Continental Premium Contact 5

The Continental Premium Contact 5 is a Premium Touring Summer tire designed to be fitted to Passenger Cars.

This tire replaced the Continental Premium Contact 2 and this tire has been replaced by the Continental Premium Contact 6.

Dry Grip 87%
Wet Grip 82%
Road Feedback 76%
Handling 77%
Wear 58%
Comfort 78%
Buy again 65%

Tire review data from 116 tire reviews averaging 75% over 1,261,188 miles driven.

The Premium Contact 5 is ranked 75th of 148 Summer Premium Touring tires.


Latest Tire Test Results

2021 Sport Auto Summer Tire Test - 5th of 11 tires

  • Positive - Safe handling balance in the dry and wet.
  • Negative - Long dry braking, average rolling resistance.
  • Overall - Good.
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2019 AMS Summer SUV Tire Test - 7th of 11 tires

  • Positive - Short wet braking, high aquaplaning resistance.
  • Negative - Long dry braking, high levels of understeer in the dry.
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2019 ADAC Summer Tire Test - 185/65 R15 - 9th of 16 tires

  • Positive - Good in the dry and wet.
  • Negative - High wear.
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2021 Tire Tests

  • 5th: 2021 Sport Auto Summer Tire Test (195/55 R16)
  • 2019 Tire Tests

  • 7th: 2019 AMS Summer SUV Tire Test (215/55 R17)
  • 9th: 2019 ADAC Summer Tire Test - 185/65 R15 (185/65 R15)
  • 2018 Tire Tests

  • 2nd: 2018 Auto Bild 15 inch Summer Tire Test (195/65 R15)
  • 3rd: 2018 ADAC Summer Tire Test - 205/55 R16 (205/55 R16)
  • 5th: 2018 AutoBild Summer Tire Overview (195/65 R15)
  • 6th: 2018 AMS All Season Tire Test (225/45 R16)
  • 7th: 2018 New and Worn Summer Tire Test (205/55 R16)
  • 9th: 2018 ADAC Summer Tire Test - 175/65 R14 (175/65 R14)
  • 2017 Tire Tests

  • 1st: 2017 ACE SUV Summer Tire Test (215/60 R17)
  • 1st: 2017 Auto Express Summer Tire Test (205/55 R16)
  • 2nd: 2017 AZ Summer Tire Test (215/55 R17)
  • 3rd: 2017 ADAC 195/65 R15 Summer Tire Test (195/65 R15)
  • 2016 Tire Tests

  • 2nd: 2016 ADAC Tire Test - 185/65 R15 (185/65 R15)
  • 3rd: 2016 AutoBild Summer Tire Test (205/55 R16)
  • 8th: 2016 Market Overview - Braking Test (205/55 R16)
  • 2015 Tire Tests

  • 1st: 2015 European Tire Test 185/60R14 (185/60 R14)
  • 1st: 2015 Test World Summer Tire Test (205/55 R16)
  • 1st: 2015 Auto Bild Top 18 Summer Tire Test (185/60 R15)
  • 2nd: 2015 ACE Summer Touring Tire Test (205/55 R16)
  • 2nd: 2015 Market Overview - Braking Test (185/60 R15)
  • 3rd: 2015 European Tire Test 205/55 R16 (205/55 R16)
  • 4th: 2015 Auto Bild 215/55 R16 Technical Tire Test (215/55 R16)
  • 2014 Tire Tests

  • 1st: 2014 Test World Summer Tire Test (205/55 R16)
  • 1st: 2014 AMS Summer Tire Test - 205/55 R16 (205/55 R16)
  • 1st: 2014 Auto Review Summer Tire Test - 205/55 R16 (205/55 R16)
  • 5th: 2014 Auto Express Summer Tire Test (205/55 R16)
  • 13th: 2014 ADAC 195/65 R15 Summer Tire Test (195/65 R15)
  • 2013 Tire Tests

  • 2nd: 2013 European Summer Touring Tire Test (185/60 R15)
  • 2nd: 2013 Test World Summer Tire Test (205/55 R16)
  • 3rd: 2013 Auto Zeitung Summer Tire Test (215/55 R16)
  • 4th: 2013 ACE Summer Touring Tire Test (195/65 R15)
  • 6th: 2013 54 Tire Braking Test (195/65 R15)
  • 2012 Tire Tests

