Michelin Pilot Sport 5

The Michelin Pilot Sport 5 builds on the impressive range of ability of the PS4, improving the tread life, having sharper more precise steering, and offering higher levels of grip in the dry and wet.

This tire replaced the Michelin Pilot Sport 4.

Tire review data from 47 tire reviews averaging 85% over 181,082 miles driven.

The Pilot Sport 5 is ranked 16th of 74 Summer Max Performance tires.

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2023 Tire Reviews Performance Tire Test - 2nd of 6 tires

  • Positive - The Michelin Pilot Sport 5 stood out for its durability, with the longest tread life among all tires tested. It also maintained consistent performance across various conditions, offering good steering and a progressive understeer balance, and was the tire with the lowest eco impact.
  • Negative - The Pilot Sport 5 was the most expensive tire to buy, and would benefit from a little more grip in wet conditions.
  • Overall - As you would expect from the Michelin brand, the Pilot Sport 5 stood out for it's impressive longevity, boasting the longest tread life among all the tires tested. It offered a great driving experience with good steering and a progressive understeer balance. The Michelin was also the kindest to the environment, producing the least amount of rubber particulate matter. This isn't a tire we'd rush to take on track, but on the road it is an excellent all round tire.

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2023 AutoBild Sports Car Summer Tire Test - 3rd of 13 tires

  • Positive - the PS5 is a top-class sports tires with dynamic handling qualities on wet and dry roads, agile handling with good balance, precise steering, very good safety reserves in the event of aquaplaning, short braking distances in the wet, good comfort, quiet rolling noise.
  • Negative - High price level.
  • Overall - Exemplary.
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2023 Summer Tire Market Overview - 6th of 48 tires

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Questions and Answers for the Michelin Pilot Sport 5

2022-01-27 - When do you expect to review the new Pilot Sport 5 tires?

I'm working hard to be the first on the new PS5, but realistically it's not possible to test before spring so I'm expecting March time.

2022-04-10 - Why PS5, compared to Asym 6, can be both average in wet grip/handling and excellent at aquaplaning resistance? Intuitively, a tire that better resists aquaplaning performs better in wet conditions, right?

Wet handling uses around 1 mm of water which doesn't really challenge a new tires aquaplaning properties so is more about the mechanical grip of the compound, where aquaplaning tests are usually conducted in 8 mm of water which is all about tread design.

2022-06-14 - I have kia stinger with pilot sport 4 tires and had a punctured front left tire. I cannot find the ps4 to buy anymore just the pilot sport 5. Will it be ok to switch both front tires to ps5 and keep the rear tires in ps4? They are new ps4 less than a 1000km.

Yes, mixing the Pilot Sport 5 and Pilot Sport 4 is totally ok as long as you match the left and right on the axle.

2022-09-28 - How come the pilot sport 5 is only available as a 97y not a 93y as well for the 245/40 r18 tire. The pilot sport 4 was available in both and I had the 93y. Is the 97y still suitable?

You can always go up in load rating so the 97Y will be fine. They might release a 93Y in the future if the market demands it however there's a chance it would be the same tire with a different sidewall so don't worry about fitting the 97Y.

2022-09-30 - Can you please have a chat with Michelin to find out about when the new tire size will arrive ? With only 44 launched I think there are a lot more to come as the PS4 were 130+ size. I am especialy interested in 215/50R17 for my Honda Civic

Unfortunately I don't have any new data yet, you could try contacting Michelin directly through their website and they might be able to give you a hint!

2022-11-05 - What is the new tire tread depth of the ps5? My brand new ones fitted prior to an MOT measured 6.5mm during the mot and were described as 23% worn

The new tread depth of the PS5 varies by size. Our test size of 225/45 R17 had 7.6mm at new, but larger wider tires often start with less.

2022-12-21 - I have a Mercedes-Benz SLK55 AMG, fitted with four new Michelin Pilot Sport 4 in late 2021. Unfortunately, the offside rear wheel was damaged and had to be replaced over the summer, and was fitted with a Pilot Sport 5 as the PS4 was no longer available. As the nearside PS4 had very little wear and the PS5 has much the same tread pattern, I was advised it wasn’t necessary to ‘match’ it with a replacement. Is this accurate?

I'm sure you could get lots of different opinions on this, and while I'd rather have the axle matched in this case I'm sure it won't be a huge issue. one thing to note, the PS5 will wear much more slowly than the PS4 so keep an eye on things.

