Continental WinterContact TS 860

Dry Grip 96%
Wet Grip 98%
Road Feedback 95%
Handling 95%
Wear 91%
Comfort 94%
Buy again 93%

The Continental WinterContact TS 860 is a Premium Touring Winter tyre designed to be fitted to Passenger Car

This tyre replaced the Continental WinterContact TS 850

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Tyre review data from 11 tyre reviews averaging 95% over 83,350 miles driven.


Tyre Test Highlights

2017 Auto Bild Winter Tyre Test - 1st of 21 tyres

  • Positive - Test winner. Excellent performance in all weather conditions, direct steering response and strong handling in the snow and on dry roads.
  • Negative - Average mileage.
  • Overall - Exemplary.

2017 ADAC Winter Tyre Test - 195/65 R15 - 1st of 16 tyres

  • Positive - Very well-balanced, top marks in the wet, especially good on snow. Good on dry roads and low fuel consumption
  • Negative - None mentioned

2017 Auto Express Winter Tyre Test - 1st of 8 tyres

  • Overall - The winner of the 2016 Auto Express winter tyre test wins again. Not the strongest tyre on snow, but close enough, the WinterContact TS860 once again shone in the wet, winning all three wet grip tests, and scored extremely well in the dry handling and dry braking tests. The only weakness, a mid group aquaplaning result.
Size Fuel Wet Noise Weight
185/60 R14 82T   C B 71 6.95kgs
155/65 R14 75T   E B 71 5.58kgs
175/65 R14 82T   E B 71 6.31kgs
185/65 R14 86T   E B 71 7.87kgs
165/70 R14 81T   C B 71 6.44kgs
175/70 R14 84T   E B 71 6.98kgs
195/55 R15 85H   E B 72 7.35kgs
195/60 R15 88T   E B 72 7.71kgs
185/65 R15 88T   C B 71 7.55kgs
195/65 R15 91H   C B 72 8.08kgs
205/65 R15 94T   C B 72 9.60kgs
205/55 R16 91T   C B 72 8.28kgs
205/55 R16 94H XL   C B 72 8.17kgs
205/55 R16 91H   C B 72  
215/55 R16 93H   C B 72 9.43kgs
225/45 R17 91H   E B 72  
225/50 R17 98V XL   E B 72 10.36kgs

Questions and Answers for the Continental WinterContact TS 860

2016-10-30 - is this an RFT (Run Flat Tire) ?

There are currently no runflat sizes of the TS860, however there are 5 planned runflat sizes due for introduction in winter 2017.

2017-10-10 - How noisy are the tyres?

The Continental WinterContact TS 860 was recently tested by Auto Bild and found to have mid-pack noise characteristics, but still quieter than the summer tyre on test.

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Size Price Range  
185/65 R15 £53.63 - £69.00 (11 Prices) Compare Prices >>
195/65 R15 £50.32 - £78.26 (17 Prices) Compare Prices >>
205/55 R16 £74.43 - £108.80 (27 Prices) Compare Prices >>
215/55 R16 £98.16 - £140.22 (16 Prices) Compare Prices >>
225/45 R17 £103.91 - £131.18 (17 Prices) Compare Prices >>
Available in 39 tyre sizes - View all.

Top Continental WinterContact TS 860 Review

Given 100% (breakdown) while driving a Audi A4 2.0 TDi 170 S Line (215/55 R16 H) on a combination of roads for 1,000 spirited miles
went on this tire after Michelin PA3 and I was amazed at how this tire is better in all aspects then my previous Michelin PA3 tires!
135 - tyre reviewed on October 12, 2016   

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Skoda Rapid TSI (185/60 R15) on mostly motorways for 55,000 easy going miles
Amazing tyre, did 5.5k km this winter, drove in all kind of conditions, dry-wet-snow and the results were excellent, especially on snow I have no words, roads full of snow and the control, handling of the car were on an excellent level, I was able to see the difference with other cars, a friend of mine has the same car with different types and on the same conditions his grip was a lot worst, tyre excells in snowy cold conditions and is a 10 for me.
Excellent grip also in snowy-wet conditions.
No issues on dry on also but I do not recall an emergency situation were I had to break hard.
Not any significant wear, seems it will last me 4 winters.

More noisy than I was expecting.
Average fuel consumption but not bad.
14 - tyre reviewed on July 20, 2017   
Given 94% (breakdown) while driving a Ford Focus MK3 (205/55 R16 W) on a combination of roads for 3,000 average miles
After a winter full of snow and about 4000kms on these tyres, on all kind of roads in Romania, from highway to city to country to gravel roads, here are my thoughts about the WinterContact TS860:
- dry grip: very good, not quite on par with the Ccntinental PremiumContact 5 they replaced, you can feel the car drifting a little more in the corners than with the summer tyres, but that is to be expected from a siped winter tyre, and with a tread almost twice as high as the summer tyre (8.8mm when new for the TS860 vs. ~5-6mm for the PremiumContact 5)
- wet grip: very good, never had any slipping or loss of grip whatsoever
- snow grip: excelent, never slipped at all during climbing steep slopes, descending, braking or in curves. Ono could say that it almost takes the fun out of the driving since it doesnt slip at all :)
- wear: here i would say they are absolutely excellent. In one winter and about 4000km, they have lost about 0.4mm from the tread of 8.8mm (measured), so i would say they will last quite a few (read many) winters, in case they wont get cut, punctured or some other damage.
- comfort: very good, about the same as the summer tyres.
- fuel consumption: excellent. In the week i had them fitted, i noticed the fuel consumption was even lower than with the summer tyres. Afterwards, as the winter progresses and it gets colder and colder, the fuel consumption gets higher, but this is to be attributed to the low temperatures, rather than to the tyres.
- value for money: considering the extremely low wear, excellent grip and comfort, they are very good value for money, just as pointed out in most of the reviews, although they are towards the more expensive spectrum of winter tyres.
- buy again: absolutely! :)
20 - tyre reviewed on April 10, 2017   
Given 80% (breakdown) while driving a Renault Megane II Break 1.5dCI 105Hp (195/65 R15 T) on a combination of roads for 3,750 spirited miles
Loved the tyre until I measured it after winter, in 6000 kilometers profile of the tire droped 4milimeters. True it was a warm winter with half of kilometers being on highway. I calculate the tyre will be functional for just another winter. Tyre is superb in all conditions, wet, snow, but weares realy fast.
17 - tyre reviewed on March 17, 2017   
Given 98% (breakdown) while driving a Peugeot 308 BlueHDI EAT6 (205/55 R16) on mostly town for 4,000 average miles
I'm really pleased with the tyre on dry and wet conditions. I had no problem with the snow this winter.
8 - tyre reviewed on March 8, 2017   

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