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HankookKinergy 4S H740 215/55 R17 98W XL 4PR, SBL
Hankook manufactures premium high-performance tyres for a wide range of vehicle categories from cars to trucks as well as for motorsport. Much of the development and production takes place in Europe for the European market, including original equipment for Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche and VW.
Multi-performance harmony for total balanced all season driving. 10% reduced braking distance on snow. 6% improved wet and dry handling. The application of two different sipes allows the tyre to possess high summer capabilities on the inside and winter capabilities on the outside.
Broad-lateral grooves (Broadleaf tree style). The step tie-bar and aqua slant is formed on the basis of its broad lateral grooves. Reduced ground resistance enables a smoother flow over water and snow. Enhanced lateral grooves ensure the best snow traction performance.
High grip silica compound mproved snow / wet traction and lowered rolling resistance.
Jointless full cover reinforced belt Ideal tread strength.
Wide 2 steel belt layer Ensures optimal tread stiffness and improves handling performance.
Equilibrium polyester carcass line Enhanced sidewall stiffness and durability.
Adoption of high-hardness bead filler Improved handling and steering response.
Ultra high strength bead wire Improved uniformity and durability of the bead position.
EU Tyre Label and Efficiency Classes
The European Union has introduced the EU Tyre Label by Regulation (No. 1222/2009) identically and bindingly for all EU member states. It applies to passenger car tyres, light commercial vehicle tyres and heavy commercial vehicle tyres produced after 01.07.2012.
Three different areas are tested: rolling resistance, wet grip and the rolling noise the tyre makes on the road.
The following are not affected by the EU Tyre Label: retreaded tyres, professional off-road tyres, racing tyres, tyres with additional devices to improve traction such as spiked tyres, T-type emergency tyres, special tyres for fitting to vehicles first registered before 1 October 1990, tyres with a maximum authorised speed of 80 km/h, tyres for rims with a nominal diameter of 254 mm or less or 635 mm or more.
With this regulation, the European Union is pursuing the goal of promoting economic and ecological efficiency in road traffic as well as increasing road safety on the one hand, and on the other hand, granting consumers more product transparency and at the same time serving as an active decision-making aid.
Already during the incorporation, experts criticise the fact that the EU Tyre Label unfortunately only shows a few product characteristics. Apart from rolling resistance, wet grip and rolling noise, which are the main focus of EU tyre labelling, tyres have much more important and safety-relevant product characteristics, such as aquaplaning properties, driving stability, service life, braking properties on dry and wet roads, behaviour in wintry conditions, etc.
Tyre manufacturers point out that test results from various institutions and journals remain an important information medium for the end consumer. These tests usually focus on further safety-relevant product characteristics besides the EU standard qualifications for tyre labelling, which are always important for the final customer.
Kinergy 4S H740 tyre review
Average based on 163 test results
Grip in dry conditions
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Braking in wet conditions
Grip in snow
Internal noise level
06.06.2020 from Michael Can tend to vibrate and feel through steering under acceleration
13.03.2019 from Harj The tyres have been very good in the snow, combined with the 4wd of my car, and in colder and wetter days they work very well. There is a greater noise with warmer days though and I think a slight drop in the mpg.
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