2023-05-11 - Is it ok to fit an SUV with (275/45/R20) Michelin PS5 or better stick with PS4 SUV? The PS5 is given as an option in the Michelin web site for both Porsche Cayenne and Audi Q7 but not for Mercedes GLE (probably because the 265/45/R20 is not available?)

If you can get the correct load rating it shouldn't be an issue, but finding a PS5 in an SUV load rating could be tricky.

2023-09-04 - Does the 5 have a rim protector? The protruding rubber that reduces risk of curbing? My Ps4s have them but no info online about it on the 5.

Rim protection varies by tire size, but in my testing I've found the PS5 to have a small rim protector. If rim protection is important to you, I suggest looking at the Potenza Sport.

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Top 3 Michelin Pilot Sport 5 Reviews

Given 89% while driving a Volkswagen Golf MK7 R 300 BHP (225/40 R18) on mostly country roads for 2,000 spirited miles
I've bought the new Michelin Pilot Sport 5 for my Golf R as I previously had the Pilot Sport 4 tires. What a fantastic difference these new tire are. Theres far less noise, the grip in the wet is better and the dry grip is almost the same if not better as well. I would definitely be buying these again.
Helpful 327 - tire reviewed on January 13, 2022
Given 90% while driving a BMW 140i xdrive (265/35 R18) on a combination of roads for 1,000 spirited miles
245/40/18 Fronts 265/35/18 Rears Got these on my stage 2+ 470bhp/710nm M140i. I had Goodyear Super Sports on and I didn’t really gel well with them. The road feedback was definitely better (had PS4 before the super sports) but for grip Wet & Dry the PS4 was much better. This new PS5 is the same story. Fantastic grip dry and wet, little less noisy than the PS4. However the same issue with the vague steering feel is there same as the PS4. You know you have the best of the best tire but it can be a little unpredictable if you do find the limits of the tire to know what the tires doing. It’s definitely noticeable after coming from the Goodyears to the Michelin’s but take nothing away the Michelin, it’s is in a different league IMO when it comes to my car and the way it’s set up anyway. I had quite a lot of traction issues with the Goodyears, didn’t seem to get the power down as smooth as I liked, and since going back to Michelin I can comfortably get the power down without my traction light thinking it’s Christmas flashing on and off. I’ll compensate the vague steering feel for the sheer grip you get back. My new choice of tire from now!
Helpful 103 - tire reviewed on March 30, 2022
Given 83% while driving a Volvo C30 T5 (225/45 R17) on a combination of roads for 500 spirited miles
The Pilot Sport 5 is an evolution of the Pilot Sport 4, rather than a revolution. Grip is improved slightly in both wet and dry conditions, but don't expect the revolutionary difference from the Pilot Super Sport or Pilot Sport 3 to the 4. In terms of pace, the difference is perhaps more obvious on the stopwatch than in the seat with Michelin themselves claiming only a 1.7% improvement on pace in the wet. That's not to say that it's a bad thing though - the PS4 was already at or around the top of the tables in most regards, and they are what I would consider the gold standard for a road tire (assuming you cannot get the Pilot Sport 4 S in your fitment), so an improvement is likely to push the standard even further. As with the Pilot Sport 4, grip is fantastic in the dry, comparable to that of an AD08R semi slick, and in the wet the PS5 handles better than some road tires do in the dry. Noise levels are broadly similar, but the sound is duller and less intrusive than the 4. Again, that's already a fairly high benchmark, as the PS4 is a quiet, refined tire in the first place. Sidewall strength has always been a weak point for the PS4, with Michelin choosing to err on the side of comfort, and the Pilot Sport 5 is still not exemplary in this regard, but there is a modest improvement in sidewall stiffness over the 4. It's still early days for terms of wear rate so I have not rated this. Michelin claims a 15% improvement on tire life, one of the main claims they make over the PS4, so if anything this will be the main reason to choose the PS5 over the PS4, although realistically if you are looking at the PS4 then you will care about the slight improvements in performance too. Ultimately the Pilot Sport 5 moves the goalposts a little further, but not a lot. Whilst it currently is the best tire on the market (at least in the 17 inch fitment I run), rivals are catching up, and the next versions of their tires could well be able to close that gap in the next few years. However, it's worth buying over the PS4 given the very similar price.
Helpful 98 - tire reviewed on February 23, 2022
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Given 73% while driving a Ford fiesta st (205/40 R18) on a combination of roads for 12,000 spirited miles
Dry and wet grip was good and predictable. Comfort was a lot better then the previous tire from factory (pilot super sport). The previous pilot super sport felt more direct in compressing with the pilot sport 5. I drove 18.000 km with the pilot sport 5. At 10.000 km I changed the front to the back. Now 4 tires are gone… so for me the wear is not that great. But it depends how you drive your car of course.
I am gonna try te continental premium contact 7 next.
Helpful 2 - tire reviewed on December 3, 2023
Given 90% while driving a Volkswagen Polo GTI (215/40 R18) on mostly country roads for 1,000 spirited miles
Replaced these Pilot Sport 5 tires from the Continental premium contact 6’s that came as standard on car from factory and all I can say is WOW, much less of a dead 12 o’clock feel very progressive when pushing on. Excellent in wet. If I stomped on the go pedal at a roundabout to squeeze out a gap or get me out of bother, the Conti’s just spun up and I had to let of the gas a bit and reapply gently. These Pilot Sport 5’s have NEVER lost traction once yet. The Conti’s were not badly worn either, the rears had about 4ml of tread and the fronts had just under 3. I changed them as I just couldn’t get on with them, they felt hard very crash over bumps. I would buy these PS5’s again in a heartbeat. My car tire size is quite niche and there isn’t a lot of premium choices but I’m so glad I got these!
Helpful 2 - tire reviewed on December 2, 2023
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Given 97% while driving a Ford Mondeo Titanium 2.0 TCDI (235/40 R18) on a combination of roads for 4,000 easy going miles
great in both wet & dry quiet, comfortable, affordable would definitly buy again.
Helpful 0 - tire reviewed on November 19, 2023
Given 96% while driving a Mercedes Benz C250 2012 (225/45 R17) on a combination of roads for 4,000 spirited miles
I was on edge between PS5 and GoodYear Assmyetric 6... GY was cheaper, but I couldn't resist not having PS5 sidewall on my car.... Around 4k miles in, I cannot describe how much I love this tire... Previous owner of car fitted Primacy 4, which were great, but PS5 is in class of its own...

