Nankang SV2

Dry Grip 84%
Wet Grip 76%
Road Feedback 74%
Handling 74%
Wear 87%
Comfort 74%
Buy again 78%
Nankang SV2

The Nankang SV2 is a High Performance Winter tyre designed to be fitted to Passenger Car

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Tyre review data from 25 tyre reviews averaging 78% over 188,340 miles driven.

Tyre Test Highlights

2013 Toroleo SUV / 4x4 Winter Tyre Test - 6th of 6 tyres

  • Overall - Meeting minimum requirements but can not keep up with regard to the competition

2012 Auto Bild Sports Winter Tyre Test - 6th of 6 tyres

  • Positive - Stable handling in dry conditions, quiet pass-by noise
  • Negative - Poor understeering handling on wet and snow-covered track, dangerously extended braking distances on wet roads, poor comfort
  • Overall - Not recommended

2011 Auto Express Winter Tyre Test - 7th of 9 tyres

  • Overall - Cheap for a reason. While better than a summer tyre in the snow, the gains do not out weigh the draw backs in the wet and dry
Size Fuel Wet Noise Weight
145/70 R12 69T   F C 71  
155/65 R13 73T   F C 71  
155/70 R13 75T   F C 71  
175/70 R13 82T   E C 71  
185/55 R14 80H   F C 71  
165/60 R14 79H XL   F C 71  
175/60 R14 83H XL   E C 71  
185/60 R14 82H   E C 71  
155/65 R14 75T   F C 71  
165/65 R14 79T   F C 71  
175/65 R14 86H XL   E C 71  
185/65 R14 90H XL   E C 71  
165/70 R14 81T   F C 71  
175/80 R14 88T   E C 71  
195/50 R15 86H XL   E C 71  
175/55 R15 77T   F C 71  
185/55 R15 86H XL   E C 71  
195/55 R15 89H XL   E C 71  
155/60 R15 74T   F C 71  
175/60 R15 81H   F C 71  
185/60 R15 88H XL   E C 71  
195/60 R15 92H XL   E C 71  
145/65 R15 72T   F C 71  
165/65 R15 81T   F C 71  
175/65 R15 88H XL   E C 71  
185/65 R15 92H XL   E C 71  
195/65 R15 95H XL   E C 71  
195/65 R15 95T XL   E C 71  
205/65 R15 99H XL   E C 71  
195/45 R16 84V XL   E C 71  
205/45 R16 87H XL   E C 71  
215/45 R16 90H XL   E C 71  
195/50 R16 88H XL   E C 71  
205/50 R16 91H XL   E C 71  
175/55 R16 80H   F C 71  
195/55 R16 91H XL   E C 71  
195/55 R16 87V   E B 71  
205/55 R16 94V XL   E C 71  
205/55 R16 94H XL   E C 71  
215/55 R16 97H XL   E C 71  
215/55 R16 97V XL   E C 71  
225/55 R16 99V XL   E C 71  
225/55 R16 99H XL   E C 71  
195/60 R16 89H   E C 71  
205/60 R16 96H XL   E C 71  
215/60 R16 99H XL   E C 71  
225/60 R16 98H   E C 71  
235/60 R16 104H XL   E C 71  
215/65 R16 102H XL   E C 71  
205/40 R17 84V XL   E C 71  
215/40 R17 87V XL   E C 71  
205/45 R17 88V XL   E C 71  
215/45 R17 91V XL   E C 71  
225/45 R17 94V XL   E C 71  
235/45 R17 97V XL   E C 71  
245/45 R17 99V XL   E C 71  
205/50 R17 93V XL   E C 71  
225/50 R17 98V XL   E C 71  
205/55 R17 95V XL   E C 71  
215/55 R17 98V XL   E C 71  
225/55 R17 101V XL   E C 71  
235/55 R17 103V XL   E C 71  
235/65 R17 108V XL   E C 71  
255/35 R18 94V XL   E C 73  
215/40 R18 89V XL   E C 71  
225/40 R18 92V XL   E C 71  
235/40 R18 95V XL   E C 71  
245/40 R18 97V XL   E C 71  
225/45 R18 95V XL   E C 71  
235/45 R18 98V XL   E C 71  
245/45 R18 100V XL   E C 71  
215/55 R18 99H XL   E C 71  
225/55 R18 98V   E C 71  
255/55 R18 109V XL   E C 73  
235/60 R18 107V XL   E C 71  
255/35 R19 96V XL   E C 73  
255/50 R19 107V XL   E C 73  
235/55 R19 105V XL   E C 71  
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Size Price Range  
195/50 R15 £35.30 - £52.10 (6 Prices) Compare Prices >>
205/65 R15 £47.69 - £61.79 (6 Prices) Compare Prices >>
215/45 R16 £53.30 - £61.30 (5 Prices) Compare Prices >>
225/45 R17 £56.04 - £71.00 (6 Prices) Compare Prices >>
225/50 R17 £62.02 - £73.50 (6 Prices) Compare Prices >>
225/55 R17 £62.19 - £76.84 (6 Prices) Compare Prices >>
Available in 81 tyre sizes - View all.

