Continental PremiumContact 7 vs Michelin Primacy 4 Plus

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 Primacy 4 Plus to find out which tyre is best for your own driving.

The good news is that both the Continental PremiumContact 7 and Michelin Primacy 4 Plus are Premium Touring Summer tyres designed to be fitted to Passenger Cars, which means comparing the two tyres is relatively simple.

Both tyres are hugely popular in the market place with drivers, and both have been featured in independent tyre tests.

PremiumContact-7 VS Primacy-4-Plus

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 eight tests which compare both tyres directly!

Out of these eight tests:

  • Continental PremiumContact 7 finished ahead of the Michelin Primacy 4 Plus in seven of the tests
  • Michelin Primacy 4 Plus 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 Primacy 4 Plus 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 eight tyre tests, the Continental PremiumContact 7 was better during eight dry braking tests. On average the Continental PremiumContact 7 stopped the vehicle in 3.22% less distance than the Michelin Primacy 4 Plus.

Continental PremiumContact 7
35.12M
Michelin Primacy 4 Plus
36.29M
Dry braking in meters, lower is better

Best In Dry Braking: Continental PremiumContact 7

2023 Tyre Reviews Best Summer Tyres
205/55 R16
Continental PremiumContact 7: 35.27M Michelin Primacy 4 Plus: 36.58M
2023 Motor Summer Tyre Test
205/55 R16
Continental PremiumContact 7: 35.6M Michelin Primacy 4 Plus: 36.7M
2024 Summer Tyre Market Overview
205/55 R16
Continental PremiumContact 7: 35.4M Michelin Primacy 4 Plus: 36.3M
2024 ADAC Summer Tyre Test
215/55 R17
Continental PremiumContact 7: 35.4M Michelin Primacy 4 Plus: 37.3M
2024 AutoBild Summer Tyre Test
205/55 R16
Continental PremiumContact 7: 35.4M Michelin Primacy 4 Plus: 36.3M
2024 AZ Summer Tyre Test
225/45 R17
Continental PremiumContact 7: 32.9M Michelin Primacy 4 Plus: 33.6M
2024 AMS Summer SUV Tyre Test
235/55 R18
Continental PremiumContact 7: 34.1M Michelin Primacy 4 Plus: 35.5M
2024 Motorhome Summer Tyre Test
225/55 R17
Continental PremiumContact 7: 36.9M Michelin Primacy 4 Plus: 38M

Dry Handling [s]

Looking at data from three tyre tests, the Continental PremiumContact 7 was better during three dry handling [s] tests. On average the Continental PremiumContact 7 was 1.87% faster around a lap than the Michelin Primacy 4 Plus.

Continental PremiumContact 7
60.74s
Michelin Primacy 4 Plus
61.9s
Dry handling time in seconds, lower is better

Best In Dry Handling [s]: Continental PremiumContact 7

2023 Tyre Reviews Best Summer Tyres
205/55 R16
Continental PremiumContact 7: 51.73s Michelin Primacy 4 Plus: 52.6s
2023 Motor Summer Tyre Test
205/55 R16
Continental PremiumContact 7: 55.2s Michelin Primacy 4 Plus: 56.7s
2024 AZ Summer Tyre Test
225/45 R17
Continental PremiumContact 7: 75.3s Michelin Primacy 4 Plus: 76.4s

Dry Handling [Km/H]

Looking at data from three tyre tests, the Continental PremiumContact 7 was better during three dry handling [km/h] tests. On average the Continental PremiumContact 7 was 0.7% faster around a lap than the Michelin Primacy 4 Plus.

Continental PremiumContact 7
96.17Km/H
Michelin Primacy 4 Plus
95.5Km/H
Dry Handling Average Speed, higher is better

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

2024 AutoBild Summer Tyre Test
205/55 R16
Continental PremiumContact 7: 115.5Km/H Michelin Primacy 4 Plus: 115.1Km/H
2024 AMS Summer SUV Tyre Test
235/55 R18
Continental PremiumContact 7: 93.8Km/H Michelin Primacy 4 Plus: 92.6Km/H
2024 Motorhome Summer Tyre Test
225/55 R17
Continental PremiumContact 7: 79.2Km/H Michelin Primacy 4 Plus: 78.8Km/H

Subj. Dry Handling

Looking at data from one tyre tests, the Continental PremiumContact 7 was better during one subj. dry handling tests. On average the Continental PremiumContact 7 scored 15% more points than the Michelin Primacy 4 Plus.

