Continental WinterContact TS 850 P

The Continental WinterContact TS 850 P is a Ultra High Performance Winter tire designed to be fitted to Passenger Cars.

This tire replaced the Continental WinterContact TS 830 P and this tire has been replaced by the Continental WinterContact TS 860 S.

Tire Reviews

Dry Grip 86%
Wet Grip 89%
Road Feedback 87%
Handling 87%
Wear 82%
Comfort 81%
Buy again 83%
Snow Grip 87%
Ice Grip 63%

Tire review data from 16 tire reviews averaging 83% over 141,810 miles driven.

The WinterContact TS 850 P is ranked 25th of 41 Winter Ultra High Performance tires.


Latest Tire Test Results

2021 Auto Bild Sports Car Winter Tire Test - 7th of 14 tires

  • Positive - Balanced winter tires with safe driving characteristics in all weather conditions, dynamic wet handling, short wet braking distances.
  • Negative - Long dry and snow braking.
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2021 Auto Bild SUV Winter Tire Test - 5th of 11 tires

  • Positive - All round talent with convincing winter qualities, stable wet and dry handling, fuel saving rolling resistance.
  • Negative - Slightly extended dry braking distances, high price.
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2020 ADAC Winter Tire Test - 235/55 R17 - 12th of 13 tires

