Continental WinterContact TS 850

The Continental WinterContact TS 850 is a Winter Premium Touring tyre designed to be fitted to a Passenger Car.

Continental WinterContact TS 850
87%[average]
Dry Grip
88%
Wet Grip
90%
Road Feedback
85%
Progressiveness
85%
Wear
85%
Comfort
90%
Buy Again
90%

Continental WinterContact TS 850 Reviews (4)

93%
Breakdown Score
  • Dry Grip 10
  • Wet Grip 10
  • Road Feedback 9
  • Handling 10
  • Wear 9
  • Comfort 7
  • Buy again 10

Tyre reviewed on

Mostly Country Roads for 3,000 Spirited miles

Audi A4 2.0 TDI 170 Quattro

The tyres went on about eight weeks ago just before we had snow in the Czech Rep. I previously had Nokian G2's on the car and they did an admiral job until recently when the wear got closer to the legal 4mm and they really deteriorated drastically and made for very precarious driving even with Quattro.
Having heard about how good the new Nokian G3's were, I went to the service centre looking to purchase the them but the owner (also an Audi Quattro) driver recommended I purchase the Continentals instead as he felt they were a better tyre. Upon his advise, I forked out the extra £150.00 and had them put on.
Was it a good investment? Well, In my eyes, they have completely blown away the G2's I had previously.
The tyre feels very sure footed in all conditions and really provides grip in places where there should be none. An example of this is my local high street that had compacted snow and ice on it for some time. An early start meant that the ploughs had not been out yet as I drove through with caution. As another struggled infront of me to get any traction, it felt like I was driving in normal conditions. Amazing.
So, Grip in really testing conditions is a mega thumbs up.
In heavy rain on uneven road surfaces with tram lines and botched repairs, again the Conti's have been amazing, very little signs of aquaplaning and amazing cornering grip.
Heavy snow grip is fantastic, really fills you with confidence. Tested under braking, the car came to a halt in an emergency really very quickly, so much so that I have had to keep an eye in the rear view mirror to make sure I am shunted from behind.
Icy weather is the only weather where the tyre has not been impervious. Sheet ice had the tyre grappling for grip and the traction control going carzy. It is still better than the Nokians. Sheet ice is one surface that no tyre without studs will cope with well so I am not surprised.
No comment on tyre wear since I have only covered 3k miles in them which is just not enough. The tyre fitter said that he got 40k km from his older conti's and expects these to be similar.
The only negative point is the tyre noise which can be heard in the cabin and sounds something similar to a truck tyre roar. It is not intrusive to the point of being a problem but it is there. With the radio on, you won't even notice it.
So in conclusion, this is the by far the best winter tyre I have purchased (and I have been through a few). The only inhibitor is the price even after a hefty discount but what price do you put on the safety of you and your family.
This is an amazing tyre which I will definitely but again and the only word of caution is to watch your speed as these tyres are so good, you'll think that everyone is going slow when infact you are driving like a lune.

Tyre size reviewed: 225-50-17-V
96%
Breakdown Score
  • Dry Grip 10
  • Wet Grip 10
  • Road Feedback 9
  • Handling 10
  • Wear 9
  • Comfort 9
  • Buy again 10

Tyre reviewed on

Mostly Country Roads for 1,500 Spirited miles

Audi A4 Avante 2.0ltr tdi

No comments left

Tyre size reviewed: 225-50-17-V
100%
Breakdown Score
  • Dry Grip 10
  • Wet Grip 10
  • Road Feedback 10
  • Handling 10
  • Wear 10
  • Comfort 10
  • Buy again 10

Tyre reviewed on

A Combination of Roads for 0 Average miles

Honda Accord iVtec Type S saloon

The best winter tire tested in Bulgaria

Tyre size reviewed: 195-65-15-
66%
Breakdown Score
  • Dry Grip 4
  • Wet Grip 8
  • Road Feedback 7
  • Handling 6
  • Wear 4
  • Comfort 8
  • Buy again 9

Tyre reviewed on

Mostly Country Roads for 5,000 Average miles

Fiat doblo

A nice tyre

Tyre size reviewed: 205-55-16-T
100%
Breakdown Score
  • Dry Grip 10
  • Wet Grip 10
  • Road Feedback 10
  • Handling 10
  • Wear 10
  • Comfort 10
  • Buy again 10

Tyre reviewed on

A Combination of Roads for 4,000 Average miles

Rover 75 auto

The best winter tire!

Tyre size reviewed: 195-65-15-
83%
Breakdown Score
  • Dry Grip 7
  • Wet Grip 9
  • Road Feedback 9
  • Handling 8
  • Wear 5
  • Comfort 10
  • Buy again 10

Tyre reviewed on

Track for 0 Easy Going miles

Fiat doblo

No comments left

Tyre size reviewed: 205-55-16-T
100%
Breakdown Score
  • Dry Grip 10
  • Wet Grip 10
  • Road Feedback 10
  • Handling 10
  • Wear 10
  • Comfort 10
  • Buy again 10

Tyre reviewed on

Mostly Town for 5,000 Average miles

Honda Accord

Continental WinterContact TS 850 are really the best winter tyres ever.

Tyre size reviewed: 205-55-16-
89%
Breakdown Score
  • Dry Grip 9
  • Wet Grip 9
  • Road Feedback 9
  • Handling 8
  • Wear 8
  • Comfort 9
  • Buy again 10

Tyre reviewed on

A Combination of Roads for 10,000 Spirited miles

SEAT Ibiza 1.9 Tdi

bought these as i now do about 30k miles in a year and figured higher milage warranted them. the ibiza has 229lbs/ft Torque and getting the power down in winter is not easy, until i got these fitted. with summer tyres i could see TCS light on up to 50mph when agressively accelerating, no TCS with these on the front. My fuel economy was about 5mpg better over the summer tyres. (this is probably in part due to the winter tyres being 185/55 R15 versus summers being 205/50/R16) I had them on for 10k, hoping to get another 10K this winter with the same pair.

Tyre size reviewed: 185-55-15-
0%

Tyre reviewed on

Mostly Town for 0 Easy Going miles

Audi A4 3.0 quattro sport cab

I've just had 4 of these fitted today (my first ever winters), 2 August 2013 in 25-30C temperatures! I would have liked to have got another couple of months out my old tyres, but safety comes first. My intention is to run these tyres all year. First impressions are very good: tyre noise seems more subdued, ride comfort better and all other parameters similar or superior to my old premium summers. I'm looking forward to seeing how the tyres fare over the next few months (hopefully years) and what sort of mileage I'll ultimately get out of them. I read (by Continental I believe so maybe an element of bias) that these TS850s will not wear any faster in the summer months than true summer tyres. I intend to monitor wear (I usually switch front to rears half way through the tyres life) so will report back.

Tyre size reviewed: 205-55-16-H
64%
Breakdown Score
  • Dry Grip 6
  • Wet Grip 8
  • Road Feedback 5
  • Handling 4
  • Wear 9
  • Comfort 9
  • Buy again 4

Tyre reviewed on

Mostly Motorways for 5,000 Average miles

SEAT Altea

when i had them on the rear, esp was going crazy!No problems when they just on the front! Good in snow, but a shame they couldn't go on the rear because of the grip!

Tyre size reviewed: 195-65-15-

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