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

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

Are you searching for the best tires for your 5 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 can trust that I didn’t just pick these tires to sell you because I don’t make any commission, unlike retail sales associates.

You will find out why these five options are the best, and after reading through the reviews, I also compiled all the things essential for you to know about tires on the 5 Series.

Let’s get started with these tire reviews!

Our Top Pick
Bridgestone DriveGuard Plus
Bridgestone Driveguard
4.0/5
4.0
Best Budget
Westlake SA07 Sport
Westlake SA07 Sport
3.0/5
3.0
Best High End
Continental ExtremeContact DWS06
Continental Extreme Contact DWS06 Plus
4.0/5
4.0
Best High Performance
Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 4
Michelin Pilot Sport All Season 4
4.0/5
4.0
Best Tread Life
Pirelli Cinturato P7
Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus II
4.0/5
4.0

Updated as of December 2, 2022

Bridgestone Driveguard

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:
4.5/5
Ride Comfort:
3.5/5
Tread Life:
4.0/5
Value For Money:
4.0/5

There’s a reason that you will find run-flat tires (RFT) on brand-new 5 Series sedans. Most owners of BMWs don’t know that these cars do not come with spare tires. Hence why, they provide a tire that can be driven flat.

The Bridgestone Driveguard Plus is very different compared to other run-flats. They come with a treadwear warranty as high as sixty-five thousand miles, five thousand miles more than its Driveguard predecessor.

For those who don’t know, run-flat tires are designed to be driven up to fifty miles when there is a complete loss of air pressure. The downside is that if driven on for fifty miles at 50MPH flat, you will need to replace the tire due to the sidewall becoming damaged.

I got the opportunity to test drive the Driveguards and if you have concerns about driving on run flats. Let me put your mind at ease these are not to be associated with the negative connotations these category of tires have.

I could not even tell the difference between the standard and RFT. Typically it will be obvious.

Price is always a concern when considering a BMW tire, especially run flats, but the Driveguard’s price is no higher than a set of Michelin or Pirellis.

Being well-rounded in all traction and ride quality categories earned the Bridgestone Driveguard Plus the top spot. I recommend them for the 5 Series and any BMW sedan or coupe.

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

If anyone knows how much a BMW costs to own, it’s me. Having to shell out so much money for repairs could leave you with nothing left to spend on your tires. And this is why I provide a budget option for those who may not have thousands to spend on tires.

The Westlake SA07 Sport is the lowest-priced option that fits any trim BMW 5 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.

There are downsides to going with a cheap tire, and if you go with this option, you will surely notice how subpar the traction is in severe weather conditions. But you should be aware that with tires, you get what you pay for.

It comes backed by a forty-five thousand mile warranty. You can expect this mileage if your 5 Series isn’t the Xdrive or M Sport model. AWD (all-wheel drive) and sports cars tend to wear out tires a little faster since the wheels have more power displacement.

Since snow traction is very dicey on the Westlakes., I recommend investing in a set of winter tires like the Yokohama iceGuards. Snow traction is very dicey on the Westlakes.

Consumers have reported that the ride is not great. You may feel vibrations while driving at high speeds due to the low quality.

Overall the Westlake SA07 Sport will be a fantastic low-priced option to get a safe set of tires on your 5 Series.

Continental Extreme Contact DWS06 Plus

Continental ExtremeContact DWS06
Our rating:
4.0/5
4.0/5

Pros and Cons

Ratings

Wet Traction:
4.5/5
Ride Handling:
5.0/5
Dry Traction:
4.0/5
Ride Noise:
3.5/5
Snow Traction:
4.0/5
Ride Comfort:
4.0/5
Tread Life:
3.5/5
Value For Money:
3.5/5

Picking the five best tires out there was no easy task. The Continental ExtremeContact DWS06 Plus was the number one decision for high-end for its ability to perform in all weather conditions and value. You are getting an excellent ultra-high performance tire for a fraction of the price of its competitors.

Plus, you get an industry-leading warranty with the Total Confidence Plan backed by Continental.

I found the Continental to excel in maintaining extreme traction in wet and snow conditions. When the snow or rain falls, you won’t have to worry about sliding from lane to lane.

If you need an all-season tire that handles like a top, look at the Continental ExtremeContact DWS06 Plus. With ease, it can take a hard turn at thirty-plus miles per hour (Attempt at your own risk).

Lower-end tires will tend to skip when making abrupt turns. I am talking about when the vehicle will start to chatter sideways.

The Continental, without a doubt, will keep you on course.

This tire almost didn’t make it as the best high-end, but I have already included Michelin, Bridgestone, and Pirelli. Since I like variety and have sold many of the DWS to satisfied customers, I chose this tire.

If you need new BMW tires and want the best high-end option. This tire will offer exceptional tread life while giving you unmatched year-round traction and safe hydroplaning resistance.

Michelin Pilot Sport All Season 4

Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 4
Our rating:
4.0/5
4.0/5

Pros and Cons

Ratings

Wet Traction:
4.5/5
Ride Handling:
4.5/5
Dry Traction:
4.5/5
Ride Noise:
4.0/5
Snow Traction:
3.5/5
Ride Comfort:
4.5/5
Tread Life:
3.0/5
Value For Money:
3.5/5

I went back and forth between the Bridgestone Potenza and Goodyear Eagles. But ultimately, I chose the Michelin Pilot Sport All Season 4 for its ability to provide the best performance for the entirety of its tread life.

