Replaced all the 205/45/17 Pirelli Runflat tyres on my MINI with Goodyear Eagle F1 GSD3 215/40/17 non runflats (same overall diameter, slightly wider) a while back.
Pros: cheaper than runflats, much smoother ride and far better grip and handling than the runflats with their stiff sidewalls. Also no tram-lining.
Cons: You need to fit a space-saver spare (Cooper or One) or to carry a can of puncture repair from Halfords (Cooper S).
I think the latest generation runflat tyres have however improved......not sure about the 'budget' brands though?
XL tyre with its stiffer sidewalls sounds like a good compromise......I have heard some say they miss the sporty firm Mini feel of runflats and the very direct steering feedback they give in corners......as with everything the best compromise to make will be different for individual drivers.
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