Continental WinterContact TS 850 P

Dry Grip 85%
Wet Grip 89%
Road Feedback 89%
Handling 88%
Wear 86%
Comfort 83%
Buy again 82%
Snow Grip 80%
Ice Grip 35%

The Continental WinterContact TS 850 P is a Ultra High Performance Winter tyre designed to be fitted to Passenger Car

This tyre replaced the Continental WinterContact TS 830 P

This tyre has been replaced by the Continental WinterContact TS 860 S

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Tyre review data from 10 tyre reviews averaging 80% over 71,810 miles driven.


Latest Group Test Results

2019 AMS Winter SUV Tyre Test - 4th of 11 tyres

  • Positive - Although tires were launched five years ago, they still perform well due to their balanced performance, stable behavior and good lateral stability in the snow, good wet handling
  • Negative - Relatively long braking distance on snow and dry surfaces
  • Overall - Excellent

2018 Autobild UHP Winter Tyre Test - 2nd of 11 tyres

  • Positive - Balanced winter tyre with excellent grip in the snow, and good handling in the wet and dry. Particularly dynamic steering and short braking distances in the wet.
  • Negative - High price.

2017 Auto Bild SUV Winter Tyre Test - 2nd of 11 tyres

  • Positive - Good balance of performance, Very good results on snow, especially in terms of lateral stability, Low noise level
  • Negative - Average braking performance on dry surfaces, Average ride comfort, High price
  • Overall - Recommended
Size Fuel Wet Noise Weight
225/55 R16 99H XL   C C 72 9.17kgs
225/55 R16 95H   C C 72 9.17kgs
225/55 R16 99V XL   C C 72 9.17kgs
205/60 R16 92H   C C 72 9.54kgs
205/60 R16 92H   C C 72 9.32kgs
235/60 R16 100H   C C 72 10.25kgs
235/60 R16 100T   C C 72 10.25kgs
215/65 R16 98H   C C 72 10.03kgs
215/65 R16 98T   C C 72 10.15kgs
215/70 R16 100T   E C 72 11.13kgs
225/70 R16 103H   E C 72 13.38kgs
245/70 R16 107T   E C 72 14.91kgs
205/45 R17 88V XL   C C 72 8.32kgs
215/45 R17 91H XL   C C 72 9.09kgs
215/45 R17 91V XL   C C 72 9.09kgs
235/45 R17 97V XL   C C 72 10.05kgs
235/45 R17 94H   C C 72 11.57kgs
235/45 R17 94H   C C 72 10.19kgs
205/50 R17 93H XL   C C 72 8.97kgs
205/50 R17 93V XL   C C 72 8.97kgs
215/50 R17 95V XL   C C 72 8.88kgs
225/50 R17 98H XL   E C 72  
225/50 R17 94H   E C 72 10.89kgs
225/50 R17 94H         10.67kgs
225/50 R17 98H XL   E C 72 9.82kgs
215/55 R17 98V XL   C C 72 9.34kgs
215/55 R17 98H XL   C C 72 9.38kgs
225/55 R17 97H         11.00kgs
225/55 R17 101V XL   B C 72 11.00kgs
225/55 R17 97H   E C 72 13.71kgs
225/55 R17 97H   C C 72 11.00kgs
225/55 R17 97H   C C 72 10.64kgs
235/55 R17 103V XL   C C 72 10.05kgs
235/55 R17 99H   C C 72 10.92kgs
225/60 R17 99H   C C 72 11.32kgs
225/65 R17 102H   E C 72 11.82kgs
225/65 R17 102T   E C 72 12.36kgs
235/65 R17 104H   C C 72 13.51kgs
235/65 R17 108H XL   E C 72 13.67kgs
225/35 R18 87W XL   E C 72 8.63kgs
225/40 R18 92V XL   C C 72 9.55kgs
235/40 R18 95V XL   C C 72 10.50kgs
245/40 R18 97V XL         11.10kgs
245/40 R18 97V XL   C C 72 10.83kgs
245/40 R18 97W XL   C C 72 11.36kgs
215/45 R18 93V XL   C C 72 8.77kgs
225/45 R18 95V XL   E C 72 12.85kgs
235/45 R18 98V XL   C C 72 9.99kgs
245/45 R18 100V XL   E C 72 15.19kgs
235/50 R18 101V XL   C C 72 10.76kgs
225/55 R18 102V XL   C C 72 10.10kgs
235/55 R18 100H   C C 72 11.73kgs
255/55 R18 109V XL   C C 73 15.80kgs
235/60 R18 107H XL   C C 72 14.11kgs
235/60 R18 107V XL   C C 72  
235/35 R19 91W XL   E C 72 10.40kgs
255/40 R19 100V XL   C C 73 11.00kgs
255/50 R19 107V XL   C C 73 15.47kgs
225/55 R19 99V   C C 72  
235/55 R19 105H XL   C C 72 12.78kgs
235/55 R19 101H   E C 72 16.53kgs
235/55 R19 105V XL   C C 72  
155/70 R19 84T   C C 71 10.55kgs
275/40 R20 106V XL   E C 73 16.19kgs
275/45 R20 110V XL   C C 73 16.14kgs
255/50 R20 109V XL   C C 72 16.46kgs
195/55 R20 95H XL   B C 72 7.37kgs
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Size Price Range  
215/45 R17 £115.90 - £131.45 (16 Prices) Compare Prices >>
215/45 R18 £127.00 - £144.94 (8 Prices) Compare Prices >>
215/60 R17 £121.30 - £135.88 (7 Prices) Compare Prices >>
225/40 R18 £109.00 - £124.09 (8 Prices) Compare Prices >>
225/55 R17 £111.00 - £141.01 (33 Prices) Compare Prices >>
235/45 R18 £134.00 - £163.99 (24 Prices) Compare Prices >>
235/55 R17 £123.90 - £144.91 (16 Prices) Compare Prices >>
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Top Continental WinterContact TS 850 P Review

