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Continental ContiEcoContact 5 vs Continental SportContact 6

Continental EcoContact 5 vs 6 - Which To Buy? [Test Data]

Here are the key stats for the Continental ContiEcoContact 5 and Continental SportContact 6 tyres, at a glance.
ContiEcoContact 5SportContact 6
Vehicle SuitabilityPassengerPassenger
Driving StylePremium Touring SummerMax Performance Summer
SeasonSummerSummer
Release Date20112015
Run Flat?NoNo
Overall Score72/10080/100

Pricing

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Continental ContiEcoContact 5 vs Continental SportContact 6 in Australia

The ContiEcoContact 5 has been around in Australia for about 13 years, whereas the SportContact 6 has been on the market for about 9 years

The ContiEcoContact 5 is rated for premium touring summer action, however the SportContact 6 tyres are classified as max performance summer. Both tyres are designed for use with regular passenger (non-SUV) vehicles.

Both of these are considered summer tyres. Neither of them are runflat tyres. Both brands are considered to be in the premium part of the market.

Read on to see how each of these tyres stack up against each other!

How We Reviewed These Tyres

Unlike the Australian government, the European Union carries out standardised tests on all tyres sold in Europe. These tests are carried out in identical conditions, making them a reliable way to compare tyres.

For this review, we use averaged results from tests done on 232 sizes of these tyres by the European Union.

Fuel Efficiency

EU Grade
(A - E)
Compared to an A grade tyre?
ContiEcoContact 5B0.1L/100km extra fuel consumption. ~$27 extra per year
SportContact 6D0.3L/100km extra fuel consumption. ~$66 extra per year

The US Department of Energy estimates that around 25% of the fuel consumption of a vehicle is attributable to the tyres. That's a lot, and it means that choosing fuel efficient tyres can save you quite a bit of money.

The ContiEcoContact 5 tyres rank a B on a scale of A to E in the official fuel efficiency tests carried out by the EU (they call these rolling resistance tests).

The SportContact 6 tyres get a grade of D

Expect the lower grade tyre to consume an extra 0.2L/100km. This works out to $39 extra spent on petrol per year, based on a typical 12,000 km driven per year.

Here's a graph comparing the ContiEcoContact 5 and SportContact 6 tyres for fuel efficiency (1 = Grade E, 5 = Grade A).

Grip & Handling

EU Grade
(A - E)
Compared to an A grade tyre?
ContiEcoContact 5B2.5 metre greater stopping distance when braking at 80km/h
SportContact 6AThis is an A grade tyre for wet grip

We'll now take a look at how these tyres compare in terms of grip and handling.

A good measure of this is 'wet grip', which is an indication of how well the tyres will allow the vehicle to come to a stop in wet conditions.

The ContiEcoContact 5 tyres rank a B on a scale of A to E in the official fuel tests carried out by the EU.

The SportContact 6 tyres, on the other hand, get a grade of A.

Expect the lower graded tyres to require about an extra 2 metres to come to a complete stop when braking at 80km/h.

Here's a graph comparing the ContiEcoContact 5 and SportContact 6 tyres for wet grip (1 = Grade E, 5 = Grade A).

Noise

EU Grade
(A - C)
Compared to an A grade tyre?
ContiEcoContact 5B (71.0 dB)2 times as noisy
SportContact 6B (73.5 dB)2 times as noisy

Another key factor to consider when choosing a tyre is road noise. Once you're over about 40 km/h, the dominant source of noise you hear is from the contact of your tyres on the road.

There is a surprisingly wide variation in the amount of noise each tyre makes.

The ContiEcoContact 5 tyres produce 71.0 dB of road noise, which corresponds to a rank of B on a scale of A to C in the standardised testing done by the EU.

On the other hand, the SportContact 6 tyres produce 73.5 dB of road noise, which means a grade of B.

As their noise grade is the same, don't expect many differences in terms of cabin noise.

