Bridgestone Blizzak LM005

The Bridgestone Blizzak LM005 is a Premium Touring Winter tyre designed to be fitted to Passenger Cars.

This tyre replaced the Bridgestone Blizzak LM001 EVO.

Dry Grip 81%
Wet Grip 88%
Road Feedback 78%
Handling 74%
Wear 67%
Comfort 78%
Buy again 69%
Snow Grip 78%
Ice Grip 67%

Tyre review data from 57 tyre reviews averaging 76% over 339,281 miles driven.

The Blizzak LM005 is ranked 46th of 61 Winter Premium Touring tyres.

Latest Tyre Test Results

2022/23 Tyre Reviews Winter Tyre Test - 1st of 9 tyres

  • Positive - Fastest dry and wet handling, shortest wet braking, good aquaplaning resistance, excellent snow braking, low noise, lowest rolling resistance.
  • Negative - Long dry braking distances, average snow handling.
  • Overall - As in previous tests the Bridgestone Blizzak LM005 wasn't the best in dry braking, and wasn't quite as balanced as some of the other tyres in snow handling, but they were the only weaknesses of the LM005. The LM005 excelled in the wet grip tests with the best grip in wet handling and the shortest wet braking distances, it also won the snow braking and performed well in snow traction, had some of the lowest noise on test and the lowest rolling resistance of the top tyres. A thoroughly deserved test win for the Japanese giant, congratulations to Bridgestone.

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2022 Winter Tyre Market Overview - 1st of 57 tyres

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2022 Sports Car UHP Winter Tyre Test - 1st of 10 tyres

  • Positive - Exemplary premium tires with very good snow qualities, high steering precision, dynamic wet and dry handling, short snow and wet braking distances, good levels of comfort, fuel-saving rolling resistance.
  • Negative - Expensive.
  • Overall - Exemplary / Test Winner.
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2022 Tyre Tests

  • 1st: 2022/23 Tyre Reviews Winter Tyre Test (225/45 R17)
  • 1st: 2022 Winter Tyre Market Overview (215/55 R17)
  • 1st: 2022 Sports Car UHP Winter Tyre Test (245/40 R19)
  • 2nd: 2022 Auto Zeitung Winter Tyre Test (225/45 R17)
  • 4th: 2022 AMS Winter Tyre Test (245/45 R19)
  • 4th: 2022 Auto Bild SUV Winter Tyre Test (225/45 R19)
  • 4th: 2022 Sport Auto All Season Tyre Test (235/35 R19)
  • 5th: 2022 ADAC SUV Winter Tyre Test - 215/60 R16 (215/60 R16)
  • 6th: 2022 Auto Bild Winter Tyre Test (215/55 R17)
  • 7th: 2022 ADAC Winter Tyre Test - 185/65 R15 (185/65 R15)
  • 2021 Tyre Tests

  • 1st: 2021 Winter Tyre Market Overview (205/55 R16)
  • 1st: 2021 AMS Winter Tyre Test (195/55 R16)
  • 1st: 2021 AZ SUV Winter Tyre Test (235/55 R18)
  • 1st: 2021 Auto Express Winter Tyre Test (225/45 R17)
  • 3rd: 2021 Auto Bild SUV Winter Tyre Test (235/55 R18)
  • 4th: 2021 Tyre Reviews Winter Tyre Test (225/40 R18)
  • 4th: 2021 Auto Bild Sports Car Winter Tyre Test (245/40 R18)
  • 5th: 2021 ADAC 17 Inch Winter Tyre Test (225/50 R17)
  • 5th: 2021 Auto Bild Winter Tyre Test (205/55 R16)
  • 7th: 2021 ADAC 15 Inch Winter Tyre Test (195/65 R15)
  • 2020 Tyre Tests

