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Hankook Icebear W 442

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Hankook Icebear W 442 reviews

Summary: 4.2 Summary: Overall rating is a weighted average of individual performance, not the arithmetic mean. Some of a tyre’s features have a greater impact on the overall assessment, while some will have a lesser impact. 141 reviews

  • Costs: Influence of the tyre on car running costs. 111120 4.2
  • Comfort: Influence of the tyre on driving comfort. 111110 4.1
  • Drivability: Influence of the tyre on drivability. 111130 4.3

141 customers have rated this tyre

  • 5 42 people
  • 4 90 people
  • 3 7 people
  • 2 2 people
  • 1 0 people

98% of users recommend this tyre


We have been collecting information about this tyre for 3676 days. In that time we have received 141 reviews.
The total distance driven by our customers is 1064000 miles.

The highest rated parameter is: the grip on a dry surface.

This tyre was reviewed by users driving usually in the city.

This tyre was reviewed by drivers who assess their driving style as moderate.

Latest Reviews:

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  • Opinion from outside the UK user: Sebastian

    Size: 195/65 R15

    Rating: 1.8 180000
    The Hankook Icebear W 442 that I assess are new tyres which have not done 600 miles yet, fitted to a Passat B5 4Motion. Pros: the tyres are cheap, quiet, easy to balance. Cons: the tyres have huge rolling resistance, fuel consumption has increased by 1.5 l/100 km.

    Is this review helpful? Yes 4 No 2

  • Opinion from outside the UK user: Mark

    Size: 175/80 R14

    Rating: 4.0 11110
    Hankook Icebear W 442 tyres provide good grip in wet and dry conditions, good traction in the corners. They do a great job on slush Very loud in temperatures above zero. They have a decent price and cool abrasion and look.

    Is this review helpful? Yes 1 No 0

  • Opinion from outside the UK user: Adam

    Size: 205/55 R16

    Rating: 5.0 11111
    Hankook Icebear W 442 is a very quiet tyre, I was stunned, because previously I only used premium tyres. I've read about DTM races and Hankook tyres, and I decided to test them on my Volvo - and I'm impressed!

    Is this review helpful? Yes 1 No 0

  • Opinion from outside the UK user: Wally

    Size: 195/65 R15

    Rating: 4.6 111160
    Hankook Icebear W 442 are great tyres, very quiet, provide good grip in cornering and braking on all surfaces. The tyre was a first fit in a VW Caravelle.

    Is this review helpful? Yes 0 No 0

  • Saeed ND

    Size: 195/60 R15

    Rating: 4.1 111110
    I am very happy with the performance of these Tyres. I have driven nearly 8000 miles on these. I will be able to use them for one more winter.

    Is this review helpful? Yes 0 No 0

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Hankook Icebear W 442 features

Hankook Icebear W442 is a tyre designed and optimized for driving on snow or ice. It delivers an excellent gripping performance on snow and ice and the traction is admirable. Extra sipes allow for rugged responsiveness in wintery conditions and comfort and safety are enhanced. It’s a mid-price tyre which delivers a decent spec for its price-range.

Hankook Icebear W442 harnesses four straight groove channels to quickly remove slush and water away from the tyre. This enhances the grip and traction on snow-covered or wet roads. The tyre is therefore able to make better contact with the road, ensuring safer driving in difficult under-tread conditions.

Hankook Icebear W442 uses a zigzag tread pattern. This design is engineered to specifically enhance grip and traction on snow-covered roads. This pattern is complemented by the tyre having a wide tread. This ensures that the tyre surface area is maximized and road contact is enhanced, which is important on icy roads.

The tyre pattern of the Hankook Icebear W442 exploits Wave Kerf Technology. The kerf is positioned in a diagonal direction on the tyre to ensure a premium gripping performance on slippery surfaces.

The tyre also encourages eco-friendliness by low rolling resistance. Few carbon emissions are produced, and this feature also helps with fuel economy of the vehicle.

Hankook was formed in 1941, and is a Korean tyre manufacturer. It produces tyres for a variety of vehicles, including cars, vans and trucks. It produces economy-range tyres which are its speciality. Hankook opened a branch in the Netherlands in 2006, and the European Market gets more releases from Hankook every year.

Hankook Icebear W 442 tests

2014 ACE/GTÜ test in size: 205/55 R16 rating: recommended
Auto Bild test in size: 225/50 R17 rating: recommended
ADAC test in size: 175/65 R14 rating: satisfactory
ADAC test in size: 195/65 R15 rating: satisfactory
ADAC test in size: 225/45 R17 rating: satisfactory