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Winter tires
2024

Barum Polaris 5

The czech low-cost tire has high projected mileage and is good on snow, but lacks a bit of wet and dry performance. Pricewise, it can match the low-cost chinese tyres and in comparison, it's definitely a better option.
Jiri Chomat, TheTyreLab.com
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Width
Profile
Rim size

Pros and cons

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  • wet-handling
    Poor handling on the wet
  • wet-braking
    Longer braking distance on wet roads
  • aquaplaning-longitudinal
    Below average aquaplaning resistance
  • dry-braking
    Longer braking distance on dry roads

Comparison

Sizes

Barum Polaris 5 is made in 74 sizes, starting from 135/80 R13 up to 255/40 R19.
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Timeline

2018

Barum Polaris 5 was launched and replaced Barum Polaris 3.

2019

Barum Polaris 5 was tested 1x (Autobild)

2020

Barum Polaris 5 was tested 2x (Autobild,...)

2021

Barum Polaris 5 was tested 3x (ADAC,...)

2022

Barum Polaris 5 was tested 2x (ADAC,...)

2023

Barum Polaris 5 was tested 3x (ADAC,...)

Achievements

1/6
Best
aquaplaning-cross
Aquaplaning - cross
Adac 2023
1/5
Best
aquaplaning-longitudinal
Aquaplaning - longitudal
Adac 2023
1/6
Best
dry-braking
Dry braking
Adac 2023
1/5
Best
noise-exterior
Exterior noise
Adac 2023
1/6
Best
snow-traction
Snow traction
Adac 2023
1/6
Best
wet-braking
Wet braking
Adac 2023

Barum Polaris 5 in tyre tests

All tyre tests where Barum Polaris 5 was featured:
Autobild
Autobild Winter tyre test 2023 225/45 R18
satisfactory
Ranked #9 of 20
Securing the 9th position among 20 competitors, the Barum Polaris 5 tire demonstrated a commendable performance, ultimately receiving a final rating of 'Satisfactory.' This affordable third-tier brand impressed with its superior snow performance and dynamic dry handling, alongside a promising high mileage potential. Despite these strong points, the tire displayed a propensity for understeer on wet surfaces, indicating an area for improvement in its design. This balanced performance profile underscores its value proposition for consumers seeking reliable winter tire capabilities without breaking the bank.
Name WetDrySnowRunning costs
Best values in test2+2+11-
Barum Polaris 52-22+1-
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Autobild
Name Stopping distance on wetStopping distance on snow
Best values in test31,429,2
Barum Polaris 535,631,0
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ADAC
ADAC Winter tyre test 2023 205/60 R16
satisfactory
Ranked #12 of 16
Name Enviromental impactDriving safety
Best values in test22.1
Barum Polaris 52.33.4
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ADAC
ADAC Winter tyre test 2022 185/65 R15
sufficient
Ranked #14 of 16
The Barum Polaris 5 finished 14th out of 16 competitors, securing a final rating of 'Sufficient'. Though the tyre demonstrated some strengths, such as low fuel consumption and wear, along with good performance on snow, it was notably hindered by its weaknesses. Those include significant challenges on icy, wet, and dry surfaces which led to its overall performance being deemed only conditionally recommendable. Interestingly, within specific disciplines, it showcased an exceptional capability in snow braking, which stood out as its prime area of proficiency. However, the mentioned areas of weakness curtailed its appeal, indicating that while it could be a viable option under certain conditions, it may not be the most reliable choice across all winter instances.
Name WetDrySnowIceRolling resistanceNoiseWear
Best values in test1,71,91,81,91,72,51,5
Barum Polaris 53,23,92,42,82,03,02,0
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Autobild
Autobild Winter tyre test 2022 215/55 R17

Ranked #26 of 56
Name Stopping distance on wetStopping distance on snow
Best values in test32,825,4
Barum Polaris 537,526,9
Autobild
Name Stopping distance on wetStopping distance on snow
Best values in test32,127,3
Barum Polaris 536,128,8
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Source: www.autobild.de
ADAC
ADAC Winter tyre test 2021 195/65 R15
satisfactory
Ranked #12 of 16
Name WetDrySnowIceNoiseWear
Best values in test1,61,91,92,02,62,0
Barum Polaris 53,23,02,02,0 2,83,0
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Source: www.adac.de
Autobild
Autobild Winter tyre test 2021 205/55 R16
satisfactory
Ranked #15 of 20
Name WetDrySnowRolling resistanceWear
Best values in test2+2+11-1
Barum Polaris 53+3+2+1- 2+
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Source: www.autobild.de
Autobild
Name Stopping distance on wetStopping distance on snow
Best values in test30,324,3
Barum Polaris 535,224,9
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Source: www.autobild.de
Autobild
Name WetDrySnowRunning costs
Best values in test2+1-2+1-
Barum Polaris 52-222-
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Source: www.autobild.de
Autobild
Name Stopping distance on wetStopping distance on snow
Best values in test29,224
Barum Polaris 533,925
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Source: www.autobild.de

Test ratings distribution

85% (5x)65% (1x)
GoodSatisfactorySufficient
1x4x1x

Ratings x Wheel size

R15R16R18
75% (2x)85% (2x)85% (2x)

Ratings x Width

185/xx Rxx195/xx Rxx205/xx Rxx225/xx Rxx245/xx Rxx
65% (1x)85% (1x)85% (2x)85% (1x)85% (1x)