  • 1st: 2020 Winter Tyre Market Overview - 52 Tyre Braking Test (245/45 R18)
  • 1st: 2020 ADAC Winter Tyre Test - 205/55 R16 (205/55 R16)
  • 1st: 2020 ACE Winter Tyre Test (225/50 R17)
  • 1st: 2020 Auto Express Winter Tyre Test (205/55 R16)
  • 1st: 2020 Auto Zeitung Winter Tyre Test (205/55 R16)
  • 1st: The Best Winter Tyres for 2020 (205/55 R16)
  • 2nd: 2020 Auto Bild Performance Winter Tyre Test (245/45 R18)
  • 2nd: 2020 Auto Bild SUV Winter Tyre Test (225/55 R17)
  • 7th: 2020 ADAC Winter Tyre Test - 235/55 R17 (235/55 R17)
  • 2019 Tyre Tests

  • 1st: 2019 Winter Tyre Test Market Overview (225/45 R17)
  • 2nd: 2019 AMS Winter SUV Tyre Test (215/55 R17)
  • 5th: 2019 Auto Bild Winter 17 inch Tyre Test (225/45 R17)
  • Size Fuel Wet Noise Weight
    165/65 R14 79T   C A 70 6.68kgs
    185/65 R14 86T   C A 70 6.68kgs
    175/70 R14 84T   C A 70 6.36kgs
    175/70 R14 88T XL   C A 70 7.56kgs
    185/55 R15 86H XL   C A 70 7.81kgs
    185/55 R15 82T   C A 70 7.26kgs
    195/55 R15 85H   C A 71 8.75kgs
    195/60 R15 88H   C A 71 8.54kgs
    195/60 R15 88T   C A 71 8.54kgs
    165/65 R15 81T   C A 70 7.29kgs
    195/65 R15 91H   C A 71 7.67kgs
    205/65 R15 94T   C A 71 9.91kgs
    205/70 R15 96T   C A 71 11.56kgs
    195/50 R16 88H XL   C A 71 9.36kgs
    195/55 R16 87H   C A 71 8.94kgs
    195/55 R16 91H XL   C A 71 8.94kgs
    205/55 R16 91H   C A 71 8.40kgs
    205/55 R16 91H         9.61kgs
    205/55 R16 91T   C A 71 8.27kgs
    205/55 R16 94V XL   C A 71 8.03kgs
    215/55 R16 97V XL   C A 71 10.85kgs
    215/55 R16 97H XL   C A 71 10.85kgs
    195/60 R16 89H   C A 71 8.42kgs
    205/60 R16 92H   C A 71 9.71kgs
    205/60 R16 96H XL   C A 71 8.41kgs
    215/40 R17 87V XL   C A 71 9.60kgs
    215/45 R17 91V XL   C A 71 9.87kgs
    225/45 R17 94V XL   C A 71 9.28kgs
    225/45 R17 94H XL   C A 71 9.28kgs
    245/45 R17 99V XL   C A 72 12.15kgs
    205/50 R17 93V XL   C A 71 8.49kgs
    205/50 R17 93H XL AO C A 71 9.26kgs
    205/55 R17 95V XL   C A 71 8.72kgs
    215/55 R17 98H XL   C A 71 11.59kgs
    225/55 R17 101V XL   B A 71 13.40kgs
    205/60 R17 93H   C A 71 8.84kgs
    215/60 R17 100H XL   B A 71 9.22kgs
    215/60 R17 100V XL   B A 71 13.03kgs
    215/60 R17 96H   C A 71 13.03kgs
    225/60 R17 103V XL   C A 71 13.45kgs
    255/60 R17 110H XL   C A 73 16.36kgs
    225/65 R17 102H   C A 71 14.65kgs
    225/65 R17 106H XL   C A 71 14.65kgs
    235/65 R17 108H XL   B A 72 15.42kgs
    245/65 R17 111H XL   B A 72 15.50kgs
    255/65 R17 114H XL   B A 73 16.54kgs
    225/40 R18 92V XL         9.74kgs
    245/40 R18 97W XL   C A 72 9.89kgs
    245/40 R18 97V XL   C A 72 12.35kgs
    215/45 R18 93V XL   C A 71 10.82kgs
    235/45 R18 98V XL   C A 72 10.82kgs
    245/45 R18 100V XL   C A 72 11.18kgs
    215/50 R18 92V   C A 71 9.83kgs
    225/50 R18 99H XL   B A 72 11.53kgs
    245/50 R18 104V XL         13.18kgs
    215/55 R18 99V XL   C A 71 11.10kgs
    255/55 R18 109V XL   B A 73 16.25kgs
    235/60 R18 107V XL   C A 72 14.67kgs
    225/40 R19 93W XL   C A 72 11.41kgs
    275/40 R19 105W XL   C A 73 14.72kgs
    275/45 R19 108V XL   C A 73 17.35kgs
    235/50 R19 103V XL   C A 72 13.07kgs
    255/50 R19 107V XL   B A 73 17.86kgs
    205/55 R19 97H XL         10.14kgs
    225/55 R19 99V         14.07kgs
    255/55 R19 111H XL AO C A 73 15.19kgs
    265/55 R19 109V   B A 73 17.56kgs
    315/35 R20 110V XL   C A 73 15.32kgs
    255/45 R20 105V XL   C A 73 12.34kgs
    265/45 R20 108V XL   C A 73 13.27kgs
    255/50 R20 109V XL   B A 73 13.54kgs
    275/50 R20 113V XL   B A 73 15.49kgs
    195/55 R20 95H XL   C A 71 9.91kgs
    255/55 R20 110V XL   B A 73 14.22kgs
    295/35 R21 107V XL   C A 73 15.31kgs

