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Barum Polaris 5

Barum Polaris 5

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Pros and cons

  • Short braking distance on snow
  • Very good aquaplaning resistance
  • Short braking distance on dry roads
  • Short braking distance on wet roads
  • Exceptional handling on the wet
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Competitors

The Barum Polaris 5 tire demonstrates mixed performance across various tests, indicating it to be a choice with both commendable strengths and notable weaknesses. On the positive side, the tire is praised for its low fuel consumption and wear, pointing to a favorable environmental impact and longer tire life. Specifically, its performance on snow is highlighted as a strong point, offering good traction and handling which is critical for winter driving conditions. This is further supported by commendable dry handling dynamics and a high projected mileage, suggesting the tire is a cost-effective option that does not compromise on durability.


However, the Polaris 5 faces considerable challenges across other essential driving conditions. Its behavior on dry, wet, and icy roads reveals significant shortcomings. On dry roads, the tire exhibits only sufficient feedback and precision, requiring frequent corrections during steering and exhibiting tendencies towards oversteering during dynamic maneuvers. Its performance on wet roads also does not exceed satisfactory levels, with specific issues in grip and precision highlighted, alongside a tendency to understeer or oversteer relatively early. The tire’s performance on icy surfaces further solidifies the critique, as it is marked by weaknesses that affect overall safety and handling.


While the tire's low fuel consumption and weight, along with high durability, earn it a good environmental impact score, these benefits are somewhat overshadowed by its deficiencies in key performance areas. The Polaris 5's behavior in diverse weather conditions — showcased by its limited grip and precision on wet surfaces and lesser feedback on dry roads — aligns it as a tire of contrasts. Despite its excellent snow performance and environmental advantages, the recurring theme across tests indicates a tire that might be considered for those prioritizing winter driving and value but could be less suitable for those emphasizing all-round performance and safety.


In conclusion, the Barum Polaris 5 positions itself as a budget-friendly option with specific strengths in snow performance and environmental impact. Still, it carries compromises in handling and safety across dry, wet, and icy conditions, making it a tire choice that demands careful consideration based on the driver’s priorities and typical driving conditions.

Sizes

Barum Polaris 5 is made in 74 sizes, starting from 135/80 R13 up to 255/40 R19.
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Timeline

2018

Barum Polaris 5 was launched and replaced Barum Polaris 3.

2019

Barum Polaris 5 was tested 1x (Autobild)

2020

Barum Polaris 5 was tested 2x (Autobild,...)

2021

Barum Polaris 5 was tested 3x (ADAC,...)

2022

Barum Polaris 5 was tested 2x (ADAC,...)

2023

Barum Polaris 5 was tested 3x (ADAC,...)

Achievements

Best
Aquaplaning - cross
Adac 2023
Best
Aquaplaning - longitudal
Adac 2023
Best
Dry braking
Adac 2023
Best
Exterior noise
Adac 2023
Best
Snow traction
Adac 2023
Best
Wet braking
Adac 2023

Barum Polaris 5 in tyre tests

All tyre tests where Barum Polaris 5 was featured:
Autobild Winter tyre test 2023 225/45 R18
satisfactory
Ranked #9 of 20
Securing the 9th position out of 20 competitors, the Barum Polaris 5 made a notable presence with its overall performance being marked as 'Satisfactory'. This tyre shines for its cost-effectiveness being a third-tier brand, yet delivering impressive results particularly in snow conditions and showcasing dynamic handling on dry surfaces. Additionally, it stands out for its high mileage, presenting a valuable proposition for users looking for longevity in their winter tyres. However, it does exhibit understeering behavior on wet roads, which is a point that could be improved. Despite this, the Barum Polaris 5 did not specifically rank absolute best or last in any of the tested disciplines, indicating a well-rounded performance across various conditions.
Name WetDrySnowRunning costs
Best values in test2+2+11-
Barum Polaris 52-22+1-
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Name Stopping distance on wetStopping distance on snow
Best values in test31,429,2
Barum Polaris 535,631,0
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ADAC Winter tyre test 2023 205/60 R16
satisfactory
Ranked #12 of 16
Name Enviromental impactDriving safety
Best values in test22.1
Barum Polaris 52.33.4
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ADAC Winter tyre test 2022 185/65 R15
sufficient
Ranked #14 of 16
The Barum Polaris 5 finished 14th out of 16 competitors, securing a final rating of 'Sufficient'. Though the tyre demonstrated some strengths, such as low fuel consumption and wear, along with good performance on snow, it was notably hindered by its weaknesses. Those include significant challenges on icy, wet, and dry surfaces which led to its overall performance being deemed only conditionally recommendable. Interestingly, within specific disciplines, it showcased an exceptional capability in snow braking, which stood out as its prime area of proficiency. However, the mentioned areas of weakness curtailed its appeal, indicating that while it could be a viable option under certain conditions, it may not be the most reliable choice across all winter instances.
Name WetDrySnowIceRolling resistanceNoiseWear
Best values in test1,71,91,81,91,72,51,5
Barum Polaris 53,23,92,42,82,03,02,0
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Autobild Winter tyre test 2022 215/55 R17

Ranked #26 of 56
Name Stopping distance on wetStopping distance on snow
Best values in test32,825,4
Barum Polaris 537,526,9
Name Stopping distance on wetStopping distance on snow
Best values in test32,127,3
Barum Polaris 536,128,8
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Source: www.autobild.de
ADAC Winter tyre test 2021 195/65 R15
satisfactory
Ranked #12 of 16
Name WetDrySnowIceNoiseWear
Best values in test1,61,91,92,02,62,0
Barum Polaris 53,23,02,02,0 2,83,0
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Source: www.adac.de
Autobild Winter tyre test 2021 205/55 R16
satisfactory
Ranked #15 of 20
Name WetDrySnowRolling resistanceWear
Best values in test2+2+11-1
Barum Polaris 53+3+2+1- 2+
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Source: www.autobild.de
Name Stopping distance on wetStopping distance on snow
Best values in test30,324,3
Barum Polaris 535,224,9
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Source: www.autobild.de
Name WetDrySnowRunning costs
Best values in test2+1-2+1-
Barum Polaris 52-222-
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Source: www.autobild.de
Name Stopping distance on wetStopping distance on snow
Best values in test29,224
Barum Polaris 533,925
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Source: www.autobild.de

Test ratings distribution

85% (5x)65% (1x)
GoodSatisfactorySufficient
1x4x1x

Ratings x Wheel size

R15R16R18
75% (2x)85% (2x)85% (2x)

Ratings x Width

185/xx Rxx195/xx Rxx205/xx Rxx225/xx Rxx245/xx Rxx
65% (1x)85% (1x)85% (2x)85% (1x)85% (1x)

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