Hankook Ventus V2 Concept H437 Review & Rating
- Crisp steering response
- Cornering grip and stability
- Ride comfort
- Mileage warranty
If you’re looking for new all-season tires, one option that’s not to be overlooked is the relatively new Hankook Ventus V2 Concept H437. This tire offers outstanding value and performance for the money, which is comparable to its more expensive rivals. With an innovative tread design, reinforced rim, quality materials and an all-season rating, it must be a consideration for the budget conscious.
Launched in 2011, the Hankook H437 is available in a variety of sizes for 15, 16, 17 and 18 inch rims, making it compatible with most makes of cars. If you’re on a tighter budget but want a capable set of rubber for year-round use these deserve a place on your shortlist.
The unique tread pattern, exclusive to Hankook tires, provides good traction in all kinds of weather. The overall design reduces the risk of hydroplaning, another aspect to consider for safety and performance on the road. The Twister System 3 D wave pattern, based on a wide center rib made up of interlocking blocks, efficiently channels water from the tread to provide excellent road handling and control in the most inclement of weathers. The pattern and tread compound also pay off in winter.
Cornering – Steering
This is where most budget tires fall down on, but the Hankook’s turn in more than respectable performance. Cornering could be a little more powerful overall, but the Ventus V2 Concept does not disappoint, giving higher than average performance and maintaining grip even when pushed to their limits. As all-season tires go, this is one of the best in this category.
Steering is smooth and comfortable, with maximum control at higher speeds. You could be forgiven for thinking you are driving on more expensive tires as these give some of the best stability and brake performance on the market.
The innovative design of the tire makes general winter driving much easier to navigate. Reports from other drivers are excellent, with the only drawback being deep snow. Of course, most all-season tires struggle with this as well. That said, it still goes beyond other tires in this price bracket though. Performance in light snow, slush or heavy rain are very good. While we had concerns about the fairly closed shoulder design’s ability to expel slush and water, it performs much better than you would expect.
Ride Comfort – Road Noise
Hankook has obviously incorporated into their design a tire that is durable and reliable for everyday use, and one that maximizes comfort and keeps noise to a minimum. This performance factor is often the first to suffer when it comes to budget tires, so Hankook is to be commended here.
We can’t over-emphasize how quiet the ride is, even at higher speeds, and there have been no reports of deterioration even after thousands of miles of use. The drive is smooth and comfortable and the general design is geared to maintain both.
With a UTQG rating of 500 and M + S rated, this tire has more durability than most of its similarly priced rivals. This has to be a big consideration when buying as the Ventus V2 should be good for around 50,000 miles. Its maximum lateral stiffness offers a reduction in irregular wear, making it another consideration. We also liked the curb protection molded into the rim.
The Ventus V2 Concept comes with a limited tread warranty. Tire uniformity is guaranteed for the first 2/32 inch of wear.
Materials and workmanship are warranted for 5 years and come with free replacement during the first year or first 2/32 inch of wear. We would like to see a mileage warranty on this model, but as stated at the beginning these tires are in a class on their own and not to be dismissed lightly. Their overall performance surpasses many and matches many more expensive tires for sale today.