Best 225/45 R17 Summer Tyres in 2018 According to Drivers

  • Author: OPONEO.CO.UK

Are you looking for 225/45 R17 summer tyres but can’t pick any particular model? Yes? Then we have a convenient solution. Based on customer reviews, we have prepared a summary of highest rated models. Over 100,000 reviews, millions of miles travelled and the broad experience of drivers will help you choose the perfect solution for your car.


Opel Zafira is one of the car models that has 225/45 R17 tyres (photo:
Opel Zafira is one of the car models that has 225/45 R17 tyres (photo:


225/45 R17 tyres can be found on cars like Mercedes CLK, A and C classes, Audi A3, RS4 and TT, Alfa Romeo Giulietta, GT and Spider, BMW M3, 3-Series and Z4, Renault Megane, Vauxhall Zafira, Seat Leon, VW Golf, Jetta, Passat and Scirocco, and Volvo C70.


225/45 R17 summer tyres ranked according to OPONEO users



Goodyear Efficientgrip Performance

4.45  (see the reviews)

Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 2

4.4  (see the reviews)

Dunlop SP SportMaxx RT

4.3 (see the reviews)

Uniroyal Rainsport 3

4.3   (see the reviews)

Continental ContiSportContact 5

4.3   (see the reviews)

*As of March 2018.

**The ratings apply only to the size presented, the overall rating for the model may differ from the one presented.


Goodyear ranked on top in 225/45 R17


1. Goodyear Efficientgrip Performance

Oponeo users have given first place to Efficientgrip Performance from the American group, Goodyear. Drivers mostly appreciated parameters related to safety, economy and driving comfort.

The greatest advantages of this model include its modern asymmetric tread featuring very high and stable performance on all types of roads. WearControl technology allows the tyre to have balanced grip with low rolling resistance, thereby considerably extending its lifespan. FuelSaving reduces energy loss (by approximately 18%) which positively affects its operating costs.


Goodyear Efficientgrip Performance


The vast majority of our users who own Goodyear Efficientgrip Performance would recommend these tyres to other drivers. Here are some of the most interesting reviews:

  • “The car works without any problem, no matter whether it’s raining or if the road is dry. Pleasurable driving and silence at any speed.” (Sławas)

  • “High-end tyres. Excellent grip. At the beginning I couldn’t believe that a tyre can be so silent, I can recommend it.” (bartek1981)

  • “Great tyres at a good price. Compared to the previous ones, fuel consumption and the noise level is lower, so I recommend them.” (maciula)

  • “100% satisfaction. I recommend them to those who like to drive fast but also safe.” (Joanna)


2. Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 2

Second place on the podium was also taken by a model from this American premium-class product manufacturer. Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 2 is a tyre designed for more dynamic driving in the summer season. Our customers mostly appreciated having full control over the car at high speeds, as well as good aquaplaning resistance.

The many benefits of this model also include great acoustic comfort, which is rather not associated with sport tyres.


Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 2


Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 2, tested in the past during NASCAR races, are also excellent for day-to-day use. This is supported by drivers’ reviews:

  • “The tyres are visually very nice and have an edge that is useful for kerbs. Silent with excellent grip, especially in a rain.” (Bartok)

  • “I have travelled over 20,000 km on them without any problems. The vehicle is driven smoothly. It sticks to the road on corners (super) and they’re silent while driving. Rides on hot Greek roads and wet roads in Poland – no problem.” (Leo)

  • “The tyres are great, just genius. Perfect for rain or dry roads, and additionally very quiet.” (Grzegorz)


3. Dunlop SP SportMaxx RT

Third place in is taken by a product from the British company, Dunlop. SP Sport Maxx RT is a model designed for fast cars with high-power engines. Its excellent grip and driving precision is ensured by flat tread, which makes the car stick to the road very well in any weather conditions.

Better control on bends, quick response to the driver's actions and excellent driving on wet roads. With all this, Dunlop SP Sport Maxx RT will satisfy drivers who like speed and a sporty style of driving. Lovers of dynamic and fast rides will also appreciate the use of silica compounds.


