Are Hankook tyres any good? Updated April 2015

by chris sanders on 26th January 2012








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 make a full range of tyres including car, van, SUV & 4×4, they even make a seriously good winter tyre.

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!

Hankook tyres are available from our partners Tyremen and Jungle Tyres for fitting at any UK Tyrenetwork station.

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Frank Starkey May 28, 2012 at 5:09 pm

I have a ligier with a set of michelin tyres which have cracked to pieces before the tread shows any sign of wear- I always swore by michelin – NOT ANY MORE !!!!!


KC Courville November 19, 2012 at 6:53 pm

I just put four winter Hankook tires on my 2012 BMW – Z4. In the last month, I have had to replace two tires on the same side of the car which is the back passenger side. The tires have had holes on the inter side wall side, one next to the rim and then a couple of inches below on the second one the same area and at 350 euro a pop it is getting really expensive. I hope someone can help me. Do not know what is going on. No one could be doing it because the car is kept in a locked area at night on my property. The area that we are driving in is not the best area. Lots of large pot holes but it just seems to happen to just that back tire and we avoid the holes as much as possible. Is it something about the small profile tire that is the problem or defective side walls? I don’t know that is why I am asking for help.


FRANK HULBERT JR January 13, 2013 at 12:12 am

I have used all season winter Hankook tires on my S-10 Chevrolet Truck since 2000. I drive over 20,000 miles per year and most of those miles are down an 8 mile long dirt forest service road to and from our farm. I average 25,000 mile wear before they bust due to rocks, etc. I have only had 1 tire to break at 22,000 miles. It broke today 1-12-2013. I drive extremely rough roads and have had excellent durability out of my Hankook Tires. I also have a Chevrolet Caprice Classic and it has Hankook Tires on it for the dirt road and it is a rough ride using all season winter tires on the highway but they at least last 25,000 miles. None of my tires has lasted over 26,000 miles.


Neil Douglas February 21, 2014 at 1:40 pm

Had some ventus v12 fitted to my car , one failed prematurely with the side wall bulging . Customer service did not want to know . Never again buy hankook


Ken March 3, 2015 at 7:45 pm

Hi have had a set of Hankook tyres on Freelander for 2 years have had no problems with them, unlike the Previous Goodyear which on rear wheels got rutted & very noisy . If fitting new tyres to early Freelanders fit a set of 4 it will save money in tbe long run .my treads are under half worn after 16000 miles.hope this helps.


Jason Stevens-Read March 4, 2015 at 8:43 am

Hi Ken, thanks for letting us know, that really is good mileage and great advice


Pius Potts February 3, 2016 at 8:17 pm

My Hankook tyres have lasted less than a day so far, but I only bought them this evening. I immediately noticed a big difference ie I now have £100 less in my wallet. But I like the colour.


John Gardiner December 3, 2016 at 6:51 pm

Hi I have an Ix35 4×4 fitted with a full set of Hankook tyres and as soon as the frost hits the roads the car is all over the place and that is at low speeds, I would not even try to go over 45mph is it the car or the tyres.


chris December 25, 2016 at 7:40 pm

Im still at my 47k km when my hankook burst, i dont know if this is the tire lifespan since im running at the good road condition.


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