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VW Golf Tyres

Classic Golf MK1 Tyres 1974 - 1983

VW Golf Tyres
  • The base models of the MK1 VW Golf 1.1 L, N, C, CL, GL, Formel ’E’ and the 1.5 LD Diesel models fitted 145R13, 155R13 or 175/70R13.
  • The early Golf was fitted with 145R13 tyres; we would suggest 145HR13 Pirelli Cinturato CA67 or 145HR13 Michelin XAS.
  • The Golf 1.3 LS, GLS, C CL & GL. Golf 1.5 LS, GLS, S, C, CL and GL and the 1.6 LS and Diesel C fitted 155R13 and 175/70R13.
  • For these MK1 Golf models with 155R13 tyres we would suggest a set of 155HR13 Michelin XAS tyres.
  • The MK1 Golf GTi and GLi, both the 1.6 and 1.8 models and the MK1 Golf Turbo Diesel fitted 175/70R13 Pirelli Cinturato CN36 tyres.
  • For all MK1 Golfs fitting 5.5”X13” wheels we would suggest that the best choice is still the 175/70VR13 Pirelli Cinturato CN36, as it was the tyre fitted by VW themselves.
  • There were also Michelin TRX options for MK1 Golf 180/65R340 or 190/55R365, neither of which are produced any more.
  • MK1 Golf tyre pressures; we suggest 26psi in the front and 32psi in the rear.
  • The VW Golf GTi MK1 tyre pressures on the front need a little more than 27psi in the 1.8 GTi model.
MK1 VW Golf GTI Tyres 175/70VR13 Pirelli Cinturato CN36

MK2 VW Golf tyres 1984 to 1992


  • The early 1.3 C Golf MK2 still fitted 155R13, we would suggest the 155HR13 Michelin XAS.
  • The 1.6 and base 1.8 MK2 Golfs initially carried on with the 175/70R13, where we would still suggest the 175/70 VR 13 PIRELLI CINTURATO CN36 as a ideal tyre.
  • From 1985 many of the more sporty models such as the Golf GTi Convertible, Golf GTi 16v fitted 14” wheels with 185/60R14 Michelin tyres.
  • Because so many classic VW such as the Jetta and the Scirocco, not to mention the majority of MK2 and MK3 Golf fit this size we are really pleased to offer the 185/60 VR 14 Michelin Pilot Exalto PE2.

Modern Classic VW Golf MK3 tyres 1992 to 1998


The ideal inner tube for 145R13 tyres is the Michelin 13CG inner tube, 155R13 tyres would best fit a Michelin 13D inner tube, and 175/70R13 tyres would best fit a Michelin 13E inner tube. Inner tubes are not essential for these tyres, but they can still be a great option compared to going tubeless. For more information, see our inner tube guide.

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    Volkswagen Golf Recommended Tyres


  1. 175HR400 PIRELLI CINTURATO
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    145HR13 PIRELLI CINTURATO CA67

    Starting at $149.52 $124.60

  2. Jeu de 5 180HR15 Michelin XAS OFFRE
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    145 HR 13 Michelin XAS FF

    Starting at $252.00 $210.00

  3. 155HR13 Michelin XAS FF
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    155 HR 13 Michelin XAS FF

    Starting at $304.08 $253.40

  4. 175/70VR13 Pirelli Cinturato CN36
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    175/70 VR 13 PIRELLI CINTURATO CN36

    Starting at $178.08 $148.40

  5. 185/60 VR 14 Michelin Pilot Exalto PE2
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    185/60 VR 14 Michelin Pilot Exalto PE2

    Starting at $126.00 $105.00

  6. 195/60 VR 14 Michelin MXV3-A
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    195/60 VR 14 Michelin MXV3-A

    Starting at $223.44 $186.20

  7. 195/50 VR 15 Michelin Pilot Exalto PE2
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    195/50 VR 15 Michelin Pilot Exalto PE2

