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Michelin Primacy 4 vs Michelin Primacy SUV

Michelin Primacy 4 vs Primacy SUV - Which Is #1? [2024]

Here are the key stats for the Michelin Primacy 4 and Michelin Primacy SUV tyres, at a glance.
Primacy 4Primacy SUV
Vehicle SuitabilityPassengerLight Truck / SUV
Driving StylePremium Touring SummerCrossover/SUV Touring All-Season
SeasonSummerAll Season
Release Date20172015
Run Flat?NoNo
Overall Score85/100N/A

Pricing

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Michelin Primacy 4 vs Michelin Primacy SUV in Australia

The Primacy 4 has been around in Australia for about 7 years, whereas the Primacy SUV has been on the market for about 9 years

The Primacy 4 is rated for premium touring summer action, however the Primacy SUV tyres are classified as crossover/suv touring all-season.The former is designed for use in regular passenger (non-SUV) vehicles, but the latter should be used with 4WDs, SUVs and light trucks.

The Primacy 4 are for use in summerconditions, whereas the Primacy SUV are considered summer tyres. Neither of them are runflat tyres. Both brands are considered to be in the premium part of the market.

Read on to see how each of these tyres stack up against each other!

How We Reviewed These 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 125 sizes of these tyres by the European Union.

Fuel Efficiency

EU Grade
(A - E)
Compared to an A grade tyre?
Primacy 4C0.2L/100km extra fuel consumption. ~$36 extra per year
Primacy SUVC0.2L/100km extra fuel consumption. ~$49 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 4 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).

The Primacy SUV tyres get a grade of C

As their fuel efficiency grade is the same, expect negligible differences in fuel consumption between them.

Here's a graph comparing the Primacy 4 and Primacy SUV tyres for fuel efficiency (1 = Grade E, 5 = Grade A).

Grip & Handling

EU Grade
(A - E)
Compared to an A grade tyre?
Primacy 4AThis is an A grade tyre for wet grip
Primacy SUVB2.5 metre greater stopping distance when braking at 80km/h

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

The Primacy SUV tyres, on the other hand, get a grade of B.

Expect the lower graded tyres to require about an extra 3 metres to come to a complete stop when braking at 80km/h.

Here's a graph comparing the Primacy 4 and Primacy SUV tyres for wet grip (1 = Grade E, 5 = Grade A).

Noise

EU Grade
(A - C)
Compared to an A grade tyre?
Primacy 4B (69.0 dB)2 times as noisy
Primacy SUVB (69.8 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 4 tyres produce 69.0 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.

On the other hand, the Primacy SUV tyres produce 69.8 dB of road noise, which means a grade of B.

As their noise grade is the same, don't expect many differences in terms of cabin noise.

Here's a visual representation of how the Primacy 4 and Primacy SUV tyres stack up for noise (1 = Grade C, 3 = Grade A).

Comfort

Based on the results of a number of tyre benchmarks, the Primacy 4 scores 5 out of 5 for comfort. We don't have any comfort data for the Primacy SUV tyres.

UTQG Data

Introduced by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in the USA, the Uniform Tire Grading System (UTQG), is a system for comparing one tyre product to another on the basis of some standardised tests.

Primacy 4Primacy SUV
Treadwear340440
Traction
(AA - C)
AA
Temperature Resistance
(A - C)
AA

Treadwear

As per the UTQG guidelines, the Primacy 4 tyres have a treadwear rating of 340, whereas the Primacy SUV tyres have a rating of 440. This means that the Primacy 4 tyres will theoretically last only 77% as long as the Primacy SUV tyres.

Traction

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.

As per the UTQG system, the Primacy 4 tyres have a traction grading of A, whereas the Primacy SUV tyres have a grading 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.

As per the UTQG system of tyre grading, the Primacy 4 tyres have a temperature resistance grading of A, whereas the Primacy SUV tyres have a grading of A (on a scale of A, B, C).

Warranty

The Primacy 4 tyres have a warranty of 6 years, whereas the Primacy SUV tyres have a warranty of 6 years.

Comparisons With Similar Tyres

Still on the fence about these tyres? Check out how they compare to other similar tyres on the market in Australia!

Summary

Let's now take a look at the main differences between these two sets of tyres.

For fuel efficiency, Primacy 4 score a grade of C, which is more or less average. Primacy SUV end up with a grade of C, which is more or less average.

More important is the wet grip, which gives you an indication of their traction and handling. In this regard, Primacy 4 get a score of A, which is outstanding. Primacy SUV end up with a grade of B, which is above average.

More important is the wet grip, which gives you an indication of their traction and handling. In this regard, Primacy 4 get a score of B, which is about typical. Primacy SUV end up with a grade of B, which is about typical.

The Primacy 4 tyres have a UTQG treadwear rating of 340, whereas the Primacy SUV tyres have a rating of 440.This means that you can expect the Primacy 4 to last only 77% as long as the Primacy SUV tyres.

The Primacy 4 have a UTQG traction grading of A, while the Primacy SUV tyres having a grading of A.

The Primacy 4 have a UTQG temperature grading of A, while the Primacy SUV tyres having a grading of A.

