Rallying, rallycross and circuit racing have long been part of the DNA of Kumho tyres. Motorsport continues to be an integral part of the company’s research and development programme. Kumho makes tyres in China and Korea and is due to open a factory in the USA.
The opening of a new technical HQ in Germany has enabled the company to build partnerships with some of the world’s best-known manufacturers. Its tyres’ first approval for original equipment fitting came from Volkswagen for the Polo. Today they are factory-fitted to many Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Ford and Renault models. Kumho sells tyres to 180 countries and has a reputation for quality and affordability.
Kumho’s Ecsta KU39 and KU31 are both designed as good value performance tyres for medium-sized cars. Both fare well in consumer reviews. The Ecsta KU39 is a good all-rounder, offering high levels of stability, grip and braking capabilities. In contrast, the Ecsta KU31 has a greater emphasis on sharp, sporty handling for higher-performance cars. The Mercedes-Benz B-Class, many Volkswagens and various BMW Mini models are factory-fitted with these two tyre types.
The Ecsta KH31 is similar to the KU31, offering sporty performance and stability. It is fitted as original equipment to many BMW 3 Series models. This tyre is a solid option for drivers of mid-sized and larger vehicles. It offers good all-round performance, a solid balance between wet and dry driving and a long tyre life.
The Solus range is another Kumho tyre which sells well, particularly popular with drivers of mid-sized and family cars. It provides stability in the wet and good handling characteristics. Original equipment for the Mercedes-Benz G-Class, it is available in sizes which include SUV fittings.
A recent launch from Kumho has been the Ecowing. This tyre is designed to offer environmentally-friendly properties including reduced fuel consumption, longevity and low noise emissions. It won several industry awards on its introduction to the British marketplace. In most sizes it is awarded a ‘B’-rating for its grip in the wet to complement its economical properties.