Falken Azenis FK520

The Falken FK520 is structurally stronger than the FK510 to improve steering precision and feedback, and is 10 percent lighter to improve unsprung mass and rolling resistance. It also improves dry and wet grip thanks to advanced compounding.

This tyre replaced the Falken Azenis FK510.

Dry Grip 92%
Wet Grip 88%
Road Feedback 87%
Handling 89%
Wear 79%
Comfort 88%
Buy again 93%

Tyre review data from 15 tyre reviews averaging 88% over 44,130 miles driven.

The Azenis FK520 is ranked 2nd of 74 Summer Max Performance tyres.

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2023 ACE / Gute Fahrt UHP Summer Tyre Test - 7th of 7 tyres

  • Overall - Good dry handling and low rolling resistance but slight weakness in wet handling and aquaplaning

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2023 AutoBild UHP Summer Tyre Test - 8th of 21 tyres

  • Positive - Convincing driving performance on dry roads, short wet and dry braking distances, quiet driving noise.
  • Negative - Limited cornering in the wet.
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2023 AZ UHP Summer Tyre Test - 6th of 10 tyres

  • Overall - The price-performance tip: Falken Azenis FK520. Although no longer fresh as a dew, the fairly priced tire remains within striking distance of the top products in the dry and masters the wet without any problems.
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Questions and Answers for the Falken Azenis FK520

2022-08-29 - Just purchased and ordered 4 Falken Azenis FK520 for my 2015 7 series BMW, and I am fitting them next week. They are replacing my Goodyear asymmetric 2 that handle well but have worn quite badly. My car is a heavy high speed and I go quite fast on the motorway and I cover huge miles.
There are very few reviews on your 520 tyre as it is new, and unlike the FK510, the reviews are not as encouraging. Your Azenis older FK510 has much better reviews fantastic grip in wet and dry and a seemingly better and more confident looking tread pattern than this new FK520 tyre, and I am wondering whether I have made the right decision. I have read all the advanced tech on the FK520 being stiffer and lighter but I am disappointed that wet braking and handling of the FK520 is lower than the FK510. I always expect that a new developed tyre should always be a significant improvement over the old one.
You have extensively tested your FK520 on the race track so please kindly let me know the how performance characteristics of this tyre over the FK510.to your reply.

Here at Tyre Reviews we've yet to test the new FK520 but we have every confidence in Falken delivering a tyre that performs better than its predecessor the FK510. The FK520 has only been in one proper test so far where it still finished ahead of a Pirelli tyre so we expect the tyre to perform at least as well as the FK510 did when it's tested more in 2023.

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Top 3 Falken Azenis FK520 Reviews

