The summer season is approaching and you are wondering which tyres to fit on your car? If you are planning to buy new summer tyres 205/55 R16, the ranking we have prepared will certainly help you in your decision. We have compiled it based on the recommendations of the most rigorous reviewers, namely drivers.

How was this list compiled? We have gathered opinions on tyres in the sizes we are interested in, which were given by our customers in 2021 and at the beginning of 2022. Thanks to this, we have selected 5 models - thoroughly tested by drivers and, most importantly, highly rated by them. This year, the results are very even.

A car driving amongst the trees in summer.Summer is a time of frequent travel, so it's worth getting the right tyres.The tyres size 205/55 R16 is one of the most popular choices. They are fitted on cars from different segments. These include (depending on the year or equipment): VW Golf, VW Passat, Audi A3, Audi A4, Audi A6, Skoda Octavia, Skoda Superb, BMW 3 series, Toyota Avensis, Renault Megane, Renault Laguna, Ford Focus, Ford Mondeo, Seat Leon or Mercedes C Class.

The results are as follows:

ModelAverage scores*
Michelin Primacy 45,7
Bridgestone Turanza T0055,7
Continental EcoContact 65,65
Dunlop SP Sport Bluresponse5,6
Uniroyal RainSport 55,6

*The ranking was created on the basis of reviews (on a scale of 1-6) awarded by Oponeo customers between 01.01.2021 and 07.03.2022. The list includes models that have received the minimum required number of opinions. The results visible in our shop may differ from those included in the list, and the presented ratings relate only to the tyres of the presented sizes.

Michelin Primacy 4

The first place in this year's ranking goes to a premium tyre, the Michelin Primacy 4. Drivers appreciated its performance and awarded it with many positive reviews, which helped it to reach the top of the podium. 

The model is characterised by excellent durability. Thanks to its optimised contact patch, the contact pressure is well distributed. The compound itself is highly abrasion resistant, allowing you to cover distances up to 20% longer than the previous generation of product. The use of innovative EverGrip technology is also important

It significantly reduces braking distances on wet roads, improving driver and passenger safety. The cleverly designed tread pattern disperses water effectively, helping to prevent skidding and ensuring excellent control on both dry and wet roads. If you're wondering which 205/55 r16 summer tyre to choose, this model is definitely worth considering.

The quality of the tyres is confirmed by the testimonials of satisfied drivers:

The tyres are quiet and grip the road very well. I have a feeling of solid contact with the ground, and as the tyre is the only thing connecting the car to the ground, this is an extremely important thing. I feel safe with them. The price may not have been low, but it is definitely worth paying extra to increase my safety on the road.  Ana

I decided on these tyres because the car manufacturer also recommended them. The car left the showroom on the previous model of tyres, which I was also very satisfied with. The tyres work well in the rain and on dry roads. They are relatively quiet and do not increase fuel consumption. The car rolls smoothly and without any additional resistance. Highly recommended!  Tom

Bridgestone Turanza T005

Equally as good as the Michelin tyre described earlier was the Bridgestone Turanza T005. This is a very popular product, which copes perfectly both with dry and wet pavement. The manufacturer did its best to ensure safety and high comfort of driving.

A modern Nano Pro-Tech compound is used for this tyre. As a result, it offers not only durability but also low rolling resistance. This translates into lower fuel consumption and less expenditure. The braking distance is also significantly reduced, not only on dry but also on wet roads.

The latest generation of tread is also worth mentioning. It features an increased number of cuts and wide grooves. This ensures efficient water drainage, preventing aquaplaning. The casing structure has also been reinforced, which increases the overall durability of this model and stabilises its profile.

And what do drivers think of the Bridgestone Turanza T005?

Fantastic tyre. Very short braking distances, especially on wet roads. I was previously on another brand of tyre and the braking distance was much longer when braking hard. I am delighted with this change. Driving on the Turanza 005 is much safer. The ride comfort is very good. Sebastian

I strongly recommend these tyres. Quiet, with perfect grip on both wet and dry asphalt. Reliable handling in narrow corners and wide bends on any road. Bridgestone, unlike other top manufacturers, is a brand that has not let me down so far. Highly recommended!!!  Peter

Continental EcoContact 6

The last of the top three recommended tyres is a model from a well-known manufacturer, namely the Continental EcoContact 6. This is a premium product, so you can expect really great performance from it. The solutions it incorporates contribute to both safety and comfort.

