Nankang Sportnex AS2+

The Nankang Sportnex AS2 Plus is a Ultra High Performance Summer tire designed to be fitted to Passenger Cars.

This tire replaced the Nankang AS2.

Dry Grip 86%
Wet Grip 66%
Road Feedback 76%
Handling 72%
Wear 64%
Comfort 71%
Buy again 62%

Tire review data from 22 tire reviews averaging 71% over 134,710 miles driven.

The Sportnex AS2+ is ranked 90th of 143 Summer Ultra High Performance tires.

Latest Tire Test Results

2022 Tire Reviews UUHP Summer Tire Test - 5th of 10 tires

  • Positive - Good grip in the wet, high aquaplaning resistance, quietest tire on test, excellent levels of comfort, low rolling resistance, low purchase price.
  • Negative - Poor grip in the dry with oversteer balance.
  • Overall - The Nankang Sportnex AS-2+ punched above its price category, beating the more established brands of Kumho and Toyo. The tire might not have been the most dynamic in the dry, but it performed well in all the wet testing and had good levels of comfort, low noise, and low rolling resistance. The AS2+ does seem more comfort than performance bias, but it's still an impressive set of results for the price point.
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2021 Sport Auto UHP Summer Tire Test - 7th of 8 tires

  • Positive - Mostly safe in the wet, with an understeer balance, excellent aquaplaning resistance.
  • Negative - No sporty driving with sluggish inaccurate steering and poor grip. Relatively long braking distances and weak cornering grip in the wet.
  • Overall - The low cost SportNex AS2+ just shines in aquaplaning resistance.
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2019 Swedish Summer Tire Test - 13th of 13 tires

  • Positive - None mentioned.
  • Negative - Poor dry and wet grip, high rolling resistance.
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2022 Tire Tests

  • 5th: 2022 Tire Reviews UUHP Summer Tire Test (255/35 R19)
  • 2021 Tire Tests

  • 7th: 2021 Sport Auto UHP Summer Tire Test (275/35 R19)
  • 2019 Tire Tests

  • 13th: 2019 Swedish Summer Tire Test (205/55 R16)
  • 39th: 2019 Summer 53 Tire Braking Shootout (225/45 R17)
  • 2018 Tire Tests

  • 14th: 2018 Test World Summer Tire Test (225/45 R17)
  • 2017 Tire Tests

  • 10th: 2017 Auto Express Summer Tire Test (205/55 R16)
  • 24th: 2017 Auto Bild Summer Tire Shootout (225/50 R17)
  • 2016 Tire Tests

  • 8th: 2016 Test World Performance Tire Test (225/40 R18)
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    Top 3 Nankang Sportnex AS2 Plus Reviews

    Given 46% while driving a Ford Mondeo TDCI (205/65 R17) on mostly motorways for 8,000 miles
    These tires are made from recycled banana skins treated with a generous amount of grease. In the dry they are fine. But if the road is slightly damp you would be safer dressed all in black trying to walk across eight lanes of the M25 at midnight whilst wearing a blindfold. The ABS kicks in whilst braking gently and traction control is regularly activated in 2nd gear if attempting to accelerate at any speed greater than the acceleration of your average snail.
    Aquaplaning - I was aware of this phenomenon but had never experienced it in over 20 years of driving until I had these, now I can aquaplane with the best of them. In rain the car handles worse than Bambi trying to navigate a glacier after ten vodka red bulls. Yes, I know they are advertised as a summer tire, but unfortunately I had no choice in this tire purchase. If you live in an area where it never rains and the temperature never drops below 20 degrees then this is the ideal tire for you. But if you live in the U.K. and value your life then do not buy these tires. If you are a fleet manager purchasing tires for Sun, Daily Mail journalists or Piers Morgan then get your cheque book out immediately.
    Helpful 115 - tire reviewed on January 2, 2017
    Given 99% while driving a Volkswagen Scirocco 2.0 TSI 210hp (235/40 R18 W) on a combination of roads for 5,000 spirited miles
    The review below made by the guy who used 205/65R17 on his Mondeo is very misleading. The AS-2+ product doesn't include this exact size in the size range, and the size doesn't fit correctly on Mondeo either!

