A VW service employee measures the tyre tread depth – tyre knowledge

Tyre knowledge

Find information on your Volkswagen tyres here 

Find information on your Volkswagen tyres here 

Your tyres are your only contact with the road and, on average, drive once around the world. An array of information on tyres is available here.

Safety, comfort, energy consumption – they’re influenced by your tyres, too

Safety, comfort, energy consumption – they’re influenced by your tyres, too

A VW tyre with EU tyre label – tyre information

The EU tyre label gives you an overview of the properties of your tyre

The EU tyre label is mandatory for all new tyres. Find out here how the energy efficiency class can affect your car’s fuel consumption. We’ll also explain what the symbols shown reveal about the properties of your tyre, such as wet grip or ice and snow grip.

VW tyre with rim on a yellow car
Tyre labelling made easy

225 / 45 R 17 94 W – explained in seven steps

What do the numbers on my tyres mean? Alongside the manufacturer and product name, you’ll find important information on your tyres.

Winter tyre labelling

It’s not only when purchasing winter wheels that you should take note of the tyre labelling – it’s important for all-season/all-weather tyres, too. Since they are classed as winter tyres, the same symbols on the tyre sidewall are mandatory. More information is available here!

The right minimum tread depth

Tyre tread

How do you measure the tread depth? In the rough tread grooves of your tyres you’ll find small 1.6 mm tall projections – they represent the mandatory minimum tread depth. By looking at these in comparison with your tyres, you’ll see how worn your tyres are. You can also put a 1 euro coin in the grooves – the gold edge is 4 mm wide. Our minimum tread depth recommendation for winter and all-weather tyres. For summer tyres, we recommend 3 mm.

A VW service employee is measuring the tyre tread depth

There are many layers hidden inside your car tyre

Every tyre is made up of a contact surface and a tyre substructure

Contact surface and tyre substructure (carcass)

  1. Tread – for an effective grip on the road and for taking up and draining water
  2. Jointless bandage – enables high speeds
  3. Steel cord belts layers – optimise driving stability and rolling resistance
  4. Textile cord insert – maintains the shape of the tyre, even at high interior pressure
  5. Inner liner – renders the tyre airtight
  6. Side wall – protects against lateral damages
  7. Apex – supports driving stability and steering behaviour and comfort response
  8. Steel core – ensures a firm fit to the rim
  9. Tyre bead reinforcement – supports driving stability and precise steering behaviour
A VW service employee is checking a VW tyre
The tyre pressure monitoring system

Too low a tyre pressure quickly leads to tyre damage – the reason for 40% of all accidents resulting in personal injury. Since November 2014, we have been equipping all passenger car and SUV models with a tyre pressure monitoring system.

A VW service employee is measuring the tyre pressure
Lower consumption – greater driving comfort

You’ll find the answers to all your questions about tyre pressure here.

Yellow VW warning lamp: tyre pressure too low or Tyre Pressure Loss Indicator faulty
Warning lamps

Tyre pressure too low or Tyre Pressure Loss Indicator faulty

The tyre pressure in a wheel has considerably decreased or a tyre has structural damages. Drive more slowly, avoid any heavy steering and braking manoeuvres and check your tyres as quickly as possible. Everything is OK but the lamps are still on? Have the system checked by your Volkswagen Partner. You will find more information on the warning lamps in your owner’s manual.

Disclaimer by Volkswagen

  • Volkswagen Group Ireland Limited (“VWGI”) believes the specifications and pricing on this website to be accurate and correct at the date of publication. Specifications, pricing, standard equipment, options, fabrics and colours are subject to change without notice by VWGI. Volkswagen Ireland reserves the right to change specification, prices and withdraw products from sale without notice. Please note that some possible configurations may no longer be available in production or stock. Contact your retailer for the latest information. Some vehicles are pictured with options that may be available at extra cost or may not be available on some models. Ask your retailer about availability of options and verify that the vehicle you ordered includes the equipment you ordered. Prices exclude delivery and related charges of up to €1,300 on ID. models or up to €1,000 on other models. €1,300 delivery charge on ID.3 and ID.4 models includes optional ‘S Pack’ ID. Service Plan which can be removed upon request. ’S Pack’ ID. Service Plan includes one service, with pollen filter and brake fluid replacement.

    Used Cars Disclaimer:
    All cars that are older than five years or have more than 120,000KM do not qualify for the Volkswagen Approved Used Car programme.