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Michelin Primacy 3

Michelin Primacy 3 Review - Our Honest Opinion

Here are the key stats for the Primacy 3, at a glance.
Key Info - Australia
Vehicle SuitabilityPassenger
Driving StylePremium Touring Summer
Release Date2011
Run Flat?No
Overall Score73/100


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Michelin Primacy 3 in Australia

This offering by Michelin has been around in Australia for about 13 years. Especially designed for regular passenger (non-SUV) vehicles, it comes in a total of 112 sizes.

This premium touring summer tyre is a solid option for those looking for a summer tyre in the premium end of the market. Note that it is not a runflat tyre.

Read on to see how it stacks up against the competition!

How We Reviewed The Primacy 3 Tyres

Unlike the Australian government, the European Union carries out standardised tests on all tyres sold in Europe. These tests are carried out in identical conditions, making them a reliable way to compare tyres.

For this review, we use averaged results from tests done on 73 sizes of the Primacy 3 tyres by the European Union.

We then compare these to the same results for the following similar tyres, also rated for Premuim Touring Summer usage and sold in Australia.

Fuel Efficiency

EU GradeCompared to an A grade tyre?
Fuel Efficiency
(A - E)
C0.2L/100km extra fuel consumption. ~$47 extra per year

The US Department of Energy estimates that around 25% of the fuel consumption of a vehicle is attributable to the tyres. That's a lot, and it means that choosing fuel efficient tyres can save you quite a bit of money.

The Primacy 3 tyres rank a C on a scale of A to E in the official fuel efficiency tests carried out by the EU (they call these rolling resistance tests).

Relative to an A grade tyre, expect to use an extra 0.2L/100km. This works out to $47 extra spent on petrol per year, based on a typical 12,000 km driven per year.


Here's how the Primacy 3 compares to similar tyres for fuel efficiency (1 = Grade E, 5 = Grade A).

Based on the comparison tyres we've selected, the Primacy 3 ranked # out of 0 tyres.

Grip & Handling

EU GradeCompared to an A grade tyre?
Wet Grip
(A - E)
ANo difference

We'll now take a look at how these tyres compare in terms of grip and handling.

A good measure of this is 'wet grip', which is an indication of how well the tyres will allow the vehicle to come to a stop in wet conditions.

The Primacy 3 tyres rank a A on a scale of A to E in the official fuel tests carried out by the EU.

This is the highest possible rating, and indicates excellent grip and handling in wet conditions relative to other tyres.


Here's how the Primacy 3 compares to similar tyres for wet grip (1 = Grade E, 5 = Grade A).

For wet grip, they scored # out of 0 comparison tyres.


EU GradeCompared to an A grade tyre?
(A - C)
B (69 dB)2 times as noisy

Another key factor to consider when choosing a tyre is road noise. Once you're over about 40 km/h, the dominant source of noise you hear is from the contact of your tyres on the road.

There is a surprisingly wide variation in the amount of noise each tyre makes.

The Primacy 3 tyres produce 69.5 dB of road noise, which corresponds to a rank of B on a scale of A to C in the standardised testing done by the EU.

Expect these tyres to produce about 2 times as much noise as an A grade tyre (the decibel scale is logarithmic).


Here's how the Primacy 3 compares to similar tyres for noise (1 = Grade C, 3 = Grade A).

For noise, they ranked # out of 0 comparison tyres.


Based on the results of a number of tyre benchmarks, including those below, the Primacy 3 scores 5 out of 5 for comfort.

  • ADAC: Summer Tire Test R16


With a UTQG treadwear rating of 320, the Primacy 3 would theoretically last 3.2 times longer than a tyre with a treadwear rating of 100.


The UTQG system measures traction as straight-line braking in dry conditions. The scale is AA, A, B, C, with AA being the best grade, and C the worst.

These tyres score a grade of A.

Temperature Resistance

The UTQG temperature resistance tests measure how well tyres can dissipate heat that builds up due to friction with the road. The scale is A, B, C, with A being the highest grade.

These tyres score a grade of A.


The Primacy 3 tyres have a warranty of 6 years.

