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Hankook's Kinergy 4S 2 all-season tires prove to be award-winning once again

2020. 12. 09

In independent tire tests conducted by various European trade magazines, the Hankook Kinergy 4S 2 once again demonstrated its impressive performance capabilities this year. With more than 20 years of development expertise in the field of all-season treads, the tire maker is one of the global pioneers in this field. The independently determined test results of the European trade press speak for themselves.

Neu-Isenburg, Germany, December 9, 2020 – With the all-season passenger car tire Kinergy 4S 2, which is also available in an SUV version as the Kinergy 4S 2 X, premium maker Hankook offers a product for customers who want to avoid having to change tires twice a year, but still want to be able to drive safely all year round. The editors of the German car magazine Auto Bild Allrad praised the Hankook Kinergy 4S 2 as this year's winner of their all-season tire test, commenting: "All-round talent with excellent driving characteristics in all weather conditions, dynamic handling characteristics, harmonious steering behavior as well as short snow and wet braking distances".

The V-shaped tread pattern and the ultra-modern tread compound, which consists of components made from natural oils, also won over the testers of its sister magazine Auto Bild. "Convincing driving characteristics on wet roads, good snow qualities, short wet and dry braking distances, very good reserves in case of aquaplaning," was the conclusion of the editorial team, who granted the Hankook Kinergy 4S 2 the overall rating of "Good". The experts from the online magazine Tyre Reviews described the Hankook all-weather pattern as "highly recommended" and also affirmed its very balanced characteristics. The tire also convinced the test editors of the British car magazine Auto Express, who recommended it for purchase to its readers.

2020 season test results:



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Test result:


Auto Bild Allrad

Kinergy 4S 2

215/60 R16

Test winner, exemplary


Tyre Reviews

Kinergy 4S 2

225/45 R17

Highly recommended

2020 All Season Tyre Test

Auto Express

Kinergy 4S 2

225/45 R17

Purchase recommendation


Auto Bild

Kinergy 4S 2

205/55 R16




With the Kinergy 4S 2, premium tire maker Hankook has developed an all-season specialist for various weather and temperature conditions. Now in its fifth generation, the Kinergy 4S 2 offers an even more balanced and consistent performance. The tire is aimed especially towards quality and cost-conscious drivers who want to do without the six-monthly tire change, but still want year-round balanced performance and safety. Particularly in view of the increasingly changeable weather conditions in Europe, as well as predominant use in a more urban environments, the tire offers an attractive alternative for ensuring year-round mobility in compliance with the law. Thanks to the snowflake symbol (3PMSF), which has been mandatory for winter tires in Europe since January 2018, the tire can also be driven all year round in countries with situational or static winter tire requirements.

As an all-season tire, the Kinergy 4S 2 is a true all-rounder, combining the specific summer and winter features of a tire without temperature-related performance degradation. At the same time, it offers high reliability in wet, dry and snowy conditions. This is made possible by features such as the directional tread pattern. The V-shaped interlocking tread blocks ensure sufficient driving stability even in the cold season. They are complemented by extra wide, two-stage main drainage grooves, which allow water to drain to the sides even during heavy rain. The drainage system therefore prevents aquaplaning and is also able to channel slush out of the tread more effectively than before. These properties are supported by the tread compound of a high-density silica-polymer composite, which ensures excellent wet grip thanks to a proportion of natural oils and resins.