Sailun Atrezzo Z4+AS Tire Review

Sailun Atrezzo Z4+AS Tire Review

We’ve attended a lot of tire events over the years. It’s always the same old thing when a manufacturer wants to show off the latest and greatest rubber. Three things are guaranteed at an event like this. First, there is a presentation highlighting the advanced design and technology of the new tire. Second, there will be supervised track time. And finally, a known inferior (and usually out of date) competitor’s tire is brought along to highlight how great this new tire is. So, when Sailun invited us to Palm Beach, FL to test their high performance all-season, we expected much the same. Yup, there was a presentation and yes, we were at a racetrack; Palm Beach International Raceway (PMIR). But something was different. Rather than allowing us to switch our minds over tire-testing cruise control, Sailun changed things up on us. We wouldn’t know what tire we were testing.



For each of the three testing procedures we would drive two vehicles. One with the Sailun Atrezzo Z4+AS tire installed and one with a competitors tire installed. The names molded into the tires sidewalls were scrubbed off so we didn’t know which tire we were testing. Sure, one look at the tread pattern would give it away, but what fun is that?


  1. Sailun-Atrezzo-Z4-AS-019.JPGGrooved Tread Block Walls reduce pipe resonance for a more comfortable and quiet ride.
  2. Available in 16-inch to 20-inch diameter sizes.
  3. Every tire is factory inspected for quality.
  4. V-shaped tread grooves enhance wet handling and hydroplane resistance.

Sailun isn’t a typical tire company. The manufacturer’s goal is not to make the best tires in the world, but rather focus on producing tires that can compete with the best in the industry, at a far lower price point. Sailun is in what the manufacturer calls the value tier of the tire world. In the USA, 25% of replacement tire purchases are made within the value tier. Dozens of companies compete in this segment with most holding less than 1% of the total tire market. Sailun’s goal is to be the king of the value market segment.



And the company may just be able to accomplish that. Sailun is not a fly by night tire company. Currently, Sailun tires are sold in 50+ countries worldwide on six continents. 30 million tires are pumped out a year from Sailun’s three factories. Each tire is tested off of the assembly line to ensure quality before being shipped off to the consumer.

The main factory and test facility is located in China, but there is also an engineering team here in America. Sailun claims these are not Chinese tires designed for the Chinese market that are then being sold in the USA. No, these tires are designed for the American market from the start.



But enough about the company; are the tires any good? Our test day is divided into three separate exercises. First, we will take two cars, one with the Sailun tires and one without, on a city driving course that includes highways, rail Sailun-Atrezzo-Z4-AS-015.JPGcrossings, speed bumps and side roads. Next up is an autocross-style course that includes slaloms, sweeping corners and threshold braking. This course will be tackled first in the dry, and then with the road completely soaked. Finally we will get to drive the entire two-mile PBIR road course. The vehicles we are using are 2013 Mercedes-Benz C250 sedans. All tires are set to 34 Psi, and remember, the names were scrubbed off so we do not know what tire we are driving on.

Now let’s take a quick fast forward for a second here to the end of the day where we learn that the competitor tire is the Continental XtremeContact DWS. This will make the rest of the article easier to follow instead of having to keep referring to ‘Tire 1’ and ‘Tire2’.



As mentioned, the day starts with us driving these two tires on the road. As expected under normal conditions, the differences between the Sailun and Continental are minimal at most. There is slightly less road noise and more steering feel from the Continentals, but the Sailuns isolate road vibrations better. Comfort is a dead heat between the two.

Sailun-Atrezzo-Z4-AS-09.JPGOnce on the autocross course, the differences between the tires, although still minimal, become more apparent. The Sailun required less stopping distance and has more lateral cornering grip in the dry, but the Continentals feel more predictable.In the wet these traits are amplified. The front Sailun tires grip hard; hard enough to allow the rear of the car to rotate freely if the driver gets a little too enthusiastic. Again, the Continentals are more predictable, but lack overall grip a bit.



