Hankook Ventus V2 Concept2 H457 Review

Hankook Ventus V2 Concept2 H457 Review

  • Dry 90%
  • Wet 80%
  • Snow 70%
  • Comfort 90%
  • Noise 80%
  • Treadwear 90%
  • Overall 84%
If you compare the Hankook Ventus V2 Concept2 with the Hankook Ventus Noble2, the latter is an ultra-high performance tire with the genes of a touring tire. However, the Ventus V2 Concept2 is a bit different since it prioritizes sporty handling over comfort and road silence.

I wanted to find out if the Hankook Ventus V2 Concept2 is able to offer a sporty driving experience despite the friendly price tag. The tire starts at below $70 each and a full set of four tires will only cost below $300. Considering the sporty and aggressive tread design of the tire, this is probably one of the best all-season tires when it comes to value for money.

My test car for this review is a 2008 Infiniti G35 sedan. While the previous model G20 was simply an improved version of the Nissan Sentra, the Infiniti G35 begs to differ. It is a true sports sedan that offers a roomy cabin and decently comfortable ride.

My test car came fitted with bone stock 17-inch wheels and Hankook Ventus V2 Concept2 tires. However, the tires were more than a year old and have seen their fair share of abuse from the owner. There were signs of tread wear on all four corners of the vehicle. Let’s see if the tires are still capable of giving me a sporty drive despite the age of both the tires and my test vehicle.

Hankook Ventus V2 Concept2 Review: Features

The Hankook Ventus V2 Concept2 is a sporty tire for sport sedans and sport coupes. The tire is equipped with a solid center rib block with a 3D point effect on the block edge to deliver excellent handling and braking on wet and dry roads.

The treads are blessed with an optimal profile design that provides an even contact patch on the road. This means the tires will offer better high-speed stability while minimizing deformation on the shoulder and center patch. The shoulders of the tire are further enhanced with noise care blocks to suppress road noise and tire roar.

The tire is also equipped with four wide straight grooves and a V-shaped pattern design to improve traction, grip, and water evacuation on wet roads. The tire also came with an uneven wear protection system so you can easily check the presence of abnormal wear on the face of the treads.

Constructed using a longer mileage carbon compound to improve wet grip with lower rolling resistance, this is a performance tire with the wear characteristics of a touring tire.

Hankook Ventus V2 Concept2 Review: Test Drive

My test car might be old, but it still felt tight as a drum. I also think the design has aged gracefully despite the onslaught of new cars with a funkier exterior profile. I guess this will be my first time behind the wheel of the Infiniti G35 so I was a bit excited as well. I got the keys and drove off to acquaint myself with the characteristics and behavior of the car.

Dry Traction

You have to remember the tires in my test car are more than a year old, but traction and grip on dry roads were still impressive. I did find the steering to be a bit talkative on the highway but this can be attributed to the steering system of the Infiniti G35.

If you push it harder you will feel the tires squirm as they hunt for much-needed grip and the rear of the car has a tendency to slide out if you are not careful with your steering or throttle inputs.

Overall, the tires were okay in the dry. But if you demand more, you better get a better set of summer tires.

Wet Traction

I only got to the drive in the wet upon returning the car to the owner. There was nothing dramatic as I sped on a wet highway, and the braking was unaffected by the slippery nature of the road. I did feel the ABS system kick-in as I pressed hard on the brake pedal, but the tires were able to bring the car to a halt without much fuss.

Snow Traction

I didn’t have the chance to test the tires on snowy roads. However, the owner of the car was more than willing to share his experience when he drove the car in the snow.

The Hankook Ventus V2 Concept2 performed well on light snow, but you better slow down if the roads are completely covered in ice or more than 2-inches of snow. In fact, he had to purchase a separate set of snow tires when the winter season was in full swing.

Comfort

It is hard to fault the Hankook Ventus V2 Concept2 in terms of riding comfort. I am aware the Infiniti G35 is a sports sedan, but it behaves very much like a luxury car on the highway. In my opinion, the Hankook Ventus Noble2 is a more comfortable alternative if what you really want is a comfortable all-season performance tire.

