Neu-Isenburg, Germany, 12 July 2023 – Top placing for the Hankook Ventus Prime 4 – the premium comfort tyre has achieved second place in this summer's major tyre test carried out by leading Swedish car magazine Teknikens Värld (World of Technology). The Hankook tyre scored well in the comfort and handling categories and outperformed its competitors above all in the increasingly critical area of fuel economy.
According to the experts’ judgement the Hankook Ventus Prime 4 “is the biggest positive surprise of the test”. The tyre put in an impressive performance due to “its particularly balanced handling, with the results in the elk test (obstacle avoidance manoeuvre) and the stability test standing out a little more. The cherry on top is achieving the lowest score in the rolling resistance test.”
The Hankook Ventus Prime 4 is consequently the benchmark when it comes to fuel economy: The editors commented, “The Hankook Ventus Prime 4 stands out as the best in class among the ten candidates. In the comparison, which is performed at a static speed of 70 km/h, the test car with the Ventus Prime 4 tyres has the best fuel economy”. The difference between the Ventus Prime 4 and the worst performer is 0.0053 litres per kilometre, which is around 5.3 litres more per 1,000 kilometres driven. Expressed as a percentage, this is 9.5 % more fuel. “That’s a big difference, and a result we were not really expecting,” reported the magazine’s testers.
A top finish in an independent tyre test is nothing new for the Ventus Prime 4. The high-performance tread from premium manufacturer Hankook, which came onto the market in 2022, already has top placings under its belt, such as the highest rating “Exemplary” from Auto Bild, Europe’s biggest car magazine, as well as the highest rating “Good” in the 2023 major joint test by the ADAC and European car clubs and consumer magazines, both among 50 brands.
The Hankook Ventus Prime 4
These very positive results reflect exactly the ambitions of the design engineers at Hankook, who took this successor to the popular Ventus Prime 3 and made it even better in all relevant points, such as high comfort, low wear and low rolling noise. In particular, the design engineers focused on the handling and rolling resistance properties, which have been further optimised for the new product generation. The Hankook engineers were also able to increase the mileage of the Ventus Prime 4 by a good fifth compared to the predecessor.
Read the full tyre test in Teknikens Värld (issue no. 7/2023).