Nankang SV2

Dry Grip 83%
Wet Grip 77%
Road Feedback 74%
Handling 74%
Wear 83%
Comfort 74%
Buy again 76%
Snow Grip 65%
Ice Grip 50%

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

This tyre has been replaced by the Nankang SV3

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Tyre review data from 30 tyre reviews averaging 73% over 213,040 miles driven.

Latest Group Test Results

2019 19 Inch Performance Winter Tyre Test - 11th of 12 tyres

  • Positive - Low rolling resistance, low price.
  • Negative - Very low wet grip, long wet braking, slow steering response with understeer in the dry and wet.

2018 51 Winter Tyre Shootout - 40th of 52 tyres

2017 ADAC SUV Winter Tyre Test - 215/65 R16 - 16th of 16 tyres

  • Positive - Low fuel consumption.
  • Negative - Very weak in the wet and on snow, weak on ice.
Size Fuel Wet Noise Weight
0/0 R0 0          
0/0 R0 0          
0/0 R0 0          
0/0 R0 0          
0/0 R0 0          
0/0 R0 0          
0/0 R0 0          
0/0 R0 0          
0/0 R0 0          
0/0 R0 0          
0/0 R0 0          
145/70 R12 69T   F C 71  
155/65 R13 73T   F C 71  
145/70 R13 71T   F C 71  
155/70 R13 75T   F C 71  
165/70 R13 83T XL   E C 71  
175/70 R13 82T   E C 71  
155/80 R13 79T   F C 71  
185/55 R14 80H   F C 71  
165/60 R14 79H XL   C F 71  
175/60 R14 83H XL   C E 71  
185/60 R14 82H   E C 71  
155/65 R14 75T   C F 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  
175/70 R14 88T XL   C E 71  
195/70 R14 91T   E C 71  
175/80 R14 88T   C E 71  
155/60 R15 74T   C F 71  
175/60 R15 81H   C F 71  
195/60 R15 92H XL   E C 71  
145/65 R15 72T   F C 71  
165/65 R15 81T   C F 71  
175/65 R15 88H XL   E C 71  
195/65 R15 95T XL   E C 71  
205/65 R15 99H XL   C E 71  
195/45 R16 84V XL   E C 71  
205/45 R16 87H XL   E C 71  
215/45 R16 90H XL   C E 71  
195/50 R16 88H XL   C E 71  
205/50 R16 91H XL   E C 71  
175/55 R16 80H   C F 71  
185/55 R16 0T XL   C E 71  
195/55 R16 91H XL   E C 71  
205/55 R16 94V XL   E C 71  
215/55 R16 97V XL   C E 71  
215/55 R16 97H XL   E C 71  
225/55 R16 99V XL   E C 71  
225/55 R16 99H XL   C E 71  
195/60 R16 89H   C E 71  
205/60 R16 96H 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   C E 71  
215/40 R17 87V XL   C E 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   C E 71  
205/50 R17 93V XL   E C 71  
215/50 R17 95V XL   C E 71  
205/55 R17 95V XL   E C 71  
225/55 R17 101V XL   E C 71  
235/55 R17 103V XL   C E 71  
235/65 R17 108V XL   C E 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   C E 71  
245/40 R18 97V XL   C E 71  
225/45 R18 95V XL   E C 71  
235/45 R18 98V XL   C E 71  
235/50 R18 101V XL   C E 71  
215/55 R18 99H XL   E C 71  
225/55 R18 98V   C E 71  
255/55 R18 109V XL   E C 73  
235/60 R18 107V XL   C E 71  
255/35 R19 96V XL   C E 73  
255/50 R19 107V XL   E C 73  
235/55 R19 105V XL   C E 71  

Questions and Answers for the Nankang SV2

2019-01-17 - Is the direction of rotation of each tyre important for performance? How do you tell if two of them are on the wrong wheels; are there any direction indicators?

The SV-2 has directional indicators on the sidewall.

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Size Price Range  
215/40 R18 £59.50 - £74.89 (9 Prices) Compare Prices >>
215/45 R16 £52.10 - £54.19 (6 Prices) Compare Prices >>
Available in 44 tyre sizes - View all.

Top Nankang SV2 Review

Given 90% 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
44 - tyre reviewed on June 15, 2015   

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Given 79% while driving a Smart roadster (205/45 R16) on mostly country roads for 5,000 average miles
I drive a very light car (800kg), so this review might not apply to all cars. Bought these tyres second hand very cheaply even thought I was rather sceptical about Chinese tyres.
I was actually amazed about how good values these are, especially compared to the Vredestein Snowtrac 5 I used to have on another car.
Driving on snow was great, no problem at all (even with rwd), in mud an dirty roads as well.
Handling on hotter days wasn't indeed all that great, but for a winter tire, I guess it's fair to say its ok.

All in all, I would definitely recommend these, as they have great value for the price (Heard different mechanics saying these were rubbish, turned out they had never even tried these, just said that because they are Chinese)
1 - tyre reviewed on June 7, 2019   
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Given 84% while driving a Dacia 1310 (2002) (165/70 R13 T) on a combination of roads for 6,200 average miles
If this review helps anyone, I bought this tyres 2 years ago, brand new not used, i put all 4 tyres on the car and i waited for "winter is coming", in heat condition this tyre obviously is not good it looses the grip very much (because it's a winter tyre and it's softer then the summer ones), on the other hand, in winter and cold conditions the tyres do very well, i feel the car very smooth, i have grip, and the braking is good, the car it's a non ABS and non power steering, so for no asistences they do very good.
Anyway i recommend the tyres because i am very satisfied.
2 - tyre reviewed on October 16, 2018   
Given 100% while driving a Volvo (235/55 R19 W) on mostly country roads for 2,000 average miles
Bought these as a budget winter tyre for my Volvo XC90 2017 year. I was expecting okay snow grip looking at the reviews but I am simply amazed how these tyres perform in winter conditions. Driving in our recent snow is like driving on normal roads. Fuel consumption maybe up slightly but that maybe due to the colder temperatures anyway. The Volvo is not a car you flying around corners but compared to the Pirelli scorpion fitted as standard I’ve noticed little difference. In fact I’d say the nankangs edge it slightly.
15 - tyre reviewed on February 12, 2018   
Given 59% while driving a Vauxhall (195/60 R15) on a combination of roads for 1,500 easy going miles
I wanted a pair of M+S tyres and these seemed to fit my budget, I had a set of sv2s fitted on the front of my vauxhall combo van and although they are a good tyre in the wet, dry condtions they don't wear to well I went though my first set of sv2s in about 15k, the problem I found with them is they seem to wear quite heavy on the inner and out edges initially I thought the correct tyre pressure for my van wasn't enough 36psi as side wear is usually under inflation, so I bought a new pair and had a 4 wheel alignment done and took the psi up a bit more and checked the pressure every week and still they wore on the sides the trouble with these tyres are the side tread is very shallow compared to the centre of the tyre so it doesnt take look before the sides are on the wear limits and if you go below the wear markers by only a tiny bit it wont belong before cords are showing through as I found out on the first pair, the centre of the tyres still has plenty left but the outter edges are on the limit so the tyre is not legal then, normally a set of tyres on my van will last 40k to 50k and will wear even as I don't drive like I'm having trouble taking off, this is not the first time I've had problems with side wear with nankangs, I guess tyre flexing and rolling during cornering is a major problem with the sv2 to wear the sides like it does, I have since changed to a different make and I'm back to wearing evenly again.
0 - tyre reviewed on January 9, 2017   

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