Hankook Ventus S1 Evo3 Tire Review and Rating

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Pros

  • Easy to control
  • Very short dry and wet braking distances
  • A wide range of tire sizes
  • Relatively affordable

Cons

  • Handling feels more like a touring tire
  • Aquaplaning resistance is average

A car’s performance is usually dictated by the power its engine can put out, and to get the post of that, you’d need a good set of performance tires. If you take away the massive horsepower numbers and look at the handling characteristics, you still end up with the same recipe – performance tires to get the most out of your car.

I’m a massive fan of a sticky tire and would be willing to sacrifice some comfort to get something with excellent handling characteristics. For the most part, the performance options from the premium segment are the best in the class, so however the case may be, we should be looking at those, right? Not exactly.

The continuous evolvement of the tire industry has pushed tire manufacturers to make better tires, which is no surprise. With that said, in recent years, we’ve witnessed mid-range companies making some excellent options that shouldn’t be disregarded. Yes, the premium ones are still on top, but some models come very close or, in some cases, surpass them, and the best part is that they are more affordable.

Speaking of affordable, today’s pick for review is the Ventus S1 Evo3, from the Korean manufacturer that has been known for making tires with excellent performance to price ratio. The tire is a few years old, so it would be interesting to see how it compares with the latest additions to the market from Goodyear and Michelin.

Looking at the product page that Goodyear has, at first glance, it seems like there isn’t too much to talk about. When you look closely, you’ll notice that even though there are only 3 segments of the Asymmetric 6 worth mentioning, they have quite a lot to say, at least on paper.

Hankook Ventus S1 Evo3 Tire Review

A common misconception is that only premium tires come with many features, which is why they perform so well. Lucky for us, the mid-range ones aren’t terrible in this regard, which is why Hankook’s option comes packed with plenty of features that enable it to compete with the big players in the category.

The Ventus S1 Evo3 is designed with Highly Enriched Synthetic Silica Compound or HSSC for short. This is Hankook’s latest compound which utilizes pure and high-quality silica, which is vulcanized at lower temperatures. By going for this approach, the company aims to make the tire more durable and also improve its responsiveness and traction.

Hankook took a page from Michelin’s book and designed the Ventus S1 Evo3 with a dual-zone pattern. The inside of the tire is responsible for wet performance by combining the circumferential grooves with an increased number of blocks, resulting in more sipes. As a result, we should see some very good aquaplaning resistance.

Another area of the Ventus S1 Evo3 that should help with aquaplaning resistance is the interlocking grooves. Not only are they designed for that, but they also should help improve the traction on damp roads without any sacrifices to performance in dry conditions.

Speaking of dry performance, the area of the Ventus S1 Evo3 that’s responsible for that, especially in the handling department, is the outer portion of the tire. Since that is the area of the tire that carries the load in a corner, Hankook made the shoulder blocks wider, which should help with handling. This is also backed by the Aramid Hybrid Reinforcement Belt designed to reduce flex.

Finally, in the refinement department, we have the high-strength steel belt wire. This part of the tire is designed to help it with durability and absorb bumps and make it more livable daily.

How does it behave on dry tarmac?

The Ventus S1 Evo3 is a mid-range tire, and as such, the performance isn’t always on the same level as the premium competitors. With that said, some aspects of the tire deserve to be praised, as it managed to deliver premium-like properties.

As far as grip and traction are concerned, the Ventus S1 Evo3 is a decent option for regular driving around town or on the highway. The performance is good, and the tire won’t struggle too much even if you get a bit carried away. It drives well and is relatively easy in this regard, so there’s not much to talk about here.

Once you start to push it a bit, you’ll notice it begins to struggle. On a twisty road, the Ventus S1 Evo3 begins to disappoint when compared with its premium rivals but still holds pretty good. The initial thing you’ll notice is that it’s prone to understeer, so you’ll need to keep that in mind. Also, the levels of grip in the corners are good but on the same level as the Premium Contact 6.

One area where it does pretty good is the braking. The Ventus S1 Evo3 delivers very short braking distances, putting it above the premium rivals like the Pilot Sport 5.

Going on a track with the Ventus S1 Evo3 won’t result in the best time, but I wouldn’t say that it’s the worst. You could get a few laps of decent performance, but once the temperature increases, the performance drops. This can be noticed especially in the corners where understeer will constantly be with you, something you’ll need to correct all the time.

How does it behave over wet and slippery roads?

In wet conditions, the Ventus S1 Evo3 delivers some mixed results. There is a very good side to this tire, but there’s also one that people may not like. Again, it’s a mid-range option, so you shouldn’t expect it to be the best in all conditions.

