Continental PremiumContact 7 vs Michelin Pilot Sport 5

In this article we will be looking at independent tyre test data, and real world driver reviews of the Continental PremiumContact 7 and the Michelin Pilot Sport 5 to find out which tyre is best for your own driving.

There are a few basic differences between the two tyres. The Continental PremiumContact 7 is an Premium-Touring Summer tyre designed to be fitted to Passenger-Cars, and the Michelin Pilot Sport 5 is an Premium-Touring Summer tyre designed to be fitted to Passenger-Cars

PremiumContact-7 VS Pilot-Sport-5

Test Results

Independent comparison tyre tests are the best source of data to get tyre information from, and the good news is there have been four tests which compare both tyres directly!

Out of these four tests:

  • Continental PremiumContact 7 finished ahead of the Michelin Pilot Sport 5 in three of the tests
  • Michelin Pilot Sport 5 finished ahead of the Continental PremiumContact 7 in one of the tests

While it might look like the Continental PremiumContact 7 is better than the Michelin Pilot Sport 5 purely based on the higher number of test wins, tyres are very complicated objects which means where one tyre is better than the other can be more important in real world use.

Lets look at how the two tyres compare across multiple tyre test categories.

Dry Braking

Looking at data from four tyre tests, the Continental PremiumContact 7 was better during four dry braking tests. On average the Continental PremiumContact 7 stopped the vehicle in 0.76% less distance than the Michelin Pilot Sport 5.

Continental PremiumContact 7
34.08M
Michelin Pilot Sport 5
34.34M
Dry braking in meters, lower is better

Best In Dry Braking: Continental PremiumContact 7

2023 Summer Tyre Market Overview
225/45 R18
Continental PremiumContact 7: 33.7M Michelin Pilot Sport 5: 34.1M
2023 AutoBild UHP Summer Tyre Test
225/45 R18
Continental PremiumContact 7: 33.7M Michelin Pilot Sport 5: 34.1M
2023 Tyre Reviews Performance Tyre Test
225/40 R18
Continental PremiumContact 7: 33.41M Michelin Pilot Sport 5: 33.65M
2024 Sport Auto Summer Tyre Test
215/40 R18
Continental PremiumContact 7: 35.5M Michelin Pilot Sport 5: 35.5M

Dry Handling [s]

Looking at data from one tyre tests, the Continental PremiumContact 7 was better during one dry handling [s] tests. On average the Continental PremiumContact 7 was 0.43% faster around a lap than the Michelin Pilot Sport 5.

Continental PremiumContact 7
74.12s
Michelin Pilot Sport 5
74.44s
Dry handling time in seconds, lower is better

Best In Dry Handling [s]: Continental PremiumContact 7

2023 Tyre Reviews Performance Tyre Test
225/40 R18
Continental PremiumContact 7: 74.12s Michelin Pilot Sport 5: 74.44s

Dry Handling [Km/H]

Looking at data from two tyre tests, the Continental PremiumContact 7 was better during two dry handling [km/h] tests. On average the Continental PremiumContact 7 was 0.62% faster around a lap than the Michelin Pilot Sport 5.

Continental PremiumContact 7
112.8Km/H
Michelin Pilot Sport 5
112.1Km/H
Dry Handling Average Speed, higher is better

Best In Dry Handling [Km/H]: Continental PremiumContact 7

2023 AutoBild UHP Summer Tyre Test
225/45 R18
Continental PremiumContact 7: 120.3Km/H Michelin Pilot Sport 5: 119.1Km/H
2024 Sport Auto Summer Tyre Test
215/40 R18
Continental PremiumContact 7: 105.3Km/H Michelin Pilot Sport 5: 105.1Km/H

Subj. Dry Handling

Looking at data from one tyre tests, the Michelin Pilot Sport 5 was better during one subj. dry handling tests. On average the Michelin Pilot Sport 5 scored 5% more points than the Continental PremiumContact 7.

