Continental EcoContact 6

With the new EcoContact 6, Continental has launched a high technology summer tire that delivers substantial improvements in terms of rolling resistance, mileage, steering precision and braking distances. Compared to its predecessor, the newcomer offers 20 percent higher mileage, 15 percent lower rolling resistance, even more precise handling and shorter braking distances on both wet and dry roads.

This tire replaced the Continental Eco Contact 5.

Dry Grip 74%
Wet Grip 59%
Road Feedback 57%
Handling 60%
Wear 52%
Comfort 69%
Buy again 40%

Tire review data from 77 tire reviews averaging 59% over 571,753 miles driven.

The EcoContact 6 is ranked 135th of 146 Summer Premium Touring tires.

Latest Tire Test Results

2022 ADAC Summer Tire Test - 15 Inch - 8th of 16 tires

  • Positive - Lowest rolling resistance, low wear.
  • Negative - Relatively low aquaplaning resistance.
  • Overall - The Continental EcoContact 6 performs exceptionally well in terms of fuel consumption and also gets a very good rating in terms of wear. While it can still secure a good rating on dry roads, it does not get more than a satisfactory rating in the wet due to its weaknesses in aquaplaning behavior. In the sum of its properties, the tire is recommended.
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2022 AZ SUV Tire Test - 7th of 10 tires

  • Overall - With a top value for rolling resistance, the Continental Eco Contact 6 confirmed its label efficiency rating in seventh place. Grippy in the wet, but significant aquaplaning weaknesses.
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2022 Summer Tire Market Overview - 21st of 44 tires

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2022 Tire Tests

  • 7th: 2022 AZ SUV Tire Test (215/55 R17)
  • 8th: 2022 ADAC Summer Tire Test - 15 Inch (185/65 R15)
  • 8th: 2022 ViBilagare Eco vs Normal Tire Test (205/55 R16)
  • 19th: 2022 Auto Bild Summer Tire Test (215/55 R17)
  • 21st: 2022 Summer Tire Market Overview (215/55 R17)
  • 2020 Tire Tests

