Continental Sport Contact 3

The Continental Sport Contact 3 is a Max Performance Summer tire designed to be fitted to Passenger Cars.

This tire replaced the Continental Sport Contact 2 and this tire has been replaced by the Continental Sport Contact 5.

Dry Grip 88%
Wet Grip 80%
Road Feedback 81%
Handling 77%
Wear 62%
Comfort 74%
Buy again 68%

Tire review data from 244 tire reviews averaging 76% over 3,248,837 miles driven.

The Sport Contact 3 is ranked 43rd of 74 Summer Max Performance tires.

Latest Tire Test Results

2012 EVO Max Performance Tire Test - 1st of 10 tires

  • Overall - The ContiSportContact 3s only weakness was a little subjective feel on the road. It dominated the wet tests and was extremely strong in the dry. EVO commented as "an impressively complete performance". The Sport Contact 3 has now been replaced by the Sport Contact 5, which should be an even more impressive tire.
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2011 Autobild Max Performance Summer Tire Test - 3rd of 10 tires

  • Positive - All round talent with balanced handling in all weather conditions. Good steering precision and cornering stability on dry roads. Short braking distances on wet track, encouraging low rolling resistance
  • Negative - Moderate ride comfort
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2011 Auto Zeitung Max Performance Tire Test - 6th of 14 tires

