Best 215/55 R16 Summer Tyres in 2018 According to Drivers

  • Author: OPONEO.CO.UK

If you are wondering which 215/55 R16 summer tyres you should buy, then take a look at our ranking, in which we have summarised the reviews given by our customers. Drivers have assessed the tyres in terms of the most important parameters, so we already know which tyres you should consider for the upcoming season. 

Oponeo customers have already posted 100,000 reviews, helping us to create such rankings. It’s very important feedback for us, for the manufacturers and for other users. The tyres have been tested in various conditions and for a long time, so the scores are very reliable and trustworthy. 

Our summary covers the five models that the users rated the highest. You should know that 215/55 R16s can be found on popular cars like Citroen C4 and C5, Ford Mondeo, Ford Focus, VW Passat, Audi A4 and A6, Peugeot 308 and Vauxhall Vectra C.

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215/55 R16 tyres are fitted on cars like the Audi A4 (photo: Audi).
215/55 R16 tyres are fitted on cars like the Audi A4 (photo: Audi).


The best 215/55 R16 summer tyres according to OPONEO users 

Tyre model


1. Goodyear Efficientgrip Performance

4.4  (see reviews)

2. Uniroyal Rainsport 3

4.4  (see reviews)

3. Continental ContiPremiumContact 5

4.35  (see reviews)

4. Dunlop SP Sport Bluresponse

4.3  (see reviews)

5. Hankook Ventus Prime3 K125

4.3  (see reviews)

* As of February 2018. The scale is 1 to 6, where 6 is the best score.


Goodyear Efficientgrip Performance (average score: 4.4) 

Goodyear EfficientGrip Performance is a premium-class tyre which often appears in various rankings and is considered to be one of the best tyres for the summer season. Thanks to state-of-the art technologies, the model performs excellently during intensive daily use. Superb performance on wet and dry roads, minimised braking distance and driving comfort are the main qualities of this product.

Drivers assess Goodyear EfficientGrip Performance as follows:

  • “Before purchasing, I also considered other tyres, both cheaper and more expensive ones. Now I know I have made the right choice. The tyre holds both dry and wet roads very well, and dynamic cornering in no way negatively affects the travelling comfort. I was quite positively surprised by the noise level. Up to 120 km/h you can’t hear these tyres. At 140/150 km/h the noise is acceptable compared to winter tyres, at something like half scale. Fuel consumption with these tyres is also admirable, especially when the car is heavily laden and I’m going on a long journey. This is when their low rolling resistance becomes apparent. If you give your car some more power, then it doesn’t need much fuel to maintain a constant speed. If you drive a lot, don’t save on good tyres. Your frugality may backfire on you, which I wouldn’t wish on anyone.” Piotr

  • “The car drives nicely both on dry and on wet roads. Their behaviour is also good when braking on wet asphalt or paving blocks. Good water drainage protects you against aquaplaning. A very quiet tyre.” Bartek P.


Goodyear Efficientgrip Performance


Uniroyal Rainsport 3 (average score: 4.4)

Uniroyal Rainsport 3 is a medium-class representative, which received the same rating as the leader in our summary. It’s the perfect solution for the drivers who are looking for safe and comfortable driving at an affordable price. This model will perform excellently in challenging weather conditions, and even during a dynamic drive.

 Some examples of user reviews about Uniroyal Rainsport 3:

  • “A very low price considering the excellent parameters. I am very satisfied and positively surprised by the quality.” Leszek

  • “Excellent tyres! I don’t think they have any competition on wet roads, especially in this price range, and they’re not a compromise tyres either. They deserve the highest rating. Excellent products which are very good looking (which is also important) with a professional appearance and professional features. I genuinely recommend them!" Marek S. Lublin

Uniroyal Rainsport 3


Continental ContiPremiumContact 5 (average score: 4.35)

Since 2012, Continental ContiPremiumContact 5 has been classified among the top products in prestigious tests, strengthening its position year by year. It is a reliable premium summer tyre which is particularly appreciated for its high performance and outstanding traction on any type of surface, improved steerability and low rolling resistance.