Dunlop SP SportMaxx RT


  • “I used many tyres, but these are the best. Very quiet and superb traction on bends. The car drives excellently—no side slips and wet roads are also not a problem for them. I am impressed by the capabilities and properties of these tyres. I genuinely recommend them. They are really worth the money.”  (daro1906)

  • “I am very satisfied with my purchase. The tyres are comfortable and silent. They hold the road well, no matter whether it’s raining or if the road is dry. Sensational on bends. I was searching for a whike and was quite undecided before I made the purchase, but now I think it was the best choice. I can recommend them, they are worth it.” (Andrzej75)

  • “DUNLOP SP SPORT MAXX RT is a product that is very good with splendid behaviour on the road. If anyone is thinking about buying these tyres, I can recommend them. I think they are good products for reasonable money. They please the driver while driving, and on the car park they please the eye.” (Daniel)


4. Uniroyal Rainsport 3

Uniroyal Rainsport 3 is another medium-class representative which has been ranked. Its presence among the best premium manufacturers is self-explanatory. It is an exceptional product featuring very high parameters. For years, Uniroyal has been considered an expert in rain tyres, which is also the case for Rainsport 3. Inspired by shark skin, the grooves minimise the risk of aquaplaning and are excellent for draining water.

Even pressure distribution on the surface allows the tyre to adjust any wrong position of the blocks, ensuring their long and safe operation, even if intensively used.


Uniroyal Rainsport 3


The experiences of over 100 satisfied customers using Uniroyal Rainmax 3 at 225/45 R17 size gave this tyre a very high position in our annual ranking. In customer reviews, we can read the following: 

  • “This is the best choice for the money. A doubtless leader in the medium class.” (Skąpiec)

  • “Genius tyres. They are excellent in various conditions and I have no reservations. I am sure that in a few years I will buy the same tyres. Anything else seems out of the question.” (żaneta0911)

  • “I’ve been using these tyres for the third season now and they perform very well on wet and dry roads. I can easily control the car, even in an intensive rain. I recommend them.”  (Timon)


5. Continental ContiSportContact 5

The last tyre in our ranking is Continental ContiSportContact 5. A state-of-the-art tyre from a German premium-class manufacturer, designed for medium and high class cars and SUVs.

The tyre uses an advanced technology called Black Chili, previously implemented in bicycle tyres. It is based on a unique rubber compound containing soot micro-molecules and polymer compounds, which ensure a lower rolling resistance and a better grip than silica versions. This model will suit the tastes of drivers who value both dynamic driving and the parameters associated with grip and economy.


Continental ContiSportContact 5


Continental ContiSportContact 5 can be proud of its high grade (4.3) at 225/45 R17 size. Our customers have travelled nearly 3 million kilometres in total on them. Here are some of the most interesting reviews:

  • “Very nice tyres! I drive quite a lot and at high speeds on motorways in Germany and Poland.  The tyres behave sensationally. They are quiet and hold the road well on bends. Wet roads? Not a problem! Fuel consumption is also lower.[…]” (Mariusz)

  • “I have chosen Continental ContiSportContact 5 for the third time. Excellent value for money ratio. The car wonderfully holds the road, especially on bends. Excellent braking. No stress in the rain. Long story short: I really recommend them!!!” (Łukasz)

  • “I can recommend these tyres. It’s really worth spending some extra money to get safety, comfort and fuel savings. Greetings!”  (Kamil)


How to choose appropriate tyres for the summer season?

Before purchasing, you should obtain information from several sources. For many drivers, the most important source is the opinions of other users. They are worth taking into account, as they point out the pros and cons based on day-to-day usage.

A valuable hint when choosing tyres are tests published in the press, prepared every season by recognised automotive organisations and magazines. With them, you can compare the opinions of ordinary drivers with the reviews given by specialists, and check if they are similar.


Properly selected tyres guarantee full performance and safe driving.
Properly selected tyres guarantee full performance and safe driving.


We also encourage you to read the information contained on the label attached to the tyre. It specifies the wet grip, rolling resistance and noise level.

In case of any doubt, you should contact our consultants (0800 066 3422) who will help you choose the best tyres for your car and driving style.


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