Hankook Ventus S1 evo
Koreans’ focus on low rolling resistance affects performance
When tyre labelling was first mooted, it tackled only fuel economy and drive by noise – areas in which it’s easy for makers to do well by sacrificing performance elsewhere.
Wet grip was eventually included in the ratings, yet the Hankook delivers on efficiency at the expense of grip elsewhere. While the margins are small, the critical wet braking result is a worry; the S1 evo needed five metres more to stop from 50mph than the winning Pirelli – that’s a car’s length. Aquaplaning wasn’t what we’ve seen from Hankook in the past.
This lack of wet grip was also evident on the handling track, where it broke traction easily and started to slide earlier than rivals. It’s not a white knuckle ride, but you could feel it struggling to cope with our Golf’s power.
The gaps to the leaders were smaller in the dry, but there was a lack of precision, with the tyre feeling softer and less sporty than rivals. As on the wet track, it was progressive.
Hankook finishes last, paying the price for a tyre that excels in only one area.
Manufacturer needs to work on a better balance between fuel economy and grip.
In this review
- 1IntroductionThe Auto Express annual tyre test is back! We put 10 leading brands to the test to find Britain’s top tyre
- 2Apollo Aspire 4New cut-price brand promises to shake up the tyre market
- 3Michelin Pilot Sport 3Firm has widened focus on fuel economy to produce a top buy
- 4Hankook Ventus S1 evo - currently readingKoreans’ focus on low rolling resistance affects performance
- 5Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 2Podium finishes across board swept newcomer to victory
- 6Dunlop Sport Maxx TTPoor efficiency is a thorn in the side of this midfield performer
- 7Continental ContiSportContact 3Our former champ is left half way down the field this time
- 8Bridgestone Potenza S001Disappointing showing on home turf for top maker
- 9Nokian Z G2Whisper-quiet rubber gave top names a run for their money
- 10Pirelli P ZeroMotorsport-inspired pattern is still the best wet weather tyre
- 11Vredestein Ultrac CentoSole directional tread on test put in a strong performance