Pirelli Cinturato All Season SF 2 - All-Season Tyre Test 2021

Disappointing 6th place for Pirelli Cinturato All Season SF 2 despite excellent rolling resistance scores

  • Score: 97.80%
  • Ranking: 6th
  • Price: £89.87

When the All Season SF 2 arrived with a fair bit of fanfare earlier in the year, one of its main claims was that it lasted 50 per cent longer than the outgoing Plus design. We couldn’t test that aspect, but it seems Pirelli has given up some performance on the road in pretty much all conditions to achieve that durability. The only place the SF 2 (SF stands for snow flake) stands out is at the pumps, where it had a clear advantage. 

Generally it wasn’t too far behind its rivals, but the gaps add up, leaving Pirelli between the struggling Avon and Maxxis, and the rest of the premium producers. 

On snow it was just under five per cent off the leading Goodyear, and that result was backed up by a similar deficit across the wet assessments. It really had problems in aquaplaning, where it was last with a poor result in the lateral test. 

Threading the car around the handling track, it felt sharp initially, but the grip faded as the lock went on. The rear was stable but progress was all about waiting for the front to grip. In the dry it felt soft and again you had to wait for the front.

We say:

We had high hopes for this new Pirelli, but you have to ask whether fuel economy and longevity are what all-season tyre buyers are seeking.

Blackcircles.com says:

This tyre was launched in 2021, and at the time of writing we do not hold any customer reviews, so are unable to provide insight into opinions on the tyres. 

Pirelli Cinturato All Season SF 2ScorePosition
Snow braking94.90%6th
Snow traction96.40%4th
Straight aquaplaning92.20%8th
Curved aquaplaning77.50%8th
Wet braking93.10%5th
Wet handling96.20%6th
Wet circle96.30%7th
Dry braking97.60%4th
Dry handling98.40%7th
Rolling resistance100%1st
Cabin noise98.40%4th
Overall 97.80%6th

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