Michelin Primacy 4

The MICHELIN PRIMACY 4 tyre offers a new a reference for safety. After three years of development, this tyre provides a high level of performance on wet roads, from the first use until worn to the legal wear indicator (1.6mm). This tyre, thus responds to the need to perform at a high level when worn; a long lasting performance.

Compared to its direct competitors, the new MICHELIN PRIMACY 4 lasts an average of 18,000 kilometres more; confirming the long lasting performance of the new tyres designed by Michelin. The new MICHELIN PRIMACY 4 tyre is a concrete demonstration of the Michelin Group’s strategy: consumers must be able to drive safely, throughout the life of the tyre, right down to the legal wear indicator of 1.6 mm

Tyre review data from 157 tyre reviews averaging 79% over 2,114,782 miles driven, and 30 tests with an average result of 4th.

Dry Grip 85%
Wet Grip 81%
Road Feedback 74%
Handling 77%
Wear 82%
Comfort 83%
Buy again 71%

First On MarketOctober 2017
Wheel Size15 - 20"
Width165 - 255mm
Profile40 - 65
Rolling ResistanceA - C
Wet GripA - B
Noise (dB)68 - 72
Winter RatingNot Winter Rated

The Primacy 4 is ranked 53rd of 149 Summer Premium Touring tyres.

This tyre replaced the Michelin Primacy 3 and this tyre has been replaced by the Michelin Primacy 4 Plus.

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2022 AutoBild SUV 4x4 Summer Tyre Test
4th of 11 tyres
  • Premium profile with balanced performance potential, short dry braking distances, fuel-saving rolling resistance.
  • Average aquaplaning qualities, expensive.
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2022 Auto Bild Summer Tyre Test
3rd of 22 tyres
  • Very good handling, crisp steering, good aquaplaning reserves, short braking distances, very low wear, low rolling resistance.
  • Expensive.
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15 inch
195/65R15 91 VCA68
195/65R15 91 HCA68
185/65R15 88 HCA68
195/55R15 85/0 VCA69
185/65R15 88 TCA68
195/65R15 95 H XLCA68
185/65R15 92 T XLCA69
16 inch
205/55R16 91 VCA68
205/60R16 96 V XLBA70
205/55R16 94 V XLCA68
215/60R16 99 V XLBA68
205/55R16 91 WCA68
205/60R16 92 VCA68
205/60R16 96 H XLBA68
215/60R16 95 VBA69
205/60R16 92 WCA68
205/60R16 96 W XLBA68
215/60R16 95 HBA69
205/55R16 91 HCA68
205/60R16 92 HCA68
215/60R16 99 H XLBA68
205/55R16 94 H XLCA70
17 inch
215/45R17 91 V XLCA68
225/50R17 98 Y XLBB68
225/50R17 94 YCA69
225/60R17 99 VBA69
215/55R17 98 W XLBA70
215/55R17 94 WCA69
215/45R17 87 WCA69
205/50R17 93 H XLCA70
205/50R17 89 VCA68
205/50R17 93 W XLCA68
225/45R17 91 YCA69
225/50R17 98 V XLBA68
225/45R17 94 V XLBA70
225/45R17 91 VCA69
225/50R17 94 VCA69
225/45R17 94 W XLBA68
225/45R17 91 WCA69
215/45R17 91 W XLCA68
225/50R17 94 WCA69
205/50R17 93 V XLCA70
225/50R17 98 W XLBA68
225/50R17 98 Y XLBA68
215/55R17 94 VCA69
18 inch
245/45R18 96 WBA68
225/40R18 92 Y XLBA68
245/45R18 96 WBA68
245/45R18 100 W XLBA70
20 inch
255/45R20 101 VBA70
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Questions and Answers for the Michelin Primacy 4

2017-09-27 - Can you mail the catalog of primacy 4 or all the tyres size for me?

We will be attending the Michelin Primacy 4 launch in mid October 2017, so we will have a full list of Primacy 4 sizes on the website shortly after.

2018-02-13 - When will 15'' sizes be availabe for this tire? Michelin said they would be availabe from january. Have they dropped 15''?

