Kumho Ecsta 4X KU22 Review & Rating
- Dry traction
- Cornering grip
- Low road noise
- Wet handling
Designed as a high performance tire for use on sports cars, sporty coupes and performance sedans, the Kumho Ecsta 4X KU22 offers the latest in tire technology at a lower price that has made it a popular choice among tire buyers. So we put them to the test and rated them using a range of criteria to establish whether or not they outperformed their budget status.
On dry ground the tires performed very well. In fact the traction may seem like you are driving on a summer high performance tire rather than an all-season model. Four circumferential and multiple lateral grooves work to enhance hydroplane resistance and deliver added grip on wet surfaces, which is another plus on the Ecsta 4X.
The tires have good grip on both surfaces without disappointing. Solid and dependable is probably the best way to describe them here.
Cornering – Steering
The Kumho Ecsta 4X features intermediate tread blocks and a larger outboard shoulders to improve handling and it seems to work well. We felt that the steering was smooth and we were in control of the vehicle. Cornering was very good as well, even when we tested it using some aggressive driving techniques.
It is the norm these days to find tires that are said to be used in all-weather conditions including snow and ice. Most of the time we mark tires down in the winter category due to the fact that they claim to handle well and then don’t do anything of the sort, but these were different. The inclusion of the strategically positioned sipes certainly helped as the tires held their own in light snow.
OK, they weren’t the best winter tires we have ever used but because they aren’t winter specific, they actually performed pretty well compared to others in this class. The grip was good in light snow and while we didn’t try them on ice, we imagine they wouldn’t have a lot of problems with a bit here and there.
Ride Comfort – Road Noise
Road noise on these tires is minimal due in part to the notched center rib that keeps the tire in stable contact with the ground. The ride is fairly comfortable for a high performance tire, which is not something that you always get.
One of the most important aspects of buying a new tire is… how long is it going to last me? Some reports have stated that around the 20 – 25,000 mile mark the tires start to show signs of serious wear. Others have mentioned getting much higher mileage out of them. By and large it’s going to depend a lot on your driving habits, but with their 420 UTQG rating you should get 40-50,000 miles from the tread.
The Kumho Ecsta 4X KU22 comes with a 40,000 mile warranty, which is good for tires in this budget range.
So, what did we think of the Kumho Ecsta 4X KU22 tires overall? They surprised in many ways. We could have done with just a little more wet traction, however, the dry traction and cornering grip made up for this. Low noise, good comfort, a solid warranty and a budget price makes them an excellent value in high performance all-season tires.