    According to the dealer where I replaced tires, the nankang tire is tested in European proving grounds to live up to the European tires standards, and as-2 plus is also certified by TUV SUD in Germany.

    From my first experience of the tires, it works unexpectedly well on wet road. Even if driving on motorway at high speed, the tires offer stable control through water at ease. The way how tires fit on the 18" rims looks nice as well. Would recommend to friends.

    Helpful 47 - tire reviewed on June 23, 2017
    Given 86% while driving a Audi A5 2.0TFSI Quattro (265/30 R20 W) on a combination of roads for 30,000 spirited miles
    Size: 265/30/20 I’m not one to usually post reviews but after seeing the amount of negative reviews the nankangs are recieving, I had to tell you about my extremely positive experience. Honestly, these tires are some of the best value for money / performance you can buy. I own a Audi A5 (Quattro) and the tires perform brilliantly in wet, dry, summer and winter. Handling and feedback is very good, economy as well. I put four new ones on my car for £400.00 (£100.00 each) and got 30,000 miles out of the front pair. The backs will need replacing soon (I expect about 34,000 miles). Given they ‘cheapest’ premium tire (Dunlop/Mitchelin/Conti) will set you back £220.00 per tire, you really cannot complain for the performance and wear on the nankangs. I have to question some of these reviews about their performance, any tire will slip in the wet if you’re driving like an idiot. Says more about your poor driving! If you’re debating getting these tires, I cannot recommend them highly enough - new pair on order as I’m writing this!
    Helpful 41 - tire reviewed on December 24, 2020
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    Given 60% while driving a Land Rover Range Rover Sport (285/35 R22) on mostly motorways for 4,000 easy going miles
    I was loving these tires until I noticed that after 8 months use and 4000 easy miles the rears were way beyond the legal limit. There was really no tread left at all. They are seemingly far too soft for a heavy car such as a Range Rover Sport although these were XL 106Y rated. Have lost all faith in these tires. I would never use them again.
    Helpful 5 - tire reviewed on December 31, 2022
    Given 61% while driving a BMW 3 series (225/35 R18) on a combination of roads for 5,000 average miles
    Take my review with a pinch of salt since I have 225/35 r18 on a 8.5” rim - so a very slight stretch. My car has all oem sport suspension apart from eibach lowering springs.

    My driving is on a mix of regional roads and motorways with a bit of occasional spirited driving thrown in. I average about 600 miles/week.

    Positives: The grip once these tires get warm is very impressive. I can chuck my car around corners with confidence, braking is nice. Weight of the steering is perfect for me.

    Wet grip is excellent, I can drive through standing water without aquaplaning at all.

    Wear seems to be alright 5000 miles in. I have proper alignment/camber and it’s worn the inside a bit more than I would have liked, but it’s still fairly good.

    Negatives: The biggest problem I have is the road noise. On anything other than a billiards table it is just ridiculously loud. It seems to be a bit higher pitch than other tires I’ve had, which just adds to the annoyance. Transmits every little crack on the road into the cabin. I actually thought my suspension top mounts were the issue and took them out to check - nope, it’s 100% the tires.

    Tires seem to tramline and follow any divets in the road very easily so you have to pay attention on backroads or roads lorries use a lot.

    The initial turn in of the car seems a bit dulled but once loaded up the feedback is decent.

