Pirelli Winter Sottozero 3

The Pirelli Winter Sottozero 3 is a Ultra High Performance Winter tyre designed to be fitted to Passenger Cars.

Dry Grip 90%
Wet Grip 92%
Road Feedback 82%
Handling 88%
Wear 80%
Comfort 81%
Buy again 88%
Snow Grip 85%
Ice Grip 75%

Tyre review data from 48 tyre reviews averaging 84% over 635,786 miles driven.

The Winter Sottozero 3 is ranked 16th of 42 Winter Ultra High Performance tyres.

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Latest Tyre Test Results

2021 ADAC 17 Inch Winter Tyre Test - 12th of 18 tyres

  • Positive - Good dry braking, best drivability in the snow.
  • Negative - Low drivability in the dry, weak in the wet.
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2020 ADAC Winter Tyre Test - 235/55 R17 - 9th of 13 tyres

  • Positive - Good in the wet.
  • Negative - Weakness on dry roads and ice.
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2020 Auto Bild Performance Winter Tyre Test - 19th of 21 tyres

  • Positive - Good in the snow and dry, low fuel use.
  • Negative - Average wet grip, high price, high wear.
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2021 Tyre Tests

  • 12th: 2021 ADAC 17 Inch Winter Tyre Test (225/50 R17)
  • 2020 Tyre Tests

  • 9th: 2020 ADAC Winter Tyre Test - 235/55 R17 (235/55 R17)
  • 19th: 2020 Auto Bild Performance Winter Tyre Test (245/45 R18)
  • 20th: 2020 Winter Tyre Market Overview - 52 Tyre Braking Test (245/45 R18)
  • 2019 Tyre Tests

  • 8th: 2019 Auto Express Winter Tyre Test (225/45 R17)
  • 9th: 2019 AMS Winter SUV Tyre Test (215/55 R17)
  • 16th: 2019 Winter Tyre Test Market Overview (225/45 R17)
  • 18th: 2019 Auto Bild Winter 17 inch Tyre Test (225/45 R17)
  • 2018 Tyre Tests

  • 7th: 2018 Autobild UHP Winter Tyre Test (245/45 R18)
  • 2017 Tyre Tests

  • 4th: 2017 235/55 R17 SUV Winter Tyre Test (235/55 R17)
  • 4th: 2017 Auto Bild SUV Winter Tyre Test (225/55 R17)
  • 5th: 2017 AMS Performance 18 inch Winter Tyre Test (225/40 R18)
  • 6th: 2017 Auto Express Winter Tyre Test (225/45 R17)
  • 6th: 2017 Sport Auto Winter Tyre Test (225/40 R18)
  • 8th: 2017 50 Winter Tyre Shoot Out (225/50 R17)
  • 18th: 2017 Auto Bild Winter Tyre Test (225/50 R17)
  • 2016 Tyre Tests

  • 2nd: 2016 ADAC Winter Tyre Test - 225/45 R17 (225/45 R17)
  • 4th: 2016 AutoBild Winter UHP Tyre Test (245/40 R18)
  • 4th: 2016 Sport Auto Winter Tyre Test (235/40 R18)
  • 2015 Tyre Tests

  • 2nd: 2015 AMS UHP Winter Tyre Test (225/50 R17)
  • 3rd: 2015 Auto Bild Performance Winter Tyre Test (225/40 R18)
  • 3rd: 2015 Sport Auto 19 Inch Winter Tyre Test (235/35 R19)
  • 6th: 2015 Auto Express Winter Tyre Test (225/45 R17)
  • 6th: 2015 ACE 17 Inch Winter Tyre Test (225/50 R17)
  • 2014 Tyre Tests

  • 1st: 2014 50 Winter Tyre Braking Overview (225/50 R17)
  • 1st: 2014 AutoBild 235/35 R19 Winter Tyre Test (235/35 R19)
  • 7th: 2014 Auto Bild Winter Tyre Test (225/50 R17)
  • 2013 Tyre Tests

