UPDATE APRIL 2015
Below is our review of Hankook tyres from 2012, so what has happened in the last three years and have they improved?
Their advertising has got better, now covering European football games as they become even more popular in Europe, and they are supplying more tyres as factory fit equipment. Quality has improved, levels of performance have improved and the life span of the tyres have improved. These are now just one step away from premium class but still maintaining that mid-range price for the cost concious motorist, so the answer has to be, yes.
The 2015 tyre tests by the German magazine, Auto Bild, has shown a massive improvement in quality since 2012.
Hankook’s Kinergy range, the Eco K425 rated the tyre ‘exemplary’ and we agree. It comes in lots of sizes and has reasonable tyre label ratings. But that should not be the only reason you choose tyres by. A great, long lasting tyre that has good levels of safe, wet grip, these are sound reasons for buying a tyre. Did we mention that they are very reasonably priced also?
The second on the summer tests is the performance tyre, the Ventus S1 EVO 2. Tested on the BMW M4 it performed well on the rear axle for wet grip and reduced the risk of losing the back end. It is described as ‘well balanced to a high standard and wet braking’. Pretty good for a mid-range tyre.
It may well only be January but something tells me that Hankook mean business this year!
Every time I watch match of the day recently I see Hankook tyre adverts running round different grounds. So they have invested in a bunch of Premiership football advertising – what else?
Tyre Tests, Sport Auto Summer tyre test 2012, highly recommended! Seriously impressive – anything else?
Well yes, Hankook have announced that they are original equipment tyre suppliers for BMW & Toyota.
This is a seriously impressive start to the year, I just thought it would be worth looking at a couple of these scoops in more detail as they really help in answering the question, “Are Hankook tyres any good?”
If you haven’t come across Hankook tyres before they are a Korean based company that has been around for over 70 years. Hankook are now rated as the 7th largest tyre manufacturer in the world with production plants in Korea, China the USA and more recently in Germany and Hungary, giving them a truly global presence.
Are they a budget tyre?
Absolutely not!! At this stage they are a mid-range brand, although they are striving to be recognised as a Premium manufacturer. Looking at their development I would be very surprised if this didn’t come true in the next few years.
Hankook have been well known for their OE work with Ford, most UK Ford’s are fitted with Hankook as standard equipment. In January 2012 they announced that they have also secured original equipment deals with BMW and Toyota. For Toyota they will be fitting a 175/65R15 on the new iQ micro car. Hankook will be using their Ventus Prime2 tyres on new BMW 1 Series models; 116i, 118i, 116d, 118d and the upmarket 120d. Hankook are obviously proud to be working alongside a company such as BMW, and the fact that the technicians at BMW are happy with the tyres performance says a lot about the product. The Ventus Prime2 was found to offer the right balance between driving comfort and agile dynamics without compromising on important safety and environmental parameters such as wet grip and rolling resistance.
I also mentioned the recent Sport Auto test, feel free to look at the test in more detail but I would like to focus on Hankook’s number 2 spot. The Hankook Ventus S1 Evo2 had a string of great results in all conditions, including top place for subjective feel on a dry track. The S1 Evo placed just behind the Continental and was deemed to be better than Goodyear, Michelin, Pirelli, Bridgestone… pretty amazing stuff.
This performance is even more important when you look at the cost of these products, the Hankook’s are around £41 a tyre cheaper than Pirelli, that’s £164 a set saving. Other manufacturers have realised this and begun to reduce prices, personally, we’d stick with the Hankook’s.
In conclusion, “are Hankook tyres any good” – yes! They are trusted by the world’s leading car manufacturers, they offer fantastic performance when compared to other leading brands and best of all they are cheap. Hankook are well worth a look when you next need tyres, as I said these guys mean business!Google+