Top Nankang SV2 Review

Given 90% (breakdown) while driving a Toyota Camry (195/65 R15 T) on a combination of roads for 50,000 spirited miles
I bought this tire - knowing about the very negative reviews of its predecessor - because it was a great buy. I could purchase them very cheaply, so I thought, what the heck, it would be a great tire test...

After mounting and balancing, away I went out to the highway and the first impression was scary! The car was very loose; it had a shimmying motion diagonally which was downright frightening.
I pulled to the next gas station to check things. Everything was OK, but as I pushed the sidewall of the tire, I noticed that it was VERY soft. The pressure was set to the recommended 1.8/1.8 bar on my Camry. I thought that if the tire has so pliable sidewalls, then I have to compensate this with more pressure. So I decided to raise the inflation pressure to 2.5/2.4 front/rear. I was right!!!
The car was immediately transformed! It rode very well despite of the raised pressure, and the SV-2 was exceptionally quiet - I started to trust the tire.

Then came the true winter with deep snow. Although the SV-2 doesn't have an aggressive winter profile/sipes, the raw bite and traction is simply awesome. I towed other cars from a parking garage with the ramp completely covered in fresh 20cm thick snow without any wheelspin. It felt like a platter ski lift!
Turn in was spontaneous, understeer was minimal if any. Braking performance and overall stability was also impeccable. The winter was absolutely convincing, so I decided to leave on the SV-2s to see how they perform in the scorching heat during summer months. Here in Hungary we have a -20°C - +40°C temp range, so a tire must prove itself.
Obviously, the compound went softer, and a tad indifferent, but a /65 tire will never be so spontaneous and instant like a low profile sporty one. It kept its absolute silence, predictability and again performed very well. I must note that the wear factor was simply nonexistent. I rotated them correctly and they looked remarkably fresh. Finally, after 65.000 km, the shoulder blocks wore away on the fronts, as I usually corner with sprightly 0.6+ Gs, avoiding unnecessary braking whenever possible.

Now at the 80.000 km mark, I still have the rears on, but they are on their final kilometers now. I replaced the fronts with Nokian AllWeather Pluses, but I'm very dissatisfied with them. They offer nowhere near the performance of the Nankangs, and they have extremely low grip in damp conditions. I'm running dangerously wide in some corners...

So, to summarize, the Nankang SV-2s gave THE MOST PLEASANT tire owning experience in my life. It was an exceptional winter tire, but I can recommend this even as an all-season one. I'm an automotive journalist, so I drive lots of different tires, but after these I truly don't know what "premium" means. Quite often the premium brands simply don't have the longevity/performance compared to others, and that questions the objectivity of tire testing in me.

Definitely a Buy Again.

+ quietness, snow grip, wet traction, stability (with raised pressure!), wear/degradation, overall balance, good water management/evacuation, attractive profile, ride comfort

- errm... well, slightly longer braking distances in the summer compared with high performance/low profile tires, but this is natural, you MUST compensate the soft sidewalls with more inflation pressure (usually around/upwards of 2.5 bar), otherwise the tire will be indifferent, snappy
6 - tyre reviewed on June 15, 2015   

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Given 81% (breakdown) while driving a Volkswagen Transporter T4 (205/65 R15) on a combination of roads for 30,000 average miles
They don't do well in 'proper' tyre reviews, but I have nothing but praise for these black circles of amazement. More comfort than my summer tyres and they have always found some grip in the worst of winter. Had them for 5 winters, note that my car is actually a van, I fitted 99XL rated SV2's. Favorite day was when at a party in a country pub and the snow came down, all taxis phoned to cancel due to the weather but my van took all 13 guests home on freshly laid snow with no problem, maybe a lucky number after all?

