Choosing tyres for the summer season may cause problems for drivers, mainly due to the wide range offered by manufacturers to their customers. If you're still wondering which tyres to buy, be sure to check out this year's list of the best-rated models. The ranking was prepared based on the results of tests carried out by well-known organisations and automotive magazines. We are convinced it will help you choose tyres that best meet your expectations.

In summer, traffic on the roads is considerably higher

The list was based on the results of tests carried out and published by such opinion formers as the ADAC organisation and the magazines ’AutoBild’, ‘Auto Motor und Sport’ or ‘Auto Zeitung’. The ranking includes award-winning summer tyres, so you can be sure that you are choosing from among the best models.

TestSize1st place2nd place3rd place
ADAC205/55 R16
  • Continental PremiumContact 6
  • Semperit Speed-Life 3
-Bridgestone Turanza T005
ADAC225/50 R17Falken Azenis FK510Continental PremiumContact 6

Kumho Ecsta PS71

Auto Bild205/55 R16

Kumho Ecsta HS51

Continental PremiumContact 6

Semperit Speed-Life 3

Auto Bild

265/35 R20

Bridgestone Potenza Sport

  • Continental SportContact 6
  • MichelinPilot Sport 4S


Auto Bild AllRad215/60 R17

Goodyear EfficientGrip 2 SUV

Michelin Primacy 4

Bridgestone Turanza T005

Auto Motor und Sport275/35 R19Michelin Pilot Sport 4SBridgestone Potenza SportGoodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 5
Auto Zeitung225/40 R18Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 5

Continental PremiumContact 6

Michelin Pilot Sport 4
ACE/GTÜ225/45 R17Nexen N'Fera Sport SU2Nokian Wetproof
  • Maxxis Premitra 5 
  • Falken Azenis FK510
ÖAMTC205/55 R16Continental PremiumContact 6Semperit Speed-Life 3Bridgestone Turanza T005
ÖAMTC225/50 R17Falken Azenis FK510

Continental PremiumContact 6

Kumho Ecsta PS71
TCS205/55 R16

Continental PremiumContact 6

Semperit Speed-Life 3

Bridgestone Turanza T005

TCS225/50 R17Falken Azenis FK510

Continental PremiumContact 6

Kumho Ecsta PS71

Premium class best again

This year's list of tyres intended for use in the summer season is dominated by premium class models. The features that distinguish tyres from this segment are their high level of travel comfort and excellent performance. Interestingly, this is yet another year in a row that premium brands have triumphed!

Continental PremiumContact 6

Continental PremiumContact 6 is the model that won the most awards. It placed first three times and finished second five times. The tyres of the German manufacturer are among the most recommended for the 2021 season. How did the tyre perform in tests by automotive organisations and magazines?

ADAC 205/55 R16 – 1st place

ADAC 225/50 R17 – 2nd place

ÖAMTC 205/55R16 – 1st place

ÖAMTC 225/50 R17 – 2nd place

TCS 205/55R16 – 1s place

TCS 225/50 R17 – 2nd place

AutoZeitung 225/40 R18 – 2nd place

AutoBild 205/55 R16 – 2nd place

Why choose Continental PremiumContact 6?

This premium-class tyre will guarantee driver safety, travel comfort and high performance, even during dynamic driving. As tests show, the German manufacturer Continental’s tyres are perfect for any type of surface, regardless of weather conditions.

A special polymer compound, which has been additionally fortified with silicon crystals, contributes to the tyre’s long service life. In addition, it also significantly reduces the braking distance on wet surfaces. Its high test marks make it especially recommended for the summer season.

Bridgestone Turanza T005

The Bridgestone Turanza T005 is the tyre that has been ranked third most often – namely four times - in this year's list. One must admit that automotive organisations and magazines were in agreement about the Japanese manufacturer’s tyres. The 205/55 R16 model was tested by ADAC, ÖAMTC and TCS, while AutoBild Allrad focused on the 215/60 R17 variant. In both cases, the Turanza T005 fared remarkably well compared to the competition.

ADAC 205/55 R16 – 3rd place

ÖAMTC 205/55 R16 – 3rd place

TCS 205/55 R16 – 3rd place

AutoBild Allrad 215/60 R17 – 3rd place

What does Bridgestone Turanza T005 have to offer?

Above all else, premium tyres offered by the Japanese manufacturer for the summer season ensure low rolling resistance and high performance, especially during long trips. The reinforced sidewalls mean that you can drive many thousands of miles on one set.

With the increased number of notches, the latest generation tread improves traction while driving. In turn, the open grooves located on the tyre’s shoulders drain water effectively, thus reducing the risk of dangerous hydroplaning.

Bridgestone is known for its innovative solutions. The case of Turanza T005 was no different, where the use of the Nano Pro-tech™ compound and a reinforced carcass structure ensured stability and durability. The tyres will perform admirably on any type of surface, which makes it a tourist model, guaranteeing safe and comfortable travel. This is not the first time the Bridgestone Turanza T005 hits the summer tyre ranking, so it will be a proven choice!

