Michelin X-Ice Xi3 Review


Michelin X-ICE XI3 Full - 660x550
Studless

14"
175/65R14
175/70R14
185/60R14
185/65R14
185/70R14
15"
175/65R15
185/55R15
185/60R15
185/65R15
195/55R15
195/60R15
195/65R15
205/60R15
205/65R15
205/70R15
215/70R15
16"
185/55R16
195/55R16
195/60R16
205/50R16
205/55R16
205/60R16
205/65R16
215/55R16
215/60R16
215/65R16
225/55R16
225/60R16
225/65R16
235/60R16
17"
205/50R17
215/45R17
215/55R17
215/60R17
225/45R17
225/50R17
225/55R17
225/60R17
235/45R17
235/55R17
245/45R17
18"
215/45R18
215/55R18
225/40R18
225/45R18
225/50R18
225/55R18
225/60R18
235/40R18
235/45R18
235/50R18
245/40R18
245/45R18
245/50R18
255/45R18
19"
245/40R19
245/45R19
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The Good
  • Excellent value with great tread life
  • Stellar handling on dry and wet pavement
  • Amazing all round winter performance
The Bad
  • Cornering on icy surfaces could be improved
Dry Performance84
Wet Performance88
Light Snow Traction92
Deep Snow Traction86
Ice Traction87
Comfort89
Treadwear90
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Accidents are a common occurrence when driving in the winter. If you live in an area where snow and ice happens regularly, you need a set of dedicated winter tires, otherwise you risk harming yourself or others. The Michelin X-Ice Xi3, one of the best studless winter tires on the market, is specially designed to keep the drivers of coupes, sedans and minivans free from harm in the winter.

They deliver high-levels of grip and handling on wet, snow, slush and ice covered surfaces without sacrificing performance on dry pavement.

Winter Performance

The X-Ice Xi3 molds Michelin’s special Flex-Ice silica formula rubber compound into a directional tread design. What’s so special about the silica formula you ask? Well the silica keeps the rubber flexible at lower temperatures to enhance traction on snow and ice, while also providing the firmness needed for responsive handling and stability when the weather gets warmer.

Michelin X-ICE XI3 Tread

The only weakness the Michelin X-Ice Xi3 has is its performance in deep snow. The tread pattern just doesn’t dig in as well as a more aggressive tread would. Although the shallow tread depth helps with that dry road feel, it hinders deep snow traction.

The Michelin X-Ice Xi3 offers great overall handling, impressive longevity and low road noise.

So how does the X-Ice Xi3 respond in the rain?

Because of the tire’s directional tread design, water is channeled away from under the tread. This ensures you grip the road and stop with ease should an emergency braking scenario occur. The Michelin X-Ice Xi3 sticks to the road on slippery surfaces without sliding or spinning. Thelp with this, the tire features unique cross Z sipes that increase the number of biting edges for thunderous grip in the snow.

Braking is superb and definitely lives up to Michelin’s claim that the X-Ice Xi3 stops up to 10% shorter than other leading winter tires. They produce a resounding feeling of confidence when braking and turning on sheets of ice without any slipping or sliding.

They grip the road with the utmost authority. With a set of Michelin X-Ice Xi3s on your vehicle, you can know with certainty that you can get to wherever you need to go regardless of the weather.

Overall

For a winter tire, you’ll be shocked at how quiet and comfortable X-Ice Xi3 is.

The Michelin X-Ice Xi3 remains stable and balanced at all speeds. The tire’s internal structure features two steel belts that are reinforced with spirally wound nylon. This increases trength and durability, while a polyester cord body promotes greater ride comfort.

The Michelin X-Ice Xi3 is available in sizes ranging from 15 to 18 inches. Backing the tire is a 6 year or 40,000 mile tread guarantee. As with most tires, Michelin  recommend that you use the X-Ice Xi3 in sets of four for optimal performance. And of course to show the tire meets the industry’s severe snow requirements.

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Author: Cian Kelly

I'm a 23 year old driving addict, car fanatic and writer. I spend most my time rallying around the wet roads of the Irish countryside and producing engaging and informative content for local car dealers.

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