Falken Eurowinter HS01 review
This is third time we’ve tested the Eurowinter HS01, and each time it gets a little closer to the leaders.
The Falken Eurowinter HS01 was weakest in the snow – a trait we’ve seen before in previous tests. The lack of grip could be felt on the handling track, where the rear moved a lot. It was progressive and easy to control, but not what you want on the road or to cut consistent lap times. Its previous deep-water prowess is also present in 16-inch form. It couldn’t repeat its two 2019 wins, but it was close to the best in tests where the margins are usually large.
Braking is a concern, though, because it needed more than four metres further than the best to stop. It was also still doing almost 20mph when the winner had stopped. That same wayward rear was present on the wet handling track. Again it was all progressive and easy to control, but it moved more easily than rivals.
In the wet it was sixth, some four per cent off the best. It was better in the dry, taking second in braking. Fuel economy was a concern last year, but now it’s in touch with the pack chasing the frugal Nokian.
We say: This tyre’s steady improvement continues, although its grip on snow and in the wet still needs further development.
Blackcircles.Com says: This tyre is a somewhat lesser known model, and it hasn’t seen a great deal of orders. But, good reviews have been left by motorists, and it achieved an overall score of 4.2/5.
In this review
- 1IntroductionFor the ultimate in driving safety, you need tyres to suit the season. Our test reveals the best for the British winter
- 2Bridgestone Blizzak LM005A debut success for the Blizzak LM005 and a first win for Japanese giant Bridgestone in our tyre tests.
- 3Hankook Winter i*cept RS2The Hankook i*cept RS2 puts in a strong performance - a great all-rounder, although slightly noisy
- 4Michelin Alpin 6A well deserved second podium for the French producer, although the gap over the following three tyres is tiny.
- 5Pirelli Cinturato WinterThe Pirelli Cinturato Winter tyre is the most capable on the snow and has closed the gap on top spot
- 6Goodyear UltraGrip Performance +Great on the snow, but the Goodyear UltraGrip Performance + can't compete with rivals in the wet and dry conditions
- 7Falken Eurowinter HS01 - currently readingThis is third time we’ve tested the Eurowinter HS01, and each time it gets a little closer to the leaders.
- 8Dunlop Winter Sport 5A reasonable performance, but the Dunlop range is beginning to show its age.
- 9Nokian WR SnowproofAlthough helping to provide improved fuel economy, the Nokian WR Snowproof isn't the best choice for a capable winter tyre
- 10N/A. Continental WinterContact TS 870Although not yet on sale, the Continental WinterContact TS 870 is potentially a champion in waiting