  • Positive - Especially good in the wet.
  • Negative - Relatively weak on dry roads, somewhat weak in snow.
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Size Fuel Wet Noise Weight
235/75 R15 109T XL   C C 72 13.88kgs
225/55 R16 95H MOE F C 72 13.70kgs
225/55 R16 95H   C C 72 9.31kgs
225/55 R16 99V XL   C C 72 9.35kgs
205/60 R16 92H AO C C 72 9.25kgs
225/60 R16 98H   E B 72 10.79kgs
225/60 R16 102V XL   C B 72 10.82kgs
235/60 R16 100H   C C 72 10.29kgs
215/65 R16 102H XL   C C 72 10.12kgs
215/65 R16 98T   C C 72 10.12kgs
215/65 R16 98H   C C 72 10.12kgs
195/70 R16 94H   C C 72 9.58kgs
215/70 R16 104H XL   C C 72 10.65kgs
215/70 R16 100T   E C 72 10.65kgs
225/70 R16 103H   E C 72 12.01kgs
235/70 R16 106H   C C 72 13.16kgs
245/70 R16 111H XL   C C 72 14.69kgs
245/70 R16 107T   E C 72 14.66kgs
255/70 R16 111T   B C 73 14.49kgs
245/40 R17 95V XL   C B 72 8.89kgs
205/45 R17 88V XL   C C 72 8.62kgs
215/45 R17 91V XL   C C 72 8.91kgs
215/45 R17 91H XL   C C 72 8.91kgs
235/45 R17 94H   C C 72 10.49kgs
235/45 R17 94H   C C 72 9.20kgs
235/45 R17 97V XL   C C 72 9.25kgs
205/50 R17 93V XL   C C 72 8.49kgs
205/50 R17 93H XL   C C 72 8.49kgs
215/50 R17 95V XL   C C 72 8.94kgs
215/50 R17 95H XL   C B 72 8.88kgs
225/50 R17 94H MO C C 72 10.57kgs
225/50 R17 98H XL   E C 72 12.65kgs
225/50 R17 94H AO E C 72 11.48kgs
225/50 R17 98H XL AO E C 72 11.48kgs
225/50 R17 98H XL   E C 72 11.48kgs
225/50 R17 94H MO E C 72 10.44kgs
235/50 R17 96V   C C 72 10.51kgs
205/55 R17 91H MO C B 72 8.99kgs
205/55 R17 95V XL   C C 72 8.58kgs
205/55 R17 91H   C C 72 8.58kgs
215/55 R17 94H   C C 72 9.76kgs
215/55 R17 94H   C C 72 10.97kgs
215/55 R17 98V XL   C C 72 8.92kgs
215/55 R17 98H XL   C C 72 8.79kgs
225/55 R17 97H *MO C C 72 11.13kgs
225/55 R17 97H AO C B 72 10.62kgs
225/55 R17 97H *MOE E C 72 13.89kgs
225/55 R17 97H   C C 72 10.23kgs
225/55 R17 101V XL   B C 72 10.11kgs
235/55 R17 103V XL   C C 72 10.77kgs
235/55 R17 99H   C C 72 10.77kgs
275/55 R17 109H   C B 73 14.39kgs
205/60 R17 93H   C C 72 10.95kgs
215/60 R17 100V XL   C C 72 10.03kgs
225/60 R17 103V XL   C B 72 11.54kgs
225/60 R17 99H   C C 72 11.36kgs
235/60 R17 106V XL   C C 72 11.58kgs
255/60 R17 106H   C C 73 14.94kgs
215/65 R17 99H   C C 72 11.27kgs
215/65 R17 99T   C B 72 10.93kgs
215/65 R17 99V   C B 72 10.64kgs
215/65 R17 99H AO C B 72 11.68kgs
215/65 R17 99H   C C 72 12.74kgs
225/65 R17 106V XL   C C 72 12.59kgs
225/65 R17 102T   E C 72 12.56kgs
225/65 R17 102H   E C 72 12.58kgs
235/65 R17 108V XL   C B 72 12.95kgs
235/65 R17 108H XL   E C 72 13.90kgs
235/65 R17 104H AO C C 72 14.12kgs
245/65 R17 107H   C B 72 15.18kgs
245/65 R17 111H XL   C B 72 15.18kgs
255/65 R17 110H   E B 73 15.42kgs
255/65 R17 114H XL   C B 73 15.42kgs
265/65 R17 116H XL   C C 73 15.49kgs
265/65 R17 112H   C C 73 15.49kgs
265/65 R17 112T   C C 73 15.49kgs
235/70 R17 111H XL   C B 72 13.05kgs
225/35 R18 87W XL   E C 72 8.74kgs
265/35 R18 97V XL   C C 73 11.49kgs
215/40 R18 89V XL   E B 72 9.00kgs
225/40 R18 92V XL   C C 72 9.36kgs
235/40 R18 95V XL   C C 72 11.72kgs
235/40 R18 95V XL   C C 72 9.92kgs
235/40 R18 95W XL   C C 72 9.92kgs
245/40 R18 97V XL   C C 72 11.08kgs
245/40 R18 97V XL AO C B 72 11.56kgs
245/40 R18 97W XL   C C 72 11.21kgs
265/40 R18 101V XL   C B 73 11.59kgs
215/45 R18 93V XL   C C 72 8.91kgs
225/45 R18 95Y XL         12.85kgs
225/45 R18 95V XL   E C 72 9.67kgs
225/45 R18 95H XL MOE E C 72 11.63kgs
235/45 R18 94V   C C 72 11.71kgs
235/45 R18 94V   C B 72 10.38kgs
235/45 R18 98V XL   C C 72 10.63kgs
245/45 R18 100V XL   C C 72 11.93kgs
