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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old Mar 30th, 2014, 07:33 AM Thread Starter
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Hi, I am not an actual MINI owner, but am planning to test drive and probably order a new MINI Cooper S in the next few months. (F56).
Using the configurator on the MINI website, I've ended up with a tasty package, but I'm not sure what the 18" wheels would give me over the standard 17". Are they better on high milage trips perhaps, or is it mostly cosmetic?

Cheers, Bill

P.S. I did have a Mini 850 as my first car back in '77. So not a complete newb..
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but I'm not sure what the 18" wheels would give me over the standard 17". Are they better on high milage trips perhaps, or is it mostly cosmetic?

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Mainly cosmetic, they will no doubt be a little harder ride as the side walls will be slightly less depth than the 17" equivalent, that might give you better handling on the corners, but a lot bumpier ride.
They wont last any longer.

The other thing to bear in mind too, the bigger the wheel the smaller the tyre sidewall so you get less protection against rim damage if you hit a big pothole or nudge the kerb!
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Thanks for the reply The Nun.
I just checked again and I originally misread the website - it seems that 16" is the standard, and 17" or 18" are both options. Same principle applies though, I imagine. I'm unlikely to be pushing this car very hard, so the standard 16" wheels will probably suit me just fine.

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16" should give you a nice comfy ride and are a lot cheaper to renew when the time comes too.
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