BMW 1 Series winter tyres & wheels

by chris sanders on 23rd August 2011

Updates for 2014/15

For this winter season Tyremen are rather excited to be able to offer genuine BMW alloy wheels for their winter wheel & tyre packages. These are perfect for winter, they are what we call ‘take off wheels’. Essentially we deal with a European BMW importer, who regularly upgrade their vehicles onto larger, flasher wheels. This leaves a surplus of smaller wheels which are as new, they have just done factory mileage. The wheels are 16″ and suitable for both old & new 1 series with the exception of 123d & 135i which have larger brakes and require a 17″ wheel. The wheels are genuine BMW, they are not supplied with caps but should take your originals.

These also have the benefit of having great residual value, if you come to move away from BMW then you would have no issues selling these on. If you have any questions feel free to get in touch, either leave a comment below or give us a call on 08456 807 808.

Updates for 2012/13
Arrival of the new 1 Series F20 2012>

So 2012 has brought about the new 1-series, so what implications does this have to my advice above? Well actually very little. The F20 still use 16″ as standard on many of the vehicles with size 205/55R16. We are no longer seeing the 195/55 being used soTyremen’s winter packages use a 205 in order to emulate the BMW winter packages. A new steel wheel has been produced which is specifically for the new 1 series and although the spec is slightly different there isn’t much in it. The alloys that are recommended for the older vehicles are still fine for the F20.

If you have bought a new vehicle and have a winter package from an older 1-series then it will still be fine to use. Even if your old winters are 195/55R16 I wouldn’t be too concerned about using these on an F20. The 195 tyre is less than 2% smaller than the 205 and well within the vehicles tolerance.

Versions on 17″ still have the 225/45R17 so nothing has changed here. The new sport versions fitted with 18″ use a rather unusual sized tyre on the rear so you should really consider a 17″ package for winter.

If you need any further info don’t hesitate to get in touch with the team at Tyremen.

Welcome to my model by model winter tyre advice! Starting today I’m going to work my way through all of our most common winter tyre enquiries and offer specific info that I hope you find useful.

I’ll start with one that I have personal experience with – BMW 1 Series.

I love my 1 series but I understand how they can be a challenge to manoeuvre during the winter months! They are so problematic because for one they are rear wheel drive, but also they are just so light. If you have owned one these during the last couple of winters and have not invested in some winter tyres then you really should. They make an unusable car 100% better and safer.

But which winter tyres should you fit to your 1 series?

I would personally suggest a 16″ wheel and tyre package. Tyremen offer steel wheels or a nice little alloy wheel that is fitted with 195/55R16 or 205/55R16 winter tyres (depending on the age of the 1 series), prices start from just £550 a set. Alloy wheels and steel wheels are both stock and ready to go for winter 2014/15.

Many of our customers opt for non-runflat tyre as many of the latest 1-Series no longer have these fitted as standard. My 1 Series for example was not fitted with runflat tyres and a spare wheel was not provided. Instead of this BMW provide a puncture repair kit which will get you home if your tyre becomes punctured. If your car is on run-flats then we can provide such a kit – Continental comfort kit.

If you want to go for winter runflat tyres then we can offer these and will stock Continental & Vredestein, Goodyear & hankook for the 2013/14 season.

Tyremen also offer alloy wheels in 17″ which can be customised with a number of tyre options, the full range of Hankook, Vredestein & Continental will be available from September. Again Tyremen offer both runflat and standard tyres, Continental runflats are available now and many standard winter tyre options are also in stock.

Any of the winter wheel & tyre packages offer great convenience as there are no tyres to swap around each season and if you are keeping the vehicle for a few years then it will prove to be a cost effective way of setting up your car for winter driving.

If you are looking to just change the tyres then Tyremen have various offerings depending on your budget.

Starting with the small sizes, many of the base models use 195/55R16, in this size the Hankook W310 i-cept is looking like a great option. Hankook are a well respected manufacturer that make original equipment tyres for Audi, Ford & Mini. The Vredestein Snowtrac 5 is also a great product and consistently one of our best sellers.

In 16″ you may find that your vehicle is on 205/55R16 runflats, as above some Continental TS850  winter are available and hopefully we should be able to source some Vredestein Wintrac Xtreme’s later in the season. However we know of many 1 Series owners that have opted for the Vredestein Snowtrac 5 in a non-runflat and again order the repair kits and they work really well. Vredestein are a great winter tyre manufacturer and the Snowtrac 3 is a multi award winning product.

And finally what if your 1 Series came on 17″ as standard?, if it did it’s also likely that it came with runflats. The best option here if you don’t want to reduce the wheel size is go like for like. Continental make the TS810 S in 205/50R17 and in 225/45R17. You will need to check your tyre size on both the front and rear before purchasing as some use 205/50R17 on both axles while others have the larger size on the rear.

touch, either leave a comment below or give us a call on 08456 807 808.

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cauciucuri September 8, 2011 at 3:50 pm

Nokian also makes very good winter tires.


Which Tyres September 9, 2011 at 12:05 pm

They certainly do – Nokian are another example of a niche manufacturer that are particularly good when it comes to winter tyres. I have spoken with many customers that have used these and the Vredestein in really tough conditions in Scandinavia and they tend to opt for the Vredestein out of the two. However they are certainly worth looking at. Tyremen can often get these to order at sensible prices!


Bill October 23, 2011 at 5:41 pm

Goodyear Ultragrip Eagle GW3 runflat winter tyres also come in these sizes. I am thinking of getting these! Any advice or thoughts? Some say these won’t do much good in icy conditions?