Continental PremiumContact 7
100 Points
Michelin Primacy 4 Plus
85 Points
Subjective Dry Handling Score, higher is better

Best In Subj. Dry Handling: Continental PremiumContact 7

2023 Tyre Reviews Best Summer Tyres
205/55 R16
Continental PremiumContact 7: 100 Points Michelin Primacy 4 Plus: 85 Points

Wet Braking

Looking at data from eight tyre tests, the Continental PremiumContact 7 was better during eight wet braking tests. On average the Continental PremiumContact 7 stopped the vehicle in 7.47% less distance than the Michelin Primacy 4 Plus.

Continental PremiumContact 7
35.55M
Michelin Primacy 4 Plus
38.42M
Wet braking in meters, lower is better

Best In Wet Braking: Continental PremiumContact 7

2023 Tyre Reviews Best Summer Tyres
205/55 R16
Continental PremiumContact 7: 31.58M Michelin Primacy 4 Plus: 32.88M
2023 Motor Summer Tyre Test
205/55 R16
Continental PremiumContact 7: 51.1M Michelin Primacy 4 Plus: 54.6M
2024 Summer Tyre Market Overview
205/55 R16
Continental PremiumContact 7: 25.8M Michelin Primacy 4 Plus: 27.7M
2024 ADAC Summer Tyre Test
215/55 R17
Continental PremiumContact 7: 28.5M Michelin Primacy 4 Plus: 31.1M
2024 AutoBild Summer Tyre Test
205/55 R16
Continental PremiumContact 7: 40.3M Michelin Primacy 4 Plus: 43.3M
2024 AZ Summer Tyre Test
225/45 R17
Continental PremiumContact 7: 39.5M Michelin Primacy 4 Plus: 44.6M
2024 AMS Summer SUV Tyre Test
235/55 R18
Continental PremiumContact 7: 27.9M Michelin Primacy 4 Plus: 31M
2024 Motorhome Summer Tyre Test
225/55 R17
Continental PremiumContact 7: 39.7M Michelin Primacy 4 Plus: 42.2M

Wet Braking - Concrete

Looking at data from one tyre tests, the Continental PremiumContact 7 was better during one wet braking - concrete tests. On average the Continental PremiumContact 7 stopped the vehicle in 13.75% less distance than the Michelin Primacy 4 Plus.

Continental PremiumContact 7
32M
Michelin Primacy 4 Plus
37.1M
Wet braking on Concrete in meters, lower is better

Best In Wet Braking - Concrete: Continental PremiumContact 7

2024 ADAC Summer Tyre Test
215/55 R17
Continental PremiumContact 7: 32M Michelin Primacy 4 Plus: 37.1M

Wet Handling [s]

Looking at data from three tyre tests, the Continental PremiumContact 7 was better during three wet handling [s] tests. On average the Continental PremiumContact 7 was 2.28% faster around a wet lap than the Michelin Primacy 4 Plus.

Continental PremiumContact 7
82.12s
Michelin Primacy 4 Plus
84.04s
Wet handling time in seconds, lower is better

Best In Wet Handling [s]: Continental PremiumContact 7

2023 Tyre Reviews Best Summer Tyres
205/55 R16
Continental PremiumContact 7: 84.85s Michelin Primacy 4 Plus: 85.72s
2023 Motor Summer Tyre Test
205/55 R16
Continental PremiumContact 7: 83.8s Michelin Primacy 4 Plus: 85.6s
2024 AZ Summer Tyre Test
225/45 R17
Continental PremiumContact 7: 77.7s Michelin Primacy 4 Plus: 80.8s

Wet Handling [Km/H]

Looking at data from three tyre tests, the Continental PremiumContact 7 was better during three wet handling [km/h] tests. On average the Continental PremiumContact 7 was 1.64% faster around a wet lap than the Michelin Primacy 4 Plus.

Continental PremiumContact 7
73.13Km/H
Michelin Primacy 4 Plus
71.93Km/H
Wet Handling Average Speed, higher is better

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

2024 AutoBild Summer Tyre Test
205/55 R16
Continental PremiumContact 7: 75.5Km/H Michelin Primacy 4 Plus: 74.5Km/H
2024 AMS Summer SUV Tyre Test
235/55 R18
Continental PremiumContact 7: 75.5Km/H Michelin Primacy 4 Plus: 73.1Km/H
2024 Motorhome Summer Tyre Test
225/55 R17
Continental PremiumContact 7: 68.4Km/H Michelin Primacy 4 Plus: 68.2Km/H

Subj. Wet Handling

Looking at data from one tyre tests, the Continental PremiumContact 7 was better during one subj. wet handling tests. On average the Continental PremiumContact 7 scored 5% more points than the Michelin Primacy 4 Plus.

