Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli P6 Four Seasons Plus

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Vehicle: 2007 Volkswagen Passat Sedan 2.0T
3.0
Miles Driven on Tires: 1,000
Location: RESTON, VA
Driving Condition: Combined Highway/City
Driving Style: Spirited
Pirelli P6 Four Seasons Plus
Follow-Up Review: 5,000 miles on tires
January 24, 2014
GOOD TIRE! My initial review of this tire was submitted too early. The tires have had the chance to break in at 5k miles and they behave VERY different than when new. Before break-in, there wasn't much to like. I could spin the tires in dry weather, and wet weather traction was...well, very bad. I was not happy at all. <br><br>Since my initial review, the tires have changed dramatically, for the better! It is really like night and day from then until now. Wet and dry traction are nearly equal with dry traction being great and wet traction providing braking and acceleration confidence in light or heavy rain. I still believe the Eagle GTs have the edge in the rain, but it's not nearly as substantial as before. These Pirellis are fun to drive in the rain with no hydroplaning and predictable traction (still new). The sidewalls are stiff, which I like a lot and they provide great handling that I did not have with the previous Conti Pro Contacts - too soft!. Cornering stability is really good and my car remains stable through corners, especially on/off ramps. The tires are low profile (235/45/18) and as such, they are pretty comfortable. The P6s ride is firm, but still has very good comfort, even on long trips with the car loaded. I feel the weight of my car in a good way. I'm not crazy about the tread pattern, but I really can't complain. They are very quiet! Overall, they are sporty and perform they way I believe they should. So, it would seem that I made a good choice with this tire. I know I did. I would buy them again and recommend that you allow them to break-in - at least 5k before you judge them. Also, I have my tires rotated at least every 5k, or they will become noisy. These Pirelli P6s were the original tire on my car and I can highly recommend them! You'll like them too.
Initial Review: 1,000 miles on tires
December 06, 2013

The good news: stiff sidewalls and they are pretty quiet. Bad news: POOR traction! I agree with a previous reviewer here that the tire is not great. Both wet and dry traction leave you wondering if this is how the tire should perform. I was surprised that I could spin the tire in dry weather, and wet weather traction is downright scary! You cannot push these tires at all. It's a shame that I own a sports sedan but can't drive it like one. I do not recommend these tires. My wife's 2010 Passat has Eagle GTs on it and they stick like glue to the road in ALL weather conditions, most notably in the rain. That was my first choice and I regret not buying them. I am highly dissatisfied with the Pirelli P6.

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