245/45 R18 96V   E C 72 11.76kgs
245/45 R18 100V XL *MOE E C 72 13.87kgs
245/45 R18 96V   E C 72 13.19kgs
255/45 R18 103V XL   C C 73 11.60kgs
215/50 R18 92V   C C 72 9.76kgs
225/50 R18 99V XL   C B 72 11.02kgs
235/50 R18 101V XL   C C 72 10.92kgs
235/50 R18 97H   C C 72 10.92kgs
215/55 R18 99V XL   C B 72 10.47kgs
215/55 R18 95T XL (+) C B 72 12.75kgs
225/55 R18 102V XL   C C 72 11.33kgs
235/55 R18 100H   C C 72 11.30kgs
235/55 R18 100H   C C 72 12.78kgs
235/55 R18 100H AO C B 72 12.09kgs
235/55 R18 104V XL   C B 72 12.89kgs
255/55 R18 109V XL   C C 73 13.62kgs
215/60 R18 98H MOE E B 72 13.95kgs
215/60 R18 102T XL MOE C B 72 13.70kgs
225/60 R18 104V XL   C B 72 10.85kgs
235/60 R18 103V   C C 72 14.02kgs
235/60 R18 107H XL   C C 72 12.65kgs
235/60 R18 103V   C C 72 12.53kgs
235/60 R18 107V XL   C C 72 12.65kgs
245/60 R18 105H   C C 72 14.15kgs
255/60 R18 108V MGT C B 73 14.50kgs
255/60 R18 112H XL   B C 73 14.27kgs
255/60 R18 112V XL   C B 73 14.41kgs
265/60 R18 114H XL   C C 73 15.13kgs
235/65 R18 110H XL   C C 72 13.49kgs
235/70 R18 110V XL   C C 72 13.72kgs
225/35 R19 88W XL   E B 72 9.15kgs
235/35 R19 91W XL   E C 72 9.62kgs
235/40 R19 96V XL   C C 72 10.21kgs
245/40 R19 98V XL   C B 72 10.86kgs
245/40 R19 98V XL   C B 72 12.33kgs
255/40 R19 100V XL   C C 73 11.71kgs
255/40 R19 100V XL   C C 73 11.46kgs
225/45 R19 96V XL   C C 72 10.27kgs
245/45 R19 102V XL AO C B 72 12.05kgs
255/45 R19 104V XL   C B 73 13.05kgs
235/50 R19 99V AO C B 72 12.87kgs
235/50 R19 99V   E B 72 13.84kgs
235/50 R19 99H   C C 72 13.87kgs
235/50 R19 99H   C C 72 11.97kgs
235/50 R19 103V XL   C C 72 11.32kgs
255/50 R19 107V XL   C C 73 15.46kgs
265/50 R19 110V XL   C C 73 12.10kgs
265/50 R19 110V XL MGT C C 73 15.67kgs
205/55 R19 97H XL   C B 72 9.56kgs
225/55 R19 99V   C C 72 11.29kgs
235/55 R19 101H AO C B 72 14.65kgs
235/55 R19 105W XL   C B 72 12.17kgs
235/55 R19 105V XL   C C 72 12.79kgs
235/55 R19 105H XL   C C 72 12.79kgs
235/55 R19 105W XL   C B 72 13.67kgs
255/55 R19 111V XL   C C 73 15.58kgs
255/55 R19 111H XL AO B B 73 14.64kgs
265/55 R19 113V XL   B B 73 16.43kgs
265/55 R19 113H XL AO B B 73 16.52kgs
265/55 R19 113H XL AO B B 73 16.53kgs
265/55 R19 109H   C B 73 17.08kgs
275/55 R19 111H MO C B 73 18.33kgs
255/65 R19 114V XL   C C 73 18.01kgs
155/70 R19 84T   C C 71 7.86kgs
275/30 R20 97W XL RO1 E C 73 12.85kgs
255/35 R20 97W XL   E B 73 11.50kgs
255/40 R20 101W XL AO C B 73 12.76kgs
265/40 R20 104V XL   C C 73 11.86kgs
275/40 R20 106V XL   E C 73 14.26kgs
285/40 R20 108V XL   C B 75 14.56kgs
235/45 R20 100V XL   C B 72 11.11kgs
235/45 R20 100V XL   C B 72 12.84kgs
245/45 R20 103W XL AO C B 72 12.88kgs
245/45 R20 103V XL   C C 72 12.36kgs
255/45 R20 105V XL   C C 73 14.86kgs
255/45 R20 101V AO E C 73 15.04kgs
275/45 R20 110V XL   C C 73 14.74kgs
255/50 R20 109V XL   C C 72 15.64kgs
255/50 R20 109H XL AO C B 73 14.81kgs
265/50 R20 111V XL   C B 73 14.91kgs
275/50 R20 113V XL MO C B 73 17.37kgs
275/50 R20 113V XL   B B 73 17.37kgs
195/55 R20 95H XL   B C 72 9.03kgs
235/55 R20 105V XL   C B 72 13.72kgs
255/55 R20 110V XL   C B 73 15.09kgs
235/60 R20 108V XL   B C 72 12.15kgs
255/60 R20 113V XL   C C 73 18.37kgs
255/35 R21 98V XL   C B 73 11.59kgs
255/40 R21 102V XL   B C 73 11.86kgs
285/40 R21 109V XL   C B 75 14.22kgs
315/40 R21 115V XL   B B 75 16.57kgs
265/45 R21 108V XL   B B 73 13.27kgs
275/45 R21 110W XL   B B 73 14.49kgs
275/45 R21 110V XL   B B 73 14.43kgs
285/45 R21 113V XL AO C B 75 17.70kgs
265/40 R22 106V XL   C B 73 13.04kgs
275/45 R22 112W XL   C C 73 16.62kgs
285/45 R22 114V XL   B C 75 15.92kgs

