Among the safety equipment that must not be overlooked is the choice of tires. Because under its useful appearance hides an element that will make the difference in terms of behavior, performance or fuel savings. Choosing your tire is not an easy task and I am well placed to know it, being a simple amateur in the field. So, when the manufacturer Michelin pilot
invited us to come and discover its recent tire performance for the opportunity to learn more about the subject was too beautiful …

The SUV market continues to grow with overall growth of 18% over the last 3 years and car manufacturers have understood this well. Being offered a multitude of offers, the prospect is spoiled for choice including the premium segment. And it is precisely on this positioning, that Michelin comes to offer its dedicated offer, with the MICHELIN PILOT SPORT 4 SUV TEST

The latter is added to the excellent MICHELIN PILOT SPORT 4 SUV TEST and PILOT 4 and replaces the Michelin LATITUDE SPORT 3, released in 2014 and dedicated to SUVs and SUVs.

If apparently, a tire is a tire, its efficiency is a real challenge for engineers, having to handle a weight greater than a sedan, as well as a higher center of gravity, while retaining properties allowing ensure top-notch performance.

These constraints mean that the composition of a tire will vary from one manufacturer – and one model – to another.

Michelin announces for its Sport 4 SUV, a new design with the presence of an asymmetrical tread.

  • Kezako? Simply a tire whose use is split into two parts. If you look at the right tire in the grooves (and not the eyes), its outer part is dedicated to dry ground, with fine grooves maximizing the surface that will adhere to the road. On the other hand, the inner part is designed for wet ground, with wider and varied grooves, allowing better evacuation of water, reducing slippage.

For aficionados of technical terms, know that this tire is a new blend of functional Elastoplast and fine silica, while the belt is made of a hybrid reinforcement of aramid and nylon.

Finally, for those who care about the integrity of their rims (and avoid infarction), this MICHELIN PILOT SPORT 4 SUV TEST also has a protective cord.

But truce of blah and drive the road to try to understand what it gives. To this end, the manufacturer has made available a panel of vehicles representing the current SUV Premium brands, with whom it has been able to work in partnership:

Range Rover Evoqua, Audi Q5, Jaguar E -Pace, Porsche Macan, Volvo X60 / X90 or Mercedes GLC respond to the call.

It is also the latter that we take to go on a circuit combining city (and cobblestones) and highway.

The first kilometers highlight a comfortable ride with a tire generating little noise, regardless of the coating. Admittedly, the soundproofing of the SUV to the star plays its role, but still is that, launched on the highway, an informed ear will confirm that

The other aspect to be taken into consideration is the ability of the tire to “follow” the road if you let go of the steering wheel: this means that it adapts well to the steering wheel, requiring no corrective action on the part of the driver. of the driver. In this area, this Michelin Pilot Sport 4 SUV offers full satisfaction, including the degraded roads that we have practiced on our journey to the castle of Spousal Pamela.

A stop to visit this place that is offered to us, then the time to be jealous of the beautiful rims of the Alfa Romeo Stevie of our colleagues and we go back to a test circuit. As a matter of fact, testing a tire is not an easy task, as the test conditions can vary imperceptibly and have an impact on the result.

But before getting there, the many holes formations and paved roads we learn more about this tire, namely that it offers a comfortable use. Indeed, if the shock absorbers are also put to contribution on this point, it is the tire which will go back to you a first information during a fast and vivid contact with the road so that later, depreciation can play his role.

Finally arrived on the test track, we have the opportunity to compare this tire with the competition, in this case a Center port Contact 5.

As a direct competitor, this Continental tire introduced at the time, a new technology ensuring the maximum exploitation of the energy, while lowering the rolling resistance.

Brief given, we can start on the slalom course, driving a Range Rover Evoqua, shod 235/55 / ​​R19. The exercise therefore consists of avoiding various obstacles continuously in order to verify that the tire reacts correctly to the transfer of masses as well as to a rapid rise in temperature.

After a warm up, I can finally get up, but at a moderate pace, the goal is not to go knock down all the studs.

If the difference with the competing tire in similar conditions does not jump to me novice, it is still noticeable with a MICHELIN PILOT SPORT 4 SUV TEST who adheres better at the end of the course.

Then, steering wet braking exercise. At stabilized speed, it is then a question of pressing and holding the foot firmly on the brake, despite the intervention of the ABS. After a few tries, we can see the results with a shorter stopping distance of 3 m on average, in favor of the MICHELIN PILOT SPORT 4 SUV TEST.

The manufacturer also announces a shorter dry ground breaking, up to 2.7 m and 4.9 m on wet ground, than its competitors.

53 dimensions will be marketed in 2019, including 18 new offers, is sizes in which no Michelin offer has existed so far in the same technology.


1st interesting approach for this newcomer in the Michelin sport range. The Pilot Sport 4 SUV offers noticeable ride comfort while being balanced and visibly more efficient. If some details remain to be confirmed such as sports driving and sustainability to measure, the latter may change the situation in this popular market. To be continued with interest!


To meet the needs of consumers who want to fully exploit the potential of their SUV and increase their driving pleasure, the Biennium Michelin launches its new tire Michelin Pilot Sport 4 SUV. As usual for the French firm, the engineers relied on their experience of the competition to make this new tire.The SUV segment has experienced very strong growth over the past few years, tracing over 30% of the market in Europe. Obviously, the manufacturers have responded and have developed tires for these new machines. However, the high-performance sports SUVs have appeared.

MICHELIN PILOT SPORT 4 SUV TEST intends to spend the second with this new generation of SUV by offering its new Michelin Pilot Sport 4 SUV tire, a real sport tire adapted to an SUV.

And, the good news is that we will try it soon. Michelin Pilot Sport 4 SUV, he dares the comparison …

The result of tests conducted by the independent TÜV SÜD in Germany, the Michelin Pilot Sport 4 SUV tire outperformed its six competitors in various major workshops, making it the Michelin SUV tire to dominate several fundamental criteria simultaneously.