Top 5 Best Tires For BMW 3 Series [2022 Review]

By Tire Expert, Joe Steffen
By Tire Expert, Joe Steffen

Are you searching for the best tires for your 3 Series BMW?

Look no further. I have been in the tire industry for over nine years and know exactly what drivers like yourself are looking for in tires. I have serviced and sold tires to hundreds of customers who own these high-performance luxury vehicles.

You will find out why these five options are the best for a BMW 3 Series. After reading through the reviews, I also compiled everything important for you to know about tires on the 3 Series.

Let’s get started with these tire reviews!

Our Top Pick
Bridgestone DriveGuard Plus
Bridgestone Driveguard Plus
4.0/5
4.0
Best Budget
Westlake SA07 Sport
Westlake SA07 Sport
3.0/5
3.0
Best High End
Michelin CrossClimate2
Michelin CrossClimate2
4.0/5
4.0
Best High Performance
Pirelli Pzero PZ4 Sport
Pirelli Pzero PZ4 Sport
4.0/5
4.0
Best Tread Life
Goodyear Assurance Maxlife
Goodyear Assurance Maxlife
4.0/5
4.0

Updated as of December 2, 2022

Bridgestone Driveguard Plus

Bridgestone DriveGuard Plus
Our rating:
4.0/5
4.0/5

Pros and Cons

Ratings

Wet Traction:
4.0/5
Ride Handling:
4.0/5
Dry Traction:
4.0/5
Ride Noise:
3.5/5
Snow Traction:
3.5/5
Ride Comfort:
3.5/5
Tread Life:
4.0/5
Value For Money:
4.0/5

It may come as a shock that I chose a run-flat tire for the top pick, but when you actually drive on the Bridgestone Driveguard Plus, you will see it is not your average run-flat.

I had the opportunity to test the predecessor to this tire. I was blown away by how I could barely tell the difference between it and a non-run-flat all-season tire.

Typically with a run flat, you will notice every little bump and divot in the road because of the stiff sidewalls. That is not the case on the Driveguard Plus. It can dissipate the road noise through the tread compound, a huge bonus since you don’t want a loud, uncomfortable ride on a luxury vehicle like 3 Series BMWs.

In case you didn’t know, these tires can be driven on for up to fifty miles with no air in the tire. Conventional tire sidewalls cannot support the vehicle’s weight with zero pressure, causing them to fail immediately after going flat.

This capability matters since 3 Series do not come with spare tires off the lot. Having a tire that can get you to a shop in a flat emergency is crucial since you can’t just throw a spare on.

Aside from having run-on-flat technology, it will provide solid wet, dry, and light snow traction while not sacrificing ride quality.

I recommend the Bridgestone Driveguard Plus to anyone who wants a performance tire and to not worry about having flats.

Westlake SA07 Sport

Westlake SA07 Sport
Our rating:
3.0/5
3.0/5

Pros and Cons

Ratings

Wet Traction:
2.5/5
Ride Handling:
3.0/5
Dry Traction:
2.5/5
Ride Noise:
3.0/5
Snow Traction:
2.0/5
Ride Comfort:
3.0/5
Tread Life:
3.0/5
Value For Money:
4.0/5

In my experience with these vehicles, I have seen a consumer leasing more often than purchasing a 3 Series. This makes sense due to being known for performance, not reliability.

If you lease a car, you should know that you need to return the vehicle with tires above 4/32nds of tread, and most consumers aren’t going to shell out a thousand bucks for new tires on a car their not keeping.

The Westlake SA07 Sport is the lowest priced option that fits any trim BMW 3 Series. Labeled as an ultra-high performance touring tire offering a forty-five thousand mile treadwear warranty. You will more than likely receive the mileage, granted you don’t drive like most BMW owners on the road.

Dry grip is good enough to prevent you from slamming into the back of a car in front of you. Drive with caution on wet surfaces at high speeds. It has a likely possibility of hydroplaning if not practicing recommended safe wet road driving tips.

Hopefully, you have the Xdrive model if you are driving on these in the snow because you will need every ounce of help. I recommend getting a set of winter tires for 3 Series coupes or sedans that frequent snowy weather.

