Tyres play an important role in ride comfort, according to Honest John

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When it comes to buying a new car, looks and budget are important, but for many motorists comfort also plays a big part in the decision making. This is emphasised in the advice offered by the Telegraph newspaper’s car expert Honest John, who was posed a question in his regular Saturday column about ride comfort combined with the poor state of the UK’s pothole-blighted roads.

Mr AK from London NW4 contacted Honest John with the following car conundrum “My wife had spinal surgery and is very sensitive to bumps in the road, so poor UK surfaces are a bit of a problem. We drive mainly in London, where a large car like a Mercedes S-class is difficult to park. I am looking for a car with optimal ride quality and was considering the forthcoming Mercedes AMG C-class saloon with air suspension. What would you recommend?”

Of course, Honest John had plenty of sage advice: “Mercedes ride comfort is dependent on a combination of the suspension plus wheels and tyres. For the most compliant ride you need the air suspension and the smallest wheels and deepest profile tyres, which would probably be 205/55 R16 or 205/60 R16. You also need to make sure the tyres are not either low rolling resistance or run-flats, because these have stiffer sidewalls.”

Denna Bowman, Head Office

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