Continental PremiumContact 7
100 Points
Michelin Primacy 4 Plus
95 Points
Subjective Wet Handling Score, higher is better

Best In Subj. Wet Handling: Continental PremiumContact 7

2023 Tyre Reviews Best Summer Tyres
205/55 R16
Continental PremiumContact 7: 100 Points Michelin Primacy 4 Plus: 95 Points

Wet Circle

Looking at data from two tyre tests, the Continental PremiumContact 7 was better during two wet circle tests. On average the Continental PremiumContact 7 had 4.22% higher lateral wet grip than the Michelin Primacy 4 Plus.

Continental PremiumContact 7
7.58m/s
Michelin Primacy 4 Plus
7.26m/s
Lateral wet grip in m/s squared, higher is better

Best In Wet Circle: Continental PremiumContact 7

2024 AutoBild Summer Tyre Test
205/55 R16
Continental PremiumContact 7: 6.53m/s Michelin Primacy 4 Plus: 6.24m/s
2024 AMS Summer SUV Tyre Test
235/55 R18
Continental PremiumContact 7: 8.62m/s Michelin Primacy 4 Plus: 8.28m/s

Straight Aqua

Looking at data from seven tyre tests, the Michelin Primacy 4 Plus was better during four straight aqua tests. On average the Michelin Primacy 4 Plus floated at a 0.44% higher speed than the Continental PremiumContact 7.

Continental PremiumContact 7
79.59Km/H
Michelin Primacy 4 Plus
79.94Km/H
Float Speed in Km/H, higher is better

Best In Straight Aqua: Michelin Primacy 4 Plus

2023 Tyre Reviews Best Summer Tyres
205/55 R16
Continental PremiumContact 7: 74.91Km/H Michelin Primacy 4 Plus: 78.18Km/H
2023 Motor Summer Tyre Test
205/55 R16
Continental PremiumContact 7: 76Km/H Michelin Primacy 4 Plus: 78.1Km/H
2024 ADAC Summer Tyre Test
215/55 R17
Continental PremiumContact 7: 74Km/H Michelin Primacy 4 Plus: 75.3Km/H
2024 AutoBild Summer Tyre Test
205/55 R16
Continental PremiumContact 7: 82.5Km/H Michelin Primacy 4 Plus: 85.2Km/H
2024 AZ Summer Tyre Test
225/45 R17
Continental PremiumContact 7: 82.3Km/H Michelin Primacy 4 Plus: 81.9Km/H
2024 AMS Summer SUV Tyre Test
235/55 R18
Continental PremiumContact 7: 73.5Km/H Michelin Primacy 4 Plus: 68.6Km/H
2024 Motorhome Summer Tyre Test
225/55 R17
Continental PremiumContact 7: 93.9Km/H Michelin Primacy 4 Plus: 92.3Km/H

Curved Aquaplaning

Looking at data from five tyre tests, the Continental PremiumContact 7 was better during one curved aquaplaning tests. On average the Continental PremiumContact 7 slipped out at a 3.52% higher speed than the Michelin Primacy 4 Plus.

Continental PremiumContact 7
6.25m/sec2
Michelin Primacy 4 Plus
6.03m/sec2
Remaining lateral acceleration, higher is better

Best In Curved Aquaplaning: Continental PremiumContact 7

2023 Tyre Reviews Best Summer Tyres
205/55 R16
Continental PremiumContact 7: 3.3m/sec2 Michelin Primacy 4 Plus: 3.42m/sec2
2024 ADAC Summer Tyre Test
215/55 R17
Continental PremiumContact 7: 2.8m/sec2 Michelin Primacy 4 Plus: 2.9m/sec2
2024 AutoBild Summer Tyre Test
205/55 R16
Continental PremiumContact 7: 4.51m/sec2 Michelin Primacy 4 Plus: 4.79m/sec2
2024 AMS Summer SUV Tyre Test
235/55 R18
Continental PremiumContact 7: 8.25m/sec2 Michelin Primacy 4 Plus: 6.42m/sec2
2024 Motorhome Summer Tyre Test
225/55 R17
Continental PremiumContact 7: 12.4m/sec2 Michelin Primacy 4 Plus: 12.6m/sec2

Subj. Comfort

Looking at data from one tyre tests, the Michelin Primacy 4 Plus was better during one subj. comfort tests. On average the Michelin Primacy 4 Plus scored 3.16% more points than the Continental PremiumContact 7.

