Michelin X-ice Xi3 – Tests & Review

Michelin X-ice Xi3photo, test, review

The Michelin X-ice 3 (XI3) is a Premium Touring studless winter tyre with directional tread pattern, designed for Passenger cars.

The tyre has been replaced by the Michelin X-Ice Snow.

Key performance

Dry performance
95.17%
Wet performance
91.87%
Ice performance
93.65%
Snow performance
95.74%
Noise
99.84%
Rolling resistance
95.65%

Michelin X-Ice 3 Tests

2019 Test World

In 2019 experts of the Finnish organization Test World have tested the tire at size 205/55 R16 and compared to 8 similar budget, mid-range and premium winter tires. Also they included the Michelin Crossclimate+ into test as reference.

Michelin X-Ice 3 test, review, ratings
5th place in Wet braking. +4.5m braking distance.
Michelin X-Ice 3 test, review, ratings
5-7th place in Wet handling. +1.1sec lap time.
Michelin X-Ice 3 test, review, ratings
3-8th place in Subj. Wet handling. Subjective score – 7 points.
Michelin X-Ice 3 test, review, ratings
8th place in Dry braking. +1.7m braking distance.
Michelin X-Ice 3 test, review, ratings
1-5th place in Subj. Dry handling. Subjective score – 8 points.
Michelin X-Ice 3 test, review, ratings
1st place in Ice braking. -1.4m braking distance.
Michelin X-Ice 3 test, review, ratings
4th place in Ice handling. -2.9sec lap time.
Michelin X-Ice 3 test, review, ratings
2-4th place in Subj. ice handling. Subjective score – 8 points.
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1st place in Ice traction. -0.4sec acceleration time.
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6th place in Snow braking. +2.3m braking distance.
Michelin X-Ice 3 test, review, ratings
8-9th place in Snow handling. +2.5sec lap time.
Michelin X-Ice 3 test, review, ratings
1-4th place in Subj. Snow handling. Subjective score – 9 points.
Michelin X-Ice 3 test, review, ratings
3-7th place in Snow acceleration. +0.3sec acceleration time.
Michelin X-Ice 3 test, review, ratings
1-6th place in Subj. Noise. Subjective score – 10 points.
Michelin X-Ice 3 test, review, ratings
8th place in Rolling resistance. +1.9% fuel consumption.
# Test Place Result Difference %
Dry braking at 80km/h 8 31.7m +1.7m 94.64%
Subj. Dry handling 1-5 8 points +1 point 100%
Wet braking at 80km/h 5 37.9m +4.5m 88.13%
Wet handling 5-7 40.6sec +1.1sec 97.29%
Subj. Wet handling 3-8 7 points -1 point 87.5%
Ice braking at 50km/h 1 48.4m -1.4m 100%
Ice handling 4 75.5sec +2.9sec 96.16%
Subj. Ice handling 2-4 8 points -1 point 88.89%
Ice traction 1 5.7sec -0.4sec 100%
Snow braking at 80km/h 6 54.5m +2.3m 95.78%
Snow handling 8-9 57.5sec +2.5sec 95.65%
Subj. Snow handling 1-4 9 points +1 point 100%
Snow traction 3-7 6.1sec +0.3sec 95.08%
Subj. Noise 1-6 10 points +1 point 95.08%
Rolling resistance 8 +1.9% 98.1%

2018 Autofil

In 2018 experts of the Norwegian magazine Autofil have tested the Michelin XI3 at size 205/55 R16 and compared it with nine similar budget, mid-range and premium studless winter tyres.

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6h place in Dry braking. The braking distance was 1.1 meters longer, than the leader.

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1-5th place in Dry handling. One of the best result.

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8-10th place in Dry directional stability. One of the lowest result.

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3rd place in Wet braking distance. The braking distance was 2.7 meters longer, than the leader.

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3rd place in Wet handling. Michelin was 0.8 seconds slower, than the leader.

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2-4th place in Subj. wet handling.

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8th place in Snow braking. The braking distance was 2 meters longer, than the leader.

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10th place in Snow handling. Michelin was 2.1 seconds slower, than the leader.

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5-10th place in Subj. snow handling.

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10th place and the lowest result in Snow traction. Acceleration time was 0.3 seconds lower, than the leader.

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4th place in Ice braking. The braking distance was 0.8 meters longer, than the leader.

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10th place and the lowest result in Ice handling. Michelin was 8.9 seconds slower, than the leader.

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7-10th place in Subj. ice handling. One of the lowest result.

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9-10th place in Ice traction. One of the lowest result. Acceleration time was 0.5 seconds bigger, than the leader.

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5-6th place in Rolling resistance. Fuel consumption difference was 1.1% bigger, than the leader.

