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Continental PremiumContact 6 vs Michelin Pilot Sport 4

Continental PremiumContact 6 vs Michelin Pilot Sport 4 (PS4)

Here are the key stats for the Continental PremiumContact 6 and Michelin Pilot Sport 4 tyres, at a glance.
PremiumContact 6Pilot Sport 4
Vehicle SuitabilityPassengerPassenger
Driving StylePremium Touring SummerMax Performance Summer
SeasonSummerSummer
Release Date20162015
Run Flat?NoNo
Overall Score88/10081/100

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Continental PremiumContact 6 vs Michelin Pilot Sport 4 in Australia

The PremiumContact 6 has been around in Australia for about 8 years, whereas the Pilot Sport 4 has been on the market for about 9 years

The PremiumContact 6 is rated for premium touring summer action, however the Pilot Sport 4 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 308 sizes of these tyres by the European Union.

Fuel Efficiency

EU Grade
(A - E)
Compared to an A grade tyre?
PremiumContact 6C0.2L/100km extra fuel consumption. ~$41 extra per year
Pilot Sport 4C0.2L/100km extra fuel consumption. ~$52 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 PremiumContact 6 tyres rank a C 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 Pilot Sport 4 tyres get a grade of C

As their fuel efficiency grade is the same, expect negligible differences in fuel consumption between them.

Here's a graph comparing the PremiumContact 6 and Pilot Sport 4 tyres for fuel efficiency (1 = Grade E, 5 = Grade A).

Grip & Handling

EU Grade
(A - E)
Compared to an A grade tyre?
PremiumContact 6AThis is an A grade tyre for wet grip
Pilot Sport 4AThis 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 PremiumContact 6 tyres rank a A on a scale of A to E in the official fuel tests carried out by the EU.

The Pilot Sport 4 tyres, on the other hand, get a grade of A.

As their wet grip grade is the same, expect negligible differences in terms of braking distance.

Here's a graph comparing the PremiumContact 6 and Pilot Sport 4 tyres for wet grip (1 = Grade E, 5 = Grade A).

Noise

EU Grade
(A - C)
Compared to an A grade tyre?
PremiumContact 6B (72.1 dB)2 times as noisy
Pilot Sport 4B (71.0 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 PremiumContact 6 tyres produce 72.1 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 Pilot Sport 4 tyres produce 71.0 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 PremiumContact 6 and Pilot Sport 4 tyres stack up for noise (1 = Grade C, 3 = Grade A).

Comfort

Based on the results of a number of tyre benchmarks, the PremiumContact 6 scores 5 out of 5 for comfort and the Pilot Sport 4 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.

PremiumContact 6Pilot Sport 4
Treadwear280320
Traction
(AA - C)
AAAA
Temperature Resistance
(A - C)
AA

Treadwear

As per the UTQG guidelines, the PremiumContact 6 tyres have a treadwear rating of 280, whereas the Pilot Sport 4 tyres have a rating of 320. This means that the PremiumContact 6 tyres will theoretically last only 88% as long as the Pilot Sport 4 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.

As per the UTQG system, the PremiumContact 6 tyres have a traction grading of AA, whereas the Pilot Sport 4 tyres have a grading of AA.

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.

As per the UTQG system of tyre grading, the PremiumContact 6 tyres have a temperature resistance grading of A, whereas the Pilot Sport 4 tyres have a grading of A (on a scale of A, B, C).

Warranty

The Pilot Sport 4 tyres have a warranty of 6 years. There is no time-based warranty available for the PremiumContact 6.

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 PremiumContact 6 tyres get a score of 88 out of 100, while the Pilot Sport 4 tyres get a score of 81 out of 100.

For fuel efficiency, PremiumContact 6 score a grade of C, which is more or less average. Pilot Sport 4 end up with a grade of C, which is more or less average.

More important is the wet grip, which gives you an indication of their traction and handling. In this regard, PremiumContact 6 get a score of A, which is outstanding. Pilot Sport 4 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, PremiumContact 6 get a score of B, which is about typical. Pilot Sport 4 end up with a grade of B, which is about typical.

The PremiumContact 6 tyres have a UTQG treadwear rating of 280, whereas the Pilot Sport 4 tyres have a rating of 320.This means that you can expect the PremiumContact 6 to last only 88% as long as the Pilot Sport 4 tyres.

The PremiumContact 6 have a UTQG traction grading of AA, while the Pilot Sport 4 tyres having a grading of AA.

