- Very good dry and wet traction
- Cornering grip and stability
- Quiet and smooth ride
- Treadlife seems to be increased
- Poor traction in deep snow
- Lengthened braking on ice
Finding the right all season ultra high performance is not the easiest of jobs…
As a matter of fact, it can be quite an uphill task, pardon the pun. Striking the right balance of performance and all-weather capability requires you to make many considerations.
But worry not, I am here for exactly that, to help you steer through this windy tracks with ease.
Whether it is a ski trip to snow capped mountains, cruising the afternoon along the coast, winding up a curvy road or just driving to work, you need a tire that does not disappoint.
For this purpose, Kumho built the ECSTA 4X II. Let’s see how it holds up against the seasonality of our world.
What is the Kumho ECSTA 4X II?
The Kumho ECSTA 4X II is an ultra high performance all season tire designed to deliver enhanced handling for high performance vehicles in a wide range of temperatures.
It is engineered to replace the original Ecsta 4X in Kumho’s UHP line up.
Drivers of sedans, sports cars and coupes alike can enjoy longer lasting treads at a lower price by installing this second generation tire.
- Asymmetric tread design that features large outboard shoulders and intermediate tread blocks for quick response and sporty handling
- Notched center ribs provide continuous road contact that helps reduce noise while enhancing straight-line tracking and cornering stability
- Four circumferential and multiple lateral grooves enhance hydroplaning resistance and wet traction.
- Twin high-tensile steel belts and spirally wrapped jointless cap ply reinforcements that stabilize the tread area to enhance handling, high-speed durability and uniformity
With the Ecsta 4X II, you get outstanding performance on dry pavement. There is less cabin noise despite the design which has seen the tire acquire bigger treads. The exceptionally stiff tread block is responsible for the great handling of this tire in dry conditions. It holds its shape when squeezed tight as the car goes around corners, giving the driver more control of the vehicle.
This tire delivers unmatched handling in wet conditions which can be attributed to a number of factors. The oversized footprint for one plays a big role in optimizing road contact. On top of that, there is the tread design that quickly expels water from the tire’s print giving it excellent grip in wet conditions.
You might have to try stopping way before you see any stop sign with these tires on snow. If you experience regular snow falls, you might not want to have your vehicle feel unstable due to the horrible traction. They slip quite a lot and are not good at braking either. It is important though to note that these are problems you only experience with deep snow or hard ice.
The Bottom Line
The Ecsta 4X II is definitely a winning tire in its category. Just like its predecessor, it is a great balance between price and solid performance. One of the issues that people might take with this tire is the handling on ice and in deep snow. This however is nothing worse than any of the other all-season tires in this class. Users will nonetheless be treated to an amazingly quiet and smooth ride. Being a much cheaper tire, the Ecsta 4X II gives good value for the buck and is a tire you should purchase.
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