Volkswagen Jetta Tire Size

The tires on your Volkswagen Jetta are arguably one of the most important components. Without good tires that are the right size and properly maintained, you won’t be able to commute or explore the areas of Littleton, Parker, and Castle Rock.

In this guide, we at McDonald Volkswagen will break down the needs of your Volkswagen Jetta when it comes to tires and wheels. Read ahead to learn more about what size tires your VW needs, how to read the size, and more!


VW Jetta Wheel Size

16 inch Volkswagen WheelsThe Volkswagen Jetta offers three different wheel sizes. Depending on which of the five trim levels you choose, you might need one of several wheel sizes. The two base trims—the VW Jetta S and VW Jetta SE—come equipped with 16-inch alloy wheels.

The Volkswagen Jetta R-Line is the unique one of the bunch. This one-of-a-kind middle trim comes with 17-inch alloy wheels. This 1-inch difference gives you a bit more ground clearance in your VW Jetta.

These aren’t unlike the wheels of the Volkswagen Jetta SEL and the Volkswagen Jetta SEL Premium in size and shape. However, their 17-inch alloy wheels offer a metallic finish, for a little bit more flare in the exterior design.


Volkswagen Jetta Tire Size

Which tires you need depends largely on which Volkswagen Jetta trim level you choose because of the differences in wheel size. If you choose the VW Jetta S or the VW Jetta SE with their 16-inch alloy wheels, you’ll need 205/60R16 sized tires.

Unsurprisingly, the trims with the larger 17-inch alloy wheels will need slightly bigger tires to accommodate. The Volkswagen Jetta R-Line, Volkswagen Jetta SEL, and Volkswagen SEL Premium need 205/55R17 sized tires.

How to Read VW Jetta Tire Sizes

Now that you know what tire sizes your Volkswagen Jetta needs, you might be wondering what these tire size numbers mean. Here’s a breakdown of the 205/60/R16 sizes:

  • Number before the slash (205): the length of the tire from sidewall to sidewall in millimeters
  • Number between the slashes (60): percentage that compares the height and width of the tire
  • Letter after the second slash: design of the construction of the inner tire
  • Last number in the sequence: the diameter of the wheel rim in inches

Need Tires for Your VW Jetta?

We at McDonald Volkswagen are proud to provide drivers near Littleton, Parker, and Castle Rock with the resources they need to properly maintain their Volkswagen Jetta. If you need a little more assistance getting your tires situated, our service team can help.

At our service center, we can fit you with the perfect tires. As Volkswagen specialists, there’s no better place to have your VW Jetta serviced and maintained than in the hands of our service team.

Schedule a service appointment today to have your tires looked at. Give us a call or use our online scheduling tool!

VW Jetta Tires FAQs:

Q: What size tires go on a Volkswagen Jetta?

A: The size of VW Jetta tires depend on the trim level. The S and SE trims need 205/60R16 sized tires while the R-Line, SEL, and SEL Premium need 205/55R17 sized tires.

Q: How long do tires last on a VW Jetta?

A: It depends on the type of tires you have and how/where you drive. But generally speaking, new tires that are OEM-recommended should last you around 50,000 miles.


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