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We spent several hours reading reviews from experts and tire owners. In summary, this is what people think about Continental IceContact 3. You can agree with these conclusions by voting for any item:

Reasons to buy vote if agree

– The drivers appreciated the excellent ice braking performance of this tire.
– The car owners said that these tires ensure good wet and dry grip.
– Some users wrote that they were really surprised how quiet this tire was.
– The motorists were happy with the tire’s excellent traction in snow and ice.
– Many consumers mentioned that these tires delivered good traction and cornering force.

Reasons not to buy

– A lot of purchasers complained that the tires didn't last long and the most part of studds fell out by 5000 kilometres.
– The tire is expensive, according to the reviewers.
– Several drivers reported that these tires were difficult to balance.

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Continental IceContact 3

Manufacturer's description

The next level of winter driving.

A studded tyre like none before – developed for an extensive range of passenger cars and SUVs.

  • Fantastic grip on ice – for a revolutionary winter driving experience
  • Vastly improved handling on slushy and snowy roads
  • Maximised performance over the full lifetime of the tyre

Notable Features

Continental IceContact 3 is a new winter tire with a directional tread pattern that is part of the 2018–2019 winter range of this German tire maker. This tire is designed to be fitted on both compact passenger cars and cars with 4-wheel drive. The tire delivers confident traction on icy roads, high levels of grip on snow and slush, as well as stable performance over its entire service life.

Continental IceContact 3 came to replace IceContact 2, in comparison to which it got such marked improvements as 7% better resistance to hydroplaning and 9% better handling on dry asphalt. Continental IceContact 2 / Continental IceContact 3 And this is where it becomes interesting. The thing is that in sizes from 17-inch upwards (exclusively in the UHP tires) IceContact 3 uses ContiFlexStud rubber-coated studs that, along with ensuring a dependable grip on icy roads, deliver greater riding comfort and a marked reduction in road wear. And, as noted by some experts, it is these tires, normally found on larger, heavier vehicles, that showed a 110% traction on icy roads. The performance of two generation of Conti studs Parallel to that, the reliability of grip provided by IceContact 3 of a smaller fitting diameter (14»-16») only rose by 3%, which has to do with the fact that they are covered with standard aluminum-jacked studs, and not rubber-coated ones.

What is remarkable is the fact that some seasoned tire geeks saw a certain similarity between this Continental model and the French tires Michelin X–Ice North 2. They are not exact replicas of one another but some similarity is definitely there. Michelin X–Ice North 2 / Continental IceContact 3 With is unique ContiFlexStud technology, Continental IceContact 3 sets a new standard for winter driving. A combination of two types of studs and an optimized pattern of their placement ensures shorter braking distances on winter roads and confident handling.

Traction on ice Better handling on melting snow provided by Continental Ice Contact 3, as well as its increased resistance to hydroplaning and skidding on slush became possible thanks to the directional tread pattern and the highly developed drainage system consisting of numerous interconnected broad grooves.

Better handling The little «bridges» between the blocks of the directional tread of Continental IC3 increase their ruggedness, thus improving the handling on dry asphalt.

Dependability Rapeseed oil, added to the rubber compound, maintains the tire elasticity even at extreme low temperatures, allowing it to quickly adapt to any kind of road surface. The advantages of ContiFlexStud technology The maximum performance that Ice Contact 3 ensures during the entire period of its service life is explained by Continental’s tremendous experience in manufacturing winter studded tires, and, specifically, by the use of the patented technology of vulcanizing the studs with special coating into the tires at the production stage, which virtually excludes subsequent stud loss.

The rubber coating of such a stud wears down together with the tread pattern, which maintains the effectiveness of the stud and the high level of traction during the tire’s entire service life.

Detailed Information

Type and Size
Tire Model
Continental / IceContact 3
Car Type
Rim Diameter
14 / 15 / 16 / 17 / 18 / 19 "
175 / 185 / 195 / 205 / 215 / 225 / 235 / 245 / 255 mm
Aspect Ratio
45 / 50 / 55 / 60 / 65 / 70 %
Special Features
Mud and Snow
Extra Load
Speed and Load
Speed Index
T (max 118 mph)
Load Index (max load for a tire)

Continental / IceContact 3 Sizes & Specifications

Rim Model Size Index Features Price
R14 175/65 R14 86T 175/65 R14 86T
R14 185/70 R14 92T 185/70 R14 92T
R15 175/65 R15 88T 175/65 R15 88T
R15 185/65 R15 92T 185/65 R15 92T
R15 195/60 R15 92T 195/60 R15 92T
R15 195/65 R15 95T 195/65 R15 95T
R15 205/65 R15 99T 205/65 R15 99T
R16 195/55 R16 91T 195/55 R16 91T
R16 205/55 R16 94T 205/55 R16 94T
R16 205/60 R16 96T 205/60 R16 96T
R16 215/60 R16 99T 215/60 R16 99T
R16 225/55 R16 99T 225/55 R16 99T
R16 245/70 R16 111T 245/70 R16 111T
R17 205/50 R17 93T 205/50 R17 93T
R17 205/55 R17 95T 205/55 R17 95T
R17 215/50 R17 95T 215/50 R17 95T
R17 225/45 R17 94T 225/45 R17 94T
R17 225/50 R17 98T 225/50 R17 98T
R17 235/60 R17 106T 235/60 R17 106T
R17 245/65 R17 111T 245/65 R17 111T
R18 225/45 R18 95T 225/45 R18 95T
R18 235/45 R18 98T 235/45 R18 98T
R18 235/50 R18 101T 235/50 R18 101T
R18 235/60 R18 107T 235/60 R18 107T
R18 245/50 R18 104T 245/50 R18 104T
R19 235/55 R19 105T 235/55 R19 105T
R19 255/50 R19 107T 255/50 R19 107T

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