Hankook i*cept RS2 review
This tyre was runner-up in our last two winter tests, so it’s a mystery why it drops to one place off the bottom this year.
This tyre was runner-up in our last two winter tests, so it’s a mystery why it drops to one place off the bottom this year. Yes, there are new tyres in this test, but the performance we’ve seen in the past two years simply isn’t there this time. In 2018 and 2017 it starred in the snow tests but this time it is fifth across the four assessments. It feels good on the handling track, though, with a decent balance and the feeling it’s pulling you through the turns.
The damage is done in the wet, where it finishes last, some 13 per cent behind the leaders. In braking it needs three metres longer to stop than the winner, and from behind the wheel it lacks front-end grip: you need to wait before getting on the throttle, but it feels secure with little rear movement. That security is there in the dry, but the steering is slow compared to the best.
We say: Poor performance in the wet ensured there would be no repeat of last year’s runner-up result
Blackcircles.Com says: This is not a particularly high-selling model, but the limited number of motorists who have ordered it have left positive reviews. They focus on grip levels and give it a score of 4.8/5.
In this review
- 1IntroductionOur exhaustive tests reveal the best winter tyre that can cope with snow and freezing conditions
- 21. Goodyear UltraGrip Performance+The Performance+ is part of a refresh of Goodyear’s winter tyre offering for cars, with the UltraGrip 9+ joining it ready for this winter.
- 32. Continental WinterContact TS 860The WinterContact TS 860 has been something of a phenomenon in our winter tests, having won the last two.
- 43. Michelin Alpin 6Never one to follow the pack, Michelin has looked a bit further down the road with this design, which aims to remain effective right down to the legal tread-depth minimum.
- 54. Dunlop Winter Sport 5It has been around since 2015, but the Winter Sport 5 has always finished at the upper end of our results.
- 6=5. Vredestein Wintrac ProFormer summer champ Vredestein has been absent from our tests since 2016
- 7=5. Falken Eurowinter HS01The change in tyre size suited Falken in its second winter test appearance; it finishes a couple of places higher and a few percentage points closer to the winner.
- 87. Nokian WR SnowproofBrand new for 2019, the Snowproof just made it into our test in time for the snow assessments.
- 98. Pirelli Winter Sottozero 3The Sottozero 3 is something of a veteran of our winter tests.
- 109. Hankook i*cept RS2 - currently readingThis tyre was runner-up in our last two winter tests, so it’s a mystery why it drops to one place off the bottom this year.
- 1110. Toyo Snowprox S954Japanese producer Toyo makes its winter test debut, although the Snowprox S954 has been around for a couple of years now.
- 12All-Season tyre: Continental AllSeasonContactMichelin compares its pioneering CrossClimate all-season tyre to a triathlete who is not the best in any discipline but performs well in all of them
- 13Summer tyre: Continental PremiumContact 6You only have to look at the two braking test results to see why some people say motorists should change tyres with the seasons
- 14Results by category & overall verdictWhich winter tyre performed well in which area? Our tables reveal all