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    Thread: 16 inch vs 17 inch wheels differences.

    1. 01-23-2011 01:07 AM #1

      I will be probably getting the base Tiguan model that comes with 16 inch wheels than he 17inch in the higher trims.

      Are the 16's going to be lower in ground clearance than the 17s? Do you sit higher up in the vehicule if you have 17's... I know for the snow it is better te 16's however does the drive differ in the summer time in having 17 inch wheels...


    2. Banned
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      Jun 19th, 2009
      01-23-2011 01:24 AM #2
      The tires on a 17 have less height, but more rim....same total diameter.

      You should learn how to interpret tire sizes.

      The first numbers are the width in mm (215/65-16) the second number expresses the height of the sidewall as a percent of the width, finally the rim size.

      So in the case of the Tig...

      The two stock sizes, 215/65-16 and 235/55-17, come out to be very close in diameter. Within a few percent is tolerable, and don't worry about speedo error, the speedos read high anyway and there is very little difference.

      I use this size calc to compare sizes, just type them in.


      fwiw, I went from stock 215/65-16 to the bigger 225/65-16 and want to try 235/60-16.

      I just got a set of 225/60-17s that I will use in place of the 235/55-17 stock size, under 2% taller, but a lil thinner.

      You can punch those numbers in and compare for yourself.

      More tire height means less crisp handling, but better ride. Such as when you compare 16s to 17s or put overall bigger tires on with the same rim diameter, like I did.

      Here is the 225/65-16 on my stock Tig...

      Last edited by AudiJunkie; 01-23-2011 at 01:42 AM.

    3. Junior Member
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      Jan 26th, 2011
      San Jose, California
      2010 Tiguan S
      01-27-2011 12:39 PM #3
      Hi AudiJunkie, when you switch to 225/65 or 235/60 width does it effect TPMS? I like the wide tires myself too because it make me feel more stable. Thx,

    4. Junior Member
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      2010 VW Tiguan
      01-27-2011 07:37 PM #4
      Shouldn't affect the system as long as the diameter on all the wheels are the same. Active TPMS with sensors in the wheels will work independent of wheel size because their based on pressure.

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      Eastern PA
      01-27-2011 11:40 PM #5
      I think you get better treadwear from a bigger tire. Compare the load ratings of different sizes of the same tire to get a relative idea. XL load tires are nice too.

      I am DYING top get my new wheels on, but they are sitting in Baltimore.

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      01-27-2011 11:41 PM #6
      Oh, it's me.

      Long story, don't ask.

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