Users appreciate Continental ContiPremiumContact 5 because it guarantees a full control of the vehicle, no matter the conditions, and ensures comfortable and economic driving:

  • “I have been using the tyres for around 5 months and they’re the best tyres I’ve ever had. I wanted to buy tyres that hold the road particularly well when it’s raining. Well, these tyres met my expectations in 100% and I give them a 6+! They are quiet, give you driving comfort, and hold dry and wet roads as if they were glued. The car goes confidently on motorways during heavy rainfalls, even at speeds in excess of 140 km/h. They are very predictable.  Braking on wet paving blocks should be 5+. If I were to choose summer tyres again, I would choose exactly the same ones. I recommend them.” Grzegorz

  • "Before, I had the older Continental tyre, the Contact 2, and I was also satisfied. This model, however, is wonderful! Really low noise levels. At 50 to 90 km/h, and on a good road, you can barely hear them. They’re sensational on wet surfaces too, the ABS in my car didn’t activate at all. It’s really worth spending the money. I can honestly recommend them to everyone. I’ve been very comfortable driving on these tyres. I was in Croatia, travelled over 5,000 km and the driving comfort was very high. Very good tyres!” Andrzej Prądzyński

Continental ContiPremiumContact 5


Dunlop SP Sport Bluresponse (average score: 4.3)

The next position in our ranking is occupied by Dunlop SP Sport Bluresponse. The customers rated highly for a reason.  The product has been described as “grip without compromise”. It’s a special feature that translates very well into safety. The tyres have an asymmetric tread pattern, which is distinguished by high durability and versatile performance. Through this, the brand is eagerly chosen by customers. 

Apart from safety, drivers praise that tyre for economic driving: 

  • “I purchased Blueresponse in May 2013. After six months of use and travelling almost 20,000 km, I can certainly say that it was the perfect choice. It’s the best tyre for economic driving on long routes that I’ve ever had. Thanks to fuel savings, the whole set paid for itself in only six months. On my other car I also used another, equally good tyre, Michelin’s EnergySaver, but the Dunlop Blueresponse is slightly better when it comes to economy. I was also surprised by its behaviour in the rain. The tyres brake really well (with my previous tyres, the car was getting into a slight skid and was dancing in the ruts with sudden braking and in heavy rainfalls. No such thing happens with these tyres and the braking distance is shorter).”Przemek

  • “Very solid tyres at a reasonable price. I have travelled over 20,000 kilometres on them and I’m satisfied with the purchase. The first element that surprised me was the silence. I felt a real difference compared to my old tyres. Another plus is fuel consumption. I drive calmly but dynamically. In my Skoda, the consumption is around 5.0 (actual consumption, not the one shown on the counters, which is lower). With the previous tyres and a similar driving style, it was approximately 5.5. Maybe it is not a big difference but still. I also searched for a tyre that would hold the car on wet roads, and here I’m also not disappointed. The car is driven confidently no matter the speed.”  Jacek S.


Dunlop SP Sport Bluresponse


Hankook Ventus Prime3 K125 (average score: 4.3)

Hankook Ventus Prime3 K125 is the successor of Hankook Ventus Prime2 K115, which also appeared in our ranking last year. It’s a model classified in the UHP segment, designed using state-of-the-art technologies. The fact that it belongs to the medium class ensures a perfect balance between high quality and attractive price. The model also stands for a balance between performance and safety, while maintaining its full properties in any weather conditions.

The drivers who reviewed the product highlight its reliability and driving comfort: 

  • “I wouldn't change these tyres for any others. With them, I always satisfy my travel-related whims without worrying about the tyres failing on me. They have never disappointed me! I’m giving them the highest score: 6.” Ania M.

  • “Driving on these tyres is extremely pleasurable, they are very quiet and absorb any irregularities on uneven roads. While driving in the rain, the car was quite steerable and I could brake without any problem. I recommend these tyres to other drivers. I’d like to add that my brother-in-law also bought these tyres and is very satisfied.” Irek


Hankook Ventus Prime3 K125


How to choose tyres for the summer


Selection of appropriate tyres is a guarantee of safe and comfortable driving.
Selection of appropriate tyres is a guarantee of safe and comfortable driving.


The selection of appropriate tyres requires you to check several sources of information. One of the most important ones is reviews by other drivers who use the model on a daily basis and perfectly know its pros and cons.

An equally important source of information comes from the automotive associations and magazines that conduct seasonal tyre tests. With them, you can compare the opinions of drivers to the ratings given by experts and check if they are similar.

You should also read the information provided on the label attached to the tyre. You will learn more about the model's rolling resistance, noise level and behaviour on wet roads.

If you have any doubts, then please contact one of our experts who will help you to find the best tyres. 


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