The PremiumContact 6 have a UTQG temperature grading of A, while the Pilot Sport 4 tyres having a grading of A.

Full Size List (click to show)

Below is a list of all 267 sizes of the PremiumContact 6, and all 150 sizes of the Pilot Sport 4 tyres sold in Australia, sorted by tyre width.

PremiumContact 6 Sizes

Size
185/65 R15 88H
195/65 R15 95H XL
195/65 R15 91H
195/65 R15 91V
205/40 R18 86Y XL
205/60 R16 96H XL
205/40 R18 86Y
205/55 R16 91H
205/45 R17 88V
205/55 R19 97V
205/60 R16 96H
205/45 R17 88W XL
205/50 R17 93Y XL
205/40 R17 84Y XL FR
205/45 R17 88V XL
205/55 R19 97V XL
205/40 R17 84Y
205/55 R16 91V
205/55 R17 95V XL
205/45 R16 83W
205/55 R17 95V
205/40 R18 86W
205/45 R17 88W
205/40 R18 86W XL
205/50 R17 89V
205/50 R16 87W
205/50 R17 93Y
215/50 R17 95Y
215/40 R18 89Y
215/45 R18 93Y
215/65 R16 98H
215/65 R17 99V
215/60 R16 99V XL
215/40 R18 89Y XL
215/40 R17 87Y XL
215/45 R17 87Y
215/45 R18 93Y XL
215/55 R18 99V
215/55 R18 99V XL
215/55 R18 95H
215/50 R17 91Y
215/50 R17 95Y XL
215/45 R17 91Y
215/50 R17 91V
215/60 R17 96V
215/45 R18 93H
215/55 R17 94V
215/40 R17 87Y
215/45 R17 87V
215/45 R17 91Y XL
225/55 R19 103V XL
225/55 R18 98V
225/55 R18 98H
225/45 R19 96W XL
225/55 R17 97Y
225/45 R19 92W
225/50 R18 95W
225/40 R18 92W XL
225/50 R17 98Y
225/50 R18 99W XL
225/55 R17 101Y
225/55 R17 101Y XL
225/50 R16 92Y
225/55 R19 103V
225/45 R17 94Y XL
225/55 R17 97W
225/45 R17 94Y
225/40 R18 92W
225/55 R19 99V
225/45 R19 96W
225/50 R18 99W
225/45 R18 95Y XL
225/40 R20 94Y XL
225/45 R18 95Y
225/60 R18 104V XL FR
225/60 R18 104V
225/45 R18 95V XL
225/45 R17 91Y
225/55 R19 103Y
225/50 R17 94W
225/40 R18 92Y XL FR
225/50 R17 94V
225/50 R17 94Y
225/50 R17 98Y XL
225/55 R19 103Y XL
225/45 R17 91W
225/45 R17 91V
225/40 R18 92Y
225/50 R19 100W XL
235/50 R18 101H
235/50 R18 101Y XL
235/40 R18 91Y
235/40 R19 96Y
235/50 R18 97V
235/45 R18 94Y
235/40 R19 96W XL
235/45 R19 99V
235/50 R19 99W
235/45 R20 100W XL
235/50 R19 99V
235/65 R19 109W XL
235/50 R18 101H XL
235/55 R17 103W
235/50 R19 103Y
235/45 R17 97Y
235/45 R18 98W XL
235/60 R17 102V
235/60 R18 107V
235/45 R17 94Y
235/60 R16 100W
235/50 R18 101Y
235/55 R18 100H
235/45 R20 100W
235/55 R19 105V
235/55 R18 100W
235/55 R17 103W XL FR
235/35 R19 91Y
235/60 R18 107V XL
235/45 R17 97Y XL
235/60 R19 107V XL
235/50 R19 103Y XL
235/65 R19 109W
235/40 R18 95Y
235/60 R18 103V
235/50 R19 103V XL
235/45 R18 98Y
235/45 R19 99V XL FR
235/50 R19 103V
