We have the Extreme Contact version of this tire on our Passat and are very pleased with their handling in rain, snow, and ice. They grip the road well. Knowing this we were hesitant to try the Pure Contact's on our Beetle, but the additional fuel mileage offered by this new version led us to take a chance.
The tires arrived the same day of a major ice then snow storm, so we had the unfortunate opportunity to drive in some fairly awful weather. Our unfortunate drive turned to be fortunate one with the Pure Contacts. We soon discovered we were right to take a chance on this tires, they grip just as well, if not better as the Extreme Contacts.
It was as if the tires were made of glue and the road was sandpaper, or better yet they seemed to be made of magnets driving over an iron road. I deliberately tried to break traction on ice covered snow, but the car just would not go into a slide. Even on ice I was able to maintain good control, although on pure ice I did slide when trying to break loose, but I was able to quickly maintain control again.
There was no noticeable fuel mileage gain (or loss), but that is to be expected from brand new tires. Once we have some more miles behind us, I will post our fuel mileage results. We currently average 44-48 mpg, with our diesel Bug; even with 295,000 miles. Now if we could just get VW's U.K. version of the TDI Beetle. That one gets 60 mpg! Something VW will never sell in the U.S.
The tires were ordered on Friday morning and arrived three days later on Monday. Amazingly fast shipping. Thank you Tire Rack and Continental!