Kumho Ecsta KU39

Dry Grip 86%
Wet Grip 78%
Road Feedback 80%
Handling 75%
Wear 72%
Comfort 81%
Buy again 80%

The Kumho Ecsta KU39 is a Ultra High Performance Summer tyre designed to be fitted to Passenger Car

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Tyre review data from 115 tyre reviews averaging 79% over 1,190,286 miles driven.

Latest Group Test Results

2014 Auto Bild Top 15 Summer Tyre Test - 8th of 15 tyres

  • Positive - Good aquaplaning results, short braking distances on dry roads, quiet pass-by noise, good value for money
  • Negative - Poor mileage, slow steering response

2014 Auto Bild 50 Summer Tyre Shootout - 13th of 50 tyres

2013 European Summer Sports Tyre Test - 10th of 18 tyres

  • Positive - Perform well in almost all disciplines
  • Negative - A little weak in the wet
Size Fuel Wet Noise Weight
205/45 R16 87Y XL   C B 74  
205/55 R16 91Y   C B 72  
225/35 R17 86Y XL   E B 74  
205/40 R17 84Y XL   E A 74  
215/40 R17 87Y XL   E A 74  
235/40 R17 94Y XL   C B 74  
245/40 R17 95Y XL   E B 74  
255/40 R17 94Y   E B 71  
205/45 R17 88Y XL   C A 74  
215/45 R17 91Y XL   C A 74  
225/45 R17 94Y XL   C B 74  
235/45 R17 97Y XL   C B 74  
245/45 R17 99Y XL   C B 74  
215/50 R17 95Y XL   C A 74  
225/50 R17 98Y XL   C A 74  
235/50 R17 96Y   C B 72  
215/35 R18 84Y XL   E B 74  
225/35 R18 87Y XL   C B 74  
245/35 R18 92Y XL   E A 74  
255/35 R18 94Y XL   E A 72  
265/35 R18 97Y XL   E A 72  
275/35 R18 95Y   E A 71  
285/35 R18 101Y XL   E A 72  
215/40 R18 89Y XL   C B 74  
225/40 R18 92Y XL   E B 74  
235/40 R18 95Y XL   E B 74  
245/40 R18 97Y XL   C A 74  
255/40 R18 99Y XL   C A 72  
265/40 R18 101Y XL   C A 72  
225/45 R18 95Y XL   C B 74  
235/45 R18 98Y XL   C B 74  
245/45 R18 100Y XL   C A 74  
255/45 R18 103Y XL   C A 72  
275/45 R18 103Y   E A 71  
235/50 R18 101Y XL   C B 74  
255/30 R19 91Y XL   E A 72  
265/30 R19 93Y XL   E A 72  
275/30 R19 96Y XL   E A 72  
295/30 R19 100Y XL   E A 72  
215/35 R19 85Y XL   E A 74  
225/35 R19 88Y XL   E A 74  
235/35 R19 91Y XL   E A 74  
245/35 R19 93Y XL   E A 74  
255/35 R19 96Y XL   E A 72  
265/35 R19 98Y XL   E A 72  
275/35 R19 100Y XL   C A 72  
285/35 R19 103Y XL   C A 72  
225/40 R19 93Y XL   C A 74  
245/40 R19 98Y XL   C A 74  
255/40 R19 100Y XL   C A 72  
275/40 R19 105Y XL   C A 72  
225/45 R19 96Y XL   C A 74  
245/45 R19 102Y XL   C A 74  
275/45 R19 108Y XL   C A 72  
245/35 R20 95Y XL   C A 74  
275/35 R20 102Y XL   C A 73  
245/40 R20 99Y XL   C A 74  
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215/50 R17 £71.00 - £88.60 (14 Prices) Compare Prices >>
225/40 R18 £69.10 - £106.80 (12 Prices) Compare Prices >>
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Top Kumho Ecsta KU39 Review

Given 70% while driving a Ford S Max (225/50 R17 W) on a combination of roads for 10,000 average miles
Good, quiet, responsive tyre with good braking in wet and dry. However, very poor wear longevity. Only had tryes for less than 18 months, do less than 10.000 miles per year and both front and rear are nearly bald. Would not buy again for this reason.
150 - tyre reviewed on October 17, 2016   

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Given 73% while driving a Toyota MK2 MR2 Turbo (235/40 R17 W) on a combination of roads for 1,000 miles
The new KU39 sided versions are way better than the previous models.

