The old joke goes, how do you keep a person in suspense? Ask them to find the spare tire in their US market MKVII Golf R! Rim shot, and wait for the copious amount of laughter.
Ask yourself this, “Wouldn’t I need a spare if one of my car’s four tires develops terminally low tire pressure or TLTP?”. TLTP is also referred to as “flat tire”, “got a flat”, “the rubber remains, but not the air”, “the vehicle was willing, but not the tire”, and I could go on and on for a least 3 or 4 more words. I mean unless you have a flat in an urban area, where road assistance should reasonably be expected to arrive in short order, I’d be left to my own devices out in the wilderness of the suburbs and beyond without a spare. Volkswagen for whatever reason decided that for buyers in the US/Canada markets, the exact same spare tire standard in the European and ROW markets received as standard equipment was not to be provided to us here in North America.
I know what you’re thinking, “They eliminated it to save weight thereby increasing performance, right?”. Wrong. It’s not a question of performance since the ROW markets received a spare as standard equipment. Why? Good question, but I can only come up with two reasons this happened. Reason 1: Volkswagen thinks the American/Canadian atmosphere is denser than the atmosphere in the ROW markets thereby making the car heavier in Canada and the US, and therefore no additional weight should be added to vehicle or Reason 2: a cost-profit calculation pure and simple made in a corporate board room somewhere. If it’s 1 then I’m not sure how to respond. I think we generally experience the same atmosphere on this rock so I tend to go with the second reason to explain this conspicuous absence. Of course in countries with much greater distances in their network of roads as say in Canada and the US the likelihood that a flat tire develops outside of a city center is probably so small as to be statistically improbable. Their research probably supports evidence of more flat tires occurring in Europe than in either Canada or the US. Yeah, that’s probably it.
But don’t worry, even though I don’t have a spare Volkswagen hooked me up with the bundle of goodies below. Yes, a can of goo to patch said flat tire, and a small compressor to pump it back up.
I’m not sure this setup works for me, stay tuned.