Noise

I also noticed the Hankook Ventus V2 Concept2 were a bit noisier on the highway, but this can be attributed to the age of the tires. Road noise and tire roar is not really that bad, but they are easily noticeable at higher than average speeds or when traversing over rough patches of road.

Treadwear

The wear characteristics of the Hankook Ventus V2 Concept2 was impressive given the age of the tires fitted to my test car. The owner made sure to have the steering and suspension components checked before fitting the tires more than a year ago, and it shows. The tread wear was evenly distributed across the contact patch of the tires, and there were no signs of cuts or damage on the treads. It is hard to find a better set of low rolling resistance tires at this price range.

Conclusion

Do you need a sporty set of all-season tires but is short on cash? Take a closer look at the Hankook Ventus V2 Concept2. This is the type of tire that delivers optimum all-season performance with the style of a more expensive set of rubber.

Hankook Ventus S1 Noble2 H452 Review

Hankook Ventus S1 Noble2 H452 Review

  • Dry 90%
  • Wet 85%
  • Snow 60%
  • Comfort 95%
  • Noise 80%
  • Treadwear 80%
  • Overall 82%
First, let’s talk about the elephant in the room. The Hankook Ventus S1 Noble2 is an ultra-high performance tire that is created to suit the demands of high-performance sporty sedans, hatchbacks, and sporty coupes. From that alone, it is easy to discern this tire will have an astronomical price tag.
But in this review of the Hankook Ventus S1 Noble2 H452, I was surprised to find out that this is one of the more affordable choices in the market. Each tire will start at less than $100 and you won’t spend more than $500 for a complete set of 215/55R17 rollers. In my book, this is good value since most ultra-high performance tires will cost upwards of $120 to $150 each.

My test vehicle was a 2014 Ford Fusion Titanium fitted with stock 18-inch wheels and Hankook Ventus S1 Noble2 tires. My test car was the EcoBoost model and it also came with a smooth-shifting 6-speed automatic transmission. With 231 horsepower and 270 ft.-lbs. of torque from as low as 3,000 RPM, I was more than eager to push the car to the limit to find out if the tires are any good.

Hankook Ventus S1 Noble2 H452 Review: Features

From the first time you lay eyes on the Hankook Ventus S1 Noble2, you know that the tires are meant for high-performance driving. But Hankook made it clear the tires are also oriented towards a smooth and comfortable ride.

The asymmetrical tread design is equipped with a positive aqua hydro block design to provide excellent performance on wet and slippery roads. You will see a straight rib block on the outside shoulder of the tire and this feature is responsible for enhancing the cornering grip while suppressing tire roar.

Acceleration, braking, cornering, and overall handling is also enhanced via the application of a 3D Kerf design on the treads. The tire is also equipped with five rows of pitch variation to further reduce road noise and tire roar at high speeds.

The Hankook Ventus S1 Noble2 H452 is constructed using an advanced silica tread compound to deliver outstanding wet and dry performance and improved tread wear characteristics. The tire is also fitted with tie-bars on the shoulders of the tread to ensure optimal block stiffness.

Hankook Ventus S1 Noble2 H452 Review: Test Drive

Although my test car was only fitted with a humble four-banger, the turbocharged motor made the Fusion an exciting car to drive on the road. I was also impressed with the space and refinement of the sedan. I got the keys, hopped in, and proceeded to drive the entire day in order to determine the merits of this all-season tire.

Dry Traction

Make no mistake about it. The Ford Fusion is a large sedan, but it is a capable handler as well. It doesn’t behave like a true sports car, but the tight steering and the sharp handling belies the docile nature of the car when driven on tight city streets.

Push it hard on the highway and the Hankook Ventus S1 Noble2 tires will be more than willing to oblige. I wouldn’t say that dry traction was excellent, but it was more than adequate to cope with the size and weight of my test car.

I did feel the tires were oriented more towards comfort and longevity rather than outright performance, but nobody will drive their Ford Fusion like they were inside a Nissan GT-R or Audi R8.

Wet Traction

There was a bit of rain in the late afternoon. The dry asphalt roads were now slippery and wet with a couple of water puddles here and there.

