Michelin Primacy 3

The Michelin Primacy 3 is a Premium Touring Summer tyre designed to be fitted to Passenger Cars.

This tyre replaced the Michelin Primacy HP and this tyre has been replaced by the Michelin Primacy 4.

Dry Grip 85%
Wet Grip 79%
Road Feedback 76%
Handling 77%
Wear 69%
Comfort 80%
Buy again 66%

Tyre review data from 191 tyre reviews averaging 76% over 2,904,674 miles driven.

The Primacy 3 is ranked 66th of 146 Summer Premium Touring tyres.


Latest Tyre Test Results

2018 Ace 235/45 R18 Summer Tyre Test - 9th of 11 tyres

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2018 ADAC Summer Tyre Test - 205/55 R16 - 1st of 16 tyres

  • Positive - Very balanced with top marks when worn, especially good on dry roads, still very good in the wet
  • Negative - None mentioned
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2017 Auto Bild Summer SUV Tyre Test - 4th of 10 tyres

  • Positive - Very short braking distances on dry roads, fast, accurate steering response, low noise
  • Negative - Low resistance to aquaplaning, very expensive
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Size Fuel Wet Noise Weight
195/45 R16 84V XL   C A 69 7.37kgs
215/45 R16 90V XL   C A 69 8.73kgs
195/50 R16 88V XL   C A 69 8.41kgs
225/50 R16 92W   C A 69 9.33kgs
225/50 R16 92V   C A 69 9.33kgs
185/55 R16 87H XL   C A 69 7.80kgs
185/55 R16 83V   C A 71 7.73kgs
195/55 R16 87V   C A 68 8.50kgs
195/55 R16 87H   E A 71 10.97kgs
195/55 R16 91V XL   C A 69 10.97kgs
205/55 R16 91H   E A 71 11.12kgs
205/55 R16 91V   E A 71 11.12kgs
205/55 R16 91W   C A 69 8.82kgs
205/55 R16 91V   C A 69 8.72kgs
205/55 R16 91W AO B A 69 8.70kgs
205/55 R16 94V XL   C A 69 9.07kgs
205/55 R16 91H   C A 69 8.75kgs
215/55 R16 93H   C A 69 9.29kgs
215/55 R16 93Y   C A 69 9.06kgs
215/55 R16 97H XL   C A 69 9.40kgs
215/55 R16 97V XL   C A 69 9.50kgs
215/55 R16 97W XL   C A 69 9.79kgs
215/55 R16 93V   C A 69 9.57kgs
215/55 R16 93W   C A 69 9.38kgs
225/55 R16 99W XL   C A 69 9.81kgs
225/55 R16 99Y XL   C A 69 9.82kgs
225/55 R16 95V   C A 69 9.69kgs
225/55 R16 99V XL   C A 69 9.69kgs
225/55 R16 95W   C A 69 9.69kgs
195/60 R16 89H   C A 69 8.43kgs
205/60 R16 92W AO B B 69 9.00kgs