Continental PremiumContact 7
95 Points
Michelin Pilot Sport 5
100 Points
Subjective Dry Handling Score, higher is better

Best In Subj. Dry Handling: Michelin Pilot Sport 5

2023 Tyre Reviews Performance Tyre Test
225/40 R18
Continental PremiumContact 7: 95 Points Michelin Pilot Sport 5: 100 Points

Subj. Fun

Looking at data from one tyre tests, the Michelin Pilot Sport 5 was better during zero subj. fun tests. On average the Michelin Pilot Sport 5 scored 0% more points than the Continental PremiumContact 7.

Continental PremiumContact 7
8 Points
Michelin Pilot Sport 5
8 Points
Subjective Fun Score, higher is better

Best In Subj. Fun: Michelin Pilot Sport 5

2023 Tyre Reviews Performance Tyre Test
225/40 R18
Continental PremiumContact 7: 8 Points Michelin Pilot Sport 5: 8 Points

Wet Braking

Looking at data from four tyre tests, the Continental PremiumContact 7 was better during four wet braking tests. On average the Continental PremiumContact 7 stopped the vehicle in 3.79% less distance than the Michelin Pilot Sport 5.

Continental PremiumContact 7
30.43M
Michelin Pilot Sport 5
31.63M
Wet braking in meters, lower is better

Best In Wet Braking: Continental PremiumContact 7

2023 Summer Tyre Market Overview
225/45 R18
Continental PremiumContact 7: 25.3M Michelin Pilot Sport 5: 26M
2023 AutoBild UHP Summer Tyre Test
225/45 R18
Continental PremiumContact 7: 39.5M Michelin Pilot Sport 5: 40.6M
2023 Tyre Reviews Performance Tyre Test
225/40 R18
Continental PremiumContact 7: 27.1M Michelin Pilot Sport 5: 29.1M
2024 Sport Auto Summer Tyre Test
215/40 R18
Continental PremiumContact 7: 29.8M Michelin Pilot Sport 5: 30.8M

Wet Braking - Cool

Looking at data from one tyre tests, the Continental PremiumContact 7 was better during one wet braking - cool tests. On average the Continental PremiumContact 7 stopped the vehicle in 9.12% less distance than the Michelin Pilot Sport 5.

Continental PremiumContact 7
27.9M
Michelin Pilot Sport 5
30.7M
Wet braking at cooler temperature in meters, lower is better

Best In Wet Braking - Cool: Continental PremiumContact 7

2023 Tyre Reviews Performance Tyre Test
225/40 R18
Continental PremiumContact 7: 27.9M Michelin Pilot Sport 5: 30.7M

Wet Braking - Worn

Looking at data from one tyre tests, the Michelin Pilot Sport 5 was better during one wet braking - worn tests. On average the Michelin Pilot Sport 5 stopped the vehicle in 1.18% less distance than the Continental PremiumContact 7.

Continental PremiumContact 7
42.2M
Michelin Pilot Sport 5
41.7M
Wet braking at Low Tread Depth, lower is better

Best In Wet Braking - Worn: Michelin Pilot Sport 5

2023 Tyre Reviews Performance Tyre Test
225/40 R18
Continental PremiumContact 7: 42.2M Michelin Pilot Sport 5: 41.7M

Wet Handling [s]

Looking at data from one tyre tests, the Continental PremiumContact 7 was better during one wet handling [s] tests. On average the Continental PremiumContact 7 was 2.76% faster around a wet lap than the Michelin Pilot Sport 5.

Continental PremiumContact 7
92.06s
Michelin Pilot Sport 5
94.67s
Wet handling time in seconds, lower is better

Best In Wet Handling [s]: Continental PremiumContact 7

2023 Tyre Reviews Performance Tyre Test
225/40 R18
Continental PremiumContact 7: 92.06s Michelin Pilot Sport 5: 94.67s

Wet Handling [Km/H]

Looking at data from two tyre tests, the Continental PremiumContact 7 was better during two wet handling [km/h] tests. On average the Continental PremiumContact 7 was 0.89% faster around a wet lap than the Michelin Pilot Sport 5.

