What tires should I buy for my Volkswagen Golf?

By: Discount Tire – Via Treadwell


Trim Levels: Base, TSI, GTI S, GTI SE, GTI Autobahn

Use: city and highway commuting, high performance driving

Budget: $-$$$

About: Time for new tires for your VW Golf? Whether you’re after a budget-friendly price tag that doesn’t skimp on comfort and performance or you want to bring out the best in your GTI, there are a ton of great choices out there.

(That’s why we created Treadwell, a tire buying guide designed to help you get the best tires for how you drive your Golf.)

So when it’s time for new VW Golf tires, you might be asking yourself…

“What tires should I buy for my Volkswagen Golf?”

Volkswagen Tires – Our Top Picks

Golf GTI Tire Recommendation – Michelin Pilot Sport 4S


Our first choice, the Michelin Pilot Sport 4S, is for you speed-freak enthusiasts who drive the VW Golf GTI (Autobahn, SE or S model) for its sporty looks, lightweight design and high-powered engine.

A legend in its own right, the Pilot Sport 4S is perfectly engineered to compliment the turbo-powered GTI models with powerful traction and instantaneous steering response.

Featuring some of Michelin’s most advanced tech, including the Variable Contact Patch 3.0 and Dynamic Response Technology, the Pilot Sport 4S takes UHP performance to an entirely new level and will bring out the best in your GTI—no matter whether it’s stock or highly modified.

And for added confidence, the Michelin PS4S comes backed by a 20,000-30,000-mile warranty. From the thrill of a track day to spicing up your workday commute, you can count on your Michelin Pilot tires for premium performance no matter what.

Recommendation #2 – Pirelli Cinturato Strada Sport AS

Whether you’re driving the GTI S, SE or Autobahn, or even the TSI models of the Golf, our second pick is a great choice for the high-performance thrill-seeking driver who is unwilling to sacrifice ride (or wallet) comfort. That tire is the Pirelli Cinturato Strada Sport All Season.

You may be driving a German hatchback, but you can give it an Italian performance edge when you upgrade to the Cinturato Strada Sport AS. Just look at its tread pattern: the Strada Sport All Season looks like it’s on the verge of offering you an espresso followed by a thrilling race across the Tuscan countryside.

Trust us, there’s no better way to rip around curving, scenic streets than with a set of Pirelli tires.

And with Cinturato Strada Sport All Season tires, you get brand-name Italian luxury at a knockoff price— it’s one of our manufacturer-exclusive tires! And with Pirelli’s 50,000-mile warranty backing the Strada Sport AS, longevity and excitement enter the mix for your next set of tires for your Golf.

Recommendation #3 – Yokohama YK740 GTX


For VW Golf drivers who are rolling on their stock 16’’ wheels, our third option is perhaps one of the top choices for improving performance, comfort and all-season grip in one blow. For your consideration we offer up the Yokohama YK740 GTX.

Engineered specifically for dependable all-season grip and responsive handling, the YK740 GTX can accentuate your Golf’s sporty chops without compromising its commuter comfort and year-round reliability. 

Featuring Yokohama’s break-through ELS Orange Oil tread compound, the YK740 GTX is reliable in warm and cold weather. This advanced rubber compound also strengthens the tire to resist uneven treadwear, for long-lasting life.

Need more convincing? Yokohama back the YK740 GTX with a 60,000-mile treadwear warranty. Not that we’re counting or anything, but those who are may notice that’s the longest warranty out of any tires on this list. Zippy all-season performance and a leading treadlife? Sounds like a smart choice to us!

Of course, these tires are for great year-round performance. If you live in an area where you deal with harsh winter weather and you’re looking for a set of Volkswagen Golf snow tires, we have some options for you. And if you want to preserve the sleek look of your OE wheels, you can build your own VW Golf winter tire and wheel package.

Ready to make the upgrade? Feel free to stop by your nearest location for quick, safe service. You can even take advantage of our Touchless Experience and get your new tires installed from the comfort of your VW Golf.


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