Hankook K425 Kinergy Eco

The Hankook K425 Kinergy Eco is a Touring Summer tyre designed to be fitted to Passenger Cars.

This tyre has been replaced by the Hankook Kinergy Eco 2.

Tyre Reviews

Dry Grip 83%
Wet Grip 77%
Road Feedback 77%
Handling 74%
Wear 72%
Comfort 77%
Buy again 67%

Tyre review data from 49 tyre reviews averaging 75% over 780,364 miles driven.

The K425 Kinergy Eco is ranked 43rd of 211 Summer Touring tyres.

Latest Tyre Test Results

2016 ADAC Tyre Test - 185/65 R15 - 5th of 16 tyres

  • Positive - Very balanced, particularly good in the dry
  • Negative - None mentioned
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2016 ACE Mid Range Summer Tyre Test - 2nd of 10 tyres

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2015 European Tyre Test 205/55 R16 - 16th of 19 tyres

  • Positive - Top marks in fuel consumption and noise
  • Negative - Weak in the wet, high wear
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2016 Tyre Tests

  • 2nd: 2016 ACE Mid Range Summer Tyre Test (195/65 R15)
  • 5th: 2016 ADAC Tyre Test - 185/65 R15 (185/65 R15)
  • 2015 Tyre Tests

  • 2nd: 2015 Auto Bild Top 18 Summer Tyre Test (185/60 R15)
  • 5th: 2015 Market Overview - Braking Test (185/60 R15)
  • 6th: 2015 European Tyre Test 185/60R14 (185/60 R14)
  • 16th: 2015 European Tyre Test 205/55 R16 (205/55 R16)
  • 2014 Tyre Tests

  • 2nd: 2014 ADAC 175/65 R14 Summer Tyre Test (175/65 R14)
  • 3rd: 2014 ADAC 195/65 R15 Summer Tyre Test (195/65 R15)
  • 2013 Tyre Tests

  • 6th: 2013 ACE Summer Touring Tyre Test (195/65 R15)
  • 7th: 2013 54 Tyre Braking Test (195/65 R15)
  • 12th: 2013 European Summer Touring Tyre Test (185/60 R15)
  • 2012 Tyre Tests

  • 6th: 2012 ACE Touring Summer Tyre Test (205/55 R16)
  • 10th: 2012 European Summer Tyre Test - 205/55 R16 (205/55 R16)
  • 10th: 2012 European Summer Tyre Test - 165/70 R14 (165/70 R14)
  • 2011 Tyre Tests