205/60 R16 96W XL   C A 69 9.24kgs
205/60 R16 96V XL   C A 69 9.67kgs
205/60 R16 92V   C A 69 9.23kgs
215/60 R16 99V XL   C A 69 10.08kgs
215/60 R16 99H XL   C A 69 10.05kgs
215/60 R16 95V   C A 69 10.05kgs
225/60 R16 98W   C A 69 10.54kgs
225/60 R16 102V XL   C A 69 10.54kgs
215/65 R16 98V   C A 69 11.12kgs
215/65 R16 102V XL   B A 69 11.12kgs
215/65 R16 102H XL   A B 69 10.00kgs
205/45 R17 84W   E A 71 10.17kgs
205/45 R17 88W XL   C A 69 10.17kgs
205/45 R17 88W XL * C A 69 8.30kgs
205/45 R17 88V XL   C A 69 8.35kgs
215/45 R17 91W XL   C A 69 9.30kgs
215/45 R17 87W   C A 68 9.27kgs
225/45 R17 91Y   C A 69 9.46kgs
225/45 R17 94W XL   C A 69 9.28kgs
225/45 R17 91W   E A 71 11.53kgs
225/45 R17 91W   C A 69 9.26kgs
225/45 R17 91V   E A 71 11.53kgs
225/45 R17 94V XL   C A 69 9.28kgs
225/45 R17 91Y AO B A 68 9.25kgs
225/45 R17 91V   C A 69 9.35kgs
235/45 R17 94Y   C A 71 10.03kgs
235/45 R17 94W   C A 71 9.97kgs
235/45 R17 97W XL   C A 71 10.11kgs
245/45 R17 99Y XL   C A 71 10.43kgs
245/45 R17 99W XL   C A 71 10.43kgs
205/50 R17 89V   C A 69 9.19kgs
205/50 R17 93H XL   B B 69 9.20kgs
205/50 R17 93V XL DT1 B A 69 9.14kgs
205/50 R17 93W XL   C A 69 9.19kgs
205/50 R17 89Y * C A 69 9.00kgs
205/50 R17 89W   C A 69 9.29kgs
215/50 R17 91H   B B 69 10.54kgs
215/50 R17 95W XL   C A 69 9.82kgs
215/50 R17 91W   C A 69 9.73kgs
215/50 R17 91H   B B 69 9.47kgs
215/50 R17 95V XL   C A 69 9.58kgs
225/50 R17 98W XL * B A 69 9.80kgs
225/50 R17 98Y XL   C A 69 10.28kgs
225/50 R17 94H AO B A 68 9.80kgs
225/50 R17 94Y AODT1 C A 69 10.30kgs
225/50 R17 94H   C A 71 12.47kgs
225/50 R17 94W MO C A 71 12.35kgs
225/50 R17 94Y AO C A 69 10.20kgs
225/50 R17 94W MO B A 69 10.14kgs
225/50 R17 94W   C A 69 10.36kgs
225/50 R17 94W AR. C A 69 9.90kgs
225/50 R17 98V XL   C A 69 10.25kgs
225/50 R17 98W XL   C A 69 10.23kgs
225/50 R17 94V   C A 69 10.20kgs
205/55 R17 95V XL   C A 69 9.36kgs
205/55 R17 91W * C A 71 12.00kgs
205/55 R17 95W XL * C A 69 12.00kgs
205/55 R17 95W XL * B A 69 9.26kgs
205/55 R17 91W MO B A 69 9.50kgs
205/55 R17 91W * B A 69 9.20kgs
215/55 R17 98W XL   C A 69 9.86kgs
215/55 R17 94V   C A 69 11.12kgs
215/55 R17 94V   B B 69 9.45kgs
215/55 R17 94V   C A 69 9.80kgs
215/55 R17 94W   C A 69 11.60kgs
