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Pirelli Winter Sottozero Serie II Review: Excellent Performance in All-Weather Conditions

8.6Expert Score

Performance Winter / Snow

Wet Performance
Dry performance
Comfort performance
Treadwear performance
Winter/snow performance

The Pirelli Winter Sottozero Serie II is an example of a tire that provides excellent traction on any surface. Deep grooves and tread pattern of the tire guarantee great wet traction, handling with excellent grip are preserved on the dry, and stability alongside controllability on both snow and ice will deliver excellent comfort and ride quality for any driver in any weather conditions.

  • Superb handling in all weather conditions
  • Outstanding traction and grip
  • Decent braking performance
  • Excellent stability and control
  • Comfortable and quiet ride
  • Tread may wear out faster than expected in some cases

Pirelli Winter Sottozero Serie II Tread Pattern & Technical Specs

The Winter Sottozero Serie II is the second-gen of Pirelli’s Sottozero Performance Winter / Snow tires, which were created for drivers of high-end, high-performance cars drivers who meet extreme winter driving conditions. The Winter Sottozero Serie II was created with the idea that winter and snow tires shouldn’t only be used in the snowbelt states, but also in a variety of uncertain weather situations.

Winter Sottozero Serie II tires are intended to provide traction and handling in cold, dry, wet, and wintry conditions. They are not only designed as winter/snow tires but as seasonal tires appropriate for the weather and road conditions typically experienced in parts of the United States between November and April.

The tread composition of Winter Sottozero Serie II tires uses new polymers and mixing techniques, making them more environmentally friendly because they don’t include aromatic oils. With its Temperature Dynamic Compound technology, Pirelli improves traction on wet and snowy surfaces during the winter’s subfreezing temperatures.

Pirelli Winter Sottozero Serie II Tread Pattern

The tread blocks have Pirelli’s Interactive Brickwork Siping, which consists of sipes that interlock to form a brickwork pattern that improves lateral and longitudinal stability and adds extra biting edges for better grip in the snow. Twin steel belts strengthened by spirally wrapped polyamide are found inside the tire’s internal structure, which enhances thermal stability and makes the tires less susceptible to changes in temperature in the air and on the road.

The three-peak mountain snowflake (3PMSF) logo and severe snow service standards are both present on Winter Sottozero Serie II winter and snow tires.

It is highly recommended to use Winter Sottozero Serie II tires on your vehicle in a set of four only.

Pirelli Winter Sottozero Serie II outperforms 96% of tires in the Performance Winter / Snow category.

Wet performance

Pirelli’s Winter Sottozero Serie II tires are designed for exceptional wet weather performance. They feature deep grooves and a tread pattern that provide outstanding traction in rain and on wet pavement. These tires also have excellent hydroplaning resistance, making them ideal for driving in very hard rain and standing water. Overall, the Winter Sottozero Serie II tires provide confident, reliable traction and handling in all wet weather conditions.

9Expert Score

Hydroplaning resistance
Wet traction

Dry performance

The Pirelli Winter Sottozero Serie II tires are a great choice for driving in cold, dry conditions. They have an excellent grip and handle well in the dry, even in low temperatures. They also perform perfectly under extreme pre-corner braking, providing good steering feedback and cornering stability on the dry surface.

8.7Expert Score

Cornering stability
Dry traction
Steering response

Comfort performance

The Pirelli Winter Sottozero Serie II is a great tire for those who are looking for a smooth and comfortable ride. These tires offer great traction in all weather conditions and have a long tread life. They are also very quiet, making them perfect for driving on highway roads without sacrificing ride comfort.

8.8Expert Score

Ride quality
Noise score

Winter & Snow performance

The Pirelli Winter Sottozero Serie II tires are designed for excellent snow and ice performance. They provide great traction in all types of winter conditions, including wet, light, and heavy snow. These tires also perform great on ice without losing grip with handling preserved. Overall, the Pirelli Winter Sottozero Serie II is a good choice for any winter conditions.

7.7Expert Score

Light Snow Traction
Deep Snow Traction
Ice Traction


The Pirelli Winter Sottozero Serie II is a top-quality tire that offers superb handling, outstanding traction and grip, decent braking performance, and excellent stability and control. However, the tread may wear out faster than expected in some cases. Overall, the Pirelli Winter Sottozero Serie II is a great choice for drivers who want a tire that performs well in all weather conditions.

