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.
In this review
- 1IntroductionFor the ultimate in driving safety, you need tyres to suit the season. Our test reveals the best for the British winter
- 2Bridgestone Blizzak LM005A debut success for the Blizzak LM005 and a first win for Japanese giant Bridgestone in our tyre tests.
- 3Hankook Winter i*cept RS2The Hankook i*cept RS2 puts in a strong performance - a great all-rounder, although slightly noisy
- 4Michelin Alpin 6A well deserved second podium for the French producer, although the gap over the following three tyres is tiny.
- 5Pirelli Cinturato Winter - currently readingThe Pirelli Cinturato Winter tyre is the most capable on the snow and has closed the gap on top spot
- 6Goodyear UltraGrip Performance +Great on the snow, but the Goodyear UltraGrip Performance + can't compete with rivals in the wet and dry conditions
- 7Falken Eurowinter HS01This is third time we’ve tested the Eurowinter HS01, and each time it gets a little closer to the leaders.
- 8Dunlop Winter Sport 5A reasonable performance, but the Dunlop range is beginning to show its age.
- 9Nokian WR SnowproofAlthough helping to provide improved fuel economy, the Nokian WR Snowproof isn't the best choice for a capable winter tyre
- 10N/A. Continental WinterContact TS 870Although not yet on sale, the Continental WinterContact TS 870 is potentially a champion in waiting