  • 1st: 2012 European Summer Tire Test - 205/55 R16 (205/55 R16)
  • 1st: 2012 ACE Touring Summer Tire Test (205/55 R16)
  • 4th: 2012 Autoreview Touring Tire Test (205/55 R16)
  • Size Fuel Wet Noise Weight
    0/0 R0 0         11.26kgs
    185/60 R14 82H   E A 70 7.02kgs
    175/65 R14 82T   C A 70 6.23kgs
    165/70 R14 81T   E A 70 6.42kgs
    185/70 R14 88H XL   C A 70 7.61kgs
    195/50 R15 82V   E A 71 7.04kgs
    195/50 R15 82H   E A 71 7.04kgs
    185/55 R15 82V   C A 70 6.87kgs
    185/55 R15 82H   C A 70 7.27kgs
    195/55 R15 85H   C A 71 7.00kgs
    195/55 R15 85V   C A 71 7.00kgs
    185/60 R15 88H XL   C A 71 7.54kgs
    195/60 R15 88H   C A 71 7.44kgs
    195/60 R15 88V   C A 71 7.55kgs
    205/60 R15 91H   C A 71 8.69kgs
    205/60 R15 91V   C A 71 8.34kgs
    175/65 R15 84H   C A 70 6.63kgs
    185/65 R15 88T   C A 70 6.88kgs
    185/65 R15 88H   C A 70 7.18kgs
    195/65 R15 91V   C A 71 7.88kgs
    195/65 R15 91T   C A 71 7.88kgs
    195/65 R15 95H XL   C A 72 7.95kgs
    195/65 R15 91H   C A 71 8.37kgs
    205/65 R15 94H   C A 71 8.46kgs
    205/65 R15 94V   C A 71 8.46kgs
    215/65 R15 96H   C A 71 9.34kgs
    225/50 R16 92W   C A 71 9.26kgs
    195/55 R16 87T   C A 71 7.77kgs
    195/55 R16 91V XL   C A 72 7.97kgs
    195/55 R16 87H   C A 71 7.78kgs
    195/55 R16 87V   C A 71 7.77kgs
    205/55 R16 91V   C A 71 8.13kgs
    205/55 R16 94W XL   C A 72 9.30kgs
    205/55 R16 91V   C A 71 8.20kgs
    205/55 R16 91W AO C B 71 8.90kgs
    205/55 R16 91W   C A 71 8.04kgs
    205/55 R16 91H   C A 71 8.80kgs
    215/55 R16 93W   C A 71 9.14kgs
    215/55 R16 93H   C A 71 8.63kgs
    215/55 R16 93Y   C A 71 9.00kgs
    215/55 R16 93V   C A 71 8.62kgs
    215/55 R16 97W XL   C A 72 8.63kgs
    225/55 R16 95W   C A 71 9.25kgs
    205/60 R16 96V XL   C A 72 8.94kgs
    205/60 R16 96V XL * C B 71 12.34kgs
    205/60 R16 92V * C B 71 9.03kgs
    205/60 R16 92H   C A 71 8.42kgs
    205/60 R16 96V XL   C A 72 10.33kgs
    205/60 R16 96V XL * B B 72 9.03kgs
    205/60 R16 92V * C B 71 12.34kgs
    215/60 R16 95H   C A 71 9.57kgs
    215/60 R16 95V XL   C A 71 10.26kgs
    215/60 R16 99H XL   C A 72 10.02kgs
    215/60 R16 99V XL   C A 72 9.30kgs
    215/60 R16 95W XL   C A 71 10.85kgs
    215/65 R16 98H   C A 71 9.87kgs
    215/70 R16 100H   C B 71 10.47kgs
    205/55 R17 95V XL   C B 72 9.02kgs
    205/55 R17 95V XL REN C B 72 9.02kgs
    205/55 R17 95Y XL J B B 72 10.04kgs
    215/55 R17 94V   C A 71 11.46kgs
    215/55 R17 94W   C A 71 10.18kgs
    215/55 R17 94V   C A 71 10.18kgs
    215/55 R17 94W   C A 71 11.46kgs
    225/55 R17 97Y AO C A 71 10.95kgs
    225/55 R17 101Y XL   C A 72 9.95kgs
    225/55 R17 97Y   C A 71 9.39kgs
    225/55 R17 97W * B B 70 9.81kgs
    225/55 R17 97Y *MO B B 70 9.89kgs
    225/55 R17 97Y AO1       10.11kgs
    225/55 R17 97V VOL C B 71 11.15kgs
    225/55 R17 97W XL   C A 71 10.46kgs
    225/55 R17 101W XL J C B 72 11.13kgs
    225/55 R17 97W XL   C A 71 11.86kgs
    235/55 R17 99V AO C A 71 11.27kgs
    235/55 R17 103W XL   E A 72 10.93kgs
    215/60 R17 96H   C A 71 9.61kgs
    225/60 R17 99H XL   C A 71 11.88kgs
    225/60 R17 99V   C A 71 11.19kgs
    225/65 R17 102V   B A 71 11.47kgs
    235/65 R17 104V XL   C B 71 13.19kgs
    235/65 R17 104V AR B B 71 12.24kgs