I never felt the tires skipped a beat even as I pushed hard on the pedal. In fact, the tires felt the same on both dry and wet roads. The steering felt good and braking performance was stellar despite the slippery road conditions.

If you push it really hard in the wet, you will feel the tires squirming for grip as you attack tight corners at speed. But if you drive safely and stay below the speed limit, the tires are more than willing to obey your steering and throttle inputs.

Snow Traction

Snow traction was also admirable given the performance nature of the tires. However, you will quickly reach the limits of traction and grip on extremely icy or snowy roads. I guess this had something to do with the advanced silica compound and advanced 3D kerf design of the Hankook Ventus S1 Noble2 tires.

Comfort

In my opinion, this is the strongest argument for purchasing the Hankook Ventus S1 Noble2 tires. Ultra-high performance tires are not known for their outstanding comfort, but the Hankook Ventus S1 will beg to differ. My test vehicle felt like a more expensive luxury sedan since the tires delivered tons of comfort in both city and highway driving.

Noise

I was also pleased with the silent ride of the Ford Fusion. This can be contributed in large part to the straight rib block design of the Hankook Ventus S1 Noble2 tires. Tire roar is toned down to the bare minimum even if you happen to be driving on a rough patch of concrete. The tires were also whisper-quiet on city roads.

Treadwear

The tires fitted to my test car were approximately six months old and have traveled approximately 7,000 miles since they were bought brand new. The treads were still relatively fresh. They looked like they can last for another 7,000 or so miles!

Conclusion

This might sound a bit funny, but the Hankook Ventus S1 Noble2 H452 tires are high-performance tires that are capable of exhibiting a luxurious and comfortable ride. For the price, these are magnificent tires for sports sedans and coupes and offer terrific value for the price.

Hankook Ventus RS4 Review

Hankook Ventus RS4 Review

  • Dry 80%
  • Wet 85%
  • Comfort 70%
  • Noise 70%
  • Treadwear 70%
  • Overall 75%
You only need to take one look at the Hankook Ventus RS4 to discern the tire means serious business. The Ventus RS4 is the successor to the defunct Ventus RS3, but it improves on the strengths of its predecessor while adding more of that aggressive style.

In this review of the Hankook Ventus RS4, I was lucky enough to obtain a 2013 Ford Focus ST as my test vehicle. The car was fitted with aftermarket 18-inch wheels wrapped in a relatively new set of Hankook Ventus RS4 tires.

But it was not your run-of-the-mill Focus ST. The engine was fitted with a larger turbo and intercooler to produce around 300 horsepower. The suspension was upgraded to street-spec coilover suspension for a better and more comfortable ride compared to full-spec racing coilovers. The car is mostly driven in the street, but the owner partakes in weekend track sessions with his buddies as well as long cross-border trips.

I asked him why he considered the Hankook Ventus RS4 tires over other brands, and he was quick to point out two factors: the style and the price. The Ventus RS4 is certainly far from being cheap, but it delivers incredible value considering the looks and performance of the tire. Starting at around $130 each, it is way less than what you would pay for a Bridgestone or Michelin summer tire.

Hankook Ventus RS4 Review: Features

The most prominent feature of the Hankook Ventus RS4 is the wider center block. This helps the tire to maintain a steady grip on the road while also improving the steering response of the vehicle. The main groove is equipped with a pair of wider channels to quickly dissipate water and prevent hydroplaning on soaking wet pavement.

The directional treads are designed using variable groove angle technology to optimize the block stiffness of the tire. The Ventus RS4 also benefits from stiffer shoulder blocks to further enhance the steering response while improving cornering grip as well.

The Hankook Ventus RS4 is constructed using a new carbon black and silica racing compound to increase the overall stiffness of the carcass while improving traction and grip on wet pavement. The tire is equipped with a pair of wider steel belts and a dual layer joint-less nylon full cover to optimize durability and vehicle handling.

Hankook Ventus RS4 Review: Test Drive

My test car came fitted with a six-speed manual. It’s been a while since I drove a manual-equipped car, much less a Ford Focus ST. I was excited to get on the road because I was curious to find out the effects of the engine mods to the overall performance and drivability of my test car.

