Smaller diameter wheels and higher profile tyres are probably the best option to start with. I'm guessing the car is on 17 - 18 inch wheels as standard. Reducing the wheel size and using a tyre with a correspondingly higher sidewall to keep the overall diameter and rolling circumference the same will give a much more compliant ride with less harshness. The Momentum model is on 16 inch rims as standard and the ride as far as I'm concerned is firm but comfortable, with handling that still exceeds what is safe on public roads. Larger wheels and low profile tyres are a current fashion item. It's what car buyers want for appearance rather than comfort, so manufacturers fit them to attract sales.Hi all, My wife owns a 2018 Volvo V40 D3, it has 40,000 miles on clock, full history and sailed through Two Mots in her time of ownership. The ride over country lanes is dreadfull and the only thing to dislike the car for.
She plans to keep the car but we wondered if there are sensible changes we can make to the car to improve the ride quality,. Often we feel the suspension bottom out over even shallow pot holes, the ride is superb on motorways etc but so harsh on lanes. We have no desire to boy racer it, the car is we believe fully standard set up,
So larger wheels? uprated suspension? dampers? different air pressure? we'd be grateful for any practical suggestions whilst keeping the car within safe and legal limits.
Many thanks in advance of any replies, regards to all,
The only caveat is, depending on the size of the brake discs fitted to your wife's car (some models with larger wheels have correspondingly larger diameter discs) reducing the wheel diameter may not be possible - at least without also changing the brake components which will become a lot more costly.
Acceptable wheel and corresponding tyre sizes should be shown in your vehicle handbook.