Pirelli Winter Sottozero 3

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

Tyre Reviews

Dry Grip 90%
Wet Grip 93%
Road Feedback 88%
Handling 88%
Wear 83%
Comfort 82%
Buy again 90%
Snow Grip 87%
Ice Grip 77%

Tyre review data from 35 tyre reviews averaging 86% over 390,036 miles driven.

The Winter Sottozero 3 is ranked 13th of 41 Winter Ultra High Performance tyres.

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 Winter Tyre Market Overview - 52 Tyre Braking Test - 20th of 49 tyres

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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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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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Winter Sottozero 3 Prices

Size Price Range  
225/40 R19 £167.00 - £244.00 (32 Prices) Compare Prices >>
225/45 R17 £98.96 - £176.86 (39 Prices) Compare Prices >>
225/45 R18 £114.46 - £170.90 (64 Prices) Compare Prices >>
225/50 R17 £96.00 - £220.20 (50 Prices) Compare Prices >>
225/55 R16 £108.00 - £139.99 (2 Prices) Compare Prices >>
235/45 R17 £156.59 - £186.00 (7 Prices) Compare Prices >>
Available in 95 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...
940 - tyre reviewed on July 12, 2016   
Given 89% while driving a Volkswagen Golf 2.0 GT FSI (225/45 R17 H) on a combination of roads for 10,000 spirited miles
Bought for my Golf 5 FWD, 320ps in North Greece mixed used in highways and suburban areas in the country and in central europe mostly.
Really, satisfied from the performance especially in the wet and snow. Better than my previous Nokian.
Comfortable at cruising, but not for spirrited driving when >15oC.
The wear, is normal in contrast with the reviews, i think its a pretty decent tyre, better from all except TS860.

The tyre really shines and performs outstanding in the morning wet roads at
43 - tyre reviewed on November 10, 2017   
Given 72% while driving a Opel insignia (225/45 R17) on mostly country roads for 17,000 spirited miles
Everything is excellent except the wear.
I drove it from Dec,2014 - Nov,2015. around 27k kms.
The front tires has less than 3mm left.. so have to buy 2 fronts again this year.
I won't buy it again only because its wearing too fast as i use them all year.
Otherwise its excellent including good fuel consumption..