Continental PremiumContact 7
78.25Km/H
Michelin Pilot Sport 5
77.55Km/H
Wet Handling Average Speed, higher is better

Best In Wet Handling [Km/H]: Continental PremiumContact 7

2023 AutoBild UHP Summer Tyre Test
225/45 R18
Continental PremiumContact 7: 76.3Km/H Michelin Pilot Sport 5: 75.5Km/H
2024 Sport Auto Summer Tyre Test
215/40 R18
Continental PremiumContact 7: 80.2Km/H Michelin Pilot Sport 5: 79.6Km/H

Subj. Wet Handling

Looking at data from one tyre tests, the Michelin Pilot Sport 5 was better during zero subj. wet handling tests. On average the Michelin Pilot Sport 5 scored 0% more points than the Continental PremiumContact 7.

Continental PremiumContact 7
98 Points
Michelin Pilot Sport 5
98 Points
Subjective Wet Handling Score, higher is better

Best In Subj. Wet Handling: Michelin Pilot Sport 5

2023 Tyre Reviews Performance Tyre Test
225/40 R18
Continental PremiumContact 7: 98 Points Michelin Pilot Sport 5: 98 Points

Wet Circle

Looking at data from one tyre tests, the Continental PremiumContact 7 was better during one wet circle tests. On average the Continental PremiumContact 7 had 0.11% higher lateral wet grip than the Michelin Pilot Sport 5.

Continental PremiumContact 7
8.72m/s
Michelin Pilot Sport 5
8.71m/s
Lateral wet grip in m/s squared, higher is better

Best In Wet Circle: Continental PremiumContact 7

2024 Sport Auto Summer Tyre Test
215/40 R18
Continental PremiumContact 7: 8.72m/s Michelin Pilot Sport 5: 8.71m/s

Straight Aqua

Looking at data from three tyre tests, the Michelin Pilot Sport 5 was better during two straight aqua tests. On average the Michelin Pilot Sport 5 floated at a 0.6% higher speed than the Continental PremiumContact 7.

Continental PremiumContact 7
87.1Km/H
Michelin Pilot Sport 5
87.63Km/H
Float Speed in Km/H, higher is better

Best In Straight Aqua: Michelin Pilot Sport 5

2023 AutoBild UHP Summer Tyre Test
225/45 R18
Continental PremiumContact 7: 104Km/H Michelin Pilot Sport 5: 105.7Km/H
2023 Tyre Reviews Performance Tyre Test
225/40 R18
Continental PremiumContact 7: 80.9Km/H Michelin Pilot Sport 5: 80.5Km/H
2024 Sport Auto Summer Tyre Test
215/40 R18
Continental PremiumContact 7: 76.4Km/H Michelin Pilot Sport 5: 76.7Km/H

Curved Aquaplaning

Looking at data from three tyre tests, the Continental PremiumContact 7 was better during two curved aquaplaning tests. On average the Continental PremiumContact 7 slipped out at a 3.4% higher speed than the Michelin Pilot Sport 5.

Continental PremiumContact 7
6.18m/sec2
Michelin Pilot Sport 5
5.97m/sec2
Remaining lateral acceleration, higher is better

Best In Curved Aquaplaning: Continental PremiumContact 7

2023 AutoBild UHP Summer Tyre Test
225/45 R18
Continental PremiumContact 7: 3.77m/sec2 Michelin Pilot Sport 5: 3.83m/sec2
2023 Tyre Reviews Performance Tyre Test
225/40 R18
Continental PremiumContact 7: 6.31m/sec2 Michelin Pilot Sport 5: 6.31m/sec2
2024 Sport Auto Summer Tyre Test
215/40 R18
Continental PremiumContact 7: 8.45m/sec2 Michelin Pilot Sport 5: 7.76m/sec2

Subj. Comfort

Looking at data from one tyre tests, the Continental PremiumContact 7 was better during one subj. comfort tests. On average the Continental PremiumContact 7 scored 2% more points than the Michelin Pilot Sport 5.

