The Pirelli P4 Four Seasons Plus is one of Pirelli’s best-selling all-season tires. But is it the right tire for you? This review has the answers.
The Pirelli P4 Four Seasons Plus performs according to expectations. It delivers consistent and solid traction in dry conditions. Its performance in wet and slippery conditions is also outstanding. Furthermore, you will also enjoy a smooth, quiet and comfortable ride.
In this Pirelli P4 Four Seasons Plus review, we will take a deeper look at some of its key design features and technologies, its dry performance, its performance in wet conditions, its performance in snowy conditions as well as its ride quality. We will also discuss some of its warranties and guarantees, its fitment, as well as its pros and cons. By the end of this review, you will have all the answers you are looking for, to decide whether this is the right all-season tire for you.
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About the Pirelli P4 Four Seasons Plus
Pirelli is renowned for producing some of the most reliable all-season touring tires. And the Four Seasons Plus is one of such tires.
It’s a premium all-season touring tire, designed for drivers of minivans, small and midsize sedans as well as coupes.
As its name suggests, the Pirelli P4 Four Seasons Plus is designed to provide maximum performance throughout the year.
According to Pirelli, is built to deliver adequate and reliable traction in different conditions, reduced road noise, maximum fuel efficiency, as well as long tread life.
Pirelli P4 Four Seasons Plus Design Features
Pirelli utilizes cutting-edge technologies and great design features when making its premium tires.
And the Pirelli P4 Four Seasons Plus is no exception.
Pirelli has equipped it with several features and technologies, to ensure it can deliver dependable and long-lasting performance. They include:
Silica-Rich Tread Compound
Pirelli has provisioned this tire with a silica-rich tread compound, designed to reduce the tire’s rolling resistance.
And as you may probably know, reduced rolling resistance translates to improved fuel efficiency, coupled with lesser emissions.
Symmetric Tread Pattern
The Pirelli P4 Four Seasons Plus also comes with a symmetric tread pattern, featuring variable angle grooves.
These grooves help to enhance the tire’s mechanical grip, especially in challenging terrains and conditions.
This tread also features a continuous center rib, designed to provide enhanced stability, responsiveness and handling.
The Pirelli P4 Four Seasons Plus also comes with independent tread and shoulder blocks, which help to improve the tire’s handling response, in both dry and wet conditions.
Wide Longitudinal Grooves
Pirelli went a step further and equipped this tire with two deep and wide longitudinal or circumferential grooves.
These two grooves play a vital role in helping to channel water from beneath the tire, thus enhancing the tire’s traction and braking performance in rainy conditions.
Robust Internal Construction
Pirelli has completely redesigned this tire’s casing profile, compared to the previous iteration.
It comes with two steel belts, which have been enhanced with nylon, to give the tire additional strength and durability.
This robust internal construction also helps to enhance the tire’s stability, resulting in a comfortable, quiet and smooth ride.
Pirelli P4 Four Seasons Performance
As earlier mentioned, these tires are engineered to provide dependable performance in dry, wet, slippery and snowy conditions.
It’s also engineered to deliver a quiet, comfortable and smooth ride, whether it’s city or highway driving.
So, does this tire manage to attain these objectives? I installed a set of these tires on a Honda Civic and spent a lot of time testing them in different conditions.
And I made the following observations:
Dry Tarmac Performance
The Pirelli P4 Four Seasons Plus delivered a great performance on dry tarmac. During my test ride, this tire didn’t disappoint even for a single minute.
The traction was great and dependable, the grip was outstanding and the braking distances remained fairly short.
However, it’s important to mention that you shouldn’t expect premium responsiveness or steering from this tire.
So, if you own a powerful vehicle or a sports car and you are looking for a tire that can deliver high-performance handling in dry conditions, then the Pirelli P4 Four Seasons Plus may not be the best choice.
On the other hand, if you don’t care about sporty handling and you are simply looking for an affordable tire that can provide dependable performance in these conditions, then the Pirelli P4 Four Seasons Plus is one of the best.
Simply put, the Pirelli P4 Four Seasons Plus may not deliver the most enjoyable driving experience.
However, you can always rely on it to deliver a safe driving experience, whether you are commuting to work or you are on the highway on a road trip.
Wet and Slippery Conditions
Does the Pirelli P4 Four Seasons Plus perform well in wet conditions? Without a doubt, this is one of the most reliable all-season tires when it comes to wet surfaces.
During my test ride, it performed better than I had expected. Traction was adequate even on extremely wet surfaces and the braking was solid.
The Pirelli P4 Four Seasons Plus also didn’t disappoint even when I encountered pools of water on the surface.
The two deep longitudinal grooves on its surface really come in handy when you are driving in these conditions.
However, I noticed that it tends to lose some grip, especially when you push the vehicle too hard in rainy conditions or if you are excessively aggressive with the steering.
Overall, if you observe the recommended driving speeds in rainy conditions or wet surfaces, then the Pirelli P4 Four Seasons Plus will get you through safely.
The Pirelli P4 Four Seasons Plus is marketed as a tire that can provide usable traction in snowy conditions.
But is that the case? Well, it will depend on the amount of snow on the surface.
During my test ride, the Pirelli P4 Four Seasons Plus supplied reliable traction and grip on light snow.
However, the situation was completely different when I tested this tire on a surface with heavy snow. It lost its grip and traction almost entirely.
But considering that this is an all-season touring tire, I wasn’t surprised by its poor performance in heavy snow.
