The Nokian zLine is a sporty summer tyre designed for high powered vehicles. Providing precise steering and excellent feedback, it is suitable for high speeds and demanding driving.
The zLine's innovative tread design includes specially designed swoop grooves. Built on the transverse main grooves of the tyre's inner shoulder, they help remove a larger volume of water from the tyre's path to improve wet grip and prevent aquaplaning. What's more, the swoop grooves open and become wider as the tyre wears, meaning they ensure consistently good grip throughout the tyre's lifespan.
Special hydro grooves further improve the zLine's resistance to aquaplaning. They route water from the tyre's contact patch into its wide longitudinal grooves. This helps clear even more water from the tyre's path, vastly improving handling in rainy weather. Surge grooves also feature on the transverse main grooves of the outer shoulder to provide additional protection against aquaplaning.
Furthermore, the zLine's tread pattern not only improves wet performance, but also stabilises driving behaviour through the use of deep diagonal grooves along the longitudinal ribs next to the inner shoulder.
Finally, the zLine employs Nokian's Silent Groove Design technology. This involves numerous hemispherical indentations on the walls of the tyre's longitudinal ribs. They control the air flow around the tyre. This cuts out sounds from the edges of the transverse grooves, which reduces noise levels both inside and outside the vehicle. As well as creating a more comfortable driving experience, this Silent Groove Design reduces air resistance, which in turn cools the surface of the tyre. The positive impact of this is a much better tread life.
Compound & Structure
The zLine's innovative, multi-layered structure plays an important role in the tyre's performance.
For example, Nokian uses its Intelligent UHP Silica as the zLine's top layer (tread compound). This compound is perfect for demanding use and high speeds and ensures predictable driving in all circumstances.
The layers below the tread surface include a nano silica compound with small molecules. The combination of the two compounds makes the tyre much more responsive to steering.
Furthermore, the bottom layer of the multi-layered structure is a particularly rigid rubber compound. It reduces the tyre's rolling resistance and heat generation. This, in turn, increases the tyre's durability and improves its fuel consumption, making it a more environmentally friendly option.
Nokian zLine Features
- Precise handling, even at high speeds
- Nokian's patented Driving Safety Indicator
- Stable and quiet ride
- Nokian's Flat Run technology available in some sizes
Nokian zLine Reviews & Tests
Since its launch, the Nokian zLine has performed well in independent tyre tests.
For example, in ACE's 2018 R18 Summer Tyre Test, the zLine ranked second out of 11. In an impressive turn of events, it managed to outperform Continental, Pirelli, Goodyear and Michelin.
In Auto Zeitung's Summer Tyre Test from the previous year, the zLine came fifth out of ten tyres tested. Testers described the tyre as demonstrating excellent handling and lateral stability in the wet, in addition to responsive handling and feedback in both wet and dry conditions. In this test, Nokian most notably outperformed Bridgestone, Hankook and Falken.
Nokian zLine Images
Nokian zLine Sizes
The zLine is available in a wide range of sizes, for rim diameters from 16 to 21 inches and speed ratings W and Y.
Nokian zLine SUV
The sporty Nokian zLine SUV summer tyre offers precision handling and durability for SUVs. As well as providing safety in demanding conditions, it also provides improved driving comfort.
Much like its non-SUV counterpart, the zLine SUV steers logically, quickly and responsively, even at high speeds.
The zLine SUV also features trumpet grooves on its shoulder area. These bullet-shaped indentations help to remove large volumes of water from between the tyre and the road, improving wet grip.
Perhaps most importantly, like most of Nokian's SUV tyres, the zLine SUV employs Nokian Tyres Aramid Sidewall technology. Including strong Aramid fibres in the compound reinforces the sidewalls and makes the tyre better at withstanding impacts, cuts and tears. This consequently means the length of the tyre's life is prolonged.
Nokian zLine SUV Features
- Precise and stable handling at high speeds
- Sporty, balanced and powerful feel/performance
- Aramid Sidewall Technology for enhanced durability
- Offers protection against aquaplaning
Nokian zLine SUV Reviews & Tests
In Auto Bild's 2016 4x4/SUV Tyre Test, the zLine SUV ranked second out of seven tyres. Described as a well-balanced tyre with good wet test results, its low rolling resistance and affordable price led to it being labelled as "Exemplary" overall.
In Off Road Magazine's SUV & 4x4 Tyre Test from the year before, the zLine SUV emerged as Test Winner. Its impressive handling and braking performance on both wet and dry roads meant it outperformed Dunlop, Pirelli, Continental and Goodyear, as well as a number of mid-range brands.
Nokian zLine SUV Images
Nokian zLine SUV Sizes
The zLine SUV is available in a wide range of sizes for rim diameters of 17 inches to 22 inches and speed ratings V, W and Y.
Many sizes have an XL marking to show they are reinforced for higher loads.
If you're interested in the zLine or zLine SUV, head over to our Nokian brand page to see the company's other popular tread patterns.