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
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.
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
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.
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.