Continental PremiumContact 6 review

The Continental PremiumContact 6 was the best on test for dry handling but disappointed elsewhere

It’s hard to know what’s going on with Continental’s PremiumContact 6. In 2018, albeit in 17-inch form, this tyre was our winner. A year later, at the same Uvalde proving ground but in an SUV size, it was fifth, with none of its trademark wet-weather prowess to see. Instead, we got a super-frugal tyre. 

This time, with the 16-inch version, we got something in between. Gone was the economical SUV tyre, and this version would use around four per cent more fuel than the frugal Goodyear. Some of its wet-weather performance also returned, and while aquaplaning is not a design priority for the German manufacturer, it was a little further off the pace than we expected. 

Its focus on braking was definitely back because it took a win in the key wet test, yet it could only manage fifth in the dry assessment. It was only half a metre or so off the winner, though. 

The usual confidence-inspiring grip on the wet track was absent. It lacked front-end bite, and needed a longer wait on the throttle than some rivals. Its softness disappeared in the dry, where it was the class of the field for sporting feel. Driving dynamics were head and shoulders ahead of rivals – just as we felt in 2018.

Blackcircles.com says…

“More than 570 reviews from our customers have garnered this tyre an overall score of 4.6/5. Buyers have remarked upon the tyre’s noise levels and wet-grip performance.”

Figures

Continental PremiumContact 6 
Overall98.70%7th
Price £76.99 
Wet handling 98.60%7th
Wet braking 100%1st
Straight aquaplaning90.50%10th
Curved aquaplaning74.80%10th
Dry handling99.80%=2nd
Dry braking 98.90%5th
Rolling resistance 80.70%7th
Cabin noise 97.60%10th

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