Westlake Radial RP18

The Westlake Radial RP18 is a Touring Summer tyre designed to be fitted to Passenger Cars.

Dry Grip 81%
Wet Grip 74%
Road Feedback 75%
Handling 73%
Wear 72%
Comfort 68%
Buy again 68%

Tyre review data from 17 tyre reviews averaging 73% over 130,285 miles driven.

The Radial RP18 is ranked 56th of 217 Summer Touring tyres.

Latest Tyre Test Results

2014 AMS Summer Tyre Test - 205/55 R16 - 10th of 11 tyres

  • Positive - At a low level a balanced, quiet tyre
  • Negative - Weak wet and dry performance, low-precision steering, wet roads load change sensitivity issues
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2014 Tyre Tests

  • 10th: 2014 AMS Summer Tyre Test - 205/55 R16 (205/55 R16)
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    Top 3 Westlake Radial RP18 Reviews

    Given 84% while driving a Volkswagen Beetle 1200 (225/45 R17) on mostly town for 4,000 spirited miles
    As good as the factory continual I had on in tearms of grip but find them loud 50 km, s up , great price great grip but loud , cannot fault grip in wet and dry.
    Helpful 107 - tyre reviewed on October 12, 2014
    Given 97% while driving a Chevrolet Spark (185/55 R15 H) on mostly town for 10,000 average miles
    The best tires I ever bought... the return every penny on safety, comfort and efficiency
    Helpful 47 - tyre reviewed on September 30, 2018
    Ford (195/60 R15) on a combination of roads for 1,000 easy going miles
    Horrible! I will never buy Westlake tires again. They make me feel unsafe everytime I am on the road because they have no sense of grip whatsoever. On top of that, they are too noisy, even for a budget tire. It's not worth it to risk buying Westlake. I heard they partly use plastic for their tires too. Never again!
    Helpful 34 - tyre reviewed on September 18, 2017
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    Latest Westlake Radial RP18 Reviews

