Continental PremiumContact 7 review
Following our mini test earlier this year, we knew the Continental was good, and it backed that up with a win against wider opposition
Continental has found something special with the PremiumContact 7. We knew it was good, but the margin of its win took us by surprise, particularly because it was up against other new designs. In a test where wins are usually taken by a couple of tenths of a point, the PremiumContact 7 had more than a one-per cent overall advantage over the next best.
After a few wobbles in recent years, the German tyre maker is back on track with its ‘best in braking’ target, taking the win in the wet by a metre when most of the rest were separated by centimetres. It also took the win in dry braking by a smaller margin.
On the wet-handling circuit it had a sharp feel that others lacked and inspired confidence to carry more speed into turns, thanks to the stable rear. It was less effective in the deeper water of the aquaplaning tests but was still among the leaders.
The steering sharpness and good traction were there in the dry, too. Over the noise-test strips, the pitch was low, and it felt well damped on the rough asphalt, finishing in second place. Factor in a competitive rolling-resistance result and you have a clear winner.
"Launched in late 2022, this tyre shows early signs of being popular, with a rating of 5/5. Customers mention the tyre’s good all-round performance."
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In this review
- 1IntroductionWe reveal the best tyres you can buy
- 2Continental PremiumContact 7 - currently readingFollowing our mini test earlier this year, we knew the Continental was good, and it backed that up with a win against wider opposition
- 3Bridgestone Turanza T005The best tyre, by some margin, for high-mileage drivers, but we can see why better wet grip is a performance target for its successor
- 4Toyo Proxes ComfortToyo has produced an impressively complete, well balanced package across the tests. The Proxes Comfort was pretty good to drive, too
- 5Pirelli Cinturato P7After a troubled beginning, it seems Pirelli is finally getting a handle on the Cinturato P7, and is making the tyre a match for premium rivals
- 6Goodyear EfficientGrip Performance 2There’s no repeat win this time around, but the EfficientGrip still delivers a balanced performance and impressive fuel economy
- 7Vredestein UltracAn excellent wet-weather performer, particularly in severe conditions, and effective in the dry. Fuel economy needs improvement, however
- 8Kumho Ecsta HS52A welcome return for Kumho with its latest Ecsta. It delivered on its performance target of good braking, but there are areas that need improving
- 9Michelin Primacy 4+For a tyre that is focused on performance when it is worn, the Primacy 4+ performed pretty well from new, with a good all-round balance
- 10Hankook Ventus Prime 4Hankook has become known for developing a tyre throughout its life, and it has a good base here, but it’s clear work still needs to be done
- 11Maxxis Premitra 5 HP5By no means a bad tyre, but rivals have moved the game on with their new designs and development since the Premitra’s debut
- 12Falken Ziex ZE310 EcorunA replacement for the Ecorun, on sale since 2017, can’t come soon enough. This is not the performance level we expect from Falken
- 13Tyre test 2023: results by categoryAn in-depth look at the scoring charts for our 2023 tyre test