  • 1st: 2013 Auto Bild Sports Winter Tyre Test (225/50 R17)
  • 2nd: 2013 AMS Sports Winter Tyre Test (225/50 R17)
  • 11th: 2013 ADAC Winter Tyre Test - 225/45 R17 (225/45 R17)
  • Size Fuel Wet Noise Weight
    0/0 R0 0         10.38kgs
    215/45 R16 86H   E B 72 8.83kgs
    205/55 R16 91H (*)(KS) C B 68 10.50kgs
    205/55 R16 91H   E B 71 9.33kgs
    205/55 R16 91H (MO) E B 71 9.32kgs
    205/55 R16 91H (*) E B 72 10.29kgs
    225/55 R16 95H (MOE) E B 71 13.26kgs
    225/55 R16 99H XL   E B 72 11.05kgs
    225/55 R16 95H   E B 72 11.06kgs
    205/60 R16 92H (MO) C B 71 8.66kgs
    205/60 R16 96H XL (AR) C B 72 9.21kgs
    205/60 R16 92H   E B 71 12.77kgs
    205/60 R16 96H XL (K1) C B 72 9.82kgs
    205/60 R16 96H XL (KS) C B 72 9.66kgs
    205/60 R16 96H XL   C B 72 10.36kgs
    205/60 R16 96H XL (*) C B 68 9.41kgs
    205/60 R16 96H XL (*) C B 68 12.27kgs
    215/60 R16 95H   E B 72 11.75kgs
    215/60 R16 99H XL   C B 72 10.24kgs
    235/60 R16 100H   E B 72 12.28kgs
    205/65 R16 95H (MO) C B 72 9.63kgs
    215/65 R16 98H (KS) C B 72 10.85kgs
    215/65 R16 98H   C B 72 11.11kgs
    215/65 R16 98H (KS) C B 72 11.22kgs
    205/40 R17 84H XL   E B 72 8.10kgs
    215/40 R17 87H XL   E B 72 8.65kgs
    245/40 R17 95V XL   C B 72 10.25kgs
    255/40 R17 98V XL (N2) C B 72 10.81kgs
    205/45 R17 88V XL   E B 72 9.09kgs
    205/45 R17 88V XL   E B 72 9.92kgs
    215/45 R17 91H XL   E B 72 9.18kgs
    225/45 R17 91H (*) C B 72 10.72kgs
    225/45 R17 91H   E B 72 9.43kgs
    225/45 R17 94V XL   C B 72 9.47kgs
    225/45 R17 94H XL   C B 72 9.49kgs
    225/45 R17 94V XL (N2) C B 72 9.27kgs
    225/45 R17 91H (*)(KS) C B 69 10.67kgs
    225/45 R17 91H (KS) C B 72 9.17kgs
    235/45 R17 97V XL   E B 72 10.17kgs
    245/45 R17 99V XL   E B 72 11.06kgs
    205/50 R17 93H XL (AO1) C B 71 9.63kgs
    205/50 R17 93V XL   E B 72 9.46kgs
    205/50 R17 93V XL (N2) E B 72 9.82kgs
    205/50 R17 93H XL (AO) E B 72 9.62kgs
    225/50 R17 94H   C B 72 10.36kgs
    225/50 R17 98V XL   C B 72 10.51kgs
    225/50 R17 98H XL (AO) C B 72 10.23kgs
    225/50 R17 98H XL (J) E B 72 10.25kgs
    225/50 R17 98H XL (*) C B 68 11.91kgs
    205/55 R17 91H (MO) C B 71 9.22kgs
    205/55 R17 95H XL (J) C B 72 9.95kgs
    215/55 R17 98H XL   E B 72 10.56kgs
    215/55 R17 98V XL   E B 72 10.44kgs
    225/55 R17 97H (*)(MO) C B 72 10.89kgs
    225/55 R17 97H (*) C B 72 12.98kgs
    225/55 R17 97H (*)(MOE) C B 72 13.10kgs
    225/55 R17 101V XL   C B 72 11.07kgs
    225/55 R17 97H (*) C B 72 10.63kgs
    235/55 R17 99H   C B 72 12.39kgs
    235/55 R17 103V XL   C B 72 12.62kgs