Finally, it is time for the large road course. With pylons set up to limit our speed, the absolute limits of either tire cannot be approached. But it doesn’t matter. These tires are not going to be bought for track use. In total, 71% of all Sailun tires are equipped to ‘regular’ cars like the Toyota Camry, Ford Focus and Honda Civic. Sailun’s goal is to produce a tire as good as the competition, for a fraction of the price. At the end of the day we are all given several surveys to rate the performance of the two tires and surprise, surprise; it’s a near dead heat. At roughly 40% less money, the Z4+AS seem like a great bargain, as long as they can hold up over time.



  • Cheap price
  • Good performance
  • Wet weather ability



  • Unknown brand
  • Unknown reliability
  • Above average road noise

GALLERY: Sailun Atrezzo Z4+AS


  • Chris Daniels

    Bought a set Sailun Atrezzo SH402s and they are performing great so far. 1994 E320 with 227,000 miles. Wet weather performance is great. I have the 195/65R15 91H and now just want to see if the 50,000 mile tread wear is as advertised. Happy enough to consider on the rest of family vehicles.

  • Barry Guess

    I purchased a set of Sailun tires for my 02 Lexus sc430 about 4 months ago. I have less than 4000 miles and the car is bouncing and the tires are roaring badly. I went to the dealer I purchased them from and they rebalanced and rotated the tires which made the problem even worse than before.
    Please help me get this fixed as soon as possible.

    I have requested a replacement set, so we will see how well their customer service responds

  • Ernest

    I bought a set and I am very happy. Road noise isnt my concern as much as wear and tear and I havent noticed wear and I have had these on over 6 moths already and been all over Floirda and south GA. Ill keep buying these for the price.

  • ccdaniels

    Sounds like alignment is needed.

  • Barry Guess

    I take really good care of my cars and had that done inorder to make sure that was not it. BAD TIRE COMPANY, SUCKED IN BY CHEAP PRICES

  • Stano

    Lexus is very hard on tires and it doesn’t matter what brand. I’ve seen Yokohamas and Hankooks fail fast under Lexus.

  • Scott Murphy

    I purchased a set of Sailun Atrezzo Z4+AS 215 45 ZR17 91W XL M+S six months ago. I have them installed on a 2010 Prius. I had an alignment within two days of purchase. I rotate ever 10k with my oil changes at the Toyota dealership. I do not drive aggressively, and just had another alignment this week due to cupping and loud road noise. I have about 20k miles and am ready to buy new tires to get rid of these bad ones. The bouncing does not go away with rotation or rebalancing. The dealer where I bought the tires says I just have to live with it or buy a new set. It is hard to throw away $200.00 worth of tread left, even if it is noisy. Any advice?
    My takeaway is, if the tire claims 70,000 miles but the tread lasts 15,000 miles, then the manufacturer is not being honest and selling me short. Please let me know if something can be done to ride out the rest of the tread-life.

  • Will

    I purchased (4) Saliun Atrezzo Z4+AS 235/45/17 on 7/7/13.

    I put 6,696 miles on these tires. They are almost totally worn and hum very loud.

    They hum so loud, I thought I needed wheel bearings.

    This is unacceptable! I understand the tires are low cost and produced in China, but are they this very poor.

    I had the car aligned when they were mounted. I also had them rotated and the alignment checked periodically. These tires are junk!

  • Rickers

    So… you bought shitty Chinese tires and now you’re complaining that they’re shitty?

  • Will

    I just want people to know not to purchase shitty Chinese tires. I learned the hard way. You get what you pay for; plus there is no product support!

  • Al

    I’ve also purchased a set of SH402s for my 2012 Honda Civic. I’ve had no issues with the tires and they drive just fine. No abnormal wear or road noise. Also had them on this past winter and managed just fine (Canadian winter). They have been on the car for 10 months now and almost 20k put on these tires.

