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VW MKVI-A6 Golf family including Jetta SportWagen (~ 2010-2014) Discussions area for A6/MkVI (2010-2014) Golf and Golf Wagons (Jetta Sportwagon in the USA).

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Old October 17th, 2011, 09:37   #1
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Default 2012 Golf TDI: Winter Tire Size Help

My 2012 Golf TDI Highline comes with 17 inch tires (225/45/17).

I called a few VW dealerships and they say the smallest winter tire I can put on there is: 205/55/16.

I then called a few local tire places and they say that 15 inch winter tires (195/65/15) will fit.

Does anyone here know if 15 inch tires will work?

I know the 15 inch tires are better for going through snow, but is there any reason why i should go with the 16 inch tires over the 15?

I'm not sure if the factory lowered sport suspension on the 2012 Golf TDI makes a difference for tire options when compared to 2011 and 2010 MK6 models.

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Old October 17th, 2011, 09:42   #2
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Does anyone here know if 15 inch tires will work?



I think that you need to determine if a 15" wheel will fit on your car and whether you can source them.

General rule in snow is taller/skinnier (assuming you are within load rating and speed rating guidelines).

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Old October 17th, 2011, 12:19   #3
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Just use the tire configuration tool that Tire Rack provides. It will tell you if 15" wheels are an option. If the 2012 Golf is like my 2010, then you'll find that 15" wheels will work.
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Old October 17th, 2011, 12:21   #4
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a search will show 15" rims can fit over the rotors on the mk6 Golf TDI. So unless you have upgraded rotors, then you'll be fine with 15" and save the cash as well.
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Old October 17th, 2011, 12:22   #5
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I don't know 100 percent, but I've been told that 15 inch rims won't fit over the brakes
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Old October 17th, 2011, 12:34   #6
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15" and larger for the Golf, 16" and larger for the Golf Wagens.
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Old October 17th, 2011, 12:50   #7
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I just put mine back on today 195/65 R15 on my 2011 Golf TDI
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Old October 17th, 2011, 13:04   #8
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Go see what size your spare tire is under your hatch- that will seal the deal for you

Or, to save you time, it's a 15. And as stated, 15's on non-GTI Golfs will fit, 16's and larger on the JSW since they use the same rotor size as the GTI
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Old October 17th, 2011, 13:15   #9
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The spare is 15". The question becomes, is it cheaper to buy rims and tires in 15" or just buy tires for the stock rims.
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Old October 17th, 2011, 13:18   #10
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Guys, lets keep in mind the original poster is in Canada, when a JSW is a Golf and the JSW requires 16" wheels.

If this is a regular old Golf, not a Golf Wagen, then yes, 15"s will fit.
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Old October 18th, 2011, 03:49   #11
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i think the jetta sportwagen ie golf wagen, has bigger rotors, so you'll def need 16".

i don't think this was clearly stated in other posts and other countless threads, i just wanted to clear that up.
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Go to the dealership.

Head to the parts department.

Give them the VIN number

Ask for what size front brake rotor.

288mm = 15"
312mm = 16"
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Old October 18th, 2011, 12:51   #13
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I just put mine back on today 195/65 R15 on my 2011 Golf TDI

Did you buy the rims from tirerack? They're saying their 15" rims won't fit..
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Did you buy the rims from tirerack? They're saying their 15" rims won't fit..
TireRack is right about 99.99% of the time. There is that .01% where they do not have all the information correct or available to them.
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15" wheels will fit on a Golf. Including the post above, there's a guy in Chicago who had pictures of his Golf with snows on it. Golfs have 288mm rotors. Jetta Sportwagens have 312s.

Tire Rack doesn't always stock or show fitment on all possible tire sizes for each car. More than once I've had them call me and tell me what I ordered won't fit my car. They were wrong.
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