    225/60 R17 99H (AO) C B 69 12.09kgs
    255/35 R18 94V XL (MO) C B 73 10.60kgs
    205/40 R18 86V XL   E B 72 9.15kgs
    205/40 R18 86V XL   E B 72 8.86kgs
    215/40 R18 89V XL   E B 72 8.72kgs
    225/40 R18 92V XL (AO) E B 72 10.14kgs
    225/40 R18 92V XL (KS) C B 72 8.97kgs
    225/40 R18 92V XL (N4) E B 72 9.39kgs
    225/40 R18 92V XL (*) E B 72 10.35kgs
    225/40 R18 92V XL   E B 72 9.30kgs
    225/40 R18 92H XL   E B 72 10.15kgs
    235/40 R18 95V XL (MO) C B 72 9.71kgs
    245/40 R18 97V XL   E B 72 13.50kgs
    245/40 R18 97V XL (AO) E B 72 11.49kgs
    245/40 R18 97H XL (J) E B 72 11.44kgs
    245/40 R18 97V XL (MO) E B 70 11.23kgs
    255/40 R18 99V XL (*) C B 69 12.43kgs
    275/40 R18 103V XL (J) C B 73 12.75kgs
    275/40 R18 103V XL (*) C B 71 14.17kgs
    275/40 R18 103V XL   C B 73 15.26kgs
    225/45 R18 95V XL (MO) E B 69 10.91kgs
    225/45 R18 95H XL (MOE) E B 71 11.67kgs
    225/45 R18 95H XL (*) C B 69 11.62kgs
    225/45 R18 95V XL   E B 72 10.09kgs
    225/45 R18 91H (AR) E B 72 11.58kgs
    225/45 R18 91H (MO) C B 71 9.23kgs
    235/45 R18 98V XL (T0)NCS C B 70 10.61kgs
    235/45 R18 98V XL   C B 69 10.51kgs
    245/45 R18 96V   C B 72 12.32kgs
    245/45 R18 100V XL (*)(MOE) C B 72 13.07kgs
    245/45 R18 100V XL   C B 72 11.81kgs
    275/45 R18 107V XL (MGT) E B 73 13.98kgs
    215/50 R18 92V   C B 72 9.93kgs
    225/50 R18 95H (*) C B 72 12.29kgs
    225/50 R18 99H XL (AO) C B 72 10.82kgs
    235/50 R18 101V XL (MGT) E B 72 12.51kgs
    245/50 R18 100H (*) C B 68 12.34kgs
    245/50 R18 100H (*) E B 72 16.56kgs
    215/55 R18 99V XL (MO) C B 72 11.77kgs
    215/55 R18 95H   E B 72 11.28kgs
    225/55 R18 102V XL (AO) C B 69 11.68kgs
    225/55 R18 98H   E B 72 11.58kgs
    235/55 R18 104H XL (AO) C B 70 12.48kgs
    215/60 R18 98H (MOE) E B 71 13.63kgs
    225/60 R18 100H   E B 72 12.50kgs
    225/60 R18 104H XL (*) C B 72 11.96kgs
    225/60 R18 104H XL (*) C B 72 15.52kgs
    235/35 R19 91W XL   C B 72 10.05kgs
    245/35 R19 93H XL   E B 72 12.37kgs
    255/35 R19 92H (AR) E B 73 12.80kgs
    255/35 R19 96H XL (J) E B 73 10.84kgs
    255/35 R19 96H XL   E B 73 13.31kgs
    275/35 R19 100V XL   E B 73 14.01kgs
    275/35 R19 96V (J) E B 73 11.90kgs
    275/35 R19 100V XL (*)(MOE) C B 72 13.62kgs
    305/35 R19 102W (L) C B 75 13.45kgs
    225/40 R19 93V XL (AO) E B 72 10.28kgs
    225/40 R19 93H XL (MO) C B 71 9.54kgs
    225/40 R19 93H XL (J) E B 72 10.28kgs
    225/40 R19 93H XL   E B 72 12.21kgs
    225/40 R19 89H (AR) E B 72 11.46kgs
    235/40 R19 96V XL (T0)NCS C B 71 10.57kgs
    235/40 R19 96V XL   C B 72 10.43kgs
