By Denna Bowman
Kumho tyres has earned a top plaudit from a leading consumers organisation in Australia.
The Korean company’s Solus KH 15 scored highly in the annual review and comparison of car tyres carried out by Choice.
The organisation rested tested 15 of the best selling 195/65R15 tyres on the Australian market in a rigorous independent tyre test.
Kumho’s Solus KH15 radial was awarded the second highest score, registering 78 per cent in the comparison of the most common tyre size for the small car class.
The Kumho Solus was one of four tyres ranked as a ‘Choice buy’ by the web site after considering performance in a number of different conditions.
The 195/65R15 is the tyre size used as original fitment size on popular models such as Toyota Corolla, VW Golf, Ford Focus, Mazda 3, Honda Civic and Kia Cerato .
The Kumho Solus KH15 scored highly across all of the testing criteria outpointing its leading competitors from European and Japanese makers as well as tyres from Korean and Chinese companies.
Choice carried out the tests using a Ford Focus and compared the tyres in a range of tests including dry cornering at 80 and 85km/h, wet cornering at 75km/h, dry braking at 50 and 80 km/h and wet braking at 50 and 80 km/h.
According to Kumho Tyres Australia CEO Edmund Cho, Choice’s independent and unbiased testing proves the benefit of Kumho’s intensive investment in research and development in tyre technology.
He said: “To have the Kumho Solus KH15 ranked so highly in a field of some of the world’s most esteemed tyre makers is testament to the efforts of Kumho engineers and designers.
“We know how good the latest generation Kumho tyres are and now Choice has given an independent tick of approval with a result which delivers tyre buyers added confidence in the Kumho brand and the tyres we market here in Australia.”