Continental IceContact 3

Dry Grip 80%
Wet Grip 60%
Road Feedback 80%
Handling 80%
Wear 0%
Comfort 50%
Buy again 100%
Snow Grip 90%
Ice Grip 100%

The Continental IceContact 3 is a Premium Touring Winter tyre designed to be fitted to Passenger Car

This tyre replaced the Continental IceContact 2

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Tyre review data from 1 tyre reviews averaging 80% over 8,500 miles driven.

Latest Group Test Results

The Best Winter Tyres for 2020 - 1st of 19 tyres

  • Positive - The Continental IceContact 3 is a very well rounded studded winter tyre, with excellent grip in the dry, wet, snow and ice.

2020 Studded Winter Tyre Test - 2nd of 8 tyres

  • Positive - Good ride quality on any type of surface.
  • Negative - Not the best ice performance on test.

2020 Nordic and Studded Winter Tyre Test - 1st of 20 tyres

  • Positive - Short braking distances and good lateral stability on ice (but with a sharp maneuver there is a risk of skidding), good handling and control on snow, good handling in the dry.
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Top Continental IceContact 3 Review

Given 80% while driving a Saab Automobile 9 5 2.0t BioPower Estate (180bhp) (215/55 R16 T) on a combination of roads for 8,500 average miles
I had regular studs Superb grip on packed snow and ~1 cm of snow on top of the packed snow. Grip on ice is great also tested on lake ice track. One can have fun throwing the car around on ice and tyres feel good especially while braking. I felt confident with them on slippery surfaces. When there is around 4-5 cm of snow these tyres are too wide and lose contact with hard surface on higher speeds. For those days I wish i had narrower tyres but it is not "the tyres fault". Dry and Wer grip is pretty good but unstudded tyres could be better for those conditions. Atleast these tyres are not able to handle 360Nm of torque (not stock) as well as my previous (old) unstudded tyres. When it gets above freezing these tyres feel quite soft under a heavy car. Below freezing the feedback and response is ok for 16" winter tyres. Noisy tyres there is no going around that even in fairly quiet car but it does not bother me. Combined with 55 profile the ride is smooth and comfortable. They also take the worst out of poorly maintained winter roads. Overall great tyres for narrow and windy roads with changing conditions. For warm, dry and wet conditions these tyres are overkill and can not really shine in what they are best at even though they are not bad. Go for narrower tyre if possible in case you get a lot of soft snow but driving carefully solves that problem too.
2 - tyre reviewed on June 3, 2020   

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Given 80% while driving a Saab Automobile 9 5 2.0t BioPower Estate (180bhp) (215/55 R16 T) on a combination of roads for 8,500 average miles
I had regular studs Superb grip on packed snow and ~1 cm of snow on top of the packed snow. Grip on ice is great also tested on lake ice track. One can have fun throwing the car around on ice and tyres feel good especially while braking. I felt confident with them on slippery surfaces. When there is around 4-5 cm of snow these tyres are too wide and lose contact with hard surface on higher speeds. For those days I wish i had narrower tyres but it is not "the tyres fault". Dry and Wer grip is pretty good but unstudded tyres could be better for those conditions. Atleast these tyres are not able to handle 360Nm of torque (not stock) as well as my previous (old) unstudded tyres. When it gets above freezing these tyres feel quite soft under a heavy car. Below freezing the feedback and response is ok for 16" winter tyres. Noisy tyres there is no going around that even in fairly quiet car but it does not bother me. Combined with 55 profile the ride is smooth and comfortable. They also take the worst out of poorly maintained winter roads. Overall great tyres for narrow and windy roads with changing conditions. For warm, dry and wet conditions these tyres are overkill and can not really shine in what they are best at even though they are not bad. Go for narrower tyre if possible in case you get a lot of soft snow but driving carefully solves that problem too.
2 - tyre reviewed on June 3, 2020   

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