Michelin Premier A/S Review & Rating
- Exceptional wet traction
- Ride comfort
- Longer treadlife
- Costs a bit extra
Michelin is well known for providing a full line of tires that are among the safest tires on the road today, and the new Premier A/S is certainly no different. Utilizing an all-new tread Sunflower oil and high silica tread compound, along with their exclusive EverGrip technology, gives this tire enhanced traction, braking and handling performance.
The Michelin Premier A/S has been designed to replace the older Primacy MXV4, which has consistently been ranked among the top touring all-season tires for several years running. Improving on a best-seller is a tall task for any tire maker, but that is precisely what the engineers and designers at Michelin have attempted to do with the Premier A/S. What’s the results? Let’s take a look.
Dry / Wet Traction
Traction and handling on dry pavement is smooth and predictable as you would expect. The tire provides excellent on-center feel when driving at any speed, especially at higher speeds on the highway.
Wet traction is where things really get interesting on the Premier AS. Michelin’s EverGrip technology consists of adding new tread grooves that appear as the tire begins wearing down. In addition, they have also created the grooves to widen as they wear to go with full-depth 3-D sipes. This combination delivers impressive wet traction to say the least.
Braking distance is significantly reduced over models like the older MXV4. It’s like continuously driving on a new tire when the roads are wet. The confidence you feel behind the wheel on this tire is real. I believe you can expect to find EverGrip technology on future Michelin models in the coming years. It’s that good.
The same EverGrip technology and 3-D sipes that aid in navigating wet surfaces also deliver good traction in snow and slush. Braking is reduced, even on ice. While not like the performance of a winter tire, it does do a very good job in all but the harshest of winter road conditions.
Cornering / Steering
Michelin adds sunflower oil and extreme silica into the tread compound for increased traction and sure-footed cornering grip in both hot and cold temperatures. You’ll especially notice the cornering grip on wet pavement.
Linked shoulder blocks provided additional handling, while a continuous center rib increase steering response. It’s a combination that works quite well on this tire.
Ride Comfort / Road Noise
Ride comfort and road noise is similar to the MXV4, which is very good. Thanks in part to the twin steel belts and polyamide cord that is spirally wrapped and placed on top of the polyester casing ply, the ride is comfortable at all speeds, as you would expect from a premium Michelin tire.
Treadlife has initially proven to be excellent on the Premier A/S. It’s backed up with a 60,000 mile warranty, making it a good value for the money.
If you’re looking for a tire that performs exceptionally well on wet pavement, rides comfortably and will hold up for a longer period of time, it’s going to be hard to top the Michelin Premier A/S.