Hankook Optimo H426 Review
- Dry 85% 85%
- Wet 80% 80%
- Snow 75% 75%
- Comfort 80% 80%
- Noise 80% 80%
- Treadwear 80% 80%
- Overall 82% 82%
The Hankook Optimo H426 is a premium all-season tire designed for passenger cars and small crossovers. It is designed to offer elevated levels of comfort and ride silence without compromising wet and dry traction. In this review of the Hankook Optimo H426, I wanted to find out if this tire offers more than just a comfortable ride. Hankook made it clear the Optimo H426 is geared more towards comfort rather than sporty driving even though it is equipped with a sporty-looking tread design.
My test car for this review is a 2016 Volkswagen Jetta equipped with the turbocharged 1.4-liter four-banger and 6-speed automatic transmission. The owner of the Jetta was thinking about selling the car to make room in the garage for a family-oriented SUV. The car is still relatively new and came fitted with stock 15-inch wheels and three-month-old Hankook Optimo H426 tires.
I’ve always liked Volkswagens since they are more refined than comparable Japanese or Korean cars. But are the Hankook Optimo H426 tires a good match for the refinement of the Jetta?
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However, I did feel the rear tires sliding a bit as I approached a tight corner at speed. In fairness to the tires, I was applying abrupt steering corrections during the turn, but everything was sorted out as I applied more throttle pressure. Again, if you want a sporty type of tire, this is not for you.
On light snow, the tires felt the same like you were traversing over wet roads. But if the roads are covered with thicker patches of snow, it is best to get a set of proper snow tires.
The owner of the Jetta told me the tires were more than capable on icy conditions but anything with more than 2-inches of snow should be avoided as much as possible.
The tread compound is designed to absorb shock to deliver better riding comfort. I drove the Jetta over a mixture of pockmarked city roads and smooth highway, and the ride remained smooth and comfortable all throughout my short journey. This might have something to do with the overall refinement of the VW Jetta, but the tires certainly played a large part when it comes to riding comfort.
I only heard some tire roar as I approached silly speeds on the highway, but it wasn’t much. The tires were also quiet in the city. I was expecting this level of refinement from the Optimo H724 and I wasn’t disappointed at all!