Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Kumho Ecsta 4X

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Vehicle: 1999 Saab 9-5
Miles Driven on Tires: 10,000
Driving Condition: Mostly City
Driving Style: Average
Kumho Ecsta 4X
Follow-Up Review: 15,000 miles on tires
November 08, 2013
Tires are worn to 4/32 all around. All are evenly worn but very disappointed in tread life. Decent performing tire, snow isn't so good.
Initial Review: 10,000 miles on tires
March 16, 2013

I purchased these as a year round alternative for my Saab. These tires are towards the bottom end price-wise so don't expect otherwise. They performed very well in all areas, except for winter, which was okay. Dry and even wet conditions they were better than I expected. This vehicle has had all new suspension installed. The tires seemed to harden up in the cold temps. Getting that initial bite to start off is where these lacked. I do have a manual transmission so it is tricky to get traction at times. I have had snow tires and know that all seasons will never be the best. With that said, they tracked okay in the snow once moving. There are better options out there for all season winter use. But after 10k, these tires still have 7/32 tread depth and should last me 40-50k.
They ride quietly and feel very solid, yet smooth. The steering response was sharp. Overall satisfied with these tires.

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