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.

Primewell PS830/850 Review

Primewell PS830/850 Review

  • Dry 60%
  • Wet 55%
  • Snow 50%
  • Comfort 75%
  • Noise 60%
  • Treadwear 55%
  • Overall 59%
There is a lot of confusion regarding the differences between the Primewell PS830 and PS850 touring tires. Both tires are basically the same since they have the same symmetrical tread design (although the PS850 has a more aggressive set of treads), and both tires are classified as all-season touring tires.

According to Primewell’s official website, the PS830 and PS850 was replaced by the new PS880 and PS870. The Primewell PS880 is a high-performance summer tire while the PS870 is a standard performance summer tire.

This review will focus on the Primewell PS830. I was lucky enough to obtain a 2014 Chevrolet Sonic LS hatchback with the 1.8-liter motor and 6-speed automatic transmission. My test vehicle was fitted with stock 15-inch wheels and Primewell PS830 tires. I think this is a good match for the naturally-aspirated motor of my test car.

The owner of the Chevrolet Sonic is a city dweller. He does most of his driving in the city, and he rarely goes to the highway. If need be, he uses his Toyota 4Runner for those long highway jaunts. He bought the Sonic used 2 years ago and has been his daily driver ever since. The Primewell PS830 tires were almost a year old, and it shows. There were evident signs of wear on all four corners of the vehicle.

Primewell PS830 Review: Features

I have to be honest. I heard a lot of not-so-good things about the Primewell PS830, even before this review. Most of it had something to do with rapid tread wear, road noise, and poor durability. Maybe this is the reason why Primewell redesigned and re-engineered their new line of tires since their old lineup had terrible reviews.

The Primewell PS830 is equipped with four main circumferential grooves with sturdy shoulder blocks. The design is meant to deliver exceptional driving stability and all-weather traction. The Primewell PS830 is an all-season touring tire and offers good traction on wet or icy roads as well. But the most compelling reason for buying the Primewell PS830/PS850 is the price. You can buy a set of four tires for less than $350, and that’s not a bad deal at all.

Primewell PS830 Review: Test Drive

This will be my first time to drive the Chevrolet Sonic in general. I have always thought this car had the looks and appeal of a sporty sub-compact, but the interior was a bit of a letdown as it was filled with cut-rate plastics and materials. The car simply felt cheaper than the price.

But for city driving, this car makes a lot of sense. It was honestly fun to drive and the handling was superb for a small car. But in this review, I simply felt the tires were a big letdown considering the handling prowess of the Sonic. I have more details below.

Dry Traction

Is it that the base naturally aspirated motor is too powerful for the Primewell PS830/PS850 tires? I seriously doubt it. But the tires were squealing for grip as I drove towards a moderately fast corner. There was absolutely no drama, but you can feel the front tires struggling for grip as the steering wheel tugged lightly from left to right.

In hard, straight-line acceleration the tires will squirm for grip at the slightest provocation of sand and dirt on smooth tarmac. But get it up to cruising speed and everything settles down. It is not the best tire in terms of dry traction, but it’s not the worst either.

Wet Traction

Let’s just say that wet traction is okay as long as you don’t push the car to the limit. Like I said, the chassis of the Sonic felt more capable than the tires. The result is the suspension also feels sub-par when the car is hushed, and this is more evident when you’re on a wet highway. As long as you maintain average speeds and avoid any sudden maneuvers on wet roads, you’re going to be fine. But I wish it offered more than this.

Snow Traction

There was no time to test the tires in the snow, but I would honestly stay away from light snow as much as possible if my car was fitted with the Primewell PS830 tires. Since wet traction is a bit sub-par, what would you expect if you were to drive it on snow? I asked the owner about this and he had the same opinion. The car was okay on very light snow, but everything turns to butter once the snow piles up on the road.

Comfort

If there is anything besides the price that the Primewell PS830/PS850 can claim, it would have to be driving comfort. The tires felt comfy on both city streets and smooth highway roads. The tires also silenced the nasty humps and thumps as you drive over nasty expansion joints on concrete roads. The sudden jolt of hitting a pothole was also made bearable courtesy of the PS830 tires.

Noise

Sadly, that’s about it. The Primewell PS830/PS850 tires were noisy on the highway especially at higher than average speeds but were muffled at slow speeds. This is a bit confusing since the tires also emitted a noticeable roar at speeds below 40mph. I have driven cars with cheap tires that were more refined than the Primewell PS830/850.

Treadwear

Considering the Primewell PS830 tires on my test car were almost a year old and were only used in the confines of the city, I can honestly say the wear characteristics of the tires was mediocre at best. There are reports the tires will last for only 14,000 or 15,000 miles before needing to be replaced, which speaks volumes about the wear characteristics of the tires.

Conclusion

If you want a cheap touring tire, you are better off with the newer Primewell PS870 and PS880. The Primewell PS830/PS850 offers good value for money at the expense of handling and driving satisfaction.