Gaining comprehensive coverage via independent tyre tests conducted by various European trade magazines, the Kinergy 4S 2 continues to show its versatility in the field. The all-seasons treads are the culmination of over 20 years of Hankook development and the results from the European trade press speak for themselves.
An Award-Winning Tyre Fit for All Seasons
With the all-season passenger car tyre Kinergy 4S 2, which is also available in an SUV version as the Kinergy 4S 2 X, Hankook are offering customers a product of expediency, helping to avoid not only the biannual change of tyres common for so many drivers but also helping to maintain year-long safety with the same tyres.
The editors of the German car magazine Auto Bild Allrad clearly think highly of the Hankook Kinergy 4S 2 as they awarded the coveted all-season tyre test title. They also added this succinct feedback: “All-round talent with excellent driving characteristics in all weather conditions, dynamic handling characteristics, harmonious steering behaviour as well as short snow and wet braking distances.”
The V-shaped tread pattern and the modern tread compound, which consists of components made from natural oils, also convinced the testers of its sister magazine Auto Bild, with the notes: “Convincing driving characteristics on wet roads, good snow qualities, short wet and dry braking distances, very good reserves in case of aquaplaning.” This was the conclusion of the editorial team, who granted the Hankook Kinergy 4S 2 the overall rating of “Good”, whilst the experts from the online magazine Tyre Reviews described the Hankook all-weather pattern as “highly recommended” and also affirmed its very balanced characteristics. The tyre also convinced the test editors of the British car magazine Auto Express, who recommended it for purchase to its readers, topping off a sweep of hard-earned praise.
How the Kinergy 4S 2 Stands Out
With the Kinergy 4S 2, Hankook has developed an all-season specialist tyre for various weather and temperature conditions. Now in its fifth generation, the Kinergy 4S 2 offers an even more balanced and consistent performance. The tyre is aimed especially towards quality and cost-conscious drivers who want to avoid the six-monthly tyre change, but not compromise on safety nor year-round performance. Particularly in view of the increasingly changeable weather conditions in Europe, as well as for predominant use in a more urban environments, the tyre offers an alternative for ensuring year-round mobility in compliance with the law. Thanks to the snowflake symbol (3PMSF), which has been mandatory for winter tyres in Europe since January 2018, the tyre can also be driven all year round in countries with situational or static winter tyre requirements.
As an all-season tyre, the Kinergy 4S 2 combines the specific summer and winter features of a tyre without temperature-related performance degradation. At the same time, it offers high reliability in wet, dry and snowy conditions. This is made possible by features such as the directional tread pattern. The V-shaped interlocking tread blocks ensure sufficient driving stability even in the cold season. They are complemented by extra wide, two-stage main drainage grooves, which allow water to drain to the sides even during heavy rain. The drainage system therefore prevents aquaplaning and is also able to channel slush out of the tread more effectively than before. These properties are supported by the tread compound of a high-density silica-polymer composite, which ensures excellent wet grip thanks to a proportion of natural oils and resins.