ContiSportContact 5 scores top marks on wet and dry roads in joint ADAC, ÖAMTC and TCS test
ContiPremiumContact 5 also wins highest rating: “good/highly recommended”
In a joint test staged by the German, Austrian and Swiss automobile clubs, ADAC, ÖAMTC and TCS, Continental’s premium summer tires emerged with top marks. The ContiSportContact 5 in size 225/45 R 17 was best-in-test in its class, while the ContiPremiumContact 5 in size 185/65 R 15 was also rated “good” – the highest rating awarded by the ADAC. In all, the three automobile clubs put 32 different tires from European, American and Asian manufacturers through their paces, scrutinizing their performance on wet and dry roads, as well as in terms of ride quality, fuel economy and mileage.
Overall, in the 17-inch category, just four tires were awarded the highest rating, while eleven were classed as satisfactory “because they show slight or marked weaknesses in one or more of the criteria assessed,” as the experts put it. Owing to very poor performance in the wet, one product was rated no higher than “adequate”, and the testers had no option but to rate one low-price Asian tire “inadequate”. As in past years, the reason here was a very poor performance in the wet, where these tires reveal marked weaknesses.
Size 185/65 R 15 tires are ideal for subcompact and compact cars such as the Citroën C3, Hyundai i20, Opel Adam or Renault Clio. Size 225/45 R 17 tires fit mid-range models such as the Audi A4, VW Golf, BMW 3 Series, Ford Mondeo or Toyota Avensis.