Still running the old version on the front and will replace with the latest KU39s asap.

Decent all round tyre which is fine for my MR2 Turbo as they are a bit lairy in the wet!
0 - tyre reviewed on November 13, 2018   
Given 84% while driving a Mitsubishi Lancer VRX (225/45 R18) on mostly town for 9,000 spirited miles
Fitted these to replace the ageing Cinturato P6 tyres that were on my Lancer when I bought it. The old tyres were lacking grip, starting to get noisy and had premature tyre squeal when driving hard.
Fitted 4x KU39 from Tempe Tyres in Sydney.
Upsized from 215/45/R18 to 225/45/R18 on the stock 7.5in.

Tyres were fantastic. Loads more grip right off the bat. Drove the car home after the tyres were fitted on the freeway for 2 hours in the pounding rain. No issues.
Nice stiff sidewall so no feeling of washiness or roll. Loads of grip wet and dry for what they are and low tyre noise (at least for the 10 months I used them)

Unfortunately the car they were on was written of by a red light runner who T-boned me so only put 15,000kms on the tyres, but they were still going strong after roughly a year.

Will definitely buy again.
1 - tyre reviewed on August 25, 2018   
What's better in the snow, a 4x4 or winter tyres? Watch the video to find out!
Alfa Romeo (225/45 R17) on mostly motorways for 37,500 average miles

I am better at speaking in English than writing it. sorry for my bad enlgish but i hope you understand!

Dry grip; 8. Well.... when it is summer the tyres are great! Only when it is below under 7 degrees the tyres want to do a step aside. But... If you drive sportive you never have a unsafe feeling in summer.

Wetgrip; 7. If you drive in the rain with a normal road you have 0% stress about the grip, even in roundabouts or in turns on a 60mile motorway the tyre go's wherever you want to go there is no complains about. However. If there is aquaplanning (i dont know if this word is correct cause i'm dutch and here in the Netherlands you have aquaplanning alot), the Kumho's KU39 struggle's with the water... only option is to slow down the speed or doing two hands on your steering wheel! But if you know this and you seeing alot of water on the road you can lowing your speed for like 10km/h's and there are no problems.

Road Feedback; 9. The Kumho's give you always the feeling what's happening. And that's the reason why i love them.

Handling; 10. When you go with to much speed around the corner most tyres you go in to a slip . These tyres don't!!! In all the 37.5000 miles and my sportive drivenstile i have no unsafe feeling when i realy push hard. When you think; Oh shit mayby i'm late to take the corner. No problem... when you want to take a corner on your right... you go that way you want!

Wear; 10. AWESOME. I have an Alfa Romeo 147 JTD 140hp 340nm and i'm drive normal for like 90% of the time. Only i have my moments like everyone.... and then i realy pushed hard around the corners. Sometimes i leave with wheelspin by the trafficlights, or have slippy tyres when i go hard in a sharp turn.

I driven 37.500 miles (60.000km) on 1 set Kumho's KU39 front tyres!!! That's alot. Only they are now gone, and when they are born like now, you have not much grip but it is cold outside and i think that is normal when the tyres have 1.6mm left.

Comfort; 10; No complains about the comfort the sidewall is not soft but bad roads are no problem for the tyres (or your back)

Buy Again; 6. Well it is very hard to find tyres who are 100% what you want IMO. But i tink if you looking for a cheap tyre that makes you happy in all conditions buy the Kumho for sure. If you live in a country where it rains all day mayby you have to look at another tyre like the Uniroyal rainsport 3 (only with aquaplanning you have to pay attention on the road), but if you live in Italy, Kroatiƫ or another warm country the Kumho's ku39 are perfect for you!!!

I give this time the change to Michelin Pilot Sport 4. They are much expensiver then Kumho's..... but YOLO. You can spend out your money 1 time in you life!
6 - tyre reviewed on February 14, 2018   
Ford (225/45 R17) on mostly country roads for 5,000 average miles
Have not had these long, but weather in Ireland is wet and dry so in a short time it has had good experience on all sorts of roads and conditions. They perform as well as Goodyear Efficient Grip in all areas except one! Rolling resistance must very very high! Averaging 45MPG before i am lucky to break 40MPG now and i only fitted them on the front. Makes a big different over a lot of miles, and wont recover the reduced cost of the tyres. Sorry Kumho, not again!
9 - tyre reviewed on August 16, 2017   

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