Pirelli Winter Sottozero 3

Dry Grip 90%
Wet Grip 95%
Road Feedback 87%
Handling 87%
Wear 80%
Comfort 83%
Buy again 91%

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 20 tyre reviews averaging 88% over 158,520 miles driven.

Tyre Test Highlights

2014 AutoBild 235/35 R19 Winter Tyre Test - 1st of 6 tyres

  • Positive - The winter king with superb handling on snow and wet roads. Precise steering with good feedback. Excellent aquaplaning performance and low rolling resistance
  • Negative - None mentioned
  • Overall - Exemplary

2014 50 Winter Tyre Braking Overview - 1st of 48 tyres

2013 Auto Bild Sports Winter Tyre Test - 1st of 9 tyres

  • Positive - A top class winter tyre with excellent handling and short braking on snowy and wet roads. Comfortable steering feel, good safety margins when aquaplaning, low rolling resistance
  • Negative - Slightly longer dry braking distances
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...
482 - tyre reviewed on July 12, 2016   

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Given 90% (breakdown) 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.
0 - tyre reviewed on April 5, 2018   
Given 100% (breakdown) 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.
3 - tyre reviewed on January 9, 2018   
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Given 80% (breakdown) while driving a Audi A4 2.0 TDi 170 S Line (225/55 R16) on a combination of roads for 3,000 average miles
Got these for a good price for this winter season. Previously had Sottozero 2 on my car so I can compare to them too.
First of all, this is a great tyre, they grip very well in every situation. They handle rain, snow, freezing temperatures very well. Better compared to Sottozero 2 in every of those aspects. Audis are not famous for feedback through steering wheel, but with this tyre I think it is as good as it gets. On motorways, the ride is very comfortable, the tyres respond quickly and in every moment you know what they are doing. Tried them through some ponds at high speeds and they proved great. Just had first snow today, and you can hear them working the slush but never lose traction. The rim protection is huge, biggest I have seen on any winter tyre till now, and it doesn't look to baloony.
The only downside is the noise. It is not the tyre roll itself, but a high pitching sound that appears especially round 100km/h and it rises as you speed up. It sounds like a laundry machine in the far distance :) It doesn't bother me too much, but if silent tyre is one of your priorities - you just might skip these Pirellis. If you don't mind - go ahead, this is a great tyre.
4 - tyre reviewed on December 11, 2017   
Given 89% (breakdown) while driving a Jaguar XKR (255/40 R20) on a combination of roads for 10,000 spirited miles
Having used other makes of winter tyres on a variety of cars and finding only Sottozeros came in the size needed for my XKR was interested to see if the premium you pay for them is justified.

Very pleased to say it sure is as the grip you get in the wet is remarkable, stopping distances are very close to dry and even on ice you never feel like you aren't fully in control of the vehicle.

Have also used them on an XF Jaguar and as with the XK the grip and handling are both brilliant, no matter what the weather throws at you.
3 - tyre reviewed on November 16, 2017   
Given 89% (breakdown) 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
13 - tyre reviewed on November 10, 2017   

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