Hankook Ventus Prime 4 vs Michelin Primacy 4 Plus

In this article we will be looking at independent tyre test data, and real world driver reviews of the Hankook Ventus Prime 4 and the Michelin Primacy 4 Plus to find out which tyre is best for your own driving.

The good news is that both the Hankook Ventus Prime 4 and Michelin Primacy 4 Plus are Premium Touring Summer tyres designed to be fitted to Passenger Cars, which means comparing the two tyres is relatively simple.

Both tyres are hugely popular in the market place with drivers, and both have been featured in independent tyre tests.

Ventus-Prime-4 VS Primacy-4-Plus

Test Results

Independent comparison tyre tests are the best source of data to get tyre information from, and the good news is there have been seven tests which compare both tyres directly!

Out of these seven tests:

  • Hankook Ventus Prime 4 finished ahead of the Michelin Primacy 4 Plus in one of the tests
  • Michelin Primacy 4 Plus finished ahead of the Hankook Ventus Prime 4 in five of the tests
  • The Hankook Ventus Prime 4 and Michelin Primacy 4 Plus drew in one of the tests

While it might look like the Michelin Primacy 4 Plus is better than the Hankook Ventus Prime 4 purely based on the higher number of test wins, tyres are very complicated objects which means where one tyre is better than the other can be more important in real world use.

Lets look at how the two tyres compare across multiple tyre test categories.

Dry Braking

Looking at data from seven tyre tests, the Hankook Ventus Prime 4 was better during five dry braking tests. On average the Hankook Ventus Prime 4 stopped the vehicle in 0.27% less distance than the Michelin Primacy 4 Plus.

Hankook Ventus Prime 4
36.77M
Michelin Primacy 4 Plus
36.87M
Dry braking in meters, lower is better

Best In Dry Braking: Hankook Ventus Prime 4

2023 Tyre Reviews Best Summer Tyres
205/55 R16
Hankook Ventus Prime 4: 36.09M Michelin Primacy 4 Plus: 36.58M
2023 ADAC Summer Tyre Test
205/55 R16
Hankook Ventus Prime 4: 36.6M Michelin Primacy 4 Plus: 36.9M
2023 Motor Summer Tyre Test
205/55 R16
Hankook Ventus Prime 4: 36.3M Michelin Primacy 4 Plus: 36.7M
2024 Summer Tyre Market Overview
205/55 R16
Hankook Ventus Prime 4: 35.9M Michelin Primacy 4 Plus: 36.3M
2024 ADAC Summer Tyre Test
215/55 R17
Hankook Ventus Prime 4: 38.1M Michelin Primacy 4 Plus: 37.3M
2024 AutoBild Summer Tyre Test
205/55 R16
Hankook Ventus Prime 4: 35.9M Michelin Primacy 4 Plus: 36.3M
2024 Motorhome Summer Tyre Test
225/55 R17
Hankook Ventus Prime 4: 38.5M Michelin Primacy 4 Plus: 38M

Dry Handling [s]

Looking at data from two tyre tests, the Hankook Ventus Prime 4 was better during two dry handling [s] tests. On average the Hankook Ventus Prime 4 was 1.21% faster around a lap than the Michelin Primacy 4 Plus.

Hankook Ventus Prime 4
53.99s
Michelin Primacy 4 Plus
54.65s
Dry handling time in seconds, lower is better

Best In Dry Handling [s]: Hankook Ventus Prime 4

2023 Tyre Reviews Best Summer Tyres
205/55 R16
Hankook Ventus Prime 4: 51.78s Michelin Primacy 4 Plus: 52.6s
2023 Motor Summer Tyre Test
205/55 R16
Hankook Ventus Prime 4: 56.2s Michelin Primacy 4 Plus: 56.7s

Dry Handling [Km/H]

Looking at data from two tyre tests, the Michelin Primacy 4 Plus was better during one dry handling [km/h] tests. On average the Michelin Primacy 4 Plus was 0.15% faster around a lap than the Hankook Ventus Prime 4.

