Hankook Optimo H426 Review


Hankook OPTIMO H426 Full - 660x550
Grand Touring

15"
175/65R15
185/60R15
195/65R15
205/60R15
16"
195/50R16
195/55R16
195/60R16
205/50R16
205/55R16
205/65R16
215/55R16
215/60R16
225/55R16
225/60R16
17"
205/45R17
215/45R17
245/50R17
18"
225/40R18
225/55R18
225/60R18
245/45R18
245/50R18
19"
225/55R19
245/40R19
245/45R19
275/40R19
20"
255/45R20
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The Good
  • Stable while cornering at high speeds
  • Extremely quiet on most road surfaces
  • Hardy sidewalls resist pot hole damage
The Bad
  • Poor performance on wet / snowy roads
  • Sipes and transverse patterns wear down fast
Dry Performance66
Wet Performance51
Winter Performance25
Comfort55
Treadwear47
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A challenge that aftermarket tire manufacturers often face is creating a product that is held in high esteem by automakers. It is quite difficult to produce a non-OE tire that is approved by prestigious car manufacturers. This has a knock – on effect of confusing unwitting consumers who may find it hard to choose a non stock tire that will deliver performance that comes close to the original set. An attempt to solve this problem is investigated in this Hankook Optimo H426 review.  The South Korean tire manufacturer set out to bring to market, a tire that would be acceptable to the stringent standards of high end automakers.

Integrated Approach to Steering and Handling

In their quest to enter the high end tire market, Hankook have enjoyed some level of success, becoming acknowledged by several automakers. Of note is a base tread on the tire, that has underlying stratified layers for added comfort and dampening of shocks as they occur during driving. This encrusted structure enables the tire to deliver a quiet and gentle driving experience.

No compromises have been made when it comes to handling as well. The Optimo H426 features dual steel buckles that keep the tire stable and heighten steering sensitivity. For added cornering and handling control, a high rigidity bead filler comes as standard. The end result is a highly streamlined driving experience that inspires confidence even round the most daunting hairpins.

Good While It Lasts

It would seem all the emphasis on ride quality and steering, opened up the Optimo H426 to a problem of a different nature. While all the considerations made in creating the tire come together to give unrivalled drive comfort on dry surfaces, the tires lose step on wet and icy roads. Cruising speeds in such conditions can result in the vehicle losing steering control altogether.

Tread wear is another sore point for the Hankooks. They are not particularly built for durability, with sets having to be changed around the 15,000 mile mark. While the smooth sensation caused by a low rolling resistance may make for a quieter ride, the tires will need replacing in a much shorter period than average.

After going through a thorough Hankook Optimo H426 review process, the areas that let this tire down are as follows:

Drawbacks Of The Hankook Optimo H426 Tire

  • Experience rapid wear, sometimes ‘balding’ around the 30,000 mile mark
  • Have very low traction and perform poorly in wet and icy driving conditions
  • Soft tire compound results in sidewall cracking and chunking in bumpy and rocky roads
  • Sudden acceleration, such as when overtaking, can cause the tires to lose traction even in dry conditions.

The concept behind the Hankook tires was somewhat justifiable, creating a tire that fits the specifications of various carmakers. However in doing so, it seems a lot of practical aspects were ignored, resulting in a tire that looks good on paper, but fails to deliver when required.

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Author: Matt Taylor

A 28 year old car guy that used to work in a car repair shop. I used to talk about tires because I had to, now I talk about them because I want to.

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