  • 11th: 2011 European Summer Tyre Test - 195/65 R15 (195/65 r15)
  • Size Fuel Wet Noise Weight
    155/70 R13 75T OE E C 68 5.22kgs
    155/70 R13 75T OE E C 69 5.21kgs
    185/55 R14 80H REP C B 70 6.71kgs
    165/60 R14 75H REP E C 69 5.87kgs
    165/60 R14 75H OE E B 68 5.68kgs
    165/60 R14 75H OE E C 69 5.94kgs
    165/60 R14 75T REP E C 69 5.87kgs
    175/60 R14 79H REP E C 69 6.31kgs
    185/60 R14 82T REP C B 69 6.63kgs
    185/60 R14 82H REP E B 69 7.18kgs
    195/60 R14 86H REP C B 69 7.43kgs
    155/65 R14 75T REP E C 69 5.65kgs
    165/65 R14 79T REP E C 69 6.09kgs
    175/65 R14 82H REP C C 69 6.60kgs
    175/65 R14 82T OE B C 65 6.24kgs
    175/65 R14 86T XL REP C C 69 6.82kgs
    175/65 R14 82T REP E B 69 7.06kgs
    175/65 R14 82T REP E B 69 7.10kgs
    185/65 R14 86H REP C B 69 6.95kgs
    185/65 R14 86T REP C B 69 6.96kgs
    185/65 R14 86T REP C B 69 6.94kgs
    165/70 R14 81T REP E B 69 6.63kgs
    165/70 R14 85T XL REP E C 69 6.19kgs
    165/70 R14 81T OE E B 69 6.50kgs
    165/70 R14 81T OE E E 69 6.38kgs
    165/70 R14 81T OE B C 64 6.10kgs
    175/70 R14 84T REP E C 69 6.54kgs
    175/70 R14 88T XL REP C C 69 6.80kgs
    185/70 R14 88T REP E C 69 7.00kgs
    195/70 R14 91T REP C C 69 7.65kgs
    175/80 R14 88T REP E C 69 7.11kgs
    175/50 R15 75H OE E C 69 6.44kgs
    195/50 R15 82H REP C B 69 7.30kgs
    175/55 R15 77T REP C B 69 6.68kgs
    175/55 R15 77T REP E B 69 6.73kgs
    185/55 R15 82H REP C B 70 7.02kgs
    195/55 R15 85H REP C B 69 7.79kgs
    195/55 R15 85H REP C B 69 7.56kgs
    175/60 R15 81H REP C B 69 6.71kgs
    175/60 R15 81V REP C B 69 6.71kgs
    185/60 R15 84H OE C B 69 7.33kgs
    185/60 R15 88H XL REP C B 69 7.41kgs
    185/60 R15 84H REP E B 69 7.47kgs
    185/60 R15 84H OE C B 69 7.40kgs
    185/60 R15 88H XL OE B B 69 7.29kgs
    195/60 R15 88V REP C B 69 7.78kgs
    195/60 R15 88H REP C B 69 7.75kgs
    195/60 R15 88H REP C B 69 7.78kgs
    205/60 R15 91H REP B B 71 7.95kgs
    205/60 R15 91V REP B B 71 8.34kgs
    145/65 R15 72T REP E E 69 5.54kgs
    165/65 R15 81T REP E E 69 6.37kgs
    175/65 R15 84H OE C B 69 7.47kgs
    175/65 R15 84T REP C C 69 6.98kgs
    175/65 R15 88H XL OE C B 70 7.47kgs
    185/65 R15 92T XL REP C A 69 7.61kgs
    185/65 R15 88H OE C C 70 7.52kgs
    185/65 R15 88T REP C B 69 7.37kgs
    185/65 R15 88H REP E A 69 7.94kgs
    185/65 R15 88T REP C B 69 7.39kgs
    195/65 R15 95T XL REP B B 69 8.77kgs
    195/65 R15 91H OE C C 71 8.13kgs
    195/65 R15 91H OE B B 69 7.67kgs
    195/65 R15 91T REP C A 69 8.17kgs
    195/65 R15 95H XL REP A A 71 8.02kgs
    195/65 R15 91T REP C A 69 8.26kgs
    195/65 R15 91T OE B B 69 8.51kgs
    195/65 R15 91T OE E C 71 8.80kgs
    195/65 R15 91H OE C C 71 7.79kgs
    195/65 R15 95T XL REP C A 69 8.93kgs
    195/65 R15 91V REP C A 69 8.34kgs
    195/65 R15 91H REP C A 69 8.17kgs
    195/65 R15 91H OE C C 71 8.11kgs
    195/65 R15 95T XL REP C A 69 8.77kgs
    195/65 R15 91H OE C E 70 7.92kgs
    205/65 R15 94H REP B B 71 8.66kgs
    205/65 R15 94V REP C B 71 8.73kgs
    205/65 R15 99T XL REP B B 71 9.21kgs
    215/65 R15 96H REP C B 71 9.32kgs
    195/55 R16 87V OE E C 69 8.53kgs
    195/55 R16 87H REP C C 70 8.18kgs
    195/55 R16 87V REP C B 70 8.27kgs
    205/55 R16 91V REP C A 70 8.54kgs
    205/55 R16 91V REP C A 70 8.72kgs
    205/55 R16 91H REP B B 70 8.55kgs
    205/55 R16 94H XL REP B B 71 8.69kgs
    205/55 R16 91H REP B B 70 8.60kgs
    205/55 R16 91H OE C E 71 8.66kgs
    205/55 R16 91V REP C A 70 8.71kgs
    205/60 R16 92H REP B B 71 8.56kgs
    205/60 R16 92V OE C C 71 9.29kgs
    205/60 R16 92V OE C C 70 9.10kgs
    205/60 R16 92H REP B B 71 8.88kgs
    205/60 R16 92V REP B B 71 8.99kgs
    205/60 R16 92H OE C C 71 9.00kgs
    215/60 R16 95V OE C A 70 10.39kgs
    215/60 R16 99V XL REP B B 71 10.39kgs
    215/60 R16 99H XL REP B B 71 10.26kgs