    Questions and Answers for the Continental Premium Contact 5

    2018-05-26 - Why does the Continental Premium Contact 5 have a different tire label rating in the size 195/50r15 when compared to more popular/conventional sizes? Is this an indication that in the less popular size 195/50r15 continental are supplying the last generation tire? I recall that the previous generation tire did not rate so well in Autoexpress's 2016 summer tire test.

    The tire manufacturers update their patterns in staged rollouts. Like you suggest, it's most likely the fact the 195/50 R15 is a low volume size and hasn't had the latest updates the more popular sizes have had.

    2018-09-02 - Just noticed on my Premcontact 5's that there are several "TWI" and "x" markings on the circumference of the sidewall. These mark the levels of the 1.6 mm TWI bars and another higher bar respectively. I am now down to the "higher" bar and have around 2.5 mm of tread left. Can't find info as to what these secondary "x" markings signify but seems to be a secondary TWI perhaps set at 2.6 mm or even 3 mm. Anyone know about this and what the depth is??

    I don't know officially but I know Continental do recommend changing tires at 3mm due to the reduction in aquaplaning resistance so it would make sense it's somewhere around this depth.

    2018-11-04 - Is there any difference between Continental Premium Contact 5 205/55/16 91V and 205/55/16 91H ? Also why's there more than one 205/55/16 91V tire for the same manufacturer ?

    There might be some construction differences in order for the V rated tire to have the higher rating. Sometimes there is more than one option due to OE specific fitments or an updated version of the tire with a newer part number.

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    Top 3 Continental Premium Contact 5 Reviews