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    Top 3 Bridgestone Blizzak LM005 Reviews

    Given 88% while driving a Audi A4 2.0 TDI 177bhp quattro (225/50 R17 V) on a combination of roads for 1,000 average miles
    My initial inspection is as following. The tyres perform great. Just drove 1000km on them. A combination of 50/50 motorway and regional roads. So far the tyres kept up to their promise. In the dry they perform as expected. Very stable and calm even the feel on the steering wheel is nice considering it is a winter tyre. I had the chance to drive them through a rainstorm on the motorway and regional roads and they performed better than I thought they would. Again very stable and calm behaviour. But I have not driven them to the limit as it is not safe to do that on the public roads. So far I like them. I have not driven them on the snow also as there isnt any yet in my country. Will update as soon as I drive them on the snow. My only complaint would be that the tyres are a bit noisy. Not as noisy as my Michelin PS4 summer tyres. As far as the tread consumption it is too early to tell how they wear. Overall I think that they are tyres worth buying. Will keep you updated on the progress.
    Helpful 97 - tyre reviewed on November 14, 2019
    Given 69% while driving a Alfa Romeo Giulia 2.0, 200hp RWD (225/45 R18) on mostly motorways for 10,000 spirited miles
    Dry : average handling. Wet : very good and safe. Snow : i had michelins pilot Alpin 5 before and with my car they handle way better the snow. Wear : OK when driving in a "normal" way, i tried to have a bit of fun in an empty parking lot and i destroyed the fronts prety quickly. Comfort : noisier than the michelins PA5 and they vibrate a bit and increase noise betwen 80 - 100 Kph. For my next car (toyota GR86) i ordered conti's ts870p.
    Helpful 60 - tyre reviewed on October 26, 2022
    Given 88% while driving a Opel Astra G (195/60 R15 T) on a combination of roads for 3,000 average miles
    i have lm005 for 3000 miles now and it s great, i m waiting the snow to see how it performs
    Helpful 43 - tyre reviewed on November 28, 2019
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    Latest Bridgestone Blizzak LM005 Reviews

