Tyre Safety and Legislation

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It’s vital to ensure you fit the right tyres, as the original tyres on your Volkswagen are determined by joint consultation and extensive testing between the car and tyre manufacturers. This includes many aspects of the vehicle characteristics including road noise, fuel consumption and vehicle handling. Therefore, we recommend that changes in tyre, size or type should not be undertaken without seeking advice from your local Volkswagen Retailer.

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Tyre labelling

Introduced in 2012, tyre labelling brings a major advance in consumer information on tyre safety and the tyre’s impact on the environment. The graphics on the label may be familiar as they’re already used for household appliances and new cars.

The labels are based on performance in 3 key areas. Below, we’ve separated and explained each area with the icon used to show it.


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Fuel efficiency

This icon on the chart shows how a tyre performs on fuel consumption. Fuel-efficiency is graded from A (most efficient) to G (least efficient).

The difference in fuel consumption between a car fitted with A and G class tyres is around 0.5 litres per 100km, that's a saving of around 80 litres and more than £110 per year*. Results can vary with the type of car or the climatic conditions.

(*Savings based on petrol engine car travelling 10,000 miles/year with £1.40/litre fuel cost) 20% of a car’s fuel usage is influenced by its tyres

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Wet Grip

This icon on the chart grades a tyre on how well it brakes in wet conditions. Performance scales from A (the safest, stopping in the shortest distances) to G (longest braking distances).

The difference in wet stopping distance between a car fitted with A rated vs G rated tyres is 18 metres or approximately 58 feet at 50MPH equivalent to 4 Golf lengths.


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Exterior Noise

The graphic to the right shows the external noise made by the tyre measured in decibels. 1 decibel is equal to 25% difference in noise, 3 decibels 100 % difference.

External noise pollution may not relate to noise inside the car, depending on your car's insulation properties.

Here are the measurements explained:

    1 black wave = Low noise tyre. Noise level 3 dB (A) or more below future noise limit
    2 black waves = Average noise tyre. Noise level equal to or below future limit by up to 3 dB (A)
    3 black waves = High noise tyre. Level greater than the future limit but complies with today’s noise regulation

If all cars had low noise tyres it would sound like taking 7 /10 cars off the road

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Please contact your local retailer to see which tyres you require and pricing information.

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