Questions and Answers for the Continental WinterContact TS 850 P

2019-11-12 - I recently had these tires (225/40/18 92V) fitted to my M140i based on your reviews for winter. So far these are living up to the test results beyond expectation. One aspect that seriously impresses is the added ride comfort the Contis have over the Michelin Pilot Super Sport normally fitted for the summer. So now I want this ride comfort in a summer tire too. So the question is what do I replace the MPSS with next spring to achieve this? Michelin Pilot Sport 4? Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 5? Conti PremiumContact 6?

All three of those tires should be more comfortable than the PSS, personally I would choose the Asymmetric 5.

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Top 3 Continental WinterContact TS 850 P Reviews

Given 90% while driving a Volkswagen Golf GTI (225/45 R18) on a combination of roads for 5,000 spirited miles
Excellent winter tire. Much better than the ts 830 which was a disppointment. Incredible control on snow. A bit less efficient on slush. Very good grip, traction and braking distance. Not to noisy. Wear and tear not yet evalued since drove only 5000 km.
Personaly I find it superior to the new Michelin Pilot Alpin P4. But the only major difference is the performance of the ts859 vs.pa4 on snowy roads.
97 - tire reviewed on November 17, 2013   
Given 97% while driving a BMW 525xd (225/55 R17) on a combination of roads for 300 average miles
What can I say. This must be the perfect tire for the xdrive system.
10/10 dry and wet grip. Breaking on mixed surface also good !
Cannot talk about wear for now. We'll see later.
19 - tire reviewed on January 10, 2017   
Given 80% while driving a BMW M135i (225/45 R17) on a combination of roads for 1,000 spirited miles
I was really impressed with these tires, surpringly good even on warmer days in the dry, very secure in the wet and seemed very reliable on the few days of snow we had. If anything the car was less tail happy on these than on normal summer tires in the summer
16 - tire reviewed on April 2, 2021   
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Given 84% while driving a BMW 535xd (245/45 R18) on a combination of roads for 10,000 average miles
Ideal tire for my BMW. Dry and wet handling is excellent also at warmer temperatures around 10/15 degrees. Low wear, low noise but quite stiff and rigid sidewall especially if compared to Goodyear tires. I would highly recommend it
1 - tire reviewed on October 28, 2021   
Given 90% while driving a Volvo XC70 D5 (225/45 R17) on mostly country roads for 25,000 average miles
I have used 215/65 R16 on XC70 for 10 years, winter only on separate alloys. Balanced feedback from the road, no understeer (as had with Pirellis). Very good on snow, wet and dry, okay on ice. Good contol at speed and stable on mixed surfaces. Comfortable ride, slight noise on some surfaces. Will be replacing them with the same again.
1 - tire reviewed on June 18, 2021   
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Given 92% while driving a Mercedes Benz E350 (265/35 R18 W) on mostly motorways for 16,000 easy going miles
Brilliant tires , much quieter than my summer Pirelli P Zerros . Much better tire overall full stop. I have them on a heavy Mercedes E350 estate and the ride and everything else is sublime . My tire sizes are 265/35/18 rear and 245/40/18 front. Wear seems excellent too, I do 80% motorway driving so it is to be expected .
6 - tire reviewed on April 15, 2020   
Given 71% while driving a SEAT Leon Cupra 290 (225/45 R17 V) on mostly country roads for 3,000 average miles
Tires deliver good feedback and do well in the dry and wet. They seem a bit harsh. Braking distance in the dry is alright. Could do better.

Wear is my problem with this tire. I do drive mostly average. Like 10% of my drives are spirited.
Front tires are already down to 5-5.5mm.

Not quiet sure if i would buy them again. Since wear is quiet high
1 - tire reviewed on February 2, 2020   
Given 71% while driving a Opel Astra H OPC (235/45 R18) on mostly motorways for 25,000 spirited miles
We bought these winter tires for Astra OPC (VXR) petrol 2.0. It is not the sportiest car but still fast enough to require (even in winter) something tolerating the speed in excess of 200km/h (well, occasionally). Our car was originally equipped with Michelin Super Sports. Compared to them, the ContinentalWinter 850P is very comfortable. The first thing to notice was its noise level almost equal (or even lower) to the summer Super Sports. Well, winter Continentals are not very quick when pushed hard on the dry and not as precise when braking. Still, Conti does the job on the dry and sunny road. I like them on the wet and they are reasonably good on the snow. They cannot cope with too much snow, in which case I have snow chains (had to use them once in the Alps when going uphill to a remote skiing station).

Ice... In fact Conti 850 Ps are not for the ice at all. I was a keen user of studded Nokian Hakkapeliittas on my previous car. The Hakkapeliitaas used to give me real winter confidence. Now, the Conties give me speed on the dry winter road. And comfort. Lots of it.

