Pirelli Winter Sottozero 3

Dry Grip 90%
Wet Grip 94%
Road Feedback 89%
Handling 88%
Wear 80%
Comfort 80%
Buy again 89%
Snow Grip 85%
Ice Grip 70%

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 26 tyre reviews averaging 85% over 283,520 miles driven.

Latest Group Test Results

2019 Auto Express Winter Tyre Test - 8th of 12 tyres

  • Positive - Sporty feeling.
  • Negative - Poor snow grip, average wet performance.

2019 Auto Bild Winter 17 inch Tyre Test - 18th of 21 tyres

  • Positive - Stable handling and short braking in the wet, low fuel use
  • Negative - Average snow performance, average comfort, high wear
  • Overall - Ok

2019 Winter Tyre Test Market Overview - 16th of 47 tyres

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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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...
774 - tyre reviewed on July 12, 2016   

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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.
6 - 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.
2 - tyre reviewed on April 7, 2019   
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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.
17 - 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.
7 - 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.
16 - tyre reviewed on August 28, 2018   

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