I don't plan on switching to steel wheels for my winter tires because I think they are ugly, and due to all the road salt, they always rust, which looks even worse, especially when they are on the vehicle for 5 months. I now have a set of 16-inch alloy rims designated for winter use. The 16 inch rim allows for a 205-60-16 which has a deeper tire profile that bites the snow better than the lower profile 215-55-17. I appreciate the size confirmation from ONTPartsGuy.
Oh, ok, sorry I mistook that you were inquiring about the steels. My mistake.
I have them on mine and dont mind them. Not too many people where I live to worry about the looks of them, I drive it, get out of it. They come standard on our base models here. I was just happy to be able to get a car full stop. But I do get people caring about how things look and wanting to bling em up.
What I did notice when test driving the Seltos was the first I drove had 17" with 55 profiles and it didnt ride over bumps and road imperfections it felt like it was hitting them. It felt like someone had inflated the tyres to 50 psi! They weren't. Then drove the S version I now have with the 16" and 60 profile tyres and it didnt go over them as hard, felt better for sure. Not hugely but didnt feel it was hitting them. If I really wanted Alloys id go myself for 16" with 60 profile tyres, bettter ride for sure. But I do know our Seltos has been specifically suspension tuned for our Aussie bad roads. Whoever gave them the feedback that they got it right, being so stiff especially with the upper grades with 17 × 55s, had no idea what our roads are really like. They must have just driven on freeways or something. Mine rides the bad roads ok but it could still be a bit softer at times.
Your Seltos's there though may have different suspension tuning altogether than ours and may ride much nicer than ours here wittlh the 17's.
Heres my little ugly in the bush yesterday
ugly little steel wheel thing. Just kidding.
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I asked a few other fellow parts managers, and i myself, nor has anyone here been asked about the weight of alloy v.s steel wheels. People generally choose steel wheels over an aftermarket wheel due to cost point.
Ah, I see. Just when I got mine and was looking up about alloy vs steels I read that steels were recommended in snow because they increased the overall unsprung weight and gave better traction over Alloys. Not that I get snow here, just read it as part of the article. Would have been interested to know the difference out of curiosity.
Anyway, cheers and take care over there guys with those fires if you are near any of them. Stay safe.