The best 215/55 R16 size winter tyres according to drivers

  • Author: OPONEO.CO.UK

If you're looking for tyres for your car, then check out our ranking! We have prepared a list of the top-rated winter tyres according to our customers. See which models are recommended by other drivers, and you will certainly find the right product for you. 

You will find over 10,0000 opinions of tyre users on our website, so you may use this to gather information on the advantages and disadvantages of individual models.

215/55 R16 size models are generally fitted on the following cars: Ford Mondeo, Opel Signum, Vectra C, Audi A4 and A6, Citroen C4 and C5, VW Passat, Peugeot 308, 406, 5008 and Ford Focus.

The best 215/55 R16 size tyres in according to drivers

                     TYRE MODEL



1. Pirelli SottoZero Serie 3 

                      5.65  (see reviews)

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2. Continental ContiWinterContact TS850

                         5.35  (see reviews)

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3. Hankook Winter i*cept evo2 W320 

                         5.25  (see reviews)

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4.  Nokian WR D3 

                         5.2    (see reviews)

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5. Goodyear UG 8 Performance 

                         5.2    (see reviews)

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


1. Pirelli SottoZero Serie 3

Pirelli SottoZero Serie 3

Pirelli SottoZero Serie 3

Top place is taken by the Pirelli SottoZero Serie 3. This is a winter tyre designed for medium and upper class cars. Our customers particularly appreciate the performance parameters of this tyre, as it worked well in winter conditions.

Jasmin says: "You can see at first glance that these are tyres of high quality. The mechanic who fitted them noticed too. If someone wants to experience a positive difference provided by good winter tyres, I recommend that you use this model. Regardless of road conditions - wet, dry, slush - your car will move with the same reliability and maintain your driving comfort."


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High comfort and smooth travel, even in the toughest conditions is possible thanks to its modern rubber compound, which maintains its properties even at very low temperatures. A safe journey is controlled by the directional tread pattern, which perfectly evacuates water, reducing braking distances on wet roads.


2. Continental ContiWinterContact TS850


Second place in the ranking belongs to the Continental ContiWinterContact TS850 with its overall rating of 5.35 and more than 500 opinions of satisfied drivers. This model was designed for compact and mid-range cars. The increased number of tread blocks and sipes reduced its braking distance on snow and ice.

As a result, the driving experience with the ContiWinterContact TS850 is stable, and traction is maintained regardless of the weather. Users of this model also highly appreciated its safety and behaviour on dry roads.


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K*eight wrote: "These are very good tyres, which operate very quietly and perform well on wet roads with no aquaplaning. They easily cope with slush and fresh snow and we all know that no tyre maintains full grip on ice. I use this model 30% of the time on urban roads, 20% on long routes and 50% on village lanes, which means snow-covered roads (sometimes dirt roads) that are always partially covered by snow and ice or have ice ruts formed. The Road Administration probably forgot about them... In such conditions, the tyre performs very well and I can recommend it to any driver who totals a winter mileage close to 10,000 km with a clear conscience. Very good value for money."


3. Hankook Winter i*cept evo2 W320


Hankook Winter i*cept evo2 W320 is a reliable winter tyre that can cope well with harsh conditions. Its optimised, asymmetric tread ensures a safe and comfortable drive. The cubic shape and the increased number of tyre blocks offers improved handling on snow and mud. Excellent traction control and excellent performance is confirmed by our customers.


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Wojciech, satisfied with his purchase, wrote to us: "The tyres are performing very well. Travelling comfort is high and there are no disturbing noises in the cabin. Travelling on a highway is very smooth and stable. On snow-covered roads you can feel full control over the car. The tyres seem to 'bite’ into the snow, keeping them on track. After adjusting the speed to road conditions, the tyres perform brilliantly. This was a very good purchase, especially that the tyres are fitted to quite a heavy car. "


4. Nokian WR D3


Nokian may be considered as an expert in winter conditions. Their tyres are created in the north of Finland, where manufacturers have a comprehensive knowledge of driving in winter conditions. The Nokian WR D3 was rated by more than 800 drivers and 97% of them recommend it to others. These high grades resulted from the innovative rubber compound used in the tyre, which provides excellent flexibility at different temperatures.

The drivers who wrote about this on our website, recognised driving safety and economical operation as its best features.


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"This winter wasn't' very snowy, but I managed to test these tyres. I had no problems with pulling away in the snow. The car properly responded to my commands. Very good braking in the snow and slush." - this is just one of the many positive reviews on this tyre.

Vinc - "Excellent tyre, better than other more well-known and popular products. Its resistance to skidding in wet conditions is amazing. I was really surprised by its operation when driving through puddles and when cornering. Water was evacuated easily and the tyre performed very well even at low temperatures."


5. Goodyear UG 8 Performance


Goodyear UG 8’s performance at a glance? Perfect grip in harsh winter conditions and reliable traction on snow. Drivers who don't want to be surprised by the winter and need a reliable solution for the toughest conditions should pay attention to this model. Three different types of sipes located on the directional tread offer shortened braking distance on packed snow.


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Lynx evaluate the tyres as follows: "It’s my second season of joyful driving and it was money well spent. So far, the winter hasn’t arrived, so I’m enjoying the comfort, low noise, excellent traction and reliable braking offered by this tyre (C4 Picasso). I’ve never skimped on winter tyres, but these are my best so far. When I was buying them, I was a bit concerned about the delicate tread and the way it would cope with newly fallen snow and slush, but appearances can be deceptive... the tyre is also perfect in this area."


Things to consider when choosing tyres

Take into account information from multiple sources. This will enable you to cross-check opinions and information provided for individual models. You may start by reading comments and reviews posted on our website, where users share their thoughts on the different tyres. Another useful source are results of tests organised by automotive magazines and organisations. They will enable you to compare the assessment of specialists with opinions of drivers like you.

We also recommend reading the labels attached to the tyres. Although they do not provide information about winter performance, you will learn more about tyre fuel efficiency, noise emission and wet braking.

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

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