PASSAT WHEEL & TYRE COMBINATIONS BY TYPE APPROVAL NUMBER
In theory you can fit any wheels and tyres you like BUT insurers may not like it.
The figures for wheels and tyres below are those that VW type approved the car for.
Insurers can't complain about them as they are all "original equipment".
The type approval number for your car is on a black sticker inside the passenger door B-post. It is a number beginning e1
PASSAT 2006 SALOON
PASSAT 2007 SALOON
PASSAT 2008 SALOON
PASSAT 2009 SALOON
PASSAT 2006 ESTATE
PASSAT 2007 ESTATE
PASSAT 2008 ESTATE
PASSAT 2009 ESTATE
TYRE IDENTIFICATION MARKINGS
Your tyres are covered in internationally agreed markings.
They refer to manufacturer, tyre type, manufacture date, etc, etc.
Most of us don’t need to know all this. All we want is the basics for buying new tyres.
So here are the basics:
This is a tyre on a wheel !!!!
You can clearly see it is made by BRIDGESTONE and the type is TURANZA.
For most of us the important bit is the size and rating which is shown below: 215 / 55 ZR 16 97 W
So what does 215 / 55 ZR 16 97 W mean ?
215 is the WIDTH of the tyre in millimetres.
55 is the ASPECT RATIO or PROFILE measured as a %.
R is the tyre type. R = RADIAL
16 is the wheel rim DIAMETER.
97 is the LOAD rating in kilograms.
W is the SPEED RATING.
Unless you are fitting new wheels, the Diameter is fixed. 16 inch wheels will only take 16 inch tyres.
Aspect ratio can be changed but it will affect the speed/distance readings on your dash display.
Speed ratings are usually in the car handbook.
Never fit tyres with a lower speed rating than specified as it will almost certainly invalidate your insurance. Saying you never drive fast is no excuse.
Speed rating codes and maximum speeds are shown below
Load ratings are usually in the car handbook.
Never fit tyres with a lower load rating than specified as it may invalidate your insurance.
This is important because load rating is related to speed rating.
Load rating codes and maximum load are shown below;