Thanks for this thread. I'm going to get a set of wheels and winter tyres and this has helped me work out the sizes. Looking at the plate on the car I think my choices are 255/35 R19 96Y (which is the summer fitting I have) or
225/55 R16 99V
225/50 R17 98V
245/40 R18 97V
The S Line is quite low riding so I don't want to lose much circumference and rough calculations on the above sizes would indicate that the 17" wheels/tyres would give only a slightly smaller circumference than my 19" wheels. And I'd rather have smaller wheels/deeper section tyres for winter plus the smaller wheels/tyres are cheaper. I reckon less than £800 at mrtyres - Audi want £1300 for Tyres only for the 19" wheels.
Any further thoughts comments welcome!
I'm thinking that any of the above wheel combos will fit?
Has anyone got any experience with Prelli Sottozeroes or Vredenstein Wintracs which are the ones I'm thinking of.
My car is an A4 Avant 3.2 Quattro S Line Special edition September 2010 B8
The sticker on the end of your driver's door with tyre pressures should confirm the tyre sizes for you - but you probably knew that!
I'm going for the H speed rating on my 225 50 R17s, as per the placard.
I recently read the German Stiftung Warentest winter tyre review, which was pretty thorough. It rated Continental, Michelin and Dunlop at the top, in that order. Vredestein were somewhere above Pirelli in the middle of the field.
Remarkably, following quite a bit of internet research and phoning around, Kwik Fit web prices are currently the cheapest for the Dunlop 4Ds that I'm after.
Yes that was where I got the list of sizes. There are three groups so I'm guessing the third group with my 19" size in it is the one for my car? My summer tyres are Dunlops so may go for the 4Ds
Do you know anything about offset amounts?
I'm getting a set of 18s with Dunlop 4Ds fitted on Thursday, the tyre size is 245/40R18 with an offset of 45. Gone for RS6 reps £1200 inc fitting. I was going to keep the 19s on and change the tyres but can't bare to ruin them over the winter.
Sounds good and the offset matches what I'm seeing on web. And that size is one of the ones I'm looking at - can I ask where you are getting the wheels/tyres from?
i fitted mine today!
Untitled by Ste_Nova, on Flickr
For those of you still undecided, more test results from Germany. (Lower numbers are better when they're rating 1, 2, 3).
This time from motor-talk.de
I will post some pictures tomorrow and my tyres are of course 225 17 50 not 255!
Thanks for the pics Brian - i think they look good on the car, not too out of place!
Thing is i only have about 2-3k left on my 'summer' tyres...decisions, decisions..
All weather tyres??
Fitted my 18" s line five spokes with vredestein wintrac xtremes today,last winter they were great on sheet ice and snow,got a6 18" with toyo t1sports for summer.Need some wheel bags from ebay now.
If it's the Audi bags you're after, it's actually cheaper direct from the dealer - £25 incl VAT. There are two sizes.
My 17" Dunlop Winter Sport 4Ds went on yesterday - £610 fitted. I bought some of the standard Audi rims from eBay for 220.
Now, bring on the snow!
Cant get 17's over the brakes had to use my spare 18's,will pop into audi for wheel bags.
The bags are size L.
I'll hopefully get my 16" steels fitted tomorrow. They're gonna look pretty naff I'd say but they're there to serve a purpose, would have been better if they looked good too though:laugh:
are audi doing the scheme this year? i've heard nowt....
£1200+ is stupid money IMO
Get the tyres from oponeo.co.uk (cheapest by far that I have found and delivered 36hrs after they were ordered!)
Then get genuine Audi alloys from eBay, there is no reason why you need to spend anywhere near a grand, let alone £1,200+ for new Audi alloys fitted with new good quality winter tyres.
I have been using them for the last two years and can highly recommend Nokian WR G2’s and WR A3’s, they are premium brand tyre at budget brand prices.
I would not go through a winter again by choice without them, they are for the whole winter not just the few days we get snow (then they are almost unstoppable)
As for not using winter tyres just because others are going to slid into you, well how pathetic! drive sensibly and with enough of a gap between yourself and the car in front and most accidents can be avoided, the difference is with winter tyres fitted you will be able to control your car providing you are driving sensibly.
I used mytyres the year before (before I came across oponeo) and they were the cheapest and delivered almost as quick (3 days IIRC), this time though oponeo were over £10 per tyre cheaper…. and there prices do not seem to fluctuate daily like on mytyres.
But yes it is ALWAYS worth shopping around (just make sure you are comparing like for like - not forgetting the load index and speed rating)
^^^ it’s not just me then? :redface:
showing my ignorance, the pdf on Audi's site shows winter tyre types for the A4 but says "Exclusions : not for 200Kw" ~ what's that mean?
i've currently got 255s on a 19" rim on my Dynamik, does anyone have suggestions what size alloy/tyre i should go for? i think last year's deal was talking about putting thicker 17" on?
200kW = 268HP or 272PS in German-speak, so I suppose it might well be due to the brakes on the higher-powered models.
17" are of course cheaper (that's what I've bought) but if the Continental winter tyre expert on motor-talk.de is to be believed, in winter tyre terms there is absolutely no harm in going for the larger rims these days. He even suggested going up an inch in rim size for the winter tyres!