Dry Traction

As I found out, the effects were immensely intoxicating. The larger turbo spooled faster as the car accelerated hard from a standing stop. It is hard to compare the Hankook Ventus RS4 with an ordinary set of all-season tires in terms of dry traction. It was simply superior!

The added horsepower of the motor was a perfect match to the traction and grip of the tires.

The steering also felt more stable and more precise as I was able to position the nose of the car perfectly as I attacked a winding corner.

Braking was also a fuss-free affair since the tires were able to stop the car confidently without much fuss or drama. The car felt composed, and the tires seem they were asking for more. It felt that the tires can stand up to bigger and better engine mods. They were that good in the dry.

Wet Traction

I got the chance to drive on wet patches of smooth concrete on my way to the test track. I didn’t get the chance to push it, but the Hankook Ventus RS4 had acceptable levels of traction and grip on wet roads. I slowed down whenever the tires encountered deep water puddles since I felt the tires were not up to the task of dealing with such nuances.

Snow Traction

Um, no. I didn’t get the chance to drive the car in the snow, but I wasn’t looking forward to doing it either. The Hankook Ventus RS4 is a summer tire designed for extreme driving, but that’s about it. This tire was not designed to be driven on snow. Frankly, so was my test car.

Comfort

The street-spec coilovers gave my test car a more civilized ride, but it was still a bit too firm for the daily drive. In fact, if you’re the type of person who has never experienced driving a car fitted with stiff coilovers, you will probably be annoyed by the stiff and bumpy ride. The tires didn’t help in this regard either.

Noise

The road noise of the Hankook Ventus RS4 is not that bad to be quite honest, but it’s not the most refined either. Credit goes to the European levels of refinement of the Ford Focus ST, but the tires are not what you call silent by any means. You will hear the tires roar on the highway, and you will feel them whispering at slow speeds as well. These are not the set of tires to consider if you are looking for ride silence and refinement.

Treadwear

The Hankook Ventus RS4 tires fitted to my test car were approximately 3 months old with a mileage of around 3,000 or so miles. The tires already had signs of wear on the treads. But considering the extreme nature and power of my test vehicle, I guess this is not bad.

Conclusion

The Hankook Ventus RS4 is a good choice for an extreme performance summer tire. It offers the highest levels of dry grip at the lowest possible price. If you are searching for an affordable set of summer tires, the Ventus RS4 should be on top of your list.

Hankook Optimo H725 Review

Hankook Optimo H725 Review

  • Dry 90%
  • Wet 90%
  • Snow 80%
  • Comfort 90%
  • Noise 85%
  • Treadwear 80%
  • Overall 85%
The Hankook Optimo H725 is classified as a standard touring all-season tire. However, this is the type of all-season tire that is designed for a longer service life. The Optimo H725 is standard equipment on some Ford and Chrysler automobiles, so it wasn’t hard to find a test vehicle fitted with these tires.
For this review of the Hankook Optimo H725, I was able to acquire a 2013 Chrysler 300 with the 3.6-liter V6 motor and 8-speed automatic transmission. The car was fitted with stock 17-inch wheels and Hankook Optimo H725 tires.

I always believed the Chrysler 300 was ahead of its time when it was launched back in 2005. It had all the design flair of a true gangster automobile while having the refinement of a German luxury car. Of course, it would have been better if my test car came fitted with the burly Hemi V8 motor. But with 294 horsepower and 260 foot-pounds of torque on tap, I was still excited to take my test car for a long drive across neighboring states.

Hankook Optimo H725 Review: Features

When it comes to tire wear, the Hankook Optimo H725 comes close to the Optimo H727. The Optimo H725 was designed primarily as an all-season tire that delivers good amounts of traction and grip on wet and dry roads. But Hankook made sure the Optimo H725 had the wear attributes of a touring tire as well. This is good news for those who want a long-lasting all-season tire that starts at less than $90 per pop.

The Hankook Optimo H725 is designed with four wide main grooves for fast and efficient water drainage. The treads are equipped with high-density kerf siping to offer balanced levels of grip on snowy or icy roads. An all-season tire will have to perform well on light snow – the kerfs are there to ensure that you can get still drive your car safely despite the presence of ice or slush on the roads.

