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Pirelli Cinturato P7 vs Michelin Pilot Sport 4

Pirelli Cinturato P7 vs Michelin Pilot Sport 4

Here are the key stats for the Pirelli Cinturato P7 and Michelin Pilot Sport 4 tyres, at a glance.
Cinturato P7Pilot Sport 4
Vehicle SuitabilityPassengerPassenger
Driving StyleHigh Performance SummerMax Performance Summer
SeasonSummerSummer
Release Date20042015
Run Flat?NoNo
Overall Score68/10081/100

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Pirelli Cinturato P7 vs Michelin Pilot Sport 4 in Australia

The Cinturato P7 has been around in Australia for about 20 years, whereas the Pilot Sport 4 has been on the market for about 9 years

The Cinturato P7 is rated for high performance summer action, however the Pilot Sport 4 tyres are classified as max performance summer. Both tyres are designed for use with regular passenger (non-SUV) vehicles.

Both of these are considered summer tyres. Neither of them are runflat tyres. Both brands are considered to be in the premium part of the market.

Read on to see how each of these tyres stack up against each other!

How We Reviewed These Tyres

Unlike the Australian government, the European Union carries out standardised tests on all tyres sold in Europe. These tests are carried out in identical conditions, making them a reliable way to compare tyres.

For this review, we use averaged results from tests done on 215 sizes of these tyres by the European Union.

Fuel Efficiency

EU Grade
(A - E)
Compared to an A grade tyre?
Cinturato P7C0.2L/100km extra fuel consumption. ~$52 extra per year
Pilot Sport 4C0.2L/100km extra fuel consumption. ~$52 extra per year

The US Department of Energy estimates that around 25% of the fuel consumption of a vehicle is attributable to the tyres. That's a lot, and it means that choosing fuel efficient tyres can save you quite a bit of money.

The Cinturato P7 tyres rank a C on a scale of A to E in the official fuel efficiency tests carried out by the EU (they call these rolling resistance tests).

The Pilot Sport 4 tyres get a grade of C

As their fuel efficiency grade is the same, expect negligible differences in fuel consumption between them.

Here's a graph comparing the Cinturato P7 and Pilot Sport 4 tyres for fuel efficiency (1 = Grade E, 5 = Grade A).

Grip & Handling

EU Grade
(A - E)
Compared to an A grade tyre?
Cinturato P7B2.5 metre greater stopping distance when braking at 80km/h
Pilot Sport 4AThis is an A grade tyre for wet grip

We'll now take a look at how these tyres compare in terms of grip and handling.

A good measure of this is 'wet grip', which is an indication of how well the tyres will allow the vehicle to come to a stop in wet conditions.

The Cinturato P7 tyres rank a B on a scale of A to E in the official fuel tests carried out by the EU.

The Pilot Sport 4 tyres, on the other hand, get a grade of A.

Expect the lower graded tyres to require about an extra 3 metres to come to a complete stop when braking at 80km/h.

Here's a graph comparing the Cinturato P7 and Pilot Sport 4 tyres for wet grip (1 = Grade E, 5 = Grade A).

Noise

EU Grade
(A - C)
Compared to an A grade tyre?
Cinturato P7B (70.8 dB)2 times as noisy
Pilot Sport 4B (71.0 dB)2 times as noisy

Another key factor to consider when choosing a tyre is road noise. Once you're over about 40 km/h, the dominant source of noise you hear is from the contact of your tyres on the road.

There is a surprisingly wide variation in the amount of noise each tyre makes.

The Cinturato P7 tyres produce 70.8 dB of road noise, which corresponds to a rank of B on a scale of A to C in the standardised testing done by the EU.

On the other hand, the Pilot Sport 4 tyres produce 71.0 dB of road noise, which means a grade of B.

As their noise grade is the same, don't expect many differences in terms of cabin noise.

Here's a visual representation of how the Cinturato P7 and Pilot Sport 4 tyres stack up for noise (1 = Grade C, 3 = Grade A).

Comfort

Based on the results of a number of tyre benchmarks, the Cinturato P7 scores 4 out of 5 for comfort and the Pilot Sport 4 scores 4 out of 5.

