Continental comes on top of TyreReviews 16” test

Author Name – Jack Underwood

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The latest tyre size to receive the annual test from is the 16". This tyre size is very popular and is seen on a lot of cars on the UK's roads. The specific 16" tyre size used for this test is the 205/55 R16 which is the world’s top selling size in this category. This tyre is seen on many vehicles such as Mazda, most Fords and many Volkswagen and Honda vehicles. Due to the popular size of the tyre this test will be relevant to a lot of drivers around the UK.  In this article we will see the latest test results and the reasoning behind the number one spot. 

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Who are TyreReviews?

TyreReviews are a very reputable website for people looking for their next tyres or just simply curious on how well their tyres perform throughout extensive tests. Tyre Reviews offers an large number of reviews on tyres, whether that be car tyres, van tyres or even tyres for 4x4 and sport utility vehicles.

 How are the tyres tested?

As you can imagine there are many different scenarios that tyres must be put through to be able to label a tyre number one and this is what TyreReviews does. In order to this the tyres are put through wet and dry conditions and tested on fundamental features such as comfort and value for money. 

The tyres will be tested on:

  • Dry braking
  • Dry handling
  • Subjective dry handling
  • Wet braking
  • Wet handling
  • Subjective wet handling 
  • Straight Aqua
  • Subjective comfort
  • Noise
  • Price
  • Rolling resistance

 What tyre brands are tested?

The tyre brands tested include:

All the tyres featured are summer tyres, no winter tyres have been tested. 

1st Place: Continental Premium Contact 6


Dry Braking 1st
Dry Handling 2nd
Subj. Dry Handling 1st
Wet Braking 2nd
Wet Handling 9th
Subj. Wet Handling 10th
Straight Aqua 10th
Subj. Comfort 8th
Noise 9th
Tyre Weight 4th
Price 11th
Rolling Resistance 5th

Achieving first place is the Continental PremiumContact 6. The Continental PremiumContact 6 is a premium tyre suited for the summer tyre season. This tyre offers the perfect blend of excellent performance and ultra-high safety reserves to ensure a fantastic overall driving experience.

This is mirrored in the results with the tyre achieving 1st position in dry braking, subjective dry handling and a further second place in dry handling and wet braking. 

If you are a driver that prefers the performance of the tyre on the road compared to other features such as low noise and comfort then look no further.

2nd Place: Goodyear EfficientGrip Performance 2

efficientgrip perf 2

Dry Braking 8th
Dry Handling 1st
Subj. Dry Handling 4th
Wet Braking 4th
Wet Handling 3rd
Subj. Wet Handling 3rd
Straight Aqua 9th
Subj. Comfort 3rd
Noise 2nd
Tyre Weight 2nd
Price 8th
Rolling Resistance 2nd

Coming in at second place is the Goodyear EfficientGrip Performance 2. Goodyear are reknowned for their high quality and excellent performing tyres and the Goodyear EfficientGrip Performance 2 is no different!

During the test the Goodyear EfficientGrip Performance 2 was generally seen around the top results in a lot of the categories. It achieved 1st place in dry handling, as well as 2nd place in noise, and tyre weight. 

In total this is an excellent all round tyre giving both the benefits of tyre performance with comfort, making it appealing to a variety of motorists.  

3rd Place: Falken ZIEX ZE310 EcoRun


Dry Braking 2nd
Dry Handling 4th
Subj. Dry Handling 8th
Wet Braking 1st
Wet Handling 5th
Subj. Wet Handling 5th
Straight Aqua 4th
Subj. Comfort 11th
Noise 5th
Tyre Weight 12th
Price 4th
Rolling Resistance 12th


The Falken ZIEX ZE310 EcoRun is a tyre offering excellent traction on a veriety of different conditions and road types, specifically reducing the risk of aquaplanning whilst the improved wear life allows a long lived and sustainable tyre.

Braking in wet and dry conditions seems to be a very strong suit for the Falken ZIEX ZE310 EcoRun with the tyre pulling 1st position in wet braking as well as a respectable 2nd in dry braking. With the low risk of aquaplanning also a feature of this tyre the test seems to prove this point with the Falken coming in at 4th place for straight aqua.  

The Falken ZIEX ZE310 EcoRun is a very respectable tyre giving advantages to the driver who may drive over more difficult terrain on a day to day basis. If you are looking to an excellent alternative to Falken tyres, then please head over to our Sailun Tyres page within our website. The Sailun Atrezzo Elite is an fantastic alternative for the Falken ZIEX ZE310 EcoRun if you are looking for a high performance tyre to fit your budget.

Remaining results

  • Uniroyal RainSport 5
  • Nokian WetProof
  • Bridgestone Turanza T005
  • Michelin Primacy 4
  • Maxxis Premitra HP5
  • BFGoodrich Advantage
  • Pirelli Cinturato P7
  • Hankook Ventus Prime 3 K125
  • Goodride RP28

Both the Continental PremiumContact 6 and Goodyear EfficientGrip Performance 2 can both be found at on our website, as well as many alternatives to the Falken ZIEX ZE310 EcoRun. Other brand alternatives that we offer are Pirelli, Bridgestone and Dunlop.

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