The best 205/55 R16 winter tyres according to drivers

  • Author: OPONEO.CO.UK

Tyres are the only car components that have direct contact with the road. Therefore, the decision on selecting winter tyres is not to be taken lightly. Choose the best quality tyres that will make your winter safe.

We have prepared a summary of user reviews to help you choose the appropriate tyres for your car.

The number of opinions on tyres submitted by Oponeo customers exceeded 100,000. They helped us to prepare the rankings of tyres highly rated by drivers. We present one of them below. This is a summary of the top-rated winter tyres in the popular 205/55 R16 size.

Tyres in this size are used by drivers of cars such as: BMW 3, Ford Focus, Renault Megane, Skoda Octavia, Superb, VW Golf, Passat and Toyota Avensis. 

 

Winter conditions are not scary anymore when you use appropriate tyres.

Winter conditions are not scary anymore when you use appropriate tyres.

 

The best 205/55 R16 size tyres according to drivers

                     TYRE MODEL

                                 RATING*

 

1. Continental WinterContact TS860

                      5.5   (see reviews)

      See the price

2. Michelin ALPIN 5

                         5.5   (see reviews)

      See the price

3. Dunlop SP Winter Sport 4D

                         5.4   (see reviews)

       See the price

4. Continental ContiWinterContact TS850

                         5.35  (see reviews)

       See the price

5. Goodyear Ultra Grip 9

                         5.3    (see reviews)

       See the price

* rating applies to this tyre size, the overall assessment of a given model may slightly differ from that presented, as of September 2017.

 

1. Continental WinterContact TS860

Continental WinterContact TS860

Continental WinterContact TS860

 

This tyre is very popular and positively assessed by many drivers. The high performance of the WinterContact Continental TS 860 results from many factors including the innovative rubber blend and well-designed tread. Short braking distances ensure safety even in the toughest conditions, while its special polymer blend improves traction and increased driving comfort.

 

Buy Continental WinterContact TS 860

 

Kuba rated the tyre with 5+ note: "This is my second set of winter tyres from Continental and I know that I will always stick to this brand. This model really is excellent! It has a good grip on dry and wet surfaces, and I really put it to the test during very long distances. Personally, I think that purchase of Conti was money well spent and it will give me peace of mind for the next 5 years."

 

2. Michelin ALPIN 5

 

Michelin Alpin 5 went very high in our ranking. It is particularly appreciated by the drivers for its very high performance in winter conditions. This model has a directional tread pattern with deep grooves. Innovative tread blocks work well on snow, ice and wet roads.

 

Buy Michelin ALPIN 5

 

Jaro rated this tyre with 5+ note: "It took me a long time to select my winter tyres and finally I decided on Michelin Alpin 5. They were not the cheapest ones, but now I see that it was a very good choice. The tyres performed very well on snow-covered roads with a thick layer of compacted snow - they just bit into the ground. During heavy rain or snowfall, I had no problems when driving on a highway with a speed of 140 km/h - the car stuck to the road perfectly. Braking distances were very satisfying. The fuel consumption increased slightly, almost imperceptibly. I can recommend Michelin ALPIN 5 to all drivers with full confidence".

 

3. Dunlop SP Winter Sport 4D

 

This Dunlop winter tyre has been very popular for the last few years and drivers continue to underline the reliability of this product. It was designed for passenger cars and has a directional tread pattern that ensures confident and safe driving on wet and snow. The modern rubber compound used in the tyre, due to its limited weight, contributes to lower rolling resistance. A system of grooves almost immediately dries the tyre, which reduces the risk of aquaplaning.

 

Buy Dunlop SP Winter Sport 4D

 

"My car has no ASP or ESP, so I was looking for tyres that would compensate for the absence of these systems. I drove all winter on this model without any skidding or problems." - An opinion sent by Zed with a rating of 5+.

 

4. Continental ContiWinterContact TS850

 

This model from the German manufacturer has a reputation of one of the best winter tyres. In the 205/55 R16 class, this tyre was awarded an average user rating of 5.35, which is close to maximum. That's not all, though. This is one of the most distinguished models in winter tyre tests. Such appreciation expressed both by drivers and professional testers cannot be accidental. Continental tyres confirm popular opinion on ‘German quality and precision’. Continental tyres will give you peace of mind in winter conditions.

 

Buy Continental ContiWinterContact TS850

 

"On snow - zero problems, slush - driving is straight as on tracks, wet road - no aquaplaning and good braking distances. Travelling became quiet and soft, even at the lowest temperatures of this winter.", "When other drivers were struggling with snow-covered roads, I was driving safely without any problems." These are just some of the reports from users of ContiWinterContact TS850.

 

5. Goodyear Ultra Grip 9

 

UltraGrip is one of the longest-produced and developed series of winter tyres from Goodyear. Each new model uses technologies that improve its performance, so it is not surprising that they are highly rated by drivers. Currently, the most popular are the last two generations of the tyre, i.e., Goodyear UltraGrip 8 and Goodyear UltraGrip 9.

 

Buy Goodyear UltraGrip 9

 

Reviews of UltraGrip 9 include such statements: "They are very comfortable and have perfect grip both on dry and wet asphalt", "Fuel consumption on long distances was lower than on summer tyres. Thumbs up for low rolling resistance and water removal from under the tyres. Confident and reliable wet performance".

 

How to choose the best winter tyres?

The five models presented above gained the highest ratings from drivers for 185/65 R15 size winter tyres. Each of them offers excellent performance, but the most important thing is to choose tyres that respond to your needs and driving style.

You should also take the opinions of other drivers into account, and check the results of tests carried out by automotive organisations and magazines. This would enable you to compare reviews of the drivers with the assessments of experts and to see whether they match for individual models.

It is also advisable to take a look at the labels attached to the tyres. Even if they do not provide information about winter performance, you will learn more about noise emission, fuel efficiency and wet braking.

Still not sure of your choice? Call us. Our consultants will present you the best offers and help you to make the right choice.

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