    Questions and Answers for the Hankook K425 Kinergy Eco

    2017-05-19 - Hi, I see that there are 3 versions listed for the size 195/65 R15 91T, each with a different weight. How come? Thanks a lot.

    Different speed and load ratings, plus different manufacturing plants can result in different tyre weights.

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    Size Price Range  
    165/70 R14 £47.49 - £85.40 (19 Prices) Compare Prices >>
    175/65 R14 £41.89 - £43.30 (2 Prices) Compare Prices >>
    185/65 R15 £55.39 - £105.90 (14 Prices) Compare Prices >>
    195/65 R15 £50.69 - £97.20 (42 Prices) Compare Prices >>
    205/55 R16 £60.29 - £187.70 (10 Prices) Compare Prices >>
    Available in 17 tyre sizes - View all.

    Top 3 Hankook K425 Kinergy Eco Reviews

    Given 80% while driving a Toyota Prius (225/45 R17) on mostly town for 13,000 average miles
    Been satisfied with these tyre,but not good wear on front tyres,down to 4mm after 13K MILES,not very good.
    Helpful 208 - tyre reviewed on September 27, 2016
    Given 41% while driving a (195/65 R17) on a combination of roads for 1,000 average miles
    These are the worst tyres I have ever had in my whole life and I have been driving for decades. I googled the reviews on these before buying them. However, nobody mentioned the noise level ! And they are not cheap tyres either. I cannot bear the noise inside the car since I got these tyres. Everybody is asking me what happened my car - the noise is horrific in the cabin - particularly at speed on the open road. You have to shout at each other just to talk. The noise is so unbearable that I am considering replacing the tyres with a known brand, even though these tyres are new and only have 1000 done on them. Also, even though they are new, the noise is progressively getting worse. Regarding other aspects, they are fine, but my driving is a misery since I got them. All in all, I think nobody should buy these tyres and this is the first time I have ever reviewed anything. But be warned. Only a deaf person could be happy with these tyres.
    Helpful 50 - tyre reviewed on February 8, 2018
    Given 53% while driving a MINI Cooper (225/45 R17) on a combination of roads for 1,500 spirited miles
    Not wanting the poor ride quality of run-flat tyres when ordering a new Mini I specified the smallest 16inch wheels as they came with high profile conventional tyres.
    What I did not know was that the tyres would be eco tyres. Oh dear the Hankook Kinergy Eco tyres are like concrete. Similar in feel to run-flats.
    Please be aware that nearly all the tests are from German magazines and they seem to accept a restless uncomfortable ride on anything other than autobahns.
    I would never buy or recommend these tyres if you are interested in ride comfort. On most British A and B roads I consider them unfit for purpose..
    Helpful 43 - tyre reviewed on May 8, 2018
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    Latest Hankook K425 Kinergy Eco Reviews