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2-9th place in Noise level test.

# Test Place Result Difference %
Dry braking at 80km/h 6 32.5m +1.1m 96.61%
Subj. Dry handling 1-5 8 points +1 point 100%
Wet braking at 80km/h 3 37.9m +2.7m 92.87%
Wet handling 3 40.9sec +0.8sec 98.04%
Subj. Wet handling 2-4 8 points -1 point 88.89%
Ice braking at 50km/h 4 52.7m +0.8m 98.48%
Ice handling 10 74.8sec +8.9sec 88.1%
Subj. Ice handling 7-10 5 points -2 points 71.42%
Ice traction 9-10 5.6sec +0.5sec 91.07%
Snow braking at 80km/h 8 52.9m +2m 96.22%
Snow handling 10 52.8sec +2.1sec 96.02%
Subj. Snow handling 5-10 8 points -2 points 80%
Snow traction 10 6sec +0.3sec 95%
Subj. Noise 2-9 9 points -1 point 90%
Rolling resistance 5-6 +1.1% 98.9%

2018 Moottori

Test by the Finnish publication Moottori in 2018. The experts have tested the tire at size 205/55 R16 and compared to 7 similar mid-range and premium Ice & Snow winter tires.

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Michelin X-Ice 3 test, review, ratings
4th place in Wet braking. +3.7m braking distance.

Michelin X-Ice 3 test, review, ratings
2nd place in Wet handling. +0.3sec handling time.

Michelin X-Ice 3 test, review, ratings
1-3rd place in Subj. wet handling. Subjective score – 9 points.

Michelin X-Ice 3 test, review, ratings
5th place in Dry braking. +1.5m braking distance.

Michelin X-Ice 3 test, review, ratings
1-3rd place in Subj. Dry handling. Subjective score – 8.5 points.

Michelin X-Ice 3 test, review, ratings
7th place in Ice braking. +1.1m braking distance.

Michelin X-Ice 3 test, review, ratings
8th place in Ice handling. +9.2sec handling time.

Michelin X-Ice 3 test, review, ratings
6-8th place in Subj. Ice handling. Subjective score – 5 points

Michelin X-Ice 3 test, review, ratings
8th place in Ice traction. +0.77sec acceleration time.

Michelin X-Ice 3 test, review, ratings
5-7th place in Snow braking. +0.2m braking distance.

Michelin X-Ice 3 test, review, ratings
8th place in Snow handling. +1.7sec handling time.

Michelin X-Ice 3 test, review, ratings
7-8th place in Subj. Snow handling. Subjective score – 7.5 points.

Michelin X-Ice 3 test, review, ratings
6th place in Snow traction. +0.14sec acceleration time.

Michelin X-Ice 3 test, review, ratings
4-7th place in Subj. Noise. Subjective score – 9 points.

# Test Place Result Difference %
Dry braking at 80km/h 5 30m +1.5m 95%
Subj. Dry handling 1-3 8.5 points +0.5 points 100%
Wet braking at 80km/h 4 36.7m +3.7m 89.92%
Wet handling 2 30sec +0.3sec 99%
Subj. Wet handling 1-3 9 points +0.5 points 100%
Ice braking at 25km/h 7 14.2m +1.1m 92.25%
Ice handling 8 58.2sec +9.2sec 84.19%
Subj. Ice handling 6-8 5 points -2 points 71.42%
Ice traction 8 7.14sec +0.77sec 89.21%
Snow braking at 30km/h 5-7 13.2m +0.2m 98.48%
Snow handling 8 35.3sec +1.7sec 95.18%
Subj. Snow handling 7-8 7.5 points -1.5 point 83.33%
Snow traction 6 4.25sec +0.14sec 96.7%
Subj. Noise 4-7 9 points -0.5 points 94.73%

2017 Vi Bilagare

Test by the Sweden magazine Vi Bilagare at size 205/55 R16 and compared to 6 similar budget, mid-range and premium winter tires. Also they included into the test “European type” tire as reference.

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Michelin X-Ice 3 test, review, ratings
4th place in Wet braking. +17.8m braking distance.
Michelin X-Ice 3 test, review, ratings
6th place in Wet handling. +3sec handling time.
Michelin X-Ice 3 test, review, ratings
6-7th place in Dry braking. +3m braking distance.
Michelin X-Ice 3 test, review, ratings
2-5th place in Dry handling. Subjective score – 4 points.
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2nd place in Ice braking. +0.17m braking distance.
Michelin X-Ice 3 test, review, ratings
6th place in Ice handling. +5.8sec lap time.
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1st place in Ice traction. -0.1sec acceleration time.
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6th place in Snow braking. +0.27m braking distance.
5th place in Snow handling. +4.5sec lap time.
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5th place in Snow traction. +0.05sec acceleration time.
Michelin X-Ice 3 test, review, ratings
2nd place in Rolling resistance. +0.12 l/100km.
Michelin X-Ice 3 test, review, ratings
2-4th place in Noise. +1dB external noise.