The plan is a phased transition in some sizes from Energy Saver+ to Primacy 4. 2018 sizes are 185/65-15 and 195/65-15 in May/Sept, more to follow in 2019.

2018-03-12 - Need your help . Can’t decide between Michelin Primacy 4 , Continental Premium 6 and Dunlop SportMaxx RT2. Car: Ford Focus 2008 1.6 Ti-VCT 115hp . 2009-2013 ContiSportContact5 (35000km) . 2013-2018 ContiSportContact5 (30000km). 225/4018 both of them

A very hard question to answer! I would be between the Michelin and Continental Premium Contact 6, but I would probably end up choosing the Michelin Pilot Sport 4!

2018-06-04 - For a 205/55/R16/91V tyre size, which is better, Michelin Primacy 4 or Continental Premium contact 5?

They are both comparable tyres. The Michelin will have better mileage, the Conti might have slightly better wet grip.

2018-09-01 - Considering both these or Pilot Sport for Golf 1.4 in 205.55 R16. Both seem excellent tyres...but not really sure how they compare to each other. I am assuming PS is more sporty, ie stiffer sidewall? Can anyone clearly characterize the differences in "qualities" of these tyres in order to aid decision-making? (over and above all the excellent reviews). Thank you!

Your assumption is correct in that the Primacy 4 should be slightly more comfortable, slightly quieter and slightly better mileage, where as the PS4 will feel slightly more sporty.

2018-09-17 - I am thinking about buying this tyre, but I don't know which version to choose between: 225/45/R17 91W/Y or the 225/45/R17 94W XL. The XL has better fuel rating and one decibel lower noise level. Would there be any drawbacks if opting for this version? The car is an Audi A3 Sportback 2.0TDI 170HP.

In theory the higher load rating could give you slightly less comfort, but in practice the differences can be very hard to notice so I would suggest that would be the tyre I would look at fitting.

2018-10-15 - Following on from the question someone had relating to the XL version being better noise and efficiency ratings that xl version appears more preferable to the 91 rated version. Would the 94 xl version need a higher psi or is it OK to run at the car manufacturers recommended psi (assuming the only psi rating given is for a 91 rated tyre)?

It's always best to start running at the manufacturers recommended pressures. Sometimes XL tyres with loads like to be around 2 psi higher, but again worth checking.

2018-11-23 - What is your advice 're replacing 2 tyres? Front primacy 3 on my volvo are worn but rears have over 5mm tread left. Do you think primacy 4 would be a good fit to replace the fronts as presumably they have similar characteristics to the primacy 3s. Do you think I should put the newer tyre on the rear?

Yes, the Primacy 4 would be a good replacement for the Primacy 3, and the general advice is to put the newer / better tyre on the rear of the vehicle to avoid oversteer.

2019-07-30 - Is Primacy 4 an upgrade to the Primacy 3? Reason I ask if because the Primacy 3 is more expensive than the Primacy 4. Making me think that Primacy 3 might actually be better as an overall tyre? As I currently got my 2 rear tyres changed and bought the Primacy 4 tyres. However the Formula One Autocentre fitted the Primacy 3 tyres saying that the order of the Primacy 4 is due in another 6 weeks so he suggested to keep the Primacy 3 for the same price? Wondering if I should just keep the Primacy 3 tyres now they are fitted.

If you ordered the Primacy 4, I would want those tyres. They are a direct replacement for the Primacy 3, and improve on the Primacy 3 in most areas.

2019-08-26 - Living in a small market country like Cyprus where the market is limited to options in "strange" sizes (Lexus IS220d with 225/45/17 & 245/45/17) I have the following decision to take. The Pilot Sport 4 I have on the car now are wearing down (will get roughly around 30K km on them) and I enquired about Evo 3, Conti Premium 6 and F1 A5 (had the A3 before the PS4) and I can only find the front tyres (!!!) at the moment. So I'm kinda left with the F1 A3 and the Primacy 4. I liked the F1 A3 a lot but knowing that the F1 A5 is out there I'm a bit bummed. I know one tyre is a performance tyre and the Primacy 4 is a touring tyre and I'm not really driving the car on sport mode so I'm leaning towards the Primacy 4. Price for the Goodyear should be a bit cheaper (around €530 compared to €580 for the Primacy 4). Any opinion to get me over the line? :) Thank you.

