Which? ranks Continental winter tyres as the best buy

Consumer magazine Which? has awarded winter tyres from Continental Best Buy status.

Continental's winter tyres have been recognised as some of the best on the market by the consumer magazine Which? in its Best Buy categories.

The ContiWinterContact TS850 was voted top in tyre size 225/45 R17 H, which tends to be a popular choice among drivers of the Vauxhall Astra and the Audi A3. It was granted Best Buy status, having gained a score of 70 per cent.

For supermini and medium-sized cars, Continental also managed to get Best Buy status for its winter tyres in the 185/60 R15T size. Often these tyres can be seen on the Renault Clio or Volkswagen Polo.

Which? said: "Our experts measured good grip on all surfaces: dry road, wet road, snow and ice. Fuel economy and tyre wear were impressive, too."

According to Continental, the ContiWinterContact TS850 is better at providing grip on icy roads, shortening braking distances in wet weather, extending mileage and reducing rolling distance compared to the previous model.

Brand manager at Continental Peter Robb said: "The ContiWinterContact TS850 has taken the winter market by storm. In a string of tyre tests in Europe, the tyre has consistently beaten the best to take top spot, we are delighted that the TS 850 has been recognised by Which?"

As well as Continental, other winter tyre brands that have a good reputation for performance in wintry weather include Bridgestone, with their Blizzaks, and the Pilot Aplin from Michelin.

Winter tyres are not a legal requirement in the UK, as they are within many European countries, however they are recommended during the colder weather especially in colder areas.

With this winter predicted to be the harshest since 1947, the chances of having an accident due to the cold or wet weather are heightened. According to figures from the Department of Transport, there were 5,000 accidents during the winter of 2012 to 2013 as a result of icy weather.

As a cheaper alternative to winter tyres, drivers are also encouraged to invest in snow socks.

 
  • On: 13 January 2014
  • By: CarShop

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