Most tires have a severe decline in traction as they wear down. The Pilot Sport has full-depth siping and a rubber compound that doesn’t stiffen up as it wears to prevent performance loss.

The mileage warranty of this tire isn’t relatively as high as other options. Rest assured, you will receive the entire forty-five thousand miles guaranteed.

Michelin has a standard to uphold, and delivering anything short of what consumers expect could drastically impact their reputation.

As it wears down, it will become slightly louder than when first installed. Don’t let that shy you away from making this your next tire. All tires develop more noise as you wear them out.

If you have the M sport package. I highly recommend the Michelin Pilot Sport All Season 4, as it will be the best high-performance tire for the 5 Series.

For summer UHP performance tires, I also recommend the Michelin Pilot Sport 4s, the replacement model for the Super Sport. Summer tires offer much better traction in wet and dry but will have zero grip in the snow and ice.

Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus II

Pirelli Cinturato P7
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:
4.0/5
Snow Traction:
3.5/5
Ride Comfort:
4.0/5
Tread Life:
4.0/5
Value For Money:
3.5/5

The BMW 5 Series is not well known for its shoes lasting long. Especially when equipped with the original run-flat tires that last about twenty thousand miles at most.

Finding a tire that would last more than sixty thousand miles was challenging. I found the Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus II will offer you up to seventy thousand miles (with religious tire maintenance).

If you are worried about sacrificing handling for longevity. The rounded shoulders provide maximum grip even when cornering at high speeds. Switching from the stock dealership Michelin Primacy tires, the Pirellis will have an immediate improvement on your first turn.

The tread is designed to absorb road noise by utilizing smaller compacted, siping dense tread blocks. These blocks provide a much quieter ride and efficiently evacuate water on wet roads. Bonus that they aren’t run flats because they tend to have a noisier tread compound.

This manufacturer is known for its high-performance car tires. The leading supplier of rubber for formula one racing transfers its Pirelli P Zero quality to the P7 All Season, which is a touring performance category. So you can trust that these are the right tires for your luxury BMW.

I recommend the Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus II for anyone who wants the most life out of their tires.

What To Look For When Buying The Best Tires For BMW 5 Series?

I have included three key factors to look for when trying to find the best tires for a 5 Series.

Run Flat vs. Standard

Since you will not have a spare (unless it’s a much older model). You need to consider whether you want to risk getting stuck on the side of the road with a flat tire. Or be able to drive to a repair shop to fix your tire.

Run flats tend to be more expensive, which is why I recommend the Bridgestone Driveguard Plus RFT. The price will not be much more than other high-end sets of tires.

Read Also: What are “run flat” tires?

Speed Rating

BMWs are built for performance and a luxury ride. Installing a tire with a lower speed rating than the factory recommends will result in inadequate handling and traction.

I recommend installing nothing lower than a V-speed-rated tire.

Rebates

The cost of 5 Series tires being higher than most could hinder you from selecting the best tire. Rebates are a great way to reduce costs and allow the best tire to fit within your budget.

Manufacturers will run rebates through various retailers at separate times. You will need to do some shopping around to find who is running the best deal.

How Much Do Tires For A 5 Series Cost?

Below you will find some ballpark estimates on how much you can expect to pay for new tires on a 5 Series.

Four New Tires

A set of four tires will do some damage. You’re looking at between $500 and $2,000.

Two New Tires

If you only need to replace two of your tires. It’s gonna run you anywhere from $350 to $1,200.

Single Tire

Depending on your size, one single replacement can cost between $125 and $500.

What Tire Size Is Best For A 5 Series?

The best tire size for a 5 Series is the factory size. BMW designs their vehicles to perform based on their size, and changing this can adversely affect performance.

How Long Should Your BMW 5 Series Tires Last?

If you have a staggered setup (wider wheels in the rear), you will receive between twenty and thirty-five thousand miles on the rear tires and forty to sixty-five thousand miles on the fronts.

With the same size, all the way around, you can expect between forty-five and seventy-five thousand miles, depending on the tire.

When To Replace Tires On Your 5 Series?

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

2/32nds of tread is the absolute baldest your tires should ever be, but at 4 is where you lose the most traction.

Does The Brand Matter For A BMW 5 Series When Replacing Tires?

With tires, you get what you pay for. So picking a reputable brand will significantly impact traction, handling, and tread life.

Does the Year of Your 5 Series Matter When Buying New Tires?

The year of your 5 Series will impact whether or not the car is worth putting a high-end tire on. If you are rocking a twenty-year-old beamer, odds are opting for a $2,000 set of tires may not be ideal.

Frequently Asked Questions
The BMW 5 Series will come with rim sizes of 18, 19, and 20 inches, depending on the model.
Run-flat tires support the vehicle’s weight with zero tire pressure. This allows the tire to be driven for 50 miles with zero air. BMWs no longer come with spare tires, so they have run flats.
BMW provides no tire warranty. The only guarantee you can count on would be from the manufacturer, but 90% of the time, there will be no coverage on them.

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