"The Pirelli Cinturato P7 All-Season Plus offers good road manners with a little more sport than traditional category favorites," say TireRack.com editors. The Pirelli gets top marks for being stable on corners, having responsive steering and predictable handling in their comparison, though performance falters some on wet roads. It emphasizes high-performance handling and is very fuel efficient, but doesn't include a warranty.
Top-rated grip and handling. As a high-performance all-season tire, the Pirelli Cinturato P7 demonstrates excellent cornering stability and steering. In their comparison, editors with TireRack.com say the Cinturato P7 handles "very well." They rate it just above a competing Michelin tire, but say it isn't quite as responsive as a cheaper tire from Continental. On dry pavement, the Pirelli tire is predictable and responsive, though handling drops during wet-pavement tests. The H-speed-rated Cinturato P7 is better on snow than the faster V-speed-rated version (according to a leading consumer organization) but doesn't handle or brake quite as tightly.
Very quiet. The Pirelli Cinturato P7 delivers a "smooth and well-refined ride," say editors with TireRack.com. In their comparison, the Pirelli isn't quite as smooth and quiet as the top-rated Michelin Primacy MXV4, though it is more comfortable than the Continental PureContact. Both owners and experts praise the Cinturato P7 for having very low tread noise. "The tread pattern of the Pirelli was found to generate relatively low volume," say TireRack.com editors. In the owner review section of the same website, one owner says, "of the three sets of tires I've owned for this car (Michelin, Continental, now Pirelli), they are top shelf in vibration-free driving at all speeds."
No tread warranty. Pirelli doesn't include a treadwear warranty for the Cinturato P7, offering only a pro-rated defect warranty until 2/32-inch of depth remains on the tire. While it has a very high rating for treadwear in TireRack.com's survey on grand-touring all-season tires (with a score of 9.3 out of 10), there are few owner reviews with high mileage on the tires. Between 10,000 and 20,000 miles, most owner reviewers say, the Cinturato P7 wears evenly and quietly. Experts offer conflicting reviews for treadwear: one leading consumer organization rates it as only fair, while another says it's one of the longest lasting 17-inch tires, estimating a 49,500-mile life span.
Editors include H-speed and V-speed-rated Pirelli Cinturato P7 in their evaluation of performance all-season tires. They test its braking distances, water-shedding, ride comfort, rolling resistance and tread life against 40 other models, giving each tire an overall score.
Review: Performance All-Season Tire Ratings, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, Not Dated
2. Which? magazine
Which? magazine is a consumer testing organization in the U.K., similar to ConsumerReports.org. It tests 17 summer tires as part of its large tire comparison, evaluating factors such as braking abilities, handling, noise and wear. Each model gets an overall rating, based partially on its predicted life span.
Review: Best Car Tyres, Editors of Which? magazine, Not Dated
3. Tire Rack
Editors with TireRack.com test Pirelli Cinturato P7 on track and real-world courses, comparing it to the Michelin Primacy MXV4, Continental PureContact and Bridgestone Potenza RE97AS. Pirelli places third overall, showing good stability, handling and steering in dry conditions.
Review: Testing Grand Touring All-Season Tires with a Sporty Edge, Editors of TireRack.com, May 24, 2013
4. Tire Rack
TireRack.com includes two sets of owner-reported data on the Pirelli Cinturato P7: a compiling of about 120 owner reviews and an owner survey that includes 28 grand-touring all-season tires. The Cinturato P7 takes first place in the survey, with top marks for resisting hydroplaning, traction on dry roads and ride comfort.
Review: Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus, Contributors to TireRack.com, As of April 2014