Ultimate Summer Tire Test by Tyre Reviews 2020

Ultimate Summer Tire Test by Tyre Reviews

Do you want to know what tyre is best for every day, real world driving? In this test we take eleven of the very best 205/55 R16 tyres on the market, plus a well regarded budget tyre, to see exactly what tyre performs best in the dry, wet, comfort, noise and rolling resistance tests!

  1. Continental PremiumContact 6 - Winner Recommended
    Continental PremiumContact 6
    90 67
    · Summer · 2016 · Passenger - Premuim Touring Summer
    Verdict:

    Positive: Excellent dry grip with sporty handling and the shortest dry braking distances. Very short wet braking distances.
    Negative: Low aquaplaning resistance, average comfort, relatively high noise levels, high price.
    Overall: Once again the braking advantage of the Premium Contact 6 secures it a test win, however it was very close at the top. If you prefer driving dynamics over comfort, this is the tyre to pick.

    Rolling Resistance   Dry Braking   Wet Braking   Dry Handling   Price   Straight Aquaplaning  
    USA+ USA+ · Canada Canada · Europe Europe · Russia+ Russia+ · Japan Japan · Oceania Oceania
  2. Goodyear EfficientGrip Performance 2 Recommended
    Goodyear EfficientGrip Performance 2
    85 60
    · Summer · 2020 · Passenger - Premuim Touring Summer
    Verdict:

    Positive: The new EfficientGrip Performance 2 is a very well rounded tyre with excellent grip in the dry and wet, low levels of noise, high levels of comfort, very low rolling resistance and well priced.
    Negative: Low aquaplaning resistance and slightly long braking distances in the dry and wet cost it victory.
    Overall: An extremely well rounded tyre with no major weaknesses, other than aquaplaning. Good levels of comfort and low fuel use make this an excellent tyre for real world driving.

    Comfort   Dry Handling   Wet Braking   Wet Handling   Rolling Resistance   Noise   Straight Aquaplaning  
    Europe Europe · China China · Southeast Asia Southeast Asia
  3. Falken Ziex ZE310 Ecorun Recommended
    Falken Ziex ZE310 Ecorun
    76 44
    · Summer · 2017 · Passenger - Premuim Touring Summer
    Verdict:

    Positive: Excellent, balanced results in the dry, with the shortest wet braking distances on test and good aquaplaning resistance. Low noise levels and well priced.
    Negative: Low subjective comfort and the highest rolling resistance on test.
    Overall: A very strong performance for the Falken ZIEX ZE310, with good grip in the dry and wet.

    Price   Dry Handling   Wet Braking   Dry Braking   Straight Aquaplaning   Wet Handling   Noise   Rolling Resistance   Comfort  
    Europe Europe · Russia+ Russia+
  4. Uniroyal RainSport 5 Recommended
    Uniroyal RainSport 5
    73 37
    · Summer · 2019 · Passenger - Ultra High Performance Summer
    Verdict:

    Positive: Highest resistance to aquaplaning, very short wet braking, good comfort, well priced.
    Negative: Low grip in dry handling, extended dry braking, poor subjective handling, average rolling resistance.
    Overall: The new RainSport 5 remains a tyre that prioritises wet performance above all else, and is a great choice if you live in a climate with a lot of rainfall.

    Price   Comfort   Wet Braking   Straight Aquaplaning   Noise   Dry Braking   Dry Handling  
    Europe Europe
  5. Nokian Wetproof Recommended
    Nokian Wetproof
    81 47
    · Summer · 2019 · Passenger - Premuim Touring Summer
    Verdict:

    Positive: Good dry braking, excellent handling in the wet, high levels of comfort, well priced.
    Negative: Average wet braking, high noise levels, average rolling resistance.
    Overall: The Nokian Wetproof is a well priced, balanced tyre.

    Price   Dry Braking   Comfort   Wet Handling   Noise  
    Europe Europe
  6. Bridgestone Turanza T005 Recommended
    Bridgestone Turanza T005
    82 66
    · Summer · 2018 · Passenger - Premuim Touring Summer
    Verdict:

    Positive: Good grip in the dry, both handling and braking, good wet handling, low noise, lowest rolling resistance on test.
    Negative: Long wet braking, low aquaplaning resistance.
    Overall: The T005 is a well rounded tyre with excellent low fuel use.

