Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

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Vehicle: 2014 BMW 535i Sedan
Miles Driven on Tires: 1,500
Location: null, null
Driving Condition: Mostly Highway
Driving Style: Spirited
Continental ExtremeContact DWS
Follow-Up Review: 4,000 miles on tires
April 19, 2014
I continue to be extremely happy with this tire. They've put pleasure and fun back into the driving experience. They are surprisingly quiet and mild mannered in daily driving and on the highway, which makes their placement in the ultra-high performance category a bit of a stretch because hey don't exhibit any of the trade-offs in ride quality normally associated with that category. These are W rated, so I suppose that allows entry into the ultra-high performance category. I give them top marks for comfort, road handling, cornering stability, traction, hydro-planing resistance, etc. They could use a little bit of improvement in steering responsiveness, but they are excellent overall for spirited driving in a luxury sedan.
Initial Review: 1,500 miles on tires
March 28, 2014

This is an initial review. Like all initial reviews, the first impression tends to be a comparison to the previous set of tires. At 4,000 miles, I replaced BMW's utterly incompetent choice of OEM all seasons: Goodyear LS 2 that were bastardized into a run-flat tire with a BMW spec tread compound. Turning a bottom-rated touring tire into a run flat tire yields exactly what you'd expect: a noisy, harsh ride, poor hydroplaning resistance, poor on-center stability, unresponsive steering, limited grip, numb road feel, and an expensive $400 tire.

These ExtremeContacts (245/40ZR19 XL) yielded an immediate improvement in all the areas where the Goodyears were lacking. This may be the perfect tire for a BMW five series because it provides very good performance without compromising luxury sedan comfort. I notice none of the squishiness reported by others from soft sidewalls. These are XL rated and that might have helped firm up the ride. They are very quiet, with a soft whir or hum at highway speeds that is entirely acceptable for an high performance tire and they are quieter than some touring tires that I've used, including the Goodyear run flats. Cornering and stability in dry and wet conditions are very good so far, but I haven't had to try them in snow or ice yet. The only place where they fall short is that they're not run flats, but I'm not losing any sleep about that.

I shouldn't have to pay for new tires on a new car (thanks for that, BMW), but I'm glad I made the decision and selected these Continentals. The fact that they were the least expensive option in that tire class didn't hurt either.

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