Ranking of size 225/45 R17 summer tyres according to OPONEO users

  • Author: OPONEO.IE

The time to replace your winter tyres with summer tyres is getting close, but are you still not sure which model is best for you? Are you wondering which product will guarantee you maximum driving satisfaction and safety, without straining your budget? Then you've come to the right place!

If you are looking for size 225/45 R17 summer tyres and still don't know which model to choose, then we have something for you. Based on the opinions of drivers who have purchased tyres using our website, we have prepared a list of the top rated models. Users have shared their opinions, which may help you to choose the ideal tyres for your car. We analysed their opinions to present the five top-rated models to you.

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

If you are not sure what size tyre you should choose, then use our 'Tyre Selection Guide'.

Opel Zafira

Opel Zafira is one of the models using size 225/45 R17 tyres (photo Opel.com).

Tire model Rating*
1. Goodyear Efficientgrip Performance  5.45 
2.Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 2 5.4 
3.Dunlop SP SportMaxx RT 5.3 
4. Uniroyal Rainsport 3 5.25 
5. Continental ContiSportContact 5  5.25
6. Nokian Zline 5.25
* Rating applies to this tyre size. The overall assessment of a given model may slightly differ from that presented (as of march 2017).

Goodyear Efficientgrip Performance (average score 5.45)

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The winner for size 225/45 R17 tyres is the Goodyear EfficientGrip Performance. As many as half of those who shared their opinions, recognised this tyre is excellent in terms of safety, economy and comfort. It is a premium model that will meet the expectations of the most demanding drivers. The tyre was designed for limousines and medium class passenger cars. One of its advantages is the asymmetric tread pattern which ensures efficient water removal, improving its grip on wet surfaces. It is worth mentioning the economic advantages of the tyre too. Thanks to the WearControl technology, Goodyear EfficientGrip Performance provides a balance between grip and low rolling resistance. This extends the lifespan of the tyre and at the same time, allows you to enjoy its excellent performance longer.
The submitted opinions included many statements underlining the features of the model. For example: "devilishly effective during emergency braking" and "braking even at high speeds (160-180 km/h) is simple with theses tyres".


Fuel Saving technology significantly reduces energy losses (even by 18%), which has an impact on your budget. This is confirmed by many opinions, including this one submitted by Peter: "The biggest surprise for me was the reduction in the average fuel consumption per 100km. In previous seasons, my mileage on one fuel tank (42l) with my old summer tyres and activated air-conditioning in mixed cycle (70% city/30% highway) was approximately 550km. Now my car easily reaches 600-620km!" Specialists also took care of comfort by using a special rubber compound which significantly reduces noise emitted by the tyre. The model will certainly satisfy drivers who expect their tyres not only to guarantee driving safety and comfort, but also maximum performance on different roads and in different, often difficult weather conditions. Goodyear is one of the largest tyre manufacturers in the world. In terms of sales it ranks second in Europe and fourth in the world. The company produces not only the car tyres but also tyres for aeroplanes, industrial machinery, rubber hoses and soles. Goodyear owns many brands, including Debica, Dunlop, Fulda and Sava. The company has its headquarters in Akron, Ohio, in the USA. Currently, the group employs approximately 90,000 people.

Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 2 (average score 5.4)

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Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 2 is a model that has been on the market for a long time. It is designed for passenger cars and sports cars with strong engines. Drivers appreciate safe driving on Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 2, recognising its excellent grip and increased control, even at high speeds. Hansman notes that "straight roads are for fast cars, winding roads are for Goodyear tyres. The grip is just perfect." The above sentence perfectly describes the aim of the manufacturer: focus on safety during dynamic driving. This was achieved by using a modern, asymmetric tread pattern, which prevents skidding on wet surfaces. The combination of modern technology and a special rubber compound enables drivers to fully enjoy their driving experience. Their great performance made 95% of users recommend Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 2 to other drivers.


Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 2 is not only a high-end premium tyre, but also a practical solution that provides a long service life while maintaining high performance and a noticeable fuel savings. In the past, Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 2 was used for races, e.g., NASCAR or Formula 1, which proves its technological advancement, high quality and trustworthy operational parameters.

Dunlop SP Sport Maxx RT (average score 5.3)

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Third place in the ranking was taken by a tyre produced by Dunlop. The SP Sport Maxx RT is a model designed for fast limousines and sports cars with large engine power. The excellent grip and precise handling of this tyre result from using a flat tread, which makes the car 'stick' to the road in all weather conditions.
The tyre is equipped with a rim protection system which is made of rubber to protect the tyre from damage. Better control in cornering, quick response and perfect performance on wet surfaces all make the Dunlop SP Sport Maxx RT a satisfying product for drivers who like fast and sporty driving. Drivers, who like dynamic and fast driving will appreciate the use of silica compounds added to the rubber in order to improve acceleration.