    Given 86% while driving a Chevrolet Malibu LTZ (195/70 R15) on a combination of roads for 12 average miles
    Decided to try the RP18, and has been gotten by surprise. Although it is classified as a cheap tyre -which usually means low quality- it performs the same as Continental, Goodyear and other famous brands. No way they produce excessive noise nor that wears fast, are not comfortable etc. It’s an excellent and reliable tyre. What is the problem to be made in China? After all most of the computer and high tech stuffs like Apple and Lenovo computers are almost totally made with Chinese parts. My four Westlake RP 18 are performing very well after over 12,000 miles after replacing Continentals and still look brand new.
    My driving style: mixed from fast to slow in several roads and mixed streets, some in farms full of potholes.
    Helpful 1 - tyre reviewed on May 6, 2023
    Given 74% while driving a Toyota Tercel (195/60 R14) on mostly country roads for 100 average miles
    I only have less then 100miles on these. So far much nicer then the 10yo Falken 912s they replaced. These are a slight oversize for my car to help cope with the race spec suspension on my car which is set up for competitive autocross. The tires might see 1000miles a year. So I did not need anything special. Just something for the offseason and inbetween races. The car is not driven much beyond racing it, if I do its to work on it or the occasional cars and coffee. I might do some race stints far away next season so these will be my travel tires to avoid anything happening to the Falken 660s I race on. So far the ride is most excellent. Like disturbingly good. And the grip is actually decent given the design criteria. The few times I purposely pushed the car in the wrong places to see what they would do resulted in fine dry grip and manners. No rain or snow yet. Steering inputs are smooth and direct. I run the tires at 28psi front, 26 rear...car weights 2100lbs. Fwd turbo. I do not hoon much on the street the car is numbered and stickered up so generally pretty average other then some WOT pulls when I am working on ECU tunes.
    Helpful 5 - tyre reviewed on January 16, 2023
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    Given 80% while driving a Toyota Vios (195/55 R15) on a combination of roads for 39,000 average miles
    One off the best tyres. Cheapest price.
    Helpful 6 - tyre reviewed on October 22, 2022
    Given 19% while driving a Mercedes Benz C240 (/60 R16) on a combination of roads for 143 average miles
    Real noisy tire. Cheap made, Won't buy again
    Helpful 10 - tyre reviewed on December 4, 2021
    Given 51% while driving a Volkswagen Beetle 1303 1.6L (195/65 R15) on mostly town for 2,000 easy going miles
    This was the first time I switched to West Lake after using bigger brands like Bridgestone, Goodyear, etc. The West Lake tires are good in dry and wet conditions for regular every day drive. Actually, I felt very confident in my VW beetle with these tires. Having said that, the tires were so uncomfortable and noisy. I swapped them out after using for 6 months. My wife was pregnant and said that the baby might come out sooner if I continue to keep these on. STAY AWAY.
    Helpful 10 - tyre reviewed on November 15, 2021
    Given 63% while driving a Peugeot 408 2.0 16V (205/55 R16) on mostly motorways for 18,000 easy going miles
    Tried these after my original Goodyear's last for about 60.000 km, so far at 30.000km seems it reached half life or so, not sure if it will last another 30k, probably 20k. Fits good, but wet performance is poor, I don't trust them above 100km/h. You get what you are paying for. I'd look for another brand on next set, probably would go Goodyear again.
    Helpful 10 - tyre reviewed on June 15, 2021
    Mitsubishi (225/45 R17) on a combination of roads for 10,000 easy going miles
    Have had these tyres on my mitsubishi asx fronts from when I bought the car in Aug 16. Got original Yokohama aspect on rear and car is a 62 plate. Grip in the dry is pretty good. In the wet they are ok but tend to skid/ front end first on corners/roundabouts. I live on a hill and my drive is also steep onto the hill sideways. The slightest bit of hail/snow inhibits grip and the car will slide and skate like a fridge. I appreciate that they are summer tyres but would expect them to grip better in the wet. I agree with comments made about noise levels- bit loud like hail on a tin roof. I'm a little immune to it now but it was the first thing i noticed on my motorway drive home when I picked it up. They do however wear well but you have to put that into perspective with costs of better graded tyres which will cost a bit more. I previously had a mondeo and fitted michelin xclimate on them at Costco. Costly but brill. Don't think they are made for my asx car size. Looking a maxxis ap2 all seasons as a compromise for cost and safety.
    Helpful 22 - tyre reviewed on January 21, 2018
    Given 51% while driving a Mitsubishi mirage cyborg r (225/45 R17) on a combination of roads for 0 average miles
    Never again. Even if I don't have the money, I will not risk it again with these cheap and unsafe tires. They are slippery on wet road, noisy, and they wear fast. Overall, you pay for your money's worth.
    Helpful 20 - tyre reviewed on September 8, 2017
    Given 98% while driving a Ford Focus MK1 (195/60 R15) on mostly country roads for 30 average miles
    Had these fitted today, at National Tyres, I had ordered the Westlake SP06 tyres but after fitting I noticed that it was these tyres fitted, anyway they seem to be really good, they are quiet, respond well to the road, all in all a great cheap tyre.
    Helpful 34 - tyre reviewed on March 2, 2017
    Given 84% while driving a Chrysler 300C Hemi Touring (225/45 R17) on mostly town for 21,000 average miles
    These are great tires.You have to tell the tire techs to road break them on the balancing machine. Its when a large roll on the machine presses down on the tire as it spins slow. This will keep the tire quiet permanetly and cost no extra money! So dont leave negative reviews on noise!
    Helpful 22 - tyre reviewed on December 9, 2016
    Given 76% while driving a Toyota Vios (225/45 R17) on a combination of roads for 5,000 average miles
    Good tyres. However braking distance of my car has increased compared to the stock tyres. Noise isn't that impressive either. Handling is good and considering the price of these tyres we can't complain can't get any better.
    Helpful 9 - tyre reviewed on August 9, 2015
    Given 90% while driving a Toyota Yaris (225/45 R17) on a combination of roads for 0 average miles
    They are very much under rated tyres...replaced them over Bridgestone Potenza tyres and they are equally good..nice handling both in wet and dry, good braking and feedback...I didn't find them loud at any instant...and most important fact, they cost half the price of the brigestone Michelin etc...
    Helpful 12 - tyre reviewed on April 16, 2015