Barum Polaris 3

Barum Polaris 3 photo, test, review

The Barum Polaris 3 is a Touring Winter tyre with directional tread, designed for passenger cars.

Nowadays the brand are owned to the Continental.

Test Barum Polaris 3 at size 195/65 R15 by German Auto Bild in 2018

In 2018 experts of the German magazine Auto Bild have tested the Barum Polaris 3 at size 195/65 R15 and compared it with nineteen similar budget, mid-range and premium winter tyres. In addition, experts included into the test one reference summer tyre for comparison of results.

test Barum Polaris 3 review
17-19th place among winter tyres in Dry braking. Tyre showed the same result as a mid-range Gislaved and Semperit. The difference in braking way with the best result was 3m.
test Barum Polaris 3 review
9th place among winter tyres in Dry handling. Barum showed very close result to premium Goodyear, Dunlop and Michelin (the difference with them in average speed was only 0.1-0.2km/h). Moreover, it was better than brands like Continental, Nokian and Pirelli. The difference in average speed with the leader was 1km/h.
test Barum Polaris 3 review
15th place among winter tyres in Wet Braking. The difference with the leader in braking distance was 2.4 meters. Good news, is that Barum showed better result than Michelin or Nokian.
test Barum Polaris 3 review
18th place in Wet Handling. The difference in average speed with the Continental TS860 (leader of the test) was 3.3km/h.
test Barum Polaris 3 review
18th place in Straight aqua. The difference in Float speed with the leader was 12.7km/h.
test Barum Polaris 3 review
9-11th place in Snow braking. Barum showed the same result as a Firestone and Vredestein and was a little bit better than Michelin, Dunlop and Bridgestone. The difference with the leader in braking distance was 0.8 meters.
test Barum Polaris 3 review
6-7th place in Snow handling. Good result for relatively cheap tyre. Barum was very close to the leader in average speed (the difference with Goodyear UG9 was only 0.8km/h) and faster than most competitors.
test Barum Polaris 3 review
6th place in Fuel comparison.
test Barum Polaris 3 review
18-19th place in Noise level test. The same result to the Michelin A5. The difference with the leader in noise was 3.4dB.
test Barum Polaris 3 review
16th place in Wear resistance. The difference in projected wear with the leader was 33 300km.

Overall

According to the test result Barum Polaris 3 took 16th place.

Main conclusions:

  • Long dry braking distance, but relatively good handling.
  • Poor wet braking and handling, low aqua resistance.
  • Good results on the snow: short braking distance and fast average speed.
  • Low price.
  • Poor wear resistance.
  • Good fuel comparison.
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