    245/40 R19 98V XL (*)(MOE) C B 72 12.80kgs
    245/40 R19 94V (J) E B 72 10.73kgs
    245/40 R19 98H XL (J) E B 72 11.13kgs
    255/40 R19 96V   E B 73 14.56kgs
    255/40 R19 100V XL (RO1) C B 73 11.58kgs
    275/40 R19 105V XL   C B 73 14.85kgs
    275/40 R19 101W (MGT) E B 73 13.84kgs
    225/45 R19 96V XL (*) C B 69 11.80kgs
    225/45 R19 96V XL   E B 72 13.23kgs
    225/45 R19 96H XL   C B 72 11.28kgs
    235/45 R19 95H   E B 72 13.99kgs
    235/45 R19 99V XL (MO) C B 72 11.77kgs
    245/45 R19 102V XL   E B 72 14.91kgs
    245/45 R19 98W (MGT) E B 72 12.35kgs
    245/45 R19 102V XL (MO) E B 72 11.91kgs
    245/45 R19 102V XL (MO) E B 72 12.03kgs
    245/45 R19 102V XL (MOE) E B 72 14.01kgs
    245/45 R19 102V XL (AO) C B 70 11.83kgs
    245/45 R19 102V XL (*) C B 72 14.05kgs
    255/45 R19 104V XL (MO) C B 73 12.52kgs
    245/50 R19 105V XL (*) C B 72 15.40kgs
    205/55 R19 97H XL   C B 71 10.53kgs
    245/30 R20 90W XL (L) E B 72 10.19kgs
    255/30 R20 92W XL (L) F B 73 10.58kgs
    265/30 R20 94W XL   C B 73 11.45kgs
    285/30 R20 99V XL (J) E B 75 12.66kgs
    295/30 R20 101W XL (J) C B 75 12.66kgs
    305/30 R20 103W XL (L) C B 75 13.25kgs
    235/35 R20 92W XL   C B 72 10.18kgs
    255/35 R20 97V XL (*) C B 72 11.51kgs
    255/35 R20 97W XL (J) E B 73 11.47kgs
    255/35 R20 97V XL (J) E B 73 11.38kgs
    275/35 R20 102V XL   E B 73 15.66kgs
    285/35 R20 104V XL (MO) C B 75 13.25kgs
    285/35 R20 104W XL (MC) E B 73 14.08kgs
    225/40 R20 94V XL   C B 71 11.37kgs
    245/40 R20 99V XL   C B 72 14.41kgs
    245/40 R20 99W XL (MGT) E B 72 12.33kgs
    255/40 R20 101W XL (AO) C B 71 12.59kgs
    255/40 R20 101V XL (MO) C B 73 12.14kgs
    265/40 R20 104V XL (AO) C B 70 13.15kgs
    275/40 R20 106V XL   E B 73 16.98kgs
    275/40 R20 106V XL (*) E B 73 17.03kgs
    215/45 R20 95W XL   E B 71 10.70kgs
    245/45 R20 103V XL (*) E B 72 14.51kgs
    245/45 R20 103V XL   E B 72 14.39kgs
    255/45 R20 105V XL (*) C B 73 15.67kgs
    265/45 R20 108W XL (B) B C 69 12.94kgs
    195/55 R20 95H XL   C B 71 10.03kgs
    285/30 R21 100W XL (MGT) C B 75 13.53kgs
    285/30 R21 100W XL (RO1)NCS C B 75 13.78kgs
    315/30 R21 105V XL (N0) C B 75 15.11kgs
    245/35 R21 96W XL (MGT) E B 72 11.44kgs
    255/35 R21 98V XL   C B 73 11.57kgs
    265/35 R21 101W XL   C B 72 12.55kgs
    275/35 R21 103V XL (N0) C B 73 13.00kgs
    275/35 R21 103W XL (RO1) C B 73 13.00kgs
    275/35 R21 103V XL   E B 72 15.64kgs
    275/35 R21 103W XL   C B 73 13.24kgs
    305/35 R21 109W XL (B) B B 71 14.99kgs
    245/40 R21 100V XL   E B 71 14.91kgs