And this is also the case with most of the other all-season touring tires I have tested in heavy snow.
So, if you frequently drive through roads with thick layers of snow or your area experiences long and severe wintry conditions, then you should opt for a proper winter tire.
Pirelli P4 Four Seasons Plus Ride Quality
The Pirelli P4 Four Seasons Plus is designed to handle your everyday driving needs like commuting to work, going to school, or fetching groceries, among others.
To this end, it should provide a comfortable ride, regardless of whether you are on the highway or doing rounds in the city.
And from my observations, this tire will not disappoint you when it comes to ride quality.
It rolls smoothly and quietly on asphalt and concrete. It also offers a quiet ride, even when you are traversing over rough patches of tarmac.
It also absorbs potholes, bumps, craters and other surface imperfections, making it one of the most comfortable all-season touring tires.
However, I noticed some tire roar when I was cruising at higher than average speeds on the highway. But it was not overly intrusive in any way nor did it make the ride uncomfortable.
So, as long as you maintain the recommended speeds, then you will enjoy a smooth, comfortable, and quiet ride with the Pirelli P4 Four Seasons Plus.
Warranties and Guarantees
As we mentioned earlier, the Pirelli P4 Four Seasons Plus is engineered to deliver a long-lasting performance.
Unfortunately, this may not always be the case. For instance, your tire may fail prematurely or wear out without attaining the warranted mileage.
And when that happens, you may not get value for your money. Fortunately, Pirelli stands behind this tire with strong warranties and guarantees, to protect you against loss in such situations. They include:
Standard Limited Warranty Coverage
The standard limited warranty is a workmanship and materials warranty.
And as its name suggests, this warranty will provide coverage for your Pirelli P4 Four Seasons Plus tire if it becomes unserviceable due to materials or workmanship defects.
Under this warranty, Pirelli offers to replace your tire with a comparable new one, if it’s removed from service due to workmanship or materials defects within its first 2/32-inch of the original usable tread or 12 months from the purchase date.
If the tire is removed from service outside the free replacement window due to materials or workmanship defects, you will be required to pay a pro-rata cost for its replacement.
Your pro-rata cost for the tire’s replacement will depend on the percentage of the original usable tread worn off the tire.
This percentage will then be multiplied by the dealer’s current selling price for the Pirelli P4 Four Seasons Plus. You will also pay for the tire’s mounting and balancing charges.
The Pirelli P4 Four Seasons Plus purchased as replacement tires also qualify for Pirelli’s treadwear coverage.
The coverage offered ranges from 65,000 miles to 90,000 miles, depending on the tire’s speed rating.
Under the treadwear warranty, Pirelli offers to replace your Pirelli P4 Four Seasons Plus set of tires, if they wear out prematurely without delivering the warranted mileage.
However, you will have to pay a pro-rata cost for the tires’ replacement. The amount you will pay will depend on the percentage of the warranted mileage the tires have delivered.
It’s important to note that you should have rotated these tires at least every 5,000 to 7,000 miles for your tires to qualify for this warranty.
Also, the tires will only be replaced under this warranty if they are worn out uniformly across the tread surface, down to their treadwear indicators.
Furthermore, if your vehicle has different front and rear wheel sizes, then the mileage offered for the rear tires will be half that of the warranted mileage.
Confidence Plus Plan
The P4 Four Seasons Plus is among the few Pirelli tires that qualify for the brand’s Confidence Plus Plan.
The Confidence Plus Plan is a customer satisfaction guarantee, where you are given up to 30 days to test a set of these tires.
If you are not 100% satisfied with a set of these tires, you are at liberty to return them to their original place of purchase.
When you return them, the dealer will exchange them with a different set of replacement tires.
In case there is no comparable set of Pirelli replacement tires at the time, you will get a full refund, minus applicable taxes and fees.
Pirelli P4 Four Seasons Plus Sizes and Fitment
The Pirelli P4 Four Seasons Plus comes in several sizes, ranging between 14 inches to 18 inches. It can fit several vans, sedans, coupes, and minivans such as:
- Buick LaCrosse and Verano
- Dodge Grand Caravan, Dart and Avenger
- Honda Odyssey, Accord and Civic
- Chevrolet Malibu, Sonic, Impala, Cobalt and Cruze
- Audi TT, A4, A3 and A6
- Hyundai Accent, Elantra, Genesis and Sonata
- Chrysler 200, Sebring and PT Cruiser
- Lincoln MKZ
- Ford Fusion and Focus
- Kia Soul and Forte
- Volvo S80
- Acura RDX, ILX, and TSX
- Nissan Altima, Leaf, Maxima and Sentra
- Mazda5 and Mazda3
- Toyota Sienna, Camry and Corolla
- Subaru Matrix and Legacy
- Volkswagen Passat, Beetle, Golf and Jetta
Pirelli P4 Four Seasons Plus Pros
- Outstanding wet and dry traction
- Great fuel efficiency
- Smooth and refined ride
- Long treadwear warranty
Pirelli P4 Four Seasons Plus Cons
- Limited size range
Should You Buy the Pirelli P4 Four Seasons Plus?
If you are looking for all-season touring tires for your sedan, van, minivan, or coupe, then the Pirelli P4 Four Seasons Plus will be a decent choice. While it may not be as responsive or sporty as a performance tire, it will get the job done comfortably, whether you are driving in dry or wet conditions. The only issue with the Pirelli P4 Four Seasons Plus is its limited size range, meaning some fewer vehicles may not be covered.
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