Continental WinterContact TS 850

Dry Grip 90%
Wet Grip 91%
Road Feedback 87%
Handling 87%
Wear 86%
Comfort 91%
Buy again 90%
Snow Grip 90%
Ice Grip 80%

The Continental WinterContact TS 850 is a Premium Touring Winter tyre designed to be fitted to Passenger Car

This tyre replaced the Continental WinterContact TS830

This tyre has been replaced by the Continental WinterContact TS 860

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Tyre review data from 49 tyre reviews averaging 88% over 393,130 miles driven.

Latest Group Test Results

2015 AMS UHP Winter Tyre Test - 4th of 10 tyres

2015 ACE 17 Inch Winter Tyre Test - 1st of 8 tyres

2015 Auto Express Winter Tyre Test - 4th of 8 tyres

  • Overall - Impressive wet grip combined with low rolling resistance
Size Fuel Wet Noise Weight
185/55 R14 80T   E C 71 7.01kgs
185/60 R14 82T   C C 71 6.94kgs
195/60 R14 86T   E C 72 7.39kgs
165/65 R14 79T   C C 71 6.05kgs
175/65 R14 86T XL   E C 71 6.21kgs
195/65 R14 89T   E C 72 7.81kgs
165/70 R14 85T XL   E C 71 6.28kgs
175/70 R14 88T XL   E C 71 7.19kgs
185/70 R14 88T   C C 71 7.20kgs
175/80 R14 88T   C C 71 7.28kgs
185/55 R15 86H XL   E C 71 7.37kgs
165/60 R15 77T   E C 71 6.01kgs
195/60 R15 88T   E C 72 7.79kgs
205/60 R15 91H   C C 72 8.29kgs
205/60 R15 91T   C C 72 8.29kgs
205/65 R15 94H   C C 72 8.76kgs
215/65 R15 96H   C C 72 9.36kgs
195/45 R16 80T   E C 72 7.12kgs
205/45 R16 87H XL   C C 72 7.43kgs
215/45 R16 90V XL   C C 72 7.90kgs
185/50 R16 81H   C C 71 6.71kgs
185/55 R16 87T XL   E C 71 7.22kgs
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195/65 R15 £66.30 - £85.60 (8 Prices) Compare Prices >>
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Top Continental WinterContact TS 850 Review

Given 34% while driving a Citroën xsara picasso (185/65 R15 T) on a combination of roads for 20,000 average miles
Have them for two years, horrible in second year.High wear on the edges and weery poor grip on wet.Better than ug8 butt still would not buy again.
They were made in romania.
88 - tyre reviewed on May 27, 2016   

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Given 83% while driving a Mitsubishi Colt (205/45 R16) on a combination of roads for 44,000 spirited miles
Yes that mileage is not a typo - I just checked my service history and I fitted them in September 2015 at approx 31500 miles.
Since then I've just clocked 75000 miles, save a few weeks on track tyres this summer.
Bought as a full set of 4 to replace a frankly shocking mixed bag of budget rubber they were immediately quieter by a big margin.
The Colt is only 1050 kgs or so and despite a fast road style they STILL had just under 4mm of tread depth remaining but had obviously given their best as in dry conditions they seemed to get sharper - probably due to less rubber flexing as they wore down - but in damp to wet conditions it was obviously starting to loose bite, as well as the ride getting a little brittle.
As expected in cold to full on wintry conditions they excelled to a laughable degree. When the UK ground to a halt last year it was almost cartoonishly funny to drive past everything stuck, sliding and abandoned - from the outside it must have looked reckless but I assure you the safe margin was huge without nudging their limits.
I wish I had a dashcam then to post how on hitting a blizzard on the M65 towards Blackburn how much traction and grip they had. On the way back over the Moors towards Manchester I counted 3 cars written off and in ditches but the little Colt was just planted. Braking and cornering were safe as long as you didn't take daft risks.

Overall they were fantastic - even fuel economy was improved.

The only downside really was lack of steering sharpness and dry braking 'feel' but they weren't the P (sport) versions.

Just replaced them with a pair of TS860 and Michelin Alpin 6 as I couldn't get a full set of TS860 in this size.
4 - tyre reviewed on October 11, 2018   
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Given 77% while driving a Volkswagen Golf 7 TDI (205/55 R16 H) on a combination of roads for 50,000 average miles
Hello.
Initial tread: 8,5mm
After 90.000 km, 4,5mm tread (22.500km per mm); I like to care my tyres.
14 - tyre reviewed on May 28, 2018   
Given 47% while driving a MINI Cooper SD (205/40 R17 V) on mostly country roads for 1,000 spirited miles
Only run for a short time. They grip well, but we're horrible to drive on a car with otherwise excellent sporty handling. The sidewalls are too soft which causes a lack of feedback on turn in (no feedback at all until the tyre leans over and grips). Worse still, the lack of turn in is immediately followed by a loose feeling at the rear of the car as the rears lean over and bite.

I blew out two of the four tyres in a deep pothole a week after purchase, so I've taken the opportunity to replace the whole set with the cheaper Bridgestone Blizzak lm32 tyres I usuallly buy. Wish I'd stuck to them instead of listening to the reviews on these continentals.

The continentals do have good grip and I think would be ok on a family saloon, but not on a sporty car.
1 - tyre reviewed on December 30, 2017   
Skoda Octavia Scout (225/50 R17) on a combination of roads for 4,000 average miles
I’ve used winter tyres of various premium brands for 20 years, but these TS 850 Conti’s are the best by miles. Grip and handling in snowy conditions, be it new soft snow or icy compacted snow, is extraordinary. The car hardly budges, it’s like driving on wet tarmac. On a compacted snowy upland road in Derbyshire with the temperature around zero I stopped the car, put it in first gear, then floored it. OK, it’s a 4wd Octavia Scout, but the tyres didn’t even spin. Incredible. Tried again, same result. Braking was just as good, you could brake hard and still it didn’t let go. A month later, skiing in Austria, with 15 cms of new snow and snowing so hard that the ploughs couldn’t keep up, we had to drive up a series of steep hairpins.....car didn’t budge, I couldn’t have gone any faster even it was just tarmac.
10 - tyre reviewed on November 7, 2017   

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