  • 8th: 2020 ADAC SUV Summer Tire Test (235/55 R17)
  • Size Fuel Wet Noise Weight
    155/70 R13 75T   C B 70 5.37kgs
    175/70 R13 82T   B B 70 6.27kgs
    155/80 R13 79T   C B 70 5.91kgs
    185/55 R14 80H   A B 70 5.97kgs
    165/60 R14 75H   B A 70 5.76kgs
    185/60 R14 82H   A A 70 6.33kgs
    155/65 R14 75T   B B 70 5.33kgs
    175/65 R14 82H   B B 70 6.26kgs
    175/65 R14 86T XL   B B 70 6.55kgs
    175/65 R14 82T   B B 70 6.28kgs
    185/65 R14 86T   A B 70 6.65kgs
    185/65 R14 86H   A B 70 6.65kgs
    155/70 R14 77T   B B 70 5.53kgs
    165/70 R14 81T   B A 70 6.15kgs
    175/70 R14 84T   B B 70 6.46kgs
    175/80 R14 88T   B B 70 7.55kgs
    195/50 R15 82H   B B 71 6.88kgs
    195/50 R15 82V   B B 71 6.88kgs
    175/55 R15 77T   B B 70 6.09kgs
    185/55 R15 82H   A A 70 6.49kgs
    185/55 R15 86H XL   A B 70 6.60kgs
    185/55 R15 82H   A B 70 6.38kgs
    185/55 R15 86V XL   A A 71 6.52kgs
    195/55 R15 85V   B A 71 7.05kgs
    195/55 R15 85H   B A 71 7.05kgs
    205/55 R15 88V   A A 71 7.41kgs
    175/60 R15 81H   B B 70 6.28kgs
    185/60 R15 88H XL   A A 71 6.68kgs
    185/60 R15 84T   B A 70 6.63kgs
    185/60 R15 84H   B A 70 6.68kgs
    195/60 R15 88V   A B 71 7.02kgs
    195/60 R15 88H   A B 71 7.03kgs
    205/60 R15 91H   A A 71 8.69kgs
    205/60 R15 91V   A A 71 7.82kgs
    225/60 R15 96W   B A 71 9.23kgs
    145/65 R15 72T   B B 70 5.17kgs
    165/65 R15 81T   B B 70 6.25kgs
    175/65 R15 84T   B A 70 6.69kgs
    175/65 R15 84H   A B 70 6.27kgs
    185/65 R15 88T   A B 70 7.17kgs
    185/65 R15 88H   A A 70 7.06kgs
    195/65 R15 95H XL   A A 72 7.20kgs
    195/65 R15 91H   A A 71 7.75kgs
    195/65 R15 91T   A A 71 7.52kgs
    195/65 R15 91V   B A 71 8.16kgs
    205/65 R15 94H   B A 71 8.45kgs
    205/65 R15 94V   B A 71 8.45kgs
    195/45 R16 84H XL   A A 72 6.39kgs
    215/45 R16 86H   B A 71 8.85kgs
    185/50 R16 81H   A B 70 6.54kgs
    195/50 R16 88V XL   A A 72 7.11kgs
    185/55 R16 83V   A B 70 7.01kgs
    185/55 R16 87H XL   A A 71 7.08kgs
    185/55 R16 83H   A B 70 6.99kgs
    195/55 R16 87H   A B 71 7.17kgs
    195/55 R16 87V   B A 71 7.05kgs
    195/55 R16 87V   A B 71 7.77kgs
    195/55 R16 91V XL   A B 72 7.36kgs
    195/55 R16 87H REN       7.64kgs
    195/55 R16 87T   A A 71 7.23kgs
    205/55 R16 91H XL   A A 71 8.40kgs
    205/55 R16 94V XL   A A 72 8.40kgs
    205/55 R16 94H XL   A A 72 8.01kgs
    205/55 R16 94V XL   A A 72 8.39kgs
    205/55 R16 91W XL * B B 71 10.30kgs
    205/55 R16 91V   A A 71 7.87kgs
    205/55 R16 91W XL * A B 71 7.75kgs
    205/55 R16 91W   A A 71 7.87kgs
    205/55 R16 94W XL   A A 72 7.98kgs
    215/55 R16 97W XL   A A 72 8.45kgs
    215/55 R16 97H XL   A A 72 8.27kgs
    215/55 R16 97Y XL   A A 72 8.76kgs
    215/55 R16 93V   A A 71 8.46kgs
    225/55 R16 95W   A A 71 8.89kgs
    225/55 R16 95V   A A 71 8.89kgs
    205/60 R16 96W XL * A B 72 8.66kgs
    205/60 R16 96H XL   A A 72 8.22kgs
    205/60 R16 96W XL   A A 72 8.09kgs
    205/60 R16 96V XL VOL A A 72 8.23kgs
    205/60 R16 92V   A A 71 7.81kgs
    215/60 R16 99V XL VOL A A 72 8.86kgs
    215/60 R16 95V   A A 71 9.16kgs
    215/60 R16 95V   A B 71 10.43kgs
    225/60 R16 98W   A A 71 9.44kgs
    205/65 R16 95H XL   A B 71 8.02kgs
