Continental WinterContact TS 850

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

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This tyre has been replaced by the Continental WinterContact TS 860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 48 tyre reviews averaging 89% over 363,130 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 6.83kgs
165/60 R14 79T XL   C C 71 5.87kgs
185/60 R14 82T   C C 71 6.95kgs
195/60 R14 86T   E C 72 7.07kgs
155/65 R14 75T   E C 71 5.68kgs
165/65 R14 79T   C C 71 6.13kgs
175/65 R14 86T XL   E C 71 6.30kgs
175/65 R14 82T   E C 71 6.30kgs
185/65 R14 86T   E C 71 7.40kgs
195/65 R14 89T   E C 72 8.16kgs
165/70 R14 81T   E C 71 6.21kgs
165/70 R14 85T XL   E C 71 6.21kgs
175/70 R14 88T XL   E C 71 6.96kgs
175/70 R14 84T   E C 71 6.95kgs
185/70 R14 88T   C C 71 7.46kgs
175/80 R14 88T   C C 71 7.23kgs
185/55 R15 86H XL   E C 71 7.46kgs
195/55 R15 85H   E C 72 7.37kgs
165/60 R15 77T   E C 71 6.04kgs
175/60 R15 81T   E C 71 6.68kgs
185/60 R15 88T XL   E C 71 7.31kgs
185/60 R15 84T   E C 71 7.31kgs
195/60 R15 88T   E C 72 7.59kgs
195/60 R15 88H   E C 72 8.18kgs
205/60 R15 91T   C C 72 8.21kgs
205/60 R15 91H   C C 72 8.21kgs
155/65 R15 77T   F C 71 6.19kgs
165/65 R15 81T   E C 71 6.57kgs
185/65 R15 88T   E C 71 7.38kgs
185/65 R15 92T XL   C C 71 7.58kgs
195/65 R15 91H   C C 72 7.64kgs
195/65 R15 91T   C C 72 7.64kgs
195/65 R15 95T XL   C C 72 7.80kgs
205/65 R15 94T   C C 72 8.94kgs
205/65 R15 94H   C C 72 8.76kgs
215/65 R15 96H   C C 72 9.47kgs
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 7.80kgs
185/50 R16 81H   C C 71 9.32kgs
205/50 R16 87H   C C 72 8.54kgs
185/55 R16 87T XL   E C 71 7.17kgs
195/55 R16 87H   E C 72 7.56kgs
205/55 R16 91T   C C 72 8.45kgs
205/55 R16 94H XL   C C 72 8.28kgs
205/55 R16 91H   C C 72 8.27kgs
205/55 R16 94V XL   C C 72 8.83kgs
215/55 R16 93H   E C 72 9.12kgs
215/55 R16 97H XL   C C 72 9.12kgs
225/45 R17 91H   E C 72 9.35kgs
225/45 R17 94H XL   C C 72 9.30kgs
225/45 R17 94V XL   C C 72 9.41kgs
225/50 R17 98V XL   E C 72 10.36kgs
225/50 R17 98H XL   E C 72 10.36kgs
225/50 R17 98H XL   E C 72 11.47kgs
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Size Price Range  
205/55 R16 £89.70 - £91.40 (6 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   
Given 77% while driving a Volkswagen Golf 7 TDI (205/55 R16 H) on a combination of roads for 50,000 average miles
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   
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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 didn’t budge, I couldn’t have gone any faster even it was just tarmac.
10 - tyre reviewed on November 7, 2017   
Given 56% while driving a Honda civic esi (185/60 R14 T) on a combination of roads for 18,000 spirited miles
As another review said, the first year was good but second year the tyres were heavily worn on the edges. Across most of the tyre the tread was still legal. Even so the tyre in the wet at this stage was appalling. Many times unexpected ABS or wheel spin. In the dry they are predictable but squeel all the time being pushed round corners. The worst thing about this tyre is it hardly works on those wet days that are after a period of dry, so the road is a bit leafy/oily. They are like driving on ice! I'll never touch these tyres again. I have Michellin CrossClimate on my other car (Zafira), and Goodyear 4Seasons before these on this car and both were suprioer in UK driving conditions (and cheaper). I have ordered Goodyear 4seasons again to replace these, even though they are still legal. Too dangerous for the coming winter season.
1 - tyre reviewed on October 4, 2017   

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