Hankook Winter i*cept RS2 review
The Hankook i*cept RS2 puts in a strong performance - a great all-rounder, although slightly noisy
This is the fifth time we’ve tested the i*cept RS2 and it’s back near the top with a third second-place finish. The result goes some way to correcting the ninth place in last year’s test, where its usual effectiveness on snow had deserted it.
It couldn’t match the clean sweep of snow tests it secured when we last tested this size in 2018, but it was a close fourth in Ivalo. It was best around the handling track, where it needed time to grip on lock, although when it did it could trigger rear movement if care was not taken.
The snow performance was backed up with a second place overall in the wet, with strong finishes in both shallow and deep water, and a quintet of podiums. It topped the times in the circle test and was a very close second at the handling track, where it felt sharp. Good front-end grip lasted well as the steering increased and, unlike some rivals, it was matched by the rear, which stayed in line off throttle.
It was close to the best in the dry but, as we’ve seen before, it is not the most economical tyre, using around two per cent more fuel than most rivals.
We say: Return to form for the Winter i*cept RS2, although this time that’s more due to its performance in the wet rather than on snow.
Blackcircles.Com says: Motorists who have ordered this tyre in the past have left positive reviews. The feedback highlights the tyre’s performance on snow, plus improved comfort and good fuel economy.
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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 RS2 - currently readingThe 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 HS01This 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
- 11Results by category & overall verdictWhich winter tyre performed well in which area? Our tables reveal all