Without knowing your market it is very difficult for me to recommend anything else, especially as you really seem to know your tyres! The extra purchase price of the Prim4 should be offset by the extra mileage, but the Asymmetric 3 will likely be the grippier tyre overall.

2020-01-06 - Rear primacy 3 XL on my BMW 520D are worn (after 12k mileage) but Fronts have over 5mm tread left. Do you think primacy 4 would be a good fit to replace the rear? How do primacy 4 perform on grip as compared with PS4? Usually I drive within speed limits. Sometime 80 to 90mph

Primacy 4 is the obviously replacement for the 3, it's improved slightly in almost all categories. Dry and wet grip should be broadly similar to the Pilot Sport 4, but they won't handle as nicely.

2020-08-18 - I have a VW Golf 1.4 Tsi 90kw (2015) came factory fitted with Dunlop Sport BluResponse 205/55 16 91V. Generally run Michelin tyres on my cars. I’m looking at the Primacy 4 as all round replacements, historical spinal injuries/surgery mean comfort is a priority nowadays, in your recent test the Primacy 4 rated highly on subjective comfort. However, in the video it was listed as a 91H, so my quandary is, would the 91H provide slightly improved subjective comfort over a 91V? Every little helps. . . Being a 90kw model, both VW and Michelin have recommended 91H or higher for 205/55 16 wheels.

In that size, the 91H and 91V tyres are the same construction, so it wouldn't make a difference.

2021-02-05 - How come New Michelin Primacy 4 comes with only 6.5mm tread depth? Is that not a bit low and do some Primacy 4 come with 8mm? If so, how come and what ones do?

I'm not sure if some sizes come with higher tread depth, potentially SUV sizes might, however the Primacy 4 starting around 7mm is normal, and should still out-wear almost any other tyre on the market.

2020-11-08 - Can anyone say please, primacy 4 205/55/r16 in which country this model makes it? I've seen articles that it might be in germany/russia/poland. Can anyone help me please?

It can also depend what market you are buying the Primacy 4 in, I would suggest checking with a local tyre seller to see w where their stock is from.

2021-01-22 - Does the Primacy 4 offer good MPG and levels of comfort?

Yes, the Primacy 4 is known for low fuel use, there is a new version, the e.Primacy due out soon which will improve that further.

2021-07-13 - The weight in the label scores are not accurate.... 225/45/R18 ST 95W XL tyres came 11.2kg instead of 9.6 kg.... screwed up my wheels weight calculation. I thought I was getting a set of lighter wheels but now they ended up being 1.5kg heavier per weight.

Thank you, I'll look into this.

2021-07-25 - Looking for new tyres for an eco hybrid and see that there are several Primacy 4 options. What is the difference between a normal Primacy 4 and the S1 variant. Looking at tyre retailers they are rated better for fuel and noise

I would be looking at the Michelin e.Primacy instead!

2021-08-17 - Which is better primacy 3 , or, pilot sport 3 for Bmw 270/40/19and 245/45/19. Thanks

Both tyres are quite old and I've not tested either, so I'm afraid I don't know!

2021-09-09 - I see that there is 3 version of the same tire - primacy 4 , primacy 4 S1 and primacy 4 S2. Does anyone test the difference or know, what it is. On paper looks huge - fuel consumption is from rating C to A.

I would email Michelin on this one as S1 is a little ambiguous, sorry.

2022-02-21 - I do enjoy pushing my car a little bit while driving sometimes. Is it better to go for PS4 or Primacy4? Do PS4 offer much comfort compare to Primacy for touring? What is the pro & con of getting either tyres?

The Pilot SPORT 4 is the sportier of the two tyres, which means there is slightly reduced comfort when compared to the primacy 4.

2022-09-20 - Please advise air pressure for Michelin Primacy 4+ 225/45R17. Driving a Lexus IS200t.