Here's a visual representation of how the ContiEcoContact 5 and SportContact 6 tyres stack up for noise (1 = Grade C, 3 = Grade A).

Comfort

Based on the results of a number of tyre benchmarks, the ContiEcoContact 5 scores 4 out of 5 for comfort and the SportContact 6 scores 4 out of 5.

UTQG Data

Introduced by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in the USA, the Uniform Tire Grading System (UTQG), is a system for comparing one tyre product to another on the basis of some standardised tests.

ContiEcoContact 5SportContact 6
Treadwear240
Traction
(AA - C)
AA
Temperature Resistance
(A - C)
A

Treadwear

The ContiEcoContact 5 tyres have a treadwear rating of 240, which means that they would last 2.4 times longer than a tyre with a rating of 100. There's no treadwear data available for the ContiEcoContact 5 tyres.

Traction

The UTQG system measures traction as straight-line braking in dry conditions. The scale is AA, A, B, C, with AA being the best grade, and C the worst.

The SportContact 6 tyres have a traction grade of AA (on a scale of AA, A, B, C). There's no UTQG traction grading data available for the ContiEcoContact 5 tyres.

Temperature Resistance

The UTQG temperature resistance tests measure how well tyres can dissipate heat that builds up due to friction with the road. The scale is A, B, C, with A being the highest grade.

The SportContact 6 tyres have a temperature resistance grade of A (on a scale of A, B, C). There's no UTQG temperature resistance grading data available for the ContiEcoContact 5 tyres.

Warranty

Unfortunately, we don't have any warranty information available for either of these tyres.

Comparisons With Similar Tyres

Still on the fence about these tyres? Check out how they compare to other similar tyres on the market in Australia!

Summary

Let's now take a look at the main differences between these two sets of tyres.

All in all, the ContiEcoContact 5 tyres get a score of 72 out of 100, while the SportContact 6 tyres get a score of 80 out of 100.

For fuel efficiency, ContiEcoContact 5 score a grade of B, which is above average. SportContact 6 end up with a grade of D, which is below average.

More important is the wet grip, which gives you an indication of their traction and handling. In this regard, ContiEcoContact 5 get a score of B, which is above average. SportContact 6 end up with a grade of A, which is outstanding.

More important is the wet grip, which gives you an indication of their traction and handling. In this regard, ContiEcoContact 5 get a score of B, which is about typical. SportContact 6 end up with a grade of B, which is about typical.

Full Size List (click to show)

Below is a list of all 105 sizes of the ContiEcoContact 5, and all 173 sizes of the SportContact 6 tyres sold in Australia, sorted by tyre width.