  • Ali

    I own a 2007 SC430 and fyi it doesn’t seem to matter what brand of tires you put on this car. This Lexus is a great vehicle, but loves to eat tires! I currently have a set of Dunlops and they are driving like sh*t now. I will be replacing them with a set of Sailun Z4-AS as I cannot justify spending the money on top tier tires that are going to wear just the same.

  • Barry Guess

    Less than 1000 miles my sailun tires started cupping with less than 5000 miles sounded like a monster truck going down the road. before 1000 miles we contacted the distributor and they confirmed the tires were really bad but would not replace or make up. BAD COMPANY for customer service. replaced this week with less than 5000 miles, still had great tread but could not ride with the top down, toooooo LOUD!

    BTW went with a 245/45/18, much better ride and really quite!

  • Ali

    You have 245/45/18 on now? Still running the Sailun?

  • Barry Guess


    Continental Tires

  • Nicole

    I’ve got Sailuns on my BMW at the moment.. I’ve done 60 000kms on them and they’re still going hard. They’re not your typical china crap. Well worth the dollar!

  • Deegan

    I need to get in contact with someone because I got all my tires showing belts after 5,000 miles

  • Will

    The manufacturer and the distributors would not admit they’re junk. National Tire Battery NTB got involved and replaced them with Cooper Tires. I had to pay the difference. I give NTB a much deserved credit for their customer service and help.

  • PG Man

    I’m at the shop, about to get Sailun tires. I could not find any reviews other than this positive one from their own site. I mean referred to, not saying this review is biased. It’s for my Audi A4 quattro, I use it for regular town and highway travel and for work so it should he more than sufficient. I hope they last a whole.

  • PG Man

    How are you helping here. Gtfo

  • PG Man

    Thank you, I’m in the shop and was just about to. But now I will not. Thank you!

  • Will

    OK Good. Ever since I got rid of those tires, everything is ok now. I went with Cooper Zeon. They are quiet and wearing properly. Those Sailun were junk!

  • kenito

    Mounted a set of Sailun Atrezzo 17″ tires on a 96 Mustang GT last year, under advise of the tire dealer in Fla. where we bought the car. Have TRIED to tear them up, and they continue to give good service. No balance problems, no cupping and good stability at speed. They stick, wet or dry and as before we’ve tried to show up these tires’ shortcomings. A bargain after ~7k miles.

  • MaconSouthernGent

    Bought two of these tires for a Mitsubishi Eclipse last winter as they were recommended over what was on the car: Fusion. Supposedly lasts a lot longer. I didn’t really get a chance to drive on them much at highway speeds until I set out a few days later on a long trip. Noticed a slight vibration in the steering wheel. Not sure if was that, wintertime or needing balanced.

    Since I needed tires on the back, came back to the same tire shop and was prepared to put the same type of tire on the back. However, now the warehouse that stocks all tires for shops around town, no longer stocks them. I was told that if I wanted them, I’d have to pay $30 bucks extra for shipping.

    I’ve had good luck with Tiger Paws in the past on sports cars. I would have went back to those but the tire shop recommend these and the tread was supposed to be longer rated than the Tiger Paws.

    Had two new Tiger Paws put on the front and put the Sailun tires in the back. Now I’m getting a little fishtailing effect, much like driving an old station wagon or your grandmother’s yacht of an Oldsmobile.

    May try putting the Saliun’s back on the front rather than the Tiger Paws. Disappointing road handling, if not dangerous when put on the back for this car at normal highway speeds.

    When changing lanes, I have to correct for the slight drift I get now. I can see that this could lead to over compensating, a reflex action, more compensating and loosing control of the car.

    Last time I experienced this, a disreputable dealer gave me a low ball price on Tiger Paws by quoting me that tire in a grade and size not suited for my car. Since I had the original receipts showing what they took off the car wasn’t the same as what they put on, they ate those tires.

  • CPL in SoCal

    So, you mix-matched tires of completely different design, made by different manufactures; and the car developed a handling quirk. Then, even after noting in your review that this handling quirk reared its head immediately after you put the new Uniroyal’s up front and moved older Sailun’s to the rear; you post a review, and a poor review at that, about the two older Sailun tires. Thanks for sharing your experience with the longest narrative on this review board.

