Your safety is our top priority. That is why Continental takes all possible safety and comfort aspects into account when developing its tyres. All Continental innovations have to pass an intense testing regime before going into production. Each new tyre has to complete hundreds of test kilometers on our main testing site, the Contidrom in Hannover, Germany.
A total of 140,000 tyres are tested every year in different conditions. Last year, our test drivers amassed a mileage that would have seen them circling the globe 500 times.
We subject our tyres to more testing than any other brand. But that's not enough just yet: It is important to us that our tyres also perform well in independent tests. And they do: tyres from Continental are regularly rated top performers in impartial tests, and we have been voted the best tyre brand of the year several times by the German motorists’ association ADAC and renowned magazines including AutoBild and AutoZeitung. This achievement makes us proud because it once again confirms: With Continental tyres, you are safe on the road in all conditions.
To deliver safe, optimized and reliable tyres, Continental employs both established as well as new testing methods. Continental’s R&D expert Andreas Schlenke explains how testing – from virtual simulations to objective and subjective tests – is an integral part of every single phase in tyre development.
Continental tyres keep winning tests all over the world. In 653 independent tests conducted since 2007, our products have received the highest rating 511 times - a stunning success rate of 78 percent. The awards that make us particularly proud include the award for the best tyre in the past 50 years from Auto Motor Sport magazine, as well as the regular top ratings in the German Motorist Association’s major summer and winter tyre tests. These test results are also an important reason for car manufacturers to trust us and fit every third car rolling off their assembly lines in Europe with Continental tyres.
These are just a few of our test results:
In their April issue, Auto Bild Allrad (D) has published the 4x4 Summer Tire Test. The tested tire size was 215/65 R16 H/V, test vehicle a VW Tiguan.
The test was conducted by Auto Bild Allrad
- on the Contidrom, Jeversen, Germany (wet tests) and
- on Goodyear's proving ground in USA / San Angelo (all other tests).
Rating for the CrossContactTM UHP: "recommended"
About the Continental CrossContactTM UHP
+ very short stopping distances especially in the wet
+ amazing good traction on grass and mud
- average hydroplaning performance
- noise performance
The German magazine "Auto Zeitung" publishes in its issue (08/2015) a SUV Summer Tyre Test for the tire size 215/65 R16 H/V. Test vehicle was a VW Tiguan.The test was conducted by Auto Zeitung on Continental's proving ground in Uvalde/Texas.
Rating for the ContiPremiumContactTM 5: "highly recommended"
About our ContiPremiumContactTM 5:
+ balanced tyre
+ efficient and safe tyre
The Automotive Clubs ADAC (D) / OEAMTC (A) / TCS (CH) and the consumer organization Stiftung Warentest (D) have published the Summer Tyre Test 2015 on their homepages (www.adac.de / www.oeamtc.at / www.tcs.ch / www.test.de)
- 185/60 R14 82H
- 205/55 R16 91V
The tests were carried out at the following proving grounds:
- All criteria on Wet Road, Fuel Consumption, Noise: Contidrom, Jeversen, Germany.
- All criteria on Dry Road: Bridgestone, Rome, Italy.
- Mileage 185/60 R14: Bridgestone Wear Machine, Rome, Italy.
- Mileage 205/55 R16: ADAC Wear Test around Landsberg, Bavaria, Germany.
- High Speed Test conducted by TU Darmstadt, Germany.
Rating for the ContiPremiumContactTM 5: "Good/Highly recommended" (Testwinner)
About our ContiPremiumContactTM 5 (produced in Lousado plant):
+ well balanced tyre
+ very good on wet road
+ best in wet handling
+ very good also on dry road
In issue 4/2015, AutoBild sportscars (D) has published the Summer Tyre Test 2015. The tire size was 255/35 R 19 (front axle) and 275/35 R 19 (rear axle). Test car was a BMW M4.
The test was conducted by AutoBild sportscars on the Wachauring, Austria in cooperation with Vredestein.
Rating for the ContiSportContact® 5 P: "good"
About our ContiSportContact® 5 P
+ Satisfying handling properties
- Slight delay in center response on dry roads
- Significant under steering behavior on wet roads
- Average braking
Continental named Australia’s best tyre in latest independent tyre awards
• Continental ContiSportsContact 5P takes out top honours in the 2017 Motor Tyre Test
• Win reiterates Continental’s consistent, multi award-winning global performance
Melbourne, Australia, April 2017. Continental has been crowned Australia’s best tyre in Motor’s 2017 Tyre Test, an independent award which puts tyre brands to the test across a slew of driving conditions to highlight the best and safest performance tyre choice for Australian drivers.
May 2018, Melbourne - The most comprehensive performance tyre test conducted by Australian motoring media has been won by a Continental tyre for the third time, making it four consecutive years of wins by Continental in independent Australian motoring media tests.
In topping the rankings at MOTOR Magazine’s 2018 Tyre Test, the Continental SportContact® 6 reinforced the brand’s recent dominance by adding to Continental wins of the same test in 2015 and 2017 on the ContiSportContact® 5 P, as well as the 2016 win in the Wheels Magazine Tyre Test on the ContiPremiumContact® 5. The results unmistakably reinforce the technological edge of the German engineered premium brand.
The German ACE (Auto Club Europa) together with the GTÜ (Gesellschaft für Technische Überwachung mbH) and Austrian Partner Club ARBÖ (Auto-, Motor- und Radfahrerbund Österreichs) have published their Summer Tyre Test 2019. The tested tire size was 205/55 R16 91V, test vehicle was a Skoda Octavia. The test was conducted in cooperation with Bridgestone in Rome (Italy).
Rating for the PremiumContact® 6: Highly Recommended
About our PremiumContact® 6
+ Good wet and dry braking
+ Good dry handling
- Aquaplaning lateral
- High price
The German magazine sportauto has published in issue 04/2019 the "Summer Tyre Test 2019". The tested tire size was 245/30 R 20 90Y, test vehicle was a Honda Civic Type R.
The test was conducted by sportauto in cooperation with Bridgestone in Rome/Italy.
Rating for the SportContact® 6: Very Recommended, Test Winner
About our SportContact® 6
+ Best in wet overall
+ Best in dry overall
+ Best in wet braking
- Reduced Aquaplaning prevention