Pirelli Cinturato Winter

The new Pirelli Winter tyre is designed for the aftermarket and intended for medium-sized cars that cover high mileage: typical of commuting and professional use.

Its tread pattern and structure has been designed to provide safety and reliability in all conditions that characterise the winter months. Specifically, Pirelli’s engineers worked on ways to reduce braking distances: a mission that was accomplished thanks to the use of “Multiactive 4D Sipe” technology. This consists of directional sipes, whose form varies according to the driving requirements at the time. In other words, these sipes all line up in the same direction to maximise the effects of traction and braking on demand.

While braking on a snowy surface, for instance, the sipes become harder, enabling the tread pattern to become more compact and the car to stop within a shorter distance. But when the car is trying to gain traction, the sipes open up in order to capture more snow and find the necessary grip.

It’s a different story on wet surfaces, where the movement of the sipes as the car is driving heats up the tread compound, increasing grip. Traction is also maximised thanks to an increase in the density of the sipes. If all the sipes were laid end to end, they would form a line 40 metres long (the length of four buses). This is an increase of more than 50% compared to the principal reference tyre.

This tyre replaced the Pirelli Winter Snow Control Series 3 and this tyre has been replaced by the Pirelli Cinturato Winter 2.

Tyre Reviews

Dry Grip 84%
Wet Grip 92%
Road Feedback 84%
Handling 84%
Wear 75%
Comfort 78%
Buy again 74%

Tyre review data from 5 tyre reviews averaging 82% over 9,500 miles driven.

The Cinturato Winter is ranked 27th of 43 Winter Premium Touring tyres.

Latest Tyre Test Results

2021 Winter Tyre Market Overview - 27th of 49 tyres

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2021 AMS Winter Tyre Test - 6th of 10 tyres

  • Positive - Short braking distances and good traction on snow.
  • Negative - Long wet braking, poor dry handling.
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2020 ADAC Winter Tyre Test - 205/55 R16 - 11th of 15 tyres

  • Positive - Top marks in snow, also good in the wet.
  • Negative - Weak on dry roads.
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Size Fuel Wet Noise Weight
185/60 R14 82T   E B 66 6.88kgs
155/65 R14 75T   E C 66 5.84kgs
175/65 R14 82T (K1) E B 66 6.95kgs
165/70 R14 81T (K1) E B 66 6.64kgs
175/70 R14 88T XL   E B 66 7.12kgs
185/55 R15 82T   E B 66 7.27kgs
195/55 R15 85H   E B 66 7.67kgs
175/60 R15 81T   E B 66 6.97kgs
185/60 R15 88T XL (K1) E B 66 7.63kgs
195/60 R15 88T   E B 66 8.10kgs
165/65 R15 81T   E C 66 6.64kgs
185/65 R15 88T (K1) C B 66 8.13kgs
185/65 R15 88T   E B 66 8.06kgs
185/65 R15 92T XL   C B 66 8.12kgs
195/65 R15 91T (K1) C B 66 8.49kgs
195/65 R15 95T XL   C B 66 8.47kgs
195/65 R15 91H (K1) C B 66 8.49kgs
195/45 R16 84H XL   E B 66 7.47kgs
205/45 R16 87T XL   E B 66 7.82kgs
185/50 R16 81T   E B 66 7.31kgs
195/55 R16 91H XL   C B 66 8.18kgs
205/55 R16 91T   E B 66 9.27kgs
205/55 R16 91H (K1) E B 66 9.26kgs
205/55 R16 94H XL   C B 67 9.17kgs
185/60 R16 86H   E B 66 8.25kgs
195/60 R16 89H (*) C B 68 8.68kgs
195/70 R16 94H   E B 68 9.07kgs
215/50 R17 95H XL   C B 67 9.20kgs
205/55 R17 95T XL   C B 67 8.92kgs
215/60 R17 96T   C B 67 9.79kgs
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Cinturato Winter Prices

Size Price Range  
185/60 R15 £64.99 - £77.24 (8 Prices) Compare Prices >>
195/65 R15 £48.67 - £91.60 (22 Prices) Compare Prices >>
215/60 R17 £107.29 - £144.90 (6 Prices) Compare Prices >>
Available in 29 tyre sizes - View all.

Top 3 Pirelli Cinturato Winter Reviews

Given 91% while driving a Toyota Prius III (195/65 R15 T) on a combination of roads for 2,000 average miles
About a month ago I fitted these winter tyre on my Prius. I was deciding between GoodYear Ultra Grip 9, Michelin Alpine 5 and these and in the end chose these as they came with a good price and the tyre dealership told me that they are really good tyres. With my mileage I should really be satisfied, plus I was also looking for a very good tyre in wet and on ice (most of the time in winter in our country, roads are wet and with possibility of black ice). I had the chance to drive these tyre in all possible weather scenarios, dry, wet and snow and they were great.
Maybe only downside is that they got a bit louder after first few hundred miles but luckily are not getting louder anymore. The fuel consumption is so so but then again, in winter car does need a bit more to warm up and to keep the passenger area warm. I will probably write another review after the winter, hopefully I will stay satisfied.
65 - tyre reviewed on November 12, 2016   
Given 62% while driving a Toyota Prius III (195/65 R15 H) on a combination of roads for 500 spirited miles
These are my first Pirelli winter tires ever tried on my car, although I evaluated very good on other cars the Sottozero II series for its outstanding performance. In previous year I always adopted Dunlop Winter Response and I was fine with it, quite, very good handling and steering, only defect was the wear, quite short, therefore after purchased two times of them I wanted to try something different. Cinturato Winter was just out this year, and all the specs like noise and grip were even nicer than Dunlop tires, that's why I chosen them. Unfortunately they are everything than I expected, very noisy, with my car such aspect is amplified so much that sometime I think I'm driving a Wrangler with tarmac tires, with also an unexpected high fuel consumption, almost 20% more than the Dunlop. The handling is likewise annoying, I can't realize if such tires got a very soft side wall or it just has too much tread, if you steer energically you can clearly feel the tires need a telegram to start lay the necessary area to the asphalt, with a vacuum between your input and the action. I cannot say anything about wear as I just got them two weeks ago, and the only positive aspect so far is the grip which is nicer than Dunlop, also the lose of the grip is smooth and progressive. In conclusion? If nothing changes in other thousand miles I'll change them with my old friend Dunlop.
18 - tyre reviewed on November 9, 2016   
Given 91% while driving a Toyota Yaris (185/60 R15 T) on mostly motorways for 2,000 average miles
Used this tyres to drive from Czech Republic to Greece and back during winter period. Driving with them was a very pleasant experience. I encountered both dry and icy roads and the feedback was great.
8 - tyre reviewed on January 20, 2017   
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Latest Pirelli Cinturato Winter Reviews

Given 76% while driving a Volkswagen Caddy (195/65 R15) on mostly motorways for 2,000 average miles
Bought them a month ago. Ideal for the Greek winter !!!
5 - tyre reviewed on December 15, 2016