215/55 R17 94W AO C A 68 9.80kgs
215/55 R17 94W   C A 69 9.80kgs
225/55 R17 97Y * MO B A 68 10.00kgs
225/55 R17 97Y AODT1 C A 69 10.50kgs
225/55 R17 97V VOL C A 69 10.80kgs
225/55 R17 97Y AO C A 69 10.70kgs
225/55 R17 97Y *MOE C A 71 13.40kgs
225/55 R17 97W   C A 69 10.27kgs
225/55 R17 97Y * C B 69 10.30kgs
225/55 R17 101W XL   C A 69 10.77kgs
235/55 R17 99V   C A 71 11.28kgs
235/55 R17 103Y XL   C A 71 11.24kgs
235/55 R17 103W XL   C A 69 11.50kgs
245/55 R17 102W * B A 71 11.70kgs
245/55 R17 102W MO B A 71 11.70kgs
215/60 R17 96V   B A 69 10.30kgs
215/60 R17 96H   C A 69 10.44kgs
225/60 R17 99Y * B A 69 10.40kgs
225/60 R17 99Y AO B B 69 10.70kgs
225/60 R17 99V   C A 69 10.90kgs
215/65 R17 99V   C A 69 10.64kgs
245/40 R18 93Y   C A 71 10.03kgs
245/40 R18 97Y XL MO C A 71 12.60kgs
275/40 R18 99Y *MOE C A 71 15.50kgs
225/45 R18 95Y XL MO C A 71 12.20kgs
225/45 R18 95W XL * C A 69 11.80kgs
225/45 R18 91V   C A 71 11.91kgs
225/45 R18 91W * C A 71 11.80kgs
235/45 R18 98W XL   C A 71 10.76kgs
235/45 R18 98Y XL   C A 71 10.62kgs
245/45 R18 96Y AO C A 71 10.90kgs
245/45 R18 100Y XL *MOE C A 69 13.92kgs
245/45 R18 100W XL   C A 71 10.98kgs
245/45 R18 96W   C A 71 11.04kgs
245/45 R18 100W XL VOL C A 69 10.90kgs
245/45 R18 100Y XL * MO B A 69 10.70kgs
245/45 R18 100Y XL AO C A 71 10.75kgs
255/45 R18 99Y   C A 71 11.76kgs
215/50 R18 92W AO1 C A 68 10.00kgs
225/50 R18 95W   C A 71 13.10kgs
225/50 R18 95V   C A 69 10.20kgs
235/50 R18 101W XL   C A 69 11.80kgs
235/50 R18 101Y XL   C A 69 11.72kgs
245/50 R18 100Y * C A 71 15.40kgs
245/50 R18 100W MO C A 71 15.20kgs
215/55 R18 99V XL   B A 69 10.83kgs
225/55 R18 98V   C A 69 11.35kgs
235/55 R18 100V   C A 71 12.60kgs
235/55 R18 104Y XL AO B A 69 12.70kgs
235/55 R18 104V XL   B A 69 12.60kgs
275/35 R19 100Y XL *MOE C A 71 14.50kgs
245/40 R19 98Y XL * MO B A 69 11.20kgs
245/40 R19 98Y XL A*MOE C A 69 13.10kgs
245/40 R19 98Y XL *MOE C A 69 13.10kgs
275/40 R19 101Y * S1 E A 71 15.70kgs
275/40 R19 101Y * E A 71 16.00kgs
245/45 R19 102Y XL * B A 69 11.50kgs
245/45 R19 102Y XL   B A 69 11.95kgs
245/45 R19 98Y * E A 71 14.60kgs
205/55 R19 97V XL   B A 69 9.50kgs
205/55 R19 97V XL S1 A A 69 9.50kgs
195/55 R20 95H XL   A B 69 10.40kgs

