Michelin Latitude Diamaris Review

An offering within Michelin’s Latitude lineup, the Diamaris aims to be a well-balanced performance tire for both wet and dry driving conditions.

The Latitude Diamairs is the OEM tire for brands like BMW, Audi, Mercedes, and Land Rover and others, and will fit other vehicles already on the road.

Michelin built this tire with special construction considerations they call BAZ (Banded At Zero). This means the internal structure of the tire is made to be high strength and retain that strength at higher speeds and during cornering/high-stress maneuvers.

If you are (mostly) honest with yourself and would describe your driving as ‘spirited,’ you may find the Latitude Diamaris to be a good choice for you.

Performance on Dry Surfaces

How does the Latitude Diamaris handle when the road is clear and dry?

Dry pavement performance is where the Latitude Diamaris is most galvanizing. The tread pattern maximizes road contact without sacrificing drivability.

Cornering and dead stop takeoff are top notch as expected along with a moderate response in steering, providing a good level of stability.

This tire is intended to be a street/sport tire, for larger SUV-sized vehicles which adds a few caveats in the mix. One of those, is the fact that if you have different size tires in the front than in the back of your vehicle, you may see some uneven wearing caused by load balancing.

Wet and Rainy Surfaces

How does the Diamaris conduct itself on wet roads?

As highly regarded as the Diamaris is for dry handling, it does a decent job in wet conditions as well.

The ribs, grooves, and sipes (design features of the tread pattern) work in unison to effectively remove water away from the tire’s contact patch when in wet/rainy situations.

Hydroplaning resistance is better than average but not impressive, and wet traction is good, especially with abrupt braking and stopping.

Snow And Winter Performance

Being that this tire is engineered and sold as a Summer Tire, there are better choices for winter/snow/ice performance.

This is an area that makes little sense to cover, as it is not recommended to run a soft tire like this in freezing temperatures with dry and hot weather being most optimal.

What Are The Pros And Cons?

As listed above, this tire excels at both wet and dry performance but is lacking when the snow begins to fall. But, there’s more to a tire than just dry/wet/snow. Let’s take an overall view of what you’re getting with this tire:

List Of Pros:

  • Dry performance/handling is very good and is the real gem of this tire.
  • Wet performance also good and is slightly above average than even some All-Season tires.

List Of Cons:

  • Snow management is not what this tire was built for and does not hold up well.
  • Tread life could use some improvement, but many Summer tires are not meant for prolonged use if put to the test.
  • Some tire sizes can prove to be much more expensive than others if they do not fit a common wheel size.

Specs And More

The UTGQ (Uniform Tire Quality Grading) is as follows:

Treadwear: 220
Traction: AA
Temperature: A

Maximum safe inflation pressure: 51psi

Tread depth when new: 10/32”

Tire weight:

  • 315/35R20: 37 lbs.
  • 275/40R20: 33 lbs.
  • 255/50R19: 35 lbs.

Warranty Info And Rebates

Michelin backs the Latitude Diamaris with a 6 year, 25K mile warranty. However, the majority of drivers will reach 25,000 miles well before the 6-year mark hits.

A tire warranty will back the tire against having any material or workmanship defects and, although usually rare, they do happen, and this is warranted for the first 2/32” of treadwear. The warranty will NOT cover any kind of usual wear and tear, accidents, or abuse.

Final Thoughts

The Michelin Latitude Diamaris is a solid choice for those living in warmer climates. What it is designed to do, it does very well. But, if your area sees much snow, you may want to invest in a separate set of winter tires or purchase something entirely different, such as an all-season tire.

The tire is becoming more difficult to find in a variety of sizes. Once made in as many as twenty different sizes, the only ones you are likely to now find for sale are: 315/35R20, 275/40R20, and 255/50R19. This is generally an indication in the tire industry that the tire is being phased out in favor of another model.

In fact, Michelin no longer even lists this tire on their website. However, the DO list the Michelin 4X4 Diamaris. Inspect these two tires closely and you will see big similarities. If you are a dedicated Michelin fan, they have a large selection of tires to replace yours, such as the rest of the Latitude family, or even the Primacy or LTX families. If your tires MUST say Damaris, choose the 4X4 version; they are a little more widely available than the Latitude variety, for now.

No tire is perfect, including the Latitude Diamaris, but it does some specific things well. It is no surprise why major, competitive vehicle manufacturers have chosen this tire as their factory equipment. Michelin has an excellent reputation for tire quality.

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