Hankook Ventus Prime 4
96.8Km/H
Michelin Primacy 4 Plus
96.95Km/H
Dry Handling Average Speed, higher is better

Best In Dry Handling [Km/H]: Michelin Primacy 4 Plus

2024 AutoBild Summer Tyre Test
205/55 R16
Hankook Ventus Prime 4: 115.6Km/H Michelin Primacy 4 Plus: 115.1Km/H
2024 Motorhome Summer Tyre Test
225/55 R17
Hankook Ventus Prime 4: 78Km/H Michelin Primacy 4 Plus: 78.8Km/H

Subj. Dry Handling

Looking at data from one tyre tests, the Hankook Ventus Prime 4 was better during one subj. dry handling tests. On average the Hankook Ventus Prime 4 scored 5.56% more points than the Michelin Primacy 4 Plus.

Hankook Ventus Prime 4
90 Points
Michelin Primacy 4 Plus
85 Points
Subjective Dry Handling Score, higher is better

Best In Subj. Dry Handling: Hankook Ventus Prime 4

2023 Tyre Reviews Best Summer Tyres
205/55 R16
Hankook Ventus Prime 4: 90 Points Michelin Primacy 4 Plus: 85 Points

Wet Braking

Looking at data from seven tyre tests, the Michelin Primacy 4 Plus was better during three wet braking tests. On average the Michelin Primacy 4 Plus stopped the vehicle in 1.16% less distance than the Hankook Ventus Prime 4.

Hankook Ventus Prime 4
38.8M
Michelin Primacy 4 Plus
38.35M
Wet braking in meters, lower is better

Best In Wet Braking: Michelin Primacy 4 Plus

2023 Tyre Reviews Best Summer Tyres
205/55 R16
Hankook Ventus Prime 4: 34.12M Michelin Primacy 4 Plus: 32.88M
2023 ADAC Summer Tyre Test
205/55 R16
Hankook Ventus Prime 4: 35.8M Michelin Primacy 4 Plus: 36.7M
2023 Motor Summer Tyre Test
205/55 R16
Hankook Ventus Prime 4: 56M Michelin Primacy 4 Plus: 54.6M
2024 Summer Tyre Market Overview
205/55 R16
Hankook Ventus Prime 4: 27.7M Michelin Primacy 4 Plus: 27.7M
2024 ADAC Summer Tyre Test
215/55 R17
Hankook Ventus Prime 4: 32.8M Michelin Primacy 4 Plus: 31.1M
2024 AutoBild Summer Tyre Test
205/55 R16
Hankook Ventus Prime 4: 43.3M Michelin Primacy 4 Plus: 43.3M
2024 Motorhome Summer Tyre Test
225/55 R17
Hankook Ventus Prime 4: 41.9M Michelin Primacy 4 Plus: 42.2M

Wet Braking - Concrete

Looking at data from two tyre tests, the Hankook Ventus Prime 4 was better during one wet braking - concrete tests. On average the Hankook Ventus Prime 4 stopped the vehicle in 0.27% less distance than the Michelin Primacy 4 Plus.

Hankook Ventus Prime 4
37.3M
Michelin Primacy 4 Plus
37.4M
Wet braking on Concrete in meters, lower is better

Best In Wet Braking - Concrete: Hankook Ventus Prime 4

2023 ADAC Summer Tyre Test
205/55 R16
Hankook Ventus Prime 4: 35.5M Michelin Primacy 4 Plus: 37.7M
2024 ADAC Summer Tyre Test
215/55 R17
Hankook Ventus Prime 4: 39.1M Michelin Primacy 4 Plus: 37.1M

Wet Handling [s]

Looking at data from two tyre tests, the Michelin Primacy 4 Plus was better during two wet handling [s] tests. On average the Michelin Primacy 4 Plus was 1.59% faster around a wet lap than the Hankook Ventus Prime 4.

