Hankook Optimo H426 Review
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!