    Given 47% while driving a Volvo V40, 2013 D2 (205/55 R16) on mostly motorways for 20,000 spirited miles
    This tyres are the worst winter tyres I have ever used. I have used them for 3 seasons, and I can say they especially perform very bad on subzero tempratures. They slip a lot and I observe lots of wear. Almost no grip on snow & ice. When the weather is above 7 degrees, they somehow manage to perform ok. Previously I have owned Michelin Alpin A4, Alpin 5, Continental Wintercontact TS850 & 870, they all perform way too better. Probaby the ones I own have a manufacturing fault. They are manufactured in 2020/28th week, made in Turkey.
    Helpful 2 - tyre reviewed on April 18, 2023
    Given 89% while driving a BMW (255/40 R18) on mostly motorways for 5,000 spirited miles
    Unbelievable performance in the wet. Really in the league of it's own. Almost comparable to Michelin Pilot Sport 4 in wet. A bit hard and noisy in this dimension. But a fair trade off for the performance it gives. Average consumption rose about 0.3l per 100km compared to summer tyres. Overall, really really impressive tyre! Strongly recommend for cold and wet.
    Helpful 4 - tyre reviewed on December 25, 2022
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    Given 43% while driving a Mazda 3 2.2D 150 (205/60 R16) on a combination of roads for 10,000 spirited miles
    I bought these tyres since they are winning test across Europe. I'm mainly comparing to Nokian winter tyres, which I've had on one Ford Fiesta, and two Hyundai Getz's. The Blizzak is fine in dry and wet conditions, but fails in snow, icy or general cold conditions. It can hardly stop or steer in a thin layer of snow, without ice underneath. However, if you are going side ways, it is excellent in slowing down the car, and helping you to crash head on, by straighten up your car. The front tires are already down to 4-5 milimeters, and some of the lamellas are not cut all the way to this depth. I drive apprx. 20k km/year, and switches between summer and winter tyres, and I don't think the Blizzak will have a third season on the front tires. A bit disappointing considering it is a some what expensive tyre. Maybe I'll try another "premium" tyre, or revert to Nokian.
    Helpful 5 - tyre reviewed on December 17, 2022
    Given 50% while driving a Mitsubishi (225/65 R17) on a combination of roads for 30,000 easy going miles
    End season 2, start season 3 late October. OK on dry or wet road with no ice/snow. On hard snow at -18 degC (and warmer, but cold dry snow) the tyres slip dangerously quick by the least push on the brake pedal. To me it seems that the tyres have a fault, unsafe on winding, snow roads. Will replace with Nokian Hakapellita before Christmas holidays
    Helpful 4 - tyre reviewed on December 14, 2022
    Given 82% while driving a Alfa Romeo 159 (225/50 R17) on a combination of roads for 3,200 average miles
    While the wet performance is outstanding, I felt it was average on snow and dry. The tire gave me excellent feedback at the limit and lost grip progressively. The wear concerned me as it lost 2-3mm of the profile in just ~5000 km. I think is a good tire but in the future, I will try something else.
    Helpful 3 - tyre reviewed on November 21, 2022
    Given 84% while driving a Audi Q5 (255/45 R20) on a combination of roads for 5,000 spirited miles
    Fitted to a 2l and 3l Q5 for UK routine drives and ski season trips to the Alps. Outstanding on a larger SUV, outstanding. Infinitely better than the Conti TS870. It seems far more capable of controlling the bulk of an SUV, felt extremely safe for fast, spirited driving in any condition. UK roads are wet, greasy, slippery and the ambient temperature is cold during the winter months. The UK road surfaces have far less grip than roads on the continent. I feel this is why the Bridgestone rubber compound thrives over the Continental compound and I hope Johnathan can reflect this in his reviews in the future. On a French autoroute or smooth German A roads, the TS870 will make an SUV feel like a saloon whereas the Blizzak will always feel like a dedicated winter tyre, but for UK roads (and in the snow in the Alps) then the Blizzak is outstanding for SUVs.
    Helpful 7 - tyre reviewed on October 14, 2022
    Given 90% while driving a Honda CR V III (225/65 R17) on a combination of roads for 4,000 spirited miles
    Excellent tires. Super comfortable. Very direct. Pleasure to drive. Excellent grip. Wouldn't mind driving on them in England for the whole year. Wonderful in wet. Precise in dry. Had Grabber GT Plus before, compering to them, Bridgstone were a few times better, maybe not in wear, but in the rest, for sure. Morning ice on English road, no problem.
    Helpful 5 - tyre reviewed on October 6, 2022
    Given 80% while driving a Audi A3 Sportback (205/50 R17) on a combination of roads for 10,000 spirited miles
    I had very little snow and ice conditions here in Zagreb/Croatia and that was the reason why I bought Bridgestone lm005 and except of tyre wear everything else was just as you reviewed it couple od years ago.
    Helpful 6 - tyre reviewed on October 3, 2022
    Given 71% while driving a Fiat Panda (165/65 R14) on a combination of roads for 30,000 spirited miles
    Mixed feelings.

