(Based on 3 Reviews)
Slight update on the Pirelli Snowcontrol S3 tires. no real winter weather here in upstate NY yet, but I have the winter tires mounted and rolling in anticipation of the coming winter conditions. So far, their handling in cold but not snow covered roads has been admirable. Crisp handling. no squirm in corners. Good traction on rainy roads. MINI is seldom a car one would consider a quiet ride. these 15" tires are a bit quieter than my OEM 17 runflats on a base model 2013 clubman. I consider anything that does not increase road noise a benefit. Though my car came with the larger rims, if can ride on 15 wheels just fine. S models have larger brakes that will prevent mounting 15 inch wheels.
Please note that I have not driven on the w210 tires since purchase. but I ws thrilled with the 190 predecessor tires and rate those here until I get some winter miles come nov/dec 2017. thus this more of a revies of Simple tire than of these Pirellis. I have had base model MINI cooper coupe & clubman models since 2006. Live in Upstate NY. currently drive a 2013 clubman. the MINI can be a great winter car with appropriate selection of winter tires. I started with Blizzak on our first coupe, certainly OK in the whitestuff, but I was less thrilled with their dry pavement behavior. when they were worn, I purchased a set of Pirelli snowcontrol 190s from Tirerack. they were an amazing all around cold weather tire. slight step down in heaviest snow from the blizzak, but offset by excellent handling on wet and dry cold condition roads. Bought a 2nd set of pirelli snow control when the 1st ones wore down. and intended to do the same this spring when the current set were not gonna be useful for 2017-2018 winter. seems that Pirelli snow control stopped being distributed in US for the MINI stock 15 inch size. till i found them on Simple tire. crazy fast delivery, great price. they are a newer/different tread design than the 190s, but I am going on brand faith with this purchase, that, and some other user reviews. Took the chance to media blast my steelies and repaint them after the new rubber came. they mounted fine, but i wont know for sure how they handle till the fall. very pleased that Simple tire could source these when no one else deemed to be able. come fall, I can give ratings for the new ones, but the 190s get high marks in all the listed categories from me.