The Primacy 4 have a warranty of 6 years, while the Primacy SUV tyres are guaranteed for 6 years.

Full Size List (click to show)

Below is a list of all 143 sizes of the Primacy 4, and all 27 sizes of the Primacy SUV tyres sold in Australia, sorted by tyre width.

Primacy 4 Sizes

Size
165/65 R15 81T
175/65 R15 84H
185/50 R16 81H
185/60 R15 88H XL
185/65 R15 88T
185/65 R15 92T XL
185/65 R15 88H
185/60 R15 84H
185/55 R15 82V
185/60 R15 84T
195/55 R15 85V
195/60 R18 96H XL
195/60 R17 90W
195/65 R16 92V
195/55 R16 91V XL
195/60 R15 88H
195/60 R15 88V
195/50 R15 82V
195/55 R16 87H
195/55 R16 87V
195/65 R15 91V
195/55 R16 87T
195/45 R16 84V XL
195/55 R16 87W
195/65 R15 95H XL
195/65 R15 91H
195/55 R16 91T XL
205/55 R16 94V XL
205/55 R16 94H XL
205/50 R17 89V
205/60 R16 92V
205/45 R16 83W
205/55 R17 95V XL
205/45 R16 83H
205/55 R19 97V XL
205/50 R17 93H XL
205/65 R15 94H
205/55 R17 91W
205/45 R17 88V XL
205/55 R17 95W XL
205/55 R16 91H
205/55 R19 97H XL
205/65 R15 94V
205/60 R16 92H
205/55 R16 91W
205/60 R16 96W XL
205/55 R16 91V
205/50 R17 93W XL
205/55 R17 91V
205/60 R16 92W
205/60 R16 96H XL
205/50 R17 93V XL
205/45 R17 88H XL
205/60 R16 96V
205/60 R16 96V XL
215/55 R18 99V XL
215/55 R17 94W
215/65 R16 102H XL
215/45 R17 91W XL
215/45 R17 87W
215/55 R16 93W
215/55 R16 97W XL
215/55 R16 93V
215/50 R17 91W
215/50 R18 92W
215/60 R16 99H XL
215/60 R16 95H
215/50 R17 95W XL
215/60 R17 96V
215/65 R16 102H
215/65 R17 103V XL
215/60 R16 95V
215/45 R17 91V XL
215/55 R17 94V
215/60 R16 99V XL
215/55 R17 98W XL
215/60 R17 96H
215/65 R17 99V
225/50 R16 92W
225/55 R18 102Y XL
225/45 R17 91Y
225/45 R17 94W XL
225/50 R17 98Y XL
225/60 R17 99V
225/55 R17 101W XL
225/55 R16 95W
225/45 R18 95Y XL
225/50 R17 94Y
225/60 R16 102W XL
225/45 R17 94Y XL
225/55 R17 97Y
225/50 R18 99W XL
225/45 R17 91V
225/55 R18 102V XL
225/55 R17 101V XL
225/50 R17 94W
225/40 R18 92Y XL
225/55 R17 101Y XL
225/55 R16 99W XL
225/65 R17 102H
225/45 R17 91W
225/55 R16 99Y XL
225/45 R18 95W XL
225/45 R17 94V XL
225/55 R17 97W
225/50 R17 94V
225/50 R17 98W XL
225/50 R17 98V XL
235/55 R18 100W
235/40 R19 96W XL
235/50 R18 101Y XL
235/55 R17 103W XL
235/45 R20 100V XL
235/55 R18 100V
235/55 R18 104V XL
235/60 R17 102V
235/60 R18 103V
235/45 R18 98Y XL
235/45 R18 98W XL
235/45 R17 94W
235/40 R18 91W
235/45 R17 97W XL
235/50 R18 97V
235/50 R19 103V XL
235/55 R17 99V
235/50 R18 101H XL
235/55 R17 103Y XL
235/45 R17 94Y
235/55 R19 105W XL
245/40 R18 97Y XL
245/45 R17 99Y XL
245/40 R18 93H
245/45 R19 102V XL
245/45 R17 99W XL
245/45 R18 96W
245/45 R18 100W XL
245/45 R18 100Y XL
255/40 R19 100W XL
255/40 R18 99Y XL
255/45 R18 99Y
255/50 R18 106Y XL
255/45 R20 105V XL
255/45 R20 101V

Primacy SUV Sizes

Size
205/70 R15 96H
215/70 R15 98H
215/70 R16 100H
215/65 R16 102H XL
225/65 R17 102H
225/70 R16 103H
225/60 R18 100H
235/60 R17 102V
235/65 R17 108V XL
235/70 R16 106H
235/60 R18 103V
235/75 R15 109H XL
245/65 R17 107H
245/50 R20 102V
245/55 R19 103H
245/70 R16 111H XL
255/55 R19 111V XL
255/70 R15 108H
255/65 R17 110H
265/70 R16 112H
265/60 R18 110H
265/65 R17 112H
275/65 R17 115H
275/65 R18 116H
275/70 R16 114H
285/65 R17 116H
285/60 R18 116V
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