Tyres tests are a great source of information for motorists who aren’t sure which brand is best suited to their car and driving needs.
So Continental Tyres must be delighted that they have once again beaten their competition to be named the best tyre on test by Auto Express magazine.
This time it was the turn of the ContiSportContact 3 to take the honours.
The magazine put 12 brands through their paces on a Skoda Octavia fitted with size 225/40R18 – the first time the publication has tested an 18” tyre.
It considered nine different performance criteria. On the track, they tested the line–up’s abilities in dry handling, wet handling, wet cornering, aquaplaning, dry braking, wet braking and noise. The overall result also included rolling resistance and price.
The magazine concluded: “It’s the second win in a row for Continental, this time for the ContiSportContact 3. As with its victory in last year’s test, the German company has designed a tyre that performs well across all our assessments. While others are better in some disciplines, none matches this all-rounder.”
Tracey Hyem, Continental brand manager, said: “This is the third win this year for the ContiSportContact 3 in UK magazine tyre tests.
“This time the ultra high performance tyre has proved that it is up to the challenge on an 18” front wheel drive car. Again, the testers have commented on the all-round ability of our tyre. Following on from the ContiPremiumContact 2 win with Auto Express last year, it’s an excellent endorsement for our product range.”
In testing an 18” tyre size for the first time, Auto Express recognised a growing market trend. 2009 was the first year that an 18” size had entered the top ten tyre market sizes, reflecting the trend for bigger and wider tyres on today’s cars.
Denna Bowman, Head Office