    215/65 R16 98H   A A 71 9.49kgs
    215/40 R17 87V XL   A A 72 9.38kgs
    205/45 R17 88H XL   A A 72 7.45kgs
    225/45 R17 94V XL   A B 72 8.79kgs
    225/45 R17 91V XL   A B 71 8.45kgs
    205/50 R17 93V XL   A A 71 8.19kgs
    215/50 R17 95V XL   A A 72 7.99kgs
    225/50 R17 98Y XL * A B 72 9.07kgs
    225/50 R17 94V   A A 71 8.57kgs
    205/55 R17 91W MO A B 71 8.29kgs
    205/55 R17 91V   A A 71 8.22kgs
    215/55 R17 98W XL   A A 72 9.07kgs
    215/55 R17 94V XL   A A 71 8.90kgs
    215/55 R17 94V   A A 71 10.30kgs
    215/55 R17 94V XL AO A A 71 10.41kgs
    225/55 R17 101Y XL * A B 72 10.39kgs
    225/55 R17 101W XL   A A 72 9.56kgs
    225/55 R17 97W * A B 71 10.04kgs
    225/55 R17 101Y XL   A A 72 9.95kgs
    235/55 R17 103Y XL   A A 72 10.33kgs
    215/60 R17 96H   A A 71 9.52kgs
    225/60 R17 99H   A A 71 9.66kgs
    215/65 R17 99V XL AO B A 71 10.87kgs
    215/65 R17 99H AO A A 71 10.26kgs
    215/65 R17 99V   A B 71 9.90kgs
    235/65 R17 108V XL   A A 72 13.45kgs
    225/40 R18 92Y XL AR A B 72 8.67kgs
    225/40 R18 92Y XL * A B 72 8.66kgs
    245/40 R18 97Y XL MO A B 72 10.42kgs
    245/40 R18 97Y XL MO A B 72 10.42kgs
    225/45 R18 95Y XL MO A B 72 9.25kgs
    225/45 R18 91W MO A B 71 9.02kgs
    225/45 R18 95Y XL MO A B 72 9.08kgs
    225/45 R18 95Y XL J A A 72 9.02kgs
    235/45 R18 94W   B A 71 10.70kgs
    235/45 R18 94W   B A 71 9.17kgs
    245/45 R18 96W OPE       13.39kgs
    245/45 R18 100Y XL MOE       14.70kgs
    245/45 R18 96W         11.08kgs
    245/45 R18 100Y XL * A B 72 9.86kgs
    245/45 R18 96W   A A 71 14.83kgs
    215/50 R18 92V         9.95kgs
    225/50 R18 99W XL * B B 72 12.36kgs
    215/55 R18 95T XL (+) A A 71 8.61kgs
    225/55 R18 102Y XL AO A A 72 10.33kgs
    235/55 R18 100V VOL A A 71 10.75kgs
    235/55 R18 100W MO A B 71 10.86kgs
    235/55 R18 100V   A A 71 12.24kgs
    235/55 R18 104T XL MO A B 71 11.66kgs
    275/35 R19 100Y XL MO A B 73 11.06kgs
    245/40 R19 98Y XL MO A B 72 10.12kgs
    225/45 R19 96W XL * B B 72 10.98kgs
    235/45 R19 99V XL VOL A A 72 13.01kgs
    255/45 R19 104Y XL MOE       18.95kgs
    255/45 R19 104V XL VOL A A 73 11.60kgs
    215/50 R19 93T XL (+) A A 71 10.79kgs
    235/50 R19 103V XL         12.29kgs
    235/50 R19 103V XL VOL A A 71 10.77kgs
    235/50 R19 99W MO A B 71 11.08kgs
    235/50 R19 103T XL MOE       14.77kgs
    235/50 R19 103T XL MO A B 71 11.58kgs
    245/50 R19 105W XL * A B 72 12.36kgs
    235/55 R19 105V XL VOL A A 72 12.02kgs
    235/55 R19 105V XL VOL A A 72 12.09kgs
    235/55 R19 105V XL VOL A A 72 11.74kgs
    255/55 R19 111H XL AO A A 73 14.05kgs
    155/70 R19 84Q   A B 70 6.30kgs
    245/35 R20 95W XL   A B 72 10.31kgs
    245/35 R20 95W XL         12.02kgs
    255/40 R20 101V XL VOL A A 73 13.74kgs
    215/45 R20 95T XL (+) A A 72 10.72kgs
    235/45 R20 100V XL VOL A A 72 9.47kgs
    235/45 R20 100V XL   A B 72 14.18kgs
    235/45 R20 100T XL MO A B 72 10.49kgs
    275/45 R20 110V XL VOL       18.84kgs
    155/60 R20 80Q   B A 70 6.28kgs
    245/35 R21 96W XL VOL B A 72 11.65kgs
    255/40 R21 102V XL VOL       14.71kgs
    315/30 R22 107Y XL * A A 75 15.62kgs
    265/35 R22 102V XL VOL       14.32kgs
    275/35 R22 104Y XL * A B 73 13.27kgs

