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Hi All.
We have just purchased a 2019, ex demo V40 6000 miles, We are surprised at the road noise. The vehicle has these silly strips of rubber called tyres. (My other car is a full fat 20 yrs old RR) I am wondering if we change the wheel size to smaller and use corresponding fatter tyres will that improve road noise.
I appreciate that the steering will be affected. but as noted above we drive an old RR which is a bit like steering a boat in a wind. but beautifully quiet and smooth.
Any comments please.
 

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I was disappointed with the road noise as well after having an old S60.

Only on my 2nd set of tyres from new 6 years! and will select a set based on road noise next time (About 18 months time)
 

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I can't say I really notice the tyre noise, but then my other car isn't a flying lady
 

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Smaller wheels will help, and some tyres are quieter than others. Having said that, it won't make it night and day different - you'd need to invest in some extra sound proofing to do that. Specialists can do that, or DIY if you have the time and patience!
 

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Previously had a Seat Ibiza and before that a Seat Leon, running 215/40 R17 and 205/55 R16 (like the V40) respectively. Both had Bridgestone tyres which on paper should be noisier than the V40s Michelin Primacy 4 (one of the quietest) tyres. The disappointing thing is I don't hear the V40 being any quieter than the Leon running same sized tyres at motorway speeds. Although it is very dependent on the road surfaces, on the newly laid quiet road surfaces, I can have a conversation with rear passengers as if stationary. On noisy surfaces, I need to put the music volume up. Only a previous generation MIni one from 2008 was definately nosier than all the rest running 175/65 R15s Continentals though.
 

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Old Michelin to New Falken will be quieter. But not as quiet as new Michelin!
 
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