Lexus tyre FAQs

1. What is the legal requirement for tyre tread depth in the UK?

NX tyre

According to government guidelines, cars, light commercial vehicles and light trailers must have a minimum tread depth of 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?

RC F tyre

No. Tyre pressure recommendations vary from car to car and it is up to manufacturers to set inflation levels.

3. Where can I check the pressures for my Lexus tyres?

LFA tyre

You can find the tyre pressure for your Lexus in the vehicle’s handbook and in the driver-side door recess.

4. Why do Lexus tyre pressure levels vary depending on wheel size?

Nx tyre F Sport

Tyre pressure levels vary because larger diameter wheels use lower profile tyres. Low profile tyres have less rolling resistance and drag than higher walled tyres – inflating them to the same degree as high profile tyres can cause a harsh ride and increase road noise.

5. Do Lexus models have different inflation levels for normal and eco driving?


Lexus models fitted with smaller diameter wheels have normal and eco inflation levels. Your vehicle handbook will outline whether or not your model is one of these. Never over-inflate your tyres.

6. What rules are there concerning tyre condition?

CT Advance tyre

Vehicle tyres should be free from certain cuts and other defects such as uneven tread wear and foreign objects such as nails.

7. What is the penalty charge for tyres that are in an unsuitable condition?

RC F Sport

Up to £2,500.

8. Are there any tyre-related laws that I should be aware of when driving in another European country?

RX front tyres

Yes, and their principle concern is with the fitment of winter tyres. The following European countries legally enforce the use of winter tyres between the dates stated:

Austria: November 1 and April 15.
Finland: December 1 to February 28/29.
Estonia: December 1 to February 28/29.
Latvia: December 1 to February 28/29.
Germany: in adverse winter weather conditions.
Norway: in adverse winter weather conditions winter tyres or chains must be used.
Sweden: December 1 to March 31.

9. Do I need to stick to a specific brand of tyre?

CT tyre

No. In the UK you only need the correct tyre size, although this is not the case in certain European countries. In France, for instance, tyres must be of the same brand when fitted to a single axle. The UK government website provides information on driving abroad. 

10. Will my Lexus centre fit tyres?

GS F Sport wheel

Yes, and it will even price match if you find tyres cheaper locally within five days. Terms and conditions apply, so please ask the centre for more details.


  1. Sorry to revive an old post! On an IS200t F-Sport – which ordinarily has a staggered F/R set-up of 225/40R18 and 255/35R18 – is it possible to switch to a square set-up (225/40R18 all round) when fitting winter tyres? The circumference between the two sizes is very, very close so I assume the drivetrain won’t be confused. And I also assume the wheel rims are identical all round. Love to hear your thoughts.

    1. Hi Glyn,

      Thanks for getting in touch. If you could please provide a VIN number, we can try to assist you further.

      1. Sorry, I can’t as it’s a general enquiry at the moment! Most of the Lexus I’m considering seem to have a staggered set-up, which can make finding all four tyres in the same tread pattern of winter or all-season a bit tricky.

        1. Hi Glyn,

          Thanks for getting back to us. Unfortunately, we are unable to provide any guidance on this as we would not recommend modifying the vehicle outside of the Lexus specification.


  2. I have a Lexus 200h with low profile tyres, and the ride is just awful! Is it possible if I change the tyres to normal ones I would improve the ride quality? And would it be necessary to change the wheels as well?

    1. Hi John,
      Thanks for your comment.
      We’re sorry to hear you are not happy with your vehicle.
      Unfortunately, Lexus cannot recommend modifying your vehicle from manufacturer’s specification.

  3. Hello
    I have changed my Lexus RX 450h premier 2016 from Summer to Winter tyres. It’s actually alloy wheel and tyre as a spare set.
    I cannot now reset the tyre pressure and found out I need a remote to validate each tyre then plug in under the driver side footwell?
    Any help would be appreciated

    1. Hi Mike, thanks for your comment.

      Your local Lexus Centre is best placed to provide assistance with this.


      Lexus UK

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