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?
Well yes, Hankook have just announced that they are now 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 Evo tyre 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 Evo 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 (prices supplied by our partner, Tyremen for a 235/40R18 as used in test):
The Hankook are £65 a tyre cheaper than the Michelin, that’s a saving of £260 on a set of 4!
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!
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