Continental PremiumContact 7
100 Points
Michelin Pilot Sport 5
98 Points
Subjective Comfort Score, higher is better

Best In Subj. Comfort: Continental PremiumContact 7

2023 Tyre Reviews Performance Tyre Test
225/40 R18
Continental PremiumContact 7: 100 Points Michelin Pilot Sport 5: 98 Points

Noise

Looking at data from two tyre tests, the Continental PremiumContact 7 was better during one noise tests. On average the Continental PremiumContact 7 measured 0.07% quieter than the Michelin Pilot Sport 5.

Continental PremiumContact 7
72.95dB
Michelin Pilot Sport 5
73dB
External noise in dB, lower is better

Best In Noise: Continental PremiumContact 7

2023 AutoBild UHP Summer Tyre Test
225/45 R18
Continental PremiumContact 7: 74dB Michelin Pilot Sport 5: 73.8dB
2024 Sport Auto Summer Tyre Test
215/40 R18
Continental PremiumContact 7: 71.9dB Michelin Pilot Sport 5: 72.2dB

Noise

Looking at data from one tyre tests, the Continental PremiumContact 7 was better during one noise tests. On average the Continental PremiumContact 7 measured 1.24% quieter than the Michelin Pilot Sport 5.

Continental PremiumContact 7
71.9dB
Michelin Pilot Sport 5
72.8dB
Internal noise in dB, lower is better

Best In Noise: Continental PremiumContact 7

2023 Tyre Reviews Performance Tyre Test
225/40 R18
Continental PremiumContact 7: 71.9dB Michelin Pilot Sport 5: 72.8dB

Wear

Looking at data from two tyre tests, the Michelin Pilot Sport 5 was better during two wear tests. On average the Michelin Pilot Sport 5 is predicted to cover 10.2% miles before reaching 1.6mm than the Continental PremiumContact 7.

Continental PremiumContact 7
38701KM
Michelin Pilot Sport 5
43097.5KM
Predicted tread life in KM, higher is better

Best In Wear: Michelin Pilot Sport 5

2023 AutoBild UHP Summer Tyre Test
225/45 R18
Continental PremiumContact 7: 51600KM Michelin Pilot Sport 5: 55600KM
2023 Tyre Reviews Performance Tyre Test
225/40 R18
Continental PremiumContact 7: 25802KM Michelin Pilot Sport 5: 30595KM

Value

Looking at data from two tyre tests, the Continental PremiumContact 7 was better during two value tests. On average the Continental PremiumContact 7 proved to have a 3.63% better value based on price/1000km than the Michelin Pilot Sport 5.

Continental PremiumContact 7
7.71Price/1000
Michelin Pilot Sport 5
8Price/1000
Euros/1000km based on cost/wear, lower is better

Best In Value: Continental PremiumContact 7

2023 AutoBild UHP Summer Tyre Test
225/45 R18
Continental PremiumContact 7: 12.11Price/1000 Michelin Pilot Sport 5: 12.5Price/1000
2023 Tyre Reviews Performance Tyre Test
225/40 R18
Continental PremiumContact 7: 3.3Price/1000 Michelin Pilot Sport 5: 3.5Price/1000

Price

Looking at data from two tyre tests, the Continental PremiumContact 7 was better during two price tests. On average the Continental PremiumContact 7 cost 11.47% less than the Michelin Pilot Sport 5.

Continental PremiumContact 7
355.1
Michelin Pilot Sport 5
401.1
Price in local currency, lower is better

Best In Price: Continental PremiumContact 7

2023 AutoBild UHP Summer Tyre Test
225/45 R18
Continental PremiumContact 7: 625 Michelin Pilot Sport 5: 695
2023 Tyre Reviews Performance Tyre Test
225/40 R18
Continental PremiumContact 7: 85.2 Michelin Pilot Sport 5: 107.2

Rolling Resistance

Looking at data from three tyre tests, the Continental PremiumContact 7 was better during two rolling resistance tests. On average the Continental PremiumContact 7 had a 0.84% lower rolling resistance than the Michelin Pilot Sport 5.