235/55 R18 100V
235/40 R18 95Y XL
235/40 R19 96Y XL
235/35 R19 91Y XL
235/40 R19 96W
235/55 R19 105V XL FR
235/45 R18 94V
235/45 R18 98W
235/45 R18 98Y XL
235/45 R17 94W
245/40 R19 98Y
245/45 R18 96Y
245/40 R19 98W XL
245/55 R17 106H
245/50 R18 100Y
245/45 R20 103V XL
245/45 R21 104Y XL
245/45 R17 99Y XL
245/45 R19 102Y
245/45 R19 102Y XL FR
245/45 R19 98Y
245/40 R20 99Y
245/50 R19 101Y
245/45 R17 99Y
245/40 R17 95Y XL
245/40 R20 99V XL
245/45 R17 95Y
245/45 R18 100Y
245/40 R17 91Y
245/45 R19 (98Y)
245/55 R17 106H XL FR
245/40 R19 98Y XL
245/45 R20 103Y
245/45 R21 104Y
245/40 R18 97Y
245/45 R19 102V XL FR
245/45 R20 99V
245/40 R18 97Y XL
245/45 R20 99W
245/45 R18 100Y XL
245/45 R20 103Y XL
245/40 R20 99V
245/50 R18 104H
245/45 R19 102V
245/40 R17 95Y
245/40 R21 100Y
245/50 R18 104H XL
245/40 R21 100Y XL
245/40 R18 93Y
245/50 R20 105V XL
255/45 R18 103Y
255/50 R20 109H
255/45 R20 105Y
255/55 R20 110Y XL FR
255/50 R20 109Y XL FR
255/45 R20 105W
255/45 R20 105V
255/60 R18 112V XL
255/60 R17 106V
255/50 R20 109Y
255/55 R19 111H
255/55 R18 109Y XL
255/55 R20 110V
255/55 R20 110W
255/45 R21 105V XL
255/45 R18 103Y XL FR
255/40 R22 103V
255/40 R18 99Y XL
255/50 R20 109H XL
255/45 R18 99Y FR
255/55 R18 109Y
255/50 R19 107Y XL FR
255/45 R20 105V XL
255/35 R18 94Y
255/55 R19 111V XL FR
255/35 R18 94Y XL
255/55 R19 111V
255/45 R20 105Y XL
255/60 R18 112V
255/55 R20 110V XL FR
255/40 R22 103V XL
255/55 R19 111H XL
255/45 R20 105H
255/50 R19 107Y
255/40 R17 94Y FR
255/45 R20 105H XL
265/45 R21 108H
265/50 R19 110Y XL
265/50 R19 110Y
265/40 R21 105Y
265/40 R22 106V XL
265/50 R20 111V
265/40 R21 105Y XL
265/55 R19 113Y XL
265/45 R21 108H XL
265/55 R19 113Y
265/50 R20 111V XL FR
275/40 R19 (101Y)
275/40 R19 101Y
275/55 R19 111W
275/35 R22 104Y XL
275/45 R20 110Y XL
275/45 R20 110Y
275/40 R22 107Y
275/50 R21 113Y
275/40 R18 103Y XL
275/40 R18 103Y
275/40 R20 106Y
275/40 R21 107V XL
275/50 R20 113Y
275/35 R20 102Y
275/40 R20 106Y XL
275/50 R20 113Y XL
275/50 R21 113Y XL
275/45 R19 108Y XL
275/35 R22 104Y
275/55 R17 109V
275/45 R19 108Y
275/40 R21 107V
275/40 R21 107Y XL
275/40 R21 107Y
275/35 R19 100Y
275/45 R21 107V
285/50 R20 116W
285/45 R22 114Y
285/45 R21 113Y
285/45 R20 112H
285/40 R21 109H XL
285/50 R20 116W XL
285/45 R20 112H XL
285/45 R22 114Y XL
295/45 R20 114W XL
295/45 R20 114W
315/30 R22 107Y XL
315/45 R21 116Y
315/30 R22 107Y
315/35 R22 111Y
315/35 R21 111Y
325/40 R22 114Y