  • Overall - Even with the new Sport Contact 5P available, the 3 still performs extremely well
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Size Fuel Wet Noise Weight
0/0 R0 0         10.50kgs
0/0 R0 0         9.22kgs
195/45 R16 80V   E B 71 7.25kgs
195/45 R16 80V REN F B 71 7.18kgs
195/40 R17 81V XL   E B 71 7.25kgs
215/40 R17 87Y XL   E B 72 8.36kgs
255/40 R17 94W MO E B 72 10.10kgs
255/40 R17 94Y   C B 72 10.22kgs
195/45 R17 81W   E B 71 7.99kgs
195/45 R17 81W   E B 72 7.99kgs
205/45 R17 88V XL   E B 72 8.49kgs
205/45 R17 84V * E B 71 8.38kgs
205/45 R17 84W * E B 71 9.71kgs
205/45 R17 84V * F B 71 9.49kgs
205/45 R17 84V * E B 71 9.71kgs
205/45 R17 84V * F B 72 9.65kgs
205/45 R17 84V * F B 71 8.74kgs
205/45 R17 84W * F B 71 9.49kgs
225/45 R17 91Y * E B 72 11.70kgs
225/45 R17 91W * F B 72 9.35kgs
225/45 R17 91Y * E B 71 11.98kgs
235/45 R17 94W MO E B 71 9.91kgs
235/45 R17 97W XL   E B 72 13.14kgs
235/45 R17 94W MO E B 72 9.92kgs
205/50 R17 89V   F B 71 9.18kgs
205/50 R17 89V REN F B 72 9.17kgs
215/50 R17 95W XL   C B 72 9.31kgs
225/50 R17 94V OPE E B 71 9.42kgs
225/50 R17 94Y AO C B 72 9.66kgs
235/50 R17 96Y N2 E A 71 10.69kgs
205/55 R17 91Y N2 E B 71 9.40kgs
205/55 R17 91Y N2 F A 71 10.10kgs
255/35 R18 94Y XL MO F B 73 10.69kgs
265/35 R18 97Y XL MO E B 73 11.26kgs
265/35 R18 97Y XL MO E B 74 11.16kgs
275/35 R18 95Y MO E B 73 11.22kgs
275/35 R18 95Y MO E B 72 11.30kgs
275/35 R18 99Y XL   E B 74 11.54kgs
285/35 R18 101Y XL MO F B 76 12.80kgs
285/35 R18 101Y XL MO E B 75 12.90kgs
225/40 R18 92W XL         9.59kgs
225/40 R18 92W XL FIA E B 73 9.41kgs
235/40 R18 95Y XL RO1 E B 72 9.98kgs
235/40 R18 91Y N1 F A 71 9.87kgs
235/40 R18 95W XL FOR E B 72 10.18kgs
235/40 R18 91Y N1 E A 71 9.98kgs
235/40 R18 91Y MO E B 71 9.95kgs
245/40 R18 93Y MO E B 71 10.97kgs
245/40 R18 97Y XL MO E B 72 11.01kgs
245/40 R18 93Y AUD F B 71 12.77kgs
255/40 R18 99Y XL MO F B 73 10.61kgs
255/40 R18 99Y XL MO E B 73 11.07kgs
265/40 R18 101Y XL N1 E A 73 11.45kgs
265/40 R18 101Y XL N1 F A 74 11.66kgs
275/40 R18 99Y * E C 72 16.58kgs
275/40 R18 99Y * F C 72 16.39kgs
235/45 R18 94V XL   E B 71 10.77kgs
245/45 R18 96Y * E C 71 14.59kgs
245/45 R18 96Y * F C 72 14.65kgs
245/45 R18 96Y * F C 71 14.83kgs
245/50 R18 100Y * E B 71 16.00kgs
245/50 R18 100Y * F B 72 16.01kgs
245/50 R18 100Y * F B 71 16.00kgs
255/55 R18 109Y XL N0 E B 73 14.08kgs
295/30 R19 100Y XL N1 E A 75 12.04kgs
235/35 R19 91Y XL VW F B 72 10.39kgs
235/35 R19 87Y N1 E A 71 10.05kgs
235/35 R19 91Y XL   E B 72 11.50kgs
235/35 R19 91Y XL   E B 72 10.22kgs
245/35 R19 93Y XL * F B 72 11.10kgs
265/35 R19 94Y N1 F A 72 11.39kgs
265/35 R19 94Y N1 E A 72 11.71kgs
265/35 R19 98Y XL * F B 73 12.44kgs
265/35 R19 98Y XL * F B 74 12.88kgs
235/40 R19 96W XL         10.47kgs
235/40 R19 92W OPE E B 72 10.37kgs
235/40 R19 96W XL PEU E B 73 10.51kgs
235/40 R19 92W   E B 71 10.39kgs
275/40 R19 101W * F B 73 16.76kgs
275/40 R19 101W * E B 72 16.61kgs
275/40 R19 101W * F B 72 16.52kgs
285/40 R19 103Y N0 E A 74 14.17kgs
285/40 R19 103Y N0 F A 74 13.76kgs
245/45 R19 98W * E B 71 14.49kgs
245/45 R19 98W * F B 71 14.60kgs
255/45 R19 100Y N0 E A 72 11.61kgs
255/45 R19 100Y AO E B 72 11.77kgs
265/30 R20 94Y XL RO1 F B 73 11.69kgs
265/30 R20 94Y XL RO1 F B 74 11.57kgs
285/30 R20 99Y XL   E B 76 12.36kgs
245/35 R20 95Y XL   E B 72 11.22kgs
275/35 R20 102Y XL J E B 74 12.24kgs
275/35 R20 102Y XL J E B 73 12.28kgs
285/35 R20 104Y XL   E B 73 13.54kgs
245/40 R20 99Y XL J E B 72 12.01kgs
265/40 R20 104Y XL AO C B 73 12.65kgs
265/40 R20 104Y XL AO C B 74 12.52kgs

Questions and Answers for the Continental Sport Contact 3

2022-08-24 - Are these standard tires or they run flat or self sealing.

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Size Price Range  
225/45 R17 $79.62 - $79.62 (1 Prices) Compare Prices >>
Available in 12 tire sizes - View all.

