Sumitomo BC100

The Sumitomo BC100 is a Touring Summer tyre designed to be fitted to Passenger Cars.

Dry Grip 74%
Wet Grip 71%
Road Feedback 66%
Handling 63%
Wear 76%
Comfort 74%
Buy again 64%

Tyre review data from 14 tyre reviews averaging 70% over 90,600 miles driven.

The BC100 is ranked 87th of 223 Summer Touring tyres.

Latest Tyre Test Results

2019 Mid Range Tyre Test - 7th of 8 tyres

  • Positive - None mentioned.
  • Negative - Long braking in the dry and wet, low wet grip and oversteer balance.
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2019 Tyre Tests

  • 7th: 2019 Mid Range Tyre Test (205/55 R16)
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    Size Price Range  
    165/65 R13 £46.01 - £46.01 (1 Prices) Compare Prices >>
    185/65 R15 £54.25 - £56.99 (2 Prices) Compare Prices >>
    Available in 47 tyre sizes - View all.

    Top 3 Sumitomo BC100 Reviews

    Given 99% while driving a Ford Galaxy (225/45 R17) on a combination of roads for 10,000 spirited miles
    I have used many tyres and this one is surprisingly good in both wet and dry.
    I have full confidence in this tyre and I'll be buying again.
    Helpful 130 - tyre reviewed on November 11, 2019
    Given 84% while driving a Vauxhall Insignia CDTI 160 (245/45 R18 W) on mostly country roads for 1,500 average miles
    From the moment I put them on the car and drove in the wet and only 2 degrees outside they fill you with real confidence great rain dispersion pattern good road holding even on the twisty roads my driving is mostly family type a cross between motorway a roads ect the feel like a premium tyre but the secret is they actually are!!! there just kept in the background as most people looking for the name not the performance trust me if considering a new brand give these a try I took 4 hours going through reviews and finally took the plunge... Glad I did.
    Helpful 58 - tyre reviewed on December 4, 2019
    Given 29% while driving a Vauxhall combo van C 1700 1.3cdti (185/65 R15 H) on a combination of roads for 5,000 average miles
    Fitted to my works van. The tyre noise is significantly more, the grip in the wet and dry is poor, the van understeers horribly now. So glad my company paid to have these fitted!
    Helpful 37 - tyre reviewed on June 12, 2020
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    Latest Sumitomo BC100 Reviews

    Given 100% while driving a Ford Ecosport (205/60 R16) on for 20,000 spirited miles
    Perfect tires in dry and wet roads.
    Helpful 0 - tyre reviewed on November 10, 2023
    Given 100% while driving a Fiat Panda (175/65 R15) on for 15,000 average miles
    Perfect tires at a very good price.
    Helpful 1 - tyre reviewed on August 28, 2023
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    Given 40% while driving a BMW 318is (195/65 R14) on a combination of roads for 2,500 average miles
    First of all I'd like to clarify that I bought the car in late february 2023 with these tyres (DOT 0119) fitted on by the previous owner sometime during 2019. Between the tyres being fitted and me buying the car, it was not used very much. In fact it was sitting for most of that time with occasional use to keep the battery "healthy". I've driven about 4000km on them and I think it's fair to say I am not very impressed.

    The first problem I encountered was the fact that while they aren't dry rotted, microcracks have started forming inside the grooves in the tread and on the sidewall to a lesser extent, but since they had still plenty of tread left I thought to give them a go for a while before changing.

    On average-high quality dry pavement the grip is not phenomenal but I wouldn't consider them dangerous to drive on. They can spin for a few meters when launching in first gear and momentarily when changing to second quickly near the redline. Totally expected for an old rwd car with about 140 horsepower more or less. When starting uphill on poorer quality pavement the wheelspin is unavoidable no matter how smoothly I try to take off. In the wet on the other hand it takes almost zero effort to spin at low speeds and it's not hard at all to induce oversteer when cornering at a slow pace.

    I haven't found the limit of grip to be progressive, as when inducing oversteer on purpose and the "drifting angle" becomes a bit higher there is a tendency to fishtail.

    When driving on a twisty road, the front tyres are slow responding, meaning there's lag between turning the wheel and the car changing direction. I know the 65 series profile is big but I'm not too keen on that behaviour.

    The worst part is braking, as I've had to "panic" brake on two seperate occasions (average pavement, dry weather, tyres were not cold) from moderate speed in order to avoid obstacles and the tyres didn't brake efficiently enough. The front wheels locked up much more quickly than anticipated (car has no ABS), meaning the brakes outpowered the tyres by a lot. I'd expect better performance and having to pump the brake pedal less to keep control of the situation. Thankfully none of the afformentioned situations resulted in an accident.

    To summarize I wouln't buy these tyres again and I wouldn't reccomend buying them to anyone since they somewhat disappointed me. Sure, I didn't buy them new and they weren't stored in the best conditions when I got my car and started driving it but I surely expected better braking and handling to some extent.
    Helpful 4 - tyre reviewed on July 13, 2023
    Given 63% while driving a Ford KA 1.3 (165/65 R13) on mostly motorways for 1,000 average miles
    Good basic tyre, not exciting but a solid performer
    Helpful 3 - tyre reviewed on July 5, 2023
    Given 83% while driving a Alfa Romeo MiTo (195/55 R16) on a combination of roads for 200 spirited miles
    Not had these for long but so far they're great for budget priced tyres. Didn't want to spend a fortune as I'm replacing my alloys soon. For the mileage I do they do the job.
    Helpful 7 - tyre reviewed on December 1, 2022
    Given 63% while driving a Volvo S60 D5 (185) (225/45 R17) on mostly town for 10,000 spirited miles
    In normal driving these are fine, I have had to emergency brake 4 times for deer in the forest and every time they stopped very well and my car escaped unscathed. Wet performance isn't the best, but not what I would consider unsafe or below par. Aggressive driving and going round roundabouts quickly is a little bit worrying, admittedly only twice I've had it understeer and tramline, but it was still a little surprising still. Very, very rarely I've momentarily had wheel skids when planting my right foot, but I would expect that with diesel torque. On the rear these tyres were fine though.
    Helpful 11 - tyre reviewed on March 3, 2022
    Given 100% while driving a Audi 100 2.5. tdi avant (225/45 R17) on mostly motorways for 20,000 spirited miles
    Best tyre ever
    Helpful 26 - tyre reviewed on August 24, 2020
    Given 50% while driving a Volvo V90 D4 (225/45 R17 W) on a combination of roads for 300 spirited miles
    225/55/R17 tyres fitted by the dealer when I bought my 2017 Volvo V90 D4 Momentum. Car weights nearly 1.85 ton and got 190PS diesel engine, front wheel drive. These tyres often lose grip when I accelerate quickly even on dry road with the slightest imperfect surfaces. On wet road these do not give me confidence at all. Tyre noise is acceptable when they are new, no idea how it performs when wear down. I can't comment on the wear rate just yet but seems to lasts. They are soft tyres so the ride is comfortable I give you that. Other than this, there is not a single thing that I would recommand. I can't wait for these tyres to wear down so I can buy something else.
    Helpful 16 - tyre reviewed on June 26, 2020
    Given 29% while driving a Vauxhall combo van C 1700 1.3cdti (185/65 R15 H) on a combination of roads for 5,000 average miles
    Fitted to my works van. The tyre noise is significantly more, the grip in the wet and dry is poor, the van understeers horribly now. So glad my company paid to have these fitted!
    Helpful 33 - tyre reviewed on June 12, 2020