Nokian PowerProof

Dry Grip 90%
Wet Grip 98%
Road Feedback 85%
Handling 70%
Wear 90%
Comfort 92%
Buy again 84%

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

This tyre replaced the Nokian zLine

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Tyre review data from 6 tyre reviews averaging 87% over 8,600 miles driven.


Latest Group Test Results

2020 Tyre Market Overview Braking Test - 2nd of 49 tyres

2020 UHP, UUHP and Track Day Tyre Test - 3rd of 10 tyres

  • Positive - Good braking performance, well rounded balance in the dry and wet, very low rolling resistance.
  • Negative - Reduced wet grip and aquaplaning resistance, average comfort.
  • Overall - A good mid-range summer tyre with slight weakness in the wet.

2020 AMS 18 Inch Summer Tyre Test - 7th of 11 tyres

  • Positive - Good dry handling, short dry braking, low rolling resistance.
  • Negative - Not very precise handling in the wet, average wet braking, weak aquaplaning resistance, high noise.
  • Overall - Good - A mid-range summer tyre with only slight weaknesses.
Size Fuel Wet Noise Weight
215/40 R17 87W   C A 69  
215/45 R17 91Y   C A 69  
225/45 R17 91Y          
225/45 R17 91W   E A 68  
235/45 R17 97Y   C A 72  
235/45 R17 94Y   C A 71  
245/45 R17 99Y   C A 72  
205/50 R17 93Y   B A 69  
225/50 R17 98W   C A 69  
225/50 R17 94W   E A 68  
225/50 R17 98Y   C A 69  
215/55 R17 98W   C A 69  
225/55 R17 97W   E A 68  
255/35 R18 94Y   C A 72  
225/40 R18 92Y   C A 69  
225/45 R18 91Y   E A 68  
245/45 R18 96Y   E A 71  
245/45 R18 100Y   C A 72  
255/45 R18 103Y   C A 72  
225/50 R18 99W   C A 69  
235/50 R18 101Y   B A 72  
245/50 R18 100W   E A 71  
225/35 R19 88Y   C A 69  
235/35 R19 91Y   C A 72  
245/35 R19 93Y   C A 72  
255/35 R19 96Y   C A 72  
225/40 R19 93Y   C A 69  
235/40 R19 96Y   C A 72  
245/40 R19 98Y   C A 72  
255/40 R19 100Y   C A 72  
275/40 R19 101Y   C A 71  
235/45 R19 99W   C A 72  
245/45 R19 102Y   C A 72  
255/45 R19 104Y   B A 72  
255/35 R20 97Y   C A 72  
275/35 R20 102Y   C A 72  
245/40 R20 99Y   C A 72  
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Size Price Range  
205/50 R17 £76.00 - £84.30 (7 Prices) Compare Prices >>
225/45 R17 £61.00 - £73.20 (17 Prices) Compare Prices >>
235/40 R18 £83.00 - £92.40 (7 Prices) Compare Prices >>
235/45 R18 £100.00 - £111.20 (7 Prices) Compare Prices >>
Available in 42 tyre sizes - View all.

Top Nokian PowerProof Review

Given 77% while driving a Renault Megane RS250 CUP (235/40 R18 W) on mostly country roads for 300 spirited miles
Fitted them to my Megane 3 rs with 322hp. It is my daily car so I wanted tyres in the UHP range like Michelin PS4. Since I am very positive about the Nokian winter tyres, I wanted to try the Powerproof's as they claim in to be UHP and a PS4 competitor. When I bought them no tests or reviews were placed on the internet.

First of all: this is not as good as the Michelin PS4 and PS4s which I had both the Megane. Not as precise and direct. Also, full throttle in second gear comes with quite some wheel spin. I did not have that with the PS4S's.

It does not give me that confidence as the Michelin's but maybe I have to "read" the tyres better and learn how to push them.

The pro's are more comfort and less noise.

Overall: very good tyre but I don't recommend these if you do a lot of spirited driving or track days. Great for all day though!
45 - tyre reviewed on February 15, 2019   

