Van Tyres

Tyres for your van or commercial vehicle can be replaced easily through our nationwide network of over 400 Retailers. They have access to one of the largest stocks of tyres in the UK and the knowledge to help you find the most suitable tyres for your van.

Van tyres are designed and made specifically for vans. That’s because they need to be stronger than standard car tyres to give the performance and safety your van demands. They’re designed to cope with heavy loads with their strengthened sidewalls and carcass.


These tyres are labelled with an XL on the sidewall to indicate they’re suitable for vans.


Need new tyres for your van or your fleet of commercial vehicles? Your local Vauxhall Retailer can order and fit the tyres for you. They can even tie it into an upcoming visit you’ve already booked in.


The expert technicians in our network of Vauxhall Retailers are fully trained in removing, balancing and fitting tyres, specifically for Vauxhall vans. Their knowledge and skills mean you don’t risk more time off the road because a part wasn’t put back on correctly after changing a tyre.


If your tyres are fitted with tyre pressure monitoring systems (TPMS), the teams can correctly fit and recalibrate the sensors that sit in the tyre.


Need support or advice on selecting tyres? Our teams are on-hand to help and talk you through the options available for your van or fleet.


Van tyres are stronger than car tyres due to the heavier loads vans often carry. They’re prepared for stop-start journeys, heavy loads and differing terrains. The tyre manufacturers create the tyres with this in mind, building strengthened sidewalls and a reinforced carcass.


Tyre size is based on the specification of the van. Van tyres will also be marked with an XL on the sidewall to indicate they’re suitable for vans. There are multiple tyre manufacturers that will make the right size and strength of tyre for your van, so you have a choice of brand or make.


Premium tyre grip, safety, performance and lifespan are better than budget tyres, but this can make them more expensive as a result.


Budget tyres are usually cheaper but have less research and investment behind them so they typically offer poorer performance and may not last as long.


When you know your correct tyre size, you can then look at the quality and cost of tyres for this size and make your choice. Important things to consider when choosing tyres include:


  • How often would you use them?
  • Where do you usually drive?
  • What is your driving style?


When looking for replacement tyres for your van, it’s best to consider what your van was originally fitted with. When the vans are first built, we partner with tyre manufacturers to choose a specific tyre that performs the best across factors such as ride, handling and safety.


Tyre sizes are based on the profile of your van. So once you know the tyre size, you can then compare brands to find what’s best for you.


It’s worth noting down the brand of the tyres currently on your van as well as the tyre size, so you can match the quality of your existing tyres.


There are three easy ways to find your tyres size:

  1. Look at your current tyres. On the sidewall, which is the edge you can see easily, you’ll see the tyre’s size as a series of numbers and letters, for example 215 65 R16 106 T.
  2. Look in your owners’ manual, where the tyre sizes for each engine and bodystyle are given.
  3. Visit your local Vauxhall Retailer, where the team can find the tyre size for you.

What does a tyre size mean?

The numbers and letters in a tyre size indicate snippets of information about the tyre such as width, wheel size and the load the tyre can take.


Here’s what it all means, using the example tyre size 215 65 R16 106 T:


  • 215 is the width of the tyre (mm)
  • 65 is the height of the sidewall as a ratio to the width (%)
  • R is the how the belt was constructed, R is a radial construction
  • 16 is the size (diameter) of your wheel (in)
  • 106 is an index of the maximum load the tyre can take
  • T is a code for the maximum speed the tyre can do


These are all fixed for your van when it’s first built, to give you optimum performance and safety based on the length, engine and wheel size.


It’s easy to get the right replacement tyres for your commercial vehicle through your local Vauxhall Retailer.


As with cars, there are laws in place to ensure vans aren’t driven with unsafe tyres. This keeps the driver and other road users safe.


  • Van tyres must have a tread depth of at least 1.6mm across the central three-quarters of the tread, around the entire circumference.


Penalty points and fines can be given where any one of the four tyres don’t meet these legal requirements. For each tyre, it’s up to £2,500 and three points.


A tyre with less than 1.6mm of tread is known as a bald tyre. These tyres don’t have sufficient grip to keep your van on the road, particularly in wet conditions or under heavy load.


Find out more about checking your tread depth below.


  • Tyres must also be correctly inflated to the vehicle manufacturer’s specified tyre pressure.


Tyre pressures refer to the amount of air in your tyres. That’s an important factor when it comes to the efficiency and safety of your van. Either over- or under-inflated tyres also cause the tyre tread to wear unevenly, meaning they’ll need to be replaced sooner.

A common tyre law question is: do I need a spare wheel to pass an MOT?
You don’t need to carry a spare wheel to pass your van’s MOT. If you do carry a spare wheel, keep it in good condition should another tyre be damaged or punctured.


Tyres are manufactured with 8mm of tread. This wears down as the van’s driven, and the legal limit is 1.6mm. We recommend that your tyres are replaced when the tread is at 3mm.


There are two ways to check your tyre tread depth:

  1. Use the built-in tyre wear indicator. This is a raised piece of tread sitting in the main tread on the tyre. When the tread has worn down to this level, your tyres are at the legal limit of 1.6mm
  2. Do the 20p tyre test:


When your tyres are cool, put a 20 pence coin against the tread of each tyre.

- If the 20p coin’s outer border is covered by the tyre groove, the tread depth is above the legal limit.

- If the 20p coin’s outer border is not covered by the tyre groove at any point around the tyre, the tread depth is below the legal limit and you need to replace your tyres.


Repeat this test a few times around each tyre.


Is your van’s tread depth below 3mm? Talk to the team at your local Retailer about new tyres.