Is 16 better than 18

Choice of rims: 18 "or better 17"?

Hello everybody,

I have already ordered with 18 "Marseille rims. Now I was still wondering whether the smaller ones might not be the better choice. I have already researched here, but I am not really smart about the advantages and disadvantages and before all, as you can see in the Touran, does anyone have any tips?

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I weighed the change because I was interested ...

it was 2.7 kg the trondheim are really heavy ...

DCC chassis + 18 "is definitely anything but too hard. I find the comfort very good.

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VW has the advantage over the significantly better margin. On the other hand, you have all the disadvantages: more expensive purchase, more expensive tires, poorer driving comfort, poorer performance, higher fuel consumption. Who needs for the ego ...

Stefan

So we had the 16 "Trondheim mounted on the car when we picked it up and then had the 18" Marseille pulled on at home. Our car is equipped with the standard chassis and I couldn't find any differences in comfort (hardness). I can't say much about consumption, as 97% of the time I only drove the Trondheim on the AB. I mean, however, according to BC it was 7.5 / 7.6 liters. With the Marseille rim and meanwhile more city kilometers than motorway kilometers, we are now exactly at 8ltr in the fueling indicator in BC.

I feel the same way.

car with 16 "trondheim and winter tires picked up.

now the 18 "on it.

Got the DCC chassis and the difference in comfort is minimal. The 18 "are absolutely not an issue in terms of comfort.

Compared to the golf you also have slightly higher tires at 18 "(225/45 to 225/40 at 18")

I can't compare much to fuel consumption. i did not drive enough with the winter tires for that. and the car was new back then.

It feels like there is no difference in fuel consumption.

maybe 17 "needs a little less with 215 on paper, but other factors make a lot more.

I would definitely order the 18 "again.

The 18 "tires are 2 cm wider and at least 5KG heavier than the 16. The difference may not be noticeable for everyone, but it is definitely there. You will probably notice in autumn, when you have gotten used to the car and winter tires switch back.

Stefan

I weighed the change because I was interested ...

it was 2.7 kg the trondheim are really heavy ...

DCC chassis + 18 "is definitely anything but too hard. I find the comfort very good.

Ok then the Trondheim are no good either, VW is known for its lead-heavy "light metal rims". An average tire in this dimension should actually weigh around 16 kg. With extremely filigree rims and fuel-saving tires, even less than 14 KG are possible. With 225 / 40R18 you are well over 20 KG.

Stefan

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@NewTouraner wrote on April 19, 2016 at 2:30:30 p.m .:

Hello everybody,

I have already ordered with 18 "Marseille rims. Now I was still brooding,

...

Yes, 17s are suuuuuper - the best in the world, believe me. The 18s are big crap.

But I would be so kind as to take it from you so that you don't have to worry about it anymore.

* hand rub *

simmu

yes it's funny ... the 16 "steel should be lighter than the 16" trondheim alus ...

unfortunately didn't write down the absolute values ​​for me. had to go quickly.

if i change in autumn i can measure again exactly.

The difference between 17 and 18 inches can only be guessed at, and if so, primarily with sports suspension. I wouldn't worry about the comfort at all.

In view of the costs for 18 "bikes, the 50 EUR per year additional costs for fuel should be negligible.

Steel rims are always lighter than aluminum in the same dimension. Although aluminum has a lower specific weight, you have to use a lot more material to achieve the same strength. The whole thing is just a visual measure, otherwise it only brings disadvantages.

Stefan

well, the alus do not corrode as hard, and the brakes are better ventilated ...

And I see the usual hubcaps as a real safety risk.

Once had one stuck in the radiator because the guy in front of me lost one at 150.

and once a 50cm flew past my head when I was on a moped and one of them was driving too fast over rails.

You could also build very light, high-quality steel rims, but that would also be expensive.

Everyone likes something different when it comes to optics.

I had the 17 "Salvador ex works. Then I used these as winter rims with 215 winter tires. For the summer now 18" from MAM with 225 tires. It's a little harder, but it's also better in the corners.

The consumption - no idea and with almost 12,000 km of mileage per year, it doesn't matter.