The tire is also equipped with long and interlocking center and intermediate buttons to provide directional stability and excellent braking. This tire has a radial shoulder angle to combat irregular wear while maximizing the stiffness of the rubber to deliver good handling.

The Hankook Optimo H725 utilizes an abrasion-resistance tread compound to deliver impressive wear characteristics. But is this compound geared more towards giving longer mileage instead of improving the dry and wet traction of the tire? This is what I intend to find out in this Hankook Optimo H725 review.

Hankook Optimo H725 Review: Test Drive

My test car was far from being perfect. There was an irritating screeching noise emanating from under the hood after cold starts, but the noise would disappear when the motor is warmed up. I had this minor fault checked by a local mechanic who diagnosed a faulty drive belt. I had the belt replaced before my test drive. The owner was more than willing to shoulder the bill, but I politely refused as a gesture of goodwill for allowing me to spend time with his delightful Chrysler 300.

Dry Traction

The Chrysler 300 is far from being a sports saloon, but it handles quite well for a large sedan. Although the suspension and the chassis were obviously tuned to prioritize riding comfort, the car was able to respond to my inputs with nary a complaint from the suspension and the tires. I wish the steering was a bit more direct, but dry traction was acceptable given the comfortable nature of the Hankook Optimo H725. The tires didn’t have the dry traction and grip of a performance tire, but it definitely comes close.

Wet Traction

Traction on wet roads was not as good. The car felt a bit nervous on drenched tarmac. The unnerving feeling is correlated to how fast you were driving at that time. At high speeds, you will want to slow down a bit as the tires hunt for traction on uneven wet tarmac. Drive it sanely, however, and you get optimal levels of grip as long as you don’t taunt the steering and the chassis with the corrective moves of a racing driver.

Snow Traction

How I wish I had the chance to test the Hankook Optimo H725 in the snow. The owner told me the tires performed quite well during the winter season as long as you maintain an appropriate speed and stay clear of roads with more than two or three inches of snow.

Comfort

The Chrysler 300 is a comfortable cruiser, no question about that. The Hankook Optimo H725 tires were decently comfortable in the city, and they were remarkably compliant on the highway. However, I have tested other all-season tires that offer better comfort and refinement. Even small potholes will make themselves known as the tires have a tendency to make thumping noises that are enough to upset the refinement of the cabin.

Noise

In terms of road noise, the Hankook Optimo H725 tires are on the average side. The tires are quiet on city roads but harsh road surfaces will introduce some tire roar even at moderately slow speeds. You will also encounter a bit of tire roar on the highway as you approach triple-digit speeds.

Treadwear

This is the strongest argument for getting a set of Hankook Optimo H725 tires. The tires fitted to my test car were approximately five months old and have traveled over 5,500 miles, but the treads were still thick and fresh. I did notice a bit of wear as the kerfs on the treads were slowly fading away, but that’s about it. This is not bad for an all-season tire that starts at less than $90 each.

Conclusion

The Hankook Optimo H725 is a good all-season high-mileage tire that delivers great value for money. It is not the most comfortable or refined tire in the market, but it delivers the promise of excellent mileage and all-season performance.

Hankook Optimo H724 Review

Hankook Optimo H724 Review

  • Dry 90%
  • Wet 90%
  • Snow 75%
  • Comfort 90%
  • Noise 80%
  • Treadwear 85%
  • Overall 85%
The Hankook Optimo H724 is one of my favorite all-season tires. I had the chance to test drive a 1968 Cadillac DeVille at a vintage car show a couple of months ago. The car was fitted with a set of white-walled Hankook Optimo H724 tires. As expected from a Cadillac, the ride was pretty good. But the tires gave the Cadillac competent handling and an eerily silent ride.
My test car for this Hankook Optimo H724 review is not a pimp-mobile like the vintage Caddy. It is a humble and mundane 2014 Hyundai Accent fitted with stock 14-inch wheels and Hankook Optimo H724 tires. These are the OEM tires of the Accent and the owner decided to purchase the same set when the tires needed replacement.