Continental PremiumContact 7
8.23kg / t
Michelin Pilot Sport 5
8.3kg / t
Rolling resistance in kg t, lower is better

Best In Rolling Resistance: Continental PremiumContact 7

2023 AutoBild UHP Summer Tyre Test
225/45 R18
Continental PremiumContact 7: 8.1kg / t Michelin Pilot Sport 5: 8.09kg / t
2023 Tyre Reviews Performance Tyre Test
225/40 R18
Continental PremiumContact 7: 8.4kg / t Michelin Pilot Sport 5: 8.6kg / t
2024 Sport Auto Summer Tyre Test
215/40 R18
Continental PremiumContact 7: 8.2kg / t Michelin Pilot Sport 5: 8.2kg / t

Abrasion

Looking at data from one tyre tests, the Michelin Pilot Sport 5 was better during one abrasion tests. On average the Michelin Pilot Sport 5 emitted 13.44% less particle wear matter than the Continental PremiumContact 7.

Continental PremiumContact 7
75.9mg/km/t
Michelin Pilot Sport 5
65.7mg/km/t
Weight of Tyre Wear Particles Lost (mg/km/t), lower is better

Best In Abrasion: Michelin Pilot Sport 5

2023 Tyre Reviews Performance Tyre Test
225/40 R18
Continental PremiumContact 7: 75.9mg/km/t Michelin Pilot Sport 5: 65.7mg/km/t

Real World Driver Reviews

Tyre Reviews also collects real world driver reviews for the Continental PremiumContact 7 and Michelin Pilot Sport 5.

In total the Continental PremiumContact 7 has been reviewed 20 times and drivers have given the tyre 85% overall.

The Michelin Pilot Sport 5 has been reviewed 60 times and drivers have given the tyre 85% overall.

This means drivers in real world driving, people prefer the Continental PremiumContact 7.

Best Review for the Continental PremiumContact 7
Given 99% 205/55 R16 on a combination of roads for 600 spirited miles
Fantastic tyres. Previous tyres were Michelin ps4. These 7s are possibly better in every department. Highly recommend them. Very impressed.
Helpful 191 - tyre reviewed on February 21, 2023
View all Continental PremiumContact 7 driver reviews >>
Best Review for the Michelin Pilot Sport 5
Given 89% 225/40 R18 on mostly country roads for 2,000 spirited miles
I've bought the new Michelin Pilot Sport 5 for my Golf R as I previously had the Pilot Sport 4 tyres. What a fantastic difference these new tyre are. Theres far less noise, the grip in the wet is better and the dry grip is almost the same if not better as well. I would definitely be buying these again.
Helpful 402 - tyre reviewed on January 12, 2022
View all Michelin Pilot Sport 5 driver reviews >>

Conclusion

In conclusion the Continental PremiumContact 7 was better in dry braking, dry handling [s], dry handling [km/h], wet braking, wet braking - cool, wet handling [s], wet handling [km/h], wet circle, curved aquaplaning, subj. comfort, noise, noise, value, price and rolling resistance tests, whereas the Michelin Pilot Sport 5 was better in subj. dry handling, subj. fun, wet braking - worn, subj. wet handling, straight aqua, wear and abrasion tests.

Which tyre is best for you depends a lot on your driving style and situation, plus what you want from the tyre, but comparing all the data in the tyre reviews database, on balance the Continental PremiumContact 7 seems to be the best tyre overall.

Overall Winner: Continental PremiumContact 7

 Overall Winner: Continental PremiumContact 7

Footnote

This page has been developed using tyre industry testing best practices. This means we are only comparing tests which have had both tyres in the same test.

Why is this important? Tyre testing is heavily affected by things like surface grip levels and surface temperature, which means you can only compare values from the same day. During a tyre test external condition changes are calculated into the overall results, but it is not possible to calculate this between tyre tests performed on different days or at different locations.

As a result you will see other tests on Tyre Reviews which feature both the Continental PremiumContact 7 and Michelin Pilot Sport 5, but as they weren't conducted on the same day, the results are not comparable.

Lots of other websites do this sort of tyre comparison, Tyre Reviews doesn't.