Nankang All-Season AW-6
If you’re worried about driving in snow, this Nankang should put your mind at rest, particularly if you are attracted by that super-low price.
If you’re worried about driving in snow, this Nankang should put your mind at rest, particularly if you are attracted by that super-low price. In snow tests it was fourth best, topped only by the Goodyear, Continental and Nokian. It had a good balance but needed a bit more care on the throttle than the best.
Everywhere else though, the Nankang struggled: last in all but dry handling where it was eighth, but close to the pace. Most concerning was its braking. In the wet it took eight metres further to stop than the winner, and more than five on dry roads – quite possibly the difference between a shunt and avoiding one. Rolling resistance and cabin noise were closer to the best, but couldn’t overcome those poor results.
We say: Decent performance in the snow overshadowed by worrying wet and dry grip.
Blackcircles.com says: This tyre has been on the market for 12 months, but it still has some work to do in terms of gaining popularity. However, its wet performance has been praised by some owners.
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In this review
- 1IntroductionShould you fit all-season tyres for 12 months instead of switching from summer to winter tyres? Our test has the answer
- 21. Goodyear Vector 4Seasons Gen-2The Gen-2 Vector 4Seasons has been with us since 2015, when it took the runner-up spot in our first all-season test
- 32. Continental AllSeasonContactThe German producer shook up the all-season market on its debut last year with a tyre it said it would never produce, preferring a ‘winter for winter and summer for summer’ policy.
- 43. Michelin CrossClimate+The scores for this and the Continental can’t be much closer, but they got them quite differently.
- 54. Nokian Weatherproof Our top four are closely matched, but snowy and wet roads are where the Nokian performs best.
- 65. Bridgestone Weather Control A005Another product of Bridgestone’s extensive driver-consultation process, the A005 has a modern look to its results.
- 76. Falken Euroall Season AS210Falken has joined Hankook in abandoning an asymmetric tread for its all-season tyre, joining most rivals with a directional pattern.
- 87. Hankook Kinergy 4S2You could argue that this new Kinergy 4S is what a UK all-season tyre should be.
- 98. Cooper Discoverer All SeasonAmerican producer Cooper will have hoped for more from the brand-new Discoverer All Season, but it can take some solace from being closer to the pace than the Nankang.
- 109. Nankang All-Season AW-6 - currently readingIf you’re worried about driving in snow, this Nankang should put your mind at rest, particularly if you are attracted by that super-low price.
- 11Summer tyre: Continental ContiPremiumContact 5Many drivers will look at that scary snow performance when choosing whether to change tyres for the seasons or go for a more winter-orientated design.
- 12Winter tyre: Continental WinterContact TS 860Despite reducing the emphasis on snow performance in our scoring system, this result suggests a winter tyre is arguably a better option than an all-season alternative
- 13Verdict & Results by categoryTables show which all-season tyres performed well where, and how they compare