The tyre pressure is governed by the vehicle, the data should be displayed in your owner's manual or in the door shut of the drivers door.

2023-12-08 - I fitted michelin primacy 4 s1 225 45 r17 s1 XL, on a Fiat tipo 1.3 diesel Sedan. My priority is low consumption, comfort and low noise. In your opinion, did I make a good choice?

The Primacy 4 is an excellent all round tyre, you should be happy with your purchase.

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Top 3 Michelin Primacy 4 Reviews

Given 43% while driving a Volkswagen (B8) 1.4 TSI (150 Hp) DSG ACT (205/55 R16 R) on a combination of roads for 8,000 average miles
I am michelin user since 1981. After each purchase of a new car I changed the tyres with michelin, if the original ones were not. Last year when I bought it, Golf came with Continental Eco Contact tyres that I used around 1000km, I mostly complained about noise. Comfort and handling were good enoughİ!
Helpful 537 - tyre reviewed on August 20, 2020
Given 65% while driving a BMW 320i (225/50 R17 V) on a combination of roads for 2,200 average miles
2016 BMW 320i 225/50/17
2014 VW GOLF 205/55/16
After the initial minutes of euphoria having the latest Michelin's on both of our cars I am now more doubtful about these tires.
We have only driven ca 2200 km with the BMW and ca 1800 km with the VW, not much distance but on very various roads in just a few days and enough to have a good impression, it is similar impression with both cars.
It's rather good tires on good roads, good grip in turns wet and dry, acceptable/good comfort on good roads, relatively low noise although there is an unusual, but modest, mechanical or metallic sound from these tires, it is not loud but a little unpleasant.
The steering feel and handling is not quite as precis as I got used to with the other tire-brands, not at all a huge difference but I miss that little extra sense of road-feel and response.
As soon as I left the tire dealer with the new Michelin's I noticed a little slippery unstable feeling basically at all the time at any speed and road surface, wet or dry on both cars.
This little slippery feeling has not disappeared on any of the cars.
It is difficult to explain, it must be experienced, it is as if there is a little wax or oil on these tires, it is very little and hardly noticeable, not a huge problem but it is always there and it's slightly annoying.
Even on completely straight driving on highways there is this little sliding feeling, basically at any speed, it's very little but it's there, it's like the cars somehow are floating a little bit and never lands, the cars never really feel completely solid planted on the roads like with the other previous tire-brands.
I never really drive the cars over the limits in turns but very near the limits, the grip is good with the Michelin's on good roads, it is possible to go fast in turns, but on both cars there is this for me an unusual little slippery unstable shaky or vibrating feeling near the limits, not much, but still, I never felt that with the other tire-brands near the limits and I felt that I had more control with those other brands, although the grip is good it makes me drive these Michelin's a little bit slower in turns even on good roads than with the other tire-brands.
And on bad roads I have to slow down quite a bit with the Michelin's compared to my old tires, not so much a problem with the VW but still noticeable and unwanted, the BMW however is really bouncing around on bad roads with the Michelin's, it is uncomfortable and unstable, it does not feel safe at all.
I can not explain this, if it had been a different tire dimension and bigger wheels then I could understand the bouncing but it is the same roads and the same cars with the same wheels and tire-sizes that I have driven with other tire-brands.
The Michelin's are significantly more expensive than most other brands, I can not say anything about the wear because they are brand new, they do however in my opinion not excel at anything and their behavior on bad roads are not good.
In general the Michelin's are good tires but they do not handle quite as good as my previous tires, very small differences but in favor of previous tires.
My previous tires was Continental on BMW and Dunlop Sport BlueResponse on VW, good and stable tires with no particular fault except very high wear, I would still prefer any of them over the Michelin's.

