Nokian Z G2

Dry Grip 88%
Wet Grip 89%
Road Feedback 86%
Handling 84%
Wear 80%
Comfort 83%
Buy again 81%

The Nokian Z G2 is a Max Performance Summer tyre designed to be fitted to Passenger Car

This tyre has been replaced by the Nokian zLine

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Tyre review data from 30 tyre reviews averaging 84% over 464,400 miles driven.

Latest Group Test Results

2012 Sport Auto Summer Tyre Test - 9th of 9 tyres

  • Overall - Good aquaplaning characteristics, a neutral handling and a high level of grip in wet conditions characterise the Nokian Z G2.

    In the dry there's a slight lack of steering precision and grip which shows in the lap time, but over 15 consecutive fast laps the times remain fairly constant.

2012 Auto Bild Max Performance Tyre Test - 2nd of 15 tyres

  • Positive - Convincing all rounder with the shortest braking distances on wet and dry roads. Good steering precision, low fuel consumption.

2012 Autobild 50 Tyre Braking Test - 1st of 45 tyres

Size Fuel Wet Noise Weight
215/45 R17 91Y          
225/50 R17 94W   E A 72  
225/45 R18 95Y          
235/35 R19 91Y          
255/35 R19 96Y          
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Top Nokian Z G2 Review

Given 39% while driving a Honda Civic 1.8 VTEC Sport (225/45 R17) on a combination of roads for 0 average miles
nokian tires perform well,however the rubber gets old too quick,after only 3 years of usage they start showing deep cracks on the sidewall,
3 - tyre reviewed on March 24, 2016   

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Given 71% while driving a Honda Stream (215/55 R17 W) on a combination of roads for 30,000 average miles
Had my first set of Nokian Z G2 215/55ZR17 (Made in Russia) fitted on my car for the past 4 years after reading the good reviews. However, after the 2nd year or approx 20,000 miles of rolling on city (70%)/highway (30%), the tyres became quite noisy. After the 3rd year, the tyres show signs of cracks and uneven wear although I performed wheel balancing and rotation for every 10,000 km. What surprises me is the tyres had very uneven wear and the inner blocks surface were high and low during one of the my regular wheel balancing and rotation. Mechanic checked my wheel alignment and there is nothing wrong. TIll now, I do not know why this set of tyres have so much uneven wear. I have used different types of tyres in the past (bridgestone, yokohama, michelin, falken, goodyear, dunlop) but never encounter this phenomenon before, Although the wear indicator is still showing 5 to 6 (almost new) for the tyres with 70% thread depth left, I decided to change the tyres as the tyres was getting too noisy.
0 - tyre reviewed on December 17, 2016   
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Given 39% while driving a Honda Civic 1.8 VTEC Sport (225/45 R17) on a combination of roads for 0 average miles
nokian tires perform well,however the rubber gets old too quick,after only 3 years of usage they start showing deep cracks on the sidewall,
3 - tyre reviewed on March 24, 2016   
Given 67% while driving a Mercedes Benz SLK 200 (225/45 R17) on a combination of roads for 20,000 spirited miles
Short version: Not bad, bought again once, but now they got to go.

Long Version: Nothing wrong when driving civilized. No trouble with comfort, grip or anything. When the driving gets more exciting, usually when the roads get smaller and windier, they do a good but not outstanding job. A bit of give on the back end on dry surfaces, enough to get a rush but not so much as to end up in the bottom of the valley. Not great on wet roads. The back end gets lose quickly and ESP steps in to keep me out of that valley.

What opened my eyes a quite a lot was the Michelin Alpin 5 I got for the brief winter period. They're thiner than my summer tyres but provide a LOT more grip on wet AND dry roads. The latter one came unexpected. Now as the front wheels need replacement anyway I look into a complete replacement that gives me more confidence in the wet and grips at least as good on dry roads as the Alpin 5 does.

My sizes: 205/55/R16 (front) and 225/50/R16 (rear)
0 - tyre reviewed on April 2, 2015   
Given 89% while driving a Nissan 350Z (255/35 R19 W) on a combination of roads for 5,000 average miles
Used the set for the rear. at 20000km still have 30% more thread. Only replace because the inside of the tire is wearing out.

Good in dry and wet.

Really like how the Nokian tires are built and priced. Change all four to the new zLine and really like how smooth it rolls.
0 - tyre reviewed on May 26, 2014   

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