205 50R17 tyres are a great choice for a range of medium sized cars. They have a section width of 205mm and an aspect ratio of 50%. This means that the height of the tyre is 50% of its width. The R17 in the code represents that it is made from radial ply construction and fits wheel rims that are 17 inches in diameter. The final element of a tyre's code indicates the maximum load capacity that each tyre can carry, as well as the maximum safe speed. An example is the 205 50 R17 89V tyre, which can handle a load of 580kg each, at speeds of up to 240km/h.
This tyre is suitable for many different vehicle types. There are even 205 50R17 run flat options that allow you to keep driving at reduced speeds until you reach a tyre fitter. They suit a range of sedans, coupes, hatchbacks and wagons at both the top and bottom ends of the scale.
Some common vehicles that can fit the 205 50R17 tyre include the Audi A4, the BMW 3 Series, the Ford Focus, the Honda Civic, the Hyundai ix20, the Holden Barina, the Nissan Tiida and the Subaru Impreza.
Some drivers might prefer wider tyres such as the 195 55 R17. These will give you a a shorter braking distance and make your car handle better.