Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Turanza EL400-02

Got these tires as the OEM tires from buying the car new. My Jetta Sportwagen TDI has enough torque to break the tires free and activate traction control. This can make it difficult when starting on a hill or on a slick road, since I need to feather the throttle to ensure grip.The tires are a bit noisy on the highway, and tend to transmit even small bumps...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General AltiMAX RT43 (H- or V-Speed Rated)

We were so impressed with our first set of Altimax RT43 tires that we purchased another for our Jetta TDI. The car is mostly driven by my wife 120 miles/day commuting to work. With the winter we've had so far we've had little snow to deal with but again these tires didn't disappoint. Traction is great in the snow when combined to the TDI's DSG transmission....  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Primacy MXM4 ZP

Recently had these tires installed on my '09 JETTA SPORTSWAGEN TDI. WOW! Like a new car again. Great riding, solid and stable performance. Got 75K miles on OE Michelins - expect the same or better on these. Had to stop quick for a deer recently and tires responded great. The deer is safe and so were we. I'd buy these tires again.   Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Firestone Firehawk Wide Oval AS (H- or V-Speed Rated)

I bought these tires for my wife's Jetta after I was told the Firehawk Wideoval Indy 500 Summer tire was being discontinued. I had been running Blizzaks for the winter, and wanted a performance tire. The salesman told me that this tire is a great all around performer. I decided to test out the Firehawks in the snow, before putting the winter set on. Not...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental PureContact with EcoPlus Technology

I do mostly highway driving and my number one consideration is a quiet smooth ride.Tire Rack recommended these tires based on that criteria and they were bang on.Aside from the fact that they handle well and are superb in wet weather they are just so quiet and smooth that I wouldn't hesitate for a second to purchase them again.I had them shipped to Port...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Potenza RE970AS Pole Position

I liked the re970AS better than the michelin pilot A/S3 in terms of dry traction and ride quality. On the MKV Jetta, the bridgestones are quieter and steering is more responsive. Wet driving is just like dry driving. Excellent even wear if rotated properly. However, these are not good for more than 1 inch of snow.   Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Blizzak WS80

As I was having the tires installed, the temp. dropped from 30 degrees down to 12 degress... All day it had been lightly raining and snowing on and off... When the temp drop so suddenly, the roadways turned to ice and the Lake Michigan snow machine started to near whiteout conditions. These tires were and are remarkable as my 6-speed manual Jetta responded...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Altimax Arctic

This is my 4th season on the Altimax Arctic; having had Michelin's, Bridgestone's and Conti's in the past for snow tires these were recommended to me, I figured at the cost it would be worth a shot. I've been very happy with both the performance and tread-wear on these tires, so much so that I recently bought a pair for our Jetta Sportwagen. The only issue...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin X-Ice Xi3

Excellent winter tire. No change in fuel use and predictable handling in all conditions. Jetta feels better in snow now than my old Subaru did. Came down steep hill with glare ice recently with no slippage whatsoever.   Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Ventus S1 noble2

I love having performance tires on my economy car! Never thought that I would ever buy Korean tires. I found these here on Tire Rack, saw the great reviews and decided to take a chance. I'm a fairly aggressive enthusiast but this MkV Jetta is basically my station car. These tires are sooo much better than the stock Contis. I believe that they are lighter in...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Primacy MXM4

I read and reviewed many tires when it came time to kick the OEM Continental units to the curb on this 2010 VW Jetta Wolfsburg with 6-speed. When reading the reviews, it was apparent who the better companies were. Michelin, consistently lead all reviews for this particular size and application. For me, getting the very best tire for my family was my task as...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin X-Ice Xi3

Another great tire from Michelin. Had the Xi2 on last Jetta, now the Xi3 has improved even on the previous model. Agile on dry roads, incredible in deep snow, while maintaining low noise levels and great ride quality. If you want the best, you want Michelin. Lasts much longer than friends' Blizzak tires!   Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Premier A/S

this is an early review after just 2 days of having tire. 2 days of lots of rain. WOW did these tires make a huge diff on our 2009 jetta (we replace almost new bf goodrich ta touring which we hated). initial impressions are WOW what a smoother ride, nicer over bumps and impressive rain performance from standing start, stopping, and fast corning. these tires...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

I purchased these tires for my wife's Jetta because we wanted something that was as safe and money could buy without going broke. The previous tires were a set of Michelins that were low rolling resistance and they were noisy and would cause the car to slide all over the place in the snow. Not these tires! They perform very well in light snow and fresh...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Optimo H727

This is our 2nd set of hankook optimo. As far as car tires (idk about truck tires) these are the best bang for your buck. Sad day when your wife passes you in her jetta, middle of winter in your 4x4 suv! Our first set was 65k miles old and still had 60% tread left, when we sold it (passat 1.8t) and bought the current tdi. We bought new shoes for the tdi...  Read More

Winter Tires for Volkswagen Jetta

As Volkswagen continues to gain momentum in the North America market, winter / snow tire selection for these vehicles has become a very hot topic. We often get the question, "What winter tire should I install on my VW?" My family vehicle is a VW Jetta TDI, and living in Northern Indiana, I need to be prepared for ice, snow and all of the fun that comes with...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus

My Jetta Sportwagen came standard with 17 Conti ProContact tires. They were well used up by 50,000 miles. I liked the Conti tires due to good responsiveness and cornering/braking. The Contis were always quite poor in snow, but since I also have a 4x4 available, not a big issue.The first thing I noticed with the Pirellis is the sudden quiet on the highway! It...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DW

I've only had these tires for a week, but wow what a difference! I got this car with the OE Michelin Pilot HX MXM4 and was shocked by it's poor performance. With traction control on in the rain, it was normal to have the car hesitate as the rear tires fought for traction. With TC turned off, well, it was a wild ride indeed. Lots of fun but very dangerous for...  Read More

The Best Run-Flat Tire for Your Passenger Car: Bridgestone's DriveGuard

Imagine you're on a family vacation traveling with your spouse and children. After a long day of activities, you are heading back to the hotel for some relaxation. The whole family is tired and just ready to get out of the car. Just a few more miles on this busy highway and you'll be there. Suddenly, you hear the sound of a tire blowout.    With conventional ...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Blizzak WS70

We went from a 4wd Jeep to a 2wd Jetta the day before we got our first big snowfall of the season. Blizzak WS70 tires on my Jetta took me places in snow I would go to only in my Jeep. It gave my wife a level of confidence of driving I have never seen in her before in her 15 years of winter driving. There is a lot of talk about the tire being loud, which I...  Read More