Michelin Pilot Sport 5

The Michelin Pilot Sport 5 builds on the impressive range of ability of the PS4, improving the tread life, having sharper more precise steering, and offering higher levels of grip in the dry and wet.

This tyre replaced the Michelin Pilot Sport 4.

Tyre Reviews

Tyre review data from 28 tyre reviews averaging 87% over 81,850 miles driven.

The Pilot Sport 5 is ranked 9th of 73 Summer Max Performance tyres.


Latest Tyre Test Results

2023 AZ UHP Summer Tyre Test - 5th of 10 tyres

  • Overall - In the end, the new Michelin Pilot Sport 5 is only missing a single point for second place. He only performs worse in aquaplaning than the tyre before him. Low rolling resistance, but high price level.
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2023 AutoBild Sports Car Summer Tyre Test - 3rd of 13 tyres

  • Positive - the PS5 is a top-class sports tires with dynamic handling qualities on wet and dry roads, agile handling with good balance, precise steering, very good safety reserves in the event of aquaplaning, short braking distances in the wet, good comfort, quiet rolling noise.
  • Negative - High price level.
  • Overall - Exemplary.
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2023 Summer Tyre Market Overview - 6th of 48 tyres

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2023 Tyre Tests

  • 2nd: 2023 AutoBild UHP Summer Tyre Test (225/45 R18)
  • 3rd: 2023 AutoBild Sports Car Summer Tyre Test (225/40 R18)
  • 5th: 2023 AZ UHP Summer Tyre Test (235/35 R19)
  • 6th: 2023 Summer Tyre Market Overview (225/45 R18)
  • 2022 Tyre Tests

  • 1st: 2022/23 Tyre Reviews 17 Inch Summer Tyre Test (225/45 R17)
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    Questions and Answers for the Michelin Pilot Sport 5

    2022-01-27 - When do you expect to review the new Pilot Sport 5 tyres?

    I'm working hard to be the first on the new PS5, but realistically it's not possible to test before spring so I'm expecting March time.

    2022-04-10 - Why PS5, compared to Asym 6, can be both average in wet grip/handling and excellent at aquaplaning resistance? Intuitively, a tire that better resists aquaplaning performs better in wet conditions, right?

    Wet handling uses around 1 mm of water which doesn't really challenge a new tyres aquaplaning properties so is more about the mechanical grip of the compound, where aquaplaning tests are usually conducted in 8 mm of water which is all about tread design.

    2022-06-14 - I have kia stinger with pilot sport 4 tyres and had a punctured front left tyre. I cannot find the ps4 to buy anymore just the pilot sport 5. Will it be ok to switch both front tyres to ps5 and keep the rear tyres in ps4? They are new ps4 less than a 1000km.

    Yes, mixing the Pilot Sport 5 and Pilot Sport 4 is totally ok as long as you match the left and right on the axle.

    2022-09-28 - How come the pilot sport 5 is only available as a 97y not a 93y as well for the 245/40 r18 tyre. The pilot sport 4 was available in both and I had the 93y. Is the 97y still suitable?

    You can always go up in load rating so the 97Y will be fine. They might release a 93Y in the future if the market demands it however there's a chance it would be the same tyre with a different sidewall so don't worry about fitting the 97Y.

    2022-09-30 - Can you please have a chat with Michelin to find out about when the new tyre size will arrive ? With only 44 launched I think there are a lot more to come as the PS4 were 130+ size. I am especialy interested in 215/50R17 for my Honda Civic

    Unfortunately I don't have any new data yet, you could try contacting Michelin directly through their website and they might be able to give you a hint!

    2022-11-05 - What is the new tyre tread depth of the ps5? My brand new ones fitted prior to an MOT measured 6.5mm during the mot and were described as 23% worn

    The new tread depth of the PS5 varies by size. Our test size of 225/45 R17 had 7.6mm at new, but larger wider tyres often start with less.

    2022-12-21 - I have a Mercedes-Benz SLK55 AMG, fitted with four new Michelin Pilot Sport 4 in late 2021. Unfortunately, the offside rear wheel was damaged and had to be replaced over the summer, and was fitted with a Pilot Sport 5 as the PS4 was no longer available. As the nearside PS4 had very little wear and the PS5 has much the same tread pattern, I was advised it wasn’t necessary to ‘match’ it with a replacement. Is this accurate?

