Nexen N Blue HD+

The Nexen N Blue HD Plus is a High Performance Summer tyre designed to be fitted to Passenger Cars.

Tyre Reviews

Dry Grip 83%
Wet Grip 80%
Road Feedback 78%
Handling 77%
Wear 77%
Comfort 83%
Buy again 82%

Tyre review data from 59 tyre reviews averaging 80% over 459,710 miles driven.

The N Blue HD+ is ranked 34th of 195 Summer High Performance tyres.

Latest Tyre Test Results

2021 Auto Bild 16 Inch Summer Tyre Test - 20th of 20 tyres

  • Positive - STable safe handling and short braking in the dry, low price.
  • Negative - Slow steering and understeer in the wet, average wear.
  • Overall - Acceptable.
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2021 53 Summer Tyre Braking Test - 15th of 53 tyres

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2019 AMS Summer SUV Tyre Test - 10th of 11 tyres

  • Positive - Acceptable handling.
  • Negative - Relatively wea dry and wet grip.
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2021 Tyre Tests

  • 15th: 2021 53 Summer Tyre Braking Test (205/55 R16)
  • 20th: 2021 Auto Bild 16 Inch Summer Tyre Test (205/55 R16)
  • 2019 Tyre Tests

  • 10th: 2019 AMS Summer SUV Tyre Test (215/55 R17)
  • 2018 Tyre Tests

  • 8th: 2018 Gute Fahrt Summer Tyre Test (205/55 R16)
  • 13th: 2018 ADAC Summer Tyre Test - 205/55 R16 (205/55 R16)
  • 31st: 2018 AutoBild Summer Tyre Overview (195/65 R15)
  • 2017 Tyre Tests

  • 7th: 2017 Mid Range Tyre Test (205/55 R16)
  • 2016 Tyre Tests

  • 1st: 2016 ACE Mid Range Summer Tyre Test (195/65 R15)
  • 12th: 2016 Market Overview - Braking Test (205/55 R16)
  • 13th: 2016 ADAC Tyre Test - 185/65 R15 (185/65 R15)
  • 13th: 2016 AutoBild Summer Tyre Test (205/55 R16)
  • 2015 Tyre Tests

  • 4th: 2015 Auto Bild Top 18 Summer Tyre Test (185/60 R15)
  • 6th: 2015 Market Overview - Braking Test (185/60 R15)
  • 10th: 2015 ACE Summer Touring Tyre Test (205/55 R16)
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    Questions and Answers for the Nexen N Blue HD Plus

    2016-12-26 - I have just purchased the Nexen N Blue HD 255/55/R17 for my VW Tiguan to replace the worn out Purelli. I was told to keep both the front and back infalted at 32. However when I exceed a certain speed, say 60mph, they tend to become rather noisy, giving that 'unsafe' feeling. Moreover they give the impression that they are a bit 'flat'. I inflated them up to 36, both front and back, and the noise, though still audible, decreased a lot. Any idea whether it is ok to have them inflated at 36, and whether they can give a better performance if inflated a bit more, say 38 front and 40 back?

    While it's always advisable to start with the manufacturer's recommended pressures, there is scope to move tyre pressures safely a few PSI in either direction depending on personal preference. That said, moving the tyres, especially the rear up to 40 psi will reduce overall grip at the rear and likely give you uneven, centre wear, which could result in noise as the tyres wear down, so any extreme adjustments you make need to be carefully considered and monitored.

    2017-05-15 - I am thinking of buying these Nexen tyres for my 1 yr old Suzuki Vitara (new model) would you recommend buying XL or 'reinforced' types as opposed to the normal tyres. There is no indication in the car's handbook as to which to buy. I live in the north of England where it rains about half of the year. Also, is there a tyre more suitable without spending a lot more as it is just used as a family runabout? Thought about Uniroyal as they seem to score higher for wet roads but wear out quite a lot faster and their dry performance is somewhat questionable. PS the car is the petrol model which has firmer suspension than the diesel (supported by Suzuki)

    As long as you meet the minimum load rating recommended by the manufacturer whether you order XL or not is down to preference, and whether to plan to carry heavy loads. In theory, the XL version of the Nexen N Blue HD+ will have a slightly better steering response while the non-XL version will have slightly better comfort.