If you are looking for the cheapest tire possible, you will find it in the Westlake SA07 Sport. But don’t say I didn’t give you a heads up about traction.

Michelin CrossClimate2

Michelin CrossClimate2
Our rating:
4.0/5
4.0/5

Pros and Cons

Ratings

Wet Traction:
4.5/5
Ride Handling:
3.5/5
Dry Traction:
4.0/5
Ride Noise:
3.5/5
Snow Traction:
4.5/5
Ride Comfort:
4.0/5
Tread Life:
3.5/5
Value For Money:
3.5/5

We are going from the cheapest to the best high-end, and what a breath of fresh air. The Michelin Crossclimate 2 offers everything a daily driver needs out of a tire.

The distinctive directional tread design allows these to have the safest wet weather traction and hydroplaning resistance. Large open tread channels make rolling through the thickest of puddles no problem.

On top of offering excellent wet weather traction, it will also come with a three-peak mountain snowflake rating. This means no loss of performance in sub-forty-degree temperatures. It is challenging to find an all-season tire that you can use year-round without snow tires, but I have seen many consumers do this with the Crossclimates wrapped around their rims.

You will immediately notice how much safer they feel than the OEM Primacy MXM4s that come on new BMWs.

The directional tread design will typically mean that more road noise will occur. 

This is a complaint I have heard from a few consumers. These consumers had vehicles that weren’t as high quality as a BMW. It’s possible it was the car, not the tires.

Purchasing a set of the Michelin CrossClimate 2 will be the right choice for anyone wanting the best overall high-end tire.

Pirelli Pzero PZ4 Sport

Pirelli Pzero PZ4 Sport
Our rating:
4.0/5
4.0/5

Pros and Cons

Ratings

Wet Traction:
5.0/5
Ride Handling:
4.5/5
Dry Traction:
5.0/5
Ride Noise:
4.5/5
Snow Traction:
2.0/5
Ride Comfort:
3.0/5
Tread Life:
3.0/5
Value For Money:
3.5/5

For those rocking the higher-performing M sport model, you will need a tire that can handle the needs of these beasts. The Pirelli Pzero PZ4 Sport has the responsiveness and traction BMW tires require.

Other tires that came close were the Continental Extreme Contact Sport, Yokohama Advan Sport, and Bridgestone Potenza. Still, their traction just couldn’t come close.

I have tested these Pirellis on a Toyota Camry at full speed turns on wet pavement. And couldn’t have been more confident in these tires to keep me from spinning out.

Summer tires, which is what the PZ4 is, will have the quietest ride due to their smooth tread design, but on rough roads, they will transmit vibrations to the steering wheel and seat. High-performance rubber compounds are built to grip, and you will always sacrifice ride quality to achieve a firm road grip.

For a lower-performing summer tire with a better ride but lesser traction, the Michelin Pilot Super Sport or the 4S (newer model of Super Sport) would both have better comfort.

It will all depend on what you want to achieve out of your 3 Series but for the best high-performance tire, I recommend the Pirelli Pzero PZ4 Sport to be the best.

Goodyear Assurance Maxlife

Goodyear Assurance Maxlife
Our rating:
4.0/5
4.0/5

Pros and Cons

Ratings

Wet Traction:
4.0/5
Ride Handling:
3.5/5
Dry Traction:
4.0/5
Ride Noise:
4.5/5
Snow Traction:
2.5/5
Ride Comfort:
4.5/5
Tread Life:
4.5/5
Value For Money:
4.0/5

Finding a stable tire made in all sizes for the 3 Series was a challenge. Even with this challenge, I found the Goodyear Assurance Maxlife was the one. Goodyear tires, until recently, started to fall behind the eight ball in terms of coming out with new products to compete with other manufacturers.

The Maxlife is an all-season touring tire backed by an eighty-five thousand mile treadwear warranty. With the nature of BMWs and how they tend to burn through tires, expect to receive between seventy and eighty thousand with proper tire care.

The Bridgestone Turanza Quiettrack came close to being the choice for this category, but Goodyear had the edge with a slightly longer tread life.

Ride quality is where this tire will really shine. With the suspension on BMW being a sport suspension set up, it has a bad habit of wearing tires out unevenly. The symmetric tread pattern helps combat these vehicles’ irregular wear patterns to provide the most extended and comfortable tread life.

