Cooper Zeon CS6

The Cooper Zeon CS6 is a High Performance Summer tyre designed to be fitted to Passenger Cars.

Tyre review data from 33 tyre reviews averaging 76% over 299,307 miles driven, and 5 tests with an average result of 25th.

Dry Grip 83%
Wet Grip 74%
Road Feedback 69%
Handling 74%
Wear 85%
Comfort 72%
Buy again 72%

The Zeon CS6 is ranked 63rd of 201 Summer High Performance tyres.

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2014 Auto Review Summer Tyre Test - 205/55 R16
10th of 16 tyres
  • Low rolling resistance, comfortable
  • Poor resistance to aquaplaning, low traction
  • American company Cooper tyre and Rubber is among the top ten global tyre manufacturer, producing annually about 45 million tyres, but they don’t perform. With such low traction on wet roads, they can only compete with the second line of tyres. Bad braking, and poor wet cornering, meaning during road handling it was necessary to go much slower than on the competitors tyres. But the most surprising is that despite numerous transverse grooves, the tyre still aquaplanes early.. On dry roads the braking is mediocre, and the car is unstable during high-speed cornering with the rear axle sometimes sliding at the most inopportune moment. But comfort is not the worst - the average noise level and smoothness. Tyres with mediocre quality that, in Russia at least, sell for unreasonably high prices.
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Top 3 Cooper Zeon CS6 Reviews

Given 80% while driving a Porsche 944 (225/50 R16 W) on a combination of roads for 5,000 spirited miles
These tyres were firtted to my car when I bought it and had little or no wear. Recently did a 750+ mile round trip from end Of Essex to end of Cornwall meeting a wide variety of road conditions. Never had a moments concern be the road wet or dry. I drive the car as it was meant to be driven so no gentle cruising around. The tyres were a bit noisy on ridged concrete, the section of the M25 aound the junction with the A3 and on towards the M3 was the worst.
Helpful 28 - tyre reviewed on March 18, 2019
Given 47% while driving a Skoda Octavia estate (255/55 R16) on mostly motorways for 7 average miles
Found this review whilst looking for replacement tyres. A summer shower on M45 Coventry had me Aquaplaning almost off the road and going way less than speed limit. Summer grip is fine. Road noise is dependent on surface. Unlikely to buy these again.
Helpful 30 - tyre reviewed on June 10, 2017
Given 31% while driving a Volkswagen golf 2.0 gt tdi (225/45 R17) on mostly country roads for 500 average miles
Shocking tyre to the extent that I bought a car with 4 of these on which are nearly new. I'm having them removed in favour of Goodyear F1's. Why you ask? Predominantly the noise, these are the loudest tyres I've had the misfortune or owning, even on freshly laid Tarmac they are appalling. Secondly I'd class them as dangerous, wet grip is virtually non existent and even in the dry they are skittish for no apparent reason. Since looking around it seems these tyres get bad press, I can't say I'm surprised!
Helpful 33 - tyre reviewed on June 10, 2015
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Given 34% while driving a Ford Focus mk2 (205/55 R16 V) on a combination of roads for 5,000 average miles
Not very impressed with these. Dry grip is average, the seem to skate across the road rather than biting in and gripping. Wet grip is bad, and even on modestly powered car they are easy to spin when pulling away and the car understeers easily on wet roundabouts. They tyre constructiion is quite hard and they transmit all of the minor road imperfections to the car. The best things I can say are that they are not too noisy, and the hard compound means they last for ages. This is unfortunate as I cannot wait to replace them with something better.
Helpful 27 - tyre reviewed on August 27, 2016
Given 70% while driving a Audi A4 2.8 quattro (205/55 R16 W) on mostly country roads for 18,000 spirited miles
I just changed these out on my Quattro after just over 18,000 miles. They would have been okay for summer, but with winter coming they were a bit past it.
Seemed to me to be quite a good hard wearing chunky tyre that was not outstanding in any way really but overall very capable and trustworthy. Most of my driving is on Somerset roads with a bit of motorway occasionally. So they have driven on lumpy country lanes, gravel and dirt tracks, on fields and over beaches.
I felt that they felt a bit woolly after the old Michelins that were on the car when I bought it, just were not as sporty or poised, but they never got scary and were very progressive.
Overall a good tyre and good value. I have however just replaced them with Nokian Lines because they got such great reviews from end users and tyre tests. Will report back on them when they are worn in.
My eventual choices were Nokian, Michelin PS3 or Uniroyal RS3. I hope I have chosen well.
Helpful 23 - tyre reviewed on October 23, 2015
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Given 87% while driving a BMW X3 (225/45 R17) on mostly town for 16,500 easy going miles
Very impressive grip on dry, wet and ice. However, I've had theese tyres around 2 years and they are cracking. Not to badly at the minute but I reckon in 6-12 months they are going to be scrapped.
Helpful 26 - tyre reviewed on May 29, 2015
Given 50% while driving a Renault 172 cup (205/45 R16 V) on a combination of roads for 5,000 average miles
This tyre doesn't seem suited to my car.I find grip both in the wet and dry very mediocre compared to the previously fitted Falkens, and miles behind premium tyres such as the OE Michelins. They are fairly good value though and seem to wear well, but you can do much better if you want performance.
Helpful 30 - tyre reviewed on March 4, 2015
Given 57% while driving a Citroën C4 (205/50 R17 W) on a combination of roads for 15,000 average miles
Cooper tyres looks good but had a faulty one with the side wall going but never hit a kerb
They have warn out way to quickly only 1500miles
Helpful 23 - tyre reviewed on January 24, 2015
Given 90% while driving a Ford MONDEO (235/45 R17 W) on a combination of roads for 17,500 average miles
A good all round budget tyre that doesn't split like a Pirelli or wear before the next service ( Bridgestone, Goodyear, Dunlop etc.)