    2018-11-30 - Hi I’ve just had these in 16” fitted to my combo van are these upto the job. As I asked the dealer for r16c’s as what was currently on the van.

    As long as they meet the size and load rating specified by the vehicle they are legal to fit, usually C (cargo) tyres have a higher load rating and stronger sidewalls so you might not have the right tyres fitted, it's worth double checking.

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    Size Price Range  
    185/60 R15 £43.89 - £103.10 (29 Prices) Compare Prices >>
    185/65 R15 £54.39 - £139.00 (38 Prices) Compare Prices >>
    195/55 R15 £46.39 - £90.20 (18 Prices) Compare Prices >>
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    Top 3 Nexen N Blue HD Plus Reviews

    Given 100% while driving a Audi 80 2.0E Sport (195/60 R14) on mostly country roads for 3,000 spirited miles
    Absolutely brilliant. Very good price, amazing grip wet and dry. Fitted to an old Audi which is very front heavy and is prone to understeer, never had any understeer or lack of grip since fitting and the car gets driven hard.
    Helpful 318 - tyre reviewed on June 15, 2016
    Given 67% while driving a Fiat Grande Punto 1.3Multijet 75bhp (225/45 R17) on mostly motorways for 15,000 spirited miles
    After 15000miles (20000km) tyres have changed in their attitude. First 10000miles were very good both wet & dry, but after that mark went through, even though the thread is still looking good - they started getting slips on wet surface. Please note - this isn't a drastic change, but a change for worse either way... They are good in dry&wet conditions - just that they were obviously better when new. Most tyres I've had so far were very good till hitting the 2-3mm thread, and here we are talking about a 5-6mm front 6-7mm rear thread. I hope they will not change any more - will do a comment after ending the tyres in two years time...

    Comfort - quite bad. Its not that they are very noisy, but You feel everything on the road - and no, the tyres are not overpumped. Also with nominal pressure for my car - the tyres look as if they are "flat". Easy to hit the rim when driving through kerbs. The sides of the tires are very slim, probably through weight reduction You get better economy, but the tyre doesn't give enough protection for the rim, and makes the tyre go "flat" with nominal pressure.

