About a year ago, Kumho released their latest entry into the very competitive Ultra High Performance All-Season category. During this time we have compared the tire against its competitors and have been collecting feedback from our customers.
Looking at the survey results, which is a summary of the reviews, it is currently sitting in third place. It's within one percent overall of the very successful Continental ExtremeContact DWS.
Take a look at what others are saying about their experience with the Kumho Ecsta 4X:
"...With the Kumho Ecsta 4X, wet traction is amazing compared to my sports tire, and I give up nothing in the dry." -- Tire Rack Consumer Review, 2003 Honda Civic Si Hatchback
"...now I have 5,000 miles in all types of weather - great tire - wonderful ride -fabulous traction - best tire I have driven on..." -- Tire Rack Consumer Review, 2009 Mazda Mazda3
"...Excellent wet and dry performance with very sure/confident steering feel." -- Tire Rack Consumer Review, 2011 BMW 328i
We also put it through the paces in our test cycle. This comprises of a real world road loop over various surfaces and speeds, as well as time on our test track. The test track simulates conditions similar to those one might experience in an emergency maneuver. The Kumho took first place of the four tires tested.
During my time behind the wheel, I was tested the tire in wet conditions and was the quickest on the Kumho. While this didn't hold true with the rest of the team in all sections, it was a close second when it wasn't first. Overall, we really liked how the tire responded and felt on the road. This higher level of feel does come with a bit less ride comfort than the others. It wasn't significant but noticeable in a controlled test. Read "Testing Value-Priced Ultra High Performance All-Season Tires" for complete results.