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Pirelli Winter Sottozero 3 Review: Excellent Winter Performance Tire

8.6Expert Score

Performance Winter / Snow

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

The Pirelli Winter Sottozero 3 is a great choice for drivers who need a tire that performs well in all types of winter driving conditions. With excellent traction and responsive handling, the Winter Sottozero 3 provides peace of mind and safety on the road. The only downside to these tires is their price, but the performance and comfort they provide make them worth the investment.

Tread Pattern & Technical Specs

The Winter Sottozero 3 is Pirelli’s third-generation Sottozero (Italian meaning below zero) Performance Winter / Snow tire designed for owners of high-end, high-performance cars who frequently encounter difficult winter driving conditions.

The Winter Sottozero 3 was created with the idea that winter and snow tires needed to function in a range of unexpected weather situations.

Winter Sottozero 3 tires are not just built as snow tires, but as seasonal tires ideal for the cold weather and icy road conditions. They are designed to provide traction and handling in freezing, cold, dry, wet, and wintry situations.

Winter Sottozero 3 tires feature a unique compound with specific polymers that enhance the mechanical, thermal, and dynamic capabilities of the tread rubber compound.

Pirelli Winter Sottozero 3 Tread Pattern

The material is sculpted into a directional pattern with a larger contact patch made up of center blocks in the shape of arrows and more rounded shoulders to evacuate water and slush. High-density 3D sipe technology enhances snow-to-snow traction and braking performance.

Twin steel belts strengthened by spirally wrapped polyamide are present inside the tire’s internal structure, which improves thermal stability and makes the tires less susceptible to air and road temperature changes.

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

It is highly recommended to install Pirelli Winter Sottozero 3 in a set of four tires only.

Pirelli Winter Sottozero 3 outperforms 96% of tires in the Performance Winter / Snow category.

Wet performance

The Pirelli Winter Sottozero 3 tire is a great option for those looking for excellent wet traction and performance. These tires remain responsive and grip well on wet roads with high hydroplaning resistance, making them a great and safe choice for wet driving conditions.

9.2Expert Score

Hydroplaning resistance
Wet traction

Dry performance

The Pirelli Winter Sottozero 3 is a great all-around tire that performs great in dry conditions. It has outstanding traction and cornering stability, and remains responsive on dry surfaces. These tires are a great choice for drivers, who need a winter tire that provides them with excellent dry

8.8Expert Score

Cornering stability
Dry traction
Steering response

Comfort performance

Pirelli’s Winter Sottozero 3 tires are a decent choice for drivers who value ride comfort without sacrificing traction, steering, or braking performance. These tires may be a bit noisy at highway speeds, but the tradeoff is more than worth it for the peace of mind and safety they provide on the road.

8.5Expert Score

Ride quality
Noise score

Winter & snow performance

Pirelli’s Winter Sottozero 3 is a nice winter performance tire. With decent snow and ice traction, it provides excellent stability and responsiveness in all winter driving conditions. Whether you’re driving on packed snow or slippery ice, the Winter Sottozero 3 will give you the confidence to tackle whatever the winter throws your way.

7.7Expert Score

Light Snow Traction
Deep Snow Traction
Ice Traction


The Pirelli Winter Sottozero 3 is a decent winter tire with both good snow and ice traction. The tire also has an excellent dry and wet grip preserving responsible steering, predictable cornering, and timely braking. The tire has two downsides: price and noise on the highway, but taking into account its traction and comfort, and the ride quality it provides, Pirelli Winter Sottozero seems worth being chosen.

