Top 10 R16 Summer Tires

Review of the best according to the editorial board. On the selection criteria. This material is subjective and does not constitute advertising and does not serve as a purchase guide. Before buying, you need to consult with a specialist.

One of the most common tire sizes for modern passenger cars is R16. A wide range of summer models from different manufacturers is presented on the domestic market. Rubber differs significantly in cost, so the question of finding the best combination of price and quality is urgent for the motorist. Much depends on the preferences of the car owner, his driving style and travel geography. With the help of our experts, we will try to determine the main criteria for the selection of summer tires R16.

Recommendations for choosing summer tires

Tread pattern. One of the most important parameters of summer tires, which affects the efficiency of steering and braking, is the tread pattern.

  1. The symmetrical tread is perfect for city driving and on good road surfaces. But for cars with a large mass, this is not the most suitable option.
  2. The asymmetric pattern has three distinct zones. Each of them has its own imprint. If the middle part is responsible for the rapid drainage of water, then the outer and inner zones provide good stability when maneuvering. Such rubber is considered universal.
  3. The directional tread has the best wet grip. The disadvantage of the V-pattern is the long braking distance. Experts do not recommend putting such tires on cars without ABS.

Rubber properties. Each manufacturer has its own recipe for preparing a rubber compound. Such characteristics of tires as shock-absorbing ability, lateral stability, wear resistance, resistance to cuts and hernias depend on its quality.

  1. Soft rubber is characterized by low noise level, comfortable ride on uneven surfaces. But with sharp maneuvers, accelerated wear of the tread occurs.
  2. Rigid models can serve the owner for a long time, forgiving starts with slipping or emergency braking. But driving on dirt roads will be uncomfortable.

Load index. When choosing tires, you should pay attention to the load index. This figure indicates the maximum permissible weight per tire. It has a digital designation. To determine the optimum value, the maximum gross vehicle weight should be taken as a basis. To take into account the additional load during acceleration or deceleration, a multiplying factor of 1.2 is applied.

Speed ​​index. The speed index is selected depending on the driving style. It indicates the maximum permissible driving speed for a long time. Exceeding this threshold for a short time does not affect tire integrity. On tires, the speed index is indicated in Latin letters, the further the letter is in alphabetical order, the higher the maximum speed.

Our review includes the 10 best R16 summer tires. All of them are widely represented on the Russian car market. When compiling the rating, the results of testing by independent experts and reviews of domestic motorists were taken into account.

Rating of the best summer tires R16

Nomination a place Name of product rating
Rating of the best summer tires R16 1 Continental ContiPremiumContact 5 (R16) 5.0
2 Dunlop SP Sport Maxx (R16) 4.9
3 MICHELIN Primacy 3 (R16) 4.8
4 Pirelli Cinturato P7 (R16) 4.7
5 Bridgestone Turanza T001 (R16) 4.6
6 Toyo Proxes CF2 (R16) 4.5
7 GOODYEAR EfficientGrip Performance (R16) 4.4
8 Hankook Tire Ventus Prime2 (R16) 4.3
9 Yokohama BluEarth-A AE-50 (R16) 4.2
10 Kumho Ecsta HS51 (R16) 4.1

Continental ContiPremiumContact 5 (R16)

Rating: 5.0

Continental ContiPremiumContact 5

All the best qualities of the previous Continental range have been incorporated in the ContiPremiumContact 5 summer tires. It has passed a series of tests and tests, where it has demonstrated to the experts high handling performance on any road surface. The tires outperformed the competition in grip and braking. The advantages of the model include excellent rolling resistance, minimal aquaplaning. The outstanding technical parameters are largely due to the innovative BlackChilli rubber compound. Tires deservedly become the winner in our rating.

Russian motorists praise rubber for its lack of noise, effective braking, and low sensitivity to track. The only weak point in the conditions of domestic roads is the soft sidewall.


  • excellent handling;
  • effective braking;
  • resistance to aquaplaning;
  • lack of noise.


  • soft sidewalls.

