Continental WinterContact TS 870 review
If you’re expecting snow, then the Continental WinterContact delivers the best performance on the white stuff
While it was a struggle to separate third through fifth places, the Continental was clearly in front of the chasing pack, but unfortunately Bridgestone is another step ahead.
The TS 870 took part in last year’s test and it would have won were it not for a delay in its release due to the pandemic. But Bridgestone seems to have found something further, because while the TS 870 still had the edge in the snow, it couldn’t match its rival elsewhere.
In the wet you could feel that from behind the wheel. Compared with most rivals the WinterContact had a useful balance, but it didn’t quite have the bite of the Bridgestone or Hankook. A fourth in braking is not what we expect from Continental, but then neither is a double victory in aquaplaning – it’s not usually a priority for the firm. Despite this, it could only manage fourth overall in the wet.
In the dry, we saw a so-so braking result, and while it felt alert around the dry handling sweeps, the lap time wasn’t there. A decent fuel consumption result wasn’t enough to topple Bridgestone.
The tyre to have when snow is on the ground, but the TS 870 couldn’t quite back up its performance on other surfaces. Still the one to choose for the most severe winters.
Only released in May this year, so there are no winter-use reviews available at the time of writing. It’s sure to build upon the positive reviews of its predecessor, though.
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In this review
- 1IntroductionFor the ultimate in driving safety, you need tyres to suit the season. Our test reveals the best for the British winter
- 2Bridgestone Blizzak LM005Victory in seven out of 11 categories, including strong wet and dry results, put Bridgestone’s Blizzak LM005 beyond doubt
- 3Continental WinterContact TS 870 - currently readingIf you’re expecting snow, then the Continental WinterContact delivers the best performance on the white stuff
- 4Hankook Winter i*cept RS2Sharp responses meant the Hankook Winter i*cept RS2 impressed on the dry handling track, but efficiency could be better
- 5Michelin Alpin 6Excellent wet performance means the Michelin Alpin 6 is well suited to the type of winters we experience in the UK
- 6Goodyear UltraGrip Performance +Goodyear’s UltraGrip Performance + tyre is clearly better suited to snow than wet weather, but it also did well in dry braking and had low rolling resistance
- 7Dunlop Winter Sport 5Respectable results in the aquaplaning tests aside, Dunlop’s Winter Sport 5 offering is slipping behind newer rivals
- 8Maxxis Premitra Snow WP6A podium spot for straight-line aquaplaning contrasted with a lowly seventh on the curved test
- 9Avon WV7 SnowWhile Avon’s entry lacked performance, especially in the snow, it proved to be one of the quietest tyres
- 10Results by categoryWhich winter tyre performed well in which area? Our tables reveal all