    Given 50% while driving a Hyundai elantra (195/65 R15) on mostly motorways for 0 spirited miles
    I had Hyundai Elantra 2020 I just fitted those tyres today , i had continental cc6 before Once i drove my car with the new ones on the start with slow speed i was amazed with its quietness and ease of handling but as i left the city and drove on the highway and just approached just above 60 miles the sound of the tyres was very annoying It was a frustrating experience to me since i look for a quiet smooth and fast ride but with those horrible tyres it is just like a nightmare to me a loud rigid knocking like sound I'm not sure what to do next But i never ever buy hankook tyres again
    Helpful 1 - tyre reviewed on September 26, 2022
    Given 43% while driving a Toyota Corolla AE101 (175/65 R14) on a combination of roads for 10,000 average miles
    car drove like a boat and was not fun to drive. uncomfortable and not as quiet as advertised (reason i buy the tire) handling and cornering is sloppy and slippery when wet. price was ok (about€50 per tire) but for the same money you can buy better ones.
    Helpful 3 - tyre reviewed on July 15, 2022
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    Hyundai (205/55 R16) on a combination of roads for 50,000 spirited miles
    These are the tyres that came with the car when new. I have since purchased a new set after 80.000 kms (50k miles). Tires perform quite well, good amounts of grip on both dry and wet surfaces and they last a lot (upon replacement after 80k kms, they still had roughly half the tread) The car feels stable even at high speeds. The only thing I'm not crazy about is that these tires are noisier than others I've used on similar cars. The car itself has pretty decent sound isolation so it's not a big deal, but you can still hear them a lot when over 130-140 km/H
    Helpful 5 - tyre reviewed on August 9, 2021
    Given 88% while driving a Citroën c2 (225/45 R17) on a combination of roads for 2,000 spirited miles
    Tyres seem best I've had grip good no problems. I drive hard and gently. Best tyres i've had
    Helpful 8 - tyre reviewed on April 24, 2020
    Given 94% while driving a Hyundai elantra (225/45 R17) on a combination of roads for 31,000 average miles
    Hankook Kinergy Eco was a good overall tyre. I have use these tyres for about 6 years. I've changed them this week due to the age, not because of wear problems. The wear of the tyre it was really good. The sidewall was pretty strong, and the dry handling was good. To be noticed that the tyre it's not made for fast driving, but in the corners the car using these tyres was really stable. The speed coefficient it's H, and I was able to test the tyres at 210 kph. No vibration, the car was really stable at that speed also. From what I know, now it's available a new generation on the market, Kinergy Eco 2. I do not know much about this new gen, but the first gen I can really recommend, especially if you do a lot of miles.
    Helpful 5 - tyre reviewed on March 14, 2020
    Given 76% while driving a Suzuki Swift (165/70 R14 T) on a combination of roads for 6,820 average miles
    In my opinion, a very good tire. It adheres very well on dry road surfaces and is very quiet. My car's fuel consumption is also very favorable to it. Compared to your knowledge, the price is good! The only drawback is that you lose a bit of grip on wet roads!
    Helpful 17 - tyre reviewed on March 31, 2019
    Given 66% while driving a Kia Motors ceed (205/55 R16 H) on a combination of roads for 21,000 average miles
    Until 2 years ago, I'd only owned fast petrol hatchbacks. To save on running costs I switched to a diesel estate; so my view on noise may be unfounded.
    I am writing this after having driven on Hankook Kinergy Eco K425s for nearly 2 years and over 20,000 miles.

    For the daily grind, which in my case involves motorway & v slow city traffic these tyres have been fine.
    Wet grip is good, I've not had any aquaplaning.
    Dry grip is good, I've not felt the car loose traction
    Braking is v.good, in the few emergency stops I've had to make, the car has stopped quickly without skidding.
    Snow/Ice grip is average. I could feel the car slipping when driving through the back roads, but always had enough traction to keep moving.
    Road noise is poor, especially at motorway speeds. Not so bad that I wanted to change the tyres, just noisier than tyres I'd been used to.

    I'm just changing the tyres now, after 2 years of use they are down to between 2.6mm & 3mm. I know you can legally drive to 1.6mm but it's also common knowledge that wet stopping distance suffers a lot, well before then.

