Hankook Winter i*cept RS2 review
Sharp responses meant the Hankook Winter i*cept RS2 impressed on the dry handling track, but efficiency could be better
As we saw in our summer tyre test, Hankook is not afraid to do more than just tweak a tyre’s performance, because the latest version of the S1 Evo3 swept to the Korean producer’s first win.
The i*cept RS2 has been up and down our leaderboard, but this result backs up last year’s second place, when it regained the form it lost in 2019. Of the three vying for the final podium, the Hankook is the one to have in the snow, taking the best of the rest role behind our top two.
It was also the best choice of the trio in the dry by a clear margin. There were sharp steering and low slip levels, making it easy to find the line and get on the throttle early.
Its advantage was lost in the wet, where it was narrowly beaten by the Michelin across the tests. Good handling and cornering results were offset by relatively poor deep-water tests, with a last place in longitudinal aquaplaning. It was at home on the handling track, where it pulled the car through the turns. Good balance helped it to a second-place finish. This all came at the expense of fuel economy, which stopped it challenging our top two.
Another sound performance from Hankook which seems to have got the performance balance for the RS2 right now, with only fuel economy being a concern.
Motorists who ordered this tyre have left mostly positive reviews – with feedback highlighting 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 LM005Victory in seven out of 11 categories, including strong wet and dry results, put Bridgestone’s Blizzak LM005 beyond doubt
- 3Continental WinterContact TS 870If you’re expecting snow, then the Continental WinterContact delivers the best performance on the white stuff
- 4Hankook Winter i*cept RS2 - currently readingSharp responses meant the Hankook Winter i*cept RS2 impressed on the dry handling track, but efficiency could be better
- 5Michelin Alpin 6Excellent wet performance means the Michelin Alpin 6 is well suited to the type of winters we experience in the UK
- 6Goodyear UltraGrip Performance +Goodyear’s UltraGrip Performance + tyre is clearly better suited to snow than wet weather, but it also did well in dry braking and had low rolling resistance
- 7Dunlop Winter Sport 5Respectable results in the aquaplaning tests aside, Dunlop’s Winter Sport 5 offering is slipping behind newer rivals
- 8Maxxis Premitra Snow WP6A podium spot for straight-line aquaplaning contrasted with a lowly seventh on the curved test
- 9Avon WV7 SnowWhile Avon’s entry lacked performance, especially in the snow, it proved to be one of the quietest tyres
- 10Results by categoryWhich winter tyre performed well in which area? Our tables reveal all