Dunlop SP Sport Maxx (R16)

Rating: 4.9

Dunlop SP Sport Maxx

Dunlop SP Sport Maxx tires are considered by some experts to be the tires of the future. It was born through close collaboration between engineers from Japan and Germany. The model has a multi-radius tread, double hydraulic grooves for efficient water drainage. In the directional drawing, you can see the central track, which is responsible for the car's handling on dry asphalt. For maximum tightness of the tire to the road surface, the manufacturer used a flangeless hybrid cage. For noiselessness and comfort while driving, the rubber receives the silver of our rating. The model is recommended for those who like aggressive driving.

The motorists of our country in the reviews speak flatteringly about the democratic price, good quality, noiselessness. Of the minuses, there is an increased tread wear.


  • acceptable price;
  • quiet work;
  • tenacity;
  • good quality.


  • the protector wears out quickly.

MICHELIN Primacy 3 (R16)

Rating: 4.8

MICHELIN Primacy 3

French summer tires MICHELIN Primacy 3 belongs to the premium class. At the same time, the money spent on it will more than pay off. In 2016, the Swedish edition of Vi Bilagare tested several tire models, where the Primacy 3 performed well in terms of noise and fuel efficiency. The experts also appreciated the model's resistance to aquaplaning. For high quality, reliability and durability, the model takes an honorable third place in our rating. Brand rubber provides a high level of safety.

Rubber also has weaknesses. Users noticed a pronounced temperature dependence of performance. In addition, domestic motorists consider the price too high. But the comfort and quietness of the R16 tires are at their best.


  • resistance to aquaplaning;
  • strength and reliability;
  • noiselessness;
  • high quality.


  • soft sidewalls;
  • high price.

Pirelli Cinturato P7 (R16)

Rating: 4.7

Pirelli Cinturato P7

Another premium summer tires ranked high in our ranking. The Pirelli Cinturato P7 has an asymmetrical tread pattern that resists wear for a long time. Experts consider the strengths of tires to be high resistance to aquaplaning, braking efficiency, good adhesion to the road surface. The tires run quietly for a comfortable ride on any road. Italian rubber stopped one step away from the podium for several reasons. By the way, the fourth place was also given to the model according to the results of testing by the Swedish edition Vi Bilagare.

Of the minuses, motorists note the tendency of tires to form hernias. The next limiting factor in buying is the high price. Some users claim higher fuel consumption.


  • good handling;
  • wear resistance;
  • noiselessness;
  • resistance to aquaplaning.


  • hernias are formed;
  • high price.

Bridgestone Turanza T001 (R16)

Rating: 4.6

Bridgestone Turanza T001

Japanese summer tires Bridgestone Turanza T001 were created as a replacement for the popular Turanza ER300 tires. The experts agreed that the new product surpassed its predecessor in all respects. First of all, the stable behavior of the car on a wet road is noted. This is both effective removal of water from the contact patch and excellent adhesion to wet surfaces. The main reason for the high technical parameters is the unique Nano Pro-Tech technology, which is implemented at the factories of the Japanese brand. Thanks to it, carbon molecules can be evenly distributed in the rubber compound. What prevented the rubber from climbing higher in our rating?

Users complain about noise while driving. This is a consequence of the stiffness of the tires, so rubber will not make friends with every suspension.


  • innovative manufacturing technology;
  • stable behavior on wet roads;
  • wear resistance;
  • strong sidewall.


  • noisiness;
  • rigidity.

Toyo Proxes CF2 (R16)

Rating: 4.5

Toyo Proxes CF2

The Japanese company introduced the European-style summer tires Toyo Proxes CF2. It is recommended for those who like high-speed driving. The tires have a number of positive characteristics, which were confirmed during testing by experts from the Polish edition of Motor. In 2017, tires took high positions in the noise and economy categories. But the tires worked worst of all during emergency braking on a dry road. Not the strongest side of the model is its resistance to aquaplaning. Rubber closes the TOP-6 of our rating.

