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Michelin Primacy 4+

Michelin Primacy 4+

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Michelin Primacy 4+
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Pros and cons

  • Short braking distance on dry roads
  • Great handling on dry roads
  • Exceptional handling on the wet
  • Very good aquaplaning resistance
  • Low drive-by noise levels
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The Michelin Primacy 4+ emerges as a highly regarded summer tire across various tests, showcasing a blend of qualities that elevate driving safety and environmental responsibility. Central to its praise is the tire's balanced performance on both dry and wet surfaces, ensuring drivers experience secure handling and reliable braking under varying conditions. Its ability to maintain a high level of performance throughout its lifespan is noted, attributed to advanced tread technology that doesn't compromise on safety as the tire wears down.

In wet conditions, the Primacy 4+ garners acclaim for its excellent grip and aquaplaning resistance, albeit with minor exceptions where its aquaplaning properties were seen as slightly lacking. Nonetheless, its wet braking and handling capabilities are frequently highlighted, reinforcing its stature as a tire that can be trusted in challenging weather scenarios. On dry roads, the tire's handling and braking performance receive commendations, although some tests suggest room for improvement in sharpness and cornering grip under specific conditions.

From an environmental and economic perspective, the Michelin Primacy 4+ shines brightly. Its low rolling resistance contributes to reduced fuel consumption, aligning with a growing consumer preference for efficiency without sacrificing performance. The tire's durability is another strong suit, promising a long service life that translates to greater value and lesser environmental impact due to reduced replacement frequency.

Despite its many strengths, the tire's performance spectrum is not without critique. In some tests, attributes like dry handling sharpness and wet cornering grip were not at the forefront, and noise levels on rough surfaces were noted as a potential area of improvement. Moreover, its higher price point relative to some competitors could be a consideration for budget-conscious buyers.

In summary, the Michelin Primacy 4+ positions itself as a superior choice for drivers seeking a harmonious balance of safety, performance, and environmental efficiency. Its adeptness on both wet and dry surfaces, combined with commendable fuel efficiency and longevity, showcases Michelin's commitment to innovation and quality in tire manufacturing. While minor criticisms are noted, they do not significantly detract from the tire's overall impressive performance portfolio.


Michelin Primacy 4+ is made in 122 sizes, starting from 185/50 R16 up to 245/40 R21.
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Michelin Primacy 4+ was launched and replaced Michelin Primacy 4.


Michelin Primacy 4+ was tested 3x (Autoklub ČR,...)


Michelin Primacy 4+ was tested 8x (Autobild,...) and won the Autobild 205/55 R16 test.


Exterior noise
Autozeitung 2024
Autobild 2024
Adac 2023
Aquaplaning - cross
Adac 2023
Aquaplaning - longitudal
Adac 2023
Dry braking
Adac 2023
Dry handling
Ace 2024
Wet braking
Adac 2023

