Our test vehicle for this Continental SureContact RX review is a 2015 Audi A4 equipped with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four cylinder engine, eight speed automatic transmission, and Quattro all-wheel drive. Our test vehicle came fitted with stock 18-inch wheels and a set of Continental SureContact RX tires. The owner of the Audi told us his old Goodyear tires were great for all-season driving, but the tires had a tendency to emit a lot of tire noise as the tread wears out. The tire dealer recommended the Continental SureContact RX tires and he never looked back. In fact, this is the second set of SureContact RX tires on his Audi.
Continental SureContact RX review: Features
The unique thing about the Continental SureContact RX is not the built-in QuickView Indicator that allows you to verify the alignment of the wheels, but it’s the traction teeth in the pattern grooves. This design will increase the biting edges of the tire to provide additional sipes to improve braking, acceleration, and cornering on any type of road including snow and ice.
The great thing about the Continental SureContact RX is the high-strength 2-ply sidewall construction. This will not only increase the comfort and refinement levels of the tire, but it also absorbs the impact if you drive directly through a pothole. We were able to witness this firsthand as we drove our test vehicle in the city.
Continental SureContact RX review: Test Drive
This tire is available in:
Luxury or sport sedans/coupes/sporty crossovers, 16” to 20”, Ultra-high performance, All-season
Hybrid tires are all about balance. The Continental PureContact is no different. It is a grand touring all-season tire that offers the attributes of an all-season and touring tire. This means it can deliver superior wet and dry performance along with a comfortable ride and longer wear.
It took me quite a while to search for a test vehicle. My buddy was able to secure a 2016 Cadillac CTS sedan equipped with a powerful and torquey 2.0-liter 4-cylinder motor and 6-speed automatic transmission. My test vehicle was fitted with a nice set of Continental PureContact tires wrapped on those gorgeous 19” alloy rims. It would have been great if my Caddy came fitted with the glorious 3.6-liter turbocharged V6. That would have been a blast! Bust as I spent more time with the less powerful turbo four-banger, I became increasingly convinced of the capabilities and smooth nature of the smaller motor.
Continental PureContact review: Features
What I really like about the Continental PureContact is the price. The owner of the Caddy only spent less than $190 each for a set of 19-inch rubber, which is not bad considering the tires are designed for all-season driving including light snow. However, a standard set of 15-inch tires will only start at less than $90 each which is still good value in my book.
The Continental PureContact is an all-season grand touring tire designed for luxury sedans, sports coupes, and crossover vehicles. It is constructed using a silica enriched all-season tread compound with Continental’s EcoPlus Technology. This allows the tire to maintain steady levels of traction without compromising tread wear and riding comfort. The tire has an asymmetric tread design with chamfered tread block edges to reduce noise and enhance grip on dry tarmac. The vertical ridges in the circumferential grooves and independent tread blocks provide the necessary biting edges for effective snow and ice performance.
The Continental PureContact is also equipped with Tuned Performance Indicators that are molded in the outboard shoulder of the tire. The visible letters D, W, and S will tell you the tire has sufficient tread depth to tackle dry, wet, and snowy roads. IF the S marking fades, this means the tire is only good for dry and wet driving. If the W marking fades, the tire is only good on dry tarmac. No more guessing game.
Continental PureContact review: Test Drive
I’m still young at heart, so you will probably understand why I’m not the biggest Cadillac fan. I always thought their vehicles were left lingering in the 60s when Elvis was lording it over the music charts. However, my test vehicle turned me into a believer. Don’t get me wrong, I still long for the driver-focused performance of the BMW 5-Series, but I think I will choose the Cadillac CTS over the Merc E-Class any time of the day. That’s high praise, indeed.
I may be wrong here, but I noticed the Continental PureContact tires will need to be warm enough to deliver the high levels of grip that I was expecting. The Cadillac CTS is a surprisingly good handler. The rear-wheel drive configuration felt wonderful in the curves, but you need to be careful with your steering inputs. I guess a proper set of high-performance tires are in order if the main priority is outright sporty levels of traction and grip, but the PureContact tires were more than enough as long as you don’t push it too much.
The Continental PureContact tires remained fuss-free even in the wet. The tires felt stable and the steering was still spot-on. But if you drive a bit more aggressively, you will feel the tires slightly hunt for traction as the rear wheels desperately try to grab on a slippery wet road filled with water puddles and debris. Drive it sanely, however, and the tires will provide relentless traction and strong braking in the wettest roads.
Driving a large rear-wheel drive sedan over light snow is not exactly a good idea, but the Continental PureContact tires were more than enough for the task at hand. What’s really surprising is how the tires managed to hold on and keep the rear in check as I drove over moderately heavy snow. Mind you, anything with more than 2-inches of slippery snow will demand all-wheel drive and a set of snow chains, but the PureContact tires enabled me to drive calmly on snow-covered roads without giving me a nervous breakdown.
Road comfort is the biggest attribute of the Continental PureContact tires. This is a grand touring tire, after all. Highway comfort was top notch and the tires weren’t bad in the city, either. Potholes will still deliver quite a jolt, but the tires managed to further soften the impact even as my test vehicle was riding on 19-inch rubber.
I love a tire that is both comfortable and quiet. The Continental PureContact is one of the best if silence is your top priority in a brand new set of tires. My test vehicle rode silently over humps and bumps at low speed, and they were incredibly silent even as I sped on the highway. This attribute alone was enough to convince me not to gamble with cheap Chinese tires since most of them are talkative and noisy even if the roads are smooth as silk.