I personally was not able to find limit of this tire to this point in both dry or wet, and I drive rather hard... Once I go to right this set, I will get them again without any hesitation
Helpful 0 - tire reviewed on November 10, 2023
Given 65% while driving a BMW M240i (245/35 R18) on a combination of roads for 18,000 spirited miles
Bought the Pilot Sport 5 to replace half-worn Pilot Super Sports which, despite being awesome in the dry, were downright lethal in the cold and damp! These came off after about 25000 miles and still had around 5mm tread left!
PS5 First impressions were positive but I came to quickly realise that was down to the old-for-new tire swap! While I've found the PS5 to be good in the cold and wet, it understeers way too much for my liking. The rears in 245/35/18 are now approaching 2mm (after 14 months/less than 20000miles) so any day now I'll be replacing them.
Helpful 0 - tire reviewed on October 28, 2023
Given 64% while driving a MINI Countryman JCW (225/45 R17) on a combination of roads for 12 average miles
I loved driving on these tires. They gripped surprisingly well early in the season, when, for the first two weeks, the early morning temperatures were -7C.

I never ran out of grip. They hung on in dry and wet.

Here in Canada they cost $2k. But the real shock was that after 20k km they were worn down and have only 3 mm tread left. I usually get 4-5 years out of my tires. I’m on winter tires from October through March to May, depending on the year.
Helpful 1 - tire reviewed on October 2, 2023
Given 90% while driving a Renault (245/35 R19) on a combination of roads for 1,000 spirited miles
Swapped my 4x Continental Contact Sport 6’s with PS5’s. My car is a Renault Megane RS 280 EDC.

My Conti’s wear worn out to indicators when I swapped these. The initial impressions were not great. Car had more under steer and felt like I was on cheap Chinese tires.

