Kia Motors Cerato 2 litre auto (Tiptronic) Tyres

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The following tyres have been reviewed on the Kia Motors Cerato 2 litre auto (Tiptronic)
Continental ContiMaxContact MC5 (33) 88% 81% 80% 78% 80% 87% 84% 83% 385,360
Kumho Ecsta HS51 (22) 88% 86% 78% 81% 78% 84% 74% 81% 337,205
Kumho Solus KH15 (24) 76% 69% 71% 60% 75% 80% 72% 72% 240,604

Kia Motors Cerato 2 litre auto (Tiptronic) Tyre Review Highlights

Writing about the Kumho Ecsta HS51 given 97% (205-55-16-V)
Driving on a combination of roads for 4000 average miles
Excellent tyre for summer and even winter on wet road. Very quite and comfort & excellent grip on wet and dry conditions.
One of the best tyre which I bought and i'll buy again.
tyre reviewed on 2016-09-23 19:02:20
Writing about the Continental ContiMaxContact MC5 given 81% (225-45-17-)
Driving on mostly motorways for 40000 average miles
Really a good tyre with greater performance
tyre reviewed on 2016-12-24 03:34:39
Writing about the Kumho Solus KH15 given 78% (205-50-16-)
Driving on mostly town for 55 average miles
I first rode Kumho on my 2007 Kia Cerato limited (leather option) bought new.
They are Solus KH15
The tyres have been excellent, wearing well. One was replaced early after a puncture, could have been repaired but I decided to fit a new one, bought via a Goodyear depot which I had previously used. Cost NZ$160 fitted.
The rest lasted over 50,000km in mostly stop-start city driving in Auckland New Zealand where many roads are coarse stone-chip surface. Also I was doing commercial real estate meaning I was often in and out of parking buildings negotiating tight spaces which is hard on tyres. Similarly at our residence.
Just before 50,000 the front tyres were looking decidedly worn so I enquired as to replacement to find a local Kumho dealer had two left before changeover to KH17 fitted NZ$120 each. I bought these and took them home for later fitment. These eventually went on 6 months later! The dealer honoured his promise to fit them later. He offered a 50,000km warranty, which involves regular inspectiosn etc at extra cost. I didn't bother. During the final months the tread looked rather worn but there was never any grip problems wet or dry, except for one wheel spinning on an uphill start on a roundabout out of a drain gutter, a lousy dangerous spot. The tyres did get noisier but not nearly as badly as Bridgestone RE92s I had on several Toyota Camrys. They were HORRID tyres. The Bridgestones lost the minor sipes on the shoulders half way through the wear cycle, so half the pattern disappeared as the tyres wore! The Kumhos never did, even the finest grooves were there until the end. Thoroughly recommended. I am told the KH17s are even better, but decided to stay with what I knew and trusted for another 50,000km or so.
I do find modern cars provide very little "seat of the pants" feedback and the Kia is no exception. You cannot "think" it around a corner. Whether the tyres influence this I don't know, but I feel modern chassis are for want of a term "sanitised" to remove any "uncomfortable" feelings for the mass market. The last car I owned which provided proper feedback was my Mercedes 190E 2.3-16 (Cosworth), quite a different piece.
Also I never taken the Kia to the limit..
Kumho = highly recommended.
tyre reviewed on 2012-07-28 22:29:02
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