Barum Polaris 5 – Tests & Reviews

Barum Polaris 5 photo, test, review, ratings

Barum Polaris 5 is a Touring winter tire with directional tread pattern, designed for Passenger cars.

The tire replaced the Barum Polaris 3.

Key performance

Dry performance
89.85%
Wet performance
95.22%
Aquaplaning
94.14%
Ice performance
82.61%
Snow performance
92.69%
Noise
92.94%
Rolling resistance
93.83%
Wear resistance
77.5%

Barum Polaris 5 Tests

2021 Auto Bild

In 2021 experts of the German publication Auto Bild have tested the tire at size 205/55 R16 and compared to 19 similar Touring and Premium Touring winter tires. Also they included into the test the cheapest winter tire and a summer tire as reference.

Barum Polaris 5 test, review, ratings
17-18th place in Dry braking. +3m braking distance.
Barum Polaris 5 test, review, ratings
12-13th place in Dry handling. -2.2km/h handling speed.
Barum Polaris 5 test, review, ratings
15-16th place in Wet braking. +6.2m braking distance.
Barum Polaris 5 test, review, ratings
13th place in Wet handling. -3.1km/h handling speed.
Barum Polaris 5 test, review, ratings
17th place in Straight aqua. -10.6km/h float speed.
Barum Polaris 5 test, review, ratings
14th place in Snow braking. +1.5m braking distance.
Barum Polaris 5 test, review, ratings
7th place in Snow handling. -0.4km/h handling speed.
Barum Polaris 5 test, review, ratings
13th place in Snow traction. -139 Newton pulling force.
Barum Polaris 5 test, review, ratings
16th place in Noise. +2.5dB external noise.
Barum Polaris 5 test, review, ratings
1st place in Rolling resistance. -0.17kg/t.
Barum Polaris 5 test, review, ratings
5th place in Wear resistance. -8400km.
# Test Place Result Difference %
Dry braking at 100km/h 17-18 49.1m +3m 93.89%
Dry handling 12-13 136.8km/h -2.2km/h 98.42%
Wet braking at 100km/h 15-16 56.4m +6.2m 89%
Wet handling 13 69.9km/h -3.1km/h 95.75%
Straight aqua 17 73.9km/h -10.6km/h 87.45%
Snow braking 14 28.8m +1.5m 94.79%
Snow handling 7 56.9km/h -0.4km/h 98.27%
Snow traction 13 2760 Newton -139 Newton 95.2%
Noise 16 72.2dB +2.5dB 96.54%
Rolling resistance 1 7.21kg/t -0.17kg/t 100%
Wear resistance 5 37000km -8400km 81.49%

2020 Auto Bild

Test by the German publication Auto Bild in 2020. The experts have tested the tire at size 245/45 R18 and compared to 19 Premium Touring and UHP winter tires from different price categories. They also included into the test a reference summer tire to compare results.

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Barum Polaris 5 test, review, ratings
15-18th place in Wet braking. +7.7m braking distance.
Barum Polaris 5 test, review, ratings
15-16th place in Wet handling. -3.1km/h handling speed.
Barum Polaris 5 test, review, ratings
15-16th place in Wet lateral handling. +0.24sec lap time.
Barum Polaris 5 test, review, ratings
13th place in Straight aqua. -4.1km/h float speed.
Barum Polaris 5 test, review, ratings
13-14th place in Lateral aqua. -0.61m/s2 lateral acceleration.
Barum Polaris 5 test, review, ratings
13-14th place in Dry braking. +3.3m braking distance.
Barum Polaris 5 test, review, ratings
12th place in Dry handling. -1.3km/h handling speed.
Barum Polaris 5 test, review, ratings
9-10th place in Snow braking. +0.6m braking distance.
Barum Polaris 5 test, review, ratings
11th place in Snow handling. -1.5km/h handling speed.
Barum Polaris 5 test, review, ratings
13th place in Snow slalom. -0.13m/s2 lateral acceleration.
Barum Polaris 5 test, review, ratings
17th place in Snow traction. -264 Newton pulling force.
Barum Polaris 5 test, review, ratings
10-11th place in Noise. +1.5dB external noise.
Barum Polaris 5 test, review, ratings
16th place in Rolling resistance. +1.58kg/t.
Barum Polaris 5 test, review, ratings
18th place in Wear resistance. -12710km.

