Nokian Hakkapeliitta R2

The Nokian Hakkapeliitta R2 is a Premium Touring Winter tyre designed to be fitted to Passenger Cars.

This tyre replaced the Nokian Hakkapeliitta R and this tyre has been replaced by the Nokian Hakkapeliitta R3.

Dry Grip 83%
Wet Grip 95%
Road Feedback 77%
Handling 55%
Wear 100%
Comfort 100%
Buy again 93%
Snow Grip 100%
Ice Grip 90%

Tyre review data from 4 tyre reviews averaging 88% over 26,000 miles driven.

The Hakkapeliitta R2 is ranked 8th of 64 Winter Premium Touring tyres.

Latest Tyre Test Results

2023 Studless Friction Winter Tyre Test - 7th of 8 tyres

  • Overall - The used tire, a Nokian Hakkapeliitta R2, was a test winner when it was new in 2015. Now, it is eight years old with about six millimeters of tread depth and harder rubber. There is a noticeable deterioration on ice and snow compared to the new top tires, but it still keeps pace with the brand-new Triangle tire in the winter rounds. The R2 is actually more manageable in curves as it is well-balanced and warns early when the grip limit is approaching.

    On asphalt, the lower tread depth provides an advantage in terms of braking and consumption, but it causes problems with aquaplaning instead. High wear on the outer part of the front tires results in poor cornering grip.

    It is concluded that new tires offer a clear increase in safety – but only if you purchase the best ones.
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2023 Tyre Tests

  • 7th: 2023 Studless Friction Winter Tyre Test (225/45 R17)
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    Top 3 Nokian Hakkapeliitta R2 Reviews

    Given 75% while driving a Volkswagen Transporter T4 (205/65 R15) on mostly country roads for 5,000 easy going miles
    Living in one of the colder parts of Norway there were only 2 studless wintertyres that were recommended. The Nokian Hakkapilitta R2 and the Continental VikingContact. I bought the Nokian for my 1997 Vw Transporter and i would buy them again. The soft compount makes it really comfortabel and much more silence than the summer tire. Grip on snow and ice is as good as it can get with studless winter tires. But i think that the Continental is a little better on the ice while the Nokian is better in deep snow.
    With a tire like this you dont need 4WD in Norway :D
    Helpful 35 - tyre reviewed on May 14, 2019
    Given 100% while driving a Subaru Legacy (205/70 R15) on mostly motorways for 1,000 spirited miles
    North Dakota Winter last year convinced me to invest in dedicated snow tires. After thorough research, I chose these, and I am very pleased. Amazing tires. Great ride, very quiet at highway speed, and insane grip in slush, on glare pack snow. When cruising through snow drifts, there is no lateral pull, just a straight charge through. I only have a thousand miles on them but I loved them so much I installed a set on my Mazda. I have not yet had a chance to get them into an empty parking lot and really put them through their paces, but I can definitely suggest these tires. I chose the SUV version for the Subaru, but I definitely appreciate the stiffer sidewall in corners. It is a heavy car to begin with, it sees a majority of highway mileage, and lots of hauling. I am very excited to have these on my family wagon. Highly recommend.
    Helpful 47 - tyre reviewed on December 20, 2013
    Given 100% while driving a Volvo S70 TDI (195/60 R15) on mostly country roads for 10,000 average miles
    I love these tires. Had them on my volvo s70 1999 this winter. They were perfect all around.
    Helpful 28 - tyre reviewed on March 28, 2016
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    Given 89% while driving a Skoda Fabia 1.2 (185/65 R14) on a combination of roads for 10,000 average miles
    Perfect winter tyres. Good grip on dry roads, even better on wet roads, excellent traction on snow, handles slush well. Good on ice, too, but looses grip suddenly, not gradually like the predecessor Hakkapeliitta R.
    Helpful 27 - tyre reviewed on April 14, 2014