Michelin X Ice North 4

Michelin's new studded tyre with a record number of studs is now available on the market. The X-Ice North 4 won all winter tyre tests conducted by the leading newspapers. The new stud is the only stud manufactured in Europe under controlled conditions and with 100% recycled materials.

Dry Grip 75%
Wet Grip 70%
Road Feedback 76%
Handling 79%
Wear 89%
Comfort 83%
Buy again 98%
Snow Grip 93%
Ice Grip 99%

Tyre review data from 8 tyre reviews averaging 84% over 95,000 miles driven.

The X Ice North 4 is ranked 26th of 64 Winter Premium Touring tyres.

In Depth Tyre Comparisons

Latest Tyre Test Results

2023 Studded Tyre Test - 2nd of 8 tyres

  • Overall - The Michelin tyre exhibits short braking distances on all types of surfaces, especially on ice. It also has a high level of initial grip on winter roads. Compared to the best, it has slightly lower cornering grip and slower steering responses. The balance is clearly understeering, which also results in a stable rear that rarely breaks into a skid.
    On dry ground, Michelin impresses with a natural steering feel. A shallower tread depth than others and many small studs have previously resulted in low noise, but this time the road noise is on par with competitors.
    A good mix of high winter grip and fine asphalt characteristics brings Michelin close to winning a gold medal. This tyre is suitable for those looking for a calm and safe option with good everyday comfort.
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2021 Nordic Studded Winter Tyre Test - 2nd of 8 tyres

  • Overall - Overall rating 9.0. Features on ice and snow- Easy manageability in all conditions- Excellent snow and ice grip- Logical driving behavior on snow and ice. Properties on asphalt- Long braking distances in the wet- Poor lateral grip when wet
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2021 Studless and Studded Winter Tyre Test - 3rd of 16 tyres

  • Positive - [Studded] Best in snow handling, good on ice, good dry braking.
  • Negative - Slow wet handling and long wet braking, expensive.
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2023 Tyre Tests

  • 2nd: 2023 Studded Tyre Test (225/45 R17)
  • 2021 Tyre Tests

  • 2nd: 2021 Nordic Studded Winter Tyre Test (205/55 R16)
  • 3rd: 2021 Studless and Studded Winter Tyre Test (205/55 R16)
  • 2020 Tyre Tests

  • 1st: 2020 Nordic and Studded Winter Tyre Test (205/55 R16)
  • 1st: The Best Winter Tyres for 2020 (205/55 R16)
  • 1st: 2020 Studded Winter Tyre Test (205/60 R16)
  • 2019 Tyre Tests

  • 2nd: 2019 Studded Winter Tyre Test (225/50 R17)
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    Top 3 Michelin X Ice North 4 Reviews

    Given 91% while driving a Toyota Corolla E140 (205/55 R16 T) on a combination of roads for 0 spirited miles
    Uncompromising grip on all types of winter surfaces. Out of competition on the ice tracks. Very low noise level, audible only at low speeds when driving on a clean road. With these tires, it is very difficult to achieve ABS actuation. Perfectly copes with leaving the track. After running-in in compliance with the manufacturer's recommendations, the studs took their position and after 15,000 km remain in place. I recommend to buy, the best studded tire.
    Helpful 78 - tyre reviewed on February 11, 2021
    Given 76% while driving a Kia Motors GT limited AWD (225/45 R18) on a combination of roads for 18,000 spirited miles
    I've had the North4 studded tire for 3 winters ( 20-25 000 Km) in Manitoba Canada on a 2018 Kia Stinger GT limited AWD. They have never let me down, starting and stopping driving normal, is like driving in summer, but with some light tiktac clacking from the studs. The road noise is much better than any other studded tire due to advances in technology. I can feel a certain amount of slippage in rain and dry concrete, but on snow and ice ( and that's 90% of the roads here in winter) they dig in like claws. I drive in sport mode and it splits my power 80/20 to the back, and have the best control I have ever had in very bad conditions. The tires surpass my every exception and will be purchased again!
    Helpful 18 - tyre reviewed on December 4, 2022
    Given 89% while driving a Ford Focus (215/55 R17) on mostly town for 0 average miles
    The best I have tried in winter conditions. Fantastic grip on ice and snow, comfortable ride and the studs seem to last much longer than on others I have owned. Going into the 5th winter of mostly urban driving in Reykjavik I can see that most of the studs have come loose now so they will be disappearing soon. I used to run Goodyear ultra grip ice arctic on my cars before, but the ride was rougher and noisier, the studs would be long gone by now and they did not have as much grip on snow and ice. The Goodyears had a better grip in the wet at high speeds though.
    Helpful 8 - tyre reviewed on October 24, 2023
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    Given 82% while driving a Volkswagen 2019 Golf Variant 1.5 TSI (205/55 R16) on a combination of roads for 17,000 average miles
    Very good tyres, on par with Nokian Hakkapeliitta 8, or even better when they were new. Maybe a bit faster wearing compared to Hakka8, but definitely better than Continental IceContact2. Of course these are not summer tyres, so my scoring is compared to other winter tyres.
    Helpful 12 - tyre reviewed on April 22, 2023
    Given 86% while driving a Audi 80 B4 (195/60 R15) on a combination of roads for 5,000 spirited miles
    This tire was bought for my old analogue awd car for use partially on road and ice track and it has been phenomenal. It made a twitchy and understeery car much more direct and leaning towards oversteer in a very preferable manner both in thems of controllability and for road feedback. My tires are quite narrow and has a bit of a wallowy feel on dry road. The width also dictates the feel of the tire in the wet, but is very much as expected from any studded tire in this dimmension. It made my car feel much more communicative in low friction enviorements
    Helpful 10 - tyre reviewed on April 9, 2023
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    Given 91% while driving a BMW 520d M Sport (245/45 R18) on a combination of roads for 20,000 average miles
    This is by far the best Winter Tyre i have ever used. Compared to its competitors its miles better. The grip is outstanding, and the overall performance is perfect. I would never choose another Tyre, unless its he next generation.
    Helpful 15 - tyre reviewed on October 19, 2022