Pirelli Winter Sottozero 3 Tire Review & Rating

The Pirelli Winter Sottozero 3 is an eye-catching, ultra-high performance winter tire that is designed for drivers of high-end sports cars, luxury sedans and crossovers. Built to provide superior traction, grip and handling on snow, ice and wet roads, this premium quality UHP winter tire also performs well in dry conditions.

A new, harder, advanced tread compound and 3-D sipe technology combine together to produce a tire that gives you more grip, better traction and superior handling when you’re driving in tougher winter weather conditions.

Pirelli Winter Sottozero 3 Tire

Every Pirelli Winter Sottozero 3 tire has enhanced features including wider grooves, more siping than many other similar tires and a double arrow design that increases traction and gives you even more grip when you’re driving on wet roads or snow and ice.

Longer tread life can be expected when you use these tires for winter use only, because the Winter Sottozero 3’s profile guarantees a uniform footprint that results in more even tread wear.

Sporting rounded shoulders and deeper grooves means that hydroplaning and the challenges presented by wet surfaces are less of a concern for drivers, with many reviews by other owners of these tires stating that even though they were driving after a heavy downpour and through puddles on the road, they felt as if they were driving on a dry surface.

Winter Sottozero 3 tires excel in sub-zero temperatures and provide a comfortable ride, as well as giving a driver good feedback behind the wheel. Traveling on the highway is a smooth experience, and there’s little in the way of noise to distract your driving experience.

Pirelli offers a wide range of 16-21 inch sizes in Sottozero 3, and you’ll find H, V and W-speed ratings. Run-flat sizes are also available, and all tires come with a limited tread warranty.


  • Traction, braking and acceleration on snow, ice, slush and wet roads is excellent
  • Dry traction, cornering and handling stability on cold pavement is best in class
  • Smooth comfortable ride in colder conditions with very little noise
  • Value for the money


  • Tread wear could be a bit better

Overall Thoughts

When it comes to ultra-high performance winter tires, Pirelli Winter Sottozero 3 has hit the mark in all areas. Whether it’s driving in wet conditions or on deep snow, ice, slush, freezing rain or other elements, they provide dependable traction and handling. In addition, the ride is smooth and comfortable. They absorb most all of the impacts from potholes and other rough pavement without the need to visit the chiropractor afterwards.

Grip, handling and cornering stability in dry conditions are as good as many summer tires, with many high-end vehicle owners stating how they happily use these tires all year round. While we wouldn’t recommend that, it’s a testament to how well this tire performs.

On the negative side, the tread life is shorter than other winter tires if you use them twelve months of the year, or constantly drive on drive dry pavement, so it’s advisable to only use them for their main purpose as a winter tire.

Overall, as high-performance winter tires go, the Sottozero 3 simply ranks right up with the best in class. We’re not alone in our assessment as countless other drivers have said how impressive this tire performs in their reviews and thoughts on this tire as well. It doesn’t disappoint.

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What Vehicles Will The Pirelli Winter Sottozero 3 Fit?

Fits these vehicles and many others:

  • Acura ZDX, TSX, ILX, RSX
  • Audi A3, A4, TT Quattro, A6, S4
  • BMW 128i, 135i, 328i, 335i, M3, Z4, X5, X6, 535i, X1, 750i
  • Buick Verano, Regal
  • Cadillac ATS, CTS
  • Chevrolet Cruze, Malibu, Cobalt, Sonic, Camaro, Impala, Corvette
  • Chrysler PT Cruiser
  • Dodge Dart, Challenger, Charger
  • Ford Focus, Fusion, Mustang, Fiesta
  • Honda Accord, Civic
  • Hyundai Sonata, Elantra, Tiburon, Genesis
  • Infiniti G35, I35, Q45, G37
  • Kia Rondo, Forte, Optima, Soul
  • Lexus IS250, IS350, GS350, IS300
  • Lincoln MKZ
  • Mazda3, Mazda5, MX-5 Miata
  • Mitsubishi Eclipse
  • Nissan Sentra, 350Z, Maxima, Leaf
  • Saab 9-5, 9-3
  • Scion xB, tC
  • Subaru Impreza, Legacy, WRX STI
  • Toyota Corolla, Matrix, Camry, Avalon, Prius
  • Volkswagen Beetle, Golf, GTI, Jetta, Rabbit, Touareg, Passat, CC Sport
  • Volvo C70, S80, V70, S60

