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1.0 Ecoboost 100 Zetec Tyre Size (2014)


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Hi folks, please be gentle with the noob.

I'm going to be picking up my first ford in a long time in the next couple of weeks (last one was a Mk3 Escort) and I'm confused over tyre sizes.

According to the Ford Fiesta eBrochure the tyre size on the Zetec is 195/55R15. If I put the registration plate of any number of 63, 14 or 64 plate 1.0 Ecoboost Zetecs (all fitted with the 15" 5x2 spoke Alloys) then they all say that they are 195/50R15.

I'm wondering if Ford are starting to fit the larger tyres to boost mpg figures as they are well within limits for the rim/speedo however the larger size are also about £12 a tyre dearer so I'm wondering what I should budget for? (It's a brand new car so won't need for a while but I put money away monthly for car expenses and do 18k a year so want to have a reasonable idea). It's not show stopper if the bigger ones should be budgeted for obviously but it would have been nice for tyre cost to have been similar to the Hyundai i10 it's replacing.

I can't post a picture of mine yet but it's a 1.0 Ecoboost Zetec (100PS) in Panther Black and it's !Removed! gorgeous! :)

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That would possibly explain it if Black Circles and National Tyres haven't updated their databases then they would still have the old tyre sizes for newer cars. Oh well, more expensive it is then, although hopefully as more Mk7.5 cars sell they'll become a more popular tyre size and the prices will come down. :D

I can get Dunlop Sport BluResponse in that size for £79 a tyre so pretty reasonable really. and I would need any until hopefully 2016 anyway so plenty of time for prices to change.

Just have to make sure the vehicle fund gets enough money per month in it. (I have a motorbike as well and the tyres for that are about £140 for a rear and £110 for the front. Rears last about 5000 miles.) :o

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195/50/15 is a very cheap tyre size and I wouldn't have an issue fitting these.. Just like ford did until very recently.

Or alternatively:

http://www.camskill.co.uk/m53b0s288p111615/Uniroyal_Tyres_Car_Uniroyal_RainSport3_Uniroyal_Rain_Sport_3_-_195_55_R15_85V_TL_Fuel_Eff_%3A_C_Wet_Grip%3A_A_NoiseClass%3A_2_Noise%3A_71dB

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Because I'm a sad !Removed!, I worked it out. Assuming 20,000 miles out of a pair of tyres and assuming 50 mpg average. The 195/55 tyres would cost £78 less in fuel and £40 more to buy (based on Continental Premium Contact 5 in both sizes). So overall the new ones do work out cheaper, it's just the initial outlay that's greater.

Hmm. I seem to have talked myself into sticking with the correct but more expensive size. :D :D

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