    Given 70% while driving a Dacia Logan (185/65 R15 H) on mostly country roads for 15,000 average miles
    Great grip on dry roads, acceptable car grips in the wet but with a negative part about wear.
    Helpful 334 - tire reviewed on April 4, 2016
    Given 93% while driving a BMW 325i (205/55 R16) on mostly town for 10,000 spirited miles
    +: 1)Komfort 1)Soft 2)Road Grip 3)Braking distances 4)All is well in the wet 5)A little better for premium. //// -: 1)Noisy 2)Easy to cut 3)swinging 4)easily deformed 5)no choice R17-R18
    Helpful 23 - tire reviewed on September 1, 2022
    Given 61% while driving a Renault Clio II 1.2 16v (175/65 R14) on a combination of roads for 20,000 average miles
    Driven for 33.000km and down to 4mm. Progressive tire in the dry not so in the wet.
    Helpful 23 - tire reviewed on April 18, 2022
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    Given 54% while driving a Volkswagen jetta 1.6 (205/55 R16) on a combination of roads for 5,000 average miles
    Wet and Dry grip is not noticeable, very well made tire for the price. Too much negative understeer and swinging on the road. Feels like I'm driving on an air bubble, won't buy this ture again.
    Helpful 1 - tire reviewed on February 20, 2024
    Given 46% while driving a Kia Motors Stonic (205/55 R17) on a combination of roads for 2,500 easy going miles
    Original Equipment on all Kia Stonic models since 2017. Mine is a 2021 Stonic with a mild hybrid engine, but I mostly drive on Eco mode so acceleration is very gentle even with a heavy foot. I have done just under 2,500 miles with these and they reminded me immediately of the old Bridgestone RE040 I had as OE on my Mazda RX-8 over 16 years ago now... really precise and quick to respond in the dry and when up to temperature (track days were fun) but a deadly on cold and wet tarmac. The OW Conti Premium Contact 5 lose grip suddenly under braking, without warning. The ABS in particular struggles to keep them from skidding even at low speeds. They feel skittish in all but the driest of conditions. The ride is also uncomfortable compared to softer compound tires, as you would expect from a tire that was probably not really meant for this car, yet it's original equipment. I am so unhappy with them that I have already purchased a suitable replacement thanks to reviews from other Stonic owners.
    Helpful 22 - tire reviewed on November 26, 2021
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    Given 77% while driving a Honda CRV (255/65 R17) on mostly motorways for 12,000 average miles
    These are great tires and made me feel safe and comfortable driving in any weather conditions here in Western Australia. Driving in the heavy winter rain is often challenging, and the summer sun makes the tarmac extremely hot and tough on any rubber. If it wasn't for the minimal mileage - 12,000miles (18,000km) and they are done - I would undoubtedly fit them again on my CR-V. My next set will be again a Continental, but I will test a set of UltraContact UC6.
    Helpful 22 - tire reviewed on September 25, 2021
    Given 94% while driving a Opel Astra G (195/60 R15 H) on a combination of roads for 40,000 spirited miles
    I am already at the second set of CPC5, I took the first set in 2015 and they lasted 4 years and about 40k km. I have never been disappointed by them regardless of the road and abuse :) I recommend them with confidence to those who want to go on a well-established model that offers you security and a smile on your face when necessary.
    Helpful 24 - tire reviewed on February 28, 2021
    Given 74% while driving a Nissan Juke (215/55 R17 V) on a combination of roads for 50 average miles
    2nd set of conti`s i bought for this car. I choose with conti seal because my Nissan doesn´t have a spare tire. Very strong tires, good for SUV. You forget the price you paid on the first emergency brake...
    Helpful 21 - tire reviewed on February 1, 2021
    Given 41% while driving a Kia Motors Stonic (205/55 R17) on mostly motorways for 25,000 average miles
    This is a review after 25kkm and 2 years of usage. I feel that after front had worn down to 5mm (4,8mm to be exact) and rear to 7mm (6,6mm to be exact) I can submit a good mid-life review. I believe these tires will be rotated next year and worn down to 3mm. I'll provide and end-use unless they get trashed before that. Short version of this review? These are the worst summer tires I have ever used. Period. They are worse than 8-year old 5mm used Fulda's I bought second-hand in 2009. They offered poor grip even when they were new, but with time their grip is getting even worse. These tires had been the factory fit for Kia Stonic. Maybe normal non-OEM are better but with a brand like Continental this should not be. Driving in wet conditions is straight-on dangerous. I am keeping extra distance, and get skidding on basically most cornering. Braking? Forget about it. I never, ever had a car that had constantly had ABS go off. Even with very, very worn used old tires! And I am driving less intensively in Stonic then with other cars - just because I know the grip is so lacking and the car is outrageously noisy at higher speeds (engine noise). In dry conditions these tires provide adequate grip only with sun-heated asphalt. With September colder weather the dry grip deteriorated - at 13 degrees Celsius in the morning. Basically I will have to rotate to winter tires sooner than later, since I believe with colder weather their dry grip will be even worse. Wear? Wear is outrageous. My driving style should bring the tires to wear down way slower. I have managed to get 110kkm out of Pirelli Cinturato P4 to 2,5-3mm thread and 60kkm out of Bridgestone ER300 to 4,5-5,5mm thread. Getting the mentioned wear in Continental tires is outrageous given that the Stonic has less HP and weight than other cars I used with the mentioned above tires. I drive mostly highways with little braking and stable speed to get the best mileage. I'd expect to be on the 6,5-7 mm at this level. I provide good notes for handling and comfort. They are not noisy and in general the handling is OK. They are predictable when skidding, but honestly this might be the Kia TC kicking in - I see the light flicker every single day I drive this car. Because of poor grip I do sometimes feel that the car is floating like a hovercraft with wet braking.
    Helpful 29 - tire reviewed on September 3, 2020
    Given 77% while driving a Honda Civic 1.8 5 door (225/45 R17) on mostly motorways for 21,000 easy going miles
    Overall happy with the tires. Good grip in dry, excellent in the wet. Handling ok. Seem to be a bit more noisy when driving in the dry. Used all year on different types of roads, mostly motorways at moderate speed. Once, sometimes twice a year we drive on the German autobahn(2-4k miles) and only then the speeds are a bit higher. The pair at the front is worn down to the markers after 21k miles, the pair at the rear will last a bit longer. Firestones tz300 lasted 32k miles, however, weren't as good in the wet as the continentals.
    Helpful 21 - tire reviewed on January 16, 2020
    Given 87% while driving a Toyota (195/65 R15) on a combination of roads for 0 average miles
    Excellent frame Dry and wet grip High stability rate Comfort and quiet control No gravel No Gasoline I have driver 50,000 km Its flaw is increased ductility
    Helpful 25 - tire reviewed on December 31, 2019
    Given 66% while driving a Vauxhall Insignia CDTI SRI 160 (215/55 R17 V) on a combination of roads for 5,000 average miles
    Bought this premium range tire and what a mistake. These tire are forever slipping in dry or wet conditions in dry weather handling is ok handling is sloppy as side walls are softer to reduce rolling resistance. In rain it’s fairly similar but you get a kick of under steer and forever fighting it much preferred the set of Avon zv7’s that came with the motor when i purchased it
    Helpful 22 - tire reviewed on December 11, 2019
    Given 57% while driving a Kia Motors Stonic (205/55 R17) on a combination of roads for 0 easy going miles
    Tires fitted from car manufacturer. 13000 km so far, basic tire. They don' t justify the "premium" (I imagine only the price is premium). Very good in dry conditions. Stong tire without damages. On the other hand they are noisy and in wet conditions not a trustworthy tire. ABS is energised very soon in rainny conditions. Slippery and no good in turns (wet). I think the most accurate review will be on 30000km
    Helpful 23 - tire reviewed on December 3, 2019
    Given 46% while driving a Peugeot 307 (205/55 R16 V) on mostly town for 11,000 average miles
    Had them on for approximately 15.000km for four years on mostly city driving. They were always inflated to 2,4bars all around as recommended by the vehicle manufacturer