Tire Sizes


235/60R16 100H BLK
225/55R16 95H BLK
225/55R16 99H XL BLK
215/45R16 86H BLK
215/55R16 93H BLK
215/55R16 97H XL BLK
215/60R16 95H BLK
215/60R16 99H XL BLK
215/65R16 98H BLK
205/55R16 91H BLK
205/60R16 92H BLK
205/60R16 96H XL BLK
205/65R16 95H BLK


255/40R17 98V XL BLK
245/45R17 99V XL BLK
235/45R17 97V XL BLK
235/55R17 103V XL BLK
235/55R17 99H BLK
225/45R17 91H BLK
225/45R17 94H XL BLK
225/45R17 94V XL BLK
225/50R17 94H BLK
225/50R17 98H XL BLK
225/50R17 98V XL BLK
225/55R17 101V XL BLK
225/55R17 97H BLK
225/60R17 99H BLK
215/40R17 87H XL BLK
215/45R17 91H XL BLK
215/50R17 95V XL BLK
215/55R17 94H BLK
215/55R17 98H XL BLK
215/55R17 98V XL BLK
205/40R17 84H XL BLK
205/45R17 88V XL BLK
205/50R17 93H XL BLK
205/50R17 93V XL BLK
205/55R17 95H XL BLK
205/60R17 93H BLK


275/40R18 103V XL BLK
275/45R18 107V XL BLK
265/35R18 97V XL BLK
255/35R18 94V XL BLK
245/40R18 97H XL BLK
245/40R18 97V XL BLK
245/45R18 100V XL BLK
245/45R18 96V BLK
245/50R18 100H BLK
245/50R18 104V XL BLK
235/40R18 95V XL BLK
235/45R18 94V BLK
235/50R18 101V XL BLK
225/40R18 92H XL BLK
225/40R18 92V XL BLK
225/45R18 91H BLK
225/45R18 95H XL BLK
225/45R18 95V XL BLK
225/50R18 95H BLK
225/50R18 99H XL BLK
225/55R18 98H BLK
225/60R18 100H BLK
225/60R18 104H XL BLK
215/50R18 92V BLK
215/55R18 95H BLK
215/55R18 99V XL BLK
205/40R18 86V XL BLK


305/35R19 102W BLK
275/35R19 100V XL BLK
275/35R19 96V BLK
275/40R19 101W BLK
275/40R19 105V XL BLK
255/35R19 96H XL BLK
255/40R19 100V XL BLK
255/40R19 96V BLK
255/45R19 104V XL BLK
245/35R19 93H XL BLK
245/35R19 93W XL BLK
245/40R19 94V BLK
245/40R19 98H XL BLK
245/40R19 98V XL BLK
245/45R19 102V XL BLK
245/45R19 98W BLK
245/50R19 105V XL BLK
235/35R19 91V XL BLK
235/35R19 91W XL BLK
235/40R19 96V XL BLK
235/45R19 95H BLK
235/45R19 99V XL BLK
225/40R19 93H XL BLK
225/40R19 93V XL BLK
225/45R19 96H XL BLK
225/45R19 96V XL BLK
205/55R19 97H XL BLK


305/30R20 103W XL BLK
295/30R20 101W XL BLK
285/30R20 99V XL BLK
285/35R20 100W BLK
285/35R20 104V XL BLK
285/35R20 104W XL BLK
275/35R20 102V XL BLK
265/30R20 94W XL BLK
255/30R20 92W XL BLK
255/35R20 97V XL BLK
255/35R20 97W XL BLK
255/40R20 101V XL BLK
255/45R20 105V XL BLK
245/30R20 90W XL BLK
245/40R20 99V XL BLK
245/40R20 99W XL BLK
195/55R20 95H XL BLK


355/25R21 107W XL BLK
315/30R21 105V XL BLK
305/35R21 109W XL BLK
285/30R21 100W XL BLK
275/35R21 103V XL BLK
275/35R21 103W XL BLK
265/40R21 105W XL BLK
245/35R21 96W XL BLK

Price Range

Pirelli Winter Sottozero 3 prices range from approximately $106 and up. You may also find occasional rebates, discount prices, coupons and special offers on this tire.

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Pirelli provides a limited tread warranty on the Winter Sottozero 3.

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We’re putting these tires on our 2015 Buick Encore AWD (215/55r18),Next winter because the OEM Tires are terrible in the snow.