Continental WinterContact TS 830 P

The Continental WinterContact TS 830 P is a Winter Ultra High Performance tyre designed to be fitted to a Passenger Car.

Continental WinterContact TS 830 P
84%[average]
Dry Grip
86%
Wet Grip
89%
Road Feedback
82%
Progressiveness
80%
Wear
85%
Comfort
89%
Buy Again
89%

Continental WinterContact TS 830 P Reviews (3)

87%
Breakdown Score
  • Dry Grip 8
  • Wet Grip 10
  • Road Feedback 9
  • Handling 9
  • Wear 6
  • Comfort 10
  • Buy again 9

Tyre reviewed on

Mostly Motorways for 0 Spirited miles

Volkswagen Golf

I fitted these in the winter of 2011/2012 for 6 months because of a crash I had the winter previously, which was very expensive and inconvenient. I decided after that crash that I'd never drive in the winter again without proper tyres.

So, I stuck them on around December and I noticed a big change straight away. They felt softer, and the ride quality definitely felt much smoother, as if I was driving on silk. I guess those massive tread blocks and softer compound was absorbing a lot of the bumps. The temperature was about 7C when I put them on, so I was looking forward to trying them in colder conditions.

The best thing I found about these tyres was when I had to drive home (600 mile trip) in 0C conditions and it was raining very hard. I remember driving up the motorway at 70mph through enormous amounts of surface water and not feeling so much as a twitch. The car felt solid, planted, stable and most definitely better than those conditions in summer tyres. I was very impressed, it made that long trip a lot less stressful.

As it got colder, I got a chance to try them on frosty roads in -4C conditions. The car felt totally secure with bags of grip and it was very noticeably better than with summer tyres, when in these conditions my car used to feel very skittish and heavy. I remember taking roundabouts with confidence and never loosing traction, and braking was superb. Once again, I was impressed.

Finally, as the winter progressed there was unfortunately not a lot of snow to test them with. There was a 3 day period where we got around a foot of snow, and I took the car out on unploughed and ungritted roads. It was very good, surprising amounts of grip, cornering power and I actually felt like the brake pedal might stop the car, instead of the previous winter where it often did nothing at all. I remember being amazed at how I could corner on flattened compacted snow easily, and I tried some steep inclines which I was able to go up with no problem. There were only 2 hills which I wasn't able to go up, and it was both times because they were covered in fresh, untouched snow. because my tyres are fat, 225/45/r17, I was coming up against too much resistance and the wheels just spun.

The greatest test I did was going down an untreated farm track. It was a singletrack with no passing places. It was going downhill and I remember thinking "This will be fun to try and go up on the way back!". It started going down steeper and steeper and I started to panic.. I was in the middle of nowhere and I didn't think I could get up. I went down further and tried to find a place to turn, which I eventually did. I started going up the hill and as it got steeper, to my surprise, the car didn't struggle at all. It just went straight up, no wheelspin. I was pretty sure I wouldn't make it.

These tyres are great. For the 5 months I had them on, I always felt safe and felt like I had a ton of grip wherever I was. They are superb on motorways covered in water due to the very deep tread pattern, superb in frosty conditions, and great on snow. I would never drive again in the winter without winter tyres.

People in the UK really should buy winter tyres, they make a massive difference. I'll be putting these on again in around a month's time.

I leave you with this thought:

You wouldn't walk through snow wearing sandles would you? So, why leave your summer sandle tyres on your car during the winter? It then potentially becomes a several ton potentially unstoppable deathtrap. For the small outset of cost, it's worth it for around 5 years of safe winter driving.

Car:
2008 VW Golf V GT Sport 2.0 TDI 170HP

Tyre size reviewed: 225-45-17-
76%
Breakdown Score
  • Dry Grip 7
  • Wet Grip 8
  • Road Feedback 7
  • Handling 8
  • Wear 7
  • Comfort 8
  • Buy again 8

Tyre reviewed on

A Combination of Roads for 1,800 Average miles

Ford Mondeo

Purchased a set of four in October 2011, in advance of what was set to be another harsh Winter. The unseasonably warm weather which followed, resulted in me never having the opportunity to test these on the snow or ice. Shame!
I can however report back on what they were like to live with in normal conditions.

Generally speaking, they were totally acceptable in all conditions. My experience of them would mirror other people's general experience of Winter tyres, in that they really are at their best when it it is cold ( up to 7 degrees, but ideally lower. Preferable sub zero.). Unfortunately, most of my experience with them was above these temperatures, and it is that experience which I will describe below.

Above ten degrees you can really feel the effect of the taller, and softer blocks of rubber. They replaced a mix of Continental Sport Contact 2 and 3, and while they may have even improved the ride slightly, the driving experience was definitely blunted.

This car develops 145bhp (which is not a huge amount), and any attempt to deploy a chunk of that power would result in the tyres squirming noticeably. Once rolling there was never any break of traction, but if you tried to pull away from a turnout with any sort of gusto, you were always quickly reminded of what was underneath.

The CSC3 generally gets great reviews, so perhaps the comparison is an extreme one, but I don't feel as if I drive very aggressively, and I was a little disappointed that the steering accuracy I had come to know was now being muted. In normal weather conditions, I was always more cautious about turn in speed. Having said that, if you do adopt a style which factors in the slight turn in delay, then they are easy to live with.

The were only fitted in December, and wear over that time was decent,but not so good that I would ever consider leaving them on all year round. Separate to the handling impact, I can only imagine what a hot summer would do to these in time.

Overall though, I am happy with them. I purchased them in advance of their good reviews in last year's EVO and Auto Express tests, so was very pleased that they performed well in them. I just hope to get some real life benefit next Winter!