# Test Place Result Difference %
Dry braking at 100km/h 13-14 45.2m +3.3m 92.7%
Dry handling 12 109.3km/h -1.3km/h 98.82%
Wet braking at 100km/h 15-18 55m +7.7m 86%
Wet handling 15-16 71.3km/h -3.1km/h 95.8%
Wet lateral handling 15-16 12.31sec +0.24sec 98.05%
Straight aqua 13 87.2km/h -4.1km/h 95.51%
Lateral aqua 13-14 1.79m/s2 -0.61m/s2 74.58%
Snow braking at 50km/h 9-10 24.9m +0.6m 97.59%
Snow handling 11 60km/h -1.5km/h 97.56%
Snow slalom 13 3.27m/s2 -0.13m/s2 96.17%
Snow traction 17 2834 Newton -264 Newton 91.48%
Noise 10-11 64.5dB +1.5dB 97.67%
Rolling resistance 16 8.53kg/t +1.58kg/t 81.48%
Wear resistance 18 35260km -12710km 73.5%

2019 Autoclub CR

In 2019 experts of the Czech publication Autoklub CR have tested Barum Polaris 5 at size 215/55 R17 and compared to 5 similar budget, medium and premium winter tires.

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Barum Polaris 5 test, review, ratings
2nd place in Wet braking. +0.3m braking distance.
Barum Polaris 5 test, review, ratings
1st place in Wet handling. -1.3sec handling time.
Barum Polaris 5 test, review, ratings
2nd place in Wet lateral stability. +0.25sec lap time.
Barum Polaris 5 test, review, ratings
2nd place in Straight aqua. -0.1 km/h float speed.
Barum Polaris 5 test, review, ratings
1st place in Lateral aqua. +0.2m/s2 max lateral acceleration.
Barum Polaris 5 test, review, ratings
6th place in Dry braking. +2.2m braking distance.
Barum Polaris 5 test, review, ratings
3rd place in Dry handling. +0.4sec handling time.
Barum Polaris 5 test, review, ratings
2-3rd place in Snow braking. +0.2m braking distance.
Barum Polaris 5 test, review, ratings
1st place in Snow traction. -0.02sec acceleration time.
Barum Polaris 5 test, review, ratings
2nd place in Snow handling. +0.8sec handling time.
Barum Polaris 5 test, review, ratings
2nd place in Noise. +1.6 dB external noise.
Barum Polaris 5 test, review, ratings
3rd place in Rolling resistance.

# Test Place Result Difference %
Dry braking at 100km/h 6 51.8m +2.2m 95.75%
Dry handling 3 59.05sec +0.4sec 99.32%
Wet braking at 100km/h 2 58.4m +0.3m 99.48%
Wet handling 1 91.3sec -1.3sec 100%
Wet lateral handling 2 13.22sec +0.25sec 98.1%
Straight aqua 2 73.3km/h -0.1km/h 99.86%
Lateral aqua 1 3.06m/s2 +0.2m/s2 100%
Snow braking at 50km/h 2-3 25.2m +0.2m 99.2%
Snow handling 2 87.5sec +0.8sec 99.08%
Snow traction 1 9.49sec -0.02sec 100%
Noise 2 64.9dB +1.6dB 97.53%

2019 Autocenter

Test by the magazine Autocenter in 2019. The experts have tested the tire at size 205/55 R16 and compared to 9 similar budget, mid-range and premium winter tires.