When I changed back for my Michelin Super Sports this spring I really hated them first. Compared to Conti 850 Ps, super Sports were so rigid and unforgiving on the cobblestone surface so much loved in my city.

Well later, Super Sports proved themselves again on a highway. They are created for speed and stability.

Verdict? Well, Continental Winter Contact 850 P is not what I call a winter tire. But if you drive a kind of sporty car, do not have much choice, then go for them. They are nice, comfortable winter tires which allow you to drive closer to 200km/H at some reckless occasions.

Wear? Yes, they are Conties. They wear fast. After two winter seasons, I am not sure they are likely to last through another one.
1 - tire reviewed on May 3, 2019   
Given 63% while driving a Subaru BRZ (215/45 R17 V) on mostly country roads for 2,000 spirited miles
Very good winter tire for a sportscar in dry condition. Pretty pricy and it wears very fast. Snow grip is good but I had loads of problems on ice and very cold temperatures. I expected more from this tire expecially considering the price.
13 - tire reviewed on January 5, 2019   
Given 77% while driving a Volkswagen Mk7 Golf R (225/40 R18 W) on mostly country roads for 500 spirited miles
Brought a set of alloys wheels + TS850P (225/40 R18)s for winter use. Swapped out ContiSportContact 5Ps (230/35 R19)s which are great but stop working at temperatures lower than 10degC.

These are really confidence inspiring on the ungritted roads that I have to transit every morning and evening. Great grip, steering feel and comfort. Can't comment on snow traction yet.

On previous Jag XF I ran Nokian WR A4 which were good in snow but only okay in other conditions. Can't do a direct comparison as new car is AWD but TS850Ps feel far superior in the wet and cold that is more common in
UK than full on snow.

Would probably have gone for TS860Ss had they been available but these TS850Ps I'm sure are nearly as good. Only downside is that they are a bit pricey so shop around. If you can go for a wheel + tire package for best value and minimizing chance of denting your posh summer wheels. I keep my cars typically for 7+years so I'll get the usage out of them in that time.

Bring on the snow !
1 - tire reviewed on December 5, 2018   
Given 100% while driving a Renault grand espace 2.0 dci 175 (235/55 R17) on a combination of roads for 10 average miles
Bought these tires with the alu-rims, used, from some guy for 100 euros a piece. What a great deal this was!!! Excellent tires, drove them for about 10.000 miles now, and they still look and behave like new.
Especially pleased with low noise and easy rolling. Great tires. Ok, new ones are probably very expensive.
0 - tire reviewed on November 24, 2018   
Given 100% while driving a Nissan Qashqai (215/60 R17) on a combination of roads for 10,000 average miles
I have it for 3 winters on nissan qashqai. It is excellent winter tire!!!
9 - tire reviewed on July 20, 2018   
Given 90% while driving a Peugeot 208 XY 1.6 HDI (205/55 R16 V) on a combination of roads for 5,000 average miles
I fitted these to my 208 XY a couple of years back (now sold due to needing a larger car), they had a lovely trip out to the Highlands of Scotland in late December to early January so were put to the test on snow/ice and wet roads.
There were 3 cars, 2 were 4x4 and my fwd, it performed amicably in comparison to the 4x4's, grip was fantastic on bad surfaces with snow and ice patches, even hit an ice patch on a corner and only needed a slight correction of the steering to regain composure.

In snow they also performed excellently, standing water on motorways is not a problem, absolutely no aquaplaning.

The down side to winter tires is the tread blocks, it takes some of the feedback off you and can make the car feel a little less responsive in corners, but the benefits of a winter tire seriously out weigh that of a summer tire in winter.

These will perform better below 10 degrees Centigrade, after that you will have longer braking distances due to the heat in the tires and a little more squirming under hard braking.
8 - tire reviewed on July 21, 2016   
Given 94% while driving a Honda Civic Type R (235/35 R19 W) on a combination of roads for 4,000 spirited miles
Fantastic tire on snow and ice, much better than it's predecessor Conti 830P. I have never expected tire of this type (quite low profile, high speed index) to be so good in such conditions. On wet they are also very good. Good progressiveness and road feedback is also important for a performance tire in performance car like mine - gives lots of fun and is assuring. As my car puts all of it power on front wheels I generally need a tire with lots of grip on dry - in this case previous 830P were simply better. Whey were more "asphalt" than "snow/mud" tire than the 850P. Wear is fine, comfort is more than fine at this size, although they are a bit loud.
8 - tire reviewed on February 28, 2016