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Back to the Future, with smiles!
OK, my Kia Carnival is over 15 years old. The original tyres back in 2005 were Kumho's Solus KH17's. I had since gone through a set of Goodyear SP Sports, another set of Kumho's and a set of Hankook's. This last set of Hankooks had been disappointing in that I thought the sidewalls were a little soft, yielding an "American Boulevarde" ride, a little too soft, with a little more "roll" than what I was used to. Although they didn't require replacing, (under 30K klms),one developed a giant blister on my driver's side front....the most dangerous of...positions to have a blister. A blowout could cause a rollover into oncoming traffic. I was so lucky to have noticed the rythmic "thump thump thump" as I drove towards the M2 at Seven Hills...... So, I found an excellent price online, which included fitting, and immediately purchased (yesterday 11th Dec 2020). Tyres are great. Good handling for a largish "7 seater wagon", and good looking with a low 215 65 15 profile. Driving back form filling up before the Christmas rush (price gouge) today, I had to brake harder than regularly, on a downhill run.....tyres, although new, stopped me without squeal nor complaint. I couldn't be happier.....These Kumho's are perfect for my Kia carnival.
Purchased in December 2020 for $109.
Silent but don't Last long.
Kumho Solus tyres came standard on our new 2015 Jeep . Super silent love them for that . Only get 35,000 km out of a set though. Have had no handling issues. Have done 70,000 km now and am due a 3rd set I am in 2 minds on what to do. Mainly highway driving but do tow a caravan occasionally.
Purchased in September 2017 at Bob Jane T-Marts for $250.
Dangerous in wet weather
Right from driving down the road out of the tyre place they felt strange under brakes -it felt like the brakes weren't working as well as they should. I just put it down to new tyres and a different feel. I suppose I got used to it, but I found them to be really bad when braking in the wet. This was a few years ago - so they may have improved - and we had a 1997 Toyota Camry, with no ABS. I locked the front wheels under brakes in the wet on a few occasions. Only one was under "emergency" type conditions, the others were normal driving (I am use...d to having tyres that grip in the wet though), and they just locked up on even a fairly light application. The one occasion that could have been really nasty was driving on a country road; it wasn't raining, but the road was wet / damp. I was sitting on 100kph and going around a slight curve. Suddenly there was a car stopped, waiting to turn onto a driveway that was half way through the curve. I braked fairly heavily, but not panic-braking. My immediate assessment was that I would have to brake fairly heavily, but I had room, it was okay. But the front locked up and slid. As I said, no ABS, so I had to do the same thing manually - lift off the pedal till the tyres regained grip and then get back on the brakes and try to balance the amount of braking and the distance to the car waiting to turn. Luckily I got it slowed enough and the car turned as we got closer, so all was okay. Then after that there were a couple of minor instances where the wheels locked in relatively light braking on wet road. By then I'd had enough! I changed them. I normally ran Michelin, but I think they were unavailable and I got Bridgestone I think. They were MUCH better anyway. On the positive side, they cornered okay in wet or dry; it was just ("just"?) in braking they were bad. And I have heard good reports of the brand in general from other people, so I think it is probably just this model. I would NOT recommend Solus anyway.
2 tyres exploded while driving within 3 days
KUMHOP SOLUS KH17 was put on my Subaru Forester 5 years and 40 000 km ago. With still a decent amount of thread left in them we went for a trip. 1st tyre burst while driving 110 km/h, lucky it was the rear one and I managed to stop safely. I've changed it for the spare. 2 days later while still travelling I noticed an increasing vibration to the steering wheel. We checked the front tyres noticing a bulge on one of them. While being in the middle of nowhere we slowly limped to the nearest town. Didn't make it. In about 5 minutes...boom a 2nd tyre gone. I couldn't believe it. See the pictures for evidence. Very strange and very disappointing KUMHO.
Good tyres for affordable prices. Lasted for 8 months even after regular use. Tread lasted for while and safe while driving the car . I recoomed trying this tyres.cheaper than other products
Purchased in January 2018 at Mycar (Kmart Tyre & Auto Service) for $100.
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We are about to replace the original tyres on my wife's 2012 Kia Cerato Sli, has 17 inch rims. The tyres have covered approx. 69,000kms so far, which I think is fantastic, especially after reading some of the reviews on here. We will probably go with another set of these based on our experience. This car has done predominantly highway driving which would have helped these km figures. Personally I find the tyres a bit noisy, by comparison to my Commodore at least.
Purchased in March 2012.
I will NEVER buy Kumho tyres ever again.
I've purchased this brand and model tyres twice (in 16" & 17", sets of 4) and I would NEVER buy another Kumho tyre. The tyres were bought new and I was told I would get 40,000+ KMs out of them and in both cases these tyres didn't even get 15,000 KMs out of them, extremely disappointing product and very unhappy customer.
Purchased in May 2017 for $600.
I have recently purchased a pair of tyres and I still need to see how long it will last, so far it seems to be a good product. Soon I'll leave a proper review.
Purchased in January 2019 at Kmart Retail Stores for $169.
Poor tyre life
These tyres were the original factory fitted tyres on my car.
Initially performance was reasonable considering they're Kumho's budget tyre.
As the tyres wore however, their performance deteriorated dramatically (the slightest amount of rain or dirt on the road causes traction control to kick in (& this is driving conservatively)). At only 28,000kms & with tyre rotation every annual service, the front tyres have worn out. Will be replacing all four with Michelin Energy XM2.
*Accepable performance when new
*Very short service life
*Poor performance when wet
Cheap but not great mileage
Tyres grip well and the ride is OK. The price was excellent.. got them on a price match from KMART Tyres and Auto. The only issue I have with them is that do not wear well. I am running the correct pressure but the centre of the tyres is wearing out very quickly.
value for money on our Kia Cerato
I have had Khumo tyres in the past anf always had good experiences. I drive defensively and pride my ability in the wet. These tyres have never slipped and always feel sure footed. I could not be confident that by pating more for another brand, I would get a better product. Will buy again.
These tyres handle well on sealed and dirt roads, wet weather and dry. We purchased two full sets and will definitely keep using this tyre. I have found them to be very stable on the road and they are wearing very well. We have them on two vehicles after being happy with the initial set.
Good tyres but short life span
Nice tyres that give great ride quality. I found them good in all conditions. Only drawback is their life expectancy - it's relatively short ( approx 40,000km ). Could perhaps get better life on a vehicle that isn't as heavy as my Jeep. Overall, I was pretty happy with them. Shop around for the best price as there are huge variances ( almost double in some cases ) I found tyresales.com.au had the cheapest advertised price but K-Mart Tyre & Auto beat their price ( price beat guarantee )
Great tyres - really good
We had some terrible noisy tyres that we got from Kmart Tyres (that were expensive) and thanks goodness we got new Kumo tyres from Byford Kumo - they are so quite - love them and we have had a lot of rain here - they are doing the job brilliantly.
Good value but won't last long
These tyres aren't too bad if you want to save some money and don't use your car much. I used them for about 20,000 km and they look like they would last maximum of another 20,000 km. They wear out quickly but they are cheap, so you make the decision
Questions & Answers
Is this a 4 season tyre?
Yes, i use this tyre all year round and have no issues. Rain hail or shine
I have worked out that certain tyres suit certain cars. I would never recommend Kuhmo K17 for a Kia Rio. Hard ride and poor wear. Suggest going up a size for Rio UB from 195/55 x 16 to 205/55 x 16. Cheaper and better ride and still legal for the vehicle
I had no problem with handling in any weather.....Just found them to wear quickly and have