Continental WinterContact TS 870

The Continental WinterContact TS870 is the latest winter tire from Continental. The new tire offers 5 percent better ice braking and snow handling, 7 percent better mileage, and general improvement in the dry and wet when compared to the TS860, meaning the TS870 should be another class leading Central European winter tire.

This tire replaced the Continental WinterContact TS 860.

Tire Reviews

Dry Grip 88%
Wet Grip 95%
Road Feedback 73%
Handling 81%
Wear 90%
Comfort 89%
Buy again 93%
Snow Grip 93%
Ice Grip 85%

Tire review data from 8 tire reviews averaging 87% over 30,110 miles driven.

The WinterContact TS 870 is ranked 10th of 61 Winter Premium Touring tires.

Latest Tire Test Results

2022/23 Tire Reviews Winter Tire Test - 2nd of 9 tires

  • Positive - Excellent in the wet, very good snow braking and traction, good dry handling, low rolling resistance.
  • Negative - Average in car noise, average snow handling.
  • Overall - The Continental WinterContact TS870 might be one of the older new tires in this test, but you can never count Continental out of a winter tire test, and the TS870 had an exceptional run of results. It was the best tire in the wet overall, being one of the few tires which excelled in both the wet grip tests and the deeper water tests of aquaplaning. In the snow it was better longitudinally than laterally, which helps it in the overall results as braking is the highest weighted scoring, and it also was good during dry handling even if it struggled a little in dry braking, PLUS had a relatively low rolling resistance. Very impressive tire, another one worthy of being highly recommended.

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2022/23 Tire Reviews Studless Winter Tire Test - 7th of 9 tires

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2022 Auto Zeitung Winter Tire Test - 1st of 8 tires

  • Overall - The Continental WinterContact TS870 is extremely strong on any surface, very safe and therefor the clear winner of this test.
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Questions and Answers for the Continental WinterContact TS 870

2022-08-10 - Hello! Need a littel help from the experts, i have a 2022 Hyundai Kona and i need to fit it with winter tires, (205/60 r16) What should i buy the 870 or the 870P? Who is better in the snow/ wet snow district?

I would buy the TS870, not the P as that is more performance orientated.

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Top 3 Continental WinterContact TS 870 Reviews

Given 100% while driving a Skoda (205/55 R16) on mostly town for 100 easy going miles
From the first few meteres, it felt just smoother. Better rolling feeling. I purchased a brand new Skoda Scala, which came with a set of Bridgestone Turanza T005. The feeling is far superior than anything I've driven in the past. It felt I had better grip and feel of the road on wet when I picked up the car in the evening, rather than on the same road when it was dry. 400 euros but worth it every penny. I feel protected and confident with them. I'll update after the first snowfall/ice of the season.
Helpful 66 - tire reviewed on October 7, 2021
Given 95% while driving a Volkswagen GOLF 7,5 Estate 4motion 2,0 TDI 150 Hp (225/45 R17) on a combination of roads for 0 spirited miles
Very quiet, and very soft in drive feeling. My opinion the adaptive DSG transmission have a decent problem with them, still stays up and down shifting the gearbox. However the exact numbers say, that the performance against predecessor (Winter Contact T 860 ) is much better. But, the lazy feeling of driving remains...
Helpful 28 - tire reviewed on November 21, 2021
Given 87% while driving a Ford Fiesta (175/65 R14) on a combination of roads for 3,000 average miles
Phenomenal grip on snow and great performance on ice. Perfect choice for deciding to go for some snow/ice dwelling in small cars (175/65/R14 in my case). Used it in complete pour with gigantic water streaks on near motorway speeds for more then 3 hours, no aquaplanning whatsoever, excellent wet performance. Just perfect on soft snow, never bogged down once in a 500 mile trip with big uphills, stops and goes in snow. Only stuck once for a brief time on an uphill with heavy ice. Obviously, in heavy ice, not a studded tire. But one of the better, if not best, winter tire on market. Noise levels are much better than average for a winter tire. Dry handling and performance is also very decent, but wear is significantly increased. Fuel efficiency though, not great. Definitely will buy again.
Helpful 7 - tire reviewed on February 2, 2022
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Latest Continental WinterContact TS 870 Reviews

Given 83% while driving a Volkswagen Golf MK6 1.6 tdi (205/55 R16) on mostly motorways for 12,000 average miles
In the wet the car is really confident, even if temperatures drop below 0C degrees Or during snow or mud on the road surface. Dry road grip is excellent, but in high speed corners it can give you the feeling like the car losing its grip. Tested on icy snow and grip was expected from the tests and reviews.
Helpful 0 - tire reviewed on February 11, 2023
Given 89% while driving a Hyundai i30 (205/60 R16) on mostly motorways for 0 average miles
I am totally surprised how these tires handle standing water. No chance for aquaplanning, car feels super stable.
Helpful 0 - tire reviewed on February 2, 2023
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Given 88% while driving a BMW 320 d (205/55 R16) on a combination of roads for 10 spirited miles
I bought this tire after I watched the video about the best winter tires for 2021. I was very pleased with how this tire performed in all conditions, especially regarding the wet grip and wet braking. Subjectively speaking, it didn't gave me the feeling that I'm going to loose grip or anything. It just made driving in any conditions seem very safe and predictable. I also had the chance to test this Conti on a road covered in 10 cm of soft, fresh snow, and since I'm driving a rear wheel drive car, it made for an extremely fun experience. The traction on that surface was certainly not the best, because it was struggling for grip, but the tires did their job. Although I was basically in a continuous slide, it was manageable and predictable. Regarding the dry grip, I have absolutely nothing to complain, it performed very well in dry braking and dry handling. Moving on to the comfort of the tire, I found it pretty good subjectively, but, since I drive a 19 inch tire in the summer season, I assume the 16 inch Conti is supposed to feel more comfortable that any other tire on a 19 inch rim. Overall, very pleased with how this tire performed. For the 2022/2023 winter I just bought the Bridgestone Blizzak LM005, since it was the test winner. I'm looking forward to seeing if I actually find it better than the Conti. Other than that, I also highly recommend this tire!
Helpful 1 - tire reviewed on November 5, 2022
Given 73% while driving a Land Rover Evoque (255/45 R20) on a combination of roads for 5,000 spirited miles
Fitted to an Evoque used for ski season trips and UK commuting. Fast but not aggressive driving. Norfolk B roads that are greasy and cold and damp, high speed motorway cruising, snow covered alpine passes for skiing. With the bulk of the Evoque, these tires didn't stand the test of the UK greasy cold and damp roads. I was very surprised for significant understeer on cold mornings. Understeer? No, that's not honest! More like not following an apex and ending on the other side of the road before traction resumed. Physics can't be beaten. It is a heavy car. However, in all other scenarios, it was excellent during winter months for handling, good enough in the snow. This review is based on initial impressions on brand new tires, but in the same winter I swapped to a Q5 on Blizzaks and the Bridgestones were 10000000% better. I wish that Jonathan might better consider UK road surface conditions for his winter reviews because the Continentals, Germans, have far better road surfaces of a different construction material and these differences seem to hugely influence his excellent tire reviews. Likewise, "wet" tests are good but who drives fast on busy UK roads with significant standing water? I'd prefer subjective analysis of damp and greasy road surfaces personally. Thanks :-)
Helpful 4 - tire reviewed on October 14, 2022