Domestic car owners are satisfied with the combination of price and comfort. The tires do not make noise while driving, they keep the car well on the road. But on the road and in extreme driving, rubber makes the car uncontrollable.


  • low noise level;
  • strength;
  • wear resistance;
  • affordable price.


  • does not like wet roads;
  • not suitable for extreme driving.

GOODYEAR EfficientGrip Performance (R16)

Rating: 4.4

GOODYEAR EfficientGrip Performance

The GOODYEAR EfficientGrip Performance summer tires appeared in 2013, replacing the EfficientGrip tires. They are designed for high performance passenger cars. According to experts, the key parameters of rubber are braking performance on wet roads and excellent grip. GOODYEAR engineers have developed a unique ActiveBraking technology. The use of a three-dimensional design of the blocks made it possible to increase the contact area with a sharp press on the brake pedal. Another advanced technology, WearControl, is responsible for monitoring tire wear.

The model is included in our rating for high-quality grip, resistance to aquaplaning, quietness. Of the minuses, users note the high price, weak wear resistance and fragile sidewalls.


  • softness and elasticity;
  • noiselessness;
  • excellent handling;
  • good adhesion to the coating.


  • rapid tread wear;
  • weak sidewalls.

Hankook Tire Ventus Prime2 (R16)

Rating: 4.3

Hankook Tire Ventus Prime2

Hankook Tire Ventus Prime2 Korean summer tires have the lowest noise level. This statement came after the tests carried out by the experts of the Polish Motor magazine in 2015. The tires deserve praise from the specialists for their economy, braking efficiency, both on dry and wet roads. Russian motorists have a slightly different position. They consider the rubber to be noisy, while praising it for its handling and durability. The different ratings for the same tires can be explained by the place of manufacture (Korea or Hungary).

The model is included in our rating for good drainage and side protection. The weak sides of the tires include the deterioration of handling on a wet road, low resistance to aquaplaning.


  • effective braking;
  • good handling;
  • wear resistance;
  • affordable price.


  • low resistance to aquaplaning;
  • deterioration of handling on a wet road.

Yokohama BluEarth-A AE-50 (R16)

Rating: 4.2

Yokohama BluEarth-A AE-50

The combination of affordable price and Japanese quality allowed the Yokohama BluEarth-A AE-50 summer tires to be included in our rating. The manufacturer has applied a number of unusual technologies. Specialists are surprised by the introduction of orange oil into the rubber compound. It is designed to increase the elasticity of rubber, like silicone fluid. Experts noted the asymmetrical tread pattern, which has deep enough drainage grooves. Therefore, the tires hold the road well even in rain. The advantages of the model include wear resistance.

Russian motorists liked the tires for an affordable price, ease of balancing, and noiselessness. But the manufacturer seems to have failed to solve the stiffness problem. Users are also unhappy with the lack of side protection.


  • affordable price;
  • good quality;
  • elasticity;
  • wear resistance.


  • rigidity;
  • lack of side protection.

Kumho Ecsta HS51 (R16)

Rating: 4.1

Kumho Ecsta HS51

An excellent option for fans of a quiet ride would be the purchase of Kumho Ecsta HS51 rubber. The manufacturer has managed to create comfortable summer tires. They have a minimum noise level, they swallow the unevenness of the roadway well. Experts note the unusual tread pattern, the asymmetry of the pattern is very weak. As for the behavior on the wet road, there are certain disadvantages. If the wide grooves allow for efficient water drainage, then the shoulders cannot handle the high flow. As a result, grip on wet asphalt leaves a lot to be desired. The model closes the top ten R16 summer tires in our ranking.

Users are satisfied with the low noise level, good shock absorption. Of the minuses, an average resource and a long stopping distance are noted.


  • ease;
  • noiselessness;
  • affordable price;
  • good quality.


  • deterioration of grip on wet asphalt;
  • long braking distance.

Attention! This rating is subjective and does not constitute an advertisement and does not serve as a purchase guide. Before buying, you need to consult with a specialist.

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