Hankook Ventus Prime 4
87.04s
Michelin Primacy 4 Plus
85.66s
Wet handling time in seconds, lower is better

Best In Wet Handling [s]: Michelin Primacy 4 Plus

2023 Tyre Reviews Best Summer Tyres
205/55 R16
Hankook Ventus Prime 4: 86.47s Michelin Primacy 4 Plus: 85.72s
2023 Motor Summer Tyre Test
205/55 R16
Hankook Ventus Prime 4: 87.6s Michelin Primacy 4 Plus: 85.6s

Wet Handling [Km/H]

Looking at data from two tyre tests, the Michelin Primacy 4 Plus was better during two wet handling [km/h] tests. On average the Michelin Primacy 4 Plus was 0.35% faster around a wet lap than the Hankook Ventus Prime 4.

Hankook Ventus Prime 4
71.1Km/H
Michelin Primacy 4 Plus
71.35Km/H
Wet Handling Average Speed, higher is better

Best In Wet Handling [Km/H]: Michelin Primacy 4 Plus

2024 AutoBild Summer Tyre Test
205/55 R16
Hankook Ventus Prime 4: 74.3Km/H Michelin Primacy 4 Plus: 74.5Km/H
2024 Motorhome Summer Tyre Test
225/55 R17
Hankook Ventus Prime 4: 67.9Km/H Michelin Primacy 4 Plus: 68.2Km/H

Subj. Wet Handling

Looking at data from one tyre tests, the Michelin Primacy 4 Plus was better during zero subj. wet handling tests. On average the Michelin Primacy 4 Plus scored 0% more points than the Hankook Ventus Prime 4.

Hankook Ventus Prime 4
95 Points
Michelin Primacy 4 Plus
95 Points
Subjective Wet Handling Score, higher is better

Best In Subj. Wet Handling: Michelin Primacy 4 Plus

2023 Tyre Reviews Best Summer Tyres
205/55 R16
Hankook Ventus Prime 4: 95 Points Michelin Primacy 4 Plus: 95 Points

Wet Circle

Looking at data from one tyre tests, the Michelin Primacy 4 Plus was better during one wet circle tests. On average the Michelin Primacy 4 Plus had 2.88% higher lateral wet grip than the Hankook Ventus Prime 4.

Hankook Ventus Prime 4
6.06m/s
Michelin Primacy 4 Plus
6.24m/s
Lateral wet grip in m/s squared, higher is better

Best In Wet Circle: Michelin Primacy 4 Plus

2024 AutoBild Summer Tyre Test
205/55 R16
Hankook Ventus Prime 4: 6.06m/s Michelin Primacy 4 Plus: 6.24m/s

Straight Aqua

Looking at data from six tyre tests, the Michelin Primacy 4 Plus was better during five straight aqua tests. On average the Michelin Primacy 4 Plus floated at a 3.81% higher speed than the Hankook Ventus Prime 4.

Hankook Ventus Prime 4
78.97Km/H
Michelin Primacy 4 Plus
82.1Km/H
Float Speed in Km/H, higher is better

Best In Straight Aqua: Michelin Primacy 4 Plus

2023 Tyre Reviews Best Summer Tyres
205/55 R16
Hankook Ventus Prime 4: 73.6Km/H Michelin Primacy 4 Plus: 78.18Km/H
2023 ADAC Summer Tyre Test
205/55 R16
Hankook Ventus Prime 4: 77.6Km/H Michelin Primacy 4 Plus: 83.5Km/H
2023 Motor Summer Tyre Test
205/55 R16
Hankook Ventus Prime 4: 74Km/H Michelin Primacy 4 Plus: 78.1Km/H
2024 ADAC Summer Tyre Test
215/55 R17
Hankook Ventus Prime 4: 74.3Km/H Michelin Primacy 4 Plus: 75.3Km/H
2024 AutoBild Summer Tyre Test
205/55 R16
Hankook Ventus Prime 4: 81.3Km/H Michelin Primacy 4 Plus: 85.2Km/H
2024 Motorhome Summer Tyre Test
225/55 R17
Hankook Ventus Prime 4: 93Km/H Michelin Primacy 4 Plus: 92.3Km/H

Curved Aquaplaning

Looking at data from five tyre tests, the Michelin Primacy 4 Plus was better during four curved aquaplaning tests. On average the Michelin Primacy 4 Plus slipped out at a 5.86% higher speed than the Hankook Ventus Prime 4.

