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Find and understand the Volkswagen wheel/tyre combinations

Find and understand the Volkswagen wheel/tyre combinations

Rims – an especially interesting topic when it comes to the design of a car. For rim enthusiasts and newcomers to the area: This page is for everyone. To help you understand, search for and find steel and aluminium rims!

Wheel and tyre combinations

FAQs and answers

Can I use these rims on my Volkswagen without registering them? General operating permit, CoC, part-specific technical report: Where can I find this information? Get the information you’re looking for online and find the answers to these and many more questions here in our FAQs.

Volkswagen Genuine wheel and tyre combination for VW cars

Rim labelling – explained in six steps

Discover here what the abbreviations on your rims mean, such as 7.0 J X 17, ET49, LK112/5.

Rim width
7,0 J x 17, ET49, LK112/5

The first number indicates the width the rim in inches. In this example, it’s 7" wide.

Illustration of the rim width of a Volkswagen rim
Rim type
7,0 J x 17, ET49, LK112/5

The letter after the width indicates the shape of the rim flange, i.e. how the rim is built. Older rims, e.g. for the Beetle sometimes have the letter B as a rim contour.

Illustration of the rim types of Volkswagen rims
Rim diameter
7.0 J x 17, ET49, LK112/5

16" or 19". The number after the x indicates the diameter of the rim. In this example, this is 17".

Illustration of the rim diameter of a Volkswagen rim
Rim offset
7,0 J x 17, ET49, LK112/5

The offset (ET) describes the distance in millimetres between the vertical wheel centre and the inner wheel contact surface. In the example it is 49 mm.

Illustration of the rim offset of a Volkswagen rim
Bolt pattern
7.0 J x 17, ET49, LK112/5

The bolt pattern (LK) is the circle diameter on which the holes of the wheel bolts are located.

Illustration of the bolt pattern of a Volkswagen rim
Number of screws
7.0 J x 17, ET49, LK112/5

The number of screws with which the rims are fixed to the wheel flange is different on every vehicle. In this example, there are five.

Illustration of the screws of a Volkswagen rim

Parts and accessories: A wider choice for you

View details on both Volkswagen Genuine Rims and rims from Volkswagen Accessories here.

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Volkswagen Genuine Rims

The Certificate of Conformity (CoC) contains a list of the genuine rims that are suitable for your vehicle – all of which have been tested as wheel/tyre combinations by the MOT association. These rims are Volkswagen Genuine Parts®, which are mounted ex-works. Of course, you can also equip your vehicle with genuine rims at a later date. The middle number of a genuine rim is -601-. Have you chosen a wheel and tyre combination from the CoC for Volkswagen Genuine Rims? Contact your Volkswagen Partner to place an order.

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Volkswagen Accessories Rims

Of course, you can also use Volkswagen Accessories Rims to to create a totally individual design for your car. We also offer items for modifying your vehicle, in particular for kitting it out later on down the line. The middle number of a Volkswagen Accessories Rim is -071-.

Your Volkswagen Partner will be happy to advise you on rims specifically for your model and recommends a suitable combination.

A white VW vehicle with Volkswagen Genuine Alloy rims

Sporty alloy rims

Thanks to top quality materials, there’s no need to forego attractive alloy rims, even when temperatures start to drop. Even in the most unpleasant of temperatures and weather conditions, we make sure you still enjoy a dynamic performance.

The attractive appearance of alloy rims versus the resilience of steel rims – or at least that’s how the theory goes. Our alloy rims have been specially designed for use in snow and slush. The winter-specific surfaces are extremely resistant to corrosion. They’re easy to clean and incredibly resilient – especially against road salt.

Volkswagen Genuine Steel rims

Robust steel rims

Ready for practically any weather: With our complete steel wheels, you’ll benefit from both their great value and the convenience they offer.

Customer and mechanic at a tyre inspection

Tyre packages – an all-round success

The right tyres, professional mounting and storage... there’s quite a bit involved with changing your tyres. How about this: You pay a monthly fee and as a result you get financial planning security – we’ll take care of everything else.

Illustration of the inside of an AirStop® tyre with sealing technology, that protects the tyre from pressure loss in case of damage


Fewer flat tyres, more mobility. Find out about self-sealing tyres with sealing technology here.