Also, on a side note - just before I ordered them from the Internet, I checked with my local garage who quoted me 35 euro less per tyre, than I could get on the net. And their price included fitting/balancing. Worth checking out your local tyre shop for comparisons anyway - especially up to Sept/Oct.

Tyre size reviewed: 235-45-17-
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 5,000 Average miles

Saab Automobile Aero 1.9 TTID

Fitted these on my Saab 9-3 TTID 2 weeks ago, I just had to write a review as today (16/12/11) we had a dump of snow in the North West. Took the car out for a spin and what a transformation. These tyres had amazing grip in the snow, my car didnt wheel spin once when driving up inclines and hills, granted the ABS came on when braking but that was probably down to my harsh braking but as soon as I learned to ease on the brake pedal the ABS didnt kick in at all.

All I can say is if you are in the market for Winter Tyres then you will not go wrong with these at all.

And driving on Motorways in the wet also gave amazing handling and the braking felt so secure from high speeds. The handling was also fantastic and not once have I felt that I am running on winter tyres when even comparing them to my Summer PS2's.

Buy these and put a big grin on your face in the snow - 5 star!

Tyre size reviewed: 225-55-16-H
90%
Breakdown Score
  • Dry Grip 8
  • Wet Grip 9
  • Road Feedback 9
  • Handling 9
  • Wear 8
  • Comfort 10
  • Buy again 10

Tyre reviewed on

Mostly Town for 3,000 Average miles

SEAT Altea

I fitted these last november after the previous winter. despite selective 4 wheel drive I was very surprised with the lack of grip on frosty roads with the summer tyres.

What a transformation on the winter tyres. The car felt very planted and even on icy roads I had complete control when other cars were sliding off the road. On a frosted over empty car park where I really pushed the adhesion they performed amazing,I floored the accelerator and after a second or two with the traction control light showing the car surged forward as if it was on a dry road. They have there linits as expected when the air temp got up to about 15 deg the dry grip was significantly less than the summer tyres when pushed. I would definately recommend these tyres. In fact I was so impressed with Continental tyres that I am fitting the car with Continental sport contact 3 tyres for summer use.

Tyre size reviewed: 205-55-16-
99%
Breakdown Score
  • Dry Grip 10
  • Wet Grip 10
  • Road Feedback 10
  • Handling 9
  • Wear 10
  • Comfort 10
  • Buy again 10

Tyre reviewed on

A Combination of Roads for 18,000 Average miles

Mercedes Benz B200cdi

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Tyre size reviewed: 215-45-17-V
84%
Breakdown Score
  • Dry Grip 9
  • Wet Grip 9
  • Road Feedback 7
  • Handling 8
  • Wear 9
  • Comfort 8
  • Buy again 9

Tyre reviewed on

Mostly Motorways for 10,000 Average miles

Audi A3

these tyres made driving through snow and ice a pleasure...incredible grip on both ice and snow. great grip in all conditions. needs to be replaced on dry weather as very bad road feedback otherwise.

Tyre size reviewed: 225-40-18-W
96%
Breakdown Score
  • Dry Grip 9
  • Wet Grip 10
  • Road Feedback 10
  • Handling 10
  • Wear 10
  • Comfort 8
  • Buy again 10

Tyre reviewed on

A Combination of Roads for 5,000 Spirited miles

Mercedes Benz SEC 560

I had real trouble two winters ago through the north of France when the conditions were icy and snow heavy. In fact conditions were as bad as it gets and my car was all over the place and frankly i had a terrifying time, i abandoned the journey and the car in some small village defeated.
This last winter, same journey and WinterContacts on and i was weaving through all the other lame, sliding and stuck traffic with utter confidence, total control .. i was amazed at the difference ... in short these tyre are incredible.
Having already done 7000 through a north severe winter and a spring Spain the wear is fantastic on a 1.7t car and i drive fast ... i shall leave them on till next november and change if needed to the same.
I cant praise these live saving tyres enough rgds m

Tyre size reviewed: 225-45-17-
97%
Breakdown Score
  • Dry Grip 10
  • Wet Grip 10
  • Road Feedback 8
  • Handling 10
  • Wear 10
  • Comfort 10
  • Buy again 10

Tyre reviewed on

A Combination of Roads for 350 Spirited miles

Lotus Europa S 225

Excellent winter tyre, best ones I have used yet.

Grip in wet/dry/snow all brilliant. Can't fault this tyre one bit.

Tyre size reviewed: 225-45-17-H
0%

Tyre reviewed on

A Combination of Roads for 0 Average miles

Volkswagen Scirocco 1,4 TSI 160hp

I only had these for less than a week, btu the result is amazing. Never missed a beat. Hardly had any wheel spins on slush/ fresh snow. My traction control only comes on wheni accelarate really hard.

Expensive yes, but considering the demand, there is little i can do.

Tyre size reviewed: 235-45-17-H
78%
Breakdown Score
  • Dry Grip 8
  • Wet Grip 8
  • Road Feedback 8
  • Handling 8
  • Comfort 7
  • Buy again 8

Tyre reviewed on

A Combination of Roads for 2,000 Average miles

BMW E39 M5

Staggeringly good, all things considered. Whilst you cannot take liberties, these tyres allowed a 400hp rear drive car to get about on all roads and conditions during the recent snowy spell. In the cold and heavy rain too, they have far better bite than the summer tyres (PS2s on 18" rims). In the dry, up around 5-7 deg C, I still prefer the PS2, and the 830Ps feel quite floaty in comparison, but when the temperature drops to nearer zero deg C, regardless of whether it is dry or wet, or snowy and icy, the 830Ps win big-time. I have no other winter tyre experience to compare them with, but I have no complaints at all about the TS830P.

Tyre size reviewed: 235-45-17-V

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