Hankook Winter i pike RS2

The Hankook Winter i pike RS2 is a Premium Touring Winter tyre designed to be fitted to Passenger Cars.

Tyre review data from 2 tyre reviews averaging 81% over 2,450 miles driven, and 5 tests with an average result of 6th.

Dry Grip 75%
Wet Grip 85%
Road Feedback 65%
Handling 75%
Wear 90%
Comfort 65%
Buy again 90%
Snow Grip 100%
Ice Grip 80%

The Winter i pike RS2 is unranked of 66 Winter Premium Touring tyres.

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Tests Included

5

Best Result

4th

Worst Result

7th

Average Result

6th

Latest Tyre Test Results

2023 Studded Tyre Test
6th of 8 tyres
  • The South Korean tyre is one of the oldest in the group. In previous tests, Hankook had prioritized winter road conditions, but this time we find that wet grip has been improved since the last test. It stops better than any other tyre on wet roads and handles hydroplaning well. However, Hankook lags behind in the ice rounds.
    Under pressure, Hankook easily breaks into a skid with an erratic behavior that is consistent across all surfaces.
    On dry roads, the steering feel is vague and also lacks straight-line stability. However, it rolls more easily than the new tyres and has an acceptable noise level.
    At the right price, this is a reasonable option for those who prioritize economy.
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2021 Studless and Studded Winter Tyre Test
7th of 16 tyres
  • [Studded] Good on snow and ice, good wet handling.
  • Poor in the dry.
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2020 Studded Winter Tyre Test
4th of 8 tyres
  • Good grip on snow and ice, good braking in the dry and wet.
  • Unbalanced handling at the limit.
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Given 63% while driving a Renault (215/65 R16) on mostly country roads for 950 easy going miles
I bought the Hankooks a couple of months ago and are now driving them through their first winter. Can’t comment on tyre wear yet, but we had a fair bit of snowy and icy roads, slush, dry and wet roads with temperatures from +5 down to -18. I’ve driven them for almost 2 months now.
So this is an initial ”first impression”.

Snowy and icy roads:
They are actually quite good for the price. Good braking and traction on ice and snow, I would say they are exemplary on snow and good on ice but not exemplary.
But if you drive calmy on ice, no problem. Even soft and big lumps of snow are no problem. Have driven through heavy snowfall on unplowed roads and they feel secure and safe. I would recommend them for winter roads.

Dry or wet roads: They are not sensitive to heavy rain fall, no aquaplaning. Feels secure in the wet. However, I’m not happy about how they drives on dry road. They wanders on the road so I have to correct and compensate with the steering. They feels squishy, unprecise and are very noisy. Driving on them for some hours is tiresome.

Rolling resistance is low, can’t say I notice any difference from driving on my summer tires there (GoodYear Effecientgrip 2 SUV). Similar fuel consumption.
Helpful 18 - tyre reviewed on December 9, 2023
Given 97% while driving a Volvo S70 T5 (205/55 R16 T) on a combination of roads for 1,500 spirited miles
-The best winter tire I've driven so far (and there is plenty), pretty huge improvement on ice handling compared to iPike RS due to the added studs and a new pattern, you can really push your limits in corners before it start to lose side grip, but even then it corrects so fast and easy, losing the rear end is almost impossible even with a little help from the handbrake.

-Day to day driving in at normal conditions, feels pretty much the same as driving at summer. Even while having 250 horses front the front wheels, I don't really find any trouble on accelerating harder. Braking distance feels as good as it can feel with an older car ABS only.

-Tire noise was quite surprising, inside the car, can't really tell if I'm running studs or not. Comfort, well its there as the 55 profile suggest.

-Can't really say about the wear yet, but if these have anything in common with the previous iPikes, they will last you for few years easily.

I was so happy for these tires that I bought a new set for my fiancee too, and even she was impressed. At its price point I can only recommend these.
Helpful 77 - tyre reviewed on December 10, 2018
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