Continental ContiWinterContact TS 850

17 Oct, 2012 10:17am

Verdict

If the weather's snowy, wet or dry, this tyre is a winner.

As soon as we started to compile the results, it was clear there would be only one winner – Continental’s new ContiWinterContact TS 850.

It picks up from the company’s TS 830 P, which won our 17-inch test last year, with victories in the wet, dry and snow. When it wasn’t winning it was finishing second, with sixth place for cabin noise the only blot on its scorecard.

Continental has created a tyre that not only performs well in the wet, but also in rolling resistance – unlike the Linglong that beat it in the key fuel economy measure. The TS 850 trailed the Goodyear in aquaplaning, yet couldn’t be beaten at braking and handling. There’s a real feeling of security from behind the wheel. On snow the tyre turns in well, and when the rear does move, it’s not by much and is easily controllable.

On the wet track, that same good turn-in is there, but the rear is planted. Grip is lost progressively, giving the driver no nasty surprises. It moved around more on the high-speed handling sections, yet held a line well. So while it’s the priciest choice, this is the tyre to put on your car this winter – it’s special.

Rating Position
Snow braking 99.2% 2nd
Snow traction 100% 1st
Snow slalom 99.4% 2nd
Snow handling 100% 1st
Straight aqua 95.4% 2nd
Curved aqua 92.9% 2nd
Wet braking 100% 1st
Wet handling 100% 1st
Dry braking 100% 1st
Dry handling 99.7% =2nd
Cabin noise 98.7% 6th
Rolling resistance 94.5% 2nd
Price £85.38 8th
Overall 100% 1st

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Continental TS830 currently fitted to a 2005 S Class 320 CDI. Best tyres for surefooted grip in in snow and heavy rain, The set covered approximaterly 14,000 miles with residential and motorway driving over a 16 month period. MOT in September '12 suggested low tread, as such, will certainly be upgrading/investing in TS850. Only criticism is road noise noticeable at higher speeds (50-70mph) but pay off is noticeable grip in dry, wet and severe conditions.