I'll be doing increased winter driving in the Sierras this year, and I'm looking at a dedicated winter/snow tire set for my Golf Sportwagen 4Motion. Currently I have fat 235/45/17 Pirelli Grand Touring tires on it, and I'm not getting within 10 country miles of anything frozen on those pillowy things. For dedicated winter/snows I'm probably looking at Blizzaks or Continental Vikings or something.
The question is size. Standard on GSW 4Motions is 205/55/16s on 6.5 in. wide rims. I could naturally get that same size for the winter tires, as I still have the OEM rims. However, I'm wondering if I should do the old-schoolish thing of one size narrower with a taller sidewall - i.e. 195/60/16. Smaller contact patch but more bite in the soft stuff is the desire, and a little taller for a minute increase in ride height.
What would TCL do? OEM size or optimize a bit for the inclement conditions?