The summer season is approaching and you are wondering what tyres to install in your car? If you are looking for new 205/55 R16 tyres, our ranking will certainly help you make the right decision. We have prepared it based on the recommendations of the most demanding reviewers, i.e. the drivers themselves.
How was the summary made? We have collected opinions on the tyre sizes we are interested in, issued by our customers in 2020. As a result, we selected 5 models - thoroughly tested by drivers and, most importantly, highly rated. This year the results are quite even.
Summer is a time of frequent trips, so get the right tyres.
205/55 R16 tyres are among the most frequently chosen. They are installed in cars from different segments. These include the following models (depending on the year or equipment): VW Golf, VW Passat, Audi A3, Audi A4, Audi A6, Skoda Octavia, Skoda Superb, BMW 3 Series, Toyota Avensis, Renault Megane, Renault Laguna, Ford Focus, Ford Mondeo, Seat Leon, or Mercedes C-Class.
The results are as follows:
* The ranking was based on ratings (on a scale of 1-6) awarded by Oponeo customers in 2020. The summary includes models that received the minimum required number of reviews. The results shown in our store may differ from those included in the summary, and the presented ratings concern only tyres in the size in question.
Uniroyal Rainsport 5
The first place was taken by a model from the middle segment, which had its premiere not so long ago. Despite its relatively short presence on the market, it managed to appeal to the drivers. They would first buy it, then give it high scores. The average score of 5.6/6 means that this is no coincidence.
Uniroyal RainSport 5 is the so-called rain tyre; therefore, it should come as no surprise that its ability to drive on wet surfaces is particularly appreciated. The next generation of unique Shark Skin technology has special merit in this. The tread pattern, inspired by solutions that work well in nature, effectively protects against hydroplaning, i.e. loss of grip, even after driving into a puddle. The brand, which is part of Continental, has refined the structure of the model, which makes the car drive confidently and stably on dry surfaces as well.
Oponeo customers write their opinions, stating that Uniroyal RainSport 5 tyres contribute to travel safety. They also often emphasize that it looks great and attracts glances, which, as it turns out, is of great importance to buyers.
As confirmation, let us cite our clients' opinions:
In my opinion, these tyres are unrivaled on wet surfaces. In dry conditions, they are quiet enough to be considered a premium brand. Very good control, high resistance to hydroplaning. Very pleasant driving. Interesting design. For me, it's the top 1 in quality/price and safety/price. I sincerely recommend it. [Paul B]
Quiet, comfortable and, above all, safe driving with Uniroyal RainSport 5 tyres! I can honestly recommend these tyres to every driver who appreciates silence, comfort, and safety while driving. The tyres strongly "stick" to both dry and wet surfaces! In addition to the properties they should meet, these tyres have a very interesting tread and look very good on the car rim. My car's tyres attract the attention of other drivers! [Jacob Major]
Dunlop SP Sport Bluresponse
This model has been popular for several seasons and appears in our rankings regularly. It is rated well by drivers and industry experts who carry out tests. This is the best proof that Dunlop SP Sport Bluresponse offers great performance.
According to Oponeo customers, the strongest point of this premium tyre is its excellent grip on dry surfaces. Traction in wet conditions is rated equally high. Many elements contributed to this, including a special rubber compound with polymers and an asymmetrical tread with a large contact surface with the road. In their opinions, drivers mention at least one more advantage of the model, which is the low noise generated, which translates into travel comfort. This time it is due to the refined grooves in the shoulder area.
Here are some reviews of the Dunlop SP Sport Bluresponse tyres:
I recommend these tyres with a clear heart. Great traction, regardless of the surface or the weather. They grip the road perfectly, even with an aggressive driving style. Quiet. They ensure complete control over the vehicle. [Walter]
It took me a long time to find decent tyres for my car. I rate these tyres at 6; they stick to the road perfectly and discharge water on rainy days. They are quiet, easy to drive, and you can save some fuel on the road. I heartily recommend them. [Patrick]
Uniroyal Rainsport 3
It is the second representative of the Uniroyal brand in our list of the best-rated tyres in size 205/55 R16. The Rainsport 3 model is the predecessor of the victorious RainSport 5, which shows very well how much confidence the drivers have placed in this series.
