Kumho Ecsta KU31

Dry Grip 83%
Wet Grip 75%
Road Feedback 77%
Handling 75%
Wear 72%
Comfort 74%
Buy again 77%

The Kumho Ecsta KU31 is a Ultra High Performance Summer tyre designed to be fitted to Passenger Car

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Tyre review data from 163 tyre reviews averaging 76% over 2,605,523 miles driven.

Latest Group Test Results

2014 Auto Review Max Performance Tyre Test - 7th of 7 tyres

  • Positive - Price
  • Negative - Grip and control on wet pavement, low resistance to aquaplaning, grip and handling on dry pavement
  • Overall - The Kumho KU31 looks smart, but unfortunately doesn't deliver in test. On wet roads the performance is mediocre with plenty of understeer and poor aquaplaning performance, and in the dry the braking distance from 62 mph is almost 4 meters longer than the best on test, which means when the Continental had stopped, the car would still be travelling at near 20 mph! Not the best option for road or track.

2010 EVO FWD Tyre Test - 9th of 9 tyres

  • Negative - Good dry pace
  • Overall - Poor wet performance, lowest subjective score.
Size Fuel Wet Noise Weight
195/45 R15 78V   E A 70 7.54kgs
195/50 R15 82H   E A 70 8.07kgs
195/50 R15 82H   E A 70 8.21kgs
205/50 R15 86V   E A 70 8.78kgs
205/50 R15 86V   E A 70 8.57kgs
185/55 R15 82V   E A 70 8.06kgs
185/55 R15 82V   E A 70 7.86kgs
195/55 R15 85V         8.44kgs
205/55 R15 88V   E A 70 9.00kgs
205/55 R15 88V   E A 70 9.09kgs
195/65 R15 91V         8.90kgs
215/65 R15 100V XL   C E 71 11.03kgs
215/65 R15 100V XL   C E 71 11.12kgs
215/40 R16 86W XL   E B 71 9.06kgs
215/40 R16 86W XL   E B 71 8.80kgs
165/45 R16 74V XL   E B 70 6.01kgs
165/45 R16 74V XL   E B 70 5.81kgs
195/45 R16 84V XL   E B 71 8.57kgs
195/45 R16 84V XL   E B 71 8.23kgs
205/45 R16 87W XL   C B 71 9.02kgs
205/45 R16 87W XL   C B 71 9.01kgs
225/45 R16 89W   E B 70 9.73kgs
225/45 R16 89W   E B 70 9.60kgs
195/50 R16 84W   E B 70 8.58kgs
205/50 R16 87W   E B 70 9.47kgs
205/50 R16 87W   E B 70 9.25kgs
225/50 R16 92W   E B 70 10.38kgs
225/50 R16 92V   C B 70 10.19kgs
225/50 R16 92V   C B 70 10.35kgs
225/50 R16 92W   E B 70 10.61kgs
245/50 R16 97W   E B 70 12.60kgs
245/50 R16 97W   E B 70 12.35kgs
195/55 R16 87V   F E 70 11.25kgs
205/55 R16 91V   C B 70 9.43kgs
205/55 R16 91V   C B 70 9.34kgs
205/55 R16 91V   G C 73  
205/55 R16 91W         9.54kgs
215/55 R16 97W XL   E B 71 11.05kgs
215/55 R16 97W XL   E B 71 11.02kgs
225/55 R16 99W XL   C B 71 11.48kgs
225/55 R16 99W XL   C B 71 11.40kgs
205/60 R16 96V XL   E E 71 10.10kgs
205/60 R16 96V XL   E E 71 10.33kgs
215/60 R16 95V         10.78kgs
235/60 R16 104V XL   E E 71 12.19kgs
195/40 R17 81W XL   E A 71 8.26kgs
205/40 R17 84Y XL   E B 71 8.88kgs
215/40 R17 87W XL         8.73kgs
255/40 R17 94W   G C 72  
205/45 R17 88W XL   E A 71 9.36kgs
205/45 R17 84V   G C 73  
225/45 R17 94Y XL   C B 71 10.61kgs
225/45 R17 91W   F C 70 12.38kgs
235/45 R17 97W XL   C B 71 11.45kgs
245/45 R17 95W   E B 70 11.90kgs
245/45 R17 95W         14.82kgs
255/45 R17 98W   C B 72 12.77kgs
255/45 R17 98W   C B 72 12.77kgs
205/50 R17 93W XL   F C 71 12.53kgs
205/50 R17 93W XL         10.19kgs
215/50 R17 95W XL   C A 71 11.05kgs
215/50 R17 95W XL   C A 71 10.87kgs
225/50 R17 94W   F C 70 14.48kgs
225/50 R17 98W XL   C A 71 11.27kgs
225/50 R17 98W XL   C A 71 11.73kgs
215/55 R17 94W   C A 70 10.83kgs
215/55 R17 94W   C A 70 10.33kgs
225/55 R17 101W XL   E A 71 12.01kgs
235/55 R17 103W XL   C B 71 13.04kgs
235/55 R17 103W XL   C B 71 13.33kgs
225/40 R18 92Y XL   E B 71 10.99kgs
225/40 R18 92Y XL   E B 71 10.67kgs
225/40 R18 88W   G C 73  
235/40 R18 95Y XL   E B 71 11.15kgs
245/40 R18 97Y XL   E B 71 11.93kgs
245/40 R18 93Y   G C 74  
275/40 R18 99W         13.86kgs
215/45 R18 93Y XL   E A 71 10.35kgs
215/45 R18 93Y XL   E A 71 10.77kgs
225/45 R18 91Y   E A 70 10.66kgs
225/45 R18 91Y   E A 70 11.17kgs
235/45 R18 98W XL   C A 71 11.84kgs
255/40 R19 100Y XL   E A 71 12.87kgs
245/45 R19 102Y XL          
235/30 R20 88Y XL   E A 71 11.41kgs
275/30 R20 97Y XL   E A 73 13.32kgs
285/30 R20 99Y XL   C A 71 14.06kgs
225/35 R20 90Y XL   E A 71 10.67kgs
235/35 R20 92Y XL   E A 71 11.66kgs
255/35 R20 97Y XL   E A 71 12.75kgs
235/30 R22 90Y XL   E A 71 12.66kgs
265/30 R22 93Y         13.92kgs