    Questions and Answers for the Continental EcoContact 6

    2019-04-04 - What is your opinion on Continental EcoContact 6 in compare to Continental Premium Contact 6? I need advice for 205/55/16 Kia Ceed '07.

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    2020-03-24 - Is this a run-flat

    The Continental EcoContact 6 comes in various runflat sizes.

    2020-05-21 - Is Continental ecocontact 6 made in Slovakia?

    It is likely the Eco Contact 6 is made in multiple factories depending on size.

    2023-06-14 - Are these run flat, can they be repaired if punctured by a nail?

    If there are runflat versions of the EC6 they will be listed as SSR (Self Supporting Runflat) by the dealer. Generally these can be repaired using the same rules as regular tires, a small hole in the centre 75% part of the tread and the tire has not been run on flat means it can be repaired.

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    Top 3 Continental EcoContact 6 Reviews

    Given 84% while driving a Volkswagen Polo 1.4 16v (175/65 R14) on mostly town for 500 easy going miles
    Nice , very nice and comford for my polo 9n.
    Very stable when i drive for 120-150 kmh at motorways , warm early at town but note is very soft for long distance every day use .
    Fine for daily use at town and a cool trip every weekend , thats all .
    Helpful 469 - tire reviewed on October 19, 2018
    Given 10% while driving a Volkswagen Golf 7 TDI (205/55 R16 V) on a combination of roads for 14 average miles
    I bought a pair of these for the front of my car and drove them approximately 14 miles home today. I have measured the tread depths and found them to be approximately 6.5 mm. The Continental Premium Contact 5 which were removed had done about 28000 miles and had worn down to approximately 3 to 4 mm. These tires were original equipment on the car and I am pretty sure the tread depths were of the order of 8 mm when they were new. When I have bought quality tires in the past, they have generally had around 8 mm of tread. If the tires wear at the same rate, it appears I will have to replace them at a much lower mileage. It is possible that the new tires will wear at a considerably reduced rate. However, I am sceptical and suspect that I will have to replace then at rather less than 28000 miles.
    Are manufacturer's quietly reducing the life of their tires for commercial reasons?
    This practice is surely environmentally unsound. More used tire casings will be produced for a given vehicle mileage. Greater stress should be placed on tread depth (and longevity) of tires when they are advertised new. Perhaps a statement of the tread depth in the description should be legally required. This would help to sort out the tendency of tire manufacturers toward selling tires of reduced tread depth.
    I will try and add a further review when I have had the tires for a bit longer.
    Helpful 110 - tire reviewed on February 19, 2019
    Given 71% while driving a Opel Astra K 1.6 CDTI (205/55 R16 V) on a combination of roads for 6,000 average miles
    I have this on my car since march this year and after aprox. 9000km they have 1mm wear (from 6.5 when they come in new to 5.5 this week). I drove around 1300km straight (prague-bucharest) in 15h and they felt stable at 200km/h on highway. I would not buy again because of the low profile (6.5mm new).
    Helpful 81 - tire reviewed on July 18, 2019
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    Given 54% while driving a Skoda (235/45 R18) on a combination of roads for 29,000 easy going miles