    Questions and Answers for the Pirelli Winter Sottozero 3

    2017-02-15 - I have a se of four Sottozero 3 tyres on my Mazda 6 Estate. These are just four months old. When I brake the car experiences juddering through the brake pedal with less judder through the steering wheel but judder nonetheless. This is more severe as speed ncreases. have had the car checked thoroughly including a brake test and the car passed the MOT test recently. No mechanical faults are evident. Why am I experiencing this judder as I find it unbelievable that Pirelli would make a tyre that does this !

    It would be surprising if the tyre is at fault. Sometimes, with certain tyre patterns and car suspension you can get "stepping" on the tyre, where the tread wears unevenly and causes noise and vibration, but it would have to be severe to be caused by a tyre like the SottoZero3. A more likely cause would be a very slightly warped brake disc which would only show up when braking.


    2019-11-11 - I was wondering if the difference between the Sottozero 3 and the Sottozero 3 Runflat could be explained, or at least more tangible. I know there will be a noticeable difference, but any clue on how noticable? If I choose to order the winterset they come on Run Flats as most products of MINI/BMW.

    Runflat vs non-runflat is difficult, as it varies by brand. I've not tested these back to back, but as a rule you'll lose a significant amount of comfort and noise, and usually there's a slight reduction in grip too.


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    Size Price Range  
    225/40 R19 £201.04 - £250.48 (3 Prices) Compare Prices >>
    225/45 R18 £185.87 - £185.87 (1 Prices) Compare Prices >>
    225/50 R17 £156.38 - £156.38 (1 Prices) Compare Prices >>
    225/55 R16 £141.99 - £141.99 (1 Prices) Compare Prices >>
    Available in 38 tyre sizes - View all.