ContiEcoContact 5 Sizes

Size
165/60 R15 81H XL
165/70 R14 85T XL
165/65 R14 83T XL
165/65 R14 79T
165/70 R14 81T
165/70 R14 85T
165/60 R15 77H
175/70 R14 88T
175/65 R15 84T
175/65 R14 86T XL
175/65 R14 82T
175/70 R14 84T
175/65 R14 86T
175/70 R14 88T XL
185/60 R14 82H
185/55 R15 86H
185/65 R15 88T
185/50 R16 81H
185/65 R15 88H
185/70 R14 88T
185/60 R15 84T
185/60 R15 88H XL
185/60 R15 84H
185/65 R15 92T
185/65 R14 86H
185/55 R15 86H XL
185/55 R15 82H
185/65 R15 92T XL
195/60 R16 93V XL
195/60 R15 88V
195/65 R15 95H
195/55 R15 85V
195/55 R20 95H XL
195/65 R15 91V
195/45 R16 84H XL
195/60 R15 88H
195/60 R16 93H XL
195/55 R16 91H XL
195/55 R20 95H
195/60 R16 93H
195/45 R16 84V XL
195/55 R16 87H
195/55 R16 91H
195/60 R16 93V
195/65 R15 91H
195/45 R16 84H
195/65 R15 95H XL
205/55 R17 95V
205/60 R16 92H
205/60 R16 96H XL
205/55 R17 91V
205/55 R17 95V XL
205/60 R16 92V
205/55 R16 94V XL
205/45 R16 83H
205/65 R15 94V
205/55 R16 94H XL
205/55 R16 94W XL
205/55 R16 91W
205/55 R16 94W
205/60 R16 92W
205/55 R16 91H
205/55 R16 94H
205/50 R17 93V XL
205/60 R16 96H
205/55 R17 91W
205/50 R17 93V
205/60 R15 95V
205/55 R16 91V
205/60 R15 95V XL
215/65 R16 98V
215/55 R16 97W XL
215/60 R16 95H
215/55 R17 94V
215/60 R16 95V
215/55 R16 93W
215/60 R16 99V XL
215/60 R17 96V
215/65 R16 98H
215/60 R17 96H
215/45 R17 87V
215/65 R17 99V
215/55 R18 99V XL
215/60 R16 99V
225/55 R17 101V
225/55 R17 101W XL
225/45 R17 94V
225/55 R16 95Y
225/50 R17 94V
225/55 R17 101V XL
225/55 R16 95V
225/45 R17 91V
225/55 R17 97W
225/50 R17 94H
225/55 R17 101W
225/55 R16 99Y XL
225/45 R17 94V XL
225/55 R16 99Y
225/55 R16 95W
235/55 R17 103H XL
235/55 R18 104V XL
235/55 R17 103H
235/55 R17 103V XL
235/60 R18 107V XL
245/45 R18 96W

