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Hankook Ventus Prime3 review

Top performance in the dry; just found wanting at the pumps

Top performance in the dry; just found wanting at the pumps

Better wet performance over the outgoing Prime2 was the target when Hankook introduced this tyre last year. At the launch we tested it against the Goodyear EfficientGrip and found precious little difference. And it proved the same here against the EfficientGrip Performance.

We couldn’t separate them across our wet tests, although the Prime3 had the tiniest edge in the dry, comfort and cost assessments. So it’s the one to buy for dry road performance.

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It took the victory around the handling track alongside Continental and backed that up with a second in the braking test. At the wheel there was a sharpness to the Prime3 that rivals lacked. It required less lock than most, for a direct feel.

It did less well in the wet test with aquaplaning a weakness, particularly on the curve. The balance of the dry handling circuit was gone and the rear moved more than most. It lacked the bite it had on the dry track.

Wet cornering was better and it was in the middle of a tight pack in braking, around five metres behind the best. Interior noise was mid pack again, but fuel economy is not what we’d expect for a new design produced in this tyre labelling era.

Buy the Hankook Ventus Prime3 from Black Circles here

Price £62.59 
Dry handling 100%=1st
Dry braking 95.60%2nd
Wet handling 94.40%7th 
Wet braking 85.20%6th
Wet cornering 97.70%4th
Straight aqua 94.30%9th
Curved aqua 76.00%10th
Rolling resistance 78.50%9th
Cabin noise 98.80%=6th 
Overall97.30%5th
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