shopper's list of 205/55 R17 95 V tyres (205 55 R17 Tyres | Cheap 205 55 R17 Tyres, FREE Fitting | Tyre Shopper), which all look uncomfortably low-profile compared to the tyres currently fitted to my car, which have more of a conventional tall-sidewall look to them - a look which I like.

Could someone possibly advise me on what the heck I should be buying, before my rear tyre goes flat? Thanks.
 

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V, Z etc are the speed rating for the tyres, no need to put on tyres suitable for up to 150mph when the Captur will struggle to get to 110mph!
Have a look here:

So long as the speed rating is equal to, or exceeds the original spec, there should be no insurance issues at all.
My 2014 1.5dCi runs on 205/55R17 95V, original specification. Should be same for your car.

Recommending brands etc is subjective, some have had good experiences with one brand over another. Depending on how hard you drive the car and how fast you like to corner etc, or do you like longer life but don't mind poor roadholding?
What I can tell you is that mine came on Michelins when new, when they wore I repalced the front with Michelins but I was not impressed by their life, wore out too quickly IMHO. A couple of years ago when all 4 needed changing I went for Michelin Crossclimates, a bit expensive but at the time they seemed to some out at the top, or close to the top, of tyre tests on line and in magazines. They seem to be lasting better than the "Ordinary" Michelins too. I can't say I notice any handling differences in the summer but then the Captur is no sports car. What I would say is that, having diven a car with "cheapo ditch-finder" tyres on it, it is definitely worth paying more to get a reputable brand; the 4 small contact patches are all that connects the car to the road and IMHO cheap tyres are a false economy if you value your life
 

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Well, after a lot of head-scratching, I've figured that the most promising tyres out there are Goodyear's EfficientGrip Performance 2 tyres, which seem to score high on all counts and have attracted rave reviews from folk who've bought 'em. They seem to be good for at least 25,000 miles, are disinclined to aquaplane, are designed to resist pothole blowouts, are very grippy in wet and dry, etc., etc., etc.

But I need to ask your advice again, because I can't help noticing that although the Goodyears are the same as the Continentals already fitted to my car (205/55 R17 95 V XL), they don't look quite as tall. That's to say, they don't look as high-sided as the Continentals. They're not low profiles, but just at a glance you can see that they're definitely not as high-sided as the tyres they're replacing.

If I'm only replacing the rear tyres with the Goodyears, am I making a mistake by choosing slightly lower profile tyres?

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jock, you would be best to put the new ones on the front
That's not the advice that the tyre companies give - newer tyres on the rear so that if the front is going to let go, the rear will still hang on and give you a chance of recovering a skid/slide
 

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WOW I have never put them on the rear, all tyre companies I have used always puts the new ones on the front, interesting!

I have checked out what you have said, and I will from now only replace the new ones on the rear.

I have sent jock an internal message
 

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Never heard this before so had a Google,and,as dickr says,interesting. Yet it is also recommended you rotate your tyres,more worn fronts to the rear,less worn rears to the front to even up the wear. I will be needing two new fronts soon,they'll go on the front.
 

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WOW I have never put them on the rear, all tyre companies I have used always puts the new ones on the front, interesting!

I have checked out what you have said, and I will from now only replace the new ones on the rear.
There's much debate on this. Traditionally, car manufacturers design a car to slightly understeer. This is built into the geometry of the suspension and is generally thought to be safer than oversteer although some people, including me, prefer the feel of the latter. Neutral steering is impossible because characteristics change with steering and suspension movement. Good tyres on the rear axle only will promote understeer in extreme circumstances. But with modern front wheel drive loads on the front from weight, cornering, acceleration, and braking tend to outweigh this debate and some will recommend fitting newer tyres here. I would fit the new tyres to the front where all the load is despite "general" advice from tyre companies.

Yes good tyres on the front only can lead to a very unstable situation under heavy braking or cornering, whereas good tyres on the rear will leave you ploughing into whatever you are heading for. But these are extremes and if you have legal tyres on all four wheels then I wouldn't be too concerned.
 
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