Classic VW Golf Tyres
Classic Golf MK1 Tyres 1974 - 1983
We also have a close-up view of the Golf's tyre and wheel construction.
- 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 145 - 13 tyres; we would suggest 145HR13 PIRELLI CINTURATO CA67 or 145 HR 13 Michelin XAS FF.
- 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 155 - 13 and 175/70 - 13.
- For these MK1 Golf models with 155 - 13 tyres we would suggest a set of 155 HR 13 Michelin XAS FF tyres.
- The MK1 Golf GTi and GLi, both the 1.6 and 1.8 models and the MK1 Golf Turbo Diesel fitted 175/70 VR 13 PIRELLI CINTURATO CN36 tyres.
- For all MK1 Golfs fitting 5.5”X13” wheels we would suggest that the best choice is still the 175/70 VR 13 PIRELLI CINTURATO CN36, as the CN36 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.
MK2 VW Golf tyres 1984 to 1992
- The early 1.3 C Golf MK2 still fitted 155 - 13 tyres, we would suggest the 155HR13 Michelin XAS.
- The 1.6 and base 1.8 MK2 Golfs initially carried on with the 175/70 - 13 tyre, where we would still suggest the 175/70 VR 13 PIRELLI CINTURATO CN36 as an ideal tyre.
- From 1985 many of the more sporty models such as the Golf GTi Convertible, Golf GTi 16v fitted 14” wheels with 185/60 VR 14 Michelin Pilot Exalto PE2 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 tyre for these cars.
- The Michelin Pilot Exalto PE2 is an excellent tyre that greatly benefits sporty youngtimer cars like a GTi Golf, alongside many other notable hot hatches such as the Ford Fiesta XR2 or Renault 5 Turbo. The technology used in its design allows for fantastic road holding when cornering, utilising its competition based compound and Variable Contact Patch, which increases the tread's contact with the ground as cornering efforts increase.
Modern Classic VW Golf MK3 tyres 1992 to 1998
- As we get into what is called the 'modern classic car age' specifying tyres is more difficult, as when you chose your car you also had a selection of tyres.
- For most MK3 Golf we would suggest the 185/60 VR 14 Michelin Pilot Exalto PE2, 195/60 VR 14 Michelin MXV3-A or the 195/50 VR 15 Michelin Pilot Exalto PE2.
- It is great news that Michelin produce the PE2 and the MXV3 ranges of modern classic tyres.
- The top of the range MK3 Golf, such as the 2.0 Golf GTi 16v and the 2.8 VR6 fitted 15” wheels for which we suggest fitting the 205/50 VR 15 PIRELLI CINTURATO P7.
- For More information about fitment look at Classic VW Golf tyre pressures.
The ideal inner tube for 145 - 13 tyres is the Michelin 13CG inner tube, 155 - 13 tyres would best fit a Michelin 13D inner tube, and 175/70 - 13 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.
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.
Wheel And Tyre Diagram Close-Up
Independent Tyre Test - The Results
In the world of modern tyres it is commonplace to come across a tyre test. Sadly 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 relation 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.