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Car tyres 205/55R16 review

We review tyres suitable for some of the most popular car models in Australia, such as the Toyota Corolla, Mazda 3 and Hyundai i30.
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01.Introduction

Car tyre in a shopping trolley

Buying a set of new tyres for your car can be an expensive proposition. But given that they're the only point of contact between your vehicle and the road, their role is vital in maximising safety. Thankfully, there are models available that satisfy on both price and performance, particularly if you shop around.

We test 18 sets of small-medium car tyres, ranging in price from $107 to $206 per tyre. 

We rate tyres for:

  • braking
  • cornering
  • rolling resistance, and
  • rolling noise.

On this page, you'll find:

  • Brands and models tested
  • How we test

For more information about tyres, see Cars.

Brands and models tested

  • Achilles  ATR Sport - $107 / tyre
  • Blue Streak Stiletto Sport - $149 / tyre
  • Bridgestone Potenza Adrenalin RE002 - $199 / tyre
  • Continental ContiComfortContact CC5 - $185 / tyre
  • Firestone TZ700 - $139 / tyre
  • Goodyear Assurance TripleMax - $169 / tyre
  • GT Radial Champiro BAX2 - $135 / tyre
  • Hankook Optimo K415 - $119 / tyre
  • Kumho Ecowing ES01 KH27 - $165 / tyre
  • Maxxis Victra Asymmet M35 - $119 / tyre
  • Michelin Energy XM2 - $206 / tyre
  • Nexen Classe Premiere CP661a - $119 / tyre
  • Nokian V T441946 - $179 / tyre
  • Ovation Performance DSRT VI-388 - $125 / tyre
  • Pirelli Cinturato P1 - $150 / tyre
  • Sumitomo Tour Plus LSH - $139 / tyre
  • Toyo Teo Plus - $165 / tyre
  • Yokohama BluEarth AE01 - $153 / tyre

How we test

Cornering Our testers, Peter Horvath and Graham Byrne, assess how well the tyres keep the car in a set lane at speeds of 80kmh and 85kmh in dry, and 75kmh and 80kmh in wet conditions, using a right-hand corner with about a 55m radius. The tyres are tested in random order, and repeated in different random order. 
Note: The cornering tests are performed under controlled conditions, by a trained driver, with the traction control system (TCS) disabled. CHOICE does not recommend disabling the TCS under any circumstances.
Braking Using a GPS system, our testers measure the distance it takes to come to a complete standstill in emergency braking tests from driving speeds of 50km/h and 80km/h in both dry and wet conditions.
Rolling resistance Using a GPS system, our testers measure the distance it takes to roll to a stop from a starting speed of 25km/h. This is completed five times and the shortest and longest measured distance discarded. The three remaining measured distances are then averaged.
Rolling noise Our testers also carry out rolling noise measurements at the driver’s left ear at 50km/h and 80km/h, on the smooth race track and a road with coarse surface. At each speed and on each surface there is at most a 4dB difference between the models, which is noticeable but small. However, while we measure noise at the very end of our harsh performance testing, the tyres are still relatively new and bigger differences may develop with increased wear.

Thank you

We’d like to thank Morgan Park Raceway in Warwick, Queensland, for ensuring a smooth test, and Toyota Australia for providing the Corolla test car.

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