Questions and Answers for the Kumho Ecsta KU31

2019-03-06 - How to identify the manufacture date on my KUMHO 185 55 R15?

There will be a two digit code on the sidewall, like 4318 which would mean week 43 of 2018.


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Top Kumho Ecsta KU31 Review

Given 40% while driving a Volkswagen Golf 6 GTI (225/45 R17) on mostly town for 5,000 average miles
I have never encountered a tyre that slips as much as this tyre - Cant make it for a few hundred meters without the tyres slipping when I press the gas pedal...
124 - tyre reviewed on May 25, 2016   

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Given 18% while driving a Volkswagen Passat Estate 2.0 TDI (170) (235/45 R18 W) on mostly motorways for 4,000 easy going miles
Possibly the shittest tyre known to man. Had a couple of these now. The previous of which blew out. More recently my Passat developed a horrendous vibration. Turns out the tyre's no longer round. It had more bulges than a porn hub special, bukake waiting queue. Had my car shaking like a shitting dog. Horrendous. Thinking of buying a set? Think again! Buy yourself a pack of Trojan XL, use them and glue them to your alloy wheel instead. Guaranteed a smoother ride.
2 - tyre reviewed on March 6, 2020   
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Given 80% while driving a BMW 530D M sport (285/30 R20 W) on a combination of roads for 0 spirited miles
Not sure about the wear but I don't care because its all about safety. When I say safety I mean it does grip very well in dry and also wet. I've 290bhp BMW (rear wheel drive of course) and no issue. I dont see why pay double the price for Michelin and other "good" brands. Will definitely buy again but i can see that price is going up. obviously tyre maker know's its good and selling more every day.
1 - tyre reviewed on November 3, 2019   
Given 77% while driving a BMW 116i (205/55 R16 V) on mostly country roads for 10,000 average miles
I bought these tyres in November 2011 on a deal at £100 for a pair to fit to the front of my BMW E36 323i replacing a pair of 225/50 Pirelli P6000.
The Kumho's transformed the front end giving so much grip the rear would now swing around like hinge every time I really gave it some throttle. Before it would understeer slightly making the rear easier to control but now the front even in winter conditions could be thrown into corners with gay abandonment. At the time the front end of the old beemer was as good if not better than anything I had ever owned with these on.
After that car was retired 2500 miles later I put the wheels and tyres into storage until I purchased the BMW 116i and fitted some brand new Hankook Ventus Prime 3 to the other pair of wheels.
I bought the car at the beginning of summer and fitted the wheels with the Kumho's to the rear of the car figuring it would be better to wear the older tyres out quicker. The combo of Kumho's on the rear & Ventus Prime's up front was awesome. Turn off traction control and I could almost drift the rear of the car around roundabouts as the feedback was excellent and the grip & feel on the front was also rock solid. Come winter though and traction control was a must as the short wheelbase 1 series would constantly snap out on the cold tarmac.
I swapped the tyres around as the Ventus Primes had won the 2018 Auto Bild test and the Kumho's had proved brilliant on my old car. This sorted the handling, you still needed TC but the car definitely handled better and the Kumho's had almost as much grip on the front as the Hankooks.
So to sum up, the Kumho's work great on the front of a BMW as the weight of the engine increases grip and they have great feel on the rear in summer. They tend to snap out easily on the rear of a rear wheel drive car in winter so not suitable for that application.
The only other fault I have is that once the tyres were down to 6mm (after about another 7000 miles, around 10,000 in total) they were prone to aquaplaning. Maybe this wouldn't have happened on the 323i as it was heavier on the front but it certainly does happen quite a bit on the 116i.
These are an old tire now and technology has moved on so I doubt I would buy again, I also have a feeling they may become dangerous well before reaching the legal limit but they were great in 2011 for the price. They may not aquaplane as much on a heavier car, a 205 section tyre is quite big for a car the size of a 1 series.
1 - tyre reviewed on June 26, 2019   
Given 91% while driving a Subaru Legacy 3.0R Spec B (215/45 R18 W) on a combination of roads for 27,000 spirited miles
These Kumo tyres replaced Bridgestones on my Subaru Spec B and have performed excellently. Wear is very good for a car with 245HP and despite being summer tyres have enabled me to drive through deep snow out of my housing estate while other people have been stuck. However it has to be considered the Spec B is 4 wheel drive with a limited slip differential.The general road handling is superb and in particular wet road driving/brake is so very safe. For example on one occasion I had to drive from Frankfort to Luxemburg in heavy rain and easily maintained a speed of 85 to 90mph. At no time was there any change in steering feel or load, the car just felt safe. On the Autobann running at 140mph the car feels totaly stable which is a compliment to both car and tyre. I have owned the car for 6 years and driven a total of 55,000 miles. Kumo tyres were fitted just after purchase and this report reflects my experiance with two sets of Kumo tyres.
2 - tyre reviewed on February 9, 2018   

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