Hankook Ventus iON Tire Review & Rating

Hankook has launched an entirely new family of electric-vehicle (EV) focused tires in the iON range. The Ventus iON S and SX (for sedans and SUVs, respectively) are the first in that line-up. 

These tires are designed with high load ratings to cope with the weight of EV batteries, plus low rolling resistance to maximize the distance they can be driven on a single charge. At the same time, the tires are claimed to be 1kg lighter each than comparable tires, improving energy efficiency even more. All this is courtesy of a blend of natural oils, Aramid fibers, and silica. The Aramid fibers are stiff and durable to prevent the tire from deforming, especially under high torque acceleration. 

The Ventus Ion range is EV-specific. Photo credit: Hankook Tires.

This summer tire has some wet-weather capability thanks to the silica, which helps reduce the surface tension of water droplets and cut through rain.  

Venus iON S and SX tires feature Hankook Sound Absorber technology and a simple, optimized tread pattern to help keep road noise to a minimum. Tire noise is a particular concern in EVs because of the lack of an internal combustion engine. 

The tires are also designed to be more aerodynamic, with a sloping shoulder that allows air to bend around it. This attention to detail goes all the way down to the brand lettering on the sidewalls, which is indented rather than embossed to improve airflow. 

There are sizes to suit 18 to 22-inch rims. Load ratings have not yet been released, but most sizes carry a Y rating for massive speeds of up to 186 mph; the rest are mostly rated W for 168 mph, with one size bearing an H rating for speeds of 130 mph. 

Pros:

  • Dedicated EV tire
  • Responsive handling

Cons:

  • Summer tire only
  • Price not announced as of this writing

Overall Thoughts

The Hankook Ventus iON S and SX have not yet been released for sale, only announced, so there are no pricing details or reviews of these tires available yet. Hankook has a reputation for making affordable tires with impressive performance for their price tag, but these tires are marketed as premium EV tires. 

The tread pattern is simple in design with a clear focus on cornering and handling, and tires with similar patterns often perform well in agility tests. There are not many dedicated EV tires on the market yet, and so these are worth a look even if only because they are built for that purpose. 

If you want to know how serious Hankook is about EV tire performance, it’s worth noting the brand is the official tire supplier for the FIA Formula E series for the coming 2022/2023 season. 

Tire Sizes

18-inch Rims

  • 235/65R18V XL
  • 225/55ZR18W XL
  • 235/45ZR18 XL

19-inch Rims

  • 235/60R19V XL
  • 235/55ZR19Y XL
  • 245/45R19Y XL

20-inch Rims

  • 245/50R20V XL 
  • 285/45R20H XL
  • 255/45ZR20Y XL
  • 245/45ZR20Y XL 
  • 255/40ZR20W XL 
  • 235/35ZR20Y XL 

21-inch Rims

  • 255/45ZR21Y XL 
  • 295/40ZR21Y XL 
  • 275/35ZR21Y XL
  • 265/35ZR21Y XL
  • 255/35ZR21W XL
  • 245/35ZR21Y XL 
  • 305/30ZR21Y XL

22-inch Rims

  • 255/40R22V XL
  • 295/35ZR22Y XL
  • 285/35ZR22W XL

Competitors and Alternatives

Hankook joins Sailun Erange and Goodyear ElectricDrive in launching a dedicated EV summer tire. Pirelli also has dedicated EV tire technology it brands Elect. You can also find summer performance tires with load ratings that suit EV vehicles, including the Continental CrossContact    

Price Range

Pricing has not been released for this tire. You may also find occasional rebates, discounts, coupons, and special offers on this tire.

Warranty

Hankook does not specify a tread wear warranty for the Ventus iON summer tire.

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