Questions and Answers for the Michelin Primacy 3

2017-11-25 - trying to find the treadwear rating printed on the sidewall of Michelin primacy 3 and continental sportcontact 3 and 5. This is my deciding factor on these tyres 235/50 R17 96 Y or W for my Jaguar s type 2004 3.0. Why on earth do no uk websites display this info, would really help if this was included in this website PLZ.

Unfortunately manufacturer's treadwear ratings aren't a super reliable way of judging wear. Instead we suggest looking at user reviews and tests, and if you do that you will see that the Michelin Primacy 3 should last longer than the Continental tyres you mention.

2020-08-20 - What is the difference between 100V and 104V XL please?

The 104 is a higher load rated Primacy 3 intended for vehicles which require the higher load rating

2022-10-24 - I have a budget tyre and a Michelin primacy on the same axle. Should I change the budget tyre?

I would advise you always match across axles so in this case yes I would change it.

2023-02-17 - What are some good alternatives to the tyre. I need to get the front 2 replaced but was hoping for cheaper than £300.

I would suggest reading / watching this summer touring tyre test to see what some of the good alternatives are.

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Size Price Range  
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Top 3 Michelin Primacy 3 Reviews

Given 99% while driving a Vauxhall (215/50 R17 W) on mostly motorways for 17,000 spirited miles
Fitted to the front at 81385 miles, laser alignment completed at the same time + new front shocks, springs, top mounts & bearings fitted. They have lasted to 98885 miles and still are just over the treadwear indicator. Amazing tyres. Incredible grip in the wet and dry; 100% confidence in them always. Slight slip now with full acceleration in the wet; but they are almost fully worn! Incredible comfort and quietness, and great durability on the front of a car which has 354NM of torque. I have always run top rated premium tyres from all the biggest brands. These are the best tyres I have ever had; second to none. Very highly recommended and great value too.
Helpful 199 - tyre reviewed on November 30, 2015
Given 63% while driving a Saab Automobile 9 3 Vector Sport TiD 150 Saloon (225/45 R17) on mostly motorways for 16,000 average miles
I am no racer or wheel spinner.
Helpful 65 - tyre reviewed on December 9, 2016
BMW bmw (245/45 R18 W) on a combination of roads for 2,500 easy going miles
This tyre was fitted to my new BMW 540i. Grip, handling etc were all ok but the noise over most road was the worst I have ever experienced. Every time you go over a small bump in the road it feels like being on solid tyres, the whole car vibrates. How BMW can say they improve safety and COMFORT I don't know! After 25 years of BMW's this will be my last....shame, the car build quality of the car is excellent.
Helpful 50 - tyre reviewed on July 8, 2017
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Given 67% while driving a Toyota Camry (235/45 R18) on mostly town for 500 average miles
I got this Michelin Primacy 3st for my Camry 2005 here in the Philippines. Few hours after the installation, one of tire's shoulder waa damaged(not sure how) though it did not lose air. I questioned its durability as the rubber felt soft. I often get punctured on my Michelin tires. Other than that, the tires performed decent on dry and wet roads. It is not the quietest out there(Giticomfort F22 is a lot quieter) but it is good enough. It provides great road feedback. It sends almost every bump on my steering wheel(Hydraulic power steering, not EPS) which I find is both good and bad. Handling is also very good even though this is not built for sporty driving. Overall, I would recommend this is Primacy 4/4S isn't available in your area.
Helpful 0 - tyre reviewed on December 1, 2023
Given 57% while driving a Skoda (215/55 R16) on mostly town for 0 average miles
bought these tyres a year back and now after just 8000 kms of drive tires have cracks all over. When contacted Michelin customer care a very simple response they gave that we cant support since they have stopped import of these tires.

Such a pathetic response and leaving customer in between without supporting and looking into their bad quality product. What they replied is that i should better buy new tires of other make and since they will and wont support with replacement or reimbursement.

Asked them to submit report and in written then its more that 80 hours and yet to receive feedback. I have been chasing continuously but of no help.

If anyone can guide please help. I have spent 54K on these tires just a year back.

Cant share pics here as there is no option to.
Helpful 0 - tyre reviewed on September 11, 2023
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Given 83% while driving a BMW 745LI (245/50 R18) on mostly motorways for 50,000 average miles
These tryes were the factory fitted types thus went with these for replacement, they have been fantastic, 5 and half years, and 80k kms roughly 50k miles, and they are down to 4.0mm left, so approaching change.

smooth, and the biggest one for me was quiet, and decent handling. The car is a 7 series, so not aiming for the sporty handling, needed it to be smooth and quiet over anything else.