Hankook Ventus Prime 4
5.14m/sec2
Michelin Primacy 4 Plus
5.46m/sec2
Remaining lateral acceleration, higher is better

Best In Curved Aquaplaning: Michelin Primacy 4 Plus

2023 Tyre Reviews Best Summer Tyres
205/55 R16
Hankook Ventus Prime 4: 2.81m/sec2 Michelin Primacy 4 Plus: 3.42m/sec2
2023 ADAC Summer Tyre Test
205/55 R16
Hankook Ventus Prime 4: 3.2m/sec2 Michelin Primacy 4 Plus: 3.6m/sec2
2024 ADAC Summer Tyre Test
215/55 R17
Hankook Ventus Prime 4: 2.7m/sec2 Michelin Primacy 4 Plus: 2.9m/sec2
2024 AutoBild Summer Tyre Test
205/55 R16
Hankook Ventus Prime 4: 4.38m/sec2 Michelin Primacy 4 Plus: 4.79m/sec2
2024 Motorhome Summer Tyre Test
225/55 R17
Hankook Ventus Prime 4: 12.6m/sec2 Michelin Primacy 4 Plus: 12.6m/sec2

Subj. Comfort

Looking at data from one tyre tests, the Michelin Primacy 4 Plus was better during zero subj. comfort tests. On average the Michelin Primacy 4 Plus scored 0% more points than the Hankook Ventus Prime 4.

Hankook Ventus Prime 4
95 Points
Michelin Primacy 4 Plus
95 Points
Subjective Comfort Score, higher is better

Best In Subj. Comfort: Michelin Primacy 4 Plus

2023 Tyre Reviews Best Summer Tyres
205/55 R16
Hankook Ventus Prime 4: 95 Points Michelin Primacy 4 Plus: 95 Points

Noise

Looking at data from six tyre tests, the Michelin Primacy 4 Plus was better during five noise tests. On average the Michelin Primacy 4 Plus measured 1.17% quieter than the Hankook Ventus Prime 4.

Hankook Ventus Prime 4
70.88dB
Michelin Primacy 4 Plus
70.05dB
External noise in dB, lower is better

Best In Noise: Michelin Primacy 4 Plus

2023 Tyre Reviews Best Summer Tyres
205/55 R16
Hankook Ventus Prime 4: 72.8dB Michelin Primacy 4 Plus: 70.3dB
2023 ADAC Summer Tyre Test
205/55 R16
Hankook Ventus Prime 4: 71.7dB Michelin Primacy 4 Plus: 70.5dB
2023 Motor Summer Tyre Test
205/55 R16
Hankook Ventus Prime 4: 64.7dB Michelin Primacy 4 Plus: 64.3dB
2024 ADAC Summer Tyre Test
215/55 R17
Hankook Ventus Prime 4: 71.6dB Michelin Primacy 4 Plus: 70.7dB
2024 AutoBild Summer Tyre Test
205/55 R16
Hankook Ventus Prime 4: 73.3dB Michelin Primacy 4 Plus: 72.7dB
2024 Motorhome Summer Tyre Test
225/55 R17
Hankook Ventus Prime 4: 71.2dB Michelin Primacy 4 Plus: 71.8dB

Tyre Weight

Looking at data from one tyre tests, the Michelin Primacy 4 Plus was better during one tyre weight tests. On average the Michelin Primacy 4 Plus weighed 5.49% less than the Hankook Ventus Prime 4.

Hankook Ventus Prime 4
9.1Kg
Michelin Primacy 4 Plus
8.6Kg
Tyre Weight Per Set, lower is better

Best In Tyre Weight: Michelin Primacy 4 Plus

2023 ADAC Summer Tyre Test
205/55 R16
Hankook Ventus Prime 4: 9.1Kg Michelin Primacy 4 Plus: 8.6Kg

Wear

Looking at data from three tyre tests, the Michelin Primacy 4 Plus was better during three wear tests. On average the Michelin Primacy 4 Plus is predicted to cover 26.28% miles before reaching 1.6mm than the Hankook Ventus Prime 4.

