Kumho Ecsta KU39

Dry Grip 86%
Wet Grip 78%
Road Feedback 80%
Handling 75%
Wear 72%
Comfort 81%
Buy again 80%
Kumho Ecsta KU39

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 105 tyre reviews averaging 79% over 1,100,744 miles driven.

Tyre Test Highlights

2010 EVO Tyre Test - 7th of 9 tyres

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

2012 EVO Summer Tyre Test - 9th of 10 tyres

  • Overall - Much closer to the tyres above rather than the Nexen below, the Kumho had a relatively strong wet performance. Slow in the dry, and a dull light steering feel give the Kumho a poor subjective score overall
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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Size Price Range  
205/40 R17 £51.40 - £71.40 (10 Prices) Compare Prices >>
205/45 R17 £58.56 - £71.94 (10 Prices) Compare Prices >>
205/55 R16 £41.39 - £71.40 (10 Prices) Compare Prices >>
215/40 R17 £61.92 - £90.20 (10 Prices) Compare Prices >>
225/40 R18 £60.88 - £78.10 (11 Prices) Compare Prices >>
225/45 R17 £54.18 - £70.80 (11 Prices) Compare Prices >>
Available in 58 tyre sizes - View all.

Top Kumho Ecsta KU39 Review

Given 86% (breakdown) while driving a BMW 320D Coupe (255/30 R19 W) on mostly motorways for 0 easy going miles
Second time I've used this tyre on two different cars, the result both times....awesome. Switched from nasty run flats to these and have them on all corners, car grips well in all conditions. Dry grip rate is outstanding, you can feel the tyres biting as you accelerate and push into corners, equally in the wet they won't let you down, they heat up quickly offering extra grip! One thing I didn't realise was the lack of rim protection, my alloys are £550 a piece from BMW and although I'm extremely careful when parking a flange protector wouldn't have been a bad thing.
Only had these on for 2k so far and still looking as new, would definitely buy these again, a great tyre for a fraction of the price of the bigger brands.
3 - tyre reviewed on October 31, 2015   

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Given 70% (breakdown) 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.
3 - tyre reviewed on October 17, 2016   
Given 84% (breakdown) while driving a Ford Focus RS (225/45 R19 V) on mostly motorways for 5 average miles
I run a stage 1 350 BHP RS and as my 400 BHP buddy it is no fun if you cant put power down. I am glad to say that dry grip is astro! and wet well not being a wally and in total agreement with RS 400 up top there, I don't mess about in the rain, well nit with my motor anyway :) I had a picture to rear drivers side and had to, had fit Hancock jobby Will smith as I call them...Well, since then, very choppy at speed but grips all the same, will be buying replacement Khohmo or however they are spelling it :)
0 - tyre reviewed on September 19, 2016   
Given 83% (breakdown) while driving a Vauxhall Vectra (215/50 R17 W) on mostly motorways for 10,000 average miles
Got set of 4 (Kumho KU39 215/50 R17 95 Y XL) for my car, done 10,000 miles and so far I am pretty amazed with grip they provide.
I am based in IRL so it is very wet in here, we have excellent network of motorways, and driving my car even on high speeds 100-120 mph tyres are performing excellent.
Stoping and cornering isn't a issue. Also tyres have additional wheal reinforcer so it helps to protect alloys. Loaded or unloaded, wet or dry car, Kumho are always ready :)
0 - tyre reviewed on August 15, 2016   
Given 74% (breakdown) while driving a Volkswagen Jetta 2.0tdi Sport (225/45 R17) on a combination of roads for 19 average miles
2 x fitted onto a vw jetta 2.0tdi pd at the front
Fitted 3 years ago and covered nearly 20k
Worn evenly and has decent levels of grip in both dry and wet. also coped well throughout the 3 winters ive had them fitted
will need replacing at the end of the summer as now has about 2mm left of tread. over the three years driven mixed between city and a fair few of motorway miles. so overall quite pleased but have start noticing that they are getting more noisier as they are wearing down.
may buy again but may try some other tyres but happy with the £120 price I paid including fitting for the use ive managed to get out of them
0 - tyre reviewed on July 13, 2016   
Given 59% (breakdown) while driving a Volkswagen Tiguan Sport 2.0 TDI 140hp (225/50 R18 H) on mostly country roads for 15,000 easy going miles
I was recommended these Tyres by various friends, I was very pleased with at first, good road holding on wet and dry roads, slightly noisy on motorways at high speed but acceptable, have now become very disapointed as have been advised they are near the legal limit, when I have only had them 18 months and done 15000 miles, would I buy them again, on that performance NO.
0 - tyre reviewed on May 11, 2016   

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