Continental WinterContact TS 860 review
The WinterContact TS 860 has been something of a phenomenon in our winter tests, having won the last two.
The WinterContact TS 860 has been something of a phenomenon in our winter tests, having won the last two. It just fails to make a hat-trick but it comes mighty close, and remains a great tyre. There is very little between our winner and the WinterContact in the wet, where both are the best in the field.
They share the wet braking test win, while the TS 860 is best around the wet circle. It really encouraged us to push on the handling track, allowing much more speed to be carried into turns than rivals. The rear does move off-throttle, but it’s predictable and safe. On snow its deficit to the Goodyear grows, allowing it to be topped by the Dunlop, too. The Continental remains a great tyre to drive on the white stuff, though, with strong balance and pull through turns. A dry handling win ensures it kept the new UltraGrip honest.
We say: It may have lost its crown, but the WinterContact remains a superb winter tyre
Blackcircles.Com says: A popular winter tyre with customers. Reviews focus on good handling in the wet and dry, but noise levels are highlighted as a downside.
In this review
- 1IntroductionOur exhaustive tests reveal the best winter tyre that can cope with snow and freezing conditions
- 21. Goodyear UltraGrip Performance+The Performance+ is part of a refresh of Goodyear’s winter tyre offering for cars, with the UltraGrip 9+ joining it ready for this winter.
- 32. Continental WinterContact TS 860 - currently readingThe WinterContact TS 860 has been something of a phenomenon in our winter tests, having won the last two.
- 43. Michelin Alpin 6Never one to follow the pack, Michelin has looked a bit further down the road with this design, which aims to remain effective right down to the legal tread-depth minimum.
- 54. Dunlop Winter Sport 5It has been around since 2015, but the Winter Sport 5 has always finished at the upper end of our results.
- 6=5. Vredestein Wintrac ProFormer summer champ Vredestein has been absent from our tests since 2016
- 7=5. Falken Eurowinter HS01The change in tyre size suited Falken in its second winter test appearance; it finishes a couple of places higher and a few percentage points closer to the winner.
- 87. Nokian WR SnowproofBrand new for 2019, the Snowproof just made it into our test in time for the snow assessments.
- 98. Pirelli Winter Sottozero 3The Sottozero 3 is something of a veteran of our winter tests.
- 109. Hankook i*cept RS2This tyre was runner-up in our last two winter tests, so it’s a mystery why it drops to one place off the bottom this year.
- 1110. Toyo Snowprox S954Japanese producer Toyo makes its winter test debut, although the Snowprox S954 has been around for a couple of years now.
- 12All-Season tyre: Continental AllSeasonContactMichelin compares its pioneering CrossClimate all-season tyre to a triathlete who is not the best in any discipline but performs well in all of them
- 13Summer tyre: Continental PremiumContact 6You only have to look at the two braking test results to see why some people say motorists should change tyres with the seasons
- 14Results by category & overall verdictWhich winter tyre performed well in which area? Our tables reveal all