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Barum Polaris 5 test, review, ratings
5th place in Wet braking. +1.86m braking distance.
Barum Polaris 5 test, review, ratings
2nd place in Wet lateral handling. +0.3sec lap time.
Barum Polaris 5 test, review, ratings
2nd place in Subj. wet handling. Subjective score – 9 points.
Barum Polaris 5 test, review, ratings
8th place in Straight aqua. -5.4km/h float speed.
Barum Polaris 5 test, review, ratings
8th place in Dry braking. +3.07m braking distance.
Barum Polaris 5 test, review, ratings
8-9th place in Subj. dry handing. Subjective score – 5 points.
Barum Polaris 5 test, review, ratings
7th place in Ice braking. +1.08m braking distance.
Barum Polaris 5 test, review, ratings
6-7th place in Subj. Ice handling. Subjective score – 6 points.
Barum Polaris 5 test, review, ratings
7th place in Ice traction. +0.63sec acceleration time.
Barum Polaris 5 test, review, ratings
7th place in Ice lateral handling. +3.7sec ice lap time.
Barum Polaris 5 test, review, ratings
7th place in Snow braking. +0.4m braking distance.
Barum Polaris 5 test, review, ratings
9th place in Subj. snow handling. Subjective score – 5 points.
Barum Polaris 5 test, review, ratings
8th place in Snow traction. +0.46sec acceleration time.
Barum Polaris 5 test, review, ratings
4-6th place in Subj. noise. Subjective score – 8 points.
Barum Polaris 5 test, review, ratings
1st place in Rolling resistance.

# Test Place Result Difference %
Dry braking at 80km/h 8 30.5m +3.07m 89.93%
Subj. Dry handling 8-9 5 points -5 points 50%
Wet braking at 80km/h 5 35.21m +1.86m 94.72%
Wet handling 2 9 points -1 point 90%
Wet lateral handling 2 13.7sec +0.3sec 97.81%
Straight aqua 8 80.6km/h -5.4km/h 93.72%
Ice braking at 30km/h 7 12.52m +1.08m 91.37%
Subj. Ice handling 6-7 6 points -4 points 60%
Ice traction 7 5.77sec +0.63sec 89.08%
Ice lateral handling 7 36.9sec +3.7sec 89.97%
Snow braking at 40km/h 7 15.46m +0.4m 97.41%
Subj. Snow handling 9 5 points -5 points 50%
Snow traction 8 5.52sec +0.46sec 91.66%
Noise 4-6 8 points -2 points 80%
Rolling resistance 1 8.148kg/t -0.395kg/t 100%

Overall Barum Polaris 5 Review

# Test 2021 Auto Bild 2020 Auto Bild 2019 Autoclud CR 2019 Autocenter Overall
Dry braking 93.89% 92.7% 95.75% 89.93% 93.07%
Dry handling 98.42% 98.82% 99.32% 50% 86.64%
Wet braking 89% 86% 99.48% 94.72% 92.3%
Wet handling 95.75% 95.8% 100% 90% 95.39%
Wet lateral handling 98.05% 98.1% 97.81% 97.99%
Straight aqua 87.45% 95.51% 99.86% 93.72% 94.14%
Ice braking 91.37% 91.37%
Ice handling 60% 60%
Ice slalom 89.97% 89.97%
Ice traction 89.08% 89.08%
Snow braking 94.79% 97.59% 99.2% 97.41% 97.25%
Snow handling 98.27% 97.56% 99.08% 50% 86.23%
Snow traction 95.2% 91.48% 100% 91.66% 94.59%
Rolling resistance 100% 81.48% 100% 93.83%
Noise 96.54% 97.67% 97.53% 80% 92.94%
Wear resistance 81.49% 73.5% 77.5%

1. 2019 Autoclub CR (215/55 R17) – 1st place.

Main conclusions:

  • The best wet performance.
  • High straight and the best lateral aquaplanning resistance.
  • The longest dry braking distance (but relatively close result to the leader) and good handling.
  • Great on the snow.
  • Low noise.
  • Good rolling resistance.

1. 2019 Autocenter (205/55 R16) – 4-7th place.

Main conclusions:

  • Short wet braking distance and good handling.
  • Relatively low straight aquaplanning resistance.
  • Long dry braking distance and low handling.
  • Good ice performance. Barum didn’t take high positions but showed close results to the leaders.
  • Good on the snow.
  • The best rolling resistance.
  • Low noise.

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