Continental IceContact 3

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

Tyre review data from 2 tyre reviews averaging 71% over 13,500 miles driven, and 8 tests with an average result of 3rd.

Dry Grip 85%
Wet Grip 75%
Road Feedback 80%
Handling 80%
Wear 50%
Comfort 65%
Buy again 55%
Snow Grip 90%
Ice Grip 60%

The IceContact 3 is unranked of 66 Winter Premium Touring tyres.

This tyre replaced the Continental IceContact 2.

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2023 Studded Tyre Test
5th of 8 tyres
  • Continental has failed at the most important aspect for a studded tyre: achieving grip on ice. The stopping distance on ice lags far behind other premium brands. Despite having the highest price, the tyre's braking performance is on par with Goodride and is only marginally better than a used tyre.
    However, the IceContact 3 communicates well with the driver about where the grip limit is and remains controllable when traction is about to be lost. This safe and easy-to-control behavior is consistent across all surfaces.
    Continental scores the most points in the asphalt categories with a nice driving feel, good stability during evasive maneuvers, and low noise. But with a high price and poor ice grip, it's difficult to recommend the tyre to anyone, regardless of driving type.
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2022 Studded Winter Tyre Test
5th of 8 tyres
  • Aquaplaning, noise, easy to handle under pressure.
  • Ice grip, extended braking distances on all surfaces.
  • Continental has not quite got it right with "IC3". The general level of grip is a bit behind other premium brands in the price class on almost all surfaces. Above all, the IC3 lags behind in the corners, which is a big minus for a studded tire. However, the tire communicates well with the driver about where the grip limit is, which combined with a neutral balance makes the tire safe and predictable in the curves with a slightly understeer character. Highlights are the aquaplaning properties as well as good noise level for being a studded tire. The studs, which are vulcanized into the tire, show minimal movement throughout the test. Here, the studs are securely fastened! Often in the lower half of the semi-rounds gives a fifth place overall.
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2021 Nordic Studded Winter Tyre Test
5th of 8 tyres
  • Overall rating 8.4. Features on ice and snow- Safe driving on snow- Stops effectively on snow- Moderate ice grip. Properties on asphalt- Excellent lateral grip on wet- Weakest dry grip- Weakest extreme behavior
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Latest Continental IceContact 3 Reviews

Given 66% while driving a Mercedes Benz E220Cdi (225/45 R17) on mostly motorways for 5,000 easy going miles
I bought those tires in October 2021. Overall, the tires were amazing, on par with Michelin X-Ice North 4, which I have on my other car. Most of the time, the tires were used on highways mixed with relatively little city driving. The driving style was gentle, as the car has always on ASR, that makes sideways driving unpredictable.

After about 5k miles, there is still a lot of rubber to go, but the studs have given out. They work perfectly fine when accelerating/braking, but they have turned into skis when cornering. The studs are rectangular in shape and the sides of the studs have rounded off, making them not grip on ice on lateral motion. I found it out when I was driving on black ice on a windy day and an oncoming truck caused the car to fishtail at 45MPH.

I really liked those tires, but I can not recommend them due to the stud rounding out issue.
Helpful 17 - tyre reviewed on October 25, 2023
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.
Helpful 54 - tyre reviewed on June 3, 2020
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