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Independently tested in all conditions

Independently tested
in all conditions

Tests and test results - confirmed quality for your safety

Your safety is our top priority. That is why Continental takes all possible safety and comfort aspects into account when developing its tires. All Continental innovations have to pass an intense testing regime before going into production. Each new tire has to complete hundreds of test kilometers on our main testing site, the Contidrom. A total of 140,000 tires are tested every year in different conditions. Last year, our test drivers amassed a mileage that would have seen them circling the globe 500 times.

We subject our tires to more testing than any other brand. But that's not enough just yet: It is important to us that our tires also perform well in independent tests. And they do: tires from Continental are regularly rated top performers in impartial tests, and we have been voted the best tire brand of the year several times by the German motorists’ association ADAC and renowned magazines including AutoBild and AutoZeitung. This achievement makes us proud because it once again confirms: With Continental tires, you are safe on the road in all conditions.

Continental testing locations: world of testing

When it comes to tire safety, no distance is too far for our engineers. They travel all over the world to ensure that each Continental tire – whether winter tire, summer tire, all-season tire, or those used in sport and off-road activities – is tested by our experts in a wide range of weather conditions and on all types of surfaces.

Testing at all levels - from prototype to production

To deliver safe, optimized and reliable tires, Continental employs both established as well as new testing methods. Continental’s R&D expert Andreas Schlenke explains how testing – from virtual simulations to objective and subjective tests – is an integral part of every single phase in tire development.

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The Contidrom: Setting standards in tire testing

From the outset, the test engineers at the Contidrom have defined standards that are applied in Continental’s tire testing activities around the world. Want to see for yourself where progress in tire development is being driven to this day? Take a virtual tour and discover the many precision testing options available at Continental’s benchmark tire testing facility just outside Hanover.

Contidrom

From the outset, the test engineers at the Contidrom have defined standards that are applied in Continental’s tire testing activities around the world. Want to see for yourself where progress in tire development is being driven to this day? Take a virtual tour and discover the many precision testing options available at Continental’s benchmark tire testing facility just outside Hanover.

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Confirmed by specialist media: top ratings for Continental tires

Continental tires keep winning tests all over the world. In 653 independent tests conducted since 2007, our products have received the highest rating 511 times - a stunning success rate of 78 percent. The awards that make us particularly proud include the award for the best tire in the past 50 years from Auto Motor Sport magazine, as well as the regular top ratings in the German Motorist Association’s major summer and winter tire tests. These test results are also an important reason for car manufacturers to trust us and fit every third car rolling off their assembly lines with Continental tires.

See a selection of our latest test results

WinterContact™ TS 860

The German magazine Auto Bild has published in issue 39/2019 their “Winter Tire Super Test 2018”. The tested tire size was 225/45 R17 91/94 H/V, test vehicle was a BMW 1-series.

Rating for the WinterContact™ TS 860: Test Winner

This test is a special test with 53 participating products. The evaluation consists of 3 parts:
Part 1: Wet braking test: selection of the best 30 products
Part 2: Snow braking test of these 30 products: selection of the best 20 Products, the so called "finalists".
Part 3: Complete test of only the finalists including wear performance and price.

The test was conducted by Auto Bild on following proving grounds:
• Bridgestone, Rome, Italy (wear test machine)
• Contidrom, Jeversen, Germany (dry and wet tests)
• Continental, Arvidsjaur, Sweden (winter tests)


About our WinterContact™ TS 860 (produced in Puchov)

+ Best driving properties on all weather conditions
+ Direct Steering behavior and stable cornering grip
+ Good Economy, very good Mileage
+ Low Rolling Resistance


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PremiumContact™ 6

The German magazine Auto Bild has published in issue 9/2019 their “Summer Tire Super Test 2019”.

Rating for the PremiumContact™ 6: Exemplary 2019 & Eco-Master 2019

The tested tire size was 225/45 R17 91/94 W/Y, test vehicle was a BMW 1 series. This test is a special test with 53 participating products.

The evaluation consists of 2 parts:
Part 1: wet/dry braking test: selection of the best 20 products.
Part 2: Complete test of only the finalists including wear performance and price. The test was conducted by Auto Bild in cooperation with Michelin and Hankook on following proving grounds: Papenburg, Germany, Idiada, Spain  and Narbonne, France.


About our PremiumContact6

 + Premium profile with balanced and safe driving behavior on wet roads

+ Short wet- and dry braking distances

+ Fuel saving rolling resistance

+ High mileage

+ High economy

- Moderate safety in hydroplaning behaviour


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AllSeasonContact™

The German magazine Auto Straßenverkehr has published in their issue 11/2019 an All Season Tire Test 2019. The tested tire size was 225/45 R17 94 V, test vehicle was a Seat Leon.

Rating for the AllSeasonContact™: Test Winner

The test was conducted by Auto Straßenverkehr at:

• Nokian, Ivaldo, Finland (winter tests)

• Contidrom, Jeversen, Germany (wet  and dry tests)

About our AllSeasonContact™

+ Surprisingly good snow results
+ Direct steering response and excellent grip in the wet
+ Safe driving in the dry
+ Best rolling resistance
-  In dry corners weak steering angle reserves with unclear feedback
-  Cornering tire noise


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PremiumContact™ 6

The German magazine Moove (new mobility Podcast from auto motor und sport) has published in their issue 03/2019 a Summer Premium and Eco Tire Test 2019. The tested tire size were 205/55 R16 91 V, 225/45 R 17 94 W and 155/70 R 19 84 Q, test vehicle was a VW eGolf.

This is the first published European Magazine tire test on an e-Car. The weighting of this magazine test is safety oriented.

Rating for the PremiumContact™ 6: Test Winner, Highly Recommended

Main test size was 205/55 R 16. 225/45 R 17 was added as the usual wide base tire on the Golf. As concept tire the magazine added a 155/70 R 19 OE tall and narrow tire from the BMW i3, this tire is too tall for the vehicle and for that reason no Rating was given.

The test was conducted by Moove (ams) at the Contidrom, Jeversen, Germany (wet and dry tests).

About our PremiumContact™ 6:

+ Shortest braking distances wet and dry
+ Very safe and easy controllable
+ Discreet sporty characteristics
- Outstanding wet grip demands tribute in Rolling Resistance and range
- Weak in Hydroplaning


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WinterContact™ TS 850 P

The German magazine sportauto has published in their issue 11/2019 their Winter Tire Test 2019. The tested tire size was 235/40 R18 95 W, test vehicle was a Honda Civic Type R.

Rating for the WinterContact™ TS 850 P: Very good

The test was conducted by sportauto at:

• Nokian, Ivalo, Finland (snow tests)
• Contidrom, Jeversen, Germany (wet and dry tests).

About our WinterContact™ TS 850 P (produced in Aachen)

+ Despite already 5 production years still very good all-round properties
+ Stable and especially very balanced dynamics on snow
+ Easy controllable with pronounced safety reserves in the wet
+ Well-behaved understeering dry
- Minimal weakness in Aquaplaning
-  Moderate side force on snow


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