  • MaconSouthernGent

    That’s two different issues: 1. The quality of the Sailun tires and 2. Two tires of from different manufacturers on the same axle.

    This wasn’t done for economic reasons. I went to reputable tire dealer in town and he told me that it would be acceptable to run two tires of different manufacturers on the same axle.

    They have suggested to take the car to the dealership and suggested that the problem is the tread patterns are not the same and causing this issue.

    BTW, maybe this month paying your ex wife’s alimony won’t make you so bitter to the world.

  • MaconSouthernGent

    And something’s going on if the warehouse that supplies all these shops in town no longer stocks Sailun. There was no estimated wait time either if I chose the route of a special order of these tires–that I wasn’t exactly happen with to start with–for $30 bucks EXTRA!

    The Sailun on the front with Fusion on the back did not have this issue. This leads me to believe as the car manufacturer stated that this is an issue of tread being too different a match.

    However, not being an expert in tires, I asked and chose the advice of the local tire dealer that I have used for several years on this issue. I will check with what they say after the dealership assesses what the problem is.

    My main concern is that this is hazardous, particularly in wet conditions.

  • CPL in SoCal

    OK, Macon; peace. Let me be a gentleman and explain a bit further about mix-matching tires, why it most often produces poor results; and what you need to look for if you have no other viable option.

    Different tires have different belt and casing schedules in both the radial and sidewall construction; as well as different rubber/ polymers in the build and cap; as well as tread design, all which greatly affect the way that the tire will perform. You can look at two different tires and see the manufacturer’s build schedule and think that you are getting close, but you are not as; even if the tire has the same speed, load, UTQG ratings, the load ratings at different, and the same, tire pressures are not the same and will cause different speeds of suspension action and shock dampening, will have considerably different sidewall flex patterns/reactions and rolling resistance; and in the end will cause handling quirks. Even using tires from the same tire manufacturer and tire model, sometimes if there is too much differential in tire wear when moving worn tires to the rear and installing new tires on the front, or if they did not come out of the same production run, there may be enough of a variance due to tolerance stacking to cause the very issues that you are experiencing. If you ever have to replace one or two tires and the tires on the vehicle are no longer available, first find a few tires that appear to have a similar tread pattern. This will affect the tires wet and dry performance, ability to evacuate water and air, and rolling resistance. Then go online and find a cross section view of your tire’s construction and the construction of the tires that you are considering. The tire’s belt schedule and sidewall construction must be reasonably similar or you will be facing handling quirks that cannot be remedied. Then look at the UTQG rating(s) of your existing tires and the ones that you are considering. That is going to give you a reasonable idea of the rubber compound, which can have as much impact of tire performance as the actual construction of the tire. Look at the speed rating and actual weight rating, not just the load range, of the tire and the pressure at which it is rated at that weight. That is going to give you an idea of tire’s damping and sidewall rigidity/flex. Obviously you are going to try to get as close as possible to the tires that you are going to keep. If you cannot get close, consider (a) used tire(s) as a temporary fix until you can get a matched set. People rarely feel bad about throwing away a $20 tire.

    With regard to your situation; to somebody who knows tires, suspension and their mutual interactions and dependencies; your situation should be very easy to identify. All front wheel drive, and all wheel drive vehicles that concentrate 60%+ torque on the front wheels, like your Mitsubishi Eclipse, are not only a little hard on front end suspension components and tires, they are particularly sensitive to suspension component and tire wear; and tire performance variance. If you have a tire that has a notably higher rolling resistance on the front of the car than those at the rear, the car will accelerate normally, but as soon as you get to speed and reduce the engine power from acceleration to speed maintenance, the rear end of the car will feel like it is loose; almost like it is lifting or like it is sliding on ice patches. What you are feeling is sidewall flex due to forward weight shift that is outside of what the suspension can correct, and it could become a serious problem in the event of collision avoidance.

