When it comes to car maintenance, many of us think only in oil changes and brake pads. But tyres also deserve our attention, since they’re the only part of our vehicles that actually touch the road surface.
Here we provide information concerning tyre law in the UK and on the continent (where motorway speeds can be higher than here) and inform you of the tyre sizes and preferred pressure levels for all of the models in the current Toyota passenger vehicle range.
1. What is the required tyre tread depth in the UK?
The UK government states that cars, light commercial vehicles and light trailers
“…must have a tread depth of at least 1.6 mm across the central three-quarters of the breadth of the tread and around the entire circumference.”
2. Is there a general government recommendation for tyre pressure?
No, tyre pressure recommendations vary from car to car. Car manufacturers set the precedence for inflation levels.
3. Where can I check the pressures for my Toyota if it is not listed below?
The tyre pressure for your Toyota will be listed in the vehicle handbook and in the driver-side door recess. If you have a MyToyota account, you can also check the pressure levels there.
4. What rules are there concerning tyre condition?
Your tyres should be free from certain cuts and other defects such as uneven tread wear and foreign objects (e.g. nails).
5. Are there any tyre-related laws that I should be aware of when driving on the continent?
Yes, but they are mainly concerned with the fitment of winter tyres. The following European countries legally enforce the use of winter tyres between the stated dates:
Austria: 1 November 1 to 15 April
Finland: 1 December to 28/29 February
Estonia: 1 December to 28/29 February
Latvia: 1 December to 28/29 February
Germany: in adverse winter weather conditions
Norway: in adverse winter weather conditions winter tyres or chains must be used
Sweden: 1 December to 31 March
6. Why do pressure levels vary depending on wheel size?
Pressures vary because larger diameter wheels use lower profile tyres. Low profile tyres have less rolling resistance and drag than higher walled tyres, so inflating them to the same level as high profile rubber can give a harsh ride and increase road noise.
Toyota tyre pressure and size guide
The following table lists the tyre sizes and recommended inflation pressures for all current models in the Toyota passenger vehicle range. Inflation pressures for older models can usually be found on one of the B-pillars, on the inside of the glove box lid, or within the owner’s manual.
|MODEL||TYRE SIZE||PRESSURE FRONT||PRESSURE REAR|
|Aygo||165/65 R14||2.3 bar or 33 psi||2.3 bar or 33 psi|
|Aygo||165/60 R15||2.3 bar or 33 psi||2.3 bar or 33 psi|
|Yaris||175/65 R15||2.3 bar or 33 psi||2.2 bar or 32 psi|
|Yaris||195/50 R16||2.2 bar or 32 psi||2.0 bar or 29 psi|
|Auris||205/55 R16||2.3 bar or 33 psi||2.3 bar or 33 psi|
|Auris||225/45 R17||2.3 bar or 33 psi||2.3 bar or 33 psi|
|C-HR||215/60 R17||2.3 bar or 33 psi||2.3 bar or 33 psi|
|C-HR||225/50 R18||2.3 bar or 33 psi||2.3 bar or 33 psi|
|Avensis*||205/60 R16||2.4 bar or 35 psi||2.2 bar or 32 psi|
|Avensis||215/55 R17||2.4 bar or 35 psi||2.3 bar or 33 psi|
|Avensis||225/45 R18||2.5 bar or 36 psi||2.3 bar or 33 psi|
|Prius||195/65 R15||2.5 bar or 36 psi||2.4 bar or 35 psi|
|Pruis||215/45 R17||2.2 bar or 32 psi||2.1 bar or 30 psi|
|Prius Plug-in||195/65 R15||2.5 bar or 36 psi||2.4 bar or 35 psi|
|Prius+||205/60 R16||2.5 bar or 36 psi||2.5 bar or 36 psi|
|Prius+||215/50 R17||2.3 bar or 33 psi||2.3 bar or 33 psi|
|Mirai||215/55 R17||2.3 bar or 33 psi||2.3 bar or 33 psi|
|Verso*||205/65 R16||2.4 bar or 35 psi||2.3 bar or 33 psi|
|Verso*||205/55 R17||2.4 bar or 35 psi||2.3 bar or 33 psi|
|GT86||215/45 R17||2.4 bar or 35 psi||2.4 bar or 35 psi|
|RAV4||225/65 R17||2.2 bar or 32 psi||2.2 bar or 32 psi|
|RAV4||235/55 R18||2.2 bar or 32 psi||2.2 bar or 32 psi|
|Land Cruiser||245/70 R17||2.2 bar or 32 psi||2.2 bar or 32 psi|
|Land Cruiser||265/60 R18||2.2 bar or 32 psi||2.2 bar or 32 psi|
|Proace Verso||215/65 R16||2.9 bar or 42 psi||2.9 bar or 42 psi|
|Proace Verso||215/60 R17||2.9 bar or 42 psi||2.9 bar or 42 psi|
|Hilux**||225/70 R17||2.4 bar or 35 psi||2.4 bar or 35 psi|
|Hilux***||265/65 R17||2.0 bar or 29 psi||2.0 bar or 29 psi|
|Hilux***||265/60 R18||2.0 bar or 29 psi||2.0 bar or 29 psi|
*For diesel model add 0.1 bar pressure to front wheels
**When fully laden, add 0.6 bar pressure to rear wheels
***When fully laden, add 0.5 bar pressure to rear wheels