Kumho Ecsta 4X KU22 Review

Hello and welcome to my Kumho Ecsta 4X KU22 review.

The Ecsta 4X KU22 tire range from Kumho sports a combination of exotic looks, technology of the highest standard, and everyday use durability all in a low profile package. This tire range has been purposefully created for sports cars and ‘tuned’ Sedans and is a perfect choice for when the desire for larger rims meets a slim budget.

This Kumho tires has been designed to provide you with a full set of features that are an absolute requirement in any top class tire; like all season traction, crisp steering and handling and classy looks.

Kumho Ecsta 4X KU22 Review

Dry Traction

Ecsta 4X tires provide a class-leading performance that grips the road in just about any weather imaginable, and this of course includes dry roads. The tires internal structure features twin, high-tensile steel belts and spirally wrapped joint less cap ply reinforcements that stabilize the tread area to enhance handling, high-speed durability, and increased braking performance.

Rating Verdict – Excellent

Wet Traction

Featuring four circumferential and multiple lateral grooves which help to greatly improve hydroplaning resistance, the Kumho KU22 tires have exceptional traction when the streets become wet.

Multiple lateral grooves further enhance hydroplaning resistance, as well as reduce braking distances and give you added confidence behind the wheel.

Rating Verdict – Excellent

Cornering Grip

This Kumho tire possesses a notched center rib for continuous contact with the pavement, and larger outer shoulder blocks for increased stability. It all adds up to some very enjoyable cornering grip for driving enthusiasts.

Rating Verdict – Good

Steering Response

The Ecsta 4X provides excellent steering response due to the intermediate tread blocks and the large outboard shoulder features. You’ll immediately notice how quick the steering is on this tire compared to many of its other competitors. I’d say it is on par with what you get from the Michelin A/S 3 or General G-MAX AS-03 to name just a couple real quick.

Rating Verdict – Excellent

Winter Traction

This tire range features strategically positioned sipes that are added to help in improving traction in wet or wintry conditions, which includes light to moderate amounts of snow. These sipes increase the number of biting edges to promote the needed traction when Mother Nature decides to turn a bit nasty.

That being the case, traction and braking on snow and ice is a bit disappointing for the most part, which is backed up by numerous other reviews that say the same thing. If you spend several months a year driving in winter type conditions, you may want to put on a set of winter tires instead.

Rating Verdict – Poor

Ride Comfort

The 4X KU22 casing was developed using Kumho’s ESCOT “tension control optimization” technology that allowed the engineers to tune the bead, sidewall and shoulder tension to optimize footprint pressure distribution and uniformity. What this all means in simple terms is that the result is less flexing and cooler operating temperatures which should the comfort level. While not a rough ride by any measure, it isn’t on the level of some other tires in this class.

Rating Verdict – Average

Noise Comfort

Every tire from Kumho possesses a notched center rib which provides continuous road contact that helps reduce noise while also enhancing straight-line tracking and cornering stability. This provides the driver with as smooth a drive as possible in even the most testing weather conditions. The only noise that can be heard is if you cross over any exceedingly rough pavement, and even then the noise is minimal.

Rating Verdict – Good

Treadlife/Warranty

The tread life on Kumho Ecsta KU22 tires is warranted for six years or 40,000 miles, which is about what you can expect from this model. I feel that treadwear could be better though, and this is an area where you’ll find a lot of other owners in agreement with. It generally falls below what other tires like the General G-Max AS03, Michelin Pilot Sport A/S3 and Hankook S1 Noble2 provide in the way of treadlife.

Rating Verdict – Average

Price/Value

Kumho KU22 prices range from around $80 and up. On a 215 /55 R16 93W, the cost is about $108. The same size in the Hankook Ventus S1 noble2 runs right at $108 as well, but delivers better performance in our book.

For a tire sized 255 /40 R18 99W, the Kumho costs about $177. Compare that to $225 for the Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3, and $162 on the General G-Max AS-03. Again though, based on overall performance we would rank both the Michelin and General models ahead of the 4X KU22.

Rating Verdict – Average

Final Verdict

A good friend of mine purchased a set of the Kumho Ecsta 4X KU22 tires to replace four Yokohama tires that had been driven into the ground on his Honda Civic. While any new tire is bound to feel great just after purchase, he has now driven on them nearly 6 months and says that they still perform like new.

From our perspective we really like how well the tire drives and handles on dry or wet streets. For a lower costing high performance all-season tire, it has the traction and cornering grip that puts it above many others in this class, while saving you a little extra money at the same time.

On the other side though is the lower treadlife, reduced ride quality and less than stellar winter performance. (Good 3-season tire) If added comfort and better winter handling is what you’re after, the Cooper Zeon RS3-A, Hankook Ventus S1 noble2 or Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric All Season would be a better overall fit for you. That said, for drivers looking for a less expensive daily driver that delivers impressive grip and handling on dry/wet streets, the Kumho KU22 is not a bad option.