    If the situation is the opposite, much lower rolling resistance of the front tires and a stiffer sidewall, the handling of the vehicle will feel normal under acceleration, but when you neutralize your throttle position to maintain speed, the front end of the vehicle will tend to drift around in the lane and will track every groove in the highway.

    Either way, not only is that a very uncomfortable and insecure driver feeling, it is dangerous and needs to be corrected now. Your Eclipse is a surefooted, good handling and well mannered car that should not be going through this experience.

    Hopefully this will give you a little more understanding of how your situation came about and give you a little power of knowledge when dealing with whoever you need to deal with to remedy your situation.

    Sailun Tires have some decent write ups, and some bad ones, just like Nexen Tires, another brand somewhat new to the market with no real history. They both tout their innovation and quality, but so does Carlisle Tires, the worst tire on the planet hands down. There is an independent tire and tire company evaluation guide that is available to only major tire distributors/dealers and insurance companies, that does a series of tests and warranty ratings on every brand of tires. You will find Michelin, Bridgestone, Firestone, Pirelli, Goodyear and a few of the other mega-manufactures at the top. You will also find Hankook and Kuhmo at the top these days, enough of a move up that their products and customer care are showing a very positive long term trend; and are certainly worthy of consideration even though they are still viewed as a price point product.

    If you want a lesser priced, but not lesser quality, tire that I would think would be the best match for your Eclipse, look at either the Kuhmo ECSTA PA31, or if you can step it up a little, the Hankook Ventus S1 Noble 2; which I have run on my Audi A6 (FWD) with fantastic results over a couple of years and about 20K miles. I actually like them every bit as much as Michelin Pilot MVX4 tires that I have purchased twice for my MBZ E350 and set me back almost $900 per set each time. At half the cost I imagine that I am going to like them even better than the Michelins and will be putting on my MBZ tomorrow when the tires come in. (That’s how I stumbled into your review.)

    And if you are in need of new struts/shocks, look no further than KYB gas shocks. They are the perfect compliment for soft sprung, soft-ish tire equipped cars, which covers almost everything except “near” race-tuned suspension systems like those that you will find on Corvettes and the like. The Hankook tire/KYB gas shock combination is a combination that I have put on about 20 cars ranging from my 82-yr old mother in-law and 72-yr old father, who both thought that I exchanged their cars for new cars and love the ride and even more the way the car(s) handle, all the way down to the more spirited drivers in the family including my 22, 25 & 28 yrs old sons.

    I don’t like giving recommendations over the internet to people who I don’t really know their needs or driving habits, but this combination has been such a crowd please’r for everybody that has never come with anything except rave reviews regardless of the vehicle, driving manners or driving conditions.

    Good luck getting your car back to proper operating condition; and, I apologize for being a little brash on the first comment.

  • MaconSouthernGent

    Thanks for the reply. Let me correct and update.

    What I meant to say was using the same manufacturer and same type/quality of tire per axle but two different manufacturers per axle (two of the same per axle).

    To Uniroyal’s credit, the customer rep suggested replacing one or the other set and that because of the situation, they would help me out on the purchase of another two Uniroyal tires. Not sure if that would be a substantial “help me out” or token.

    I have taken good care of this car and know how to fix somethings on it. However, on things I don’t know how to do, I go to those whom I trust. Since the Sailun tires were not immediately available, I discussed it with the owner and he assured me that this solution of using Tiger Paws would be acceptable. I will just now have to go to the dealership to confirm I have a problem and see what this shop wants to do to stand behind their good name.

    I do thank you for your reply and the time that it took you tells me that you view this with the seriousness that I do. An experienced driver that I am, I feel uncomfortable driving it at 70 mph. Imagine what would happen to an inexperienced driver correcting this drift? Could be catastrophic made even worse as this is a convertible.

    While the Sailun may be fine for some people, the fact that I wasn’t able to obtain them after the tire shop had rated them highly, makes me question the bottom line on profit. I may be out close to another three hundred dollars on this but I’d rather plan on that than my funeral.


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