Hankook Tire Reviews
Hankook is a South Korean tire company and the seventh largest tire manufacturer in the world. It’s known for a strong motorsports presence as well as strong off-road tire offerings at very reasonable prices.
It offers eight different tire models for light-trucks, SUVs and crossovers, several of which are winter tires.
The Ventus S1 EVO2 is a performance tire for SUVs and crossovers, which puts the focus on better fuel economy as well as improved braking performance in wet and dry conditions.
Hankook’s Dynapro lineup represents its off-road focused offering, so any Hankook tire with that name is designed for use on trucks. The Dynapro HP2 is similar to the Ventus S1 EVO2 in that it is designed for high performance and luxury SUVs and mostly for on-road driving, but does put slightly more focus on off-road grip.
Next comes the Dynapro HT is what is known as a highway-terrain tire, meaning that while it does have some all-terrain characteristics, it’s also designed more for on-road comfort, fuel economy and grip. It is mud and snow rated, but that doesn’t make it a truly capable winter tire.
Next is the Dynapro AT-M. Based on just the tire tread alone it’s obvious this is a true all-terrain tire and yet it manages to combine maximum wear length with more durable sidewalls.
And topping off the Dynapro lineup is the MT model.
Moving into Hankook’s winter tire lineup, there’s the Winter i*cept evo2 SUV tire, which is designed to be a high performance winter tire for SUVs – especially performance and luxury models. Then there’s the Winter i*Pike RW11 studded tire for SUVs.
Hankook Tire Reviews
Below is a list of all of Hankook’s tires that come equipped with a mileage guarantee.
100,000 mile warranty
90,000 mile warranty
80,000 mile warranty
75,000 mile warranty
70,000 mile warranty
Optimo H724, Dynapro HT(P-Metric), Kinergy GT(H436), Kinergy ST(H735)
65,000 mile warranty
Dynapro HP2(RA33), Ventus AS(RH07)
60,000 mile warranty
Optimo H426, Dynapro AT2(RF11)
50,000 mile warranty
Ventus H101, Ventus S1 Noble2, Ventus ST, Kinergy 4S
Ventus V4 ES, Optimo H431, Optimo H725A
Dynapro AS(P-Metric), Dynapro AT(P-Metric)
45,000 mile warranty
Ventus V2 Concept2
40,000 mile warranty
Winter i*cept iZ2
30,000 mile warranty
Winter i*cept evo2, Winter i*cept evo2 SUV
Is Hankook Owned by Michelin?
Hankook entered into a partnership with French tire giant Michelin in 2003, with Michelin taking a 6.24% stake in the company starting in 2006. That partnership was then extended to 9.98 percent. With no great strategic partnership having been found Michelin eventually sold off the entirety of its stake in 2011 for over $500 million. Hankook continues to be an independent Korean-owned company and the 7th largest tire manufacturer in the world.
Are Hankook Tires Noisy?
It’s not possible (or fair) to judge all tires from a brand in single way. At least not most of the time. Overall Hankook’s tires over-perform for the money. Some of their tires might be noisy, like the Dynapro MT2 mud-terrain tire, but that’s also expected for that class of tire, and owner’s will accept this trade-off for the high level of off-road grip. Hankook’s street tires are all quite quiet and road noise isn’t a factor to even consider.