December 1, 2022

Hankook Tire Ventus Series Topped European Magazine Test Competitions

Global tire leader Hankook Tire managed to impress with its Ventus patterns in the independent summer tire tests recently published by various European car magazines. The 18-inch Ventus S1 evo 3 SUV was “test winner” and rated “exemplary” in Auto Bild Allrad magazine. The editorial team’s decision was based on “best off-road and dry-road performance” (Auto Bild Allrad, 4/2022). The SUV variant of the flagship UHP (Ultra High Performance) has also proven to be an excellent off-road choice: “good traction on loose gravel and muddy terrain” (4/2022).

Hankook 2022 summer tire test results



Size tested

Test result


Auto Bild Allrad

SUV Ventus S1 evo 3

235/55R18 104W

Test winner and exemplary


Auto Picture

Ventus Prime 4

215/55R17 94W



Auto Motor and Sport

Ventus S1 evo 3

245/45R19 102Y XL

Very well


Sports car

Ventus S1 evo Z

235/35ZR19 (91Y)



“Our company stands for the development of innovative and future-oriented tires worldwide. I am therefore delighted with the awards received by the Ventus family products from various European car magazines. The results once again show that Hankook tires are a good choice for our customers,” said Sooil Lee, CEO and President of Hankook Tire & Technology.

The Ventus S1 evo 3 and Ventus S1 evo 3 SUV are equipped, among other things, with a high-strength bead core which, in combination with the reinforced sidewall, not only ensures sporty and dynamic driving, but also driving stability high, directional stability and steering precision, especially at high speeds. Further improvement in the areas of wet grip and handling/steering precision was highlighted. Many well-known car manufacturers use this tire as original equipment for their high-end models. Auto motor und sport certifies “very short braking distances on wet asphalt, largely safe and unsurprising driving in wet corners” and “safe in sudden evasive maneuvers” (auto motor und sport, 3/2022).

Compared to its successful predecessor, the Ventus Prime 3, the new Ventus Prime 4 impresses with further improved functionality in all relevant categories. For example, the handling and rolling resistance of the new high-performance generation have been further optimized. Hankook engineers were also able to increase the mileage by a good fifth compared to the predecessor. The key to this is “High Mileage Compound Technology”. In its major summer tire test, Auto Bild describes the Ventus Prime 4 as a “new brand product with excellent handling on dry and wet roads, with short braking distances on wet and dry surfaces” and “good mileage” (Auto Bild, March 10, 2022).

As an Ultra Ultra High Performance tyre, the Ventus S1 evo Z marks a new era in the company’s premium portfolio. Developed for demanding super sports cars that need extra grip and lateral support, the Ventus S1 evo Z makes no compromises when it comes to durability and safety. In addition, the model is already used as original equipment for the BMW X3 M, BMW X4 M, Porsche Panamera and the limited Mini John Cooper Works GP. Hankook has used a new tire compound enriched with silica for these tires and as such the vulcanization is carried out particularly gently at low temperatures. Sport auto describes the profile as “dynamic-sporty”. In addition, “thanks to very good aquaplaning precautions, it is completely safe to drive on wet roads” (motorsport, 4/2022).

Regarding the high ranking achieved by Hankook Tires, Vice Chairman of the Board, Mr. Marwan Bin Shihon, of Bin-Shihon Group, exclusive dealers of Hankook Tires in Saudi Arabia, said, “This excellence continues from Hankook Tires is not surprising, because it always receives valuable awards in various international forums for its high quality tires.This quality product is suitable for various uses, road types and different harsh weather conditions.Taking this opportunity, I congratulate our customers who are the key to any success obtained.We thank them for their confidence and their continuous suggestions which are quickly transmitted to the manufacturer to take them into account.