Hankook Ventus Prime 4
39450KM
Michelin Primacy 4 Plus
53516.67KM
Predicted tread life in KM, higher is better

Best In Wear: Michelin Primacy 4 Plus

2023 ADAC Summer Tyre Test
205/55 R16
Hankook Ventus Prime 4: 42200KM Michelin Primacy 4 Plus: 61300KM
2024 ADAC Summer Tyre Test
215/55 R17
Hankook Ventus Prime 4: 49900KM Michelin Primacy 4 Plus: 60300KM
2024 AutoBild Summer Tyre Test
205/55 R16
Hankook Ventus Prime 4: 26250KM Michelin Primacy 4 Plus: 38950KM

Value

Looking at data from one tyre tests, the Hankook Ventus Prime 4 was better during one value tests. On average the Hankook Ventus Prime 4 has a 8.28% better value based on dollars per 1000 warranted miles than the Michelin Primacy 4 Plus.

Hankook Ventus Prime 4
2.77Price/1000
Michelin Primacy 4 Plus
3.02Price/1000
Dollars/1000 miles based on mileage warranty, lower is better

Best In Value: Hankook Ventus Prime 4

2024 ADAC Summer Tyre Test
215/55 R17
Hankook Ventus Prime 4: 2.77Price/1000 Michelin Primacy 4 Plus: 3.02Price/1000

Price

Looking at data from five tyre tests, the Hankook Ventus Prime 4 was better during five price tests. On average the Hankook Ventus Prime 4 cost 6.33% less than the Michelin Primacy 4 Plus.

Hankook Ventus Prime 4
1421.1
Michelin Primacy 4 Plus
1517.18
Price in local currency, lower is better

Best In Price: Hankook Ventus Prime 4

2023 Tyre Reviews Best Summer Tyres
205/55 R16
Hankook Ventus Prime 4: 78.5 Michelin Primacy 4 Plus: 93.89
2023 ADAC Summer Tyre Test
205/55 R16
Hankook Ventus Prime 4: 89 Michelin Primacy 4 Plus: 120
2023 Motor Summer Tyre Test
205/55 R16
Hankook Ventus Prime 4: 6500 Michelin Primacy 4 Plus: 6750
2024 ADAC Summer Tyre Test
215/55 R17
Hankook Ventus Prime 4: 138 Michelin Primacy 4 Plus: 182
2024 AutoBild Summer Tyre Test
205/55 R16
Hankook Ventus Prime 4: 300 Michelin Primacy 4 Plus: 440

Rolling Resistance

Looking at data from four tyre tests, the Hankook Ventus Prime 4 was better during two rolling resistance tests. On average the Hankook Ventus Prime 4 had a 1.56% lower rolling resistance than the Michelin Primacy 4 Plus.

Hankook Ventus Prime 4
6.3kg / t
Michelin Primacy 4 Plus
6.4kg / t
Rolling resistance in kg t, lower is better

Best In Rolling Resistance: Hankook Ventus Prime 4

2023 Tyre Reviews Best Summer Tyres
205/55 R16
Hankook Ventus Prime 4: 8.36kg / t Michelin Primacy 4 Plus: 8.24kg / t
2023 Motor Summer Tyre Test
205/55 R16
Hankook Ventus Prime 4: 0.823kg / t Michelin Primacy 4 Plus: 0.797kg / t
2024 AutoBild Summer Tyre Test
205/55 R16
Hankook Ventus Prime 4: 7.65kg / t Michelin Primacy 4 Plus: 8.16kg / t
2024 Motorhome Summer Tyre Test
225/55 R17
Hankook Ventus Prime 4: 8.38kg / t Michelin Primacy 4 Plus: 8.42kg / t

Fuel Consumption

Looking at data from two tyre tests, the Hankook Ventus Prime 4 was better during two fuel consumption tests. On average the Hankook Ventus Prime 4 used 0.86% less fuel than the Michelin Primacy 4 Plus.