    These were factory fit on a Skoda Superb Combi. They started with 6.5mm tread and covered 47,000km to end up with 2.5mm tread. The wheels were rotated diagonally every 10,000km. I felt that they should have lasted longer given that they were not driven hard and I'd normally get at least another 10,000 km out of a set of tires. I normally replace my tires when the tread gets to 2mm but these were replaced early at 2.5mm as they began to feel unsafe in wet conditions. From the start, they were noisy on anything but smooth asphalt to the point where conversation in the car was difficult. They were grippy and predictable on dry roads and felt like they had low rolling resistance. They were acceptable in terms of comfort but felt very stiff over bumps. At 2.5mm they started to become unpredictable in the wet and had to be replaced. I would not recommend this tire which has all the hallmarks of something developed to help manufacturers meet their emissions targets.
    Helpful 1 - tire reviewed on September 13, 2023
    Given 79% while driving a Hyundai Tucson (215/65 R17) on a combination of roads for 30,000 average miles
    Update of my previous reviews , after 40.000 km , tread still at 3,5 mm
    Helpful 0 - tire reviewed on September 11, 2023
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    Given 31% while driving a Ford Kuga (215/65 R16) on a combination of roads for 5,000 average miles
    Vague feeling in turns, unstable on worn roads.
    Wet grip while turning = sliding/under-steering...
    Very noisy on rough asphalt, but quiet on fresh...
    Cheap tire isn't always the best...
    Helpful 4 - tire reviewed on August 7, 2023
    Given 44% while driving a Volkswagen ID3 (215/50 R19) on mostly town for 20,000 spirited miles
    One of the few officially available for VW ID.3 with 19 diameter. The good thing is a noise - almost none in the salon. The bad things outperform heavily: in 30 kkm (two years) they are gone (twisty roads + Greece where half of the year asphalt is well above 70 degrees). Wet handling was really bad from the start - several times electronics saved the car (and me). Wet braking is bad. At dry asphalt (winter, +15...+25) they are completely fine while during summer (+30 and above) becomes slippery (soft rubber mixture). Try to find something else.
    Helpful 2 - tire reviewed on July 23, 2023
    Given 25% while driving a Mercedes Benz (225/45 R18) on a combination of roads for 100 easy going miles
    New Continental Eco Contact got only 5mm tread
    Wife's brand new Mercedes Aclass with 5k miles came back from service with note that front tires are worn - I didn't believe it and newer checked it. Now I got the car and 10k miles on the clock and front got 3mm rear 4.5mm which shocked me.
    Now my wife got herself brand new A class again with same Continental tires and I've just checked them 5mm of tread on brand new tires- come on Continental that's not legal to sell brand new tires with less tread as some part worn tires! Rubbish will newer buy Continental.
    Helpful 6 - tire reviewed on June 22, 2023
    Given 86% while driving a Mercedes Benz (195/65 R15) on a combination of roads for 6,000 average miles
    Good dry grip, a little bit weaker in the wet. Wear rate is very good and the fuel consumption is reduced. Also a good feedback from the tire and the street.
    Helpful 6 - tire reviewed on May 19, 2023
    Given 94% while driving a BMW i3 (155/60 R20) on a combination of roads for 1 spirited miles
    I imported Continental EcoContact 6 from UK through eBay as in the US, Bridgestone Ecopia EP500 is the only available tire for BMW i3. EP500 has been released around 2013, and have only received minor updates since then. As a result of this, they have some notable issues, a) poor wet grip, b) very small amount of usable treads, c) poor wear, d) mediocre handling. I was tired of those tires, and wanted to see what EcoContact 6 can do vs EP500.

