Continental Conti 4×4 Contact Tire Review & Rating
The Conti 4×4 Contact from Continental is used primarily as original equipment on many of today’s luxury crossovers and sedans from manufacturers such as Mercedes-Benz and others. Designed for all-season use, the 4×4 Contact is built to provide excellent road manners to go with a comfortable ride.
This model utilizes a silica based all-season tread compound that combines with a non-directional tread pattern for enhanced dry and wet pavement traction. Continental also uses a computer-optimized tread design to increase noise resistance and improve overall ride quality.
Wide circumferential grooves and the tire’s lateral grooves evacuate water from under the tread in wet weather conditions. They also reduce the risk of hydroplaning and increase safety behind the wheel, although this is an area that could be improved on.
Continental has provided multiple sipes around the tread that are created to give the tire biting edges for better performance in light off-road terrain, as well as on snow covered surfaces. However, as numerous driver reviews have pointed out so well, winter performance is lacking on this model.
Inside the tire you will find two steel belts that are reinforced with nylon for added strength and durability throughout the speed zone. This model is available in H and V-speed ratings, and sizes range from 16-20 inches.
- Dry traction is good
- Crisp steering response
- Ride is comfortable for the most part
- Short tread life
- Winter handling
We will say that the 4×4 Contact provides good traction and stability on dry pavement, and the steering response is crisp, while delivering a good overall feel for the road, both in town and out on the highway. Ride comfort is good for the most part, but you may find a little more road noise than you would like. That’s been something mentioned by a few drivers on this tire.
Beyond that, traction in winter weather conditions is disappointing. Light snow handling is not that bad, but deeper snow and ice are problematic, with some simply stating that performance is terrible. In addition, far too many drivers have complained about a short tread life to ignore.
Overall, we rank this tire in the bottom half of its class.
What Vehicles Will The Continental 4×4 Contact Fit?
Fits these vehicles and many others:
- Acura RDX, ZDX
- BMW X5, X6
- Cadillac SRX
- Dodge Nitro
- Ford Edge, Flex SE, F-150
- Honda Odyssey, Pilot
- Hyundai Santa Fe
- Jeep Liberty, Grand Cherokee
- Kia Sorento
- Land Rover Range Rover, LR3
- Mazda CX-7
- Mercedes-Benz ML350, ML550, R350
- Porsche Cayenne
- Toyota RAV4
- Volkswagen Touareg
- Volvo XC90
Prices on the Conti 4×4 range from approximately $132 and up. You may also find occasional rebates, discounts, coupons and special offers on this tire.
Continental provides a limited warranty on the 4×4 Contact. Tire uniformity is guaranteed for one-year or the first 2/32 inch of wear. Materials and workmanship are warranted for 6-years and include free replacement during the first year or first 2/32 inch of wear. A prorated amount is given for the remaining time period down to the final 2/32 inch of tread depth.
There is also a one-year or first 2/32 inch of wear road hazard warranty, as well as Continental’s exclusive 30-day customer satisfaction trial.
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