SportContact 6 Sizes

Size
225/35 R20 90Y XL FR
225/40 R19 93Y XL
225/30 R20 (85Y) XL
225/35 R19 (88Y) XL
225/40 R19 (93Y) XL
225/35 R19 88Y XL FR
225/35 R20 (90Y) XL
235/35 R19 (91Y) XL
235/45 R19 (99Y) XL
235/30 R20 (88Y) XL
235/50 R19 99Y
235/45 R21 (101Y) XL
235/45 R21 101Y XL
235/30 R20 88Y XL FR
235/40 R19 (96Y) XL
235/40 R18 95Y XL FR
235/35 R20 (92Y) XL
235/35 R20 92Y XL FR
235/40 R19 96Y XL FR
235/35 R19 91Y XL FR
235/45 R19 99Y
245/35 R19 (93Y) XL
245/35 R20 95Y XL
245/35 R19 93Y XL FR
245/30 R19 (89Y) XL
245/40 R19 98Y
245/30 R20 90Y XL
245/30 R21 91Y XL FR
245/40 R20 99Y XL FR
245/35 R20 (95Y) XL
245/40 R18 97Y XL
245/30 R19 89Y XL
245/30 R21 (91Y) XL
245/40 R20 (99Y) XL
245/45 R19 102Y XL
245/40 R19 98Y XL
245/45 R19 (102Y) XL
245/40 R20 99V XL
245/35 R19 93Y
245/40 R21 100Y XL
245/30 R20 (90Y) XL
245/40 R19 (98Y) XL
255/30 R19 (91Y) XL
255/30 R19 91Y XL
255/30 R20 92Y XL FR
255/40 R20 101Y XL FR
255/45 R20 105Y XL FR
255/30 R21 93Y XL FR
255/35 R21 (98Y) XL
255/35 R20 (97Y) XL
255/30 R22 (95Y) XL
255/35 R21 98Y XL FR
255/40 R19 (100Y) XL
255/40 R19 100Y XL FR
255/30 R22 95Y XL FR
255/45 R20 (105Y) XL
255/30 R21 (93Y) XL
255/30 R20 (92Y) XL
255/35 R19 96Y XL FR
255/45 R19 104Y XL FR
255/40 R21 102Y XL FR
255/35 R20 97Y XL FR
255/35 R19 (96Y) XL
265/40 R21 105Y XL
265/40 R22 106H FR
265/40 R19 (102Y) XL
265/30 R22 97Y XL FR
265/35 R19 98Y XL FR
265/30 R22 (97Y) XL
265/35 R20 99Y XL FR
265/40 R20 (104Y) XL
265/35 R22 (102Y) XL
265/45 R20 108Y XL
265/45 R20 (108Y) XL
265/30 R19 (93Y) XL
265/30 R21 (96Y) XL
265/40 R22 106H XL
265/35 R20 (99Y) XL
265/35 R22 102Y XL
265/40 R19 102Y XL FR
265/35 R19 98Y
265/35 R19 (98Y) XL
265/30 R21 96Y XL FR
265/30 R19 93Y XL FR
275/25 R21 92Y XL FR
275/45 R21 107Y FR
275/30 R19 96Y XL FR
275/35 R19 100Y XL FR
275/35 R20 (102Y) XL
275/40 R18 (103Y) XL
275/30 R20 97Y XL FR
275/25 R21 (92Y) XL
275/35 R19 (100Y) XL
275/35 R21 (103Y) XL
275/30 R19 (96Y) XL
275/35 R20 102Y XL FR
275/45 R21 110Y XL
275/30 R20 (97Y) XL
285/40 R20 104Y FR
285/30 R22 (101Y) XL
285/35 R20 (100Y)
285/30 R22 101Y XL FR
285/30 R20 99Y XL FR
285/35 R21 105Y XL
285/25 R20 93Y XL FR
285/35 R20 100Y XL FR
285/35 R22 (106Y) XL
285/40 R22 110Y XL
285/40 R21 109Y XL
285/35 R19 (103Y) XL
285/45 R21 113Y XL
285/35 R23 107Y XL FR
285/35 R19 103Y XL FR
285/30 R20 (99Y) XL
285/25 R20 (93Y) XL
285/35 R21 (105Y) XL
285/35 R22 106Y XL
295/30 R22 103Y XL FR
295/25 R21 (96Y) XL
295/30 R21 (102Y) XL
295/30 R19 (100Y) XL
295/35 R19 104Y XL FR
295/35 R23 (108Y) XL
295/35 R24 110Y XL FR
295/25 R21 96Y XL FR
295/35 R24 (110Y) XL
295/30 R20 101Y XL FR
295/25 R20 (95Y) XL
295/35 R19 104Y
295/40 R20 110Y XL
295/35 R22 108Y XL FR
295/30 R19 100Y XL FR
295/25 R20 95Y XL FR
295/40 R20 (110Y) XL
295/35 R20 (105Y) XL
295/30 R22 (103Y) XL
295/35 R23 108Y XL FR
295/35 R19 (104Y) XL
295/30 R20 (101Y) XL
295/30 R21 102Y XL FR
305/30 R20 (103Y) XL
305/25 R20 (97Y) XL
305/25 R22 99Y XL FR
305/30 R20 103Y XL FR
305/25 R20 97Y XL FR
305/25 R21 98Y XL
305/25 R22 (99Y) XL
305/30 R19 (102Y) XL
305/30 R19 102Y XL FR
305/25 R21 (98Y) XL
315/30 R22 (107Y) XL
315/25 R23 102Y XL FR
315/40 R21 115Y XL
315/30 R22 107Y XL FR
315/40 R21 111Y FR
315/25 R19 98Y XL FR
315/25 R19 (98Y) XL
315/25 R23 (102Y) XL
325/30 R21 (108Y) XL
325/25 R20 (101Y) XL
325/25 R21 102Y XL FR
325/35 R20 108Y XL FR
325/35 R20 (108Y)
325/30 R21 108Y XL
325/25 R20 101Y XL FR
325/25 R21 (102Y) XL
335/30 R24 112Y XL FR
335/30 R24 (112Y) XL
335/30 R23 111Y XL
335/25 R22 105Y XL FR
335/25 R22 (105Y) XL
335/30 R23 (111Y) XL
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