Continental PremiumContact 7
92 Points
Michelin Primacy 4 Plus
95 Points
Subjective Comfort Score, higher is better

Best In Subj. Comfort: Michelin Primacy 4 Plus

2023 Tyre Reviews Best Summer Tyres
205/55 R16
Continental PremiumContact 7: 92 Points Michelin Primacy 4 Plus: 95 Points

Noise

Looking at data from six tyre tests, the Michelin Primacy 4 Plus was better during six noise tests. On average the Michelin Primacy 4 Plus measured 1.73% quieter than the Continental PremiumContact 7.

Continental PremiumContact 7
71.28dB
Michelin Primacy 4 Plus
70.05dB
External noise in dB, lower is better

Best In Noise: Michelin Primacy 4 Plus

2023 Tyre Reviews Best Summer Tyres
205/55 R16
Continental PremiumContact 7: 72.2dB Michelin Primacy 4 Plus: 70.3dB
2023 Motor Summer Tyre Test
205/55 R16
Continental PremiumContact 7: 64.6dB Michelin Primacy 4 Plus: 64.3dB
2024 ADAC Summer Tyre Test
215/55 R17
Continental PremiumContact 7: 71.3dB Michelin Primacy 4 Plus: 70.7dB
2024 AutoBild Summer Tyre Test
205/55 R16
Continental PremiumContact 7: 74.1dB Michelin Primacy 4 Plus: 72.7dB
2024 AMS Summer SUV Tyre Test
235/55 R18
Continental PremiumContact 7: 73.2dB Michelin Primacy 4 Plus: 70.5dB
2024 Motorhome Summer Tyre Test
225/55 R17
Continental PremiumContact 7: 72.3dB Michelin Primacy 4 Plus: 71.8dB

Noise

Looking at data from one tyre tests, the Michelin Primacy 4 Plus was better during one noise tests. On average the Michelin Primacy 4 Plus measured 2.78% quieter than the Continental PremiumContact 7.

Continental PremiumContact 7
72dB
Michelin Primacy 4 Plus
70dB
Internal noise in dB, lower is better

Best In Noise: Michelin Primacy 4 Plus

2024 AZ Summer Tyre Test
225/45 R17
Continental PremiumContact 7: 72dB Michelin Primacy 4 Plus: 70dB

Wear

Looking at data from two tyre tests, the Michelin Primacy 4 Plus was better during one wear tests. On average the Michelin Primacy 4 Plus is predicted to cover 8.26% miles before reaching 1.6mm than the Continental PremiumContact 7.

Continental PremiumContact 7
45525KM
Michelin Primacy 4 Plus
49625KM
Predicted tread life in KM, higher is better

Best In Wear: Michelin Primacy 4 Plus

2024 ADAC Summer Tyre Test
215/55 R17
Continental PremiumContact 7: 60300KM Michelin Primacy 4 Plus: 60300KM
2024 AutoBild Summer Tyre Test
205/55 R16
Continental PremiumContact 7: 30750KM Michelin Primacy 4 Plus: 38950KM

Value

Looking at data from one tyre tests, the Michelin Primacy 4 Plus was better during one value tests. On average the Michelin Primacy 4 Plus proved to have a 12.06% better value based on price/1000km than the Continental PremiumContact 7.

Continental PremiumContact 7
12.85Price/1000
Michelin Primacy 4 Plus
11.3Price/1000
Euros/1000km based on cost/wear, lower is better

Best In Value: Michelin Primacy 4 Plus

2024 AutoBild Summer Tyre Test
205/55 R16
Continental PremiumContact 7: 12.85Price/1000 Michelin Primacy 4 Plus: 11.3Price/1000

Price

Looking at data from four tyre tests, the Michelin Primacy 4 Plus was better during two price tests. On average the Michelin Primacy 4 Plus cost 1.85% less than the Continental PremiumContact 7.

Continental PremiumContact 7
1901.67
Michelin Primacy 4 Plus
1866.47
Price in local currency, lower is better

Best In Price: Michelin Primacy 4 Plus

2023 Tyre Reviews Best Summer Tyres
205/55 R16
Continental PremiumContact 7: 99.69 Michelin Primacy 4 Plus: 93.89
2023 Motor Summer Tyre Test
205/55 R16
Continental PremiumContact 7: 6938 Michelin Primacy 4 Plus: 6750
2024 ADAC Summer Tyre Test
215/55 R17
Continental PremiumContact 7: 174 Michelin Primacy 4 Plus: 182
2024 AutoBild Summer Tyre Test
205/55 R16
Continental PremiumContact 7: 395 Michelin Primacy 4 Plus: 440

Rolling Resistance

Looking at data from six tyre tests, the Michelin Primacy 4 Plus was better during four rolling resistance tests. On average the Michelin Primacy 4 Plus had a 3.77% lower rolling resistance than the Continental PremiumContact 7.