Given 90% while driving a Volkswagen Golf GTI (225/45 R18) on a combination of roads for 5,000 spirited miles
Excellent winter tire. Much better than the ts 830 which was a disppointment. Incredible control on snow. A bit less efficient on slush. Very good grip, traction and braking distance. Not to noisy. Wear and tear not yet evalued since drove only 5000 km.
Personaly I find it superior to the new Michelin Pilot Alpin P4. But the only major difference is the performance of the ts859 vs.pa4 on snowy roads.
82 - tyre reviewed on November 17, 2013   

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Given 71% while driving a Opel Astra H OPC (235/45 R18) on mostly motorways for 25,000 spirited miles
We bought these winter tyres for Astra OPC (VXR) petrol 2.0. It is not the sportiest car but still fast enough to require (even in winter) something tolerating the speed in excess of 200km/h (well, occasionally). Our car was originally equipped with Michelin Super Sports. Compared to them, the ContinentalWinter 850P is very comfortable. The first thing to notice was its noise level almost equal (or even lower) to the summer Super Sports. Well, winter Continentals are not very quick when pushed hard on the dry and not as precise when braking. Still, Conti does the job on the dry and sunny road. I like them on the wet and they are reasonably good on the snow. They cannot cope with too much snow, in which case I have snow chains (had to use them once in the Alps when going uphill to a remote skiing station).

Ice... In fact Conti 850 Ps are not for the ice at all. I was a keen user of studded Nokian Hakkapeliittas on my previous car. The Hakkapeliitaas used to give me real winter confidence. Now, the Conties give me speed on the dry winter road. And comfort. Lots of it.

When I changed back for my Michelin Super Sports this spring I really hated them first. Compared to Conti 850 Ps, super Sports were so rigid and unforgiving on the cobblestone surface so much loved in my city.

Well later, Super Sports proved themselves again on a highway. They are created for speed and stability.

Verdict? Well, Continental Winter Contact 850 P is not what I call a winter tyre. But if you drive a kind of sporty car, do not have much choice, then go for them. They are nice, comfortable winter tyres which allow you to drive closer to 200km/H at some reckless occasions.

Wear? Yes, they are Conties. They wear fast. After two winter seasons, I am not sure they are likely to last through another one.
0 - tyre reviewed on May 3, 2019   
Given 63% while driving a Subaru BRZ (215/45 R17 V) on mostly country roads for 2,000 spirited miles
Very good winter tyre for a sportscar in dry condition. Pretty pricy and it wears very fast. Snow grip is good but I had loads of problems on ice and very cold temperatures. I expected more from this tyre expecially considering the price.
6 - tyre reviewed on January 5, 2019   
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Given 77% while driving a Volkswagen Mk7 Golf R (225/40 R18 W) on mostly country roads for 500 spirited miles
Brought a set of alloys wheels + TS850P (225/40 R18)s for winter use. Swapped out ContiSportContact 5Ps (230/35 R19)s which are great but stop working at temperatures lower than 10degC.

These are really confidence inspiring on the ungritted roads that I have to transit every morning and evening. Great grip, steering feel and comfort. Can't comment on snow traction yet.

On previous Jag XF I ran Nokian WR A4 which were good in snow but only okay in other conditions. Can't do a direct comparison as new car is AWD but TS850Ps feel far superior in the wet and cold that is more common in
UK than full on snow.

Would probably have gone for TS860Ss had they been available but these TS850Ps I'm sure are nearly as good. Only downside is that they are a bit pricey so shop around. If you can go for a wheel + tyre package for best value and minimizing chance of denting your posh summer wheels. I keep my cars typically for 7+years so I'll get the usage out of them in that time.

Bring on the snow !
1 - tyre reviewed on December 5, 2018   
Given 100% while driving a Renault grand espace 2.0 dci 175 (235/55 R17) on a combination of roads for 10 average miles
Bought these tyres with the alu-rims, used, from some guy for 100 euros a piece. What a great deal this was!!! Excellent tyres, drove them for about 10.000 miles now, and they still look and behave like new.
Especially pleased with low noise and easy rolling. Great tyres. Ok, new ones are probably very expensive.
0 - tyre reviewed on November 24, 2018   
Given 100% while driving a Nissan Qashqai (215/60 R17) on a combination of roads for 10,000 average miles
I have it for 3 winters on nissan qashqai. It is excellent winter tire!!!
8 - tyre reviewed on July 20, 2018   

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