The tyre drives sure and stable on dry roads and reacts to steering movements quickly. Above all, however, it is a very good option for driving on more demanding, wet surfaces. There is a reason why this family of tyres is marked with the umbrella symbol! The optimized arrangement of grooves (Shark Skin Technology) efficiently drains the water, with which the control over the car remains in your hands, even if the conditions are not favourable. This also translates into short braking distances.
What do the drivers who have had the opportunity to test these tyres think about them?
There is no better tyre for wet surfaces. In the dry, it stays stuck to the road, and virtually nothing changes when it rains. Hydroplaning is virtually non-existent for this tyre. Just drive! [Matt]
The Uniroyal Rainsport 3 tyres turned out to be a positive surprise. The tyres hold a very good grip on dry and wet surfaces, and importantly - they are quiet and soft, guaranteeing very good driving comfort, despite the car's harder factory-set suspension. Fast cornering is not a problem for them. Highly recommended. After putting these on, I discovered my car anew. [Ian]
Goodyear Efficientgrip Performance 2
Another awarded tyre is the Goodyear Efficientgrip Performance 2, classified in the premium segment. Based on our customers' opinions, one may be tempted to say that its greatest asset is reliability.
There is a reason for all the positive feedback. The manufacturer has used many modern solutions that are to affect the tyres' performance, and thus also travel safety. One of them is the Wet Braking technology, which combines the properties of a soft rubber compound with a refined block structure. The result? Great traction and effective braking on wet surfaces. Mileage Plus Technology, on the other hand, is responsible for the tyres' long life - you will go more miles without losing the best properties.
Our customers describe their experience with Goodyear Efficientgrip Performance 2 as follows:
Very good tyres; they hold well to the surface in various spring and summer conditions. They never gave me any unpleasant surprises, and unfortunately, I had some demanding situations on the road. Moreover, they are pleasantly quiet, even on the highway. I recommend them! [Thomas]
The tyre grips very well on dry surfaces but is also steady on wet ones. It is quiet, which is very important on long trips. [Ralph]
Excellent adhesion to the surface in all conditions and stability - this is what you can read while browsing the Oponeo customers' opinions about Nokian Wetproof. This summer option from the Finnish manufacturer has clearly appealed to many drivers.
The tyre has an asymmetric tread pattern, whose individual elements are responsible for other parameters. The outer stabilization area improves handling, while the safe driving zone guarantees traction and confident handling in direct sunlight as well as in heavy rainfall. Furthermore, the Nokian Tyres brand has made every effort to ensure that the tyre is quiet and guarantees low rolling resistance, which reduces the car's fuel consumption.
How do the manufacturer's promises relate to the actual tyre properties? Check the reviews:
The best tyres I've ever had! I travel with kids, so safety and comfort are important. The tires are great both on dry and wet surfaces. They stick to the road very well. I will definitely buy them again! [Katie9220]
The tyres are quiet and provide a good grip. I do not feel the car hydroplaning at higher speeds, not even when cornering. I recommend them. They drain water very well during heavy rainfall. [A. M.]
Good summer tyres - how to choose?
Although the matter seems complicated, it is not that difficult at all. Start by finding the tyre size that matches your car. If you're unsure, our dedicated tool will help you. All you need to do is provide basic information about your car.
In the next step, check the recommended models in the given size. You can follow the experts' tips, e.g. ADAC or other organizations or the automotive press. The evaluations of drivers who have had the opportunity to test individual models in many situations and various weather conditions may also be helpful.
Once you have selected several models, consider your own needs and expectations. Adjust the tyres to your driving style, places you usually move around, or your budget. For your convenience, you can use our comparison tool. The selection is huge at Oponeo, so you're sure to find something that suits you.