UTQG Data

Introduced by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in the USA, the Uniform Tire Grading System (UTQG), is a system for comparing one tyre product to another on the basis of some standardised tests.

Cinturato P7Pilot Sport 4
Treadwear260320
Traction
(AA - C)
AAA
Temperature Resistance
(A - C)
AA

Treadwear

As per the UTQG guidelines, the Cinturato P7 tyres have a treadwear rating of 260, whereas the Pilot Sport 4 tyres have a rating of 320. This means that the Cinturato P7 tyres will theoretically last only 81% as long as the Pilot Sport 4 tyres.

Traction

The UTQG system measures traction as straight-line braking in dry conditions. The scale is AA, A, B, C, with AA being the best grade, and C the worst.

As per the UTQG system, the Cinturato P7 tyres have a traction grading of A, whereas the Pilot Sport 4 tyres have a grading of AA.

Temperature Resistance

The UTQG temperature resistance tests measure how well tyres can dissipate heat that builds up due to friction with the road. The scale is A, B, C, with A being the highest grade.

As per the UTQG system of tyre grading, the Cinturato P7 tyres have a temperature resistance grading of A, whereas the Pilot Sport 4 tyres have a grading of A (on a scale of A, B, C).

Warranty

The Cinturato P7 tyres have a warranty of 1 years, whereas the Pilot Sport 4 tyres have a warranty of 6 years.

Comparisons With Similar Tyres

Still on the fence about these tyres? Check out how they compare to other similar tyres on the market in Australia!

Summary

Let's now take a look at the main differences between these two sets of tyres.

All in all, the Cinturato P7 tyres get a score of 68 out of 100, while the Pilot Sport 4 tyres get a score of 81 out of 100.

For fuel efficiency, Cinturato P7 score a grade of C, which is more or less average. Pilot Sport 4 end up with a grade of C, which is more or less average.

More important is the wet grip, which gives you an indication of their traction and handling. In this regard, Cinturato P7 get a score of B, which is above average. Pilot Sport 4 end up with a grade of A, which is outstanding.

More important is the wet grip, which gives you an indication of their traction and handling. In this regard, Cinturato P7 get a score of B, which is about typical. Pilot Sport 4 end up with a grade of B, which is about typical.

The Cinturato P7 tyres have a UTQG treadwear rating of 260, whereas the Pilot Sport 4 tyres have a rating of 320.This means that you can expect the Cinturato P7 to last only 81% as long as the Pilot Sport 4 tyres.

The Cinturato P7 have a UTQG traction grading of A, while the Pilot Sport 4 tyres having a grading of AA.

The Cinturato P7 have a UTQG temperature grading of A, while the Pilot Sport 4 tyres having a grading of A.

The Cinturato P7 have a warranty of 1 years, while the Pilot Sport 4 tyres are guaranteed for 6 years.

Full Size List (click to show)

Below is a list of all 158 sizes of the Cinturato P7, and all 150 sizes of the Pilot Sport 4 tyres sold in Australia, sorted by tyre width.