Tire sizes & specifications

Tire sizeLoad index/ Speed ratingUTQGMax loadMax InflationTread DepthTire WeightWheel DiameterRim Width RangeMeasured Rim WidthSection WidthTread WidthOverall DiameterRevs Per MileCountry
205/55R1791H SL51 psi11/32″23 lbs175.5-7.5″6.5″8.6″8.6″25.9″RO
205/55R1791V SL51 psi10/32″22 lbs175.5-7.5″6.5″8.6″7.2″26.1″DE
235/50R1796V SL51 psi10/32″27 lbs176.5-8.5″7.5″9.8″8.6″26.5″DE
235/40R1891V SL51 psi11/32″23 lbs188-9.5″8.5″9.1″NA25.4″848DE
235/40R1891V SL51 psi11/32″22 lbs188-9.5″8.5″9.1″8.4″25.4″848DE
235/45R1894V SL51 psi11/32″23 lbs187.5-9″8″9.5″9″26.5″DE
265/40R1897V SL51 psi10/32″26 lbs189-10.5″9.5″10.8″9.4″26.2″794DE
275/45R18103V SL51 psi11/32″28 lbs188.5-10.5″9″11″9.2″27.9″DE
235/35R1987V SL51 psi10/32″22 lbs198-9.5″8.5″9.7″8.3″25.4″DE
235/40R1992V SL51 psi11/32″24 lbs198-9.5″8.5″9.7″9″26.6″DE
235/50R19103H XL50 psi11/32″28 lbs196.5-8.5″7.5″9.8″7.5″28.5″DE
245/35R1993W XL50 psi/32″22 lbs190-0″8″DE
245/35R1993V XL50 psi10/32″23 lbs198-9.5″8.5″9.8″8.2″25.8″DE
245/35R1993W XL50 psi11/32″22 lbs198-9.5″8.5″9.8″7.9″25.8″DE
255/35R1996V XL50 psi10/32″27 lbs198.5-10″9″10.3″9.5″26.2″DE
255/35R1996W XL50 psi11/32″27 lbs198.5-10″9″10.4″9″26.2″DE
255/40R19100V XL50 psi12/32″26 lbs198.5-10″9″10.4″8.4″27″DE
265/35R1998W XL50 psi10/32″26 lbs199-10.5″9.5″10.9″9.1″26.5″DE
285/35R1999V SL51 psi10/32″29 lbs199.5-11″10″11.7″11″27″DE
295/30R19100V XL50 psi10/32″29 lbs1910-11″10.5″12″11.3″26.1″DE
295/35R19100V SL51 psi10/32″29 lbs1910-11.5″10.5″12.1″11.1″27.3″DE
235/45R20100W XL50 psi11/32″28 lbs207.5-9″8″9.5″7.8″28.5″DE
245/35R2091V SL51 psi10/32″24 lbs208-9.5″8.5″10″9.4″26.9″DE
245/35R2095W XL50 psi10/32″24 lbs208-9.5″8.5″9.4″NA27″DE
245/40R2099V XL50 psi11/32″26 lbs208-9.5″8.5″10″8.6″27.9″DE
255/35R2097W XL50 psi10/32″25 lbs208.5-10″9″10.2″8.1″27″769DE
255/40R20101V XL50 psi10/32″28 lbs208.5-10″9″10.4″9.6″28.2″DE
255/40R20101V XL50 psi10/32″27 lbs208.5-10″9″10.3″8.6″28.1″DE
255/40R2097W SL51 psi10/32″27 lbs208.5-10″9″10.2″8.7″28″741IT
265/35R2099V XL50 psi11/32″30 lbs209-10.5″9.5″10.9″9.6″27.5″RO
265/40R20104V XL50 psi11/32″31 lbs209-10.5″9.5″10.9″8.7″28.5″RO
265/45R20108W XL50 psi10/32″32 lbs208.5-10″9″10.7″8.8″29.6″DE
275/30R2097W XL50 psi10/32″27 lbs209-10″9.5″10.9″9.3″26.5″783IT
275/40R20106W XL50 psi11/32″29 lbs209-11″9.5″10.9″9.6″28.7″DE
285/35R20104V XL50 psi10/32″31 lbs209.5-11″10″11.7″11″28″DE
285/35R20104V XL50 psi10/32″30 lbs209.5-11″10″11.5″10.2″27.9″DE
285/35R20104W XL50 psi10/32″30 lbs209.5-11″10″11.7″10.6″28″DE
295/30R2097V SL51 psi10/32″29 lbs2010-11″10.5″12.1″11.1″27.2″DE
295/30R20101W XL50 psi10/32″27 lbs2010-11″10.5″11.9″10.4″27″769DE
295/35R20101W SL51 psi/32″33 lbs200-0″10.7″IT
305/30R20103W XL50 psi10/32″30 lbs2010.5-11.5″11″12.3″11.2″27.2″763DE

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