He told me the Hankook tires were virtually problem-free. The old tires lasted 47,000 trouble-free miles so it was only natural for him to stick with the Hankook’s. He praised the tires for their long treadwear, low price, and driving comfort. But I wanted to know more. I got the keys to the Hyundai Accent and I drove to the nearest highway.

Hankook Optimo H724 Review: Features

The Hankook Optimo H724 is an all-season touring tire designed for subcompact and compact cars, midsize sedans, and small crossovers. It remains to be a favorite simply because it offers elevated levels of comfort and dry performance at a lower price.
This Hankook tire is not as cheap as Chinese-made tires, but it is a bit less expensive than comparable all-season tires from Bridgestone or Goodyear. Want proof? The 14-inch Hankook Optimo H724 tires fitted to my test car were only around $55 per piece, while the Bridgestone Turanza Serenity Plus (which is a comparable all-season touring tire) costs almost twice as that.

The tire is equipped with a tread design that was designed using advanced pitch design technology. It has something to do with the arrangements of the sipes on the tread to minimize the fluctuations of tire roar on a variety of road surfaces. The tire was constructed using single strand bead wire and a high hardness bead filler to enhance the ride and durability.

Hankook Optimo H724 Review: Test Drive

It’s been a while since I last drove a manual-equipped modern car. The Hyundai Accent is one of the popular choices in the subcompact category not only because it is cheaper than other variants, it actually drives like a more expensive car. It has the composure and ride of a midsize sedan, and it handles better than other small cars. However, the engine is a bit of a letdown and the manual stick is a bit finicky to slot in gear.

Dry Traction

In terms of dry traction, I have nothing bad to report about the Hankook Optimo H724. The tires were more than adequate for the size and weight of the Accent. I never felt the tires were hunting for grip as I sped aggressively on a tight and winding right-hand corner.

The tires also felt good as I drove at high speed on the freeway. If the Accent was fitted with bigger wheels and wider tires, I think the handling will be many times better, but that’s just me. Who needs bigger and sportier wheels if you don’t care about high-speed stability and handling?

Wet Traction

The Hankook Optimo H724 tires were also impressive on wet patches of road. I felt the traction went down by just a tiny bit as I drove a bit aggressively on the wet highway, but nothing too grave to give it a low score. Given the narrow 175/65/R14 configuration of the tires in my test car, I would have to say that the tires felt impressive even when the roads turned slippery.

Snow Traction

There was no time for me to test the Hankook Optimo H724 tires in the snow. However, the owner told me had no problems with the tires on light snow. Traction and grip were present even on snow-covered roads, but don’t expect the tires to acquit themselves when the road turns to an icy slush. The new Hankook tires were installed a month before the start of the snow season so the owner had plenty of time to play with these tires in winter conditions.

Comfort

Despite the lackluster motor and the clunky gear changes, the Hyundai Accent is a comfortable car to drive around town. I guess the ride comfort had a lot to do with the Hankook Optimo H724. The tires remained unperturbed even when rolling over coarse road surfaces. On the highway, the tires were in their element as the car simply wafted over road undulations.

Noise

I find it rare for cheap tires to deliver a perfect balance of handling, comfort, and road noise. It seems the Hankook Optimo H724 managed to deliver in all aspects.

The tires were silent on city roads and they were whisper-quiet on the highway as well. However, you will hear a bit of tire roar at higher than average speeds, but it is not enough to distract you from the driving experience.

If you drive your car like a true law-abiding citizen, you will be impressed with both the comfort and ride silence of the Hankook Optimo H724 tires.

Treadwear

Like I previously mentioned above, the old Hankook tires on my test car lasted approximately 47,000 miles. That’s not bad considering the price and performance of the tires.

The Hankook Optimo H724 tires fitted to my test car were relatively new and fresh as a daisy with almost no signs of visible treadwear during my test.

It is nice to know that an affordable set of all-season tires can have impressive wear characteristics since most cheap tires will ultimately fail in this regard.

Conclusion

Now you know the reason why the Hankook Optimo H724 is one of my favorite all-season touring tires. It is hard to ignore the entry-level price, but it is easy to overlook the multifaceted capabilities of this tire. If your needs a basic all-season tire, you can’t go wrong with the Hankook Optimo H724.