Bridgestone Potenza Sport

Bridgestone Potenza Sport is another offer of the Japanese manufacturer, which was included in the list of the best tyres for the summer season. The model won the test conducted by the Auto Bild magazine, where specialists took a closer look at the size 265/35 R20. It also placed second in the Auto Motor und Sport ranking. In this case, experts tested tyres in size 275/35 R19.

AutoBild 265/35 R20 – 1st place

Auto Motor und Sport 275/35 R19 – 2nd place

Why chose Bridgestone Potenza Sport?

The tyres will surely provide sensational experience to all lovers of dynamic and fast driving. Premium-class tyres have been designed for sports cars and are intended for high-class SUVs and sedans. It provides safety and control of the vehicle.

Bridgestone Potenza Sport guarantees a very good cornering grip and stability on straight roads, which is possible thanks to the asymmetric tread pattern. Good braking on dry surfaces, in turn, is due to the sporty profile and innovative compound. Excellent performance on wet roads is due to the optimised ratio of built-up to open areas. So, if you own a sports car - Bridgestone Potenza Sport will be the best choice for the summer season!

Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 5

Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 5 are premium tyres recognised twice for its performance. Specialists at AutoZeitung agreed that it is the best summer tyre in size 225/40 R18. On the other hand, in this year's Auto Motor und Sport ranking, the American manufacturer's proposal was third among the 275/35 R19 models.

AutoZeitung 225/40 R18 – 1st place

Auto Motor und Sport 275/35 R19 – 3rd place

Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 5 are high-quality tyres designed for cars with high engine power. This places the tyre in the Ultra High-Performance segment. The model is perfectly suited to all conditions, regardless of your preferred driving style, guaranteeing safety, excellent performance and high-quality workmanship.

The tyre provides up to 4% shorter wet braking distance compared to the previous generation. This result was achieved with the use of a contact overlay. Its job is to adapt to the ground. When necessary, the overlay lengthens and increases the contact surface with the ground.

Safety while driving is also affected by the proprietary rubber compound, which shortens the braking distance. The Eagle F1 Asymmetric 5 has been optimised so that weather conditions such as heavy rain or high temperatures do not affect the tyre’s durability or stiffness. Very good results obtained in tests confirm that it is a great tyre for the summer season!

Mid-range tyres score high in tests

The list of summer tyres also includes those from the medium segment. As you can see, organisations and automotive magazines alike appreciated their good driving characteristics and satisfactory performance. One must admit that mid-range models are a great option for drivers looking for proven tyres at a favourable price.

Semperit Speed-Life 3

The proposal of the Austrian manufacturer Semperit achieved exceptionally high test results. The Speed-Life 3 model was appreciated by ADAC, taking first place together with Continental PremiumContact 6! The tyres were second in the ÖAMTC and TCS rankings while scoring third in the Auto Bild’s ranking. 

All tests involved size 205/55 R16.

ADAC 205/55 R16 – 1st place

ÖAMTC 205/55 R16 – 2nd place

TCS 205/55 R16 – 2nd place

AutoBild 205/55 R16 – 3rd place

What are the tyre’s driving characteristics?

Semperit Speed-Life 3 is an improved version of its predecessor, which guarantees driver safety, long mileages, and comfort while driving. Compared to Speed-Life 2, it primarily provides shorter braking distances on wet surfaces and better vehicle handling.

The tread shoulder areas have been stiffened, which makes driving more precise, and allows controlling every movement of the vehicle, even during dynamic maneuvers. The manufacturer decided to widen the circumferential grooves, and thus water is effectively removed from under the face of the tyre, and this, in turn, reduces the risk of hydroplaning.

If you are looking for affordable summer tyres for your passenger car with good performance, choose Semperit Speed-Life 3!

Falken Azenis FK510

The Falken Azenis FK510 is a mid-range tyre that took first place in tests carried out by ADAC, ÖAMTC and TCS for the size 225/50 R17. This is a high result because tyres from the premium segment had won in most cases. The model is therefore an excellent option for drivers who do not want to spend too much money on a new set of tyres, and at the same time expect good performance.

ADAC 225/50 R17 – 1st place

ÖAMTC 225/50 R17 – 1st place

TCS 225/50 R17 – 1st place

ACE/GTÜ 225/45 R17 – 3rd place

Why is the Falken Azenis FK510 a great choice for dynamic driving?

The tyres guarantee stability and prevent loss of grip. The model will cope well on wet surfaces, even during a downpour, ensuring a short braking distance. In addition, Azenis FK510 reduces the risk of hydroplaning and does not lose traction even when performing sudden maneuvers.

The tyre has been awarded the highest A-rating in the wet performance category on the European label. You can rest assured that choosing the Azenis FK510 model will keep both you and your family safe!

What to consider when choosing summer tyres?

Tests carried out by various automotive organisations and magazines are helpful when choosing new tyres. Based on experts’ opinions, we can find out, e.g. what driving properties a given model stands out for, as well as whether it will meet our expectations. If you plan to buy summer tyres, a useful tool will be the tyre selection wizard, which you can find on our website at When choosing tyres, drivers also check the opinions of other users about the given model. We are convinced that by following the tips above, you will also find your dream summer tyres.