The Continental ContiProContact is all about balance. It offers decent levels of luxury and all-season performance along with a comfortable ride. It may look like a sportier set of rubber but it’s a proper grand touring tire for European luxury-sport vehicles.
But the most stellar attribute of the Continental ContiProContact is the low price. You can buy a set of these tires for less than $450. Admittedly, that’s still a lot of money for a performance touring tire, but you get terrific value considering the features and capabilities of the ContiProContact.
In this review, you’ll find out if the Continental ContiProContact is the right tire for your vehicle. We’ll also discuss the many attributes of this tire to figure out what makes it stand out from the rest of the competition.
What are the features of the Continental ContiProContact?
The most noticeable feature in the Continental ContiProContact is the numerous arched edges on the shoulders. This comes courtesy of PROactive EDGE technology to enhance all-weather traction. Those biting edges enable the tire to scavenge every ounce of traction even in slippery, icy, or snowy weather conditions.
The ContiProContact also comes with a unique notched center rib design. In other tires, the center rib is smooth and wide to offer precise handling and a more accurate steering feel. But in the ContiProContact, the center rib also comes with notches and siping to offer superior traction, better stability, and responsive steering in the slippery or snowy pavement.
And even though the ContiProContact is properly classified as a touring tire, Continental’s PROactive EDGE Technology also enhances traction in loose, muddy, or gravel roads. It’s not an off-road tire by any means, but it’s good enough to motivate your Subaru Outback or Crosstrek over dirt-filled roads.
What are the best attributes of this tire?
The best attribute of the Continental ContiProContact is the excellent all-season and all-weather performance. We also mentioned this tire is great for snowy or icy roads, but it’s also good on dirt roads or light trail driving. But if that’s not enough, it even feels like a proper high-performance rubber in the street.
Dry traction is relentless while the braking remains strong. The ContiProContact can handle aggressive driving with nary a complaint, but only if you don’t push too hard. This tire can easily get overwhelmed by applying excessive throttle and steering inputs, but it handles great for what is ordinarily conceived as a touring tire for highway driving.
Is it ideal for wet and snowy roads?
Yes! The Continental ContiProContact is equipped with four wide circumferential grooves to effectively disperse water, ice, and snow from the contact patch. The numerous sipes and biting edges ensure maximum traction and steady grip. It also allows for powerful braking even in the slickest road conditions.
But of course, there are limits to what this tire can do in cold weather. It performs admirably over light snow but is quickly overwhelmed by deeper snow or thicker ice. If you live in places with harsh winters and heavy snowfall, you should focus your attention on snow tires instead.
Is it comfortable and refined?
Touring tires are supposed to be comfortable and refined. In this regard, the Continental ContiProContact does not disappoint. It’s not impressive how a touring tire manages to be supple since it is primarily conceived to be comfortable in the first place. But what’s really impressive is how the ContiProContact merges the perfect balance of luxurious comfort and sporty handling.
But if there’s one bad thing about this tire, it has to be the tire roar. We were expecting higher levels of road noise from this tire given the sporting attributes, and we were right. However, the tire roar is only present at higher than average speeds. The tire rolls silently at slow and average speeds, but it will get noisier as you approach the speed limit.
This is not a big issue for a tire that performs flawlessly in all-season driving. But if you have a luxury car and you’re prioritizing comfort over sporty handling, the Continental ContiProContact may not be the best choice for your vehicle.
How about treadwear and fuel economy?
The Continental ContiProContact is accompanied by an industry-leading 80,000-mile limited treadwear warranty. It also comes with a 60-day trial offer and 3-years roadside assistance under the Total Confidence Plan. This should set aside your concerns on early wear and durability.
The touring DNA of the ContiProContact is responsible for providing maximum fuel efficiency. This tire is constructed using a low rolling resistance tire compound and tread design with the even distribution of the driving pressure along the entire tread area. The symmetric ribbed tread design closely follows the road surface at all times, which allows the tire to equally spread the forces of acceleration, cornering and breaking out across the tire’s surface. This not only contributes to longer wear and superior comfort, but it ensures maximum savings at the gas pump.
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Should I buy the Continental ContiProContact?
Considering the low price and all-weather performance, the Continental ContiProContact remains a solid choice for an all-season touring tire. Like we said, this tire is all about balance. The sporty performance is very much appreciated in a grand touring tire, but it also manages to excel in driving comfort and refinement.
If you need a great all-season tire for sedans, small crossovers, and minivans, take a closer look at the Continental ContiProContact. This tire offers excellent value and year-round performance for the price.
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