The tyre is made of Green Chili 2.0 rubber compound. Its composition with a high polymer and silica content makes the tyre very durable, which ensures a long service life. It also ensures low rolling resistance, so the car burns less and the driver can save some money. The technologies used in the model also reduce braking distances and allow the car to be driven with confidence.

The specially designed tread pattern is characterised by specially shaped shoulder grooves. This ensures that water is discharged quickly and efficiently, preventing dangerous skidding. Additional notches are designed to prevent deformation during dynamic manoeuvring, such as when cornering. This allows you to maintain excellent control of the vehicle.

The performance of this tyre is testified to by driver reviews:

I purchased the Continental EcoContact 6 after having used the tyres from the previous series, the Continental ContiEcoContact 3, for many years. Excellent value for money. A top-of-the-range product, worth recommending. Luke

The tyres are great. I have already driven on tyres from various brands. These are my second summer seasonal tyres since buying the car. I will not change the manufacturer in the future. The braking in different weather conditions is flawless. It gives confidence and safety in all conditions. The car drives superbly. Richard

Dunlop SP Sport Bluresponse

This model has been popular for several seasons and regularly appears in our rankings. The Dunlop SP Sport Bluresponse has been rated as good by both drivers and testing professionals. This is the best proof that the Dunlop SP Sport Bluresponse offers excellent characteristics.

The strongest point of this premium tyre, according to Oponeo customers, is the excellent dry grip. Traction in wet conditions is rated just as highly. Many elements contribute to this, including a special rubber compound with polymers and an asymmetric tread with a large contact area with the road. 

In the reviews, drivers mention at least one other advantage of the model, which is the low noise generated, which translates into a comfortable journey. This time it is thanks to the refined grooves in the shoulder area.

Here are some reviews of Dunlop SP Sport Bluresponse:

The tyre is reliable, stable and very quiet. I use them both in my company car and another set in my private car. Whether it is a hot, cold or rainy day, the tyres give reliable and stable handling. At the same time, they have a good service life, in my case lasting over 40,000 km. Raphael K.

Very quiet tyres, good road holding in both dry and wet conditions, excellent water and mud drainage. Good handling when cornering - the car does not skid and drives with confidence. The tyres are wear resistant, I have driven about 7,000 miles and there is nothing wrong with them, the tread is durable, the side skirts are ok, no bulges or signs of damage. I recommend these tyres! Arthur P.

Uniroyal RainSport 5

This is a model from the medium segment, which premiered not so long ago. Despite its rather short presence on the market, it managed to convince drivers. They first bought it and then rated it highly. An average rating of 5.6/6 means that this is no coincidence.

The UniroyalRainSport 5 is a so-called rain tyre, so it should come as no surprise that its wet performance is particularly appreciated. The next generation of its unique "Sharkskin" technology makes a special contribution to this. The tread pattern, inspired by natural phenomena, effectively protects against aquaplaning, i.e. loss of grip when driving through puddles.  

The Continental brand has fine-tuned the construction of the tyre, which ensures that the car handles confidently and stably, even on dry road.

In their reviews, Oponeo customers say that the UniroyalRainSport 5 is a safe tyre to drive on. They also point out that the tyre looks great and catches the eye, which turns out to be very important for buyers.

We would like to quote our customers' opinions to attest to this:

Very good tyre in this price range. Reliable on both dry and wet roads. Steady in the rain. Has already proved itself twice during an emergency situation on the road and the need for sudden heavy braking. Tommy

Uniroyal are the best thing I could put on my car. Brilliant in the dry and even better in the wet. The car drives like a string in all weather conditions. After my UniroyalRainsport 3 adventure of several years, the choice was obvious. When I bought new tyres, I automatically opted for the Rainsport 5, and that was a great success. I would recommend it to everyone!  Lukas

Good summer tyres – how to choose them?

Although it may seem complicated to choose the right tyres for the summer season, it's actually not that difficult. Start by finding out which tyre size fits your car. If you're not sure, our dedicated tool can help. All you need to do is enter some basic information about your car.

In the next step, check the recommended models in your size. You can get advice from experts, for example from the ADAC or other organisations, or from the motoring press. You may also find it useful to get reviews from drivers who have tested the different models in various situations and weather conditions.

Once you have selected several models, don't forget to consider your own needs and expectations. Match the tyres to your driving style, your space and your budget. You can use our comparison engine to help you. The choice on Oponeo is huge, so you're sure to find something to suit your needs.