Continental WinterContact TS 870 P

The new WinterContactâ„¢ TS 870 P is equipped with an improved sipe and pattern concept, which gives you excellent grip on snow and ice and a new compound enables an optimised wet performance, extra-low rolling resistance and high mileage.

This tyre replaced the Continental WinterContact TS 860 S.

Dry Grip 91%
Wet Grip 97%
Road Feedback 83%
Handling 92%
Wear 89%
Comfort 95%
Buy again 94%
Snow Grip 93%
Ice Grip 84%

Tyre review data from 15 tyre reviews averaging 91% over 63,200 miles driven.

The WinterContact TS 870 P is ranked 2nd of 42 Winter Ultra High Performance tyres.

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Latest Tyre Test Results

2023 Tyre Reviews SUV Winter Tyre Test - 1st of 9 tyres

  • Positive - A very well balanced tyre, good in the dry, very good in the wet, good in the snow, lowest rolling resistance on test.
  • Negative - Mid pack for noise and aquaplaning resistance.
  • Overall - The winner of this winter SUV test was the Continental WinterContact TS 870 P. This tyre seems to have performed the impossible, by blending a HUGE lead in rolling resistance with excellent grip in the dry, wet and snow. It couldn't quite match the Michelin in snow traction or dry braking, and it was mid pack for noise, but it traded blows with the best in every other category. The amount of grip it had while having such an advantage in rolling resistance makes this tyre the best tyre in this test, and if you drive an electric vehicle or are sensitive to rising fuel costs, you shouldn't even consider any other option in this size. Remarkable work by Continental.
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2023 Tyre Reviews Winter Tyre Test - 3rd of 13 tyres

  • Positive - Excellent in the dry, good wet braking, high levels of comfort, lowest rolling resistance on test by quite a margin.
  • Negative - Mid pack wet handling result, average aquaplaning resistance.
  • Overall - Third place went to the Continental WinterContact TS870P which is the tyre to buy if you want to save fuel or drive an EV, as it had by FAR the lowest rolling resistance on test. It also somehow blended that with one of the best performances in the dry, and excellent grip in the wet. It was a little weaker in the snow than the best tyres on test, but it was less than 4% off the best in snow braking and handling, so not a huge gap. Impressive tyre, especially when you stop and think about its rolling resistance levels.
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2023/24 Tyre Reviews UHP Winter Tyre Test - 1st of 6 tyres

  • Positive - Exceptional all round tyre with no real weakness, particularly strong in the wet and snow, low rolling resistance, good levels of comfort, low wear.
  • Negative - Higher cost.
  • Overall -
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Questions and Answers for the Continental WinterContact TS 870 P

2021-10-17 - I have been Winter driving on Michelin Pilot Alpin 4 for a number of years and with living and working in the countryside they are good. However a new car has meant a move from 18" to 19" rims. The 19" rim has tyre size of 225/35R19 fitted. There are not many UHP Winter tyres in this size, particularly the Continental Winter Contact TS870P. The closest that is offered for this tyre is a 235/35R19. This means that they are 10mm wider and possibly 3mm taller. What are the issues with fitting this slightly larger tyre?

While the TS870P is an excellent winter tyre choice, I sadly can't advise on whether it is safe to change tyre sizes away from non-OE specification, sorry. If you check the owners manual there might be an alternative size or a smaller wheel option for winter tyres.

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Size Price Range  
225/55 R18 £195.50 - £195.50 (1 Prices) Compare Prices >>
235/45 R18 £194.66 - £194.78 (2 Prices) Compare Prices >>
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Top 3 Continental WinterContact TS 870 P Reviews

