Falken Azenis FK520 review
A promising newcomer from Falken in deep water, but other aspects of wet grip need work if it’s to challenge the top performers
There’s no doubt the Sumitomo Rubber brand would be hoping for a better result for the new-for-2022 Azenis FK520. It uses technology from Falken’s motorsport programme to deliver a tyre that is stiffer and lighter than the FK510 we have tested previously.
The positives Falken can take from this test are the new design’s performance in deep water, where it took two podiums in the aquaplaning assessments, although it’s a step behind the pacesetting Goodyear, which is also new for this year.
The FK520 started to drop behind the front runners in shallower water, with a wet-braking result some 20 per cent and more than four metres off the winner. It was closer around the handling track, but that lack of grip could be felt through the turns, where you needed to be patient with the throttle to maintain the line. Direction changes would provoke the rear to move, but generally you needed to wait for the front to grip. That braking result meant the Falken was only in front of the Pirelli and Austone tyres across the wet tests.
It fared better in the dry where it was third across the two tests, but a decent result for fuel economy was not enough to make up for those shortcomings in the wet.
"We are unable to provide any insight into the tyre’s popularity or performance with our customers, although its predecessor scored 4.6/5 from more than 130 reviews."
Falken Azenis FK520
In this review
- 1IntroductionAfter two years of Covid-affected testing, our programme is back on track for this year’s tyre test
- 2Bridgestone Potenza SportIf you are looking for a great tyre to drive in wet and dry, look no further. Bridgestone finally has a tyre that can compete in this sector
- 3Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 6An impressive debut, with good performance in all conditions and near-best fuel economy helping to offset high prices at the pump
- 4Maxxis Victra Sport 5 VS5Maxxis has definitely found something with the Victra Sport 5, which delivered a good all-round performance matching higher-profile brands
- 5Hankook Ventus S1 evo3Former test winner is still a top performer and the one to have if you’re after a quiet ride and value good wet-braking performance
- 6Falken Azenis FK520 - currently readingA promising newcomer from Falken in deep water, but other aspects of wet grip need work if it’s to challenge the top performers
- 7Pirelli Cinturato P7We’ve said it before and will again: Pirelli needs to look again at the P7 because it is currently no match for its premium rivals in this sector
- 8Austone Athena SP 7Athena is the Greek goddess of practical reason, which dictates this tyre should be avoided regardless of the tempting price
- 9Tyre test 2022: results by categoryIn-depth look at the scoring charts for our 2022 tyre test