2016 Discovery Sport


  1. P indicates that the tire is for passenger vehicle use. This index is not always shown.

  2. The width of the tire from sidewall edge to sidewall edge in millimeters.

  3. The aspect ratio, also known as the profile, gives the sidewall height as a percentage of the tread width. So, if the tread width is 205 mm and the aspect ratio is 50, the sidewall height will be 102 mm.

  4. R indicates that the tire is of Radial ply construction.

  5. The diameter of the wheel rim given in inches.

  6. The load index for the tire. This index is not always shown.


    The load index and speed rating on all replacement tires should be, at least, the same specification as the vehicle's original equipment. If in doubt, consult a retailer/authorized repairer.

  7. The speed rating denotes the maximum speed at which the tire should be used for extended periods. See SPEED RATINGS.

  8. U.S. DOT Tire Identification Number (TIN). This begins with the letters DOT and indicates that the tire meets all federal standards. The next 2 numbers or letters are the plant code where the tire was manufactured; the last 4 numbers are the date of manufacture. For example, if the number was 3109, the tire was made in the 31st week of 2009. The other numbers are marketing codes used at the manufacturer’s discretion. This information can be used to contact consumers if a tire defect requires a recall.

  9. M+S or M/S indicates that the tire has been designed with some capability for mud and snow.

  10. The number of plies in both the tread area, and the sidewall area, indicates how many layers of rubber-coated material make up the structure of the tire. Information is also provided on the type of materials used.

  11. Wear rate indicator: A tire rated at 400, for example, will last longer than a tire rated at 200.

  12. The traction rating grades a tire’s performance when stopping on a wet road surface. The higher the grade, the better the braking performance. The grades, from highest to lowest are AA, A, B and C.

  13. The maximum load which can be carried by the tire.

  14. Heat resistance grading: The tire’s resistance to heat is grade A, B or C, with A indicating the greatest resistance to heat. This grading is provided for a correctly inflated tire, which is being used within its speed and loading limits.

  15. The maximum inflation pressure for the tire. The maximum inflation pressure should not be used for normal driving. See AVOIDING FLAT SPOTS.


Approved tires are generally identified by a brand mark J, LR or J LR. Brand marking are specifically excluded for winter and POR tires.