Going to give the Primacy4 a go for the next change, but been extreamly happy with the Primacy 3's/
Helpful 2 - tyre reviewed on August 7, 2023
Given 60% while driving a Volkswagen Polo GTI (215/45 R17) on a combination of roads for 30,000 spirited miles
I believe Michelin Primacy 3 could be labeled as a good tyre, however for the type of vehicle that I drive they are simply not good enough. I am driving a VW Polo GTI and the tyres simply do not cope with the amount of torque the vehicle has. It's super easy to lose grip even in the dry if you try to put the power down. The tyres simply slip, sometimes even in 2nd or even 3rd gears.
Helpful 4 - tyre reviewed on July 15, 2023
Given 76% while driving a Citroën C3 (205/55 R16) on a combination of roads for 30,000 spirited miles
Excellent tyres, these were the ones that came with the car. Never had any issue, always dependable on any circumstances. Superb grip on dry and wet, even when close to the twi the grip in wet was quite good. Aquaplaning resistance not the best. Also didn't last as long as expected, but overall great tyres. High price though.
Helpful 3 - tyre reviewed on May 10, 2023
Given 61% while driving a Skoda (205/50 R18) on mostly country roads for 16 average miles
This is an OK tyre, does not do anything particularly well, average mileage. The one things that let these tyres down is the wet performance, with poor wet braking and total lack of grip with any standing water and will aquaplane in a puddle. This was so bad I replaced after 16,000 miles with over 3mm of tread left. Have changed to CrossClimate 2 SUV’s which are much better.
Helpful 3 - tyre reviewed on April 14, 2023
Given 86% while driving a Citroën C4 Picasso (2013 ) (205/55 R17) on a combination of roads for 0 easy going miles
When I bought a NEW C4 Picasso 1.6 BlueHDi 88/120 was year 2016 equiped with those Micheline Premacy 3 with DOTxx16 "first half of the year 16", and now I will replace them all with four (4) NEW Bridgestone Turanza 6. With Premacy 3I made mostly easy going driving through all 6 years of driving. First year I made 21000km mixed al roads and 70% was highway driving - summer season with averge fuel consumption 4.7l/100km through full diesel tank and mixed all type of roads. The rest 43000 kilometers I made in next five (5) years. For my style of driving, is that type of tyre the best one, but the price for the NEW Premacy 4+ si to high for me...Bridgestone Turanza 6 is cheaper.
Helpful 4 - tyre reviewed on March 22, 2023
Given 83% while driving a Citroën C3 (205/55 R16) on mostly country roads for 40,000 average miles
6 year old 17 plate (40.000 miles) car and tires from new. MOT advising fronts are getting near minimum and have just replaced. Original rear tires have plenty of tread left in them! Very happy with them although have just replaced fronts with Avon ZV7 as they were mid range and of course cheaper as I average about 6,000 a year.
Helpful 5 - tyre reviewed on December 21, 2022
Given 89% while driving a MG Gs (235/50 R18) on a combination of roads for 71,000 spirited miles
Fitted to my mg gs suv. Have had from new,(2016) just been advised close to legal limit after having covered 71000 miles. YES 71,000
Helpful 7 - tyre reviewed on November 16, 2022
Given 39% while driving a Kia Motors (225/45 R18) on mostly town for 12,000 easy going miles
Fitted to a kia e-Niro. Lasted just over a year with hardly any hard driving except accelerating away from lights occasionally. Dry grip is OK, nothing special, wet grip is terrible. It could be that the electric car is heavy, but these tyres are binary. They either grip or dont, there's no feedback of when the tyre will start to slide, it just loses all grip in an instant. This car is a lease, but if it were mine I'd change them ASAP. Also their longevity is terrible too. Overall a pretty poor tyre at premium prices.
Helpful 6 - tyre reviewed on September 30, 2022
Given 69% while driving a Opel Grandland X 1,5D (215/65 R17) on a combination of roads for 0 average miles
The tires lasted about 25,000 miles on my car, which I don't think is too good. Response was average, although braking on dry and wet roads did not cause problems. The biggest problems were keeping the car moving in a straight line on a rough road (probably due to the nature of the car itself). The handling of the tires on different surfaces (gravel, asphalt) was good.
Helpful 5 - tyre reviewed on September 13, 2022
Given 49% while driving a Ford Fiesta MK8 Ecoboost (100hp) (195/55 R16) on mostly town for 18,000 spirited miles
Bought the car in 2020 with roughly 9000 miles on the clock. The tires were in good condition at the time. Grip was decent and wear was low around the centre of the tire. Did notice the sides of the tires wearing faster though. Wheel alignment was done but did not change wear patterns. Decent in the wet but will start to slip if you are excessive on the throttle in turns. Did not spin much in a straight line in the wet back then. After 2 years and 9 000 miles, the tires started to go south. Lots of understeer and sudden loss of grip in medium to tight turns. Excessive wheelspin if I apply more than a quarter throttle on most roads at pull away. (With traction control activated there is still wheelspin) The tires feel very hard and dry although they still look good and have a lot of tread left. Braking feel is very numb right now, there is no feel or the car doesn't slow down much until about halfway down the pedal travel. (brake discs and pads are still in good condition so it can only be the tires) I need to replace them soon as they do not give much confidence when pulling away, braking or turning in general.
Helpful 7 - tyre reviewed on August 24, 2022