Top 3 Continental Sport Contact 3 Reviews

Given 47% while driving a Audi A4 Quattro 220 bhp TFSI (255/35 R19 W) on a combination of roads for 16,000 spirited miles
These tires came standard on my 2015 A4 S Line, very disappointed, at 22000 km the road noise is unbearable, they are not worn out but i'm so over the noise i'm prepared to drop 2k to get rid of them. (Australian review)
Helpful 160 - tire reviewed on June 22, 2016
Given 70% while driving a Ford Mondeo Titanium X Sport (235/40 R19 W) on a combination of roads for 10,000 average miles
OK here's the schizzle - I have a Ford Mondeo 2 ltr diesel TCDi Titanium X-Sport. it is a family car, not a sports car no matter what the badging says (and a rear spoiler is not a performance enhancer), but here it is with 235/40/19s on each corner - tires that are standard fit for the likes of Porsche Caymans. I've tried Conti Sport Contact 2s, and 3s. I've tried Michelin Pilot Sport 3s. I've tried Hankook Ventus Evo2s. They all grip like the proverbial to a blanket. They all have tremendous reassurance. They all perform well when I have been driving on my own and tried to break traction (only to test you understand and only once each). They all cost similar amounts (£lots). They all wear at a frightening rate.
In short, I have a shopping trolley shod with sports car boots. So time to try something a little less expensive, and a little more appropriate - I want good efficiency
Helpful 35 - tire reviewed on January 23, 2017
Given 81% while driving a Audi (225/45 R17) on mostly town for 15 miles
Very agressive sporty tire.I have never seen such a good grip on the wet.I had them in december in Germany and it very cold,time for winter tires but they surprised me,they were very good.For people who like sporty agresive drive I would recomend.They are little bit noisy and sidewalls are very stiff but dry braking and grip unseen before.Wear is quite high but nothing special
Helpful 23 - tire reviewed on February 26, 2018
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Given 100% while driving a Vauxhall Insignia CDTI 160 (245/45 R18) on mostly motorways for 10,000 easy going miles
the best all round premium tires that ive ever bought , great grip in all weathers , good tread ware last for years
Helpful 22 - tire reviewed on April 24, 2020
Given 83% while driving a Vauxhall Astra GTC (240/45 R20) on a combination of roads for 52,000 spirited miles
They were great tires for the rear of a front wheel drive car. They only lasted 12000 miles on the front but have lasted 52,000 on the rear. Fantastic tires. Would buy again but only for the rear axle.
Helpful 11 - tire reviewed on January 23, 2020
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Given 40% while driving a Renault Megane RS250 CUP (235/35 R19 W) on a combination of roads for 6,000 spirited miles
Got a puncture and when having it replaced found a bubble in another tire, at such short notice, there where the only "premium " tire that were available I could afford...

I usually only use pilot sport tires (recently started using eagle f1)

I was expecting them to be close to the mps.
I was very disappointed in the dry they are decent but nothing special the comfort road noise and rim protection are all in the same level as budget tires, the wet performance is beyond appalling... yes the car is 300bhp + fwd but it has an lsd and Renault rs cars are the best handling cars point blank ... it was amusing sliding about and good practice for car control but for the price and brand these tires are a joke and I would not recommend anyone using them for anything but off road tire shredding....
They lasted 6k miles on front wheels
Pay the extra for pilot sports or the same for eagle f1.... if you cant afford these tires god old rainsports will serve u well.

I will use another continental tire again... avoid
Helpful 15 - tire reviewed on January 8, 2020
Renault (205/45 R17 V) on a combination of roads for 12,000 spirited miles
This tires have not enough grip specially in curve, you can feel how the tire moves on the road outside of curve does not exactly a sport tire
Helpful 20 - tire reviewed on April 25, 2019
Given 69% while driving a Honda Prelude 2.2vtec (215/45 R17) on a combination of roads for 8,000 average miles
Bought them used for my vehicle, but despite that they have showed great wet and especially dry grip. For normal everyday driving wear was OK. If you would push them everytime they would go out very quick.
Helpful 12 - tire reviewed on February 22, 2019
Given 76% while driving a Renault Clio 172 Cup (195/45 R16 W) on mostly country roads for 10,000 spirited miles
These came on my Clio when I bought the car. They are a great all round tire.