    Overall not a bad tyre for the price if your car blocks out external noise.
    Helpful 11 - tyre reviewed on March 16, 2018
    Peugeot 207 1.4 16v (185/65 R15) on a combination of roads for 4,000 spirited miles
    Good tires with no obvious weaknesses. For this price, great value, more than good. With normal driving and a bit agressive, no issues on dry and wet. Recommended for 15”.
    Helpful 17 - tyre reviewed on December 5, 2017
    Given 74% while driving a Fiat 1.2 16V (165/70 R14 T) on a combination of roads for 10,000 easy going miles
    Suprisingly good on dry, excelent on wet. Producing terrible noise in cabin. For 24 years driving experience never heard so noisy tires (Except maybe winter Debica Frigo)
    Driving on this tires is beautiful experience but only when radio is set to loud.
    Helpful 11 - tyre reviewed on October 22, 2017
    Given 93% while driving a Volkswagen Passat 1.9Tdi (185/65 R14 T) on a combination of roads for 27,000 miles
    This is a second set of Hankooks for me. First one was Optimo K715, which are good tires, too, but for me, K425 Kinergy Eco are awesome! If you are normal, enjoy-driving rider, this is tire for you! Comparing the price, performances and lasting, Ecos are out of competition, an absolute champions in their category!
    Helpful 10 - tyre reviewed on October 16, 2017
    Given 88% while driving a Honda Accord (195/60 R14 H) on mostly town for 300 spirited miles
    I have fitted these to replace Michelin Energy E3A as well as Energy Saver+ (I had two sets of wheels).

    K425s are very comfortable tyres. Their shock absorption is slightly better than both Michelins and vibration when driving has been reduced quite a bit. Rebound after passing the gap is managed really well, not like pogo stick and they settle quickly. Noise is very quiet compare to Michelins, too. I can hear them slightly however, they are similar to air noise when driving and not annoying at all. Even on rough tarmac surfaces, the noise level doesn't go up or change much, which is rather impressive. Comfort wise, I feel as if my car had a upgrade to more expensive saloon.

    At low to mid speed range, initial turn in response is not as sharp as Michelins, or I could say mild, not like those more sporty tyres such as BS Potenza. However, once the car starts turning with adequate roll, K425s hold very well and are stable throughout the corner. Also it is easy to keep the line I aim at than Michelins. At motorway speed, K425 are easy to keep the straight line however, I feel Michelins are slightly better. On the high speed corner, K425s are excellent, similar to at lower speed as above, and I felt confident jumping into the bends.

    In the wet, I haven't had much chance to push K425 but I didn't feel any uneasiness so far. As a trial, I intentionally drove only one side of tyres into large puddles on the road several times but there were no disturbance to the steering wheel, which is very different from Michelins.

    Most impressive aspect of K425s is their low rolling resistance, in my case. In several occasions, when I am following the car in front with throttle off, I need to use brakes as my car keeps on going without losing the momentum than other cars in the traffic. It is evident when I am driving down hill, even if it is very slight, I could close the throttle and my car keeps on gliding. As expected, the mpg went up about 10%. This is partially because E3A has relatively high rolling resistance however, it is great news to me.

    Overall, K425s are very comfortable tyres and I highly recommend considering the cheaper price than those top brand tyres - as the moment I don't feel any reason to pay more to by Michelin or Continentals. Its response when turning in is not as good as more sporty tyres however, for family car users these are safe and comfortable option.
    Helpful 11 - tyre reviewed on August 1, 2017
    Given 84% while driving a Ford Fiesta (175/65 R14) on mostly country roads for 10,000 spirited miles
    Very pleased with these tyres. I mostly drive on twisty country roads and I really push hard on them and have yet to find the edge of grip. Car is lowered on coilovers and for this size wheel i cant get better tyres! I have no tread left after this time but these lasted a couple months longer than other tyres with my driving style. Pushed them on a little in the wet the other day and although nearly bald they kept me safe. The only downside in my opinion is the flowers on the sidewall.
    Helpful 5 - tyre reviewed on June 27, 2017