    Top 3 Pirelli Winter Sottozero 3 Reviews

    (225/45 R17) on for 0 miles
    If you drive soft winter tires in the summer, and then complain that they wear quickly...
    Helpful 1142 - tyre reviewed on July 12, 2016
    Given 89% while driving a Audi a3 s line (225/45 R18) on a combination of roads for 62,000 average miles
    These are the only winter tyres I have used on my car. My new car was registered in January 2015 and I had the tyres fitted on a different set of alloys. Almost 9 years later, I am going to replace them with the exactly the same tyre ! They have been an excellent all round winter tyre, used every year from November to April (5 months) If you use them all year round, then I do believe they wear quite fast in the summer months.
    Grip has been very good in the dry, wet and snow/ice. Handling has also been very good indeed. Comfort has been adequate, since my tyre mechanic told me that all winter tyres are quite noisy compared to the best summer tyres.
    Highly recommended in my opinion.
    Helpful 18 - tyre reviewed on November 11, 2023
    Given 84% while driving a Honda CRV (225/60 R18) on a combination of roads for 5,000 average miles
    Excellent winter/Snow and ice and wet tyre, performance, very responsive too (I immediately noticed the response change, changing from "Saferich" summer tyre)
    These sottozero 3 tyres are expensive, but they Really deliver in the winter,
    I will keep to These tyres for many winters to come
    Dean
    Helpful 16 - tyre reviewed on December 3, 2023
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    Given 81% while driving a BMW M240i (255/35 R19) on a combination of roads for 5,000 spirited miles
    Great overall UHP winter tire. They go on my 2022 BMW M240i xDrive in the fall and come off in the spring using 2 sets of identical wheels year-round. During the summer I run on Michelin PS4S so for several days each year I get to A/B compare this tire against one of the best tires ever made. The only difference in the tires being the front winters are 225/40/19's and the front summers are 245/35/19's. Rears are all 255/35/19's as I run a staggered setup. The major differences between the two tires are the road noise (higher on the Pirelli's) and a little more "sway" in the Pirelli's when pushing the car around bends. What I find impressive though is how well the Pirelli's communicate what they are doing. They have a very linear and predictable feel like the PS4S so I always know how much grip I have left which makes using them in winter more enjoyable as you can really drive the car as intended in the dry. The tires also don't need to be warmed up and feel compliant right out of the gate on a cold start and go. In the rain they behave as expected and hydroplane less than the PS4S do when driving in heavy rain with water accumulation on the road. I also had the chance to drive over a challenging mountain pass road during a snow storm in my first winter on them and really got to experience the difference. The tire was very predictable and kept me out of trouble. Combined with AWD, I felt completely safe and confident and drove right through the storm without any issues.
    Helpful 1 - tyre reviewed on March 13, 2024
    Given 83% while driving a Porsche (285/35 R20) on mostly town for 6,000 spirited miles
    Outstanding dry performance , which is 85% of our winter driving in northern metropolitan cities . The snow and ice is 80% as good as a snow /ice only low performance tire . But with my AWD sedan that is fine . Love these . P285 on back ; P245 on front . I am a car conniseur and could buy any tire period and i choose these . Mine are W rated look for that , though the V rated are great too I am sure .
    Helpful 5 - tyre reviewed on January 18, 2024
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    Given 93% while driving a Peugeot 3008 (215/60 R16) on a combination of roads for 2,000 average miles
    Best winter tyres I have driven yet! They are so soft and comfortable (non run-flat) I love driving my car in the winter more than ever. Responsive, great handling and you never loose control even on snow or ice. I am talking about regular driving in a regular car (not performance and drifting or racing) but a family Peugeot 3008. I have confidence climbing on hills or uphill without doubt.
    Previously I had driven Michelins (also not bad but comfort and noise is so much better with these), Sava, Tigar and Sailun. Sotozzero 3 were the absolute best among all my previous tyres. Highly recommended.
    Helpful 4 - tyre reviewed on January 15, 2024
    Given 96% while driving a Chevrolet (245/40 R20) on mostly country roads for 250 spirited miles
    Driving a 2018 Chevrolet Camaro RS with staggered fitment. 245/40/20 up front and 275/35/20 on the back. I swapped over from Continentals Extreme Contact DWS06+ early-mid November and got a bit of dry driving bellow 50 degrees. In the dry and rainy conditions, they handle extremely similar to the Continentals, similar traction, sound, and handling around corners. We got a snow storm during Thanksgiving weekend and got some snow/ice driving early! The massive surprise is driving on Ice, you can feel the tires biting into the ice and giving you some tractions, although it feels rough compared to driving on snow. But the rough-ish ride on ice makes acts as an indicator for when you've cleared the ice and back on snow/pavement. The tires also grab and go in snow/slush, providing a comfortable ride that gives you plenty of feedback to what kind/type of snow your tires are hitting. Overall, these tires have done great and haven't made me regret buying them in any condition. Weather its dry conditions before snow falls and you need to quickly accelerate, driving in rainy conditions, or safely driving a muscle car through a snow storm, Pirelli Sottozero 3's have got you covered!
    Helpful 11 - tyre reviewed on November 25, 2023
    Given 89% while driving a Audi a3 s line (225/45 R18) on a combination of roads for 62,000 average miles
