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^ is a good resource for comapring sizes and seeing any potential impact to your speedometer. Keeping same wheels and upping tires will give you 0.1" more sidewall. Dropping to 17" wheels will give you more sidewall than that. To keep traction/steering feeling the same with a 235 wide tire gives you a 235/50R17 tire which results in 0.4" more sidewall. If you go with the other OEM wheels/tire setup, you get a skinnier tire and so the feel of "sporty" driving will be less but give you 0.5" more sidewall.

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I'm a little late to the party, but the old idea that lower profile tires means a harsher ride is outdated. The harshness of the ride has far more to do with the tires design/construction that the size of the sidewall these days. I've got up in wheel size (shorter sidewall) a number of times in the last 20 years and never encountered a harsher ride. My wife, who is decidedly NOT an enthusiast (wouldn't trade ride for looks or performance) noted a couple of times that the ride actually improved.

I have two sets of wheels and tires for my current daily driver (BMW 325i wagon). The 17" wheel/tire package rides NOTICEABLY worse than the 18" wheel/tire package. It's in the tire design. You cannot just make the simple assumption that larger sidewall will mean a better ride.

Best bet is to read the on-line reviews of tires with ratings from actual users. I've never been disappointed doing that.

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