Given 84% while driving a Audi A6 2.0 TDI (205/60 R16) on mostly motorways for 110 average miles
This is a quick review to help out some folk to buy these tires. My plan before was to buy 860S however the new model intrigued me but I'd say that 860S may in fact be better in terms of subjective feel. Dry grip wasn't half bad, definitely could launch the car hard in the dry however at around 8C or more after prolonged driving session it does start to drop off so I assume it may perform even better in fairly cold weather. Braking in the dry could be better as my previous TS860 tires did better in dry braking. Handling had bit understeer in the dry but nothing that made the drive boring. Wet was where it was king and will be even better once it is broken in. Superb braking, handling and grip on the level of my summer Pilot Sport 4 tires. I would say that it had slight tendency to oversteer, it did feel very sharp in the wet. Comfort was also on the same level as my TS860 but the best part was that it didn't feel floaty and neutered which made me hate WinterContact TS860. TS860 imitated smoothness by isolating the driver from all the feedback of brake actuation, feel of acceleration and the chassis to extent which made the driving jerky and boring, these however did not need to compromise and retain exact comfort and smoothness. Can't comment on snow and ice as we didn't have any here and in Baltic States. We have less snow for the past 5 years so I'll rate them based on tests. My real only complaint with this tire is road feedback. Turn in is just as slow as it was with WinterContact TS860 although the stiffer construction makes it feel less laggy in comparison. Still surprised that with a stiffer construction they didn't perform how I expected because for now I find rear wheels quite disconnected from the chassis, they simply feel strange for instance it is slow to turn at first few degrees then suddenly the tire progressively corners swiftly the next which is fun but not something I prefer, I rather have sharp quick turn in that is predictable. In the dry you do not feel anything on a smooth road. Irregular roads give some of the feedback but you can tell the middle of the tire is quite disconnected, rides on the sidewalls a lot more. Wet feedback again just like its grip and handling is on top however these shortcomings most likely due to being fresh and new as well as weather still being not optimal for winter tires but the fears I had for WinterContact tires came true. There is no reason to make an UHP winter tire numb and disconnected. I really feel like my power steering was broken because the steering is super soft and no longer heavy like I had with my summers. Dare I say worse feedback than with TS860 although at least it doesn't look like it is underinflated. WinterContact TS860 had this bulge on the sidewall which always made me feel like the tires are underinflated, this tire has only a minimal amount. Not all winter tires are like this, I had driven other cars that had winter tires and they didn't feel as bad. I'll miss the summer tire feel TS860 brought though but it's not an issue, I can live with it. I'd shortlist these tires and look for something else as subjectively they do not feel sporty. It's more like a souped-up touring tire. I'd choose Blizzaks and UltraGrip Performance+ for true sporty feel but time will tell because I do think in the cold and after some miles this tire will surprise me.
Helpful 81 - tyre reviewed on October 25, 2021
Given 88% while driving a Alfa Romeo Giulia q4 2.0T 280+ (225/45 R18) on a combination of roads for 5,000 average miles
This is now the second season I'm using these tires. The first season saw quite a bit of long distance driving on highways etc, also at high speeds. They generally feel very good and comfortable at acceptable noise levels, especially since the roads here in Sweden are generally extremely loud. Where I live there isn't that much snow, but the weather in winter is often around freezing with a lot of wet roads, and the tires have behaved really well in these conditions, they are a joy to drive.

