Continental tires may not be the most affordable you can buy. But in this Continental PureContact review, you’ll find out why this tire belongs in the upper echelons of the grand-touring all-season category.
The Continental PureContact is a sporty looking tire. It is engineered to give your vehicle admirable all-weather traction with class-leading comfort and refinement. It is equipped with a plethora of unique features that makes it stand out from lesser-endowed all-season tires.
And if you previously thought Continental tires are expensive, think again. The price is relative to the amount of features you get. The Continental PureContact is proof that affordable tires can deliver elevated levels of all-weather performance.
What are the features of the Continental PureContact?
The Continental PureContact is specifically intended for midsize sedans, luxury cars, refined sports coupes, and even small crossovers. Grand- touring tires are different from ordinary touring tires. While the latter is primarily designed for comfort, road silence, and longer wear, the former is a high-performance derivate that offers better traction without penalizing ride comfort and wear.
The tire is constructed utilizing Continental’s unique EcoPlus Technology. It benefits from a silica tread compound for relentless wet and dry traction with supreme levels of comfort. The compound is also a low-rolling resistance formula that helps you save fuel and promotes longer tire wear.
The Continental PureContact is equipped with independent tread blocks and vertical ridges along the four wide circumferential grooves. The design is optimized to maintain strong levels of traction and grip in all-weather driving. Like I previously mentioned above, this tire comes with an aggressive tread design to enhance the styling of your vehicle.
What vehicles are ideal for the Continental PureContact?
Continental made sure the PureContact is available for a wide array of vehicle types. Although this tire is generally recommended for midsize and sporty luxury cars such as the BMW 3-Series and 5-Series, Audi A4 and A6, and Mercedes C-Class and E-Class, I can see no reason why compact cars such as the new Honda Civic, Mazda 3, Toyota Corolla, and Subaru Impreza can benefit from the all-season capabilities of the Continental PureContact.
And since the tire is offered in 15” to 20” diameters, it is also a sterling choice for street-based crossovers and SUVs such as the Hyundai Santa Fe, Kia Sorento, BMW X3 and X5, Toyota RAV4, Honda CR-V, and Hyundai Kona. If your vehicle demands a sporty touring tire that won’t break the bank, the Continental PureContact is a solid choice.
What are the biggest attributes of the tire?
It will have to be the highway silence and road comfort. The problem with performance-oriented all-season tires is the refinement, especially the cheaper variety. The same goes true for summer tires or those that are oriented more towards performance rather than comfort. But the Continental PureContact begs tom differ.
For the money, this tire is supremely comfortable. It glides smoothly and effortlessly on the highway but maintains a steady ride even over pothole-riddled city roads. It can also roll quietly even when you’re pushing it on the highway. Some tires will be quiet on asphalt but extremely talkative over hard tarmac. But not the Continental PureContact. You can expect the tires to maintain a premium-feeling ride for a more relaxing driving experience.
How about wet performance?
The vertical ridges in the circumferential grooves of the tire are designed to prevent hydroplaning while always maintaining steady and relentless levels of grip. With that being said, the Continental PureContact is a good performer on wet and slippery roads. But there are limits to this, and it will all depend on the status of the visible tuned indicators imprinted on the shoulder.
The tire has D, W, and S markings which stands for dry, wet, and snow. If the S marking fades away, it means the tire must not be used on snowy roads. The same goes in the wet. As the tire fades and only the D marking is visible, this means the tire can only maintain higher levels of grip in the dry.
You may call this a novelty feature at best, but it will help greatly in determining the capabilities of the tire on all types of roads. This is also an admirable feature to have considering the relatively affordable price of the Continental PureContact.
Is it good for snowy or icy roads?
Yes! As long as the S marking in the tuned performance indicators is still present, the Continental PureContact is ideal for snowy roads. Then again, there are certain limits to what this tire can do in winter driving. For light snow, you’ll encounter zero issues with traction and grip. But things will changes if you drive in a snow storm or in streets with more than 2 to 3 inches of snow.
What are the wear characteristics of the Continental PureContact?
It’s common knowledge that tire wear is relative to your driving habits. But since the Continental PureContact is infused with the DNA of a touring tire, you can expect the tires to last longer than cheaper tires from unknown brands. In fact, this tire can battle it out with similar offerings from Bridgestone, Michelin, and Goodyear in terms of wear.
Continental is so confident in the abilities of the PureContact that it is offering a 90,000-mile tread wearout coverage and a 12-month limited warranty for each purchase. You also get free flat tire roadside assistance and a road hazard warranty. You can’t get those with cheap tires, right? From the looks of it, it seems the Continental PureContact is starting to look like excellent value for money!
Should I buy the Continental PureContact?
Absolutely. If your car or crossover demands a high-quality touring tire, why not settle for a performance grand-touring tire instead? The Continental PureContact remains a solid and well-informed choice for drivers who demand class-leading comfort and excellent all-season traction in a new set of tires.
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