Michelin X-Ice Xi3: Testing One of the Newest Studless Ice & Snow Tires

Thursday, November 15, 2012 by Hunter Leffel

Over the years, the Bridgestone Blizzak line of tires has proven to deliver the best in ice and snow traction. Of course, other brands are always making advancements in their designs. For example, this year saw the release of Michelin's X-Ice Xi3 and we felt it was time to test its capabilities at a local ice rink. We have found this surface to be the most difficult you'll encounter. It's similar to black ice, as well as the slippery conditions you experience at intersections. 

During the test we took measurements on a 60-foot acceleration run and stopping distance time from 12 mph to zero. The Michelin X-Ice Xi3 made the acceleration run in the quickest time at 3.86 seconds compared to the Bridgestone Blizzak WS70 at 4.17 seconds. However, when it came to stopping, Bridgestone's Blizzak WS70 brought the BMW down to zero in 31.1 feet, while the Michelin needed 32.5 feet. We also set up a 90-degree turn at the ice rink. By running the vehicle up to the same speed and then entering the turn, we found the Bridgestone to execute the turn with the least amount of slippage. X-Ice Xi3 tires exhibited just a little more slide in comparison. During my time of testing the tires, the vehicle equipped with X-Ice Xi3 tires hit two cones, while the Blizzak WS70 made it through cleanly. For a complete recap of our testing, read "Testing the Newest Studless Ice & Snow Winter Tires."

Bridgestone Blizzak WS70
Bridgestone Blizzak WS70
Michelin X-Ice Xi3
Michelin X-Ice Xi3


When compared to the previous generation X-Ice Xi2, the X-Ice Xi3 has closed the gap in ice traction significantly. Size coverage with this tire is pretty extensive for passenger vehicles. As with all winter products, production tends to be limited. Therefore, buying your winter / snow tires early is always a wise decision. 

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