# Test Place Result Difference %
Dry braking at 100km/h 6-7 48.7m +3m 93.84%
Subj. Dry handling 2-5 4 points -1 point 80%
Wet braking at 100km/h 4 62.8m +17.8m 71.65%
Wet handling 6 40.4sec +3sec 92.57%
Ice braking at 25km/h 2 9.79m +0.17m 98.26%
Ice handling 6 81.4sec +5.8sec 92.87%
Ice traction 1 5.18sec -0.1sec 100%
Snow braking at 25km/h 6 6.39m +0.27m 95.77%
Snow handling 5 101.5sec +4.5sec 95.57%
Snow traction 5 2.71sec +0.05sec 98.15%
Rolling resistance 2 6.7 l/100km +0.12 l/100km 98.21%
Noise 2-4 65dB +1dB 98.46%

2016 Tuulilasi

Test by the Finnish publication Tuulilasi at size 205/55 R16 and compared to 7 similar Touring and Premium Touring winter tires from different price categories. Also they included into the test “European type” tire as reference.

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Michelin X-Ice 3 test, review, ratings
5th place in Wet braking. +4.8m braking distance.

Michelin X-Ice 3 test, review, ratings
4-5th place in Wet handling. +1.2sec lap time.

Michelin X-Ice 3 test, review, ratings
3rd place in Dry braking. +1.7m braking distance.

Michelin X-Ice 3 test, review, ratings
3rd place in Ice braking. +0.73m braking distance.

Michelin X-Ice 3 test, review, ratings
6th place in Ice handling. +10sec lap time.

Michelin X-Ice 3 test, review, ratings
3rd place in Ice traction. +0.61sec acceleration time.

Michelin X-Ice 3 test, review, ratings
5-6th place in Snow braking. +0.71m braking distance.

Michelin X-Ice 3 test, review, ratings
5th place in Snow traction. +0.1sec acceleration time.

Michelin X-Ice 3 test, review, ratings
5th place in Snow handling. +3.3sec lap time.

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4th place in Rolling resistance. +0.08 l/100km.

Michelin X-Ice 3 test, review, ratings
1-6th place in Noise. -1dB external noise.

# Test Place Result Difference %
Dry braking at 100km/h 3 49.6m +1.7m 96.57%
Wet braking at 100km/h 5 59.9m +4.8m 91.99%
Wet handling 4-5 44.2sec +1.2sec 97.28%
Ice braking at 20km/h 3 14.38m +0.73m 94.92%
Ice handling 6 93.1sec +10sec 89.26%
Ice traction 3 6.11sec +0.61sec 90.01%
Snow braking at 20km/h 5-6 6.93m +0.71m 89.75%
Snow handling 5 89.8sec +3.3sec 96.32%
Snow traction 5 2.81sec +0.1sec 96.44%
Rolling resistance 4 5.46 l/100km +0.08 l/100km 98.53%
Noise 1-6 65dB -1dB 100%

Overall Michelin X-ice Xi3 Review

# Test 2019 Test World 2018 Autofil 2018 Moottori 2017 Vi Bilagare 2016 Tuulilasi Overall
Dry braking 94.64% 96.61% 95% 93.84% 96.57% 95.33%
Dry handling 100% 100% 100% 80% 95%
Wet braking 88.13% 92.87% 89.92% 71.65% 91.99% 86.91%
Wet handling 97.29% 98.04% 99% 92.57% 97.28% 96.84%
Ice braking 100% 98.48% 92.25% 98.26% 94.92% 96.78%
Ice handling 96.16% 88.1% 84.19% 92.87% 89.26% 90.12%
Ice traction 100% 91.07% 89.21% 100% 90.01% 94.06%
Snow braking 95.78% 96.22% 98.48% 95.77% 89.75% 95.2%
Snow handling 95.65% 96.02% 95.18% 95.57% 96.32% 95.75%
Snow traction 95.08% 95% 96.7% 98.15% 96.44% 96.27%
Rolling resistance 98.1% 98.9% 98.21% 98.53% 98.44%
Noise 95.08% 90% 94.73% 98.46% 100% 95.65%

According to the test results Michelin shared 8th place with Falken.

Main conclusions:

  • Good dry braking and handling, low directional stability.
  • Relatively short wet braking distance and good handling.
  • Relatively poor on the snow: long braking distance, the worst handling and traction.
  • Good ice braking, but the lowest handling and traction.
  • Good noise level.
  • Average rolling resistance.

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