    I'm sure you could get lots of different opinions on this, and while I'd rather have the axle matched in this case I'm sure it won't be a huge issue. one thing to note, the PS5 will wear much more slowly than the PS4 so keep an eye on things.

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    Size Price Range  
    225/40 R18 £104.77 - £136.00 (8 Prices) Compare Prices >>
    225/45 R17 £121.69 - £131.20 (4 Prices) Compare Prices >>
    225/45 R18 £172.50 - £199.40 (4 Prices) Compare Prices >>
    225/50 R17 £139.00 - £184.40 (7 Prices) Compare Prices >>
    235/35 R19 £154.62 - £196.44 (5 Prices) Compare Prices >>
    245/45 R19 £213.00 - £247.70 (5 Prices) Compare Prices >>
    255/35 R19 £170.33 - £551.10 (8 Prices) Compare Prices >>
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    Top 3 Michelin Pilot Sport 5 Reviews

    Given 89% while driving a Volkswagen Golf MK7 R 300 BHP (225/40 R18) on mostly country roads for 2,000 spirited miles
    I've bought the new Michelin Pilot Sport 5 for my Golf R as I previously had the Pilot Sport 4 tyres. What a fantastic difference these new tyre are. Theres far less noise, the grip in the wet is better and the dry grip is almost the same if not better as well. I would definitely be buying these again.
    Helpful 253 - tyre reviewed on January 13, 2022
    Given 90% while driving a BMW 140i xdrive (265/35 R18) on a combination of roads for 1,000 spirited miles
    245/40/18 Fronts 265/35/18 Rears Got these on my stage 2+ 470bhp/710nm M140i. I had Goodyear Super Sports on and I didn’t really gel well with them. The road feedback was definitely better (had PS4 before the super sports) but for grip Wet & Dry the PS4 was much better. This new PS5 is the same story. Fantastic grip dry and wet, little less noisy than the PS4. However the same issue with the vague steering feel is there same as the PS4. You know you have the best of the best tyre but it can be a little unpredictable if you do find the limits of the tyre to know what the tyres doing. It’s definitely noticeable after coming from the Goodyears to the Michelin’s but take nothing away the Michelin, it’s is in a different league IMO when it comes to my car and the way it’s set up anyway. I had quite a lot of traction issues with the Goodyears, didn’t seem to get the power down as smooth as I liked, and since going back to Michelin I can comfortably get the power down without my traction light thinking it’s Christmas flashing on and off. I’ll compensate the vague steering feel for the sheer grip you get back. My new choice of tyre from now!
    Helpful 91 - tyre reviewed on March 30, 2022
    Given 83% while driving a Volvo C30 T5 (225/45 R17) on a combination of roads for 500 spirited miles
    The Pilot Sport 5 is an evolution of the Pilot Sport 4, rather than a revolution. Grip is improved slightly in both wet and dry conditions, but don't expect the revolutionary difference from the Pilot Super Sport or Pilot Sport 3 to the 4. In terms of pace, the difference is perhaps more obvious on the stopwatch than in the seat with Michelin themselves claiming only a 1.7% improvement on pace in the wet. That's not to say that it's a bad thing though - the PS4 was already at or around the top of the tables in most regards, and they are what I would consider the gold standard for a road tyre (assuming you cannot get the Pilot Sport 4 S in your fitment), so an improvement is likely to push the standard even further. As with the Pilot Sport 4, grip is fantastic in the dry, comparable to that of an AD08R semi slick, and in the wet the PS5 handles better than some road tyres do in the dry. Noise levels are broadly similar, but the sound is duller and less intrusive than the 4. Again, that's already a fairly high benchmark, as the PS4 is a quiet, refined tyre in the first place. Sidewall strength has always been a weak point for the PS4, with Michelin choosing to err on the side of comfort, and the Pilot Sport 5 is still not exemplary in this regard, but there is a modest improvement in sidewall stiffness over the 4. It's still early days for terms of wear rate so I have not rated this. Michelin claims a 15% improvement on tyre life, one of the main claims they make over the PS4, so if anything this will be the main reason to choose the PS5 over the PS4, although realistically if you are looking at the PS4 then you will care about the slight improvements in performance too. Ultimately the Pilot Sport 5 moves the goalposts a little further, but not a lot. Whilst it currently is the best tyre on the market (at least in the 17 inch fitment I run), rivals are catching up, and the next versions of their tyres could well be able to close that gap in the next few years. However, it's worth buying over the PS4 given the very similar price.