The Ventus S1 Evo3 delivered similar results on damp surfaces as it did on dry but with a slight twist. Grip and traction levels aren’t the highest but are good enough to be called a performance tire. I would call it a safe tire, as it is easy to control, and thanks to its predictable character, it won’t catch you by surprise. With that said, a rear-wheel-drive car may have a bit more fun on a course sliding around. Due to the lower temperature of the road, it can remain consistent for longer, even if you’re trashing it on a track.

One area that the Ventus S1 Evo3 manages to perform excellently is braking distances. Unlike dry roads, the tire delivers the shortest distances of the bunch on wet ones, outperforming its premium rivals.

With that said, the aquaplaning resistance isn’t as good as some might like it. It is stable at higher speeds, and while it manages to outperform the Eagle F1 Asymmetric 6, it’s still behind the Continental and Michelin tires.

Is it comfortable and refined?

In the refinement segment, the Ventus S1 Evo3 is a decent tire, but it doesn’t deliver anything that would make it stand out from the crowd.

The noise levels are the slightly better part, as the Ventus S1 Evo3 isn’t the loudest performance tire on the market. Sure, there is some roar coming from it, but it’s not that bad for driving around town. There is a slight increase when you’re driving on the highway, but it shouldn’t be a dealbreaker for more people. After all, you’re not going after it as a touring tire.

In the comfort department, the Ventus S1 Evo3 isn’t the softest tire, which is a bit surprising. The performance and handling, which I’ll get to in a minute, aren’t on the same levels as something like the Asymmetric 6, but the comfort levels aren’t all that great. It’s not a particularly harsh ride, and you’d probably be okay with it, but keep in mind that it’s not the most comfortable either.

Is the Hankook Ventus S1 Evo3 ideal for sporty driving?

I would like to say it is, but this is an area where the Ventus S1 Evo3 disappoints a bit. Some aspects of it make it suitable for a fun afternoon on a twisty road, but there are others that make it a poor choice.

The performance in terms of grip and traction is there, and while they are enough for this application, the handling is the area that is a bit of a letdown. My first issue with the Ventus S1 Evo3 is the understeer, which kills the fun. Push it a bit harder, and the car will continue going straight, and you’ll need to correct that. A glimpse of good news is that it’s easy to control, so you won’t be struggling too much.

Next up are the responsiveness and feedback. The Ventus S1 Evo3 isn’t the quickest to respond to your inputs, and when you combine that with the numb-ish feedback, you’ll feel like you’re driving a touring tire, even if you go for a smaller sidewall.

Speaking of the sidewall, the internal construction may be good for durability, but it doesn’t do an excellent job at keeping the tire firm. The reason why the Ventus S1 Evo3 is acceptably comfortable is the same one there is flex in the sidewall.

Hankook Ventus S1 Evo3 Warranty

You know what’s coming here. Performance-oriented tires don’t get a treadwear warranty in most cases, and the same can be said about the Ventus S1 Evo3. Unlike some of its Michelin competitors, the Hankook tire has no warranty. I wouldn’t consider this a massive drawback, as other premium manufacturers have no warranty for their performance tires.

Hankook Ventus S1 Evo3 Pricing: Is it worth the money?

Looking at the Ventus S1 Evo3 strictly from a price perspective, then I’d say that it isn’t the most expensive tire on the market. A 17-inch model comes at a little under the $100 mark, which isn’t too bad. With that said, considering the performance it offers, you may want to consider paying a bit more for a tire that can satisfy the enthusiast in you, even if we’re talking about an older model.

Should I buy the Hankook Ventus S1 Evo3?

To be fair, the Ventus S1 Evo3 isn’t a horrible tire, and you shouldn’t avoid it. It may not be the absolute best in terms of performance, but on a lesser powerful car, it would work just fine. You have a good amount of grip and traction to play with, and as long as you can go over some of its drawbacks, it can make you happy. The good thing about it is that it’s safe with short braking distances and relatively easy to handle.

The negative sides include the less-than-ideal handling in terms of responsiveness and feedback. Then you have a tire that is prone to understeer, especially when driven hard and with average aquaplaning resistance. If you feel like these aren’t massive drawbacks for you, then go for it. On the other hand, as I mentioned, for a bit more, you can go after some of the more affordable premium options on the market.

What Vehicles Will the Hankook Ventus S1 Evo3 Fit?