Helpful 714 - tyre reviewed on February 28, 2018
Given 50% while driving a Volkswagen e Golf (205/55 R16) on mostly country roads for 1,000 average miles
Terribly disappointed by these Michelins. A-class rolling resistance tyres demonstrating fully the challenge of low rolling resistance designs. Rut sensitivity so bad it’s basically dangerous. Very poor comfort as well due to excessive shake. Steering is delayed and non-linear. Plan to replace next summer after only one season.
Helpful 42 - tyre reviewed on October 29, 2023
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Given 33% while driving a Hyundai Ioniq 5 (235/55 R19) on mostly motorways for 0 miles
The vehicle skids very badly.
Helpful 2 - tyre reviewed on May 21, 2024
Given 81% while driving a Volkswagen Passat 2.0 140 TDI Sport Estate (205/55 R16) on mostly country roads for 45,000 spirited miles
At 16 inch, difference between budget and premium is around 20 Euro. Why risk your safety and comfort and not buy Michelin or Conti? For me Primacy 4 was a reliable, silent partner that I would for sure buy again.
I am now going for a 19 Inch and feel like the 100 eur difference between medium and premium or 200 eur between budget and premium manufacturer makes the choice a lot harder.
Oh and I couldn't select Skoda Superb 2012 and I chose equivalent.
Helpful 1 - tyre reviewed on May 18, 2024
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Given 83% while driving a Lexus GS (225/50 R18) on mostly town for 1,000 easy going miles
Complete set installed in April 2024. For now, they feel much quieter and more comfortable than the dunlop sp050. We see how it behaves over time.
Helpful 3 - tyre reviewed on May 14, 2024
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In case you were unaware, the * (star) on the sidewall indicates it is a BMW OE tyre. It is no problem putting them on non-bmw vehicles but you might find this tyre is more focused on dry grip and rolling resistance than the aftermarket version of the Primacy 4.
Given 96% while driving a Volvo V90 D4 (225/55 R17) on a combination of roads for 1 average miles
Have tried other makes but have not found anything to match Michelin for reliability, performance, safety and longevity.
Best and only tyres on the market for me personally.
Helpful 1 - tyre reviewed on April 26, 2024
Given 97% while driving a Honda Civic 1.8 VTEC Sport (205/55 R16) on a combination of roads for 20,000 spirited miles
No problems at all. Excellent.
Helpful 15 - tyre reviewed on April 6, 2024
Given 79% while driving a BMW (245/40 R18) on a combination of roads for 2,000 spirited miles
Always used Pilot Sport 4 tyres front and rear for summer and CrossClimate for winter.
Tested the Primacy 4 AO 93Y dot2019 that summer for a week on the road and a track day, but did not like the lack of grip when the tires heated up.
Now I'm using them as the rear tires on my rear driven car and together with the PS4 at the front they give fun (predictable drifts) on twisty roads, a secure feeling in the rain and the are so much more quiet and comfortable.
Maybe I'm just getting old (and sensible) ....
Helpful 34 - tyre reviewed on December 8, 2023
Given 53% while driving a Kia Motors ceed (225/45 R17) on a combination of roads for 12,000 average miles
Primacy 4 2S came with the new car. Useless on water, noisy as heck. Will not buy again.
Helpful 33 - tyre reviewed on November 30, 2023
Given 94% while driving a Toyota Wish (195/60 R16) on a combination of roads for 358 average miles
This is a review comparing it to the summer tire Michelin Energy Saver that I used last time.
The vehicle installed is a late 2011 Toyota Wish 1.8S with a current mileage of approximately 270,000 km. The average annual mileage is approximately 22,000km, including 14,000km on summer tires.
Due to the snowy terrain, we used three types of tires: summer, all-weather, and studless. After use, they are cleaned, maintained, covered, and stored in a tire stocker in the garage.
In the summer (no snow season), it's summer tires ➔ In early winter (snowfall season - before the snow compaction road), it's all weather ➔ In the middle of winter (snow compaction road - icy road), it's studless ➔ In early spring (ice melting road - before the end of snowfall), it's open Ruler Weather➔In the summer Samataiya

