Continental Purecontact LS: Review & Rating
The Pure Contact LS is Continental Tire’s all season grand touring tire for sedans, wagons, coupes, and small SUVs. The tire is designed around the idea of excellent vehicle response, comfort, and traction in all road conditions. Along with being an excellent summer performer, these tires perform exceptionally well in winters, rain, and icy conditions while providing maximum grip. User reviews suggest this tire improves car handling, ride quality, and braking grip over other similar tires. Owners claim reduction in brake distance by more than 10%. Known to last somewhere around 50,000 miles even in rougher road conditions, the tires come in 29 different sizes starting from 16” all the way up to 20” to suite a wide range of modern cars.
The internal construction of the tire is made of a single ply polyester casing for an overall lighter weight construction and less unladen weight on the car’s suspension. The high apex provides responsive handling when braking, accelerating, and turning with the ride comfort of a GT quality tire. Dual steel belts are reinforced by two ployamide overlays to maximize durability and high speed driving stability.
Temperature activated functional polymers in the Pure Contact LS’s tread compound increases the overall compound bonding providing improved traction, tire wear and fuel efficiency. The asymmetric pattern of the tread features stable treadblocks in the shoulder for lateral grip and high speed cornering. The wide central rib provides solid centered feel and confident straight line tracking.
Continental’s Comfort Ride technology provides an underlay beneath the tread that is designed to isolate the tread from the casing and reduce cabin vibrations. The company’s Silane coating to the tire compound enhances grip on wet and icy conditions. The sweeping tread grooves combined with deep circumferential water channels help cancel hydroplaning.
The Pure Contact’s siped shoulders and intermediate tread blocks help create the grabbing edges required for grip in snow and icy road conditions and the traction grooves capture snow in the tread blocks to provide snow to snow traction.
The Continental Pure Contact LS is available in 29 different sizes to fit a wider range of vehicles. 195/55-R16 being the smallest tire size, the Pure Contact LS is available in various sizes up to 245/45-R20 with weighing in at 16 lbs for the lightest and 28 lbs for the heaviest tire in the line up. With its ingenious tread design, this tire is able to maintain a 50% reduction in road noise as compared to its predecessor. Consumer friendly visual marks located on the tire tread alerts the driver when the tire is not performing optimally on dry, wet or snowy weather conditions. In addition to service marks, the alignment verification system warn the driver to check alignment when it is required.
|TIRE SIZE||MAX LOAD||MAX INFLATION PSI||TREAD DEPTH||TIRE WEIGHT||RIM WIDTH RANGE||TREAD WIDTH||OVERALL DIA.||REVS PER MILE|
|195/55R16||1,201 lbs.||51 psi||10/32″||18 lbs.||5.5-7″||6.4″||24.4″||850|
|205/60R16||1,389 lbs.||51 psi||10/32″||20 lbs.||5.5-7.5″||6.6″||25.7″||809|
|205/50R17||1,433 lbs.||51 psi||10/32″||20 lbs.||5.5-7.5″||6.7″||25.1″||829|
|215/50R17||1,521 lbs.||51 psi||10/32″||21 lbs.||6-7.5″||7″||25.5″||816|
|235/50R17||1,565 lbs.||51 psi||10/32″||23 lbs.||6.5-8.5″||7.7″||26.3″||791|
|245/45R17||1,709 lbs.||51 psi||10/32″||26 lbs.||7.5-9″||8.4″||25.7″||809|
|245/50R17||1,709 lbs.||51 psi||10/32″||27 lbs.||7-8.5″||8.2″||26.6″||780|
|245/40R18||1,609 lbs.||51 psi||10/32″||24 lbs.||8-9.5″||8.3″||25.7″||808|
|245/50R18||1,764 lbs.||51 psi||10/32″||26 lbs.||7-8.5″||8.2″||27.6″||751|
|235/40R19||1,565 lbs.||51 psi||10/32″||23 lbs.||8-9.5″||8″||26.4″||787|
|245/45R20||1,709 lbs.||51 psi||10/32″||26 lbs.||7.5-9″||8.1″||28.7″||724|
Most longterm users report findings similar to what the company advertises for them. The tires are very comfortable, grippy, and quiet on the road. These match perfect with heavier cars such as Audi, Mercedes, Lexus, etc. Because of the thicker sidewall for longer service times, these may ride a bit harsh sometimes, but usually ride soft and smoother. You will also find an improvement in your braking time thanks to the sticky tread compound.
These tires come with an excellent 6 year or 70,000 mile tread life warranty. This clearly shows the quality standards followed by the company to ensure a longer service life for the Pure Contact LS. Continental also provides a tread ware uniformity guarantee of 1 year / first 2/32” of wear. You get 6 years of workmanship and materials warranty, and a 60 day or first 2/32” trial warranty.
We consider the Continental Pure Contact LS as one of the best investments for your car. These premium GT tires are very easy to live with and will not let you down in any kind of weather. With a longer service life and quieter comfortable ride, these will enhance the ride quality and handling capabilities of your car. Backed by Continental’s great warranties, these are among our top picks for car tires in the current market.