6. Hankook Kin­ergy 4S

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THIS Hankook all-sea­son has ar­guably taken a leaf out of Miche­lin’s book with a de­sign closer to a sum­mer tyre. That asym­met­ric tread is usu­ally found on sum­mer pat­terns, while all-sea­son ri­vals tend to go for di­rec­tional ver­sions.

Un­like the Miche­lin, it re­tains a good num­ber of sipes, the tiny grooves vi­tal for snow grip, al­though they didn’t help it in Nokian’s White Hell, where it fin­ished last be­hind the more sum­mer-ori­en­tated Cross­cli­mate +. The front sim­ply lacked bite whether turn­ing or get­ting on the throt­tle.

It fared bet­ter in the wet, leav­ing the Toyo and the strug­gling Kumho trail­ing, but it couldn’t match the di­rec­tional pat­terns of the rest de­spite show­ing a lik­ing for deep wa­ter aqua­plan­ing tests.

That asym­met­ric pat­tern fi­nally came good in the dry with two podi­ums. It felt live­lier than most and ini­tial turnin was good. Still, for a fairly new de­sign fuel econ­omy is a con­cern.

“It felt live­lier than most and the ini­tial turn-in was good”

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