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Given 100% while driving a Skoda Octavia vRS (225/45 R17) on mostly town for 100 spirited miles
Very good grip on wet and dry. Noise level is low and the comfort great. I recomend these tires.
1 - tyre reviewed on February 20, 2020   
Given 88% while driving a Subaru Forester sti (235/45 R18 W) on mostly country roads for 6,000 spirited miles
When these landed the first thing I noticed was the really wide grooves, 2mm wider than the previous Z-Lines, the only grooves I'd seen anything like this wide were on Michelin PS4's - what was the dry grip going to be like I wondered? Then a bit of poking showed that the sidewalls were definitely more flexible than the previous tyres - :rolleyes: Anyway I needn't have worried about the grip, as the guys in Finland have obviously working hard to improve their rubber. It's superb, dry and wet - I've never managed to unstick them in the slightest, I think you'd need to take them onto a racetrack for that as it would involve speed/manouvres that really aren't meant for public roads, hence the N/A rating for how progressive they are at the limit. The softness of the sidewalls is noticeable though, you get the slightly odd feeling that the tread is welded to the road and the car is moving a bit on top of that. Upping the pressure a few psi helps with this, but doesn't altogether remove it. Steering feel/response is very good, the extra tread grip compared to the previous tyres gives a sharper turn in and more focused road feedback, though this is slightly spoiled by the soft sidewalls. And they're quieter and more comfortable than the Z-lines too, though if you're driving a car like the FSti that's likely a secondary consideration!
Will I buy them again - probably, unless Nokian do what they ought to and make a version with stiffer sidewalls - after all they have the Wetproof for general high powered cars, why not make the Powerproof for those of us who really want to DRIVE?
1 - tyre reviewed on November 8, 2019   
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Volvo V50 T5 (235/40 R18 W) on a combination of roads for 1,200 spirited miles
In my opinion superior to Contintental ContiSportContact 5, Michelin PS3 and Toyo Proxes T1 Sport, on dry roads!

And in the wet / rain, well, these tyres are hands down the best I've ever experienced during my 20 years of driving.

I do warm up my engine and transmission at least 20 minutes, so I haven't felt the need to test them when they're cold. But they don't feel as hard as my other 18" tyres did (mentioned above).

I haven't noticed any fading in grip whatsoever when warm.

Braking, quick narrow corners and accelerating all put a smile on my face every single time. Very progressive grip, very comfortable.

Road noise was initially a bit high, but now 1000 miles later they are super quiet and comfortable. Amazing grip when accelerating hard from tight corners.
In the rain you are the master at the highway. These tires make me confident enoug to go into each corner equally fast on wet roads as I would on dry roads.

My wheels are 8J wide and these are providing excellent curb protection. New thread depth is 8mm. Much better experience than my previous not so grippy, loud, uncomfortable wearing like crazy Continental tyres, which only had 6.8mm when new.
So far the Nokians haven't worn away the 8mm indicator.

Truly a high quality product, and if Mika Häkkinen would review these tyres he would use the word "yes" and nothing else.
10 - tyre reviewed on April 4, 2019   
Given 93% while driving a Skoda Octavia (225/45 R17 W) on a combination of roads for 0 average miles
Combined drive in Macedonia. Wet and dry grip superb. Makes me feel confident. Soft comfortable drive feeling. Far better compared to my previous set of pirelli. Would definitly recomend them. Hope they'll be just as good in wear, since that it's still early to say.
4 - tyre reviewed on March 30, 2019   
Given 86% while driving a Mazda 3 2.0 DISI (205/50 R17 W) on a combination of roads for 1,000 spirited miles
This is the initial review of the new tyres I put on Mazda 3 (2010). I was trying to choose tyres that would be very safe (short braking distances, good aquaplanning resistance) and also provide reasonable feedback for spirited driving. The expected tread life or rolling resistance was not considered as the car is used as a second car in the family and covers only 6,000 - 7,000 kms per year. The Nokians have replaced Michelin Primacy 3.
For now I had the opportunity to drive only in the dry and I would summarize my findings:
- surprisingly good comfort (at least the same as Michelins), I was expecting harsher ride as the Nokians are supposed to be UHP and Michelins touring tyres and also Nokians are 93Y and Michelins were 89W.
- better handling and stability than Michelins
- noise level is similar but slightly less bothersome then Michelins (on the other hand Michelins were also more pleasant when new :-) )
- 8 mm tread depth (Michelins had 7 mm when new) and perfect tread depth indicator built in the tread
- nice and sophisticated tread features and cool look (very important for tyre geeks :-D )
- no tramlining (Michelins were more sensitive and the factory fitted Toyos R32 were very sensitive)

The Nokians have no rim protection in 205/50 ZR17 size! What the hell, Nokian?! I would rather pay few extra euros in change for unscratched alloys. It is dissappointing in comparison to "cheap" Matadors I have on the other car in 235/50 R18 size which have huge rim protector (largest I have ever seen :) ).

Overall it seems like the Nokian Powerproof is very good match for Mazda 3 ride capabilities.
10 - tyre reviewed on March 23, 2019   

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