Nankang Noble Sport NS-20 Review & Rating
- Dry traction
- Cornering grip
- Ride comfort
- Winter handling
Made for drivers of sport coupes and sedans, the Nankang Noble Sport NS-20 is designed to deliver smooth riding, enhanced durability and all-round good performance. The emphasis is on handling and stability at higher speeds and this is boosted by the makeup of the tread design itself.
Nankang may not be the most well-known tire maker in the world, however they do have a history of offering good performance tires and we wanted to find out if the Noble Sport NS-20 was as good as other models in this class.
The Nankang NS20 features a silica-enhanced all-season tread compound that gives it good traction in most weather conditions. Indeed, we found dry traction to be better than we expected. Braking was stable and confident, as was straight line tracking at higher speeds.
Four wide circumferential grooves and a unique tread block siping design deliver increased wet grip at normal driving speeds.
Cornering – Steering
One area where the NS-20 performed really well was in cornering grip. We found that dry cornering was really enhanced by the dry tread zone and these tires are some of the best around for cornering in their price range.
The steering is very responsive as well – no doubt aided by the continuous center rib – and we found that, even at high speeds, the tires responded well and held brilliantly although some people have complained of under steering at times.
Part of the appeal of this model is that they are supposed to be good in all-weather conditions, including snow. The tires actually performed OK with some light snow. We are used to dismissing all weather tires and simply opting for winter specific ones for snow and ice, however, in general they performed well and seemed to grip and handle the poor conditions without much fuss. Naturally, deep snow and ice is going to be more problematic, but you would expect that with a high performance tire.
Ride Comfort – Road Noise
We didn’t experience any excessive road noise during highway driving, and compared to some other tires in the same category they are a very quiet tire. Furthermore, they also provided a pretty smooth ride overall. Perhaps not the smoothest we have ever experienced but it manages to absorb vibrations and shocks well without any major issues.
For a budget tire we must admit that, when it came to tread life, we did not exactly expect a lot from this tire. While you may not get 50,000 miles out of them, it isn’t unreasonable to expect 30 – 40,000 miles without any massive issues with tread wear. Some drivers have flagged issues before this mileage is reached, however for a lot of drivers the tread life is more than adequate.
The Nankang Noble Sport NS-20 has a limited tread warranty. There is a tire uniformity warranty for the first 10% of tread wear and materials and workmanship are covered to the final 2/32 inch of tread depth from most providers.
What did we expect from the Nankang Noble Sport NS-20 tires? Well, just another budget tire, however what we got was a decently priced and good performing set of tires that drove like some models costing much more. They are solid, offer a smooth ride with little noise and manage to handle most road surfaces and conditions without any major issues.