With winter slowly letting go, it's time to look for new tyres for the coming season. The tyres you choose will be responsible for your safety over the next few months, so it's worth taking a moment to look at the various models and find the one that best suits you. To make this task a little easier, we have prepared a ranking of summer tyres size 185/65 R15, in which we highlight the proposals that have been rated best by Oponeo customers.

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Best summer tyres 185/65 R15 according to OPONEO users

For several years now, summer tyres 185/65 R15 have been among the best sellers on Oponeo. The ranking of models in this size is therefore useful for many drivers, especially owners of popular cars such as: Hyundai Elantra, Citroen C3, Renault Megane or Toyota Prius, among others.

The right 185/65 R15 summer tyre for your needs depends on your individual requirements, expectations and driving style. Therefore, when looking for a new set of tyres, it is advisable to rely not only on manufacturers' claims. The experiences of other drivers are also important. They test tyres on a daily basis, driving in different conditions and on different types of roads, so they know exactly what to expect from a given model.

The ranking is based on first-hand information, i.e. opinions given by Oponeo customers. On the basis of these opinions, we were able to select the 5 highest rated tyre models. This year's ranking is dominated by proposals from the premium segment.

Model oponyRating*
Continental EcoContact 65,85
Nokian Tyres Wetproof5,8
Uniroyal RainExpert 35,65
Michelin Primacy 45,65
Pirelli P1 Cinturato Verde5,55

*Based on reviews of 185/65R15 tyres issued between 1 January 2021 and 7 March 2022. A scale of 1 to 6 applies, where 6 is the highest possible rating. In the event of an identical average, the number of ratings will be decisive.

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Continental EcoContact 6

Last year, the Continental EcoContact 6 narrowly missed out on victory in the 185/65 R15 summer tyre category. This time it has managed to outdo the competition and reach for the laurel wreath. This is certainly due to the modern technology, which is worthy of the premium class.

The model is made from the advanced Green Chilli 2.0 rubber compound, which is responsible for its high resistance to wear. Its construction has been designed in such a way that it influences low rolling resistance, and thus fuel economy while driving. The tread pattern provides good grip on both dry and wet surfaces. The tyre's innovative geometry of shoulder grooves disperses water well, reducing the risk of sliding. These features have a direct impact on safety.

What do drivers think about the Continental EcoContact 6? Here are some examples:

They present beautifully on the rims, have an impact on the car's combustion, are very quiet and grip the road well. – Martin A

Very good tyres, good grip on both dry and wet roads, excellent ride comfort and low fuel consumption, I recommend!  – WP

The tyres are ideal for both urban and touring conditions. Highly recommended. – KN

Nokian Tyres Wetproof

The second place goes to Nokian Tyres. Although the brand is famous for its reliable winter tyres for the harshest conditions, it also has a lot to say about summer tyres. The best proof of this is the Wetproof model, awarded by Oponeo customers.

The Finnish manufacturer has opted for a double safety zone tread that keeps the car stable and accurately executes the steering commands. On the other hand, it ensures high grip on the road, even in the wet. Self-locking grooves and optimised ribs allow water to be evacuated from under the wheels, thus preventing aquaplaning. In addition, the Wetproof tyre pays attention to comfort: the low-noise sidewall technology and special tread structure help to reduce noise levels.

As confirmation, we quote the opinions of drivers:

I have only owned the summer Nokians for a few months, but they have already managed to surprise me in a favourable way. Regardless of the weather, the handling is perfect, especially on wet surfaces, with no surprises. The car grips the road perfectly. –  John

Changing to Nokian tyres made a huge difference to my driving comfort, especially when braking - the braking distance is shorter, it is safer. – Hyang

Uniroyal RainExpert 3

In third place is the tyre that triumphed last year, the Uniroyal RainExpert 3. This year it has dropped a place, but it is still one of the best-rated models. There's a reason why tyres from this 'rain' range often appear in our rankings!

The tyre is strong and durable, allowing it to cover long distances. The advanced tread pattern prevents aquaplaning, which is essential when driving in difficult weather conditions. In heavy rain, effective control is one of the key benefits of these tyres. A short braking distance means that, in an emergency, you can stop in time and avoid a collision. Low rolling resistance is also worth mentioning.

The quality of the RainExpert 3 is confirmed by our customers: 

The tyres perform very well, both on dry and on wet surfaces. The ride is very comfortable. – Ana

The tyres are great, compared to the previous ones I had the difference is huge. It's easy to drive in the rain, starts and stops without skidding. I recommend them to everyone. – George

Michelin Primacy 4

The Michelin Primacy 4 is another model that has received excellent reviews, not only from drivers but also from the automotive industry, which has tested it on several occasions. Its high position in the ranking of 185/65 R15 summer tyres is certainly no coincidence!

The tyre features EverGrip Technology, which keeps the car stable on demanding wet roads and does not change direction against your will. A special tread pattern channels water outwards, minimising the risk of aquaplaning and reducing braking distances. Another key factor is the compound, which not only increases the grip of the tyres but also, thanks to its resistance to abrasion, contributes to their longevity. Compared to the previous generation, the Primacy 4 is expected to offer up to 20% more mileage.

Do the manufacturer's promises match user observations?

Great tyres. They perform well in both dry and wet conditions. Highly recommended. – Justine

A tyre that performs in virtually all conditions and, above all, is quiet when driving. Good braking characteristics. – Wasabi

Pirelli P1 Cinturato Verde

The last of the best-selling tyres is the Pirelli P1 Cinturato Verde, which has been in demand for several seasons. With this tyre, the manufacturer has drawn on more than 100 years of experience in order to meet the expectations of drivers who place emphasis not only on safety but also on economy.

Low rolling resistance is one of the characteristic features of the model. This means that the car burns less fuel, thus saving money. The P1 Cinturato Verdeputes’ efficiency is also supported by its durable, slow-wearing rubber compound. The asymmetric tread is designed for excellent performance on both dry and wet roads. The asymmetrical tread performs well on both dry and wet roads, and contributes to the car's grip and steering precision.

What do drivers say about this?

The tyres perform very well. In the dry, they are soft and grip well, making for a comfortable ride and safe cornering. Comparable in the rain. I am very satisfied with my choice of Pirelli. – Adrian

You cannot make any complaints about these tyres, they work well under any driving conditions. – Kristeriux

How do I choose the right tyres for me?

These tyres are recognised by drivers who appreciate their quality and versatile characteristics. But that is not all. What else is there to consider when looking for the perfect model?

Firstly, personal preferences. What is our driving style - calm or perhaps more dynamic? In what kind of surroundings do we mainly drive? Do you drive on city streets or do you prefer long distances on motorways? We should also take into account the characteristics of the car and the weather conditions typical of the area in which we live. It's also important to determine which parameters are crucial for you. For example, it could be low rolling resistance or comfort, as indicated by the EU tyre label.

Also pay attention to the results of independent tests organised by recognised organisations (e.g. ADAC) and the automotive media (e.g. AutoBild, Auto Motor und Sport and others).