Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Ventus S1 noble2

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Vehicle: 2006 BMW 325i Sedan
Miles Driven on Tires: 10,000
Driving Condition: Combined Highway/City
Driving Style: Average
Hankook Ventus S1 noble2
Follow-Up Review: 42,000 miles on tires
September 03, 2014
So, 42,000 miles on these tires now, and they are starting to show it. Around 30,000 miles there was a noticable difference in hydroplaning resistance. Still not bad, just surprising, because they NEVER hydroplaned until that point. It only happens in a downpour situation though.<br><br>I have a staggered wheel set up, so I can't rotate the tires. That has cut down on the treadwear somewhat. I still have about 5,000 miles I can safely travel on them. So 47-48,000 miles on tires that have never been rotated, seems pretty good to me.<br><br>They did get quite noisy around the 38,000 mile mark. Not too surprising, as basically all tires do get more noisy as they wear..<br><br>The ride is still quite comfortable, and traction is no issue in the dry, and still very good in normal rain situations. Cornering stability is still good, but has started to fade slightly.<br><br>Overall, I've been very impressed with these tires, and will continue to purchase them
Initial Review: 10,000 miles on tires
February 28, 2014

I bought these tires a couple months ago, based on the test ratings on this website. As usual, the Tire Rack ratings were dead on! I drive (on average) about 2,000 miles per week, and live in west Michigan. Due to the unpredictable nature of Michigan weather, I needed a tire that performed well in all weather conditions. These tires do everything they say they do, and at a good price.

I was concerned, having a rear-wheel drive car, that an all-season tire would not perform well enough for winter driving. Acceleration at times can be a struggle, but I've never had an issue with traction, when every other vehicle on the road didn't have the same problems. Stopping on icy, slushy, and snow covered roads is NEVER a problem. I've never had a set of tires that allows me to stop like these tires do.

In dry conditions, I don't think there is an UHP-tire available that out-perfoms these. I'm sure there are others that perform as well, but it would be a stretch to say they are better. The tires that are as good, are generally more than twice the price. The only tires that I would consider relatively equal both in performance and price, would be the Continental Extreme Contact DWS'. I think the tread wear is a little better on the Hankook tires though.

Road noise (on good roads) is all but non-existant. My car runs 40 series up front, with 35 series in the rear. I expected these tires to have a very harsh ride, but they are surprisingly comfortable. As anticipated, corner roll doesn't happen, but it shouldn't with such a low-profile tire. Heat disipation is good. I've only had them in weather up to 65 F at this point, but they have never felt surprisingly warm, even after several miles of spirited curved road driving.

The only complaint I have, is these tires track pretty bad on grooved roads. It may be due to the 225 front, and 255 rear widths, but I didn't notice this issue with the Goodyear tires my car came with.

Overall, Exceptional Tires

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