Hankook Kinergy 4S2 tyre review - All-Season Tyre Test 2020

3rd place in our 2020 All-Season Tyre Test goes to the Hankook Kinergy 4S2

  • Score: 99.6%
  • Rating: 3rd
  • Price: £87.50

While the Michelin is unashamedly aimed at performance in the wet and dry, Hankook has set similar, if not quite as extreme, targets for the Kinergy 4S2. 

As we saw last year in 16-inch form, this Hankook is weakest when there’s snow on the ground. It only managed to outperform the struggling Vredestein in our northern Finland tests. It was close behind the Cooper, but the dry-focused Michelin also had the better of it. Initial front grip was good around the handling track, but it dropped away as the lock increased. 

The Kinergy was much more effective in the wet and at warmer temperatures, and topped our wet tests by a narrow margin. It aced the deep-water tests with two victories and managed to maintain that form at shallower depths – while we were waiting for the front to hook up on snow, it was sharp and lively in the wet. 

It also had a stable rear, despite a strong front end. It was good on the brakes, too, triggering the ABS less than many rivals. In dry braking it was third, but a poor rolling-resistance result meant it just missed the runner-up spot. 

We say

A tyre well suited to UK conditions with strong performance in the wet, although snow grip and fuel economy need attention.

Blackcircles says

Although some sizes come with label scores that could be improved, customers have been very happy with the tyre – scoring it 4.7 out of five and commending its winter performance.

Hankook Kinergy 4S2

Score

position

Snow braking

92.00%

5th

Snow traction

95.80%

4th

Snow handling

96.60%

4th

Straight aquaplaning

100.00%

1st

Curved aquaplaning

100.00%

1st

Wet braking

100.00%

1st

Wet handling

99.60%

3rd

Wet circle

98.50%

5th

Dry braking

98.30%

3rd

Rolling resistance

87.20%

5th

Cabin noise

98.00%

6th

Overall

99.60%

3rd

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