Michelin Primacy 4+ in tyre tests

All tyre tests where Michelin Primacy 4+ was featured:
Autobild Summer tyre test 2024 225/55 R17
Ranked #4 of 10
Securing a commendable 4th place among 10 contenders, the Michelin Primacy 4+ has been rated as 'Exemplary' for its performance. This tire stood out for its top-notch summer profile, boasting dynamically safe handling on both wet and dry roads. The precision in steering response, complemented by effective feedback and notably short braking distances on various surfaces, underscores its reliability. Additionally, its secure aquaplaning characteristics and the pleasantly quiet ride comfort it offers positively contributed to its high evaluation. One aspect noted was its high price level; however, this does not diminish its overall excellence. Of particular distinction, the tire excelled in the discipline of comfort, firmly establishing its prowess in providing a soothing driving experience without compromising safety or performance.
Name WetDryRolling resistanceNoise
Best values in test1-2+2+2+
Michelin Primacy 4+22+ 22
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ADAC Summer tyre test 2024 215/55 R17
Ranked #2 of 16
Securing an impressive second place among 16 competitors, the Michelin Primacy 4+ showcased its distinction with a final rating of 'Good'. This tire stood out for its balanced performance, exhibiting secure handling on both dry and wet roads, complemented by its commendably short braking distances. Its performance on dry tarmac was notable for good steering feedback and a reliable behavior at the limit, ensuring a safe driving experience. Although performing admirably on wet surfaces, with good handling and braking, it slightly faltered in aquaplaning tests, narrowly missing a top-notch rating in this respect. Moreover, the Primacy 4+ was praised for its environmental credentials, achieving a high score for its very high projected mileage, minimal wear, and efficient fuel consumption attributed to its low weight. This comprehensive evaluation affirmed the tire's strength in safety and environmental friendliness, albeit with a minor note on aquaplaning performance.
Name Enviromental impactDriving safety
Best values in test1,61,7
Michelin Primacy 4+1,72,2
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Automotorsport Summer tyre test 2024 235/55 R18
Ranked #8 of 8
Securing the last place among eight contenders, the Michelin Primacy 4+ certainly had a mixed performance. Despite its position, it managed to earn a 'Good' final rating, highlighting a complex evaluation. This tyre exhibited significantly short braking distances and responsive handling on dry asphalt, marking its strengths. However, it faced criticism for its long braking distances on wet surfaces, alongside weak cornering grip and poor traction under the same conditions. Concerns were also raised regarding its aquaplaning protection and an increased risk of oversteer during rapid lane changes and load transfer situations on dry roads. Interestingly, the tyre shined in terms of rolling resistance, having the best performance in this category, suggesting an impressive efficiency that unfortunately came at the expense of safety features.
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Name Points total
Best values in test87
Michelin Primacy 4+75
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ACE Summer tyre test 2024 225/45 R17
highly recommended
Ranked #3 of 10
Name Points totalWetDryRolling resistanceNoise
Best values in test2144792135
Michelin Primacy 4+20465116176
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Autobild Summer tyre test 2024 205/55 R16
Ranked #1 of 20
The Michelin Primacy 4+ secured the top position, finishing 1 out of 20 competitors, in a renowned tyre performance evaluation. Notably, it received a final rating of 'Exemplary' due to its well-balanced attributes, high performance potential, and impressive handling qualities. A standout feature of this tyre includes its short braking distances on dry surfaces, which contributes significantly to its overall safety profile. Furthermore, it was praised for its exemplary tread life and cost-effectiveness, marking it as a wise investment for consumers. Additionally, the Michelin Primacy 4+ was singled out for its exceptional performance in reducing exterior noise, offering a quieter and more comfortable driving experience. This combination of features underscores the tyre's superior design and engineering, making it a preferred choice for discerning drivers.
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Autozeitung Summer tyre test 2024 225/45 R17

Ranked #7 of 9
Finishing 7th out of 9 competitors, the Michelin Primacy 4+ demonstrated a mixed performance. The tyre is lauded for its exceptionally energy-efficient and smooth rolling characteristics, a testament to its traditional strength in minimizing rolling resistance. It excels in comfort, exterior noise reduction, and rolling resistance, outperforming all others in these areas. However, it faces criticism for its performance under dry conditions, where it tends to understeer when driven aggressively, and lacks the dynamism some might expect. Steering precision and lateral support are moderate, though the tyre's reactions are never critically negative. The most significant downside noted was its performance in wet conditions; the Michelin Primacy 4+ trades its excellent rolling resistance for subpar wet handling capabilities, including the slowest lap time and the longest braking distance in wet tests, indicating limited wet grip which ultimately hindered a stronger overall result.
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Name Stopping distance on dryStopping distance on wet
Best values in test35,425,8
Michelin Primacy 4+36,327,7
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Name Points totalWetDry
Best values in test104,7106103,4
Michelin Primacy 4+102,6103,9101,4
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Source: www.autoklub.cz
ADAC Summer tyre test 2023 205/55 R16
Ranked #3 of 50
Securing a notable 3rd place among 50 competitors, the Michelin Primacy 4+ made a significant impression with its performance. It garnered a "Good" final rating, underscoring its commendable attributes. Test observations highlighted it as a very balanced tyre, performing well on both dry and wet surfaces. Its environmental credentials were also stellar, displaying a very high mileage - the best in its category - with no significant weaknesses found. The tyre's safety quotient was strong, offering satisfactory feedback on dry roads and maintaining stability at the limit, with its braking distance being well-regarded when compared to others in the test. On wet surfaces, it excelled in braking, resistance to aquaplaning, and handling, showcasing exceptional grip and reliable driving characteristics. Furthermore, its environmental impact was minimal, achieving a high rating for projected longevity and low wear. This, coupled with its lightweight and fuel-efficient design, further emphasized its efficiency.
Name Enviromental impactDriving safety
Best values in test1,31,8
Michelin Primacy 4+1,62,3
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Source: www.adac.de
Tyre Reviews Summer tyre test 2023 205/55 R16
highly recommended
Ranked #5 of 13
Michelin Primacy 4+
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