These tires incorporate a series of 3D channels throughout the tread, which considerably improve grip in the wet. Something fundamental, taking into account the type of vehicles that are going to equip these wheels.
Although the range has average parameters in terms of fuel consumption, some measures even fall to an F category, one of the least efficient on the market.
Another one of those classic tires that has been widely tested on the market, coming from a high-level brand and with which to have the necessary safety when driving.
Main Features Explained
Specially designed for commercial vehicles, such as vans, vans and other large vehicles, the Continental ContiPremiumContact 2 AO XL tires have some details that make our journey more comfortable and safer, both in dry and wet conditions.
Among these details, we find the design of the tread. Its modern 3D channels, typical of the brand, are located in this band and run through the central area of the tire, generating a more efficient evacuation of water in rainy or wet conditions. Therefore, the weight of the vehicle is distributed correctly during taxiing and the risks of aquaplaning are reduced.
These channels, together with the rest of the pattern approach, also offer considerable advantages in dry driving, with a more stable behavior similar to that offered by a tire and a conventional passenger car. An approach that is reinforced by the structure of the outer casing of the tire, conveniently designed for this type of high-load tire, giving the product greater rigidity, resistance and durability.
Since opinions about a particular tire model can be subjective, we are going to go to the most objective source we have, such as the European label. Starting with the fuel consumption parameter, we have a variable parameter according to the different measurements, which is class C for the 215/45/16 90V measurement. A parameter that is in the market average, considering the type of vehicles that mounts this type of measures, for which it compensates, in part, its price compared to other cheaper models but also with more consumption.
Regarding the grip in the wet, the open pattern system and the 3D channels that we have already mentioned give this model a B rating in all its measurements. Something that is reinforced with a homogeneous tread and more open shoulders, so that the evacuation of water is more efficient, thus avoiding the dreaded aquaplaning and achieving braking in fewer meters, which is always a guarantee of tranquility when riding..
As for the noise generated, this model has an external noise level of 72 decibels and a labeling of two waves, so it is a more than good level for its range. In fact, these parameters are typical even of passenger cars, so we could say that they are silent tires, considering that they are for vans and large vehicles. Some measures even reduce that noise to 69 decibels, in the smallest dimensions.
So that you have all the information you need when looking for the best tires for your vehicle, we summarize some more details about the product. Among them, we have the opinions of specialized magazines such as AutoBild, which recommended this tire at the time both for its general behavior and for its good performance against aquaplaning.
Another interesting aspect of the tire is that it uses a compound that tends to be soft, so it is suitable for vehicles with occasional break-in or that are not particularly intensive on urban terrain. In these situations, you will not have the problems of hardening and loss of properties that harder tires usually have, which often do crystallize in these specific conditions.
As a final detail, we are talking about directional and asymmetrical tyres, so each one of the tire’s shoulders has been optimized to offer better contact with the road, both on the straight and in the curve. A trend that is already common in the market and that gives these wheels extra maneuverability when driving in all kinds of circumstances.