Nokian Powerproof review

The second-cheapest tyre on test, the Nokian Powerproof impresses in most categories

Nokian Powerproof

Finnish tyre maker Nokian tops a tightly packed group with Pirelli and Avon, where there’s precious little to choose between the three manufacturers. 

Nokian has also seen its performance drop, because the Powerproof won our 2019 SUV tyre test. It was the clear wet-weather star then, making a clean sweep of handling, cornering and braking. But the competition has moved on and there was to be no repeat in this car size, with the Powerproof taking fifth in the wet evaluations. A podium in the closely matched cornering test was its highlight. 

There was a general lack of grip from the front, which gave a stable rear but required lower entry speeds and less throttle through the turns. It was safe but not quick, and not what we felt when we drove the bigger SUV size. The same shortage of grip was present on the dry handling track, where it felt soft and required more lock than its rivals, yet this only translated into a few tenths off the best. It fared better in braking, and was less than a metre behind the winning Michelin. 

It was also good for cabin noise, yet fuel economy was a concern – even ignoring the Bridgestone, it was towards the bottom of the chasing pack here.

We say...

The Powerproof was developed to take on the premium makers of summer tyres, but more work is needed if it is to match the big names.

Blackcircles.com says…

"At the time of writing, Blackcircles.com does not stock this tyre, meaning we are unable to provide any insight into the Nokian’s popularity or performance with our buyers."

Figures

Nokian Powerproof  
Overall:97.70% 
Price:£78.252nd
Wet handling:96.90%8th
Wet braking:87.00%7th
Wet cornering:98.50%3rd
Straight aquaplaning:93.10%7th
Curved aquaplaning:85.50%5th
Dry handling:98.80%10th
Dry braking:97.50%4th
Rolling resistance:68.20%7th
Cabin noise:99.40%2nd

Recommended

How to get bird poop off your car
Wiping bird poo off of paintwork
Tips & advice

How to get bird poop off your car

It can damage your paint, so work fast to remove bird droppings from your car as soon as possible
6 Sep 2021
How to wash your car
How to wash your car - header
Tips & advice

How to wash your car

A step-by-step guide on the basics of how to hand wash your car and make it shine
23 Aug 2021
Best pressure washers
Best pressure washers
Product group tests

Best pressure washers

Blast away grime with our pick of the best powerful pressure washer cleaners on sale
4 Aug 2021
What is antifreeze? And how to check your engine coolant level
Hibernation feature - Antifreeze
Tips & advice

What is antifreeze? And how to check your engine coolant level

We explain how antifreeze keeps your engine from overheating, and why you should regularly check your levels
8 Jun 2021

Most Popular

Exclusive: banned 71-reg number plates released
Number plates
News

Exclusive: banned 71-reg number plates released

Latest DVLA list of banned UK registrations reveals which 71-plates are too rude for the road
21 Sep 2021
Volvo to ditch leather in all cars by 2030
Volvo interior
Volvo

Volvo to ditch leather in all cars by 2030

New C40 Recharge will be first Volvo to be offered without the option of leather upholstery
23 Sep 2021
New MG HS plug-in hybrid 2021 review
MG HS PHEV - front
MG HS SUV

New MG HS plug-in hybrid 2021 review

We find out where the new MG HS PHEV fits in the highly competitive plug-in hybrid SUV sector
21 Sep 2021