Tire Size
Load/Speed
Sidewall
UTQG
185/55R15
82V
BSW
420 AA/A
195/55R15
85V
BSW
420 AA/A
205/55R15
88V
BSW
420 AA/A
195/50ZR16
84W
BSW
420 AA/A
205/50ZR16
87W
BSW
420 AA/A
225/50ZR16
92W
BSW
420 AA/A
195/55R16
87V
BSW
420 AA/A
205/55ZR16
91W
BSW
420 AA/A
215/55ZR16
93W
BSW
420 AA/A
225/55ZR16
95W
BSW
420 AA/A
205/40ZR17
84W
BSW
420 AA/A
245/40ZR17
91W
BSW
420 AA/A
255/40ZR17
94W
BSW
420 AA/A
275/40ZR17
98W
BSW
420 AA/A
205/45ZR17
88W
BSW
420 AA/A
215/45ZR17
91W
BSW
420 AA/A
225/45ZR17
94W
BSW
420 AA/A
235/45ZR17
97W
BSW
420 AA/A
245/45ZR17
95W
BSW
420 AA/A
205/50ZR17
93W
BSW
420 AA/A
215/50ZR17
95W
BSW
420 AA/A
225/50ZR17
98W
BSW
420 AA/A
235/50ZR17
96W
BSW
420 AA/A
245/50ZR17
99W
BSW
420 AA/A
215/55R17
94V
BSW
420 AA/A
225/55ZR17
97W
BSW
420 AA/A
235/55ZR17
99W
BSW
420 AA/A
255/35ZR18
94W
BSW
420 AA/A
265/35ZR18
97W
BSW
420 AA/A
275/35ZR18
95W
BSW
420 AA/A
225/40ZR18
92W
BSW
420 AA/A
235/40ZR18
95W
BSW
420 AA/A
245/40ZR18
97W
BSW
420 AA/A
255/40ZR18
99W
BSW
420 AA/A
215/45ZR18
93W
BSW
420 AA/A
225/45ZR18
95W
BSW
420 AA/A
235/45ZR18
98W
BSW
420 AA/A
245/45ZR18
100W
BSW
420 AA/A
225/50ZR18
95W
BSW
420 AA/A
235/50ZR18
97W
BSW
420 AA/A
245/50ZR18
100W
BSW
420 AA/A
255/35ZR19
96W
BSW
420 AA/A
245/40ZR19
94W
BSW
420 AA/A
255/40ZR19
100W
BSW
420 AA/A
245/35ZR20
95W
BSW
420 AA/A
255/35ZR20
97W
BSW
420 AA/A
245/45ZR20
99W
BSW
420 AA/A
255/45ZR20
105W
BSW
420 AA/A

Fits These Vehicles And Many Others

  • Acura TL, RSX, TSX, CSX
  • Audi A4, A6, TT, Allroad, RS6, A7, S5
  • BMW 330i, 325, 335i, 328i, 135i, 530i, Z3
  • Cadillac Seville
  • Chevrolet Camaro, Impala, Cruze, Malibu, Aveo
  • Chrysler Crossfire, 300
  • Dodge Neon, Magnum
  • Ford Fusion, Mustang, Flex, Fiesta, Taurus, Crown Victoria
  • Honda Accord, Civic, Fit
  • Hyundai Sonata, Accent, Genesis, Azera, Elantra
  • Infiniti G37, G35, M37X
  • Jaguar XJ
  • Kia Forte
  • Lexus IS250, ES350, SC300, RX300, GS400
  • Mazda 3, MX-5, 6, Protege 5, RX-7
  • Mini Cooper S
  • Mitsubishi Eclipse, Lancer
  • Nissan 370Z, Versa, Maxima, Cube, Altima, 350Z
  • Pontiac Vibe, G8
  • Saab 9-5, 9-3
  • Saturn Aura
  • Scion tC, xB
  • Subaru Outback, Baja, Forester, Impreza
  • Toyota Camry, Corolla, MR2, Solara, Prius, Matrix
  • Volkswagen Passat, GTI, Jetta, Rabbit, R32, Golf, CC, Beetle
  • Volvo S40, S60, V70

Warranty

Tire Warranty – 6 years or 40,000 miles. Mileage is reduced by half if rear sizes are different than front.

Tire Uniformity – 1 year or first 2/32 inch of wear

Materials & Workmanship – 6 years. Free replacement during first 2/32 inch of wear. Prorated amount after that down to the final 2/32 inch of tread depth.

Road Hazard – 1 year or first 2/32 inch of wear.

Thanks for reading and I hope you found this Kumho Ecsta 4X KU22 review helpful. If you have any questions or comments please feel free to leave them in the comments section below.

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