Category Archives: AUDI Q5

Supplying genuine alloy wheels at giveaway prices

The guys at tyremen for a number of years now have been supplying genuine alloy wheels at giveaway prices, but how are they able to offer such a good deal on OE wheels, we ask them the questions we think need to be asked.

1.       Where do the wheels come from?

The wheels we offer, in the past have always come from Holland we have a great working relationship with one of Europe’s largest vehicle importers, although we still get the majority of our OE stock from Holland we have recently taken a large quantity of Nissan Juke and Qashqai alloy wheels from a main dealer here in Hull.

2.       But why are these wheels taken of brand new cars, are they damaged?

We are asked this question repeatedly. Say you have walked into an Audi showroom and fall in love with an Audi A5, but this car is fitted with standard 17” wheels you ask for bigger flasher wheels, the 17” wheels are removed and replaced. Because the wheel have had tyres fitted to them, they cannot be sold as brand new and this is where we come in. The wheels may carry some very minor cosmetic damage for example surface scratches/chips to the paint but no bends cracks or anything along them lines.

3.       What are your main manufacture you stock for?

We started with a very small amount of 16” BMW and Audi A4 wheels, then quickly realised that customers really did prefer to buy the OE option for  winter use.

We now we keep the following.


Octavia 16”

Superb 16”

Yeti 16”


1 Series 16”

 3 Series 16”

2 Series 16”


A3 2003-2012  16”

A3 2012>New 16″

A4 2001-2007

A4 All road 17”

A5 17”

A6  2008-2010 16”


Golf MK5 16”

Golf MK6 16”

Golf Mk7 16”

Golf MK5 15″

Golf MK6 15″

Golf Mk7 15”

Passat 16”

Polo 15”


Juke 17”

Silver or Polished

Qashqai 17”


New Mini 2014> 15”

4.       What is your most popular package you sell over winter?

Well this is a hard one to answer, there would be three top sellers Audi A3, Audi A5 and the BMW 3 Series 16” option.

5.       What is the average cost of just wheels and wheels and winter tyres?

Very cheap! The 16” option cost £350 for genuine alloy wheels. The 17” genuine alloy wheels cost £400. 17” wheels and winter tyres cost around £900 delivered, 16” wheels and winter tyres cost around £650 delivered.

6.       With the wheel been suitable for the newer vehicles, will these be suitable to take TPMS?

Yes, these wheels can be fitted with TPMS sensor valves. We can supply new preprogramed TPMS sensor valve for most new vehicles out there.

So there you are this how and what to expect when buying OE alloy wheels for

Thanks winter tyre reviews and Tyremen.


Audi Q5 Winter Wheels and Tyres

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Here at Winter Tyre Reviews we are going to explore the winter wheels and tyre options for the Audi Q5. We have previously covered the Q7 in the Audi ‘Q’ range with vehicle specific information.

The Q5 is the middle of the ‘Q’ range and is proving to be a very popular all purpose family vehicle and has a 5 star NCAP rating for safety, so why compromise this when it comes to winter tyres?

As you will be thinking, the Q5 is 4 wheel drive? Surely it’s designed to work in winter conditions? Well, yes it is, but like anything in life, sometimes a modification may be required and this is when winter tyres become a safety feature.

All Q5’s come with summer tyres as standard, these perform superbly in the warmer weather, giving amazing grip and handling for a car of this size. But in the colder weather, below 7 degrees, the rubber compound in summer tyres becomes less flexible and gives less grip and traction in snow, ice and slush.

There are of course reasons for this, and we have given a few answers below and why we feel you should opt for winter tyres;

  1. The Q5 is often fitted with wide wheels and tyres. These look great and makes the vehicle stand out, but these give a large tyre print on the road which does not work well in the winter, the best guidance is the narrower the better for the best grip.
  2.  The Q5 is a popular vehicle for that winter trip into Europe. Resorts in the Alps and other regions often have a requirement by law to have winter tyres fitted.
  3. The main use of your Q5 is for transporting your most precious cargo, your family. You want to be certain that when you go out on the school run, everyone is going to be as safe as they can be.

So lets look at the options and what is available for the Q5.

The Q5 comes in a range of wheel sizes from 17″ to 20″, so there is a great range available to you, however, not every wheel size has a variation in choice of tyres.

We recommend that for winter equipment, you put no larger than a 17″ wheel fitted with a Vredestein 235/55R17 even if you have 20″ wheels as standard. There are two different versions of the Vredestein in an ‘H’ rating and a ‘V’ rating.

There are two wheels that are supplied by our partner Tyremen, The first is the Grip, by German company Alutec. As you would expect, a German engineered wheel has exceptional quality, a 5 year guarantee and TUV approval. It is designed to compliment the look of the Q5.

The next wheel is the W10 by a Uniwheel who are the parent company of Alutec. Again, this is a fantastic wheel and was new to the market for the 2013/14 winter season. Feedback from customers has been positive for this wheel. It is an Audi specific wheel that is engineered to fit perfectly and take the original bolts, comes with a 5 year guarantee and has TUV approval. The perfect fit for your Q5 and with prices starting at a little over £1000, we feel that this is the perfect investment as we know this is a car that you are going to keep for a few years.

Now you’re asking why? Well, for the best traction, steering and handling in winter weather, as we said earlier in this post, the narrower the better is the rule to follow.

Our partner, Tyremen, are able to offer a huge range of winter wheels and tyre packages or tyres only to have fitted to your current wheels.

We hope that you have found this blog informative for your Q5 winter driving and it will enable you to make the right choice for you. If you require any further help or advice, then please feel free to contact the friendly guys at Tyremen.

Tel: 08456 807808

Thanks, The Winter Tyre Reviews Team