Touring tires are also known for longer wear. The same holds true for the Continental PureContact. I was surprised when the owner revealed the tires were almost 6 months old. I only saw minimal signs of fading and wear, but the DWS indicators were still present!
I had a lot of fun in this Continental PureContact review. I gained newfound respect for the Continental brand, and to think the tires were not as expensive as I was hoping! If you are searching for the best set of all-season touring tires for your luxury sedan or crossover, the Continental PureContact should be on top of your shopping list.
This tire is available in:
Luxury sedan/coupe/crossover, 15” to 20”, Grand touring, All-season
Continental ProContact TX review
The tire is equipped with a complex multidirectional tread design with balanced sipe-to-block ratios to offer relentless wet or dry traction even over light snow. It also comes with an undertread compound and a blocking rib to provide an additional layer against shock while insulating the vehicle from tire roar or road noise. This tire is also M+S rated so it can handle some mud, loose dirt, and snow/ice without losing traction.
We got the chance to test the Continental ProContact TX on a 2016 Mini Countryman. We know that car had a rather stiff and firm ride, but the vehicle managed to ride more softly and gracefully when fitted with the ProContact TX tires. We also drove a 2017 Jeep Compass fitted with the same tires and we were able to tackle some mud and snow without upgrading to a proper set of all-terrain tires.
What makes these tires special is the excellent fuel economy and whisper-silent ride. The treadwear was also higher than average considering the low price of the tires. If you need a set of all-season touring tires that offer a better balance of comfort, fuel economy, and all-weather performance, the Continental ProContact TX is an excellent choice.
Continental ProContact GX review
We tested the Continental ProContact GX on a 2012 Honda CR-V. The tires were smooth as silk and quiet as a mouse. Wet traction was also better than lesser known all-season tires from China. Traction over dry tarmac was only average as the tires will frequently squirm for grip if you push the pedal to the metal. The ProContact GX also felt at home over mild snow but anything deeper than two or three inches of snow will require a better set of all-terrain or winter tires.
The biggest selling points of the Continental ProContact GX are outstanding fuel economy, good all-season traction, and a silent ride. It would be better if the tires offered higher levels of grip for better and more responsive handling, but who are we to complain given the affordable price?
One major complaint is the tread wear. The ProContact GX tires on our test vehicle were relatively new, but the tread was showing signs of premature wear. We even had the alignment checked to make sure the suspension or steering were adjusted according to factory specs, but everything looked fine.
Continental ProContact RX SSR review
The Continental ProContact RX SSR is an all-season run-flat tire designed for sedans, coupes, and small crossover vehicles. The tires are capable of run-flat mobility up to 50 miles at a speed of 50 mph after a puncture or loss of air pressure. The stiffer sidewall construction of the ProContact RX SSR enables the tire to continue rolling in the absence of air pressure but this contributes to a slightly stiffer and less comfortable ride.
Nitpicking aside, we were able to spend some time behind the wheel of a 2015 Cadillac ATS coupe fitted with the Continental ProContact RX tires. The ride was indeed a bit on the firmer side but the tires offered marvelous amounts of grip on dry and wet roads. The unique tread design was able to offer advanced levels of traction even over snowy roads. However, we found out the ProContact TX and GX are better equipped to handle ice and snow, but the Rx trumps the other two in terms of all-season handling and grip.
The Continental ProContact RX SSR tires are the most expensive in this list but nothing beats the security and convenience of a proper set of run flat tires. If your vehicle came with run flats from the factory and you are looking to buy a new set with the same capabilities, take a closer look at the ProContact RX SSR.
The car I’m talking about is a 2015 Lexus IS 350. Yes, this car is no better than the BMW 3-Series, but it manages to offer the right amount of sportiness and luxury in a compact package. Our test vehicle came with stock 17-inch wheels and relatively new Continental ExtremeContact DWS06 tires. The owner of the vehicle is a good friend of mine who is planning to sell the car. It was in pretty good shape and the interior is still practically brand new. The owner also told me the current Continental tires are simply the best ever fitted to his Lexus. He handed over the keys, shook hands, and told him I will try to find a prospective buyer during my test drive. I also promised to fill up the tank with gas since I felt I was going to drive this Lexus a bit more aggressively than the usual test drive.
Continental ExtremeContact DWS06 review: Features
The Continental ExtremeContact DWS06 is an ultra-high performance all-season tire for sports coupes, sports cars, performance sedans, and sporty trucks. This is the tire to buy if you demand year-round driving performance even on
The tire is manufactured utilizing an advanced silica-enhanced all-season tread compound. Continental’s
The ExtremeContact DWS06 also comes with innovative QuickView Indicators to prevent irregular wear. Simply put, the tire will tell you if uneven wear is detected due to suspension or alignment problems. The tire also comes with Tuned Performance Indicators which consist of visible letters molded into the second rib from the outboard shoulder. A visible DWS indicator means the tire is ready for any type of terrain, whether on dry tarmac, wet concrete, or ice-covered roads. When the S indicator wears out, it means the tire only has appropriate tread depth to tackle dry or wet roads. If the W and S indicators have worn away, the tire is trying to tell you that it is only good for dry roads only.
Continental ExtremeContact DWS06 review: Test Drive
The tires fitted to my test vehicle were still fresh even though they were more than 3 months old. However, I noticed the S indicator slowly fading into obscurity. Perhaps this is the low point of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS06. Other reviewers were also critical of the tread life of the tires.
I had fun in this review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS06. This is definitely one of the best options if you demand a tire to perform admirably in all weather conditions including snow or ice.
This tire is available in:
Sports coupes/sedans/crossovers, 16” to 22”, Ultra-high performance, All-season