Nokian Hakkapeliitta 8

The Nokian Hakkapeliitta 8 is a Premium Touring Winter tyre designed to be fitted to Passenger Cars.

Tyre review data from 7 tyre reviews averaging 88% over 55,040 miles driven, and 1 tests with an average result of 8th.

Dry Grip 83%
Wet Grip 79%
Road Feedback 84%
Handling 89%
Wear 84%
Comfort 80%
Buy again 98%
Snow Grip 98%
Ice Grip 100%

The Hakkapeliitta 8 is ranked 7th of 66 Winter Premium Touring tyres.

This tyre has been replaced by the Nokian Hakkapeliitta 9.

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2023 Studded Tyre Test
8th of 8 tyres
  • How do eight-year-old tyres with a reasonable tread depth hold up? A tyre is said to improve on dry asphalt as it wears, something we can confirm. The used tyre shows the lowest consumption and best stopping distance on dry roads. The rubber also performs reasonably well on wet roads with an acceptable braking distance and is not far behind in cornering grip.
    Snow grip is also not far off from the new tyres.
    The major downside is a clear deterioration in ice grip. However, in icy corners, it communicates well with the driver about where the grip limit is and remains easy to handle under pressure. In fact, it holds up well compared to the budget tyre even on ice.
    Investing in quality pays off for many years to come.
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Top 3 Nokian Hakkapeliitta 8 Reviews

Given 80% while driving a Cadillac CTS (235/50 R18) on mostly motorways for 40 average miles
First 2 winters they were amazing ( Approx. 20,000k per winter) 3rd winter noticeable reduction in grip on ice and snow.
Helpful 32 - tyre reviewed on January 6, 2022
Given 94% while driving a Volkswagen Jetta 1.9tdi se (205/55 R16) on mostly country roads for 20,000 spirited miles
Nokian Hakkapeliitta is one of the very best studded tyres for nordic winters, very reasonable. Excellent grip on ice and snow.
Helpful 22 - tyre reviewed on September 10, 2022
Given 87% while driving a Skoda (205/55 R16) on a combination of roads for 15,000 average miles
so many studs it makes the tire a little flinchy on dry / wet roads but it is a winter tire, drive it carefully on bara road and save the studs for winter when it is ice and snow thats a hole other ballgame it is absolutely wonderfull on winter roads top notch and i live in Sweden where we have long winters yes i will buy again always drive on nokia earlier this yeas i trie goodyear ... god on bare roads not it the same league in snow or icy roads
Helpful 24 - tyre reviewed on November 24, 2021
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Given 100% while driving a Audi S3 (225/45 R18) on mostly country roads for 0 spirited miles
Im currently in Northern Alberta where the cold and ice are Kings during our harsh winter. I just set up my Nokian Hakkapeliitta 8 on my Audi S3 and it is unbelievable how much traction and control you have eith these tires. I really recommand to any one who wish to enjoy winter no matter the weather!
Helpful 28 - tyre reviewed on November 9, 2019
Given 81% while driving a BMW 323i (195/65 R15) on a combination of roads for 13,000 average miles
Excellent tyres for snowy and icy conditions.
Braking on dry or wet tarmac is not best, but it is normal considered the amound of studs, altought handling on tarmac is predictable and safe.
Wear rate of these tyres are incredible, I have had those three winters for now under car without ABS or traction control and none of the studs have been escaped or worn out! Rubber has worn from 8mm (brand new) to 6mm.

Absolutely would recommend these tyres to anyone.
Helpful 17 - tyre reviewed on March 11, 2017
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Given 87% while driving a BMW 3 series (225/45 R17) on mostly country roads for 5,000 average miles
simply the best spiked tyre for arctic conditions in the north of norway sweden and finland. on snow they are excellent on par with goodyear ultra arctics and the older hakka 7's but on wind blown ice they are the best by far, stopping distance and cornering allows pretty much road maximums to be maintained once the temperature is below -7'c warmer than that all have to be a little cautious as the ice is soft wet and treacherous, these performed beatifully even to the coldest I drove the in at -47'c although it is worth checking your pressures as they can feel a bit soft as the gasses shrink....dont destroy them on too much under inflation. most in the north drive these across the 3 northern countries if they can.
Helpful 55 - tyre reviewed on June 19, 2015