215/65 R16 SUV summer tyre tests – ADAC results

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The ADAC organization tested summer tyres sized 215/65 R16. In this article you will find information about the best models for your car, making it easier to make a purchase and get a better idea of ​​the top tyres on the market.

The purchase of tyres is, for many drivers, an unpleasant necessity. The choice is often difficult, and after buying it may turn out that the chosen model does not always meet your expectations. Therefore, before taking a final decision, it is worth reviewing tyres in your size or in the general ballpark, to learn about the best products for a particular car.

Choosing the right tyres will ensure you a safe and comfortable ride regardless of the weather conditions. Good tyres primarily offer a high-level balanced performance. In this article we present some models in size 215/65 R16 checked by the ADAC organization. This will allow you to compare them with each other and choose tyres suited to your car and driving style.

Go directly to the test results or read on.

It is worth mentioning that the tested tyres can be fitted on more than one model of car (e.g. BMW 7 series, Chrysler Grand Voyager, Voyager, Dacia Duster, Hyundai Tucson, Kia Sportage, Mitsubishi Pajero, Nissan Qashqai, Suzuki Vitara and VW Tiguan depending on the version, engine size), and the test results can also "drag" on slightly smaller or larger tyres.

WARNING! If you are not sure what tyres you can fit on your car, please use our guide: How to select the right tyres for the right vehicle.


The tyres were tested on the VW Tiguan (photo: VW).

16 tyre models were tested (listed according to the ranking achieved in the test).

Tyre model
1. Goodyear EfficientGrip SUV
2. Cooper Zeon 4XS Sport
3. Firestone Destination HP
4. Nokian Line SUV XL
5. Pirelli Scorpion Verde XL
6. Semperit Comfort-Life 2 SUV
7. Uniroyal RainExpert 3 SUV
8. Barum Bravuris 4x4
9. General Grabber GT
10. Apollo Apterra H/P
11. Hankook Dynapro HP2 RA33
12. BFGoodrich g-Grip SUV
13. Bridgestone Dueler H/P Sport
14. Michelin Latitude Tour HP
15. Yokohama Geolandar SUV

The best models in particular categories

Dry surface Bridgestone Dueler H/P Sport
Wet surface Goodyear EfficientGrip SUV, Uniroyal RainExpert 3 SUV
Noise Hankook Dynapro HP2 RA33
Fuel efficiency BF Goodrich g-Grip SUV
Resistance to wear Michelin Latitude Tour HP

source: ADAC

The best models in this test

In the summer tyre test for SUVs, the ADAC organization awarded two models a good rating (none of the tested tyres received an excellent rating): the Goodyear EfficientGrip SUV and Cooper Zeon Sport 4xS. These models are characterized by the best overall driving in different weather conditions and this is what put them at the top of the list.

Eleven models in the test received a satisfactory rating, and among them you can definitely find models that will meet your expectations. For example, in dry conditions, the best is Bridgestone, ranked 13th. Uniroyal RainExpert 3 SUV in 7th place is just as good on a wet road as Goodyear, the overall winner. For the greatest driving comfort, fit a set of Hankook Dynapro HP2 RA33 tyres, while the most economical is the BF Goodrich g-Grip SUV.

Two models obtained weaker results in the test: Michelin was rated “ok” (although it guarantees the longest service life of all the tyres tested), while Yokohama Geolandar SUV is not recommended.

The rating obtained in the ADAC is an average obtained from all categories. Each category is weighted - the most important is wet surface grip (40%), performance on a dry road (20%) and wear resistance (20%). The noise emitted has a 10% impact on the final assessment, as

well as fuel consumption.


The winner of the test - Goodyear EfficientGrip SUV.

Buy the winner - Goodyear EfficientGrip SUV

Do you want to buy the best tyres?

When purchasing tyres, you should follow a few rules and get as much information as you possibly can. We don’t need to point out how fundamental it is to know the right tyre size. However, if you’re not sure what tyres your car runs on, you can get the relevant information from the sticker on the fuel cap or on the driver's door pillar, the vehicle owner's manual or simply on the tyres currently fitted (although here it is sometimes possible to install a different size than recommended or factory size).

A lot of drivers consider buying just two new tyres. However, this approach is not particularly recommended. Driving on two different types of tyres (two at the front with different ones at the back) is allowed by law, but the car might then perform unpredictably – two pairs of tyres have two different grips and characteristics. The car may then end up either oversteering or understeering.

Customers also ask us a lot of questions about the tread. When it comes to summer tyres, either asymmetrical or directional treads are used. The former is considered the most modern, but everything depends on the intended use of the tyres and the driver's own preference.

A directional tread pattern is characterized by V-shaped grooves, which discharge water efficiently and ensure safety on wet surfaces. An asymmetrical tread is divided into two zones responsible for different areas of performance for wet and dry surfaces and for noise reduction. Generally speaking, directional tyres are better when it comes to water, while asymmetric ones are more balanced.

Before making a purchase, you should also check the specifications of the tyre on the label and compare the test results with users’ opinions.

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