    They came down to 3,8mm of tread with no particular harsh driving or load for that matter.

    I replaced them mainly due to comfort issues.

    The pros:
    - excellent grip in the dry
    - excellent grip in the wet
    - predictable handling
    - normal price for a premium manufacturer

    The cons:
    - feedback, the steering wheel felt like it was sitting on an air bubble, regardless of road conditions.
    - comfort, as after two years and about 7.500km they became rock solid, with no impact on grip, though
    - aquaplanning, they were simply adequate, no exciting moments here
    - wear, I guess there is a price to pay for excellent grip and here it comes. It's APPALING. Be prepared to see
    rubber vanishing into thin air even with a mild driving style.

    Conclusion : I wouldn't recommend them, mainly because of extremely high wear and lack of comfort
    Helpful 28 - tire reviewed on November 21, 2019
    Given 60% while driving a Mercedes Benz E 200 ( W210 ) (205/65 R15 V) on a combination of roads for 31 average miles
    I drive in a conservative way,using my car mostly in town and motorways. But after 2.5 years and 30.000km, it is extremely difficult to control my car on wet road. The Continental dealer in my region told me that this is a common problem for this tire since their wear is low and suggested me to buy new.
    ( I live in Greece and the car is parked in a garage )
    Helpful 15 - tire reviewed on October 24, 2019