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 driving in the harsh conditions. White knuckles are something that should not be a part of winter driving and changing tires can make a dramatic improvement.

Like all vehicles, we offer many configurations for Volkswagen applications to meet any winter condition. I always recommend winter tires for the worst driving conditions you may encounter, and most of the time, my recommendation for the vehicle comes from the Studless Ice & Snow category.

For my Volkswagen, I use the Bridgestone Blizzak WS70 on the factory 16" wheel. I use this wheel because I use a BBS SR as part of my summer package. Last year, during one of our worst recorded winters in history, the Bridgestone Blizzak WS70 always got me to where I needed to be without issue. While the ride quality may not be to the level of the Michelin X-Ice Xi3, the grip levels are superior. Our test results say the same. Today, the new Blizzak WS80 is replacing the Blizzak WS70 and we will be testing the new tire soon.

We also offer many wheel options for the Volkswagen model vehicles. I am partial to the Rial and Anzio brands because of their low pressure cast construction. This manufacturing technique makes for a wheel that is slightly stronger, which is better for winter use. Their finishes also make for a durable winter wheel.

Search by vehicle to view the winter / snow tires available for your application.


Sunday, March 22, 2015 by Leonard Lavigne

I have the 2013 vw jetta and have low profile tires and wheels on it. I want wheels and snow tires for it, what do you recommend?
Monday, March 23, 2015 by Tire Rack Team

Leonard, While it is possible for you to retain the low profile tires for your winter setup, most customers have good success with downsizing to 16" wheels and running a 205/55R16 tire. This increases ride comfort, winter traction, and reduces cost in most cases. --

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