They did not last a very long time however, around 9,000 miles on the front. However, they were very good up front, and gripped very well in the dry, with a good subjective feel. Clios don't tend to be great with steering communication and these Contis weren' too bad.

The wet performance was interesting. It felt like it wouldn't grip in the wet at all, especially when they wore close to the limit. However, push on with them and the tires would surprisingly grip very well in the wet, alot better than the Toyo T1-Rs did with plenty of tread left.

195/45R16 is a size that has a limited choice for tires, so for that reason, I'd buy these again. I would next try Uniroyal RainSport 3s in 195/50R15 guise and preferred the car on the Contis straight away.
Helpful 11 - tire reviewed on November 3, 2018
Given 74% while driving a Opel Vectra C GTS (215/50 R17) on a combination of roads for 7,000 spirited miles
So as i was looking for some new tires on my opel vectra c gts, searched ar checked diferent tires, found these continental contisport contact 3 tires. Checked some reviews and made a decision to buy it, because of the performance they make. Tires perform very well on dry and specially on wet road (had aquaplaning at 120-130 km/h and almoust hadn't felt, no steering wheel pulling). The grip is very well, at sharp corners goes without any squeek or scream, accelerating from a green light (depending on an engine) will make some spin but immediately grips and pulls away. Now searching for some pilot sport 4's, but would defenitely recommend and buy again.
Helpful 11 - tire reviewed on October 17, 2018
Given 91% while driving a Volkswagen Golf Mk4 V6 4Motion (225/45 R17) on mostly country roads for 12,000 spirited miles
12k on my Golf V6 - they will need replacing at round about 15k - cant fault them - surefooted even in the wet. Probably the best car tire I have used.
Helpful 8 - tire reviewed on December 15, 2017
Given 71% while driving a Toyota Mark X (240/45 R17 W) on a combination of roads for 28,000 spirited miles
Decent UHP tire but already old model and therefore comparatively not as good performance anymore compared to F1D5, F1A2, and CSC5. Dry & wet performance is not as good as those others I've used/am using now, but still pretty decent and still is a true UHP tire and better than many other tires in the lower performance categories or those cheapo brands, certainly still well beyond most normal drivers ability to push, and reasonably well controlled over the limit. Comfort wise, it's good ride quality, maybe a bit noisy only. Wear rate is the same as CSC5, so it wore out a bit faster, lasting over 40k km for my driving but with minimal chipping only, not as much as the F1D5.
Helpful 8 - tire reviewed on November 14, 2017
Given 61% while driving a Audi A4 Quattro 220 bhp TFSI (255/35 R19) on a combination of roads for 0 average miles
Tires were fine when new but over time because way too noisy as they wore down. Ended up changing them early due to noise.
Helpful 8 - tire reviewed on November 6, 2017
Given 50% while driving a Audi Audi A6 Avant 3.0 TDI Quattro (255/45 R19 W) on for 10,000 easy going miles
Almost down to the indicators after 10k on an Audi A6 Allroad and not driven hard. About half motorway miles. Tramlines alarmingly on road markings and odd cambers.

Would not buy these again.
Helpful 8 - tire reviewed on October 30, 2017
Given 53% while driving a BMW m2 (265/35 R19 W) on mostly country roads for 7,000 spirited miles
Had these fitted on my car from new ,not many are .i can say these just about do the job .I am now needing to change and i am not happy with 7000 miles from 2 rear tires i am a 'spirited driver' but these are not great on any level.Front tires have possibly 2000 left in them, the car now tramlines terribly i would not recomend or buy again conti sport6 or mich 4s for me.
Helpful 10 - tire reviewed on October 25, 2017