Volkswagen-Approved Tires.

Volkswagen won’t let just any tires get between its vehicles and the road. To meet the handling and performance requirements of every model, VW has assembled and competitively priced a wide selection of quality tires for your convenience. These VW-approved tires have been extensively evaluated to determine which brands and tire types are best suited for use on Volkswagen vehicles. In addition to the basic load and speed ratings requirements, VW thoroughly tests for wet and dry traction, stability, tread life, acoustics, rolling resistance (fuel economy), and comfort. When it comes to safety and performance, trust the tires that meet Volkswagen’s highest standards. Go with VW-approved tires every time.

For specified models, Volkswagen-approved tires:
  • Meet target fuel economy and rolling resistance
  • Satisfy specified wear characteristics
  • Comply with noise specifications
  • Work best with Volkswagen suspension systems
  • Provide the ride, performance, cornering, and braking Volkswagen drivers expect

Tire Fitment Guide

Tire Decoder

Decipher the Code

How to read a sidewall

Speed Rating

Much of the differences in tire types have to do with the Load and Speed ratings of the tire. These two designations are called the SERVICE INDEX.

Speed ratings were developed in Europe where there are no speed limits on some roads. The authorities wanted to be sure a tire could safely handle high speeds. So instead of limiting the speed of the road, the speed of the tire was designated. Speed ratings should be referred to with the customer as “performance ratings,” in that it designates the acceleration, braking, cornering, and heat dissipation.

In general S & T rated tires are usually Passenger/Broad line tires; U & H are Touring tires; V through ZR are Performance tires.

  • Speed rating is the maximum speed at rated load and inflation
  • Speed rating should be referred to as "Performance Rating"
  • Always replace tire with the same or higher speed rating

Load Rating

Much of the differences in tire types has to do with the Load and Speed ratings of the tire. These two designations are called the SERVICE INDEX.

The Load Rating is a two- or three-digit number that indicates the maximum weight a tire can safely support. According to the chart below, if your tire is a 94Y it could safely handle 1,477 lbs. Multiply that by all four tires and you get a total support weight of 5,908 lbs. That’s approximately three tons of combined vehicle, passenger and cargo weight.

  • Load Index is the maximum load at rated speed and inflation
  • Always replace tires with the same or greater load index rating

Tire Anatomy

When it comes to tires, it’s important to know your ABC’s: Acceleration. Braking. Cornering. Besides supporting the entire weight of the vehicle, these are the crucial forces a tire must contend with on a daily basis. Add the ability to absorb road shock and it’s no wonder Volkswagen places so much emphasis on the quality, safety and performance of its recommended tires. Lives depend on them.

Airing out some important facts. Did you know...

  • Tires typically lose air at the rate of one pound a month.
  • A tire can lose up to half of its air pressure and not look flat.
  • One out of every four vehicles on the road has under-inflated tires.
  • Under-inflated tires wear out faster and cause nearly 75% of flat tires.
  • Keeping tires properly inflated can increase gas mileage by up to 3%.*
  • Check air pressure when tires are cold. If hot, add four pounds per square inch.

*Based on fuel savings information found at