Pirelli Winter Sottozero 3

Dry Grip 90%
Wet Grip 95%
Road Feedback 89%
Handling 87%
Wear 82%
Comfort 80%
Buy again 92%

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

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Tyre review data from 23 tyre reviews averaging 88% over 265,520 miles driven.

Latest Group Test Results

2018 Autobild UHP Winter Tyre Test - 7th of 11 tyres

  • Positive - Good snow traction and braking, good aquaplaning, good dry handling.
  • Negative - Average snow cornering, long wet braking.

2017 50 Winter Tyre Shoot Out - 8th of 45 tyres

2017 Auto Bild Winter Tyre Test - 18th of 21 tyres

  • Positive - Short wet and dry braking distances, dynamic wet handling.
  • Negative - Average winter performance, low snow traction, long snow braking, high wear.
  • Overall - Average.
Size Fuel Wet Noise Weight
215/45 R16 86H   E B 72  
215/55 R16 93H   C B 72  
215/55 R16 97H XL   C B 72  
225/55 R16 99H XL   E B 72  
225/55 R16 95H   E B 72  
225/55 R16 99V XL   E B 72  
205/60 R16 96H XL   C B 72  
205/60 R16 96H XL   C B 72  
205/60 R16 96H XL   C B 72  
215/60 R16 95H   E B 72  
215/60 R16 99H XL   C B 72  
235/60 R16 100H   E B 72  
215/65 R16 98H   C B 72  
205/40 R17 84H XL   E B 72  
215/40 R17 87H XL   E B 72  
245/40 R17 95V XL   C B 72  
205/45 R17 88H XL   E B 72  
205/45 R17 88V XL   E B 72  
205/45 R17 88V XL   E B 72  
215/45 R17 91H XL   E B 72  
225/45 R17 91H   E B 72  
225/45 R17 94H XL   C B 72  
225/45 R17 94V XL   C B 72  
225/45 R17 94V XL   E B 72  
225/45 R17 91H   E B 72  
235/45 R17 97H XL   E B 72  
235/45 R17 97V XL   E B 72  
245/45 R17 99V XL   E B 72  
205/50 R17 93H XL   E B 72  
205/50 R17 93H XL   E B 72  
205/50 R17 93V XL   E B 72  
215/50 R17 95V XL   E B 72  
215/50 R17 95H XL   E B 72  
225/50 R17 98V XL   C B 72  
225/50 R17 94H   C B 72  
225/50 R17 98H XL   E B 72  
225/50 R17 98H XL   C B 72  
205/55 R17 95H XL   C B 72  
215/55 R17 94H   C B 72  
215/55 R17 98V XL   E B 72  
215/55 R17 98H XL   E B 72  
225/55 R17 97H   C B 72  
225/55 R17 101V XL   C B 72  
235/55 R17 103V XL   C B 72  
235/55 R17 99H   C B 72  
245/55 R17 102H   E B 72  
255/35 R18 94V XL   C B 73  
205/40 R18 86V XL   E B 72  
205/40 R18 86V XL   E B 72  
225/40 R18 92V XL   E B 72  
225/40 R18 92H XL   E B 72  
225/40 R18 92V XL   E B 72  
235/40 R18 95V XL   C B 72  
235/40 R18 95V XL   C B 72  
245/40 R18 97V XL   C B 72  
245/40 R18 97V XL   E B 72  
245/40 R18 97H XL   E B 72  
275/40 R18 103V XL   C B 73  
225/45 R18 95V XL   E B 72  
225/45 R18 95H XL   E B 72  
235/45 R18 94V   C B 72  
245/45 R18 100V XL   E B 72  
245/45 R18 100V XL   C B 72  
275/45 R18 107V XL   E B 73  
275/45 R18 107V XL   E B 73  
225/50 R18 99H XL   C B 72  
225/50 R18 95H   E B 72  
235/50 R18 101V XL   E B 72  
235/50 R18 101V XL   E B 72  
245/50 R18 100V   C B 72  
215/55 R18 95H   E B 72  
215/55 R18 99V XL   C B 72  
225/55 R18 98H   E B 72  
235/35 R19 91W XL   C B 72  
245/35 R19 93H XL   E B 72  
245/35 R19 93W XL   E B 72  
255/35 R19 96H XL   E B 73  
275/35 R19 96V   E B 73  
305/35 R19 102W   C B 75  
225/40 R19 93H XL   E B 72  
225/40 R19 93H XL   E B 72  
245/40 R19 94V   E B 72  
255/40 R19 96V   E B 73  
255/40 R19 100V XL   C B 73  
275/40 R19 101W   E B 73  
275/40 R19 101W   E B 73  
225/45 R19 96V XL   E B 72  
225/45 R19 96V XL   E B 72  
235/45 R19 99V XL   C B 72  
235/45 R19 95H   E B 72  
245/45 R19 98W   E B 72  
245/45 R19 102W XL   E B 72  
245/45 R19 98W   E B 72  
255/45 R19 104V XL   C B 73  
245/30 R20 90W XL   E B 72  
255/30 R20 92W XL   F B 73  
265/30 R20 94W XL   C B 73  
285/30 R20 99V XL   E B 75  
305/30 R20 103W XL   C B 75  
255/35 R20 97V XL   E B 73  
285/35 R20 100W   E B 73  
285/35 R20 100W   E B 73  
285/35 R20 104V XL   C B 75  
245/40 R20 99W XL   E B 72  
245/40 R20 99W XL   E B 72  
255/40 R20 101V XL   C B 73  
355/25 R21 107W XL   E B 75  
285/30 R21 100W XL   C B 75  
285/30 R21 100W XL   C B 75  
285/30 R21 100W XL   C B 75  
245/35 R21 96W XL   E B 72  
245/35 R21 96W XL   E B 72  
275/35 R21 103W XL   C B 73  

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.