    Helpful 69 - tyre reviewed on February 23, 2022
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    Given 82% while driving a BMW 330d (255/35 R19) on a combination of roads for 1,000 spirited miles
    I bought a pair of these to replace the old PS4S's that i had on the back of my remapped 430d RWD. So far they have been faultless with amazing grip in the wet and dry, whilst having great resistance to aquaplaning. The PS5 isn't quite as hardcore as the 4S they replaced but with that comes greater comfort and lower noise levels which suit a GT car more in my opinion. Plus I also think the wet and dry level are just as good if not better than the PS4S.
    Helpful 0 - tyre reviewed on March 21, 2023
    Given 63% while driving a Ford Fiesta Zetec S (205/40 R17) on a combination of roads for 12,000 easy going miles
    Full set of pilot sport 5 tyres fitted 12,000 miles ago was told they would last 20-30k miles they were driven normally and never spun or tracked really dissatisfied won’t buy them again stick to Pirelli.
    Helpful 1 - tyre reviewed on March 20, 2023
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    Given 94% while driving a Ford Focus ST250 (225/35 R19) on a combination of roads for 3,000 average miles
    Had the PS5's on my Focus ST with 19" Snowflake alloys for almost a year. Only done around 3-4k miles with them and they have been excellent. Previously on the front wheels there was some budget tyres which weren't great in the wet, frequently lost grip, and produced a lot of noise when cornering. The PS5's have mad a massive difference and I notice a much better driving experience, especially from the front wheels which you'd expect from a tuned front wheel drive car. They handle the power excellently and I now have a lot of confidence when driving for a bit of enjoyment. Out on the long straight motorway journeys however they are quiet and offer a fairly comfortable ride considering the hard suspension set up. Wet performance is very good, sometimes if pushing it the front wheels do spin easily but this is understandable, still good confidence in the wet though. Unsure if it's related but I frequently see mid 30-35mpg round the town and closer to 40mpg on a longer run when driving fairly sensibly which is impressive for a 2L petrol car with some minor modifications.
    Helpful 0 - tyre reviewed on March 7, 2023
    Given 78% while driving a Saab Automobile 9 5 Aero Saloon (225/45 R17) on a combination of roads for 1,000 spirited miles
    I share my first impressions, only in the dry and with 1000km on them, and having weared a full set of ps4's before. I've read from other people that they are a slight improvement over the ps4's, but I think these new ps5's are substantially better. For now, they grip even more in the dry and they are less noisy. Steering feeling and precission is also improved, now I feel much more planted and connected to the road than before, with a warming security sensation. On the bad side, i think they are crashy over certain low speed bumps. Saab 9-5 Aero 2002 (stock)
    Helpful 0 - tyre reviewed on March 3, 2023
    Given 100% while driving a Kia Motors Stinger 2.0 RWD (255/35 R19) on a combination of roads for 1,300 spirited miles
    I replaced the rear Pilot Sport 4 tyres on my Kia Stinger GT-Line as they were almost bald, but I kept the front Pilot Sport 4 tyres and only put new Pilot Sport 5 tyres in the rear. These Pilot Sport 5 tyres grip hard even in the wet! It was heavily raining last week and despite driving hard and flooring the pedal from almost a dead stop in the wet, there was no tyre spin. It just grips and goes! And the sidewall design looks great!
    Helpful 7 - tyre reviewed on February 1, 2023
    Given 92% while driving a BMW M140i (245/35 R18) on a combination of roads for 1,500 average miles