Dry and wet grip: I felt that the grip of the Energy Saver had decreased after 40,000 km, but I felt that the grip of Primacy 4 was almost the same after 40,000 km as when I first started using it.
Tire wear rate: The mileage at which the slip sign appeared was 50,000 km for the Energy Saver and 55,000 km for the Primacy 4, which is 10% better.
Comfort: I felt that the Primacy 4 was superior in terms of comfort at the time of purchase, but after driving 50,000 km, I felt that both cars were noisy. Comfort seems to decrease in proportion to driving distance.
Repurchase: Currently, the plan is to repurchase Premacy 4 again. The reason is that the initial grip performance does not change for a long time, and it has high wear resistance and long life.
Helpful 35 - tyre reviewed on October 15, 2023
Given 80% while driving a BMW E39 5 series (225/55 R16) on a combination of roads for 10,000 spirited miles
In the dry the Primacy 4's been excellent. Grip feels almost infinite, to the point where I find it hard to use all of it on public roads. In terms of comfort, it's a quiet, pleasant tire to cruise with. At highway speeds up to 180 km/h I can't really find any fault with the tire. It's relatively quiet and absorbs enough of the road to almost feel like driving on a cloud.
In the wet the grip is still above average, much better than my current winter tire (Vredestein Wintrac Pro in the same tire size). Comfort and noise levels are in check, although it's harder to judge noise with all the extra noises introduced by the water on the road.
One thing I sometimes miss is communication during turn in and feedback from the road. I guess this could be party because of the relatively meaty sidewall but to me it was noticeable enough to point it out.
Regardless of that downside, overall a great tire that suits the characteristics of a 5 series well.
Helpful 41 - tyre reviewed on October 4, 2023
Given 73% while driving a Hyundai Ioniq (225/45 R17) on mostly town for 50,000 easy going miles
Michelin primacy 4, with 360 treadwear rating can reach 50,000km/ 5 yrs. Pass that and it start to have crack lines on its sidewalls and remaining soft treads starts to peel. Its rubber compound doesn't stand well in the tropical weather. At least till the above mentioned points. Quite good mileage, but other reputable brands also last till 50,000km too but they do not peel like this model.

A comfortable ride up to maybe the 4th year. Very good grip as well.

Sidewall looks good after years, does not sag, maintains its sporty low profile look. Cheaper ones sag the moment you fit them in. Gives you the under inflate look despite the correct psi. Primacy 4 does not sag.
Helpful 34 - tyre reviewed on October 1, 2023
Given 67% while driving a SEAT Leon FR 2.0 TFSI (225/40 R18) on a combination of roads for 40,000 average miles
I bought Primacy 4 just after when i bought my Seat which had Potenza tires. They was horrible and Michelin at that time (4 years ago) was still better. However after 4 years and 40 000 km later i can say that Primacy 4 are at most average. Ok, hadling is good or even very good, but comfort is totally crap. Tires are loudly basicly since 40km/h and trasfer vibration from road to car. I could live with that but the worst is loudnes of those tires. I swap front with rear tires side by side - nothing help. I know that Seat is loud car but my freind has same rims in his Seat and have Goodyear and it's much more quiet. Today even i went to tire shop to check whats going on and specialist suspects many things but probably i will change tires for Bridgestone or Goodyear. i realize that profil 40 is not the most comfortable but come one.

I honestly don't recomend. Gum is to hard for comfortable riding in Seat Leon and with time getting louder.
Helpful 43 - tyre reviewed on September 25, 2023
Given 83% while driving a Opel Insignia B (245/45 R18) on mostly town for 46,600 average miles
Review on 4x Primacy 4 ST. Overall very happy with them. No complaints with grip, stopping distance, feedback and handling. The wear is phenomenal, I am on 75000km and there are at least 2.4mm tread left on them. Some people mentioned about the tires being "slippery" when new - yes, I encountered that too, well at least for the first 2000 kms. Most pronounced when driving fast whilst turning -like getting off an exit ramp at a freeway. The noise level is getting louder (vs when new) but that is to be expected with the kind of mileage they are on. Overall, I had Contisport Contact 5 and Pilot Sport 4 fitted on the same car before the Primacy. I find the Primacy to be the most satisfactory amongst them. The only gripe - they are expensive. I will buy again if the price is more competitive.
Helpful 36 - tyre reviewed on August 2, 2023