Hankook Optimo H725A review
What is it?
The Hankook Optimo H725A is a grand touring all season tire designed for sedans, minivans, and crossover vehicles. The Optimo H725A served as the original equipment tire for the Volkswagen Jetta.
Strengths and weaknesses?
Dry condition grip and handling characteristics are decent; about average, or just below average for the tire category. Road manners and treadlife are also adequate. The Optimo H725A provides enough performance and comfort to be a satisfying everyday tire.
Data indicates that in any adverse weather and road conditions, the Optimo H725A begins to falter. Rain performance is just passable, and most would consider the Optimo H725A to be insufficient in true winter conditions.
How does the Optimo H725A compare?
Modern grand touring all season class leaders display competence across all performance metrics, and as indicated, the Optimo H725A comes up short in multiple areas.
Users rank the Optimo H725A twenty-eighth out of thirty-five grand touring all season tire options.
Anything else to know?
Positive attributes aren't aplenty, but the Optimo 725A does have price on its side. It's one of the more affordable grand touring all season options, and a true step below the class leaders in price. Treadlife warranty is respectable as well.
But for the initial savings, it's a drastic performance tradeoff between the Optimo 725A and the top tier options in the category.
Most grand touring all season users require honest four season performance, and at minimum, true competence in wet road conditions. So we'd recommend you spend a bit extra up front, and consider options like the General Tire AltiMAX RT43 (H- or V-Speed Rated), Bridgestone Driveguard (features run flat technology), or Continental PureContact with EcoPlus Technology. All of the above will return superior treadlife along with next level performance. The Kumho Solus TA71 is a budget-friendly option also worth considering.
Empirically speaking, we have yet to encounter any former Optimo 725A user who regrets his or her move to a more well-rounded grand touring all season tire.
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