Ironically, these are not compatible with the Phaeton luxobarge.

Made famous by Rolls-Royce before trickling down to the new BMW 3 Series, self-leveling wheel center caps are now available for a Volkswagen model for the first time. Billed as being “a touch of super-luxury,” the self-aligning alloy caps pop in and out whenever you want to replace the wheel. As the name implies, the roundel is always in the correct position regardless of how fast you’re going or the position of the wheel.

You’d think such an item would be compatible with the most luxurious model the Wolfsburg brand has ever made, the ill-fated Phaeton, but it’s not. The gimmicky wheel center caps won’t work with the fullsize posh sedan, nor will they work on another fancy model from Wolfsburg, the Touareg SUV. The list of incompatible models is actually longer than that as it also includes small cars like the old Lupo, up!, Polo supermini, and the new T-Cross subcompact crossover. If you know your VW product codes, these will only work on vehicles that come with 5G0601171XQI hub caps.

A full set of four caps is going to set you back £156.00 in the U.K., which works out to about $195 at current exchange rates. A company official says the self-aligning wheel center caps are visible at all times, if you care about that sort of stuff. “We’ve not quite reinvented the wheel here, but we know this new item will get certain customers in a spin,” says James Woolfe, Accessories and Merchandise Product Manager at Volkswagen U.K.

Bentley self-aligning wheel center caps

It is worth mentioning VW is far from being the first brand from the group to offer such an item as Bentley has been selling these for many years. Way back in 2009, the Crewe-based marque launched a similar product (pictured above) for the Arnage, Azure, Brooklands, and Continental.

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VOLKSWAGEN OFFERS LUXURY-LEVEL ALLOY WHEEL CENTRE CAPS

  • Dynamic centre caps keep Volkswagen roundel level at all times
  • Suitable for most Volkswagen alloy wheels, new and older
  • Deluxe items add a touch of super-luxury to compatible models

Milton Keynes – a touch of the super-luxury segment has arrived in the Volkswagen world, with the introduction of alloy wheel centre caps featuring self-levelling Volkswagen badges.

The Dynamic Volkswagen Hub Caps cover the centre of the alloy wheel and pop in and out when the wheel needs to be removed or replaced. The self-levelling function of the centre caps allow the Volkswagen badge to stand freely within the item, meaning that the roundel is always the correct way up, no matter the speed of the car or the position of the wheel.

Retailing at £156.00 fitted for a full set of four caps, the items are compatible with vehicles whose alloy wheels are able to accept the standard-fit 5G0601171XQI hub caps. It’s the first time such an option has been produced by Volkswagen, and sets of the caps can be ordered through local retailers across the Volkswagen Retailer Network.

James Woolfe, Accessories and Merchandise Product Manager at Volkswagen UK, said: “Our new Dynamic Volkswagen Hub Caps bring a flavour of the super-luxury segment to Volkswagen’s models, with our iconic roundel perfectly visible at all times thanks to the caps’ self-levelling function.

“If you’re after a touch of that super-expensive segment on your Volkswagen, or if you just want to quell the niggling irritation of badges pointing in different directions to one another, being upside-down or not being perfectly horizontal when parked, then these are definitely for you. We’ve not quite reinvented the wheel here, but we know this new item will get certain customers in a spin.”

The Dynamic Volkswagen Hub Caps are, unfortunately, not compatible with up!, Polo, Lupo, T-Cross, Phateon and Touareg alloy wheels, but work with the majority of other models. For more information, please contact your nearest Volkswagen Retailer.