    Given the price the tyre isnt all that bad, wear could be a bit better, but then again dry&wet handling would suffer. The best thing about these tyres is that they are just made for highway driving - this is the first tyre for my car that helped with keeping a straight line when driving - the thread somehow makes the car keep driving straight instrad of going left-right with every wind gust on the highway.
    Helpful 56 - tyre reviewed on September 23, 2016
    Given 44% while driving a Volkswagen polo 2018 1.0 tsi 115 hp (215/45 R17) on mostly motorways for 7,000 average miles
    This is my second review of the tyres, at 11000 km, on a new 2018 Polo tsi 115 hp fitted from factory. Overall a poor choice by VW to fit these tyres to the car. Dry braking at speed, better not to speed as braking is scary,comfort has been lost although running on the lowest permissible by VW pressure, handling not so good, easily loosing grip, road noise increased considerably. Typical budget tyre and nothing more, I was expecting something much better by VW especially as first fitment to a brand new model!.Looking for Michelins ps4 or Conti PC 6 to replace them already.
    Helpful 44 - tyre reviewed on November 7, 2018
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    Given 84% while driving a Volkswagen Polo 1.4 TDI (195/55 R15) on a combination of roads for 3,000 average miles
    As my Falken ZIEX ZE914 EcoRun needed replacement, and I wanted more comfortable tyre, I decided to give it a try with these tyres because I was positively surprised with winter Nexen Winguard Snow G Wh2. First of all, I was little bit sceptical when I saw that they are produced in Czech Republic (winter ones Winguard Snow G Wh2 were produced in Korea), and speed index is ''V'', thread depth is around 6,5 mm, but as soon as I started driving over few bumps, I noticed that compound is much more softer than on Falken, and they are very quiet. On the opposite side if you push them to limit, side walls are also very soft and they will start to squeal. Ride is very safe in dry and wet, and you will have much confidence driving on them, especially enjoying on motorways in quiet and in comfort over the bumps. They are not sharp and precise on steering wheel like Falken, but they are like bubble gum, they stick to the road, so wear is going to be higher, but I wanted that. This is not sport tyre, they are excellent choice if you are looking for safe touring tyre, and you appreciate comfort and quietness over sportiness. Don't get me wrong, you can drive sporty and safe on them, but you will wear them very quickly. For the price, and for my wehicle I'm very satisfied.
    Helpful 0 - tyre reviewed on March 19, 2023
    Given 74% while driving a Kia Motors Rio 5 (185/65 R15) on mostly motorways for 39,500 spirited miles
    I left a previous reveiw earlier in the tyres' lives....and now i'm updating the long term view. At 63,500 km the four main tires are at 2mm tread remaining, so need to replace them. Spare is at 6mm. If i had started rotating in the spare from early on, the 5 tires may have made it to about 70,000km. Anyways, i can't find them to buy in my country, so i may have to get Firestone AS or Kumho Ecstas to replace them. No way am i buying Westlake or even Triangle if i can help it. I like my life, and my car needs good shoes to keep me safe.
    Helpful 2 - tyre reviewed on February 28, 2023
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    Given 74% while driving a Kia Motors Rio 5 (185/65 R15) on mostly motorways for 39,500 spirited miles
    I left a previous reveiw earlier in the tyres' lives....and now i'm updating the long term view. At 63,500 km the four main tires are at 2mm tread remaining, so need to replace them. Spare is at 6mm. If i had started rotating in the spare from early on, the 5 tires may have made it to about 70,000km. Anyways, i can't find them to buy in my country, so i may have to get Firestone AS or Kumho Ecstas to replace them. No way am i buying Westlake or even Triangle if i can help it. I like my life, and my car needs good shoes to keep me safe.
    Helpful 0 - tyre reviewed on February 28, 2023
    Given 86% while driving a Peugeot 508 SW 1.6 E HDI (215/60 R16) on a combination of roads for 35,000 average miles
    Had these for ca. 6 years and about 50-60k km, and only recently went for shredding. Can't say a bad word about them, having in mind that it is not sporty tire for horse power packed cars. Never had any major problems on dry or wet road, city or motorway speed. Even when worn the still produced reasonable traction and handled well on corners. Wears evenly, and ageing evenly ;) Yes, some may say a bit noisy, yes, on wet a bit worse than on dry (not a surprise as most tires will have same issue - wet road? Slow down a bit, simple), but overall excellent tires, great value for money! Comparing to Pirelli P7 I've had before? Nexen wins in wear (P7 were dissapearing with every 1k km) and no major difference in all other aspects. Now it's time for n'fera su4 - will see if they are 'better' as reviews suggest.
    Helpful 2 - tyre reviewed on February 20, 2023
    Given 56% while driving a Hyundai (215/60 R16) on a combination of roads for 50 spirited miles
    The tire has no sound and no noise, it is perfect for the person looking for comfort tires, no noise and sound. But the brake of this tyres is really very bad.
    Helpful 1 - tyre reviewed on February 4, 2023
    Given 37% while driving a Ford Kuga (235/55 R17) on mostly town for 22,000 easy going miles
    Purchased in Jan 2020 as my 2 front tyres and 22K miles later they need replacing ! Too soft and evenly worn to the legal limit - not great wear on these !
    Helpful 3 - tyre reviewed on October 2, 2022