    Cold performance is a bit sketchy. Definitely would not chance using them too late into Autumn.
    Helpful 9 - tire reviewed on September 28, 2022
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    Given 56% while driving a BMW 325ci M Sport convertible (235/40 R18) on mostly town for 8,000 spirited miles
    good if you like spinning out in the rain. good in dry
    Helpful 13 - tire reviewed on June 14, 2022
    Given 80% while driving a Alfa Romeo 159 (245/40 R18) on mostly country roads for 12,000 average miles
    Bought a set of 4 of these tires not long after buying the car to go on new alloys. Overall quite impressed with the handling in all conditions, good feedback through the steering wheel and good traction under braking. They give what I would say is a solid ride and cope well with the often uneven surfaces of the country lanes. I cannot really compare road noise or fuel efficiency as I've not had long enough with a different set to gauge any difference. I get the top end of my expected fuel economy which makes me happy and it's quiet enough in the cabin to chat with my kids in the back which makes them happy. Buy them again? Possibly, though I may go for something different (budget dependent). Recommend to a friend? Definitely!
    Helpful 12 - tire reviewed on May 19, 2022
    Given 82% while driving a BMW 520d (275/35 R19) on a combination of roads for 500 average miles
    I left a review before on the AS 2 but my tires are the new AS2 Plus - my error! So I have 19'' wheels and tires are large 275's at to say so far so good. Had Falkens before and liked them but local garage said try these - and have to say they ride well / noise no issues / wet so far so good but have not been on really wet roads yet. Tire wear can't comment yet either but will do later. So in summary for £170 runflats on a 5 Series 19'' wheels I'm delighted........yes you get what you pay for but you can also get good value for money and these tick that box.
    Helpful 12 - tire reviewed on May 6, 2022
    Given 74% while driving a Ford Focus ST250 (235/40 R18) on a combination of roads for 4,000 spirited miles
    Have this tire on my Focus ST Mk3. A honest budget tire, not bad but a sporty car deserves better. Low grip on full throttle, smears in hard cornering and also gives understeer. The tire is ok in wet conditions. In overall a good choice for smooth everyday driving. If your style is sporty, go for a better one. Just as I do.
    Helpful 14 - tire reviewed on April 20, 2022
    Given 73% while driving a Renault Megane Coupe 2.0 dci 160hp (225/45 R17) on mostly country roads for 10,000 spirited miles
    Bad grip when tire is cold, but when tire is hot grip is very good for the price. On rain very good. Only down side in 2 years about 15000-20000km tires went from 7.5mm to 4.5mm but I drive fast 90% of the time so wear is reasonable.
    Helpful 11 - tire reviewed on April 3, 2022
    Given 83% while driving a Mercedes Benz E350 (265/35 R18) on a combination of roads for 5,000 spirited miles
    Driving a Mercedes w212 3.0d sport by far a superior tire to the continental mo tires I had previously, purchased them at half the price of the the originals as the Conti's didn't like potholes. Far better in the wet only time will tell how they wear.
    Helpful 22 - tire reviewed on September 22, 2020
    Given 55% while driving a BMW 1 series 2.0l Diesel (225/40 R18 W) on a combination of roads for 1,000 spirited miles
    Lethal in wet! Driftlube (rain) = waves the back end like a dog in every corner and roundabouts
    Helpful 15 - tire reviewed on June 29, 2020
    Given 87% while driving a Peugeot 308 sw 1.6 hdi (225/40 R18 W) on mostly country roads for 10,000 average miles
    Buy a set of four for my Peugeot 308 sw. They handle quite well in dry and wet . Its a very rigid tire because is a very low profile tire. Altough it gives excelent feedback to the stering wheel. Worns very fast . Definitly buy again
    Helpful 15 - tire reviewed on June 17, 2020
    Given 43% while driving a Audi A7 3.0TDi Auto (265/35 R20 W) on a combination of roads for 0 average miles
    I bought the car with these tires already on it (although have driven the same model with a different brand tire). Due to these being on the car when I purchased it, I cannot say what milage is on them. These have good grip in the dry but aren't good in the went, and despite the 4 wheel drive they like to skid a bit without trying! Road noise is also very noticeable. Won't be buying these!
    Helpful 14 - tire reviewed on February 23, 2020
    Given 85% while driving a Mercedes Benz E350 (225/45 R17) on a combination of roads for 600 spirited miles
    No issues, great in wet, can take power from heavy right foot. Great price. Not sure why some users have had such a bad experience.
    Helpful 20 - tire reviewed on December 26, 2019