Michelin X-ICE North 4 tires, designed for severe winter, offer studded design for improved control.
Features include quiet, smooth ride with fuel efficiency and advanced tread pattern for grip.
Winter-long evaluation planned to test these Canadian-made tires under various winter conditions.
The chill in the air signals it’s that time of the year again, and I’m bracing for it with a new ally – a set of Michelin X-ICE North 4 tires. These new tires will be fitted to my trusty family wagon, our 2018 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack.
Among the numerous reasons why the X-ICE North 4 is an appealing choice for a winter tire review, other than Michelin’s reputation for making some of the best tires in the industry, is that these tires are studded. Given the unpredictable nature of our recent winters, being prepared for massive snow falls followed by periods of thaw leading to ice-covered surfaces, they seem like the best tool to safely navigate the cold season.
Michelin X-ICE North 4
When the X-ICE North 4 tires arrived, they immediately caught my eye. Designed for severe winter conditions, they boast an impressive tread pattern to go along with the studded layout.
One of the things I appreciate about winter drives is a quiet, smooth ride. Michelin claims that the X-ICE North 4 will deliver just that, thanks to new stud technology and tread compound intended for noise reduction. Plus, the promise of fuel efficiency is a welcome feature, especially during long winter drives.
The Michelin X-Ice North 4 features a new optimized tread pattern with interlocking 3D sipes combined with the mentioned innovative studs. This is supposed to deliver impressive control and maximum grip during acceleration, braking, and cornering, providing reassuring control in severe weather conditions and on ice.
X-ICE North 4 vs. X-ICE Snow: A Quick Comparison
The X-ICE North 4, with its studded design, is meant for the harsher side of winter, while the X-ICE Snow caters to a broader spectrum of winter conditions. I’m excited to compare my experiences with the North 4 against what I’ve read about the latest iteration of the X-ICE Snow tires, which have shown improved performance and braking as compared to its predecessor.
Reflecting on the Price
Quality comes with a price, and the X-ICE North 4 is no exception. They’re a bit of an investment, but good winter tires are essential for safe driving. It’s not just about the purchase; it’s about what you’re getting in return – safety and reliability.
A Season of Testing Ahead
Over the next few months, I’ll be taking these tires through their paces – from icy backroads to snowy city streets. I’m eager to see how they perform under different conditions and whether they live up to Michelin’s reputation.
It’s worth mentioning that the X-ICE North 4 is produced in Nova Scotia, Canada. There’s something comforting about using a product made for Canadian winters by people who truly understand them.
As I embark on this winter-long evaluation, the upcoming months will reveal the true capabilities of these tires in real-world conditions.