Cinturato P7 Sizes

Size
185/55 R15 82H
195/55 R15 85H
195/45 R16 84V
195/55 R16 91V XL
195/55 R20 95H XL
195/60 R16 89V
205/40 R18 86W XL
205/55 R17 91V
205/50 R17 89H
205/50 R16 87W
205/50 R17 93W XL
205/60 R16 92V
205/60 R16 92H
205/50 R17 93V XL
205/45 R17 88W
205/55 R16 91Y
205/50 R17 89Y
205/65 R16 95V
205/60 R16 96V XL
205/45 R17 88V XL
205/45 R17 88W XL
205/55 R17 91W
205/55 R16 91V
205/55 R16 91W
205/50 R16 87H
205/50 R15 86Y
205/60 R16 96W XL
205/50 R17 89W
205/55 R17 95V XL
205/55 R16 91H
205/60 R16 92W
205/50 R17 89V
205/55 R16 94V XL
205/55 R19 97H
215/55 R16 93V
215/55 R17 94V
215/55 R16 97H XL
215/45 R17 91W XL
215/50 R18 92W
215/55 R17 98W XL
215/55 R18 99V XL
215/60 R16 95H
215/50 R17 91W
215/50 R17 91V
215/55 R16 97W XL
215/45 R16 90V XL
215/40 R18 89Y XL
215/55 R16 93W
215/50 R17 95W XL
215/45 R18 89V
215/55 R17 94W
215/50 R18 96Y XL
215/45 R17 91V
215/45 R16 86H
215/60 R16 99H XL
215/60 R16 99V XL
215/45 R18 93W XL
225/60 R18 104W XL
225/50 R15 91Y
225/55 R18 102Y XL
225/40 R18 92W XL
225/45 R18 95W XL
225/60 R17 99H
225/45 R17 91V
225/55 R16 95W
225/55 R17 101W XL
225/45 R17 94H
225/45 R17 94W XL
225/60 R17 99V
225/55 R16 99W
225/55 R16 99Y XL
225/40 R19 93Y XL
225/50 R17 94H
225/45 R18 91Y
225/45 R19 92W
225/45 R17 94Y XL
225/50 R17 98V XL
225/50 R17 98Y XL
225/50 R18 99W XL
225/50 R18 95W
225/50 R17 98W XL
225/45 R18 95Y XL
225/55 R16 95H
225/50 R17 94V
225/50 R16 92W
225/50 R17 94W
225/50 R16 92V
225/45 R17 91W
225/45 R17 91Y
225/50 R17 94Y
225/40 R18 92Y XL
225/55 R17 97W
225/55 R19 99H
225/55 R16 95V
225/45 R18 91V
225/60 R18 100W
225/55 R17 101Y XL
225/55 R17 101V XL
225/60 R17 99Y
225/55 R16 99W XL
225/60 R16 98Y
225/55 R17 97Y
225/45 R18 91W
235/45 R18 94W
235/45 R18 98W
235/50 R18 97V
235/55 R17 99Y
235/40 R19 92V
235/40 R18 95Y XL
235/45 R17 97W XL
235/45 R17 97H
235/45 R18 94H
235/45 R18 94V
235/45 R21 101T XL
235/55 R17 99W
235/45 R18 94W
235/45 R17 94W
235/55 R17 103Y XL
235/50 R17 96W
235/60 R16 100W
235/55 R19 105H XL
235/45 R18 98Y XL
235/40 R18 95W XL
235/45 R17 94Y
235/40 R19 96W XL
245/45 R17 95H
245/45 R17 99Y
245/45 R18 100Y XL
245/45 R20 99V
245/55 R17 102V
245/40 R17 91W
245/40 R18 93Y
245/45 R18 100W XL
245/50 R18 100W
245/40 R18 97Y
245/40 R19 94W
245/40 R18 97V
245/50 R18 100Y
245/45 R17 99Y XL
245/45 R18 100V
245/50 R19 105W XL
245/45 R18 96Y
245/45 R17 95Y
245/40 R18 97Y XL
245/45 R17 95W
245/45 R18 96W
255/45 R19 104Y XL
255/45 R19 100V
255/40 R18 95W
255/40 R18 95Y
255/40 R18 95V
255/40 R18 99Y XL
255/45 R17 98W
255/45 R18 99W
255/50 R18 106Y XL
275/45 R18 103W
275/40 R18 103Y XL
275/40 R18 99Y

