Honest John, the Daily Telegraph’s motoring agony aunt, shares the view that low-profile tyres on a 4×4 are madness and completely go against the purpose of four-wheel drive.
The motoring columnist was responding to a missive from PR in York, who wrote: “As some manufacturers fit ever bigger wheels as standard, so ride quality deteriorates. We live in a flood-prone part of the country and have a 4×4 for its wading ability.
“The current Range Rover was originally fitted with 17-inch wheels, but they have since grown to 19 inches and ruin the ride. I recently tried a Discovery with its new diesel engine – and high-spec models also come with 19-inch rims.
“Although ride comfort is better than the Range Rover, it would benefit from smaller wheels with deeper tyres. I asked Land Rover customer services whether I could specify them, but they could not tell me.
“The more mature motoring journalists are starting to question bling wheels and the effect they have on ride quality.
“One of the problems, I gather, is the trend towards fitting big brakes and calipers, but these are unnecessary on anything other than supercars.”
Honest John had this to say: “You’re right. Since nobody with a brain is going to race a Discovery 4, the last thing they need is big brakes, huge wheels and 40-profile tyres, especially in the snow.
“Do yourself a favour: save a lot of unnecessary expense and take a look at the 2010 Hyundai Santa Fe.”
Oliver Hall, Operations Team