Comparisons With Similar Tyres

Still undecided as to whether to go with these premuim touring summer tyres? Check out our data-driven comparisons to similar tyres on the market in Australia!


With an overall rating of 73 out of 100, the Primacy 3 tyres are a solid choice for anyone looking to replace their car rubber with some tyres designed for premuim touring summer action.

For fuel efficiency, they score a grade of C, which is more or less average, though this isn't a super important factor.

More important is the wet grip, which gives you an indication of their traction and handling. In this regard, they get a score of A, which is outstanding.

Finally, for road noise, they receive a B grade, which is about typical.

In terms of data out of the US, they have the following UTQG ratings:

  • Treadwear: 320
  • Traction: A (scale: AA, A, B, C)
  • Temperature Resistance: A (scale: A, B, C)

Full Size List (click to show)

Below is a list of all 112 sizes of the Primacy 3 tyres sold in Australia, sorted by tyre width. Select your preferred size to compare prices across multiple suppliers.

185/55 R16 87H XL
185/55 R16 83V
195/50 R16 88V XL
195/55 R16 87H
195/60 R16 89H
195/45 R16 84V XL
195/55 R16 87V
195/55 R16 91V XL
195/55 R20 95H XL
195/60 R16 89V
205/50 R17 89W
205/55 R17 91W
205/45 R17 88V XL
205/55 R16 91H
205/60 R16 96W XL
205/50 R17 89V
205/50 R17 93H XL
205/50 R17 89Y
205/45 R17 88W XL
205/60 R16 92V
205/55 R17 95V XL
205/55 R19 97V XL
205/50 R17 93V XL
205/60 R16 92W
205/55 R16 91W
205/55 R17 95W XL
205/55 R16 91V
205/60 R16 96V XL
215/55 R16 93Y
215/65 R16 102H XL
215/60 R16 99H XL
215/55 R16 93H
215/55 R17 94W
215/45 R17 87W
215/55 R16 97V XL
215/60 R17 96V
215/55 R16 93V
215/55 R18 99V XL
215/60 R17 96H
215/60 R16 95V
215/50 R17 95W XL
215/50 R17 91W
215/65 R16 102V XL
215/65 R17 99V
215/55 R16 97W XL
215/65 R16 98H
215/50 R17 91H
215/45 R16 90V XL
215/50 R18 92W
215/55 R17 98W XL
215/55 R16 93W
215/60 R16 99V XL
215/65 R16 98V
215/45 R17 91W XL
215/55 R17 94V
225/50 R17 94Y
225/60 R16 98V
225/45 R18 91W
225/55 R18 98V
225/60 R16 102V XL
225/50 R17 98Y XL
225/60 R17 99V
225/55 R17 101W XL
225/50 R17 94H
225/45 R17 91W
225/55 R17 97V
225/55 R16 95V
225/55 R17 97W
225/45 R17 91Y
225/45 R18 95Y XL
225/45 R17 91V
225/60 R16 98W
225/50 R17 94V
225/60 R17 99Y
225/55 R16 99W XL
225/50 R16 92V
225/55 R17 97Y
225/50 R17 94W
225/55 R16 99Y XL
225/50 R17 98V XL
225/45 R17 94W XL
225/50 R18 95V
225/50 R17 98W XL
225/55 R16 95W
235/45 R17 94W
235/50 R18 101Y XL
235/45 R18 98Y XL
235/55 R17 103W XL
235/45 R17 94Y
235/55 R17 103Y XL
235/55 R18 104Y XL
235/55 R18 104V XL
235/55 R18 100V
235/50 R17 96W
235/45 R18 98W XL
245/50 R18 100W
245/45 R17 99Y XL
245/40 R18 93Y
245/55 R17 102W
245/45 R19 102Y XL
245/45 R19 98Y
245/40 R19 98Y XL
245/45 R18 96W
245/40 R18 97Y XL
245/45 R18 100Y XL
245/45 R18 96Y
245/50 R18 100Y
245/45 R18 100W XL
255/45 R18 99Y
275/40 R18 99Y
275/40 R19 101Y
275/35 R19 100Y XL
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