For the price they are easy to reccomend.
0 - tyre reviewed on October 19, 2016   
Given 61% (breakdown) while driving a Ford Puma 1.7 (175/70 R13) on a combination of roads for 1,000 spirited miles
Would not recommend unless you live in a warm location where winter is very mild and only ever drive on slush. On snow they don't grip at all and let me down a lot, though i went for a very small tread intentionally so as to have more traction in snow. Would not recommend for snowy weather or sporty driving
0 - tyre reviewed on October 16, 2015   
Given 73% (breakdown) while driving a Mercedes Benz E350 (255/35 R18 V) on mostly motorways for 40,000 average miles
Hard wearing with 40000 miles on a 260bhp E350 mercedes. Slippy in the wet. Made the E350 feel like an AMG63!
0 - tyre reviewed on July 21, 2015   
Given 90% (breakdown) while driving a Toyota Camry (195/65 R15 T) on a combination of roads for 50,000 spirited miles
I bought this tire - knowing about the very negative reviews of its predecessor - because it was a great buy. I could purchase them very cheaply, so I thought, what the heck, it would be a great tire test...

After mounting and balancing, away I went out to the highway and the first impression was scary! The car was very loose; it had a shimmying motion diagonally which was downright frightening.
I pulled to the next gas station to check things. Everything was OK, but as I pushed the sidewall of the tire, I noticed that it was VERY soft. The pressure was set to the recommended 1.8/1.8 bar on my Camry. I thought that if the tire has so pliable sidewalls, then I have to compensate this with more pressure. So I decided to raise the inflation pressure to 2.5/2.4 front/rear. I was right!!!
The car was immediately transformed! It rode very well despite of the raised pressure, and the SV-2 was exceptionally quiet - I started to trust the tire.

Then came the true winter with deep snow. Although the SV-2 doesn't have an aggressive winter profile/sipes, the raw bite and traction is simply awesome. I towed other cars from a parking garage with the ramp completely covered in fresh 20cm thick snow without any wheelspin. It felt like a platter ski lift!
Turn in was spontaneous, understeer was minimal if any. Braking performance and overall stability was also impeccable. The winter was absolutely convincing, so I decided to leave on the SV-2s to see how they perform in the scorching heat during summer months. Here in Hungary we have a -20°C - +40°C temp range, so a tire must prove itself.
Obviously, the compound went softer, and a tad indifferent, but a /65 tire will never be so spontaneous and instant like a low profile sporty one. It kept its absolute silence, predictability and again performed very well. I must note that the wear factor was simply nonexistent. I rotated them correctly and they looked remarkably fresh. Finally, after 65.000 km, the shoulder blocks wore away on the fronts, as I usually corner with sprightly 0.6+ Gs, avoiding unnecessary braking whenever possible.

Now at the 80.000 km mark, I still have the rears on, but they are on their final kilometers now. I replaced the fronts with Nokian AllWeather Pluses, but I'm very dissatisfied with them. They offer nowhere near the performance of the Nankangs, and they have extremely low grip in damp conditions. I'm running dangerously wide in some corners...

So, to summarize, the Nankang SV-2s gave THE MOST PLEASANT tire owning experience in my life. It was an exceptional winter tire, but I can recommend this even as an all-season one. I'm an automotive journalist, so I drive lots of different tires, but after these I truly don't know what "premium" means. Quite often the premium brands simply don't have the longevity/performance compared to others, and that questions the objectivity of tire testing in me.

Definitely a Buy Again.

+ quietness, snow grip, wet traction, stability (with raised pressure!), wear/degradation, overall balance, good water management/evacuation, attractive profile, ride comfort

- errm... well, slightly longer braking distances in the summer compared with high performance/low profile tires, but this is natural, you MUST compensate the soft sidewalls with more inflation pressure (usually around/upwards of 2.5 bar), otherwise the tire will be indifferent, snappy
6 - tyre reviewed on June 15, 2015   
Given 80% (breakdown) while driving a Ford Fiesta ST (205/40 R17 W) on mostly country roads for 800 easy going miles
Quick review

Bought for my fiesta st180 front wheel drive 200bhp.

Wanted some cheap winter tyres as i live in rural south west england. There is not much choice in the larger / low profile tyres unless you want to pay a fortune.

Due to the size of the standard st alloys 205/40/17 i had to buy some winters to match which i know is not ideal on a wide / low profile tyre. But i have to say i am impressed! Had these fitted for around 800miles now and wear is good they still look like new. Excellent through rain with a decent enough stopping distance. Handling is not as good as my Bridgestone summer tyres but this is due to the tread pattern of the winter tyre, which i wouldn't expect them to be. Do get me wrong they are not bad but who is going to be throwing a car into a corner in bad conditions. NOT ME! After having some snow this morning it performed great had no problem travelling 18miles through it.

Looking back they recommend buying a wheel diameter down from what is fitted with a slightly more narrow profile. This would then perform slightly better in wintery conditions. But have no complaints with mine at all.

Overview:
Better than a summer tyre in under 7oc conditions
Cheap with decent performance
I would recommend them for winter against a summer tyre all day long.
0 - tyre reviewed on January 14, 2015   

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