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Top Pirelli Winter Sottozero 3 Review

(225/45 R17) on for 0 miles
If you drive soft winter tires in the summer, and then complain that they wear quickly...
622 - tyre reviewed on July 12, 2016   

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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.
1 - tyre reviewed on November 7, 2018   
Given 93% while driving a Toyota 2012 Verso 2.0 D4D UK (225/45 R17) on a combination of roads for 50,000 miles
My background, I am a City and Guilds Qualified and Approved Vehicle Technician (retired) and certified Advanced driver. I have two styles of driving - safe and effective - when I need to get there a little quicker and that of 'Driving Miss Daisy' .. in otherwords, cruise control on and set the speed (on average 62mph) - I find this is the best economical speed for a 2012 Verso 2.0 D4D.

What am I reviewing?

The Pirelli Winter Sottozero 3, 215/55/R17, which have accrued a total of 49,997 miles after three years. There was 1.7 mm of tread on the front and 1.72mm on the rear before the TWI's would have been 'activated' or level with the road surface area of the tyre. In fact, I would have said I could have possible got another 500 miles out them, possibly 1000, but I think that latter might have been pushing it.

The tyres were fitted in December 2015 to ensure insurance compliance and during the time fitted, as you can see, I have chosen my scores based on overall performance on a variety of road surfaces and heavy snow. During the heavy snow and thick ice down the south west, I sailed past 4x4s, emergency response vehicles, jack knifed articulated vehicles and more and many of these were from a stationary position.

As with any tyre, as the tread wears, the performance degrades, however, I was extremely surprised that even at 3.25mm tread, the vehicle did not aquaplane during a sudden downpour and many surface pools appeared, what they did was 'bite' into the surface water and you could feel the vehicle speed reduce and with no loss of steering control.

My only niggle... the db level does make you think you might have a wheel bearing gone, but that was only within the latter 3,000 miles.

Comfort, as good as any high performance winter tyre and extremely positive road feedback/handling.

Will I buy again? Yes, I hope they keep this model on for the foreseeable future because there are many that do not provide such positive results.

Price wise, they could be a little cheaper but still a good investment and equally good return. Now to find my next set at the best possible price.
5 - tyre reviewed on August 28, 2018   
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Given 93% while driving a Toyota 2012 Verso 2.0 D4D UK (225/45 R17) on a combination of roads for 50,000 miles
My background, I am a City and Guilds Qualified and Approved Vehicle Technician (retired) and certified Advanced driver. I have two styles of driving - safe and effective - when I need to get there a little quicker and that of 'Driving Miss Daisy' .. in otherwords, cruise control on and set the speed (on average 62mph) - I find this is the best economical speed for a 2012 Verso 2.0 D4D.

What am I reviewing?

The Pirelli Winter Sottozero 3, 215/55/R17, which have accrued a total of 49,997 miles after three years. There was 1.7 mm of tread on the front and 1.72mm on the rear before the TWI's would have been 'activated' or level with the road surface area of the tyre. In fact, I would have said I could have possible got another 500 miles out them, possibly 1000, but I think that latter might have been pushing it.

The tyres were fitted in December 2015 to ensure insurance compliance and during the time fitted, as you can see, I have chosen my scores based on overall performance on a variety of road surfaces and heavy snow. During the heavy snow and thick ice down the south west, I sailed past 4x4s, emergency response vehicles, jack knifed articulated vehicles and more and many of these were from a stationary position.

As with any tyre, as the tread wears, the performance degrades, however, I was extremely surprised that even at 3.25mm tread, the vehicle did not aquaplane during a sudden downpour and many surface pools appeared, what they did was 'bite' into the surface water and you could feel the vehicle speed reduce and with no loss of steering control.

My only niggle... the db level does make you think you might have a wheel bearing gone, but that was only within the latter 3,000 miles.

Comfort, as good as any high performance winter tyre and extremely positive road feedback/handling.

Will I buy again? Yes, I hope they keep this model on for the foreseeable future because there are many that do not provide such positive results.

Price wise, they could be a little cheaper but still a good investment and equally good return. Now to find my next set at the best possible price.
2 - tyre reviewed on August 26, 2018   
Given 90% while driving a Jaguar XFR (225/40 R19) on mostly motorways for 3,000 average miles
Because of the issues I had with my previous winter. tyres I did some research on wet weather running as that is the condition that is most prevalent in winter, and settled on these tyres, and they do not disappoint.

This is the first winter where I have had to battle heavy rain and heavy snow with these tyres, last year was a mild winter. This year there has been a lot of snow and I just completed a trip where I was able to safely travel at 50 - 60 MPH on 4" of snow up the motorway, for over 100 miles in snow and a further 100 in slush which is significantly better than the tyres they replaced.

We also just had torrential rain with plenty of standing water on the road and again the tyres coped without any hint of loosing traction.
5 - tyre reviewed on April 5, 2018   
Given 100% while driving a Ford S Max (225/45 R17) on mostly motorways for 30,000 average miles
519/5000
It's the second train I use on my Ford S-Max 2.0 TD. Very heavy car with great engine torque.
With the first set I made 54,000 km and I changed them because the winter part of the tread was defined, about 4 mm, and we were in January.
With the second I have already done 30,000 km and are still in excellent shape.
Excellent tire in all aspects. Only the noise is a little more accentuated than the summer tires.
Next week I change cars and I have already ordered the same tires in 245/45 18.
8 - tyre reviewed on January 9, 2018   

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