Barum Polaris 5

The Barum Polaris 5 is a Touring Winter tyre designed to be fitted to Passenger Cars.

This tyre replaced the Barum Polaris 3.

Tyre Reviews

Dry Grip 77%
Wet Grip 78%
Road Feedback 72%
Handling 72%
Wear 71%
Comfort 83%
Buy again 69%
Snow Grip 81%
Ice Grip 65%

Tyre review data from 9 tyre reviews averaging 74% over 23,300 miles driven.

The Polaris 5 is ranked 45th of 90 Winter Touring tyres.

Latest Tyre Test Results

2021 Winter Tyre Market Overview - 15th of 49 tyres

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2021 Auto Bild Winter Tyre Test - 15th of 22 tyres

  • Positive - Good winter grip, low wear, low rolling resistance.
  • Negative - Low aquaplaning resistance, long wet and dry braking.
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2021 ADAC 15 Inch Winter Tyre Test - 12th of 16 tyres

  • Positive - Good in the snow and ice, low fuel consumption.
  • Negative - Very weak in the dry and wet.
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2021 Tyre Tests

  • 12th: 2021 ADAC 15 Inch Winter Tyre Test (195/65 R15)
  • 15th: 2021 Winter Tyre Market Overview (205/55 R16)
  • 15th: 2021 Auto Bild Winter Tyre Test (205/55 R16)
  • 2020 Tyre Tests

  • 11th: 2020 Winter Tyre Market Overview - 52 Tyre Braking Test (245/45 R18)
  • 15th: 2020 Auto Bild Performance Winter Tyre Test (245/45 R18)
  • 2019 Tyre Tests

  • 4th: 2019 Auto Center Winter Tyre Test (205/55 R16)
  • 21st: 2019 Winter Tyre Test Market Overview (225/45 R17)
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    Size Price Range  
    185/60 R15 £54.89 - £68.90 (8 Prices) Compare Prices >>
    195/60 R15 £57.89 - £67.20 (4 Prices) Compare Prices >>
    205/55 R16 £61.99 - £102.80 (16 Prices) Compare Prices >>
    225/40 R18 £83.89 - £101.90 (4 Prices) Compare Prices >>
    225/50 R17 £86.29 - £117.40 (8 Prices) Compare Prices >>
    225/60 R17 £118.39 - £145.80 (4 Prices) Compare Prices >>
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    Top 3 Barum Polaris 5 Reviews

    Given 74% while driving a Volkswagen Golf R estate (225/40 R18 W) on a combination of roads for 1,000 spirited miles
    Living in north of the UK. Oddly asymmetrical for a winter tyre, but not to detriment of performance. Dry grip at extreme lacking compared to summer tyres, as expected, but decent performance in wet and icy weather. This is from 'spirited' driving in all conditions. Unable to comment on wear at this stage. Having used Dunlop Wintersport, Michelin Crossclimate, Vredenstein Wintrac Xtreme and Hankook IceBear in the past these rate well with all, currently - but early days!

    Will update more once we've had decent snow but happy so far @ £70 a corner.
    Helpful 87 - tyre reviewed on October 29, 2018
    Given 54% while driving a BMW E60 530d xDrive LCI (225/50 R17 W) on mostly town for 800 easy going miles
    Fitted Barum Polaris 5 after owning Sava. The car even being an awd is almost unusable during the snow, even cars with rwd on michelin alpin are doing better. Certainly not reccomended as winter tyre.
    Helpful 39 - tyre reviewed on January 25, 2019
    Given 78% while driving a Honda Accord (195/60 R15 H) on a combination of roads for 6,000 spirited miles
    In this size very good.
    Solid dry and wet grip, at temperatures below 5 degrees Celsius better than summer tyres.
    As the temperature goes down the tyres work better even on snow and ice.
    Excellent snow and ice grip, except wet ice of course (there is no grip without spikes on wet ice).
    This is not a tyre to drive at the limit, but is excellent for the price.
    After 6000km (at temperatures under 10 degrees Celsius) on front wheel drive car, front tyres wear is under 1mm, rear tyres as new.
    Very comfortable, and very silent but Accords have good noise insulation so can't say for other cars.
    Helpful 10 - tyre reviewed on February 3, 2019
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    Latest Barum Polaris 5 Reviews

    Given 60% while driving a BMW (205/60 R15) on a combination of roads for 2,000 spirited miles
    Surprisingly quiet, good snow traction, but quite a lot of wear and higgh fuel consumption, thats dissapointing because these two parameters were important for me and i guess for everybody who buys budget tyres..
    Helpful 8 - tyre reviewed on March 7, 2021
    Given 79% while driving a Volkswagen Golf R estate (225/40 R18 W) on a combination of roads for 6,000 spirited miles
    As an update to my initial impressions review from just over 12 months ago I can only say am more impressed with these tyres as time goes on. When pushing on in dry and wet conditions at freezing to well above that they grip excellently and as a result my driving style hasn't needed to be adjusted (which is why I choose to use the right tyres in the right season). Snow performance is excellent, but I never push on in those conditions so have been nowhere near the limit.

    In summary, they're safe, predictable and you've got to push very hard to get them to break away in UK winter conditions. Let's me just focus on enjoying the driving. Glad I broke clear of the more expensive brands given my experience with them, and these - every bit as good.
    Helpful 4 - tyre reviewed on December 17, 2019
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    Given 90% while driving a Skoda Rapid TSI (185/60 R15 T) on a combination of roads for 5,000 easy going miles
    Brilliant Winter tyre, truly suited to frequent snow and ice.
    They have so much grip in fact the only limiting factor is the ground clearance of the vehicle.
    Dry grip is good and wet grip is impressive. Braking on wet roads, snow and ice is incredible. Better than the previous Polaris 3 tyres. These tyres are certainly for below 7 degrees, when the temperature gets above this the turn in handling and braking reduces quite quickly. The tyres are reasonably quiet and offer decent fuel economy. Only 5-6 mpg less that the summer tyres @ 25c deg .
    Value wise there excellent, i got a set of 5x from my tyres .com for £58 fitted and balanced each at a local tyre shop.
    If you live in the countryside or have a family or commuter car then these would be ideal, there designed really for proper winter conditions. If you have a sportier car like a jaguar or Maserati then I would advise you look at something like Pirelli sottozero winter or Goodyear Ultragrip Performance as these will perform better at higher speeds. But for the money you will not be disappointed at the winter grip and safety.
    Helpful 10 - tyre reviewed on February 4, 2019
    Given 82% while driving a Kia Motors Sportage (225/60 R17 V) on a combination of roads for 2,000 spirited miles
    I've had them on an AWD small SUV for almost 3000 km so far. They are very comfortable compared to the 19inch Continental Sport Contact 5 that I have for summer, but that might be due to the size difference as well. Traction in the snow is very good, as well as handling.

    I even pushed them on a winding mountain road, in the wet, and the grip was very good, though I wouldn't say they were made for this type of driving.

    Considering the very low price, they're a great buy is your a normal, everyday driver and won't push them to the limits all the time.
    Helpful 2 - tyre reviewed on January 15, 2019