Hankook Kinergy 4S2 - All-Season Tyre Test 2023
Hankook was third in dry handling, working well in direction changes
- Score: 99%
- Rating: =5th
- Price: £104.59
Hankook came up short in its bid to complete an unprecedented hat-trick of successive wins in this test. The different test conditions – ‘warmer’ snow testing, plus colder wet and dry assessments – or perhaps changes to the Kinergy 4S2 itself may be at the root of this result, because we saw little evidence of the tyre that took four wins and only finished off the podium twice last time out.
The Hankook ended up sixth in Sweden, some two per cent behind the Michelin that it ran so close in Finland last year. The balance was good on snow, with enough rear movement to rotate the car, and decent traction on lock through turns. It finished around a second behind the winning Kleber, but was further away from the best in braking and traction.
In the wet it was more like the Hankook of 2022, completing the podium, if a step behind the top two. It fared well in deep-water aquaplaning and was no slouch in the shallower assessments, finishing on the podium in handling and wet circle. It was good to drive too: the grip was decent, with a stable, usable balance, although it lacked the Goodyear’s liveliness.
That gap to the Goodyear was there in the dry too, where Hankook was in a closely matched group. The front gave up a bit earlier, but it was good in the direction change. While other results have changed, fuel consumption remains a concern.
No third win for Hankook, which just couldn’t match its previous performances, particularly when the temperatures drop and snow is on the ground.
Feedback on this tyre often focuses its performance on snow, good fuel economy and value for money. It has received an overall score of 4.4/5 from more than 1,000 reviews.
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In this review
- 1IntroductionWhich tyres should you fit to ensure you’re prepared to face all conditions throughout the year?
- 2Uniroyal AllSeasonExpert 2 - 8thThe Uniroyal’s score in wet handling was disappointing
- 3Kleber Quadraxer 3 - 7thExcellent on snow, but the Kleber was less impressive elsewhere
- 4Pirelli Cinturato All Season SF 2 - =5thSF 2s were at their best in the dry and on snow
- 5Hankook Kinergy 4S2- =5th - currently readingHankook was third in dry handling, working well in direction changes
- 6Firestone Multiseason GEN 02 - 4thFirestone was good in shallow wet tests but struggled in deep water
- 7Michelin CrossClimate 2 - 3rd Michelin CrossClimate 2 performs better on snow than the original version
- 8Vredestein Quatrac - 2ndQuatrac performed strongly in snow and wet braking tests
- 9Goodyear Vector 4Seasons Gen-3 - 1stTwo of Goodyear’s top spots came in the wet handling and circle tests
- 10Verdict & results by categoryTables show which all-season tyres performed well where, and how they compare