Continental WinterContact TS 850

Dry Grip 89%
Wet Grip 91%
Road Feedback 85%
Handling 86%
Wear 85%
Comfort 91%
Buy again 90%
Snow Grip 87%
Ice Grip 83%

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This tyre has been replaced by the Continental WinterContact TS 860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 51 tyre reviews averaging 87% over 436,130 miles driven.

Latest Group Test Results

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

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

2015 Winter Tyre Market Overview - 3rd of 51 tyres

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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Top Continental WinterContact TS 850 Review

Given 34% while driving a CitroŽn 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.
94 - tyre reviewed on May 27, 2016   

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Given 86% while driving a Volkswagen (B8) 1.4 TSI (150 Hp) DSG ACT (225/45 R17) on a combination of roads for 35,000 easy going miles
Season 8 (the last one) / above 50000 km / above 31000 mi, still 4 mm pattern. Driven on VW Up! White Up! 75PS/95NM MY2013. Very confident tyres on all road conditions. Dry: a bit slippery (normal for a winter tyre), confident on cold, quite slippery on warm above 15*C. Wet: very confident on water. Snow and ice: extremely reliable on slushy weather conditions. After 8 years still a good grip on the snowy mountain roads. Fuel economy and wear: great (consider the economical and light car). Because these are tyres with really high sidewalls they have quite a shallow handling in contrast to the 16 inch summer tyres. I really love the Contis as a winter tyre - next season I will get the upcoming TS 870 (if available)...
0 - tyre reviewed on January 17, 2021   
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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.
6 - 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.
17 - tyre reviewed on May 28, 2018   

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