Audi A3 2.0 TDI 140 (/45 R17) on a combination of roads for 100 average miles
I was very surprised by the comfort of the new tyres. My previous tyres were the fk510 and they were hard as hell, felt every crack in the road. The handling in dry and wet conditions are very good, and the cars feels sporty and good in rhe tight curves. Hope they will last as long as fk510 (around 35k km)
Helpful 177 - tyre reviewed on April 1, 2022
Given 80% while driving a Renault Megane RS265 (235/35 R19) on a combination of roads for 2,500 spirited miles
Great tire in the dry, but not that good in the wet. After about 15 minutes or so of "spirited" driving on the dry B roads, the tires drastically lose their grip. They start squealing in the sharp corners when they previously didn't. I bought them because I wanted a "price-performance" tire and they do the job okay. If you're serious about driving I would choose Michelin Sport 4s or Continental SportContact 7. If I would be buying again, I wouldn't buy these tires and would just go for the more expensive tires. But if you are a casual driver I would totally recommend these tires.
Helpful 29 - tyre reviewed on July 10, 2022
Given 90% while driving a Volvo XC60 (235/65 R17) on mostly country roads for 2,000 average miles
About a month ago I fitted a pair of the new Falken Azensis FK 520s to the front of my XC 60 D3 2wd. I have noticed a big improvement in the front-end feel with regard to the directness of steering and general smoothness on B roads. Really enjoyable to drive with these tyres and on a recent run-up to the Highlands of Scotland tank to tank filling came out at 45MPG which is better than before. Tyre size is 235 65 17
Helpful 23 - tyre reviewed on July 13, 2022
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Given 93% while driving a Lexus ISF (245/40 R19) on a combination of roads for 30 spirited miles
These are cheaper than the ps4s and after my front PS4S had worn I decided to change. I had Falken fk510's before which I loved on my previous car (Type R) so when Falken introduces the new FK520's I knew I had to buy these. Without any air in them they already have stiffer sidewalls. The turn in and steering responsiveness is way better than the PS4S you feel it straight away ! It is a harder compound tyre so u do need to warm them up slowly but overall it is an improvement !
Helpful 14 - tyre reviewed on May 16, 2023
Given 77% while driving a Audi a5 3.0 tdi quattro sport (255/35 R19) on mostly country roads for 10,000 spirited miles
A great balance of safety, price, wear and handling.
Helpful 8 - tyre reviewed on May 8, 2023
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Given 82% while driving a Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X (245/40 R18) on mostly country roads for 2,000 spirited miles
I have them on my Evo X for a few months and I am very pleased with them. Grip is good and they seem to be a very progresive tyre. Comfort seems above average for a UHP. I had two sets of Hankook S1 Evo 2 that have been amaizing, with exceptional feedback and very good handling, both attributes that are better than the Falkens. Overall, I would have bought them over the FK520, but that doesnt mean that the Falkens are not good. But my next set will definetly be the S1 Evo 3, Hankook in my opinion is the king of value-performance. Yet again, the FK520 are very good tyres, but they don't give me the feeling of the S1 Evo 2. Maybe they will have better wear than the Hankooks, as that was a weak point on the S1 Evo 2.
Helpful 14 - tyre reviewed on February 17, 2023
Given 100% while driving a Skoda (225/45 R17) on for 10,000 miles
I'm coming back after 2 months, having done 10,000 kilometers. Because the car is professional. The tires are very good. Better than when I first put them on in terms of comfort. After the temperature has dropped, I have to say that they work perfectly in the grip, and with 8 degrees Celsius. since they have really warmed up! I'm very impressed for a summer tire how well it works at lower temperatures. after 12000 kilometers of wear and still it's like new if you're a fan of michelin I think the fk520 is a worthy competitor.
Helpful 17 - tyre reviewed on January 12, 2023
Given 95% while driving a Skoda (225/45 R17) on mostly town for 1,500 average miles
Amazing in the dry! In the wet it's just as good. I faced a slippery road with good traction. From a comfortable end, it's very quiet. A little hard in potholes on the Greek roads, but the hard sides are to blame. However, they make the car feel like a train on rails when cornering. You feel like you've changed the suspension more sports. braking is perfect in the dry and in the wet. it warms up relatively quickly and then it's a different tire!
Helpful 18 - tyre reviewed on November 23, 2022
Given 96% while driving a Land Rover Range Rover Evoque (245/45 R20) on mostly country roads for 5,000 spirited miles
Have Range Rover Evoque, enjoying with 520’s Go even off-road with them, but mostly stay on road. Have them 5000 km and I will stay with Falken for sure. Now I bought Wildepeak AT3 WA for the winter. Will buy again, price was very good to.
Helpful 12 - tyre reviewed on November 12, 2022
Given 100% while driving a Mercedes Benz E430 (235/40 R18) on mostly motorways for 0 average miles
I practice a more relaxed driving style. At the same time, when overtaking with a car with a powerful V8 engine, the tires are stable and precisely controlled, even in rainy weather conditions! The tires are very quiet, cabin noise became significantly less compared to Sailun Atrezzo UHP tires that were before. Of course, the price tag is more expensive than Sailun's, but it's worth it. The especially good news is that living in Estonia, September is already cool, the road surface is also colder, as a result of which the Sailun tire became hard, started to make a lot of internal noise and handling became worse (10-15C°). The Falken Azensis 520, on the other hand, has not changed its good qualities at these temperatures! This adds to tire grip on the autumn road and safer driving. I definitely recommend using these tires, especially for those who drive a lot on roads, because there the speeds of movement are high and the characteristics of the tire are more important.
Helpful 14 - tyre reviewed on September 5, 2022
Given 94% while driving a Volvo s60 D5 (163) (225/45 R17) on a combination of roads for 2,000 miles
I have been running these on the back of my Volvo as a pair. They are comfortable for daily use and not noisy at all. In terms of grip in my opinion they do really well and when pushing on they are predictable and controllable in the dry. In the wet they are also very stable. Can't comment on longevity as have only had them for 3 months on the rear so wear will be minimal. For the cost can't complain at all- near enough "established premium" manufacturers for a far less cost. I'd definitely but again.
Helpful 16 - tyre reviewed on July 22, 2022
Given 83% while driving a Toyota avensis 2.2 D cat (225/45 R18) on a combination of roads for 5,000 average miles
Saw a review of a person and want to share the totally opposite opinion with me. Have the tires since April 2022, drove them on dry, wet roads, highways, etc. My first impression is they need to be warm, they act very differently when driven after some time but this is kind of expected for UHP tires. I am a regular daily driver and they are OK, they definitely feel better once warmed up. Already had some tricky situations but grip was great and tires performed great. Would recommend them if you are doing moderate driving. For short daily commutes I would not recommend, you won’t get the best out of them.
Helpful 22 - tyre reviewed on July 20, 2022
Given 83% while driving a Skoda (225/45 R17) on a combination of roads for 1,500 spirited miles
Great tyres, have them fitted to my Octavia vrs. They manage to find grip everywhere on every road surface I've tried over the last 1500 miles from freshly laid tarmac (usually greasy) to twisty country lanes covered in crap. They have spun a couple of times in the wet although that's to be expected with a torquey motor when you get on the throttle in 2nd. Handling characteristics are great, they are forgiving and let you know the before they give a bit of understeer.
Helpful 21 - tyre reviewed on July 4, 2022