Even at high speeds (I've tried them up to 220 km/h), the car feels very stable on the road. After about 5000km, they have over 8mm of tread left, so I expect to get quite a few more seasons out of them. Overall a very good tire that I would happily buy again
Helpful 19 - tyre reviewed on November 28, 2023
Given 98% while driving a Volkswagen (B8) 1.4 TSI (150 Hp) DSG ACT (235/45 R18) on a combination of roads for 30,000 average miles
I like the Continental WinterContact 870 P tires. I use them year-round, and they perform well overall. Their grip on ice is not as good as Nordic winter tires, but they still handle well when driven cautiously. They can handle southern Finland winters. I've driven 40000 km on them over two and a half years, and there's probably one more year left in them.
Helpful 18 - tyre reviewed on September 30, 2023
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Given 90% while driving a Audi (235/50 R18) on a combination of roads for 3,000 spirited miles
Coming from winter Hankook, a very directional tyre and good on dry roads but very very low comfort and terrible over snow (but it's really a winter tyre or a four season ?).
Continental work well in every condition and it's so much more comfortable.
Helpful 0 - tyre reviewed on March 1, 2024
Given 90% while driving a Subaru forester 2.5xt (215/65 R16) on a combination of roads for 8,000 spirited miles
Main drawback is the price, overall the tires perform phenomenally on any terrain in the winter. Wet performance is amazing, you don't even feel the wheel loose any grip up to a certain puddle depth when driving over it. Off-road performance is very good too, absolutely no issues here. In reality I can not think of anything that could be better considering its not a soft compound and not studded. Control while doing "spirited driving" on snow is very good, even on ice with 4WD I have plenty of grip to control the car, but they are not magical, ice is still ice whithout studs. I didn't notice any noise on dry roads and performance on the dry, I would think is on par with some summer tires. In conclusion amazing tire if you can afford it, but for me the tire was overkill considering how much it costs. Living in rural area i would choose a cheaper studded tire.
Helpful 3 - tyre reviewed on January 29, 2024
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Given 83% while driving a Citroën DS3 (215/60 R17) on mostly country roads for 2,000 easy going miles
Very balanced tyres. Ideal for my EV thanks to the low noise and rolling resistance.
Helpful 15 - tyre reviewed on November 4, 2023
Given 84% while driving a Volvo V90 Cross Country B5 Mild Hybrid Diesel (245/45 R20) on a combination of roads for 3,190 easy going miles
When I picked up my 2023 Volvo V90 Cross Country B5 Mild Hybrid Diesel the selection of winter tyres offered by Volvo did not satisfy me and I have asked to for getting the Continental Winter Contact TS870P mounted on my 20 inch wheels. From the start the tyre did not disappoint me. It feels very comfortable on the road and is very quiet. Dry handling and driving is how I would I expect it. We had lots of rain in the winter and spent some time in northern Germany and this tyre is superb in handling heavy rain. Compared to the Bridgestone Blizzak LM005 (with 255/35 R20 on my previous Volvo V90 D5) it felt even better. With only a few days of snow we did not get a chance to really test true winter capabilities. After driving 3190 miles (5134km) I did not see much signs of wear. We have the same tyre mounted on my wife's V60 D4 (235/45 R18) and that tyre is so comfortable to drive and even is on par with the summer tyres.
Helpful 22 - tyre reviewed on April 4, 2023
Given 97% while driving a Jaguar xf premium luxury (235/55 R17) on a combination of roads for 5,000 average miles
This is a mid life type of review (2nd winter) and 5000 miles mark. The tires are amazing. On slushy roads (mountains roads with snow, melted snow, ice, water, road dirt, etc), the tires are like glue to the road. With semi-spirited drive (without risking the safety on the mountains roads driving), the ESP was not needed. It grips and grips with no problems. Of course, on fully iced roads, the grip is not amazing, but again these are not studded tires. On snow, however ....a pleasure to drive. On wet and dry roads, the situation is the same: grips and grips without any downside. Braking is also very good, in some emergency braking occasions, the car stopped very quickly from 120km/h speedo` area to 0 km/h. Will definitively buy again next time, as I`m confident I have fund my perfect winter tire.
Helpful 25 - tyre reviewed on January 26, 2023
Given 91% while driving a Audi Audi A6 (225/45 R17) on a combination of roads for 2,500 spirited miles
Tire size: 225/55 R 17 101V, Car: Audi A6 C7 3.0 TFSI Quattro. I bought these tires after watching Tyrereviews winter tire test. After switching from old Michelin Alpin 4, the first thing I've noticed was... silence. The gap was huge. These tires are quieter than my summer tires- Michelin Pilot Sport 4 (245/45 R18 99Y). I've tested them in almost every weather conditions. They are great. The bigest disadvantage is maybe snow grip- good but not exceptional (new winter tires are better in mild climate), but they saved me 2-3 times during winter skidding :). Definitely worh to buy, especially with cash back from Conti. In my opinion, considering value for money- better than Michelin.
Helpful 34 - tyre reviewed on May 10, 2022
Given 93% while driving a Mazda MX5 (205/50 R17) on mostly town for 500 spirited miles
I got an MX-5 NC, it's just 125 HP, but it's so light it can easily lose grip, especially since it doesn't have any systems to prevent slippage, etc. I had pretty bad tires so I had to make sure I get the best damn possible models I can for a car like this. I did a lot of research (thanks TyreReviews) and got the Continental WinterContact TS 870 P. The feel of the car immediately changed on these tires. Grip on dry and wet is amazing. Now, even when I want to lose a little grip, do some drifts, have some fun, I can't! I couldn't even force losing grip on slushy snow which is another huge plus for an MX-5. Noise levels are fine and I got a pretty hard suspension, so I can't really say anything about comfort. I haven't had em for too long, but overall, I'd buy these again and again! Highly recommended!
Helpful 33 - tyre reviewed on March 29, 2022
Given 90% while driving a Ford Mondeo Mk. IV 2.2 TDCi 200HP (225/45 R17) on a combination of roads for 0 average miles
Tyres 215/50 R 17, subjectively pleasant, no feeling of insecurity on dry or water, in the corners beautifully hold even the heavy car (about 1800kg). On freshly fallen snow on icy roads still excellent handling feeling, but that's probably also due to the hydraulic power steering. I tend to drive more sedately now, but when I want to get silly, I can. I find them quite quiet, but it's just a feeling, I don't have a comparison with other tyres, in short the noise from the wheels definitely doesn't bother me. Higher price for great quality. Certainly the best winter tires from Conti in the 20+ years I've been riding them.
Helpful 40 - tyre reviewed on January 23, 2022
Given 98% while driving a Jaguar xf premium luxury (235/55 R17) on a combination of roads for 0 average miles
Aquired TS 870 P for the winter, based on all feedback from it's predecessor and the novelty improvements said to have. Until now, although the driving period is not long and the tires were not pushed to their limits, still the feeling is superb. Dry and wet grip, stability and confort are on a different level. Tires behaved amazingly on the various road conditions and styles of driving. Cannot say the snow/ice performance as we did not had snow yet, but expectations are high.
Helpful 41 - tyre reviewed on November 20, 2021
Given 90% while driving a Lexus GS300 (235/45 R18) on mostly town for 0 average miles
I was looking to buy Michelin Pilot Alpin 5, and my size was not available. According to many test TS870 P ranks the same as Pilot Alpin 5. The tyres are very good. They feel like my summer Primacy 4. Wet braking excellent, dry grip is good, steering response is not the sharpest but for a winter tyre is good. Strongly recommended!!!
Helpful 39 - tyre reviewed on November 14, 2021