New winter tyres for compact and mid-size cars. The new ContiWinterContact TS 850 will hit the road with a multitude of innovative technical features. It offers even better grip than its predecessor on typical wintry roads, as well as shorter braking distances in the wet, enhanced handling, extended mileage and a further reduction in rolling resistance. To make the tyre safer, more cost-efficient and eco-friendlier, Continental engineers making sure all of the winter tyre’s structural parts are truly state-of-the-art.
Improved braking performance on snow, ice and wet roads
Excellent driving stability in all winter conditions
More economical thanks to reduced rolling resistance and increased running performance
For compact and medium range vehicles. The perfect tyre for cold and wet weather conditions. Engineered in Germany, Continental offers premium tyres with optimum braking performance and safety. Improved braking performance on snow, ice and wet roads. Multiple testwinner in independent magazine tests, e.g. Auto Motor Sport (issue 20/2013, 225/50 R17) or ADAC 'good' (Issue 10/2013, 225/45 R 17)
Optimal braking and steering in winter conditions. A high number of block edges and sipes increase traction and braking performance on snow and ice. At the same time, more edges are available to transfer lateral forces when negotiating bends or changing lanes at high speed. This ensures perfect handling and outstanding grip even in extreme driving situation.
Short stopping distances on ice. Thanks to a high degree of lamination, additional sipe edges break through the thin water film that forms on the ice in a similar way to a windscreen wiper. This results in outstanding braking performance, helping you to come to a stop faster.
Comfortable ride and improved rolling resistance. By using a harder apex and additional bead reinforcement, lateral forces can be better transferred when steering. Thanks to the more flexible sidewall area, less energy is lost when deflecting or rebounding. This results in a noticeably more comfortable drive, perfect handling and less rolling resistance.
EU Tyre Label and Efficiency Classes
The European Union, under CE 1222/2009, has mandated that all tyres manufactured after the date of July 1 2012 for cars and commercial vehicles include standard EU Tyre Labels classifying them by three performance characteristics:fuel efficiency classified from A to G,wet grip classified from A to G, and noise emission in decibels.
Categories of tyres unaffected by this regulation include: retreaded tyres, professional off-road tyres, racing/sports car tyres, as well as certain types of tyres designed to improve traction such as studded tyres, T-type temporary spare tyres, tyres for cars built before 1990, tyres with a maximum allowed speed of 80km/h, tyres for rims with a diameter less or equal to 254 mm or greater or equal to 635 mm. This label is intended on one hand to promote economic and ecological efficiency in traffic, as well as increase road safety, and on the other hand to help consumers select appropriate tyres by ensuring a certain degree of product transparency.
Nevertheless, the label has been criticized for only showing a very limited number of characteristics. Professionals argue that tyres have many more features that are important and relevant to road safety, including but not limited to aquaplaning properties, driving stability, service life, product properties on wet and dry roads other than wet grip, properties on snow. Tyre manufacturers suggest that the test results from various institutions and industry magazines should remain a very important source of information for the end consumer, because they focus on and rate a wide variety of tyre properties and features.
Continental ContiWinterContact TS 850 tyre review
Average based on 5 test results
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29.03.2020fromDavid Very good in deep snow can not fault them especially for the tyre size
06.05.2019fromPeter Herbert Despite a relatively mild winter, the tyres have performed well in cold, damp. wet and snowy conditions on urban, country and motorway roads. I had read good reports about the very latest version of this tyre but was unable to obtain a set in the UK. Accordingly I choose its predecessor and am more than happy with my choice. The only time it has fallen short of the Pirelli P Zero summer tyre the car was supplied with was when being cornered hard in dry warm conditions, but that is hardly the point of a winter tyre.