    Every M140i owner knows - due to the tyre size we haven't got a lot of options in regards to tyre choices. I originally opted for the Michelin Pilot Super Sports but these were shocking on all levels - which led me to take them off after two months. I then opted for a mixture of Goodyear F1 super sports on the front and Goodyear assymetric 6 on rear (heard rave reviews about both). They were both great having done 11k on them - the rears needed changing. This is when I changed to the Michelin PS5 - and WOW I am amazed at how good these are. They have transformed this car from sloppy handling having fear in corners to now having my foot on throttle. It is like a match made in heaven. Everything is better than the goodyears and pss i had before. I just wish I got them sooner - I was just skeptical after my trial with the pss
    Helpful 14 - tyre reviewed on December 5, 2022
    Given 68% while driving a Audi 1.8T Quattro (225/50 R17) on mostly town for 100 average miles
    Newly fitted to the front axle replacing the old F1A3, with the 2yrs old PS4 at the back. The PS5 has severe understeering, comparing to F1A3 and PS4 when new, otherewise it is very much the same as the PS4. Wet grip not yet test as the weather was quite dry in recent weeks. And I prefer the sidewall design of PS4 over the PS5....
    Helpful 12 - tyre reviewed on November 16, 2022
    Given 84% while driving a Ford Focus RS (235/35 R19) on mostly town for 6,000 average miles
    Grip in wet and dry is astonishing even with traction control off and full chat pull off they still gripped hardly any wheels pin or understeer
    Helpful 11 - tyre reviewed on October 26, 2022
    Given 91% while driving a Volkswagen Golf 7 GTI PP DSG (225/45 R17) on a combination of roads for 500 spirited miles
    Having used potenza's s001 and pirelli cinturato p1 plus, i have to say these are by far the best in every aspect. The most shocking difference apart from dry and wet grip is the comfort of the ride. I can drive around with 38/40 psi without having to pay a visit to the dentist. The handling may not be as dynamic as the best of best tyres, but its way more than what the other two offered. After having used pirellis for 5k kms i can say i have recovered the dynamic handling of a GTI.
    Helpful 7 - tyre reviewed on October 16, 2022
    Given 87% while driving a Alfa Romeo GT 1.9 JTD (225/45 R17) on mostly motorways for 3,000 average miles
    I bought PS5 for my Alfa GT. Perfect all rounder, which still keeps the comfort, but also wouldn't be ashamed if taken to a track day. After 5k KM with them I can say that I'm superbly pleased, and happy to see the life expectancy, plus with the added bonus of keeping the wet performance when close to end of it's lifetime. Also can confirm the wet performance is really amazing, I felt super safe during my speedy highway night drive across Europe in the pouring rain recently. Perfect tyre for GT cars in my opinion. Dry grip is confidence inspiring too, and when you overcook the corner it gradually warns you and doesn't snap in loosing grip. Easy to recommend this tyre to all driver who want a sporty, but still mostly an amazing road tyre (where it will be used 99.9% precent of the time anyway in my case). Did not review the wear as it's still early to tell. Happy Michelin customer. :)
    Helpful 7 - tyre reviewed on August 25, 2022
    Given 94% while driving a Skoda (225/45 R18) on mostly motorways for 3,500 average miles
    Best tyres so far that I've had so far. Excellent grip in dry and wet. Only thing average is noise. Much better handling that previous Nokian Hakka Black2 and slighty better than Bridgestone Turanza T005 but both were quieter than Michelin. Nokian and Bridgestone lasted around 25000km before they had about 4mm tread so let's see how long Michelins Will last
    Helpful 12 - tyre reviewed on August 23, 2022
    Given 70% while driving a Audi S4 (255/35 R19) on mostly motorways for 1,000 spirited miles
    I drive the tire on an Audi S4 and will hopefully be able to change it. It's unstable on fast freeway corners, has terrible resonant frequencies that cause vibration, and doesn't run smoothly according to the Hunter Roadforce (one is 115N). I have to drive them with well over 3 bar air pressure to get a reasonably stable, vibration-free car. In contrast to the Conti winter tires and also the Bridgestone Potenza, which were fitted ex works, the tire sidewalls of the Michelin felt just too soft. And the steering behavior is just too tough. The Audi front axle isn't known for turning in anyway, but with the Potenza you had a tire that was easy to steer. The Michelins, on the other hand, didn't deserve the sport in their name. They are quiet and have good wet grip. The rest is rubbish.
    Helpful 24 - tyre reviewed on August 13, 2022