Hankook Ventus HRII H405 Review & Rating
- Dry traction and braking
- Cornering grip
- Steering response
- Wet handling
Used as original equipment on a variety of performance coupes and sedans, the Hankook Ventus HRII H405 has also become a popular choice among drivers looking for a lower cost high performance all season replacement tire. That said, here’s a closer look at how well this tire performs in everyday driving conditions.
The HRII H405 offers excellent dry-road traction and performance coupled with a high degree of rolling resistance. Although we found that braking with the H405 wasn’t split-second, we were nevertheless able to stop in a respectable amount of time. This should not come as any great surprise, as most all-season tires perform respectably under ideal conditions.
On wet roads, the HRII, with its silica-enhanced tread compound, still performs reasonably well, though we did notice that its performance was slightly weaker than in dry conditions. We also found that, compared to other tires of its class, the HR405 offered somewhat lower hydroplaning resistance, and we found that it became more difficult to keep traction the harder it rained.
Cornering – Steering
Hankook has managed to design an excellent cornering tire, with an ultra-low profile and a wider footprint that allows for extremely sharp cornering and stability, in both rain and on dry pavement. In our tests, we found the H405 to deliver fairly responsive steering and added stability in sharper corners due in part to the tire’s unidirectional grooves.
Although we once again found the tire to be somewhat weak in extremely wet conditions, as a whole it was quick and sturdy with a strong sidewall.
Winter handling was without a doubt the H405’s greatest weakness. Traction in light amounts of snow was decent, but the wheels took a long time to warm up from the cold weather, causing some issues with stability. On ice and in heavy snow, the tires offered very little traction whatsoever.
Ride Comfort – Road Noise
The H405 offered a fairly comfortable ride for the most part, although it wasn’t the smoothest in its class by any stretch. Compared to other high performance tires, stability was somewhere in between. Though it was by no means terrible, neither was it exceptional.
We found the same was true of the H405’s road noise. When compared to other tires of similar make, we found that the amount of noise generated by the H405 fell somewhere in the middle. Though not overly loud, the noise the tires generated was nevertheless noticeable.
Hankook’s tire is graded at 340, meaning you can expect to see around 30,000 miles from the tread before replacing. While some drivers may see more miles than that, more aggressive drivers may find the tires starting to give out at around 20,000 miles, especially if you are hitting the corners hard.
Hankook provides a limited warranty on this model. They cover tire uniformity for one year or first 2/32 inch of wear. Workmanship and materials guaranteed for 5 years.
All in all, the H405 has some very good performance features that are generally found in models costing much more. That said, it is not the perfect high performance all season tire in its class. However, for the lower price point it makes for a pretty good choice for budget minded drivers looking for high performance.