Continental VikingContact 7. From Snow to Slush: Unraveling the Superior Grip

8.8Expert Score

Studless Ice & Snow

Wet Performance
Dry performance
Comfort performance
Treadwear performance
Winter/snow performance

The Continental VikingContact 7 is a great winter tire option for those who are looking for excellent winter weather performance. The tire also offers great wet weather performance alongside good steering response. 

On the dry surface, the tire preserves good steering and cornering features, however, it may produce some noise on dry pavement. The Continental VikingContact 7 provides low noise which makes it a good option if you are looking for comfort and pleasure while driving.

Continental VikingContact 7 Strong and Weak Sides


  • Excellent snow traction
  • Great wet grip
  • Decent dry performance
  • Comfortable ride quality
  • Good value for money


  • Slight noise on a dry pavement
  • Not available in all sizes
Continental VikingContact 7 outperforms 99% of tires in the Studless Ice & Snow category.

Continental VikingContact 7 Tread Pattern & Technical Specs

For drivers of sedans, crossovers, coupes, and minivans seeking increased winter traction through cutting-edge innovations, Continental created the VikingContact 7 studless ice and snow winter tire.

The VikingContact 7 is suitable for a range of winter weather since it is made to provide outstanding traction in slush, snow, and ice as well as solid wet performance and stable dry-road handling.

Continental VikingContact 7 Tread Pattern
Continental VikingContact 7 Tread Pattern

The VikingContact 7’s unique Nordic formula uses canola oil to stay flexible and adaptive to ice or snowy conditions, and active grip silica improves wet performance and braking. To provide a clear channel for water and slush to be evacuated from beneath the contact patch, the compound is intelligently molded into a pattern with a network of grooves.

For secure tracking and high-speed handling, a lot of rubber is always on the road thanks to the improved void ratio. In addition to stabilizing the tread pattern, solid linkages and unique interlocked block bridges maintain the grooves open for water and slush drainage. The 3D sipes of the VikingContact 7 come in various thicknesses.

The broader sipes generate snow pockets that gather snow off the surface and hold it in the pattern, creating snow-to-snow traction for better performance. All the sipes provide biting edges for grip in slick situations. Grip To further improve traction on snow- and ice-covered roads edges on the exterior of the tread blocks effectively enhance the contact area of the tire by grabbing onto the snow.

The three-peak mountain snowflake (3PMSF) logo and severe snow service standards are also present in the VikingContact 7 Studless Ice & Snow tires.

It is highly recommended to use Continental VikingContact & only in a set of four tires.

Wet performance

8.8Expert Score

Hydroplaning resistance
Wet traction

The Continental VikingContact 7 is a great winter tire that offers excellent wet weather performance and good steering response. It’s perfect for heavy rain and damp pavement conditions, with no hydroplaning or traction loss. If you’re looking for a reliable and high-performing winter tire with great wet traction, the VikingContact 7 is a great option.

Dry performance

8.5Expert Score

Cornering stability
Dry traction
Steering response

The Continental VikingContact 7 is a nice choice for drivers who are looking for a tire that will provide good dry condition traction and responsive steering. These tires offer good cornering stability and road feel, making them a decent option for those who want to enjoy driving on dry roads.

Comfort performance

9.2Expert Score

Ride quality
Noise score

The Continental VikingContact 7 winter tires are designed for a comfortable ride with low noise and good handling. The Continental VikingContact 7 provides a much quieter ride than traditional winter tires.

Ride quality is great, however, the tire may produce a little noise like all winter tires. Overall, the Continental VikingContact 7 is an ideal choice for those who want a comfortable ride without sacrificing performance.

Winter&snow performance

7.7Expert Score

Light Snow Traction
Deep Snow Traction
Ice Traction

The Continental VikingContact 7 is a high-performance winter tire that provides excellent traction and handling in all snow and ice conditions. The tire’s deep grooves quickly hard-pack snow to prevent slippage, while its advanced tread compound provides superb grip and cornering stability on icy roads. The VikingContact 7 is the perfect choice for those who demand the highest level of performance from their winter tires.


The Continental VikingContact 7 is a great winter tire that delivers a high level of grip and cornering stability both on ice and snow surfaces. On the wet, the Continental VikingContact 7 provides a nice steering response with no hydroplaning. The dry weather performance of the tire is good with decent steering and cornering stability.

