Pirelli Cinturato P7 review
We’ve said it before and will again: Pirelli needs to look again at the P7 because it is currently no match for its premium rivals in this sector
This is third year on the trot we have tested the P7 and it’s still struggling in this company. It finished joint last on its debut, in 16-inch form, and last year in 17-inch guise it managed eighth (out of 10) but was well away from the leaders. It drops even further behind this time and you have to ask what has gone awry with this tyre from one of the premium manufacturers, which has done well with other designs.
From the first to the second test we saw an improvement in fuel economy and that has remained, with the P7 (the name has been around for years, but this is the latest C2 version) topping the results. It would be around six per cent better at the pumps than the overall but thirsty winner. It was also good in the cabin noise test, but these were rare highlights in a string of poor results that would see it last in half the tests, ignoring the budget Austone.
A real surprise was how far the Cinturato was off in wet braking, where it needed eight metres more to stop than the Potenza Sport and some 10 per cent behind the next best, the Falken. The rear tyres moved more than the rest of the top six on the handling track, but the progressive slide was easily controlled.
The rear was more stable in the dry but overall it felt soft, lacking sharpness.
"The Cinturato is showing early signs of being a popular tyre, thanks to an overall rating of 4.6/5. Customers comment on the tyre’s good grip and smooth performance."
Pirelli Cinturato P7
In this review
- 1IntroductionAfter two years of Covid-affected testing, our programme is back on track for this year’s tyre test
- 2Bridgestone Potenza SportIf you are looking for a great tyre to drive in wet and dry, look no further. Bridgestone finally has a tyre that can compete in this sector
- 3Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 6An impressive debut, with good performance in all conditions and near-best fuel economy helping to offset high prices at the pump
- 4Maxxis Victra Sport 5 VS5Maxxis has definitely found something with the Victra Sport 5, which delivered a good all-round performance matching higher-profile brands
- 5Hankook Ventus S1 evo3Former test winner is still a top performer and the one to have if you’re after a quiet ride and value good wet-braking performance
- 6Falken Azenis FK520A promising newcomer from Falken in deep water, but other aspects of wet grip need work if it’s to challenge the top performers
- 7Pirelli Cinturato P7 - currently readingWe’ve said it before and will again: Pirelli needs to look again at the P7 because it is currently no match for its premium rivals in this sector
- 8Austone Athena SP 7Athena is the Greek goddess of practical reason, which dictates this tyre should be avoided regardless of the tempting price
- 9Tyre test 2022: results by categoryIn-depth look at the scoring charts for our 2022 tyre test