Pirelli Cinturato Winter review

The Pirelli Cinturato Winter tyre is the most capable on the snow and has closed the gap on top spot

Last time we tested this Pirelli it finished joint third. While it dropped a place this year, it is closer to our winner. 

As in 2018, it was strongest on snow, where it put in the best performance on test. It wasn’t off the podium in the three tests and felt the best around the sweeps of the handling track. An effective front end with a well controlled rear was the secret to its success, allowing faster 

entry. Good traction on lock helped on the climbing turns. There’s little between this and the Goodyear and Falken, but the Cinturato and the UltraGrip are the ones to go for if snow performance is key. 

The Pirelli and Goodyear were closely matched in the wet, too. The latter had a small advantage, but both were around four per cent off the leader. On the wet circuit, that grippy front end was again present, as was the stable rear. That front grip remained as lock was increased, too. 

Dry performance was further off the pace, with the Cinturato needing more than two metres more than the winner to stop. More worrying was economy – about four per cent off the best, and worst here.

We say: Good snow performance is offset by mid-pack wet-test results. Fuel economy needs addressing if it is to challenge the best.

Blackcircles.Com says: This is not a particularly high-selling model, but customers who have purchased the tyre have left very positive reviews. Focusing on wet grip, they give it a score of 4.9/5 overall.

Snow braking99.2%3rd
Snow traction99.9%2nd
Snow handling100%1st
Straight aquaplaning98%3rd
Curved aquaplaning93.20%5th
Wet braking89%5th
Wet handling97.9%4th
Wet circle95.5%8th
Dry braking94.9%6th
Rolling resistance78%8th
Cabin noise99.7%3rd

Most Popular

'MG's sales must rank as the success story of the year, possibly the decade'
MG 2020

'MG's sales must rank as the success story of the year, possibly the decade'

Mike Rutherford says plenty of big car brands could learn from MG's focus on cheap cars
17 Jan 2021
Brawny new Ford Ranger MS-RT launched
Ford Ranger MS-RT - front
Ford Ranger

Brawny new Ford Ranger MS-RT launched

Ford’s long-standing aftermarket partner, MS-RT, has launched a tweaked version of the Ranger with an aggressive body kit
18 Jan 2021
New 2022 Smart electric SUV to rival Peugeot e-2008
Smart SUV - front (watermarked)

New 2022 Smart electric SUV to rival Peugeot e-2008

The new Smart SUV will use an electric platform developed by Geely and our exclusive images preview how it could look
18 Jan 2021