Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus Review & Rating
- Dry and wet traction
- Cornering and stability
- Ride quality
- Deep snow handling
As one of the world’s leading tire makers, Pirelli have been producing all-season models for some time, but their new Cinturato P7 All Season Plus is a big step forward in several ways. Not only does this tire deliver outstanding performance, it’s also been designed to score well with those who are seeking a more environmentally-friendly tire. This also translates into cost savings to the driver through lower rolling resistance and decreased fuel consumption.
Good wear resistance also means you won’t have to replace them as often, so you’ll save even more money. If you’re looking for a good all-season tire this new Pirelli has a lot to offer and you’d definitely be wise to give it a close look. Pirelli’s target market is drivers of coupes, sedans and other high end vehicles like BMW, Mercedes and Audi. We believe these tires have the quality to match that aim.
The Cinturato P7 has an asymmetric tread design with four circumferential grooves and a relatively wide center rib. Multiple sipe patterns create a lot of channels to expel water from the contact patch, so traction on wet roads is solid and sure.
On dry surfaces it’s perhaps not quite as grippy as some of its high-end competitors, but we think it’s perfectly adequate. Since this tire is designed for sedan and coupe drivers it should be well capable of handling the demands placed on it. It’s by no means a low performance tire though, and we think it’s well suited to the upscale models Pirelli hopes to see it on.
Cornering – Steering
A lot of modern tires are opting for a continuous center rib to improve cornering performance. Pirelli has resisted this trend and instead made the center rib wider than normal. It’s a different answer to the same challenge, which is all about helping the tire corner accurately. We certainly didn’t find any problems with the P7’s performance going round curves.
The Centurato P7 is marketed as an all-season tire, so it’s reasonable to expect decent performance in winter conditions. We found it performed very well on icy roads, probably due to its well balanced tread compound, and handled slush competently. It was less impressive in heavy deep snowfall, with some traction issues when moving off.
Once under way it performed well enough, but it’s something to keep in mind if you live in an area with frequent snow. Of course if you have to deal with deep snow you’re better off switching to a set of winter tires when the weather starts getting cold, so for an all-season model the P7 rates as acceptable.
Ride Comfort – Road Noise
These Pirellis really are remarkably quiet even at high speeds. It’s possible that the same design features that lower rolling resistance also contribute to their nearly silent running, but in any case it’s very impressive. Ride comfort is also excellent. If you do a lot of long journeys it would be hard to beat the comfort level you’ll find on the P7 Plus.
Pirelli has built in a number of features designed to prolong tread life. These include a reinforced contact patch stabilized by twin belts, sidewalls designed to flex progressively and a strong silica-based tread compound. The belts have been lightened, reducing both material costs and unsprung weight, but clever design means the strength of the tire isn’t compromised at all.
The result of all this innovation is a truly outstanding UTQG rating of 700. We’re generally happy with anything over 500, but Pirelli has really pushed the envelope here. Combined with the generous warranty these tires make for an outstanding value.
The Cinturato P7 Plus is covered by a 70,000 mile tread life warranty, which is a good match for its wear rating – 70,000 miles sounds about right for a 700-rated tire. There’s also a tire uniformity guarantee for the first year or 2/32 inch of tread wear, to go with prorated coverage down to the final 2/32 inch of tread depth. Impressively there’s also a lifetime guarantee on materials and workmanship.