May be noisy on some roads but is compensated by minimum of tram lining when getting down to the wear bars unlike higher branded tyres.

I get approx 50 percent more mileage than the higher branded tyres and therefore can afford to change them before they wear out.
Helpful 22 - tyre reviewed on October 12, 2014
Given 86% while driving a Ford Focus mk2 (205/50 R17 W) on a combination of roads for 5,000 average miles
Brought a pair last year and done 5000 miles so far, seem great no matter what the weather & wear really well compared to the maxxis I had on before.
I've just had another pair but on the back to replace the maxxis on there to.
Whilst talking to the guy at the garage he told me that Cooper Tire & Rubber Company Europe Limited. Own Avon tyres & after looking at the Avon website it says at the bottom.

So you can now buy with peace of mind that these are practically Avon tyres !!!
Helpful 29 - tyre reviewed on July 14, 2014
Given 70% while driving a Subaru 2006 impreza wrx STI (225/45 R17) on mostly town for 0 easy going miles
I had never heard of these.I normally run toyo proxies tr1's on 18" rims on my Impreza but got a blow out and with no spare i hobbled into a garage on the same road.They couldn't repair my tyre so ended up having to have two Coopers fitted on the promise from the garage that they are on par with the tr1.I must admit the road noise is far less than the tr1 but i have yet to see how they handle,only done 100 mile on them.Not seen on comments off high performance car owners yet so im feeling a little twitchy about putting them to the test.
Helpful 26 - tyre reviewed on March 23, 2014
Given 91% while driving a Fiat Bravo (225/45 R17) on mostly town for 15,000 easy going miles
I have had a set of CS6s on my torquey diesel for over 15,000 miles now and have virtually no wear. Although I don't drive like a maniac I think the wear is fantastic. Road noise is ok, nothing more than any other tyre really.
Grip is fantastic, especially in the typical wet English weather. I was surprised at how good they were in the snow of Winter 2012/2013 too...
Good tyre for a really good price got a 225 45 17 for £79 each fitted balanced and old disposal...great.
Helpful 22 - tyre reviewed on February 12, 2014
Given 80% while driving a Ford Focus MK1 (195/65 R15 V) on mostly country roads for 10,000 easy going miles
These tyres replace a set of Bridgestone Turanza ER300, and while there were good I much prefer these. And cost has a part to play, The ER300 are very expensive and I would argue the Coopers do exactly the same. Have been on over a year now and still got plenty of life. Wet grip is great feel completly safe with these. Their on the front at the moment so will have them moved to the back and get a new set of CS6 on the front before winter sets in. I wish our roads were better because on fresh tarmac their so quiet. Defo buy again.
Helpful 32 - tyre reviewed on June 16, 2013
Given 86% while driving a Peugeot 306 sport 110 HDI (225/45 R17 W) on a combination of roads for 20,000 spirited miles
Would swear by them on my 308 diesel, 20k out if the front upto now, granted I do a lot of motorway driving. Had Kuhmo on before and there was 1 roundabout they would break free on every time if was wet but these Cooper have been outstanding, can go into it a lot faster. Dry grip is excellent dont realy find issues with noise, no concern.
Helpful 29 - tyre reviewed on March 21, 2013
Given 84% while driving a Alfa Romeo 145 T Spark (205/50 R15 V) on a combination of roads for 5,000 easy going miles
I chose these over the usual budget tyres and so far I've been very impressed.

Dry grip is impressive and predictable. They are very sure-footed through standing water and in wet or greasy conditions. They make a passable winter tyre.

Feedback is a little slow... though a lower profile might offer more feel... but the Coopers are progressive and stable. They never spring any nasty suprises.

The tyres are comfortable and provide a smooth and quiet ride. In cold weather they do get noticeably firmer.

Tyre wear may vary with the season. I imagine tyre wear may increase when it's hot out there .. but seems reasonable so far.
Helpful 18 - tyre reviewed on November 8, 2012