Pilot Sport 4 Sizes

Size
195/45 R17 81W
205/40 R17 84Y XL
205/55 R16 91W
205/45 R17 88V XL
205/45 R17 88Y XL
205/45 R17 (88Y) XL
205/55 R16 (91Y)
205/40 R18 (86Y) XL
205/55 R16 94Y XL
205/40 R18 86Y XL
205/40 R18 86W XL
205/40 R17 (84Y) XL
205/50 R17 93Y XL
205/50 R17 (93Y) XL
205/55 R16 (94Y) XL
205/55 R16 91Y
205/45 R17 88W XL
215/45 R17 (91Y) XL
215/40 R18 85Y
215/45 R18 (93Y) XL
215/40 R18 89Y XL
215/40 R18 (89Y) XL
215/55 R17 (98Y) XL
215/50 R17 (95Y) XL
215/45 R18 89Y
215/55 R17 98Y XL
215/40 R17 87Y XL
215/50 R17 95Y XL
215/45 R18 93Y XL
215/40 R17 (87Y) XL
215/45 R17 91Y XL
215/60 R16 95V
225/55 R17 (101Y) XL
225/45 R17 94W XL
225/45 R18 95W XL
225/45 R18 (95Y) XL
225/50 R18 (99Y) XL
225/40 R19 93Y XL
225/50 R17 98W XL
225/55 R19 103Y XL
225/40 R18 (92Y) XL
225/45 R17 (91Y)
225/45 R17 91V
225/40 R18 92Y XL
225/45 R17 (94Y) XL
225/50 R16 92Y
225/50 R17 (98Y) XL
225/45 R19 96W XL
225/45 R17 94Y XL
225/40 R19 (93Y) XL
225/50 R16 (92Y)
225/50 R18 99Y XL
225/45 R18 91W
225/50 R17 98Y XL
225/45 R18 95Y XL
225/45 R17 91Y
225/55 R17 101Y XL
225/40 R18 92W XL
235/45 R18 98Y XL
235/40 R19 96Y XL
235/35 R19 87Y
235/45 R19 99Y XL
235/40 R18 95Y XL
235/50 R18 101Y XL
235/45 R19 (99Y) XL
235/40 R18 91W
235/50 R18 (101Y) XL
235/35 R19 (91Y) XL
235/35 R19 91Y XL
235/40 R18 (95Y) XL
235/45 R17 (97Y) XL
235/45 R18 (98Y) XL
235/35 R19 (87Y)
235/45 R17 97Y XL
235/40 R19 (96Y) XL
245/40 R19 98Y XL
245/40 R18 93Y
245/40 R18 97Y XL
245/45 R17 99Y XL
245/45 R19 102Y XL
245/35 R18 (92Y) XL
245/40 R19 101Y XL
245/35 R20 95Y XL
245/35 R18 92Y XL
245/50 R18 (100Y)
245/40 R17 (95Y) XL
245/45 R18 (100Y) XL
245/35 R20 95W XL
245/40 R18 (97Y) XL
245/40 R19 (98Y) XL
245/45 R17 (99Y) XL
245/40 R17 95Y XL
245/45 R20 103Y XL
245/50 R18 100Y
245/40 R18 (93Y)
245/45 R19 (102Y) XL
245/45 R18 100Y XL
255/40 R18 (99Y) XL
255/45 R18 103Y XL
255/35 R18 94Y XL
255/40 R19 100W XL
255/45 R19 (104Y) XL
255/35 R20 97W XL
255/35 R20 97Y XL
255/40 R19 (100Y) XL
255/40 R19 100Y XL
255/35 R19 96Y XL
255/40 R20 101Y XL
255/35 R19 (96Y) XL
255/40 R17 98Y XL
255/40 R18 99Y XL
255/45 R17 (98Y)
255/45 R18 (103Y) XL
255/35 R18 (94Y) XL
255/45 R17 98Y
255/45 R19 104Y XL
255/40 R17 (98Y) XL
265/35 R18 97Y XL
265/45 R19 105Y XL
265/45 R19 (105Y) XL
265/40 R18 (101Y) XL
265/35 R18 (97Y) XL
265/40 R18 101Y XL
275/35 R19 (100Y) XL
275/40 R20 (106Y) XL
275/45 R18 (107Y) XL
275/40 R20 106Y XL
275/35 R18 99Y XL
275/40 R18 (103Y) XL
275/35 R21 (103Y) XL
275/40 R19 105Y XL
275/35 R19 100Y XL
275/35 R21 103Y XL
275/40 R19 (105Y) XL
275/45 R18 107Y XL
275/40 R18 103Y XL
275/35 R18 (99Y) XL
275/45 R19 108Y XL
285/40 R19 (107Y) XL
285/40 R22 110Y XL
285/40 R19 107Y XL
285/40 R20 108Y XL
295/40 R19 108Y XL
295/40 R19 (108Y) XL
315/30 R21 105Y XL
315/35 R20 110Y XL
315/30 R21 (105Y) XL
315/35 R20 (110Y) XL
325/30 R21 (108Y) XL
325/30 R21 108Y XL
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