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Old 01-22-2014, 12:55 PM   #1
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Default SQ5 Winter tire/wheel recommendation

Picked up my SQ5 earlier this month and got to drive it in the snow for the first time last night. Came with Bridgestone Dueler H/P Sports that are really meant for summer use. I was able to get around ok, but definitely had to watch throttle, steering and breaking inputs extra carefully or else it would break loose pretty easily.

Thinking about getting a set of inexpensive wheels and winter rubber to put on from Dec-Mar. My wheels are the stock SQ5 20-inchers and I'm in the Boston area where the roads are pretty rough so I'm thinking 19-inchers plus Blizzaks or similar but would love to hear and see what others have done before pulling the trigger. If you have winter wheels/tires on your Q5 and are able to share pics, I'd appreciate it.
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Old 01-22-2014, 01:08 PM   #2
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I went with 19' wheels and tires from tire rack. Got Michelin X-Ice 2's, but Blizzaks would be good choice too. The vehicle handles very predictably in the snow and ice - I like it more than the X3 I had with Micehlin PA3's. On the SQ5 I had 21" summer wheels and didn't notice big difference in ride but big reduction in road noise - the 21" tires transmit a lot of voice.
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Picked up my SQ5 earlier this month and got to drive it in the snow for the first time last night. Came with Bridgestone Dueler H/P Sports that are really meant for summer use. I was able to get around ok, but definitely had to watch throttle, steering and breaking inputs extra carefully or else it would break loose pretty easily.

Thinking about getting a set of inexpensive wheels and winter rubber to put on from Dec-Mar. My wheels are the stock SQ5 20-inchers and I'm in the Boston area where the roads are pretty rough so I'm thinking 19-inchers plus Blizzaks or similar but would love to hear and see what others have done before pulling the trigger. If you have winter wheels/tires on your Q5 and are able to share pics, I'd appreciate it.
I have an SQ5 w/ the prestige trim & 20" wheels. I'm in VT. Looked @ for winter tires & quickly gave into the indulgence of the Audi wheel package: 235/55 R19 Continental CrossContactWinter & 19 alloys. Package works & looks great. This winter, it's done great in some nasty storms & snow. Maybe another package at the price would work just as well but, the SQ5 is itself an indulgence so, for me, the cost, compared to convenience & confidence, wasn't a big deal.
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I just got my SQ5 as well a week ago. Love it, but it is an ice skate on the snow without winter tires.

The winter wheel options are a little more difficult to sort out - there are a lot of recommendations on this forum and Audizine if you look around.

I ended up going with 19" wheels from Hartmann and Blizzak DV-M1s from Tirerack even though they don't offer those as a recommended option when you go through the drop down menu. I'm having them put on tomorrow and will let you know how they feel.
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Picked up my SQ5 earlier this month and got to drive it in the snow for the first time last night. Came with Bridgestone Dueler H/P Sports that are really meant for summer use. I was able to get around ok, but definitely had to watch throttle, steering and breaking inputs extra carefully or else it would break loose pretty easily.

Thinking about getting a set of inexpensive wheels and winter rubber to put on from Dec-Mar. My wheels are the stock SQ5 20-inchers and I'm in the Boston area where the roads are pretty rough so I'm thinking 19-inchers plus Blizzaks or similar but would love to hear and see what others have done before pulling the trigger. If you have winter wheels/tires on your Q5 and are able to share pics, I'd appreciate it.
Search is your friend:
http://forums.audiworld.com/showthre...er+tire&page=3
http://forums.audiworld.com/showthre...Q5+Winter+tire
http://forums.audiworld.com/showthre...er+tire&page=2
http://forums.audiworld.com/showthre...er+tire&page=3
http://forums.audiworld.com/showthre...Q5+Winter+tire
http://forums.audiworld.com/showthre...er+tire&page=2
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S5 peelers are what I went with.
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Where did you get the peelers from out of curiosity?

And...yes, spijun, search is a friend - there is a lot of good information on these forums about this specific question and I have read through it all. So thanks for reposting those links so they are all in one place.