Here’s a sample list of cars that the Hankook Ventus S1 Evo3 will fit:

  • Alfa Romeo Giulia
  • Audi A3, A4, A6
  • BMW 1, 3 Series
  • Ford Focus
  • Honda Civic, Accord
  • Lexus IS, ES
  • Hyundai i30, Elantra
  • Tesla Model 3, Model S
  • Toyota GR86, Corolla, Yaris
  • Volkswagen Golf

Tire Sizes for Hankook Ventus S1 Evo3

17″

  • 205/45R17 88W
  • 205/55R17 95W
  • 215/45R17 91W
  • 215/65R17 99V
  • 225/45R17 94Y
  • 225/50R17 98Y
  • 225/55R17 101Y
  • 245/45ZR17 99(Y)
  •  

18″

  • 205/40ZR18 86Y
  • 215/40ZR18 89Y
  • 215/45R18 93W
  • 215/45ZR18 93Y
  • 225/40R18 92Y
  • 225/40ZR18 92Y
  • 225/45R18 91Y
  • 225/45R18 95Y
  • 225/45ZR18 95(Y)
  • 225/50R18 95W
  • 225/50ZR18 99Y
  • 235/40ZR18 95Y
  • 235/45ZR18 98Y
  • 235/50ZR18 101(Y)
  • 235/55R18 100V
  • 235/60R18 103T
  • 245/35ZR18 92(Y)
  • 245/40ZR18 97Y
  • 245/45R18 100Y
  • 245/50ZR18 104Y
  • 255/35ZR18 94(Y)
  • 255/40R18 99Y
  • 255/45R18 103Y
  • 255/50R18 106Y
  • 265/35ZR18 97(Y)
  • 265/40ZR18 101Y
  • 275/35ZR18 99(Y)
  • 275/40R18 103Y
  • 275/45ZR18 107Y
  • 285/35ZR18 101(Y)
  • 295/30ZR18 98Y
  • 315/30ZR18 98Y

19″

  • 205/55R19 97V
  • 215/35ZR19 85Y
  • 225/35ZR19 88(Y)
  • 225/40ZR19 93(Y)
  • 225/45R19 92W
  • 225/45R19 96W
  • 225/45ZR19 96Y
  • 225/55R19 103Y
  • 235/35R19 91Y
  • 235/40R19 96W
  • 235/40ZR19 92(Y)
  • 235/45ZR19 99Y
  • 235/55R19 101T
  • 245/30ZR19 89(Y)
  • 245/35ZR19 93(Y)
  • 245/40R19 98Y
  • 245/45ZR19 102Y
  • 245/50ZR19 105Y
  • 255/30ZR19 91(Y)
  • 255/35ZR19 96(Y)
  • 255/40R19 100Y
  • 255/40ZR19 100(Y)
  • 255/45R19 104W
  • 255/45R19 104Y
  • 255/45ZR19 104Y
  • 255/50R19 103T
  • 265/30ZR19 93(Y)
  • 265/35R19 98W
  • 265/40ZR19 98(Y)
  • 275/30ZR19 96(Y)
  • 275/35ZR19 100(Y)
  • 275/40ZR19 105(Y)
  • 275/45R19 108Y
  • 285/30ZR19 98(Y)
  • 285/35ZR19 103(Y)
  • 285/40R19 107Y
  • 295/35ZR19 104Y
  • 305/30ZR19 102(Y)

20″

  • 215/45ZR20 95W
  • 225/30ZR20 85Y
  • 225/35ZR20 90(Y)
  • 235/30ZR20 88(Y)
  • 235/35ZR20 92(Y)
  • 235/50R20 100T
  • 245/30ZR20 90(Y)
  • 245/35ZR20 95(Y)
  • 245/40ZR20 99(Y)
  • 255/30ZR20 92(Y)
  • 255/35ZR20 97(Y)
  • 255/40ZR20 101(Y)
  • 255/45R20 101T
  • 265/25ZR20 89(Y)
  • 265/30ZR20 94(Y)
  • 265/35ZR20 99(Y)
  • 265/40ZR20 104(Y)
  • 275/30ZR20 97(Y)
  • 275/35ZR20 102(Y)
  • 285/30ZR20 99(Y)
  • 285/35ZR20 104
  • 295/30ZR20 101(Y)
  • 295/35ZR20 105(Y)
  • 305/30ZR20 103(Y)
  • 305/35ZR20 107Y
  • 325/25ZR20 101Y
  • 345/30ZR20 106Y

21″

  • 235/45R21 101T
  • 245/35ZR21 96(Y)
  • 245/40ZR21 100Y
  • 255/30ZR21 93(Y)
  • 255/35ZR21 98(Y)
  • 255/40R21 102T
  • 265/30ZR21 96(Y)
  • 265/35ZR21 101(Y)
  • 275/30ZR21 98(Y)
  • 275/35ZR21 103(Y)
  • 285/30ZR21 100(Y)
  • 295/25ZR21 96(Y)
  • 295/30ZR21 102(Y)
  • 305/25ZR21 98Y
  • 315/30ZR21 105(Y)
  • 325/25ZR21 102Y

22″

  • 255/30ZR22 95(Y)
  • 265/30ZR22 97(Y)
  • 265/40R22 106H
  • 285/30ZR22 101Y
  • 285/35R22 106H
  • 295/25ZR22 97(Y)
  • 305/25ZR22 99Y
  • 315/25ZR22 101(Y)
  • 335/25ZR22 105Y

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