The Michelin Alpin 5 205/55 R16 94 H XL is a premium touring winter tyre that replaces the Alpin A4. The tyre is geared towards compact vehicles, medium saloons and saloons. When a study by the VUFO concluded that 57% of road accidents occur on dry road surfaces, Michelin took this as an initiative to improve the wet and dry performance of their winter tyres. The Michelin Alpin 5 205/55 R16 94 H XL's tread pattern features deeper grooves and a 17% higher void ratio than the Alpin A4, which improves its snow and wet performance. Michelin's “Stabiligrip Technology”, which helps the tyre retain its block stiffness, uses three-dimensional intersecting sipes to improve the rigidity of the tread blocks. With a 16% increase in the number of sipes in the A5, it gives the tyre an increased stability. The rubber in the Michelin Alpin 5 205/55 R16 94 H XL uses the fourth generation of the brand's silica-based rubber compound: the HelioCompound 4G. The compound uses a sunflower oil base that allows the tyre to retain its softness even at low temperatures.