Tire sizes & specifications

Tire sizeLoad index/ Speed ratingUTQGMax loadMax InflationTread DepthTire WeightWheel DiameterRim Width RangeMeasured Rim WidthSection WidthTread WidthOverall DiameterRevs Per MileCountry
215/55R1697H XL50 psi10/32″20 lbs166-7.5″7″9.1″6.8″25.5″DE
225/55R1699H XL50 psi10/32″23 lbs166-8″7″9.2″7.2″25.7″IT
205/45R1788V XL50 psi10/32″20 lbs176.5-7.5″7″8.2″6.8″24.3″RO
205/50R1793V XL50 psi10/32″21 lbs175.5-7.5″6.5″8.4″7.3″25.1″827IT
205/50R1793V XL50 psi10/32″21 lbs175.5-7.5″6.5″8.5″6.5″25.2″IT
205/55R1795H XL50 psi10/32″23 lbs175.5-7.5″6.5″8.4″6.5″25.9″RO
215/50R1795V XL50 psi10/32″21 lbs176-7.5″7″9.1″7.8″25.7″IT
215/55R1798V XL50 psi10/32″23 lbs176-7.5″7″8.9″7.2″26.3″IT
225/45R1794V XL50 psi10/32″20 lbs177-8.5″7.5″8.9″7.2″25″832DE
225/45R1794V XL50 psi10/32″20 lbs177-8.5″7.5″8.9″7.5″25″DE
225/50R1798H XL50 psi10/32″22 lbs176-8″7″9.2″7.2″26″IT
225/50R1798V XL50 psi10/32″22 lbs176-8″7″9.2″7.1″26″IT
225/55R17101V XL50 psi10/32″25 lbs176-8″7″9.3″8″26.9″RO
235/45R1797V XL50 psi10/32″25 lbs177.5-9″8″9.3″8.2″25.4″RO
245/45R1799V XL50 psi10/32″24 lbs177.5-9″8″9.6″8″25.7″IT
255/40R1798V XL50 psi10/32″24 lbs178.5-10″9″10.2″8.5″25″830DE
215/50R1892V SL51 psi10/32″21 lbs186-7.5″7″8.9″6.5″26.5″IT
225/45R1895V XL50 psi10/32″24 lbs187-8.5″7.5″8.9″7″26″IT
225/45R1895V XL51 psi10/32″23 lbs187-8.5″7.5″8.9″7.2″25.9″801IT
225/60R18104H XL50 psi10/32″26 lbs186-8″6.5″9″6.5″28.6″726DE
235/45R1898V XL50 psi11/32″23 lbs187.5-9″8″9.3″7.8″26.3″789RO
235/45R1894V SL51 psi10/32″26 lbs187.5-9″8″9.3″7.7″26.3″RO
235/45R1898V XL50 psi11/32″23 lbs187.5-9″8″9.3″7.5″26.3″789RO
235/50R18101V XL50 psi10/32″27 lbs186.5-8.5″7.5″9.6″8.7″27.3″IT
245/40R1897V XL50 psi10/32″24 lbs188-9.5″8.5″9.8″8.1″25.7″808IT
245/40R1897V XL50 psi10/32″25 lbs188-9.5″8.5″9.8″8.1″25.7″IT
245/45R18100V XL50 psi10/32″22 lbs187.5-9″8″9.6″7.5″26.7″DE
255/35R1894V XL50 psi10/32″23 lbs188.5-10″9″10.3″8.4″25″DE
265/35R1897V XL50 psi10/32″23 lbs189-10.5″9.5″10.7″8.5″25.3″821DE
275/40R18103V XL50 psi10/32″26 lbs189-11″9.5″10.9″8.5″26.7″DE
275/45R18107V XL50 psi10/32″31 lbs188.5-10.5″9″10.7″9.5″27.8″IT
275/45R18107V XL50 psi10/32″31 lbs188.5-10.5″9″10.7″9.5″27.8″IT
225/40R1993V XL50 psi10/32″22 lbs197.5-9″8″9.1″6.4″26.1″IT
225/40R1993H XL50 psi10/32″20 lbs197.5-9″8″9.1″7.2″26.1″796DE
235/35R1991W XL50 psi10/32″20 lbs198-9.5″8.5″9.5″7.5″25.5″DE