    WiselyAutomotive measured the tread depth of Michelin E.Primacy, Bridgestone Ecopia EP500, and Continental EcoContact 6 ( around 1:25 mark). The EcoContact 6 had the most amount of treads in both the center, inner, and outer sides of the tire (6.26 mm, 6.55 mm, 6.13 mm). This means that out of all 3, we can expect generally better wet grip. This holds true in the EU labels as well, since EP500 received C/B rating for wet grip, whereas EcoContact 6 received constantly B or A.

    After international shipping, the cost came out to be actually cheaper than EP500. I was happy to have installed all 4 of those for R20 wheel option, which is 155/60R20 and 175/55R20.

    Handling - this tire handles really well. I was able to go around corners where EP500 lost grip, and it kept pulling through. It has bit of oversteery balance to it, but very predictable.

    Dry - I was impressed with just how much stuff I can get away with this tire. I can stop in a comically short distance, and the tire had really good feedback overall. It felt like I was driving a completely different car.

    Wet - This tire performed exceptionally on the wet. I could not get it to slide unless I was intentionally trying to get it to slide. Really good grip, and it was very confidence inspiring compared to EP500. It can however lose grip suddenly rather than predictably at times, so caution is always advised when driving on the wet surfaces.

    Wear - This tire has more treads than EP500 to begin with, and newer technology. Tires have improved a lot since 2013, and it shows. After approx 1,000 miles, they look still brand new.

    Ride quality - People complain that R20 option is too stiff and unforgiving. This tire fixed it -- it was so comfortable, the noise may be at 70 decibels, but it was much less harsh than EP500. It is considerably louder than Blizzak LM500 though, as expected.

    A quick note about this tire -- the maximum pressure for rears is only 44 PSI, and the front even less (EP500 is rated for 50 PSI). So starting 2018-ish, BMW raised i3's tire pressure to 44 on the rears and 39 on the fronts. So I advise you check the tire pressure often if you are running 44, because there's a potential to exceed certified rating of 44. If you want to be safe, you can run 41 instead, which is pre-2018 tire spec for BMW i3 with the identical suspension and tire components for the most part.

    Overall, I was super impressed, would buy again.
    Helpful 7 - tire reviewed on May 7, 2023
    Given 86% while driving a Toyota iq (175/65 R15) on mostly town for 30,000 easy going miles
    Nice tires, very nice rolling and very low fuel consuption. The handling is descent, the grip is good on dry road, ok on the wet (much better than the previous michelin energy savers). 40K klms and still have so much rubber to wear. Light car and smooth driving is probably the reason, but they look like new to me
    Helpful 4 - tire reviewed on April 19, 2023
    Given 30% while driving a Ford (215/50 R18) on a combination of roads for 1,500 easy going miles
    Very bad tires, hard, heavy, uncomfortable and very noisy. I will change them after 1500 miles. I can't stand them anymore.
    Helpful 6 - tire reviewed on April 9, 2023
    Given 56% while driving a Fiat Tipo (225/45 R17) on a combination of roads for 20,000 average miles
    Factory fitted by the manufacturer. The most disappointing aspect is certainly the road holding on wet asphalt: the car tends to understeer heavily even at low speed, for example when traveling around a roundabout. Consumption is average as is noise. I've never had emergency situations in the dry, so I can't evaluate the performance in these situations: the sensation is of just enough precision when cornering.
    Helpful 4 - tire reviewed on April 6, 2023
    Given 36% while driving a Fiat Panda 4 x4 (175/65 R15) on a combination of roads for 400 easy going miles
    I’ll start by saying that these tires are probably amongst the worst tires I have experienced on any car I have purchased over the past twenty years or so. Perhaps I’m being unduly harsh on the tire and should in fact aim my disappointment at the car manufacturers for choosing the EcoContact 6 tire as a suitable ‘year-round’ original-equipment fitment for a north European market. As a pure ‘summer-use only’ tire it’ll undoubtedly work well enough, despite the meagre 6mm of tread depth from new, which limits its potential lifespan. My first experience with Continental tires was with the EcoContact 4, as fitted to my then-new Fiat Panda Cross three years ago. As I took delivery of the car during the summer I had to wait until the winter to discover how unsuited those tires were to northern European winters. At low air temperatures the tires became very noisy, felt ‘wooden’ and ‘nervous’, and their grip on icy and snow covered tarmac was abysmal. After that first winter I changed to a set of Nokian Weatherproof All-Seasons tires…and what a transformation. Now, just a few weeks ago, I took delivery of a new Fiat Panda Wild 4x4. My heart sank when I discovered it was equipped with the latest EcoContact 6 tires. Again, these are pure ‘summer’ tires. Thankfully I missed the worst of the winter weather, yet even so, on cold damp tarmac the EcoContact 6 tires lack grip and composure and they don’t instil any confidence. But at least I will have many months to consider suitable replacements before next winter. And one final observation regarding EcoContact tires… Why are the tire sidewalls - even from new - all lumpy and uneven, giving the impression that they are damaged. Why?
    Helpful 9 - tire reviewed on March 29, 2023
    Given 39% while driving a Peugeot 2008 (2021) (215/60 R17) on a combination of roads for 12,500 easy going miles
    Look like part worn tires when they are new, terrible in the wet, and don't last very long
    Helpful 6 - tire reviewed on March 23, 2023