Hankook Optimo 4S

Dry Grip 85%
Wet Grip 85%
Road Feedback 78%
Handling 76%
Wear 76%
Comfort 86%
Buy again 89%
Hankook Optimo 4S

The Hankook Optimo 4S is a High Performance All Season tyre designed to be fitted to Passenger Car

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Tyre review data from 27 tyre reviews averaging 82% over 298,842 miles driven.

Tyre Test Highlights

2012 Auto Bild All Season Tyre Test - 3rd of 10 tyres

  • Positive - A good all round tyre with precise steering and stable handling properties on dry slopes; short wet and dry braking distances, low rolling resistance
  • Negative - Tendency to understeer

2011 Auto Bild All Season Tyre Test - 3rd of 10 tyres

  • Positive - Good all round tyre with short braking distances and cornering stability on snow. Best aquaplaning result, direct dry handling, low rolling resistance.
  • Negative - Average comfort.

2011 Auto Express Winter Tyre Test - 5th of 9 tyres

  • Overall - The best all season tyre in the test, relatively small compromises in winter and summer when compared to dedicated tyres
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Top Hankook Optimo 4S Review

Given 81% (breakdown) while driving a Chevrolet Uplander Van (225/60 R17) on mostly town for 2,400 easy going miles
I purchased these tires in October 2013. While I've only put 4200 Kms on them and mostly in snow (I am in Montreal,
Canada), I've been extremely pleased with them. As winter tires are mandatory here, I didn't want to go through the hassle of purchasing both all season and winters. The Optimo 4S is the only certified all weather tire here so I thought I'd give them a shot. So far so good. They handle extremely well in all weather conditions including deep snow and ice.
12 - tyre reviewed on April 20, 2014   

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Given 91% (breakdown) while driving a CitroŽn xsara picasso (185/65 R15 H) on a combination of roads for 11,000 average miles
Great tyres, selected because I drive all year round and must get to work, even in winter. I also drive to the Alps in both summer and winter. No problems at all with handling, comfort or noise, good in dry and very good in standing water and wet. As for Snow- excellent in deep snow, ice, as in ski lift car parks. Never needed , or felt the need for chains. Max depth of snow 20cm . And this is with tyres with 11000 miles on them. - Also great value.
1 - tyre reviewed on January 24, 2016   
Given 79% (breakdown) while driving a BMW (225/55 R16) on a combination of roads for 28,000 easy going miles
After years of company cars I bought a mint '02 E39 520 SE and ran it as my full time car, including a raft of motorway and urban miles.

I needed to be able to get around during winter so I thought about getting some winter tyres to swap to, but our summers and winters in the UK midlands are so variable I'd never know when to make the swap. After researching I decided to give these Hankook optima 4S tyres a go.

Compared to the P6 cinturatos they replaced I was immediately taken with the improved wet performance, but also a bit of extra noise. I fitted them in Autumn, so I really only noticed the benefits when the first frosts arrived. The Hankooks were unaffected by even heavy frosts and dustings of snow, with grip being workable in general use. The extra confidence these tyres gave in icy conditions was excellent compared to the P6s.

The tyres did not magically turn my car into a Land Rover, but they certainly made the car much safer in poor conditions, while not compromising normal dry, warm driving too much. They never felt like "bad tyres" in the summer.

They had done 28k miles when my car was written off by a clumsy lotty driver. They still had more than 2.5 mm on them.

Recommended for drivers who want to keep moving all winter without the dry compromise of winter tyres.

I just bought some for my new e39 with 17 inch wheels on them.

0 - tyre reviewed on June 28, 2015   
Given 71% (breakdown) while driving a Mitsubishi Spacestar (185/65 R14 T) on a combination of roads for 34,000 easy going miles
I constantly keep all-season tires on the back axle - so I drove these Optimo's on the back axle through summers and winters. That saves our budget, having total of 6 tires instead of 8. That also means I can't rightfully score progressiveness or road feedback, which are more applicable on the front... It doesn't give me unwanted skids on the back side, since the car is short and the cornering style is calm.
Other than developing an unsolvable problem with rear right tire which deflates about 1 bar/week, I am completely satisfied with them. The problem was tackled 3-4 times by different tire fitting shops (servicemen), but with little change. Run for 55000 km's in all conditions - from -20 deg.C to +40 deg.C (yes, that is the weather amplitude in Serbia). Had to give lower wearing score because of the problem. Plan to replace them next week with my old set of winter Hankooks (which really fine), to wear them for few mm more - this should be the last season for them, too.
Very good tire, despite my problem with one of the two.
0 - tyre reviewed on June 12, 2015   
Given 77% (breakdown) while driving a Ford Mondeo Titanium 2.0 TCDI (235/45 R17 V) on mostly motorways for 10,000 spirited miles
This review is for the 97 V XL version of the tyre.

Positive Points

* Excellent aquaplane resistance & wet grip performance
* Good snow performance, but only based on approx. 5 days snow driving
* Increased confidence in low temp conditions
* Good levels of comfort
* Great stability at speed and under braking. No tramlining etc
* Retain pressures well
* Good general grip, but see below...

Negative Points

* Dry road performance is as expected, compromised. However, this is by a greater margin than the reviews suggested. I would take the 90% suggested performance of a summer tyre and reduce it to 70%. The tyres *do* grip, but feel soft underfoot and don't inspire confidence. My Mondeo feels like my old Citroen C5 now!
* Wear doesn't seem great, but that may just be me. 10,000 miles in, and I can only see another 5,000 on the fronts. Rears are fine, and I can see them lasting another 10-15,000

Summary -

You really can tell this is a premium tyre, when comparing how it performs to even a good mid range tyre. I'm sure they played a big part in me being able to avoid the idiot who pulled out right in front of me the other week. The tyre gives a good feeling of safety & stability in all weather conditions. Driving on water logged motorways, for instance, is handled without drama.

My only concern is the soft feeling of the tyre in the dry, and the impact this has on cornering feel & confidence. In all other respects, this is a truly excellent tyre, and if spirited driving is not your thing, I would whole heartedly recommend this tyre. I know a Mondeo is hardly a sports car, it did have sharper handling on well worn Michelins!

Given that we don't have many snow days, I probably won't buy these again and get a premium summer tyre instead. But I could be tempted back if that doesn't go well...
2 - tyre reviewed on May 14, 2015   

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