Kumho Ecsta Asx Review: Frugal Unrestrained Performance


Kumho ECSTA ASX Full - 660x550
Ultra High Performance

16"
215/50R16
74 Reviewer
Users 0 (0 votes)
The Good
  • Quiet and smooth ride
  • Accurate steering response
  • Great at high speed cornering
  • Good wet grip
The Bad
  • Drivers complain of flat spotting in cold conditions
  • Not particularly resistant to puncture and sidewall damage
Dry Performance82
Wet Performance78
Winter Performance57
Comfort80
Treadwear73
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It is easy to make the assertion that tires are generally classified into specific segments depending on who they are sold to. Some of these segments include tires designed for 4×4 vehicles, passenger carriers, trucks and sports cars. This holds true in most cases as manufacturers seek to satisfy the needs of their target customers. However, there are instances, as the Kumho Ecsta Asx review will show, where an ambitious effort to combine refined performance with day to day functionality yields explosive results.

Marrying Power And Elegance

Kumho’s wild child is designed with daily commuting drivers at heart. The material used in creating the tire consists of a silica compound that’s put together using cutting edge ESCOT technology. The result is a highly refined and comfortable ride. This value combo is packaged in a tire that is competitively priced, ticking all the boxes that motorists who get stuck in traffic and frequently commute look for.

With drive quality in check, the tire goes on to pull its weight when it comes to its capabilities. It boasts an asymmetrical tread pattern which means each tire can be cross – rotated to suit daily driving. Regardless of the weather, the Ecsta Asx keeps in step. When driving in wet conditions, wide angled grooves that span the circumference of the tire allow for effective water removal, eliminating the risk of hydroplaning. 

Uneven Wear Compromises Performance

As easy as it may be to conclude that the Kumo tires are flawless, there are some gnawing issues that make one think twice. For one, the sipe design on the tire is a mix of deep, wide grooves and smaller sipes for added traction. Usually the smaller sipes wear away first and at this point; the tire becomes vulnerable to hydroplaning when cruising in wet conditions. This is a bit deceptive as the tire will still look like it has a lot of life in it, but drops its edge due to the dwindling sipes.

Another issue that affects the Ecsta Asx tires is that they are designed to rotate in a specific direction. As a directional tire, if one wrongly installs them, maladies such as pitiable performance and hydroplaning will be experienced.

In a bid to come to an informed conclusion, the Kumo Ecsta Asx review uncovered the following features.

Special Characteristics

  • Broad exterior blocks that optimize cornering
  • Treads and sipes boast E-technology that increase tire surface area for extra traction in snow and wet conditions
  • Employs ESCOT technology to manage casing stress, resulting in a comfortable drive
  • Rim protectors located within the bottom sidewalls protect the wheel from damage

By producing the Ecsta Asx, Kumo has come up with a sensible tire that delivers high end performance at a fraction of the average cost.

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Author: Matt Taylor

A 28 year old car guy that used to work in a car repair shop. I used to talk about tires because I had to, now I talk about them because I want to.

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