    Given 70% while driving a Kia Motors Rio (195/55 R16) on a combination of roads for 28,000 average miles
    having read ALOT of reviews about these tyres before buying them in january 2021, I had a good idea what to expect. I have to say for the first couple hundred miles i thought I had made a terrible mistake as they felt hard and slipy on the road, but they soon wore in and have been very good tyres. overall they have been good. they have worn well and kept straight on the road. good handling at all speeds although I never went more than 100mph. grip is not so good in the wet than the dry but if you not racing or rallying and driving sensibly they are absolutely fine. I would certainly buy these again if I can find a set. I would not recommend these tyres for hard/fast driving. I'm only changing these tyres as i have about 2mm left on the tread.
    Helpful 6 - tyre reviewed on September 27, 2022
    Given 61% while driving a Toyota Avensis (215/55 R17) on a combination of roads for 5,000 average miles
    I am happy with the tires in terms of very good comfort, quiet. I have run normally, and not very high speed and very good response. The downside is that they wear out very quickly! After driving about 7-8000 km, the tread depth is now 4 mm! I have these tires on the front wheels, and another brand on the rear wheels. Maybee i can drive 12-13000 km total? (Then I take into account the pattern depth of 1.6 mm.) If i want to drive safely, I will probably replace the tires when the tread depth is 3 mm.
    Helpful 6 - tyre reviewed on June 12, 2022
    Given 47% while driving a Ford Focus MK1 (195/60 R15) on mostly country roads for 8,000 average miles
    Dissapointed. These are cheap, but not worth it. On hot days, you don't even have to go fast, and all you'll be hearing is the tires squeaking while losing grip. That makes them unusable to me as a summer tire.
    Helpful 6 - tyre reviewed on May 7, 2022
    Given 80% while driving a Kia Motors Rio 5 (185/65 R15) on a combination of roads for 22,360 spirited miles
    I got these tyres as OEM on my 2020 KIA Rio Hatchback. I previously had a 2019 Rio with the same tyres. Did over 9,000 miles on the 2019, but have so far done 22,360 miles on the 2020, and they are in great condition still. The Dry performance continues to be great for an H rated tyre, I don't drift or do burnouts (only 100 HP) so i dont't know how that would go LoL. What i can say for sure is the car tracks dead straight, and doesn't go wandering with every road imperfection (vertical cracks). The tyres will tell you exactly what kind of tarmac you are on (audible) but does not make a sound on their own (smooth tarmac is whisper quiet with windows up). My car has numb steering so the sound is helpful. When new, you can easily go twice as fast in the rain on a smooth highway compared to others (i never went above 110 km in the rain), but naturally in a thunderstorm, you better go based on visibility and common sense. Had to pull a 4" nail once from a front left (passed an inner city furniture shop way too often, it was a shortcut), but the tyres only kept losing pressure for weeks but never flattened or blew out, till i realized it was in there (doing 75 MPH regurlarly). I only needed to get it plugged. Very safe tyres. I've even gone "off-road" in them, dirt tracks and rocky rain-damaged country roads, no cracks or nothing. Tuff tyres for the money. The wet traction will not be as good as the tread goes down (simple physics), but the car still behaves predictably and has never snapped. I only rotated criss cross after 9,000 miles. I know, i just forgot dealerships don't rotate them for you (went to a tyre shop when i saw the front in-tread sipes disappear). Please note, they are bi-directional, but have an inside and outside wall, so pay attention. To prolong tyres, make sure to have them "oiled", and rebalanced during rotation. Don't be cheap just because the tyres are. Also, you can tell how the water drainage goes by how deep the sound of the water is. High pitch is minimal water, but deeper pitch means too much, so slow down. But if you're in a luxury vehicle, you may not hear anything so....good luck with that. I may have to choose a different tyre when these go off, mainly because they may be hard to find, and i want better tread life expectancy, as these are UTQG 360. Still, if that's average for AA traction then i guess not bad. I will buy again if i can find them newly made AND the price is still low (for e.g. the 185\65\R15 is a US$70 tyre (don't overpay). In case you're wondering, i'm driving these in JA, which has some of the oldest roads ever, tyres go through a lot, when not on the highways.
    Helpful 8 - tyre reviewed on December 7, 2021
    Fiat (195/55 R15) on mostly town for 1,000 miles
    I bought the tires on the recommendation of my vulcanizer. I must mention that I reviewed the reviews after that and they helped me a lot to choose a set of these tires for my car. My first impression is that the tires are quiet, comfortable and very affordable. I drive mostly city and intercity driving. The tires are new and I drove them mostly in the dry, once they were driven in the rain and I have to say I am happy with how they behave. When I do more kilometers I will be able to say something more about tires. So far I am very satisfied and would buy them again.
    Helpful 14 - tyre reviewed on September 7, 2021
    Ford (215/55 R16) on mostly country roads for 8,000 average miles
    Tyre's done 8000 miles, all 4 cracked on the tread allover. MOT failure apparently. Still got 5mm of tread left out of the 8mm when New. Going back to the dealer next week to be changed for Avon tyres. Do Not buy .
    Helpful 21 - tyre reviewed on August 10, 2021