    I absolutely loved it for the first two seasons! Superb braking and sharp handling in the wet is clearly what this tyre is designed to do. They made the car feel very playful in the city and both confident & quiet when it hit the road. No real problems on snowy uphills and driving through heavy slush during this time. In dry weather the tyres were pretty okay - nothing spectacular but the handling and braking does get worse as it gets warmer (above 10 Celsius).

    My biggest problem with these tyres is their excessive treadwear over time which quickly degrades the properties of an otherwise brilliant tyre. When I put them on for the third (and final) season we finally got some heavy snow and ice on the roads and I could feel that they started to struggle with moving and braking, especially on compacted snow/ice. Once the thread was about 4.5mm the tyres became noticeably louder and there was a sharp decrease in wet performance. After 3 seasons, at the 4mm mark the tyres no longer inspire any confidence and simply need to be replaced. I'd say the LM005 are a good option, although quite an expensive one in the long run. Great tyre for Central European winters in a daily car i.e. where wet performance in the cold is the single most important criteria, but snow/ice capabilities simply cannot be ignored like in the case of milder climates. One can clearly see that Bridgestone pushed for the EU label (A in wet braking) but compromised heavily on treadwear and the total-life concept other brands are known for. Bridgestone seems to have paid the price for this in recent tests where it was devaluated for excessive wear - question is whether consumers are willing to pay the higher price too ;)
    Helpful 7 - tyre reviewed on September 28, 2022
    Given 23% while driving a Kia Motors ceed (225/45 R17) on mostly town for 1,000 average miles
    The worst tire I have ever owned. On snow and ice, it is entirely useless. I cannot even start to drive on a few degree inclines. Braking is atrocious. Decent in wet though.
    Helpful 10 - tyre reviewed on September 25, 2022
    Given 64% while driving a SEAT Leon 2.0 TFSI (225/45 R17) on a combination of roads for 15,000 spirited miles
    Good for the first 2 seasons ~ 15 000 miles. Don't really feel good when the temperatures get over 15C⁰ and the chunks start tear especially on the highway.
    Helpful 8 - tyre reviewed on May 11, 2022
    Given 83% while driving a BMW 330i M Sport Coupe (245/40 R18) on mostly motorways for 5,000 spirited miles
    Brilliant Winter tire for mild climate (German winter), mindblowing performance in the wet. Aquaplaning only occurs far beyond legal speeds and confidence levels are huge. No experience in the snow so far. Dry grip and handling are also very pleasant for a winter tire. They do have a lot of initial lateral flex, which needs some getting used to compared to UUHP summer tires. Effectively this means there is a little bit of nonlinear feel around the straight line. But it’s easy to get used to and even on fast driven Autobahn (tested up to 240kmh in fast corners) it doesn’t demand significantly more attention than a summer tire. Genuinely love it, on top it is also 30% less expensive than a Michelin.
    Helpful 12 - tyre reviewed on May 11, 2022