Pilot Sport 4 Sizes

Size
195/45 R17 81W
205/40 R17 84Y XL
205/55 R16 91W
205/45 R17 88V XL
205/45 R17 88Y XL
205/45 R17 (88Y) XL
205/55 R16 (91Y)
205/40 R18 (86Y) XL
205/55 R16 94Y XL
205/40 R18 86Y XL
205/40 R18 86W XL
205/40 R17 (84Y) XL
205/50 R17 93Y XL
205/50 R17 (93Y) XL
205/55 R16 (94Y) XL
205/55 R16 91Y
205/45 R17 88W XL
215/45 R17 (91Y) XL
215/40 R18 85Y
215/45 R18 (93Y) XL
215/40 R18 89Y XL
215/40 R18 (89Y) XL
215/55 R17 (98Y) XL
215/50 R17 (95Y) XL
215/45 R18 89Y
215/55 R17 98Y XL
215/40 R17 87Y XL
215/50 R17 95Y XL
215/45 R18 93Y XL
215/40 R17 (87Y) XL
215/45 R17 91Y XL
215/60 R16 95V
225/55 R17 (101Y) XL
225/45 R17 94W XL
225/45 R18 95W XL
225/45 R18 (95Y) XL
225/50 R18 (99Y) XL
225/40 R19 93Y XL
225/50 R17 98W XL
225/55 R19 103Y XL
225/40 R18 (92Y) XL
225/45 R17 (91Y)
225/45 R17 91V
225/40 R18 92Y XL
225/45 R17 (94Y) XL
225/50 R16 92Y
225/50 R17 (98Y) XL
225/45 R19 96W XL
225/45 R17 94Y XL
225/40 R19 (93Y) XL
225/50 R16 (92Y)
225/50 R18 99Y XL
225/45 R18 91W
225/50 R17 98Y XL
225/45 R18 95Y XL
225/45 R17 91Y
225/55 R17 101Y XL
225/40 R18 92W XL
235/45 R18 98Y XL
235/40 R19 96Y XL
235/35 R19 87Y
235/45 R19 99Y XL
235/40 R18 95Y XL
235/50 R18 101Y XL
235/45 R19 (99Y) XL
235/40 R18 91W
235/50 R18 (101Y) XL
235/35 R19 (91Y) XL
235/35 R19 91Y XL
235/40 R18 (95Y) XL
235/45 R17 (97Y) XL
235/45 R18 (98Y) XL
235/35 R19 (87Y)
235/45 R17 97Y XL
235/40 R19 (96Y) XL
245/40 R19 98Y XL
245/40 R18 93Y
245/40 R18 97Y XL
245/45 R17 99Y XL
245/45 R19 102Y XL
245/35 R18 (92Y) XL
245/40 R19 101Y XL
245/35 R20 95Y XL
245/35 R18 92Y XL
245/50 R18 (100Y)
245/40 R17 (95Y) XL
245/45 R18 (100Y) XL
245/35 R20 95W XL
245/40 R18 (97Y) XL
245/40 R19 (98Y) XL
245/45 R17 (99Y) XL
245/40 R17 95Y XL
245/45 R20 103Y XL
245/50 R18 100Y
245/40 R18 (93Y)
245/45 R19 (102Y) XL
245/45 R18 100Y XL
255/40 R18 (99Y) XL
255/45 R18 103Y XL
255/35 R18 94Y XL
255/40 R19 100W XL
255/45 R19 (104Y) XL
255/35 R20 97W XL
255/35 R20 97Y XL
255/40 R19 (100Y) XL
255/40 R19 100Y XL
255/35 R19 96Y XL
255/40 R20 101Y XL
255/35 R19 (96Y) XL
255/40 R17 98Y XL
255/40 R18 99Y XL
255/45 R17 (98Y)
255/45 R18 (103Y) XL
255/35 R18 (94Y) XL
255/45 R17 98Y
255/45 R19 104Y XL
255/40 R17 (98Y) XL
265/35 R18 97Y XL
265/45 R19 105Y XL
265/45 R19 (105Y) XL
265/40 R18 (101Y) XL
265/35 R18 (97Y) XL
265/40 R18 101Y XL
275/35 R19 (100Y) XL
275/40 R20 (106Y) XL
275/45 R18 (107Y) XL
275/40 R20 106Y XL
275/35 R18 99Y XL
275/40 R18 (103Y) XL
275/35 R21 (103Y) XL
275/40 R19 105Y XL
275/35 R19 100Y XL
275/35 R21 103Y XL
275/40 R19 (105Y) XL
275/45 R18 107Y XL
275/40 R18 103Y XL
275/35 R18 (99Y) XL
275/45 R19 108Y XL
285/40 R19 (107Y) XL
285/40 R22 110Y XL
285/40 R19 107Y XL
285/40 R20 108Y XL
295/40 R19 108Y XL
295/40 R19 (108Y) XL
315/30 R21 105Y XL
315/35 R20 110Y XL
315/30 R21 (105Y) XL
315/35 R20 (110Y) XL
325/30 R21 (108Y) XL
325/30 R21 108Y XL
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