Opinions submitted by users of the Dunlop SP Sport Maxx RT underline its advantages: "Exceptional steerability. The tires provides a sense of security in all, even extreme, conditions, satisfying the majority of its users."
Dunlop was established in 1888. This was the year, when John Dunlop invented and patented the first pneumatic tyre. Currently, this British brand is owned by Goodyear, who also manages other brands including Fulda, Sava and Arrowspeed. Currently, apart from car tyres, the company produces 300 000 special racing tyres annually.

Uniroyal Rainsport 3 (average score 5.25)

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Uniroyal RainSport 3 is a reliable tyre designed for cars with significant engine power. It utilises the unique ‘shark skin’ technology, which has special grooves in the tread. They provide extremely fast evacuation of water from under the tyre and prevent liquid swirling. These features, combined with the tread pattern that offers advantages of asymmetric and directional design, guarantee safe handling on wet roads. Drivers who expressed their opinions about the tyre particularly appreciated its safety level. In their reviews they also underlined its modern and dynamic appearance. Radek wrote that "when choosing these tyres, I was mainly thinking about critical situations that I could encounter on the road. Emergency braking or sudden manoeuvres on wet roads are certainly some of them. I wasn't disappointed too. For me this is the best tyre I have ever used in the rain."
Excellent performance in the wet is also appreciated by FranzM who said "the tyres are unbeatable on wet roads and in heavy rain. Excellent! I have never used such good tyres in the rain. I would recommend them to anyone who appreciates safety even in the worst conditions."


Uniroyal is one of the most popular brands of medium class tyres, specialising in rain tyres. The company belongs to the Continental Group, which provides access to innovative solutions and high quality materials.

Continental ContiSportContact 5 (average score 5.25)


See video presentation of Continental ContiSportContact 5

Continental ContiSportContact 5 is a model produced for high-end cars and SUVs. It works well both in the city and on longer routes. The engineers who designed the tyre focused on driving safety and stability. For this purpose they used large, elastic blocks on the outer shoulder of the tyre and innovative central ribbing. In addition, the tread consists of two layers: an outer ‘cap’ and internal ‘base’. The first layer is responsible for good adhesion in the wet, while the other reduces rolling resistance. Special resins added to the rubber compound give the tyre a strong grip, which has been noted by the majority of users. "They have excellent grip on corners and their performance in the wet is simply exemplary. I like to drive dynamically so a good base is important for me. When driving on these tyres, I feel really confident."
This model will satisfy drivers who enjoy sporty and dynamic driving, regardless of the weather.

I choose Continental ContiSportContact 5


Continental ContiSportContact 5 also provides safe braking, using Black Chilli technology. Braking distance is considerably shortened compared to previous models. Today, Continental is one of the five largest companies in the world that supply parts for the automotive industry. Brands managed by this German company include Barum, Uniroyal, Gislaved, Viking, Semperit, General Tire and Matador.

Nokian zLine (average score 5.25)

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This tyre was rated mainly by urban drivers who value safety. They often indicated that Nokian zLine removes water very efficiently, eliminating the risk of aquaplaning. This is achieved by the use of an asymmetric tread provided with additional retention grooves (Swoop Groves), which improve the handling of the car in difficult conditions. Kyle wrote that "in my driver's experience, I used many different tyres including Bridgestone, Pirelli, Yokohama Parade spec 2, Toyo and finally I decided to choose cheaper tyres with good reviews. It turned out that in this segment, Nokian is highly recommended, so I installed 4 tyres. After the initial period, the tyres showed its true, strong grip and great response. ABS and traction control activated very rarely in contrast to the previous models." Drivers who prefer dynamic and sporty driving, can enjoy the full performance of these tyres. The model maintains its traction properties even at very high speeds. The tyre very quickly responds to steering movements and this combined with a new and innovative rubber compound ensures exceptional grip and will make all drivers feel confident, even in difficult weather conditions. The tyre has a tread wear indicator patented by Nokian. Its simple design and easy access enable the user to check the wear of the tyre in just a few seconds. 


Nokian is a Finnish company specialising in the production of tyres suitable for difficult conditions. Its tyres are tested in extreme, Scandinavian conditions. They are also appreciated by drivers in Poland, where conditions, both summer and winter, also tend to be difficult. Currently, the company's factories produce tyres for cars, trucks, buses and industrial machinery. Nokian is best known for its winter tyres that have achieved the highest marks in many prestigious tests. 

How do I choose a tire?


Correctly selected tires guarantee full performance and safe driving.

Correctly selected tires guarantee full performance and safe driving of your car. Before buying tyres, check information from several sources. For many drivers, the most important source of information are the opinions of other users. Customers should take these tests into account, as they indicate tyre advantages and disadvantages in daily operation. Valuable information is also provided in publications on tyre tests carried out every season by renowned automotive organisations and magazines. The results enable you to compare the opinions of ordinary drivers with ratings awarded by professionals and to check if they match. We recommend reading the information included in the label attached to the tyre. It presents the parameters such as tyre grip in the wet, rolling resistance and noise emission. In case of doubt, we encourage you to consult our advisors, who will help you to choose the best tyres for your car and driving style.

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