while driving a
(205/50 R16 V) on
mostly country roads
I've had these tires on my car for a year now and thought it would be a good time to give some feedback. Firstly, I'm surprised to see so many mixed reviews on the HP5. I bought them before going on a road trip across Europe and these tires came highly recommended from my local tire shop that I've always trusted.
I've found the HP5 to be an excellent tire in all conditions, especially for the money. It's not the sportiest tire in the world, so if you're looking to do track days or have a very aggressive driving style, then look elsewhere. But they do exactly what any good summer tire is supposed to do. It's a safe tire, that offers predictable handling characteristics in all types of weather, and excels in hot temperatures and even heavy downpours.
I've noticed many complaints about the wear on the HP5, but so long as you don't drive like a maniac they'll hold up just fine. I've done over 11,000 miles in the last 12 months across Europe, including autobahn driving with some very high speeds, and these tires never felt at their limit. My local garage thinks there's plenty of driving still left in them so I'm happy with my purchase a year later. I've had company cars fitted with premium brands, such as Dunlop and Perelli in the past, and the Maxxis perform just as good for an excellent price. Will definitely buy again.