Another winter tyre with a strange name, but what’s it like? Lets start with the basics.
Sizes available: 15″, 16″, 17″ & 18″, click here to see a full range.
Speed ratings: T (118mph), H (136mph) & V (149mph)
So why put these on your car, surely you only put winter tyres on big 4X4’s? No, everyone can benefit from winter tyres, and Hankook have realised that and produced the W310 in lots of sizes.
The range will fit smaller family cars, great for the ‘hot hatch’ and then to medium sized saloons and tourers, such as the BMW 3 Series
Hankook are one of few suppliers that makes the split 18″ sizes 225/40R18 & 255/35R18, appealing yet further to more vehicles.
Is this the first time you’ve heard of Hankook? Or you may well have seen them supporting football on TV, well, they are a great manufacturer that now make tyres that are fitted on new vehicles in the factory for BMW, Ford, Audi and many more.
They class themselves as a premium manufacturer but we use them as a mid-range option as they tend to be cheaper than the more familiar brands out there.
So, What are the advantages of the W310:
1. It comes in a vast range of sizes, including some unusual ones that no one else makes a winter tyre in
2. The tread design and pattern looks and feels like a summer tyre, which is particularly unusual in smaller sizes such as 15″ and 16″ diameter. This type of design is quieter so if road noise is an issue this tyre should be considered
3. Price – as we said, they are pitched a bit cheaper than the well known brands, but winter performance is still very good.
Feedback on these is really good, we have a number of repeat customers up in the Highlands who swear by them, and if they perform well in the Highlands, then we may just have a very good tyre on our hands!
We also spoke with a taxi driver who used them on a Mondeo in Lincolnshire and got in excess of 20,000 miles from a set – more than his summer tyres!
In terms of tyre tests there isn’t that much data out there, on the odd occasion that Hankook have put them forward they achieved mid-table results. The W310 is described as displaying great handling on snow and short braking distances on dry roads.
So let’s be honest, it’s not a premium tyre, and that’s reflected in the price, but it is good, performs well in the snow and because of it’s good dry performance and standard pattern is well suited to UK winter conditions. Add to this that it will last well, is nice and quiet and it’s reasonably priced, then the W310 i-cept evo seems like a good bet.
Over to you for your comments if you have used this tyre.
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