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Tyres for multi-purpose vehicles

Which type for your MPV?

If you drive a multi-purpose wehicle (MPV), or any other car capable of carrying large loads, then you need to check specifications carefully when buying replacement tyres.

Heavy vehicles and loads place greater demands on the tyres which run hotter and would be more susceptible to failure if they were not of the correct specification.

Most MPVs are heavier and can carry more load than a car of similar size. As a result most vehicle manufacturers specify reinforced, extra load or commercial tyres to cope with the additional weight and provide the increased carrying capacity.

This is not always mentioned specifically in the handbook, so it is important to check the sidewalls of the your tyres carefully, and make sure the replacements match the same specification.


If your vehicle is fitted with extra load capacity tyres the sidewalls will show one of these markings:

  • XL – Extra Load
  • RNF – Reinforced
  • C – Commercial

If you're not sure which specification of tyre should be fitted, contact the vehicle manufacturer or one of their appointed dealers for advice.

(Page updated 25 April 2012)

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