The level of the ride quality of the VikingContact 7 is excellent, so the driver and passengers won’t sacrifice riding comfort. If you are looking for a reliable winter tire that will guarantee you a high level of performance in any weather conditions, Continental VikingContact 7 is worth your attention.

Tire sizes & specifications

Tire sizeLoad index/ Speed ratingUTQGMax loadMax InflationTread DepthTire WeightWheel DiameterRim Width RangeMeasured Rim WidthSection WidthTread WidthOverall DiameterRevs Per MileCountry
145/65R1572T SL44 psi10/32″13 lbs154-5″4.5″5.9″4.7″22.4″927DE
175/65R1588T XL51 psi10/32″16 lbs155-6″5″7.2″5.7″24″867SK
185/55R1586T XL51 psi10/32″15 lbs154.5-6″5.5″7.4″6.2″23″903SK
185/60R1588T XL51 psi/32″16 lbs155-6.5″5.5″7.4″6.1″23.7″875SK
185/65R1592T XL51 psi10/32″18 lbs155-6.5″5.5″7.4″6.1″24.5″849DE
195/55R1589T XL51 psi10/32″17 lbs155.5-7″6″7.9″6.5″23.4″886SK
195/60R1592T XL51 psi10/32″19 lbs155-7″6″8″6.4″24.2″858SK
195/65R1595T XL51 psi10/32″19 lbs155.5-7″6″7.9″6.2″25″832DE
205/65R1599T XL51 psi10/32″22 lbs155.5-7.5″6″8.2″6.7″25.5″815DE
205/70R15100T XL51 psi10/32″24 lbs1510-11″10.5″11.9″6.5″26.3″790DE
195/50R1688T XL51 psi10/32″18 lbs165.5-7″6″8.5″6.6″23.7″877DE
195/55R1691T XL51 psi10/32″20 lbs165.5-7″6″7.9″6.6″24.4″850SK
195/60R1693T XL51 psi10/32″20 lbs165.5-7″6″7.9″6.5″25.2″824DE
205/55R1694T XL51 psi10/32″21 lbs165.5-7.5″6.5″8.4″7″24.9″835DE
205/60R1696T XL51 psi10/32″21 lbs165.5-7.5″6″8.2″6.8″25.7″809DE
215/55R1697T XL51 psi10/32″23 lbs166-7.5″7″8.9″7.2″25.3″821SK
215/60R1699T XL51 psi10/32″23 lbs166-7.5″6.5″8.7″7.1″26.2″794SK
215/65R16102T XL51 psi10/32″25 lbs166-7.5″6.5″8.7″7.1″27″769DE
215/70R16100T SL44 psi10/32″28 lbs165-7″6.5″8.7″6.8″27.9″746SK
225/55R1699T XL51 psi/32″24 lbs160-0″7.6″DE
225/60R16102T XL51 psi10/32″25 lbs166-8″6.5″9″7.5″26.6″780DE
225/65R16104T XL51 psi/32″28 lbs166-7.5″6.5″9″7.4″27.5″755DE
225/70R16107T XL51 psi10/32″29 lbs166-7.5″6.5″9″7.1″28.4″731DE
235/70R16109T XL51 psi/32″31 lbs166-8″7″9.4″7.4″29″718DE
245/70R16111T XL51 psi10/32″33 lbs166-8″7″9.8″7.7″29.5″704SK
205/45R1788T XL51 psi10/32″19 lbs175.5-7.5″6″8.2″7″24.3″856DE
205/50R1793T XL51 psi10/32″20 lbs175.5-7.5″6.5″8.4″6.9″25.1″829SK
205/55R1795T XL51 psi10/32″22 lbs175.5-7.5″6.5″8.5″6.8″25.9″803DE
215/45R1791T XL51 psi10/32″21 lbs177-8″7″8.5″7.4″24.6″844DE
215/50R1795T XL51 psi10/32″24 lbs176-7.5″7″8.9″7.3″25.5″816SK
215/55R1798T XL51 psi10/32″24 lbs176-7.5″7″8.9″7.2″26.3″790SK
215/60R17100T XL51 psi10/32″25 lbs176-7.5″6.5″9.3″7.1″27.2″765SK