However, after about 1,000kms these tires are amazing in both the dry and the wet. Fantastic grip, considering my car has 206kw at the from wheels with only electric front diff.
I was able to use launch control for the first time!
My car used to light up the front wheels and smoke and not move on launch, now it grips hard off the line with no fuss.
Best part of this tire is it’s predictability, on the old tires if I entered a bend very quickly I could step the back out and do a rear drift, this is the nature of the cars handling which is superb anyway, now with the PS5’s I can do the same manoeuvre and the back will step out a bit but it’s so much more progressive and communicative. This is the PS5’s best quality, it’s a great tire for having plenty of vigorous fun around the twisters and always maintains a level of predictability no matter how hard you push them. Yes, the PS4 S, is a better tire for the track but for the road this tire is right up there.
To top it off, the sidewall is super sexy, best I’ve seen with quality look AND feel.
I’d recommend this for any hot hatch like a Golf R, Focus RS, BMW 140iM or similar.
My car feels like a 4WD and it’s a front wheel drive, couldn’t imagine what they would do for a 4WD hot hatch!! Highly recommend!!!!!!
Helpful 2 - tire reviewed on September 13, 2023
Given 70% while driving a Ford Mondeo Titanium X Sport (235/40 R18) on a combination of roads for 21,000 average miles
I have Pilot Sport 5’s wrapped on all four corners of my car. I briefly had Pilot Sport 3 and 4 on my previous car.

It cost me around £145 per tire fitted, the fronts were fitted a few months after the rears.

The tires are very good for performance, grip really well, however it’s worth noting my car is not high performance so they haven’t exactly been pushed to their limits. They also look the part, it’s always nice to have premium tires on your car.

My issue with these tires is the wear. I do a lot of mileage so I understand the time length will be shorter due to increased distances but how they’ve worn out is poor for the price I’ve paid.

After 10k miles and less than a year, one of the rear tires had become misshapen causing a horrible whirring noise. Still having about 5mm of tread. Also worth noting my car is FWD so it is not even a driven wheel. My cars geometry is within spec and the running gear is okay as well (I am a vehicle technician for a living and I’m very particular on making sure everything is tip top). This was very disappointing as I had paid £140 for a tire that hadn’t lasted 10k miles. I understand this can happen, but then it also happened to the front right tire after around 13k miles and less than a year, although this tire is obviously a driven tire and had worn down to around 3.5mm at this point.

I do a mix of motorway driving and around town driving.

To give everybody an idea, if it weren’t for tire defects.
The front tires centre 3 tread, FWD driven after 13k miles:
Front left: 3.7 / 3.8 / 3.8
Front right: 4.2 / 4.4 / 4.4

And as for the rears, after 21k miles
Rear left: 4.8 / 5.1 / 4.5
Rear right: 5.1 / 5.3 / 5

I had found out through a tire fitter and also noticed through some of my own experiences that Michelins are relatively common to go misshapen prematurely and although they are very well performing tires, the premium cost for them it is not worth it to me for tires that from my experience become defective early on and would rather explore other options.
Helpful 5 - tire reviewed on August 11, 2023
Given 90% while driving a Lexus IS350 (225/40 R18) on a combination of roads for 1,000 average miles
If you are looking to buy this car make sure you get a good deal to be able to get off the stock bridgestones and on to something like the michelin PS5. Amazing combination with the lexus of sporty and comfortable. Sticks to road in dry and wet new zealand conditions and the lowest raod noise i have experienced on our suboar road surfaces…

Helpful 4 - tire reviewed on August 10, 2023
Given 82% while driving a Lexus GS460 (245/40 R18) on a combination of roads for 1,000 spirited miles
Amazingly the PS5 manages to noticeably improve over the PS4, particularly in wet handling and wet braking. Supposedly will last longer too - I got 24,000km out of the PS4's I had previously, which for me was pretty good as other UHP tires I've bought haven't made it to 20,000km - if the marketing for the PS5 is for real, that means in theory I could get as much as 30,000km out of them. Not sure how Michelin manage to do it!
Helpful 5 - tire reviewed on July 8, 2023
Given 93% while driving a SEAT Leon 5F1 1.4 TSI (225/40 R18) on mostly country roads for 5,320 spirited miles
It feels like a new car, the previous tires were Bridgstone Potenza S001 and the PS5 is so much better in almost every way. The handling is not as good, but the rest makes up for it. The tires are almost impossible to spin up. To me they manage the perfect balance between highway and country road driving and sprited driving. When there are some curves the car is fun to drive but on longer trips it doesnt get annoying.
Helpful 20 - tire reviewed on June 20, 2023
Given 97% while driving a Mazda MX5 (205/40 R17) on a combination of roads for 3,500 spirited miles
Snapped both driveshafts trying to do a skid, more grip than the powertrain. 10/10 would buy again
Helpful 26 - tire reviewed on May 9, 2023