But, consider that this question has been asked again and again and again. There must be a reason for that, right? Perhaps it is because the answer is not straightforward at all -- the complexity was evidenced by much of the discussion on the threads you posted where wheels were thought to fit that did not fit, etc, etc. Perhaps this is why Audi thinks it is justified in charging $4,200 for their OEM winter wheels for the SQ5...
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For my SQ5, I acquired 20" OEM titanium peelers that came off a Q5 TDI S-line and mounted them with 255/45 Blizzak DM-V1. I have already put these tires to the test with all the snow, ice, and extreme cold that have graced Chicago and they're phenomenal. Best winter tires I've ever had and they truly make the SQ5 unstoppable even in the worst winter conditions! I have Dunlop Wintersport 3D in the other Audi, and as great as that setup is, I must say that the Blizzak DM-V1 still makes the SQ5 a more capable winter beater when things get heavy (and icy). I've posted these pics before on another thread but can't find the link, so here they are again.

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I've spent around $1200 for full winter setup with DM-V1's and OEM 19" Q5 wheels I got cheap off ebay. Tires are extraordinary in the snow and much quieter than summer rubber. Will try to post some photos once I get the car washed.
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I have these wheels: http://www.ecstuning.com/Audi-Q5--3....oys/ES2143196/

And these tires: http://www.tiresbyweb.com/p-10774-no...suv-tires.aspx

Using stock lug nuts and $20 ebay Audi center caps.

Total Price: ~$1300
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I have these wheels: http://www.ecstuning.com/Audi-Q5--3....oys/ES2143196/

And these tires: http://www.tiresbyweb.com/p-10774-no...suv-tires.aspx

Using stock lug nuts and $20 ebay Audi center caps.

Total Price: ~$1300
I've had several sets of Nokians. They are, IMO, the best but sizes are limited.
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I've had several sets of Nokians. They are, IMO, the best but sizes are limited.
Well they have the correct sizes for the Q5 and I agree...best winter tires I've owned. Better traction and stability compared to Blizzaks on my previous AWD car.
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I thought I'd make my first post on here about winter tires, seeing as I am from Norway and we have a pretty harsh winter.

The best winter tires I've had have all come from Nokian, and the latest one is Hakka R2 SUV. By far the best tires on ice and snow and they are very quiet when driving. Michelin has come out with a tire (Michelin X-Ice XI13) that has proved to be a bit better on wet asphalt, but it doesn't come in a SUV version until next year.

I should note that I talk about the best tires, IMO, without studs. You have to pay a fee to use studded tires when driving in the city in Norway (at least in Oslo) so no one uses them here.

I will definitely be putting Hakka R2's on my new Q5. Should get it in 2 or 3 weeks
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Thanks everyone. Looks like I'm going with the Nokian R2s. From what I'm gathering, the Nokians seem to be the preferred choice over the Blizzaks from those that have actually owned both.

Does anyone know the exact wheel specs I need to get for these to drop right on the SQ5? Can I fit 18"s? The front brake rotors are pretty large...
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I don't think 18" wheels will fit... that is what everyone has said at least. One of the links Spijun copied has a whole dialogue about it if you want to take a look.

I have 19" x 8 wheels from Hartmann ET35 - just put them on this morning with the winter set up and there is about a 1/4" clearance on the front rotors....so it looks like a very close fit.
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...take a look at the spare in the back of your SQ sometime...
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Thanks everyone. Looks like I'm going with the Nokian R2s. From what I'm gathering, the Nokians seem to be the preferred choice over the Blizzaks from those that have actually owned both.

Does anyone know the exact wheel specs I need to get for these to drop right on the SQ5? Can I fit 18"s? The front brake rotors are pretty large...
Some 18s will fit. TireRack lists about 15-18 wheels that fit.

Clearly it's in TR's best interest to promote wheels that don't fit then have to made amends [/sarc]
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There may be 18s that fit but I don't think anyone on here has done it. Based on the aesthetics of my 19s, personally I wouldn't do 18s if they were free.
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There may be 18s that fit but I don't think anyone on here has done it. Based on the aesthetics of my 19s, personally I wouldn't do 18s if they were free.
Good for you. I run 17's because they work best for me.
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Not on an SQ5 you don't.
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