    These are the only winter tyres I have used on my car. My new car was registered in January 2015 and I had the tyres fitted on a different set of alloys. Almost 9 years later, I am going to replace them with the exactly the same tyre ! They have been an excellent all round winter tyre, used every year from November to April (5 months) If you use them all year round, then I do believe they wear quite fast in the summer months.
    Grip has been very good in the dry, wet and snow/ice. Handling has also been very good indeed. Comfort has been adequate, since my tyre mechanic told me that all winter tyres are quite noisy compared to the best summer tyres.
    Highly recommended in my opinion.
    Helpful 14 - tyre reviewed on November 8, 2023
    Given 89% while driving a Audi a3 s line (225/45 R18) on a combination of roads for 62,000 average miles
    These are the only winter tyres I have used on my car. My new car was registered in January 2015 and I had the tyres fitted on a different set of alloys. Almost 9 years later, I am going to replace them with the exactly the same tyre ! They have been an excellent all round winter tyre, used every year from November to April (5 months) If you use them all year round, then I do believe they wear quite fast in the summer months.
    Grip has been very good in the dry, wet and snow/ice. Handling has also been very good indeed. Comfort has been adequate, since my tyre mechanic told me that all winter tyres are quite noisy compared to the best summer tyres.
    Highly recommended in my opinion.
    Helpful 10 - tyre reviewed on November 7, 2023
    Given 53% while driving a Mercedes Benz E 200 ( W210 ) (275/40 R18) on mostly town for 6,000 average miles
    I have this tyre part of the original equipment from the car. I didn't know when I imported the car from Germany it already has European winter tyre attached so I bought another set to cover it since the car arrived during winter in Finland. I fit the tyre during spring 2021 and since then has covered 1 winter and 2 summer. So around 10,000 kms driven already. When I got the tyre mostly has around 5,0 - 5,5 mm thread depth. Now it went down to 4,5 mm front tyres and 3,0-3,5 mm rear tyres. My car is RWD and has wider rear tyres hence the 275 width. In the spring, summer and autumn the tyre held pretty well even during rain and on wet motorways. Sometimes I can feel the aquaplanning but if you are aware and slow down a bit there wasn't any problem still maneuverable. On smooth asphalt it gives quiet noise level but on a little bit harsher surface the noise level goes up quite a lot. In the winter however it is particularly bad, especially for Nordic winter, which I understand it is not what this tyre is intended for. But the rear of my car always wiggling everywhere on every corner, as the temperature dips to under -10 C the tyre struggle to grip even it has compact snow layer not on ice. My winter set has same European winter tyre spec from Dunlop Wintersport 4D and it still perform better despite 1 year older and has same thread depth. So comparing both tyre sets and considering that both of them are not in their natural habitat I can say that the Pirelli one perform worse in this condition. If I live in central European country I would consider buying this Pirelli if there are no other comparable branded options.
    Helpful 15 - tyre reviewed on January 25, 2023
    Given 43% while driving a Ford Mondeo Titanium 2.0 TCDI (235/45 R17) on a combination of roads for 5,000 easy going miles
    One of the worst tyres I have ever driven. After 7-8 thousands km start steering wheel vibrations, changed my front tyres with Fulda much better. Then my both rear wheels got baloons o the side profile of the tyre, of course trow them in the bin. I suggest you not to buy Pirelli Sottozero 3!
    Helpful 24 - tyre reviewed on January 12, 2023
    Given 86% while driving a Volkswagen Golf MK7 GTI (225/45 R17) on mostly town for 10,000 spirited miles
    Braking is the big difference here. Will buy again.
    Helpful 16 - tyre reviewed on November 16, 2022
    Given 92% while driving a BMW 320D xDrive Gran Turismo (225/55 R17) on a combination of roads for 18,000 spirited miles
    Got these on BMW xdrive GT (f34). Safety is my concern so I don't care about the wear. I put them on when its generally drops 10°C) as expected - these are winter tyres. Have tested on snow of +15cms and I really trust them both on cornering and braking, where all-wheel-drive is not in case. I'd recommend these tyres without any glitch. They cost a bit more comparing to others, but 50 cm braking distance would make a real cost and time/life if you can't stop. If you have the budget, these are the trustable winter tyres that would worth.
    Helpful 26 - tyre reviewed on January 24, 2022
    Given 94% while driving a BMW 316d (225/45 R17) on a combination of roads for 4,000 spirited miles
    I fitted these this winter and i love them, although being RFT comfort is still good, not much rougher than non RFT i imagine that standard is very comfortable, dry grip is as expected good as winter tire gets, but the best part is wet and slush grip, i am really surprised by the level of confidence i get from them, even on rwd car, snow traction is excellent, compared to Nokian WR D3 i had before and i was quite satified with them, these are in another galaxy when it comes to putting your confidence in tire to keep you safe.
    Helpful 27 - tyre reviewed on May 11, 2021
    Given 80% while driving a Mercedes Benz C250 CDI Blutec (225/40 R19) on a combination of roads for 12,509 average miles
    I am impressed! These tyres have got me through two winters and look like they are capable of another 2-3. Usually go on around October when temperatures are below 7 degree C. Off by May the following year. Very assuring in wet conditions. Especially when snow melts and becomes sludge. Handle mud quite well too. Ice grip is good. I find when the tyres have been driven a while then they grip even more. Same brand on the rear axle and these inspire confidence. You cannot get too excited with them as the traction light says hello. It’s nice to see the look on faces when they think a rear wheel drive car will struggle or stay on the drive. Run flat form doesn’t feel too jarring or noisy. Very good tyres and that’s coming from a tyre snob. Once scrubbed in these were pleasant and haven’t let me down.
    Helpful 21 - tyre reviewed on April 18, 2021