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Volkswagen Alloy Wheels Vs Steel Wheels

When you have damaged VW wheels, you’re faced with several important questions:

If you’re on the fence between steel wheels and alloy wheels, we can help. Volkswagen offers two types of OEM wheels: steel and alloy. In this comparison guide, we’ll explore the differences between both types of wheels and help you reach an educated decision.

The Pros And Cons Of Alloy Wheels

VW alloy wheels

Alloy wheels are more common than steel wheels. Alloy wheels are stock wheels on many different VW models. They're a great choice for many reasons.

For instance, alloy wheels are stylish. They come in many different designs. It's easy to "personalize" your car with alloy wheels. Another big advantage alloy wheels offer is the fact that they're lightweight. This means:

  • Alloy wheels are great for performance. Their lightweight nature allows for optimal handling, acceleration, and fuel economy.
  • The lightweight nature of alloy wheels means there's less strain on your vehicle's suspension system.

There are a few drawbacks to alloy wheels, though. They're lightweight and stylish wheels, but they're easy to damage. They're much more prone to cracks and cosmetic damage than steel wheels. Another drawback is the fact that alloy wheels cost a little more than steel wheels.

The Pros And Cons Of Steel Wheels

Steel wheel center caps

Steel wheels are heavier and much more durable than alloy wheels. Steel wheels bring many benefits to the table. For instance, they're the ideal wheels to use during winter and off roading. It's because:

  • It's almost impossible to crack a steel wheel.
  • If you manage to bend a steel wheel, you can repair it without damaging the appearance. Just grab a hammer and then easily revert it back in shape.
  • Steel wheels won't rust as long as you maintain the paint on them.

Steel wheels are more affordable than alloy wheels, as well. They come with a few drawbacks, though:

  • There are fewer style options to choose from. Steel wheels are functional, not stylish. You can amp up your steel wheels' appearance with wheel center caps, though.
  • The extra weight:
    • Decreases agility
    • Increases stopping distance
    • Decreases acceleration
    • Puts a strain on your vehicle's suspension system
  • Steel wheels are limited in size. Most steel wheels are 17" or less. There's a chance there aren't steel wheels available for your VW model. To find out, look up your VW model here.

Which Type Of Wheel Is Right For You?

Alloy wheels are the standard wheels on most Volkswagen models. Should you keep using alloy wheels, or should you switch to steel wheels? It's up to you to decide which option works better for your car. If you need help reaching a decision, look at what you want from your wheels.

Get alloy wheels if:

  • You want your VW to look stylish
  • You want to maximize your vehicle’s handling, acceleration, and fuel economy

Get steel wheels if:

  • Your wheels get banged up often
  • You’re on a budget
  • You don’t particularly care about your vehicle’s appearance

Whether you choose alloy wheels or steel wheels, we have OEM wheels made for your VW model. Visit our catalog of genuine OEM VW wheels and look up your model to get a list of wheels available for your car.