6. Hankook Kinergy 4S
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”