Here’s How Different Wheel Sizes Affect Performance

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There’s the balance to be found when you are on the hunt for the set of ...

There’s the balance to be found when you are on the hunt for the set of wheels and tires for your car.

Do you prioritize comfort over performance? Are you looking to increase a handling capability and feel of your vehicle? Perhaps you want to wind up somewhere in a middle of the two ends of the spectrum.

To help you understand how different size wheels and the tires affect these parameters, we have the video showing the test of three separate sizes and the results are pretty clear.

Using the Volkswagen Golf GTI as the test vehicle, the appropriately named Tyre Reviews sets out to find differences between three different sizes of rolling stock.

We are working with the 225/45 R17, 225/40 R18 and the 225/35 R19. This means the section width is essentially the same, it is the sidewall and tire height that are changing as is a size of the wheels to which they are wrapped, of course.

All three sets of tiers are the Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 3, all three sets represent the available option size for the Golf GTI. The vehicle is driven on the wet handling and dry handling course and the numbers are… close. And all three tires present objectively similar data points.

On a dry course, the larger tire was slightly faster while the opposite was true in a wet.

It comes down to more subjective measures, apparently. And the smaller 17-inch tires represent the most comfortable ride thanks to a larger sidewall. The 18-inch tires create the bit more road noise, this is further exacerbated when the vehicle jumps up to the 19-inch wheels and tires.

On a performance front, the 19-inch tires reportedly allow for sharper turn-in and more mid-corner balance, whereas a 17-inch tire felt more vague.

This back-to-back-to-back examination of tires on a same course under the same vehicle is the perfect way to test the set against another.

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