235/35R1991V XL50 psi10/32″24 lbs198-9.5″8.5″9.5″8″25.5″DE
235/40R1996V XL50 psi10/32″23 lbs198-9.5″8.5″9.5″8″26.4″786IT
235/40R1996V XL50 psi10/32″22 lbs198-9.5″8.5″9.5″8.3″26.4″IT
235/45R1999V XL50 psi10/32″25 lbs197.5-9″8″9.3″7.7″27.4″IT
235/50R1999H SL51 psi/32″27 lbs190-0″7.5″RO
245/35R1993W XL50 psi10/32″23 lbs198-9.5″8.5″9.8″8.4″25.8″DE
245/35R1993W XLpsi/32″23 lbs190-0″DE
245/40R1994V SL51 psi10/32″24 lbs198-9.5″8.5″9.8″8.6″26.7″IT
245/40R1998H XL50 psi10/32″24 lbs198-9.5″8.5″9.8″8.4″26.7″IT
245/45R1998W SL51 psi10/32″27 lbs197.5-9″8″9.6″8.3″27.7″IT
245/45R19102V XL50 psi10/32″26 lbs197.5-9″8″9.6″7.9″27.7″751IT
255/35R1996H XL50 psi10/32″24 lbs198.5-10″9″10.2″8.3″26″IT
255/40R19100V XL50 psi10/32″26 lbs198.5-10″9″10.2″8.4″27″DE
255/45R19104V XL50 psi10/32″28 lbs198-9.5″8.5″10.1″8.3″28.1″DE
275/35R1996V SL51 psi10/32″26 lbs199-11″9.5″10.9″9.2″26.6″IT
275/40R19101W SL51 psi10/32″30 lbs199-11″9.5″10.9″9.6″27.7″IT
235/35R2092W XL50 psi9/32″23 lbs208-9.5″8.5″9.5″8″26.5″785IT
245/30R2090W XL50 psi10/32″23 lbs208-9″8.5″9.8″8.2″25.9″DE
245/40R2099W XL50 psi10/32″27 lbs208-9.5″8.5″9.8″8.2″27.7″IT
255/30R2092W XL50 psi10/32″23 lbs208.5-9.5″9″10.2″8.6″26.1″IT
255/35R2097V XL50 psi10/32″25 lbs208.5-10″9″10.2″8.5″27″IT
255/35R2097W XL50 psi10/32″25 lbs208.5-10″9″10.2″8.6″27″IT
255/35R2097V XL50 psi10/32″25 lbs208.5-10″9″10.2″8.5″27″DE
255/40R20101W XL50 psi11/32″28 lbs208.5-10″9″10.2″7.9″28″741IT
265/30R2094W XL50 psi10/32″25 lbs209-10″9.5″10.7″9.4″26.3″DE
285/30R2099V XL50 psi10/32″29 lbs209.5-10.5″10″11.4″10.2″26.8″IT
285/35R20104V XL50 psi10/32″28 lbs209.5-11″10″11.4″9.5″27.9″DE
285/35R20104W XL50 psi10/32″31 lbs209.5-11″10″11.4″10.4″27.9″IT
285/35R20100W SL51 psi10/32″32 lbs209.5-11″10″11.4″10.2″27.9″IT
305/30R20103W XL50 psi10/32″29 lbs2010.5-11.5″11″12.4″10.5″27.3″DE
245/35R2196W XL50 psi10/32″25 lbs218-9.5″8.5″9.8″8.3″27.8″DE
265/40R21105W XL50 psi11/32″30 lbs219-10.5″9.5″10.7″9.1″29.3″708IT
275/35R21103V XL50 psi10/32″29 lbs219-11″9.5″10.9″9.4″28.5″DE
275/35R21103W XL50 psi10/32″29 lbs219-11″9.5″10.9″9.2″28.5″DE
285/30R21100W XL50 psi10/32″30 lbs219.5-10.5″10″11.4″10.3″27.8″DE
285/30R21100W XL50 psi10/32″30 lbs219.5-10.5″10″11.4″10.2″27.8″DE
285/30R21100W XL50 psi10/32″30 lbs219.5-10.5″10″11.4″10.2″27.8″DE
315/30R21105V XL50 psi10/32″32 lbs2110.5-11.5″11″12.6″10.9″28.5″DE

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