Which Tyres October 23, 2011 at 6:10 pm

The Ultragrip is a totally decent winter tyre, the Goodyear/Dunlop company consistently make decent winter products. When you look at independent tyre test data these always come out well, the new AutoExpress test gave this particular tyre a great write up!


Bill October 23, 2011 at 10:29 pm

Thanks – Are they okay On a rear wheel drive – run flat on a BMW series 1?


Which Tyres November 29, 2011 at 8:40 am

Sure, just always best to fit in sets of 4.


John Ogle-Skan November 29, 2011 at 7:11 am

BMW tell that you must not fit 16inch steel wheels with winter tyres to a 123d as the brakes are larger than the other smaller engined variants; you must use 17inch wheels. Can anyone please comment on this?


Which Tyres November 29, 2011 at 8:22 am

This is correct! We had a 123d in our Hull branch a couple of weeks back and 16″ wheels would not fit, it needs to be 17″ upwards. We now have some great 17″ alloys back in stock that work perfectly.


Steph November 17, 2012 at 9:21 pm

I have just had Bridgestone Blizzak LM25s fitted to my 1 series. It is the first time I have had a RWD car and just wondering about the quality of these tyres and effect on performance compared to other tyres. I have driven FWD cars with winter tyres on but a bit apprehensive about rwd hence the winter tyres.

I would welcome your comments – thanks.


Which Tyres November 19, 2012 at 12:36 pm

Moving onto a winter tyre should certainly help, I don’t think Bridgestone make the best winter tyres in the world but they should still do a pretty good job.


Mark Irlam January 15, 2014 at 9:19 pm

I’m thinking of getting a 1 series, 120d. I had a 320d which was hopeless in snow. What would you say would be best winter tyres and alloys? The car I’ve seen has 17 inch light alloys. Are the wheels easy to remove and fit new winter tyres. BMW have quoted between 890 and 1695 for different makes. What price would you say is reasonable?


Which Tyres January 16, 2014 at 9:22 am

For the best possible winter traction you could drop down to 16″ wheels, we have both aftermarket and genuine BMW wheels: The Continental winter are probably the best possible product on the market, Tyremen’s prices are of course much keener than those from BMW and a package price varies depending if you need runflats or no.




Steve June 17, 2014 at 8:11 am

Just bought a 2012 1 Series M-Sport fitted with 18″ wheels. What wheel package would you recommend for winter? I’m guessing dropping to 16″ wheels might be too much if a jump?


Which Tyres June 17, 2014 at 8:44 am

Hi there, which 1 series is it? 116, 120…?

Cheers, Phill.


Paul August 5, 2014 at 12:22 pm

Hi, I have a 2012 116d Sport with 17″ run flats. I was considering by the 16″ steels with non-run flats and carrying a can of gunk in case of puncture. Are you 16″ steel with tyres going to have the same rolling circumference as my 17″ alloys? Thanks


Paul August 9, 2014 at 8:17 pm

Hi , I have just ordered a new 64 plate BMW 1 series , 1.6d sport, Auto, it’s fitted with 17″ tyres ( run flats) what would be the best winter wheel and tyre package to buy , I do not want the black steel wheels finish as it’s a new car. I was looking for something a bit better for the wheels with the BMW badge as it’s a new car but not pay silly money , can you help
Thank you


Paul August 10, 2014 at 6:41 pm

Also would it be cheaper to buy black wheels with tyres and put covers on , is there a package like this..

Thank you


Paul August 10, 2014 at 6:42 pm

would it be cheaper to buy black wheels with tyres and put covers on , is there a package like this..

Thank you


Jason Stevens-Read September 1, 2014 at 3:13 pm

Hi Paul, sorry for the delay in responding. Black steel wheels are an option and you can buy covers at pretty much all motorist shops at reasonable prices. But if you are used to alloy wheels, then you will notice the change in the look of your car and BMW’s do not suit wheel trims. Take a look at the website for the options, thanks Which Tyres


Paul August 12, 2014 at 11:42 am

I have ordered a 64 plate BMW 1 series 1.6 sport with 17inch Alloys on what are the best deals for me as I want wheels and tyres plus will the car take 16inch wheels as these are cheaper than 17inch,

thank you


Tom August 16, 2014 at 9:28 am

Hi. I am thinking about buying a 1 series but keep hearing how bad they are in the snow without winter tyres. I know they are much better with winter tyres, but can you give any advice on how well they cope with bad snow in hilly conditions on winter tyres? I live in a area that has both during the winter and wonder if I should just be looking for a different car?


Jason Stevens-Read September 1, 2014 at 3:23 pm

Hi Tom, you’re right, a rear wheel drive car in snow can be an experience to drive. But you don’t have to sell it. Winter tyres will enable you to drive in snow and ice. I always have winter tyres on my car and it performs well. Thanks, Which Tyres


Nigel Houlton January 12, 2015 at 5:00 pm

Hi, my wife has a 2012 120i M sport Coupe with 18″ alloys and run flats. We have the opportunity to get some virtually new 16″ winter tyres on steel rims. Would these be OK for the car? Your advice would be gratefully received. Thanks


Jason Stevens-Read January 12, 2015 at 5:15 pm

Hi, there are several things to check and without knowing what the wheels are its hard to advise.

The stud pattern is important as is the offset of the wheel. But, as you told us it is a ‘M’ then as a rule, 16″ will not usually fit, they have problem clearing the brakes. If you are able to take one wheel off and offer up the steel wheels and they clear the brakes, then that will be fine.

The next issue is ensuring that you have the correct size tyre as if they are not, this will throw out the speedo and could catch the arches. Generally, 205/55R16 tyres with 16″ steel rims are the right combination.

Try and check those, and if you’re still not sure, please get in touch again.



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