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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. 

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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.

Overall98% 
Snow braking95.6%5th
Snow traction94.7%8th
Snow handling96.1%7th
Straight aquaplaning95.9%4th
Curved aquaplaning96.1%4th
Wet braking85.2%8th
Wet handling95.9%7th
Wet circle98.6%4th
Dry braking98.9%2nd
Rolling resistance82.6%6th
Cabin noise99.7%3rd
Price£77.34 
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Kim has worked for Auto Express for more than three decades and all but a year of that time in the Products section. His current role as products editor involves managing the section’s content and team of testers plus doing some of the tests himself. 

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