Snow traction is a bit disappointing. You may need a set of winter tires like the Bridgestone Blizzak if you live in areas that have white winters.

I recommend the Goodyear Assurance Maxlife for anyone 3 Series Bmw that needs to get the most amount of miles from their tires.

What To Look For When Buying The Best Tires For BMW 3 Series?

You want to look for three critical things to get the best tires for a 3 Series. You will find them and why they are essential below.

Standard or Run-flat

Since BMWs do not come with spare tires. It will be a decision that you need to make if you want to risk being stranded when you have a flat or be able to get to a shop to fix the problem.

You can always call a tow truck or buy a compact spare tire from the dealer, but both these options will cost more than purchasing run flats.

Speed Rating

The 3 Series are built to deliver the quality ride and performance you expect. Installing tires with lower speed ratings severely diminishes these qualities.

A speed rating is responsible for delivering performance at maximum speeds. I do not recommend a rating lower than H on the 3 Series. Since it is not as high performing as the 4, 5, 6, and 7 Series, you can get away with a slightly lower rating.

Performance Category

What are you looking to get out of your tires? Traction and handling? Tread life? All-weather traction?

These are important questions to ask yourself because depending on what you want will dictate the best type of tire to buy. 

Ultra-high-performance tires will offer the best handling and traction but will lack tread life. 

Touring tires offer the best tread life but lower traction and handling.

All-weather tires will be between these categories while providing the best traction in wet, dry, and snow.

How Much Do Tires For BMW 3 Series Cost?

Tires for a BMW will not be cheap due to the lower profile sizes they come in. I shopped around to estimate what tires will cost depending on how many you need to replace.

Four New Tires

A new set of tires will run you between $500 and $1,500.

Two New Tires

If you only need to replace two. You’re looking at $300 to $900.

Single Tire

A single replacement will require $150 to $500 out of pocket.

What Tire Size Is Best For A BMW 3 Series?

BMW designs its cars from the wheels up. I do not recommend anything other than the factory fitments for a 3 Series. Changing the size may result in lower traction, handling, fuel economy, and cost more money.

How Long Should Your BMW 3 Series Tires Last?

Depending on the model of the 3 Series, the tires should last anywhere from forty-five thousand and seventy thousand miles.

The best way to achieve maximum tread will be to perform routine tire maintenance. This includes tire rotations, tire pressure checks, and proper wheel alignment.

When To Replace Tires On Your BMW 3 Series?

It is recommended to replace 3 Series tires at 4/32nds of tread or at six years of age.

4/32nds is where a tire suffers from the most loss of traction. And six years is how long the rubber compound is designed to hold up before it becomes prone to blowouts and separation.

Does The Brand Matter For An BMW 3 Series When Replacing Tires?

The brand will play a major role in how it makes the 3 Series perform. Going with an off-brand or cheap tire can completely change how the vehicle was intended to serve.

High-quality tire brands like Michelin, Continental, and Pirelli will ensure peak handling and tread life.

Does the Year of Your BMW 3 Series Matter When Buying New Tires?

The 3 Series is a staple vehicle of the BMW collection. They have been in production since 1975, so you may have an older model.

What year a 3 Series is could impact the price and brand of tire you go with. Typically someone wouldn’t put a set of high-priced tires on a vehicle on its last leg.

What Are The Biggest Tires I Can Put On A BMW 3 Series?

I do not recommend increasing the tire size of the 3 Series for many reasons I mentioned under the best tire size. However, if you feel the need to increase the size, the largest you can go is an increase of five percent of the aspect ratio.

The aspect ratio is the middle number in the tire size and increases the height of the sidewall.

For example, 225/45R17, the 45 is the aspect ratio. So the largest size you can put on would be a 225/50R17.

Frequently Asked Questions
BMW recommends run-flat high-performance tires due to the nature of their cars and not coming with a spare.
Typically you will find that most run-flat tires will wear out faster than standard ones. This is because the soft tread compound counteracts the stiff sidewalls to provide a smoother ride.
The easiest way to tell if you have run flats equipped with your BMW is to look on the tire’s sidewall. There will be an indication that looks like RFT, Run Flat Tire, or in some cases, DSTT.

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