    Starting at $136.08 $113.40

  8. 205/50YR15 PIRELLI CINTURATO ™ P7 N4
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    205/50 VR 15 PIRELLI CINTURATO P7

    Starting at $374.64 $312.20

  9. Other Options for Volkswagen Golf


  10. 155 HR 13 Dunlop SP Sport Aquajet
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    155 HR 13 Dunlop SP Sport Aquajet

    Starting at $206.64 $172.20

  11. 175/70R13 Dunlop SP Sport AquaJet
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    175/70R13 Dunlop SP Sport AquaJet
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  12. 195/60 VR 15 Michelin Pilot Primacy 3
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    195/60 VR 15 Michelin Pilot Primacy 3

    Starting at $173.04 $144.20

  13. 205/60 WR 15 Michelin Pilot Primacy 3
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    205/60 WR 15 Michelin Pilot Primacy 3

    Starting at $194.88 $162.40

  14. 175/70HR13 Avon CR6ZZ
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    175/70 HR 13 Avon CR6ZZ

    Starting at $325.92 $271.60

  15. JEU DE 4 145 X 13 PIRELLI CINTURATO CA67
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    Set of 4 145 R13 PIRELLI CINTURATO CA67

    Starting at $579.60 $483.00

  16. Jeu de 5 145 HR 13 PIRELLI CINTURATO CA67
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    Set of 5 145 R 13 PIRELLI CINTURATO CA67

    Starting at $705.60 $588.00

  17. Set of 4 175/70VR13 Pirelli Cinturato CN36
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    Set of 4 175/70 R13 PIRELLI CINTURATO CN36

    Starting at $680.40 $567.00

  18. Set of 5 175/70VR13 Pirelli Cinturato CN36
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    Set of 5 175/70 R 13 PIRELLI CINTURATO CN36

    Starting at $840.00 $700.00

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Golf GTi Tyres


  • From 1976 both versions of the VW Golf GTi; the 1.6 GTi and the 1.8 litre GTi fitted 5.5” X13 wheels for which the 175/70VR13 Pirelli Cinturato CN36 is perfect.
  • The MK2 Golf GTi 16 valve was introduced in 1985. The MK2 Golf GTi 16v and GTi Cabriolet fitted 185/60R14 Michelin tyres.
  • Currently Michelin make the 185/60R14 Pilot Exalto PE2 which is perfect for a MK2 Golf GTi.
  • From 1993 the MK3 Golf GTi and the 1994 Golf VR6 version of the GTi wants the 205/50R15 Pirelli Cinturato P7.

Independent Tyre Test - The Results

In the world of modern tyres it is common place to come across a tyre test. However in the world of classic tyres the investment never seems to be there to do a proper modern tyre test. However a German magazine in July 2016 conducted this modern tyre test using classic tyres. This classic tyre test has been translated from German to English. What is remarkable in this tyre test is quite how well the PIRELLI CINTURATO ™ CN36 classic tyre performed in the table at the end. The scores in this table are not scored in relationship to the other tyres in the test, so when a score of 1 is recorded, then that is a perfect score for a classic tyre or a modern tyre. It is wonderful to see that these classic PIRELLI CINTURATO ™ CN36 tyres can give such exemplary results.

History of the Volkswagen Golf

Built between 1974-1983 the Volkswagen Golf MK1 was intended as a modern front-wheel drive hatchback replacement to the Volkswagen Beetle, being designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro (who had also designed the Lotus Esprit). Known as the Volkswagen Rabbit in the US, the Golf would go on to be the second biggest selling model in the world and replaced the high-volume sales of the Beetle for Volkswagen after sales of the Beetle started to tail off in 1970. In 1975 a sportier version of the Golf in the Golf GTI was launched, which would retroactively be known as the first popular hot-hatch that would lead to competitors outfitting their own hatchbacks with high-performance packages too.

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