Continental PremiumContact 7
6.9kg / t
Michelin Primacy 4 Plus
6.64kg / t
Rolling resistance in kg t, lower is better

Best In Rolling Resistance: Michelin Primacy 4 Plus

2023 Tyre Reviews Best Summer Tyres
205/55 R16
Continental PremiumContact 7: 8.38kg / t Michelin Primacy 4 Plus: 8.24kg / t
2023 Motor Summer Tyre Test
205/55 R16
Continental PremiumContact 7: 0.829kg / t Michelin Primacy 4 Plus: 0.797kg / t
2024 AutoBild Summer Tyre Test
205/55 R16
Continental PremiumContact 7: 8.08kg / t Michelin Primacy 4 Plus: 8.16kg / t
2024 AZ Summer Tyre Test
225/45 R17
Continental PremiumContact 7: 8.6kg / t Michelin Primacy 4 Plus: 7.6kg / t
2024 AMS Summer SUV Tyre Test
235/55 R18
Continental PremiumContact 7: 7.7kg / t Michelin Primacy 4 Plus: 6.6kg / t
2024 Motorhome Summer Tyre Test
225/55 R17
Continental PremiumContact 7: 7.82kg / t Michelin Primacy 4 Plus: 8.42kg / t

Fuel Consumption

Looking at data from one tyre tests, the Michelin Primacy 4 Plus was better during one fuel consumption tests. On average the Michelin Primacy 4 Plus used 1.69% less fuel than the Continental PremiumContact 7.

Continental PremiumContact 7
5.9l/100km
Michelin Primacy 4 Plus
5.8l/100km
Fuel consumption in Litres per 100 km, lower is better

Best In Fuel Consumption: Michelin Primacy 4 Plus

2024 ADAC Summer Tyre Test
215/55 R17
Continental PremiumContact 7: 5.9l/100km Michelin Primacy 4 Plus: 5.8l/100km

Abrasion

Looking at data from one tyre tests, the Michelin Primacy 4 Plus was better during one abrasion tests. On average the Michelin Primacy 4 Plus emitted 19.97% less particle wear matter than the Continental PremiumContact 7.

Continental PremiumContact 7
60.1mg/km/t
Michelin Primacy 4 Plus
48.1mg/km/t
Weight of Tyre Wear Particles Lost (mg/km/t), lower is better

Best In Abrasion: Michelin Primacy 4 Plus

2024 ADAC Summer Tyre Test
215/55 R17
Continental PremiumContact 7: 60.1mg/km/t Michelin Primacy 4 Plus: 48.1mg/km/t

Real World Driver Reviews

Tyre Reviews also collects real world driver reviews for the Continental PremiumContact 7 and Michelin Primacy 4 Plus.

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

The Michelin Primacy 4 Plus has been reviewed 26 times and drivers have given the tyre 82% 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 Primacy 4 Plus
Given 97% 235/45 R17 on a combination of roads for 1,000 average miles
Coming from the Civics original tyres Primacy 3 that’s lasted 25Kmls or just over 4 years, I don’t do a lot of miles daily but those Primacy 3 tyres served me well with just the road noise being a little loud at times I liked the dry, wet, handling and comfort of these Michelin’s.

So with not a lot of info on the new Primacy 4Plus and needing 4tyres I decided to go with these anyway as only £1.oo each dearer than the primacy 4 when I purchased, in for a penny in for a pound, these are the XL reinforced version I went for as they are a whole 1DB quieter than the non XL version... Continue reading this review using the link below
Helpful 254 - tyre reviewed on July 24, 2022
View all Michelin Primacy 4 Plus driver reviews >>

Conclusion

In conclusion the Continental PremiumContact 7 was better in dry braking, dry handling [s], dry handling [km/h], subj. dry handling, wet braking, wet braking - concrete, wet handling [s], wet handling [km/h], subj. wet handling, wet circle and curved aquaplaning tests, whereas the Michelin Primacy 4 Plus was better in straight aqua, subj. comfort, noise, noise, wear, value, price, rolling resistance, fuel consumption 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 Primacy 4 Plus, 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.