215/65R17103T XL51 psi10/32″26 lbs176-7.5″6.5″8.7″7″28″742DE
225/45R1794T XL51 psi10/32″21 lbs177-8.5″7.5″8.9″7.7″25″832DE
225/50R1798T XL51 psi10/32″24 lbs176-8″7″9.2″7.7″25.9″803DE
225/55R17101T XL51 psi10/32″24 lbs176-8″7″9.2″7.6″26.7″777DE
225/65R17106T XL51 psi10/32″30 lbs176-8″6.5″9″7.2″28.5″729SK
235/45R1797T XL51 psi10/32″24 lbs176.5-8.5″7″9.4″8.1″25.3″820DE
235/55R17103T XL51 psi10/32″28 lbs176.5-8.5″7.5″9.6″7.9″27.2″764SK
235/60R17106T XL51 psi10/32″30 lbs176.5-8.5″7″9.4″7.8″28.1″739DE
235/65R17108T XL51 psi10/32″33 lbs176.5-8.5″7″9.4″7.6″29″716DE
235/70R17111T XL51 psi10/32″35 lbs176-8″7″9.4″7.4″30″694DE
245/45R1799T XL51 psi10/32″26 lbs177.5-9″8″9.6″8.4″25.7″809SK
245/65R17111T XL51 psi11/32″35 lbs177-8.5″7″9.8″7.9″29.5″703DE
245/70R17114T XL51 psi/32″34 lbs176.5-8″7″9.8″7.8″30.5″681DE
215/50R1896T XL51 psi10/32″24 lbs186-7.5″7″9.2″7.3″26.5″785DE
225/40R1892T XL51 psi10/32″23 lbs187.5-9″8″9″7.8″25.1″828SK
225/45R1895T XL51 psi10/32″24 lbs187-8.5″7.5″8.9″7.7″26″800DE
225/50R1899T XL51 psi10/32″24 lbs186-8″7″9.2″7.7″26.9″773DE
225/55R18102T XL51 psi10/32″27 lbs186.5-8.5″7.5″9.5″7.6″27.7″749DE
235/40R1895T XL51 psi10/32″24 lbs188-9.5″8.5″9.5″8.1″25.4″818SK
235/45R1898T XL51 psi10/32″24 lbs186.5-8.5″7″9.4″8.1″26.3″789DE
235/50R18101T XL51 psi10/32″28 lbs186.5-8.5″8″9.5″8″27.3″762SK
235/55R18104T XL51 psi10/32″31 lbs186.5-8.5″7.5″9.6″7.8″28.2″737SK
235/60R18107T XL51 psi10/32″34 lbs186.5-8.5″7″9.4″7.7″29.1″714SK
235/65R18110T XL51 psi10/32″34 lbs186.5-8.5″7″9.4″7.7″30″692DE
245/40R1897T XL51 psi10/32″24 lbs188-9.5″8.5″9.8″8.5″25.7″808SK
245/45R18100T XL51 psi10/32″26 lbs187.5-9″8″9.6″8.4″26.7″779DE
245/60R18109H XL51 psi11/32″32 lbs187-8.5″7″9.8″8.1″29.6″702DE
255/45R18103T XL51 psi10/32″31 lbs188-9.5″8.5″10″8.8″27″768DE
255/60R18112T XL51 psi11/32″37 lbs187-9″7.5″10.2″8.5″30″691DE
225/45R1996T XL51 psi10/32″25 lbs197-8.5″7.5″8.9″7.7″27″770DE
235/55R19105T XL51 psi10/32″31 lbs196.5-8.5″7.5″9.6″7.8″29.2″712SK
245/40R1998T XL51 psi10/32″25 lbs198-9.5″8.5″9.8″8.5″26.7″778DE
245/45R19102T XL51 psi10/32″28 lbs197.5-9″8″9.6″8.4″27.7″750SK
255/45R19104T XL51 psi10/32″30 lbs198-9.5″8.5″10″8.8″28″741DE
255/50R19107T XL51 psi10/32″34 lbs197-9″8″10.4″8.6″29″715DE
245/45R20103T XL51 psi/32″27 lbs207.5-9″8″9.6″8.4″28.7″724DE
255/35R2097T XL51 psi10/32″26 lbs208-10″9″10.2″8.9″27″769DE
265/45R20108T XL51 psi10/32″35 lbs208.5-10″9″10.5″9.1″29.4″707DE
285/45R22114T XL51 psi/32″38 lbs220-0″9.8″DE
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