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Michelin Primacy 4+ review

For a tyre that is focused on performance when it is worn, the Primacy 4+ performed pretty well from new, with a good all-round balance

Just like the Hankook, this Michelin arrived in 2022 with a focus on durability, which is hard to achieve alongside wet-weather performance. In our mini test this year, it delivered a very similar performance compared with the Continental.

This tyre also aims to negate the drop-off in wet performance as the tread wears, thanks to a second layer of rubber compound to deal with reduced water clearing from the smaller channels. 

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Testing it in as-new condition may not have played to its strengths, but it finished third best in the wet tests. This was helped by another performance target for the 4+: ‘best aquaplaning control’. The only blot on its wet performance was last place for wet cornering, but the margins were small. On the handling track, it was one of the sharpest after the Continental, with good front grip and letting us get on the power early.

Dry grip was a different story, but, again, the margins were small. It needed nearly two metres more to stop than the PremiumContact and was less than half a second off the winner’s handling lap time. The rolling resistance result is skewed by the Bridgestone, but this former fuel-efficiency champ finished just off the podium, in fourth.

Blackcircles.com says…

"This is popular among our customers, with a 4.7/5 rating for ‘would buy again’. Reviews comment on great grip and an excellent driving experience."

Results

Michelin Primacy 4+  
Overall98.3% 
Price£111.56 
Wet braking95.5%=4th
Wet handling98.5%=5th
Wet cornering97.7%11th
Curved aquaplaning92.3%4th
Straight aquaplaning95.5%=2nd
Dry braking95.1%9th
Dry handling98.8%9th
Cabin noise98.7%9th
Rolling resistance76.3%4th

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Kim has worked for Auto Express for more than three decades and all but a year of that time in the Products section. His current role as products editor involves managing the section’s content and team of testers plus doing some of the tests himself. 

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