Cheers..
32 - tyre reviewed on November 23, 2015   
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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.
1 - 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.
1 - tyre reviewed on April 18, 2021   
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Given 82% while driving a Audi (225/50 R17) on a combination of roads for 3,000 spirited miles
Very good grip on dirty roads.
0 - tyre reviewed on March 17, 2021   
Given 88% while driving a Jaguar XF S (285/35 R20 W) on a combination of roads for 7,000 spirited miles
A very good winter tyre, gives you more confidence in the wet and when there is a spell of cold weather. Very good in the wet.
4 - tyre reviewed on November 10, 2020   
Given 89% while driving a BMW X1 X Drive (225/55 R18 H) on a combination of roads for 10,000 spirited miles
Love driving with this tire. Predictable drift performance in snow and great snow grips in straight lines. This tire gives me so much confidence in the snow that I actually look forward to having snow on the road first time in my life! Was able to keep around 70 to 80% of my dry speed in the snow with this tire and pull off some crazy tight drift U turns and drift thanks to it’s predictability. Dry and wet performance when there’s no snow are really good as well.
6 - tyre reviewed on November 2, 2020   
Given 84% while driving a (225/60 R16 H) on a combination of roads for 40,000 average miles
Hello from Italy! Winter tires with sporty character, essentially good and reliable in all conditions. Precise both in the dry and with the rain, these tires show good resistance to aquaplaning, safe breaking, confident road feedback and fairly good subjective handling. With snow they ensure good traction, good road holding and satisfying stopping distance. Not too bad on ice, although not excellent, they tend however to lose some stability and traction as snow melts, becomes wet or muddy. This behavior occurs usually progressive and predictable, so one can compensate in time. Good wear despite spirited driving (after three seasons, about 40000 km, still usable). Not too much noisy, fairly good comfort. Average fuel consumption. Relative expensive but, all in all, money were well spent.
12 - tyre reviewed on June 16, 2020   
Given 100% while driving a BMW 525D (225/45 R17) on for 0 miles
Excellent!
8 - tyre reviewed on May 4, 2020   
Given 87% while driving a Alfa Romeo 147 (215/45 R17 H) on a combination of roads for 7 spirited miles
Great winter UHP tire. Surprisingly quiet and comfortable, yet very good grip on dry and wet. Wear is acceptable for this class of tires, it is average. For the huge amounts of grip, the price that is to be paid is a bit of rolling resistance comparing to summer tires, but it is absolutely normal. Increase of fuel consumption can be also attributed to lower ambient temperatures so it doesn’t have to be tires fault entirely. And God it handles well! Not a cheap product, but boy, you are approaching a Ferrari/Bentley/Lambo OEM fitment territory, so don’t expect it will cost peanuts.
8 - tyre reviewed on April 3, 2020   
Given 93% while driving a Peugeot 208 1.6 vti (205/45 R17 V) on a combination of roads for 8,000 average miles
Bought these for my late 2015 208 GTI, and they are absolutely amazing, they are good in the dry and not too bad in the wet, in the snow they are utterly amazing in fact the 208 in the last 2 bouts of heavy snow the south of England had this Feb (2019) and last year in March (2018) the car was just unstoppable...it drove and stopped like it was just on a wet road... it had more grip than my 4x4 Grand Cherokee with proper Cooper AT3 chunky tyres! I would absolutely recommend them and will be buying a set for our F11 BMW 528i for winter.
11 - tyre reviewed on September 15, 2019   
Given 90% while driving a Audi A4 1.8T Quattro (235/45 R17) on a combination of roads for 9,000 spirited miles
After reaching 4mm of thread left from my Nokians WRD4, I searched for a tire with better thread wear, even if the nokians are absolute awesome winter tyres. I eventually chose the Pirellis Winter Sottozero 3. After one winter with them, I can say that they feel like a very good summer tyre on dry roads with temperatures beneath 15 grades celsius, on wet they perform excellent, they are very silent and the steering is very precise, even though they give a pretty decent confort ride. However, on snow and ice, they are not as good as the Nokians were, but you can have a normal drive with a little more care. However, they are far better than many other brands. And, the most important aspect, after one winter and 11000kms made, they lost only 1mm of thread! (The nokians lost 3 in the first winter). I would definitely buy them again.
6 - tyre reviewed on April 7, 2019   
Given 61% while driving a SEAT Leon Cupra ST 290 (FWD) (235/35 R19 W) on mostly country roads for 1,000 spirited miles
This is an excellent winter tire but... They are pretty much fabulous on every surface except... they don't last on B category roads and break easily. It's hard not to be dissapointed given the price you have to pay. I check my tire pressure every 2 weeks so it's not a matter of not taking care. I had no problems with my summer tires so far (Michelins) but I lost two winter Pirellis within 2 months so I'm questioning their endurance. I won't buy them again.
20 - tyre reviewed on December 14, 2018   
Given 84% while driving a BMW M235i (225/45 R17) on mostly country roads for 7,000 spirited miles
Two winters on my M235i: 320 BHP & RWD, so very sensitive to grip and handling in wet and snow. Multiple trips down to the Alps for winter skiing. Previous car was a 330d with Pirelli Sottozero Winter Serie-II for comparison. I've also had Vredestein, Dunlop and Michelin Alpins on previous cars.

Really an outstanding winter tyre for performance car if you're certain to find yourself on snow. If you weren't certain of an Alpine ski trip or likely snow then consider the Serie-II, which handles slightly better in the dry. But the S3 is better than the Serie-II in heavy rain and standing water (the penalty is the 'chunkiness' makes it a bit noisier). The S3s did snowy hill starts and slow, windy uphill roads without recourse to chains so really pleased with them. Very good resistance to aquaplaning back in the UK winter rain and didn't let me down even during lapses of concentration in the cold and wet.

Definitely would buy these again when the time comes.
9 - tyre reviewed on November 7, 2018