Nankang Econex NA1

The Nankang Econex NA1 is a Touring Summer tyre designed to be fitted to Passenger Cars.

Dry Grip 60%
Wet Grip 58%
Road Feedback 45%
Handling 38%
Wear 70%
Comfort 50%
Buy again 43%

Tyre review data from 5 tyre reviews averaging 52% over 15,200 miles driven.

The Econex NA1 is ranked 183rd of 228 Summer Touring tyres.

Latest Tyre Test Results

2023 Tyre Reviews Best Summer Tyres - 12th of 13 tyres

  • Positive - Fun tyre to drive, reasonable grip during dry handling.
  • Negative - Low wet grip overall, long wet and dry braking distance, oversteer balance in the dry and wet which is not ideal for the road, poor aquaplaning resistance, high rolling resistance.
  • Overall - The Nankang Econex NA1 was next up, considerably better than the Doublecoin but perhaps not a tyre that could be classified as great as it had long braking distances in the dry and wet, poor aquaplaning resistance, high noise and a high rolling resistance. It would however make a fun 16" dry weather track tyre if you don't want to fit a semi slick.
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Are Budget Tyres Finally Good Enough? 8 Cheap Tyres VS 1 Premium Tyre - 3rd of 9 tyres

  • Overall - As we've seen in other tests, the Nankang Econex NA-1 objectively performed well, for the price point it had good grip in grip tests, and had good aquaplaning resistance and low noise, however subjectively it was one of the tricker tyres to drive on the VW Golf test car, with a rapid transition between grip and oversteer. If you want a fun, cheap, track day tyre in a 16" wheel size, this is the tyre for you.
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2015 Test World Summer Tyre Test - 14th of 15 tyres

  • Positive - Good resistance to aquaplaning
  • Negative - Weak grip and poor handling on wet surfaces. Low level of comfort
  • Overall - The Nankang Econex NA-1 have long braking distances and a very weak lateral grip on wet surfaces. Sharp manoeuvres are unlikely to succeed because the tyres can dramatically lose contact with the road. However, they have good resistance to aquaplaning. In the dry the situation is somewhat better, but they don't cope well enough with emergency situations. Not very effective at absorbing road irregularities, and noise is clearly audible in the cabin. Only average fuel economy.
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Size Price Range  
165/80 R13 £66.83 - £66.83 (1 Prices) Compare Prices >>
175/65 R15 £66.47 - £66.47 (1 Prices) Compare Prices >>
185/65 R15 £68.45 - £68.45 (1 Prices) Compare Prices >>
195/65 R15 £66.44 - £73.08 (3 Prices) Compare Prices >>
215/60 R16 £85.46 - £85.46 (1 Prices) Compare Prices >>
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Top 3 Nankang Econex NA1 Reviews

Given 10% while driving a Peugeot 3008 (215/60 R16) on mostly motorways for 2,000 average miles
Never had so bad tyres before. After fitting 2 front tyres I drove about 200 miles on motorway. With speed 60-70 mph I had feeling I'm driving on thin ice (middle of the summer). First I thought it's because the tyres are new. Week later I went abroad for a long journey (1800 miles) the car was very unstable on dry road and I had that nasty feeling I'm driving on ice. After my arrival I just bought different tyres and the problem disappeared. I'm not recommending Nankang econex na-1 tyres and I'll never buy them again.
Helpful 11 - tyre reviewed on October 4, 2023
Given 62% while driving a Volkswagen Golf (195/65 R15 H) on a combination of roads for 500 average miles
I took a chance with Nankang as it was the only tyre in my price range at the time... I've since done approx 500 miles so not enough chance for them to wear in fully... They seem fairly decent for £45 fitted for the 195/65/R15 size. They seem very planted when it comes to deep standing water but cornering in the wet leaves a little to be desired. They feel a little lacklustre and can sometimes run wide with no warning. Last time I experienced a tyre like this was the Toyo Nano Energy 3's and they were truly a terrible tyre (worse than budgets I have had in the past), so lets hope they don't turn into the Toyo disaster that happened last time. If they last longer than my last set of tyres (Nexen N'Blue HD Plus) I will be satisfied. Will report back with Further findings once they have worn in fully!
Helpful 24 - tyre reviewed on October 26, 2020
Given 77% while driving a Citroën xsara picasso (185/65 R15) on a combination of roads for 500 easy going miles
Decent tyres for the price.
Handle the road well both dry and wet conditions.
Comfortable drive but not the quietest.
Would reccomend 100%
Helpful 23 - tyre reviewed on November 28, 2019
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Toyota (175/65 R15) on a combination of roads for 12,000 easy going miles
Super tyres for handling. Came with only 6mm tread when new, and the little transverse fins are only 4mm so when the main 3 radial grooves are half worn the left and right edges are about bald. Need to replace at 12k miles when I usually get 18k
Helpful 24 - tyre reviewed on June 15, 2018
Given 50% while driving a Skoda Estelle 130 (165/80 R13) on mostly country roads for 200 average miles
Its hard to get a decent 165 R13 tyre these days. Its either no-name budget tyres or £200 plus per tyre specialist ones. What happened to the middle ground? These tyres are pretty much it for that area now.

I bought two for my Skoda Estelle 130. They went on the rear, but honeslly the handling is now horrible - the sidewall is too soft so the car feels like its on a waterbed, wobbling and lurching. So I moved them to the front and here they are tolerable.

Its like Nankang never bothered to actulaly try these tyres on the road and just made them and sold them. I ended up ordering Vreidestein Sprint + online but these are now discontinued. The Spring + are fine, no lurching.

To sum up, Nankang sucks the fun out of driving and leaves your passengers feeling queasy.
Helpful 27 - tyre reviewed on March 21, 2018
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