    Rolling Resistance   Comfort   Noise   Wet Handling   Wet Braking  
    North America North America · Central & South America Central & South America · Europe Europe · Russia+ Russia+ · China China · Southeast Asia Southeast Asia · Oceania Oceania
  7. Michelin Primacy 4 Recommended
    Michelin Primacy 4
    84 62
    · Summer · 2017 · Passenger - Premuim Touring Summer
    Verdict:

    Positive: High levels of comfort and low noise, very low rolling resistance, high aquaplaning resistance.
    Negative: Most expensive tyre on test, relatively slow dry and wet handling laps.
    Overall: The Primacy 4 is a great all round tyre, and while it doesn't excel in any category, it has relatively few flaws.

    Rolling Resistance   Straight Aquaplaning   Comfort   Noise   Price  
    Mexico Mexico · Central & South America Central & South America · Europe Europe · Russia+ Russia+ · East Asia East Asia · Southeast Asia Southeast Asia · Middle East Middle East · Oceania Oceania
  8. Maxxis Premitra 5 HP5 Recommended
    Maxxis Premitra 5 HP5
    76 40
    · Summer · 2015 · Passenger - Ultra High Performance Summer
    Verdict:

    Positive: Excellent dry and wet handling with a sporty feel and high levels of grip. Good aquaplaning resistance and well priced.
    Negative: Long dry and wet braking, high noise levels, high rolling resistance, average comfort levels.
    Overall: A very well priced sporty feeling tyre, perfect for those who enjoy driving enjoyment with a smaller wheel.

    Straight Aquaplaning   Wet Handling   Dry Handling   Rolling Resistance   Noise  
    Europe Europe · Russia+ Russia+ · Oceania Oceania
  9. BFGoodrich Advantage
    BFGoodrich Advantage
    71 42
    · Summer · 2020 · Passenger - High Performance Summer
    Verdict:

    Positive: The quietest and most comfortable tyre on test, low rolling resistance.
    Negative: Low grip in the dry and wet with understeer behaviour, average aquaplaning resistance.
    Overall: The new BF Goodrich Advantage is aimed at those who prioritise comfort over handling.

    Noise   Rolling Resistance   Comfort   Wet Braking   Wet Handling   Dry Handling  
    Europe Europe
  10. Pirelli Cinturato P7 (P7C2)
    Pirelli Cinturato P7 (P7C2)
    82 54
    · Summer · 2020 · Passenger - High Performance Summer
    Verdict:

    Positive: Excellent dry braking, low noise levels, good subjective handling in the dry and wet.
    Negative: Average dry and wet handling and long wet braking, average comfort and high rolling resistance.
    Overall: The new P7 C2 is a great update to the P7, with an excellent dry grip and sporty handling. If the wet performance was a little better it would have been near the very top of the test.

    Dry Braking   Noise   Price   Rolling Resistance   Comfort  
    USA+ USA+ · Europe Europe
  11. Hankook Ventus Prime 3 K125
    Hankook Ventus Prime 3 K125
    80 55
    · Summer · 2015 · Passenger - Premuim Touring Summer
    Verdict:

    Positive: Good grip in dry handling, good levels of comfort, well priced.
    Negative: Long dry braking, poor wet grip, high rolling resistance.
    Overall: If price is important to you, this might be a good option, but the Prime 3 is soon to be replaced by a much improved version, so we recommend waiting for that.

    Price   Straight Aquaplaning   Comfort   Rolling Resistance   Dry Braking   Wet Braking   Wet Handling  
    Europe Europe · Russia+ Russia+ · East Asia East Asia · Oceania Oceania
  12. Goodride RP28
    Goodride RP28
    69 27
    · Summer · 2013 · Passenger - Premuim Touring Summer
    Verdict:

    Positive: Low price, reasonable levels of comfort.
    Negative: Longest dry and wet braking, slowest dry and wet handling, average rolling resistance.
    Overall: Not the worst budget tyre ever tested, however it was still a long way behind the 11th placed tyre, and not that much cheaper.

    Price   Dry Handling   Wet Braking   Dry Braking   Straight Aquaplaning   Wet Handling  
    Europe Europe · Russia+ Russia+ · East Asia East Asia · Oceania Oceania
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August 26, 2020
Year
2020
Tire Test Original Link
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Tire Size
205/55R16
Season
Summer
Auto Type
Passenger
List Type
Professional Tire Test
Region
Europe
Date added
Aug 26, 2020
Date updated
Feb 17, 2021

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