Originally Posted by rebel50mm
I am planning to order my first Q5 next month (3.0T). One option I am considering is the 20" wheels because they're a great look.
I see they come with summer tires and understand they wear relatively quickly. I also would like to go up to the Tahoe area in the winter.
Given that, does anyone know if the dealer can order or swap all-weather tires on 20" wheels? And, is that even necessary for my use case?
I think you are better off getting a set of dedicated wheel/tires (rates M&S) for a winter setup. I too live in NorCal, and there are times where the hwy up to Tahoe requires chains (level 1). If you have a AWD with snow tires, you are then exempt from chains. In no case, would I recommend driving up there in summer tires, even with chains.
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