Hankook Kinergy ST Review
Drivers looking for a smooth riding tire which is comfortable, quiet and long lasting are looking for a touring style tire. All-season standard touring tires provide generally good all-around traction in most weather conditions and light snow. Hankook ST H735 tires offer several different innovations to improve tread life, provide good traction for braking and handling, all while reducing road noise and uneven wear.
An understated tire which is designed to deliver long lasting performance. Modern construction materials and silica-based compounds provide increased rubber traction in a variety of temperatures and wet or dry weather. Tread blocks are uniform and have been stiffened across the whole pattern. More rubber on the road provides improved grip in handling. Tread keeps it shape under high stress situations, like hard braking, bringing your vehicle to a stop faster. Pitch, or angle, of the tread has been specifically designed to reduce the noise tires create. These also create aggressive edges for the tread blocks to keep traction in the wet or light snow. With a standard rubber compound, these tires may harden below safe grip in weather below freezing.
- Long lasting 70,000 mile warranty on tread.
- Low rolling resistance to improve fuel mileage.
- Comfortable ride.
- Not ideal for all four seasons in climates with cold winters.
Released in early 2018 and made in their Tennessee based factory, the Hankook Kinergy ST is a standard touring all season tire for passenger cars. To meet the demands many drivers have for touring all-season tires, Hankook used a variety of design features to get the most life from the tire tread. A dual filler rubber compound is molded into an asymmetrical tread pattern. Long lasting compounds may resist uneven wear, allowing the tire surface keep a flat, uniform surface. Blocks have been stiffened across the tire surface, allowing the tire to roll easier and burn less gas. Drivers may see improved fuel mileage.
As an all-season tire, traction in both wet and dry conditions is important. The dual filler Hankook uses in the Kinergy ST tire can improve how the rubber grips on wet and dry roads. It keeps the tire rubber flexible and responsive to the driver. A solid center tread rib along the entire tire can provide the stability drivers need when turning. It creates a patch of constant rubber contact with the road while the tire flexes and changes under the stress of cornering or braking. This can help to improve steering responsiveness and grip hard to stop fast.
Wide grooves which run between each block of tread help gather and channel water away from under the tire. Lateral grooves work to direct water out the sides of the tire in wet and grip snow in winter conditions. By keeping water from getting between the tire and the road, Kinergy ST can resist hydroplaning. Notches are added to the center rib tread. These edges can give the tire more bite into light snow for better acceleration and traction. Tread sipes, small grooves in the block, bite down on bare road or snow during braking, which might help to reduce stop distance. Locking tread block along the shoulder give extra strength to the edges.
A stronger tire surface can help it keep shape under stress. When a tire maintains its footprint on the road, it gives the drive the most available grip. Keeping the tire quiet on the road is an important feature of touring tires like the Kingery ST. Hankook designed treads using audio engineering. The result is a tire which could produce much less road noise for passengers inside the vehicle. Sipes cut through the center and shoulder tread blocks are tuned to reduce audio, too. These may help to make the tires quieter as the car passes by.
Tire sizes available
Hankook provides the Kinergy ST standard touring all-season tire for a variety of sizes on 14″ to 17″ rims. Here are some of the sizes which may be available.
Kinergy ST tires are covered by a 70,000 mile treadwear warranty, a 30 day free trial period plus a road hazard warranty. Hankook provides a workmanship warrantee covering any defect which could occur before the wear limits are reached at 2/32″ tread remaining. For the first year or 2/32″ of wear, tires are replaced free of charge. Remining tread replacement is prorated based on tire price, limited to six years from the purchase of the tires. Treadware replacement is replaced using a similar prorated scale.
Because this tire is fairly new on the market at the time of review, there are few customers who have used Kingergy ST tires for any considerable mileage and left reviews. There is no real customer feedback on these tires, but the reception does appear generally positive.
Getting a comfortable ride, good traction in a variety of conditions and confident handling are features passenger car drivers are after. With a modern, dual filler compound providing improved grip in wet and dry conditions, Kinergy ST tires could be an ideal touring tire. Long lasting tread compounds are grooved with deep lateral and horizontal water channels, which should also grip well in the snow. Center rib, with a notched tread design, has dual roles. It should keep a patch of constant rubber in contact with the road to aid steering response and braking, while it could improve traction in light snow. Kinergy ST tires may be the ideal choice for you if you need something to last, ride quiet and grip well.