Hankook Ventus Prime 4
5.75l/100km
Michelin Primacy 4 Plus
5.8l/100km
Fuel consumption in Litres per 100 km, lower is better

Best In Fuel Consumption: Hankook Ventus Prime 4

2023 ADAC Summer Tyre Test
205/55 R16
Hankook Ventus Prime 4: 5.8l/100km Michelin Primacy 4 Plus: 5.8l/100km
2024 ADAC Summer Tyre Test
215/55 R17
Hankook Ventus Prime 4: 5.7l/100km Michelin Primacy 4 Plus: 5.8l/100km

Abrasion

Looking at data from two tyre tests, the Michelin Primacy 4 Plus was better during two abrasion tests. On average the Michelin Primacy 4 Plus emitted 19.4% less particle wear matter than the Hankook Ventus Prime 4.

Hankook Ventus Prime 4
63.15mg/km/t
Michelin Primacy 4 Plus
50.9mg/km/t
Weight of Tyre Wear Particles Lost (mg/km/t), lower is better

Best In Abrasion: Michelin Primacy 4 Plus

2023 ADAC Summer Tyre Test
205/55 R16
Hankook Ventus Prime 4: 67.6mg/km/t Michelin Primacy 4 Plus: 53.7mg/km/t
2024 ADAC Summer Tyre Test
215/55 R17
Hankook Ventus Prime 4: 58.7mg/km/t Michelin Primacy 4 Plus: 48.1mg/km/t

Real World Driver Reviews

Tyre Reviews also collects real world driver reviews for the Hankook Ventus Prime 4 and Michelin Primacy 4 Plus.

In total the Hankook Ventus Prime 4 has been reviewed 36 times and drivers have given the tyre 89% overall.

The Michelin Primacy 4 Plus has been reviewed 26 times and drivers have given the tyre 82% overall.

This means drivers in real world driving, people prefer the Hankook Ventus Prime 4.

Best Review for the Hankook Ventus Prime 4
Given 100% 205/60 R16 on for 10,000 spirited miles
The new Hankook Ventus Prime 4 is perfect tyres in Greek roads.
Helpful 269 - tyre reviewed on April 1, 2022
View all Hankook Ventus Prime 4 driver reviews >>
Best Review for the Michelin Primacy 4 Plus
Given 97% 235/45 R17 on a combination of roads for 1,000 average miles
Coming from the Civics original tyres Primacy 3 that’s lasted 25Kmls or just over 4 years, I don’t do a lot of miles daily but those Primacy 3 tyres served me well with just the road noise being a little loud at times I liked the dry, wet, handling and comfort of these Michelin’s.

So with not a lot of info on the new Primacy 4Plus and needing 4tyres I decided to go with these anyway as only £1.oo each dearer than the primacy 4 when I purchased, in for a penny in for a pound, these are the XL reinforced version I went for as they are a whole 1DB quieter than the non XL version... Continue reading this review using the link below
Helpful 254 - tyre reviewed on July 24, 2022
View all Michelin Primacy 4 Plus driver reviews >>

Conclusion

In conclusion the Hankook Ventus Prime 4 was better in dry braking, dry handling [s], subj. dry handling, wet braking - concrete, value, price, rolling resistance and fuel consumption tests, whereas the Michelin Primacy 4 Plus was better in dry handling [km/h], wet braking, wet handling [s], wet handling [km/h], subj. wet handling, wet circle, straight aqua, curved aquaplaning, subj. comfort, noise, tyre weight, wear and abrasion tests.

Which tyre is best for you depends a lot on your driving style and situation, plus what you want from the tyre, but comparing all the data in the tyre reviews database, on balance the Michelin Primacy 4 Plus seems to be the best tyre overall.

Overall Winner: Michelin Primacy 4 Plus

 Overall Winner: Michelin Primacy 4 Plus

Footnote

This page has been developed using tyre industry testing best practices. This means we are only comparing tests which have had both tyres in the same test.

Why is this important? Tyre testing is heavily affected by things like surface grip levels and surface temperature, which means you can only compare values from the same day. During a tyre test external condition changes are calculated into the overall results, but it is not possible to calculate this between tyre tests performed on different days or at different locations.

As a result you will see other tests on Tyre Reviews which feature both the Hankook Ventus Prime 4 and Michelin Primacy 4 Plus, but as they weren't conducted on the same day, the results are not comparable.

Lots of other websites do this sort of tyre comparison, Tyre Reviews doesn't.