If you look out the window then you probably know that it is time to think about Winter Tyres for your Audi.
Thoughtfully Audi have been looking out for you and have rolled out a range of Winter Tyres via their dealer network. Winter tyres are stiffer and less flexible at low temperatures, than all year round tyres. The winter compounds remain softer and more pliable, and consequently better able to maintain grip. They also benefit from a special tread pattern that optimises water displacement, and additional grooves, called sipes, within the tread blocks which interlock with the surface to maximise traction.
Are they a good idea, in short yes – we have tested cars with both all-year round tyres against winter tyres in the snow – and the difference is remarkable. You will certainly notice the difference in grip and overall traction in winter weather.
The Audi wheel and tyre sets range start from £799 for Audi A1 to £3,659 for the RS 4 Avant, and are delivered to Audi Centres ready to fit. For tyres only, prices range from £540 to £1,300.
There are winter tyre-only options for previous generation Audi models, allowing drivers to keep their current wheel rims. Owners of Audi A3 models built between 1997 and 2003 can purchase four fitted winter tyres for just £325, while a set of four tyres for A4 models built between 2001 and 2007 can be fitted from £540.
For, Audi models which are outside of their original new car warranty period, and which are newly fitted with a set of Audi winter wheels and tyres, will benefit from one year’s complimentary Audi Roadside Assistance cover (subject to terms and conditions), offered for a limited period from the point of purchase at an official Audi Centre.
As winter tyres should only be used in the winter (at around +7 degrees and under), Audi have come up the ‘tyre hotel’ service to store winter or summer tyres when they are not needed. For just £120 including VAT, tyres will be stored for 12 months in Audi branded wheel bags ready to use on request. Audi have not told us, if there will be a charge for swapping wheels over, that might rely on the goodwill over your Audi Centre.Published 22 November 2012