Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Kumho Ecsta 4X

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Vehicle: 2008 Volkswagen Passat Wagon 3.6L 4Motion
Miles Driven on Tires: 50
Location: Carmel, CA
Driving Condition: Combined Highway/City
Driving Style: Spirited
Kumho Ecsta 4X
Follow-Up Review: 4,000 miles on tires
December 25, 2012
Put 4000 miles on these tires over the last 6 months. Had to drive through a really heavy down pour this past weekend. about 100 miles of it. Tires didn't show any signs of slipping or hydroplaning. Really gave you a confident feel. Not sure how much of it was due to the tire, and how much due to the heavy weight of the car (2 tons) and how much due to the 4 motion all wheel drive. But the combination is very confidence inspiring.<br><br>The dry traction is not as good as the previous good year gt's. I can spin these a lot easier on a fast start. At the current wear rate, I expect to get 20k to 25k miles out of this set.
Initial Review: 50 miles on tires
June 26, 2012

Just got this installed yesterday. Thanks Tirerack for quick shipping! Coming from Goodyear Eagle GT in 235/40/18 with 21k miles, these Kumho's are a little quieter and seems to be softer riding (softer sidewall maybe?)
Can't really speak to their handling as I've only put about 50 miles on it.

One thing I noticed is the lack of a rim guard on the Kumho. On the Goodyear, there is a thick piece of hard rubber sticking out near where the tire meets the rim, this is suppose to protect the rim from curb damage. and it has done a pretty good job over the last 3 years keeping my wheels in good shape. With the kumho, it doesn't have that rubber rim guard, so the rim now stick out a little where it meets the rubber. I'm going to have to be super careful when I park now, or expect lots of scratches to the 18 rims.

Overall, on the first day, they aren't too different from the Goodyear Eagle Gt's. I wasn't displeased with the goodyear, and would have continued to use them if it weren't for a nail near the sidewall. They lasted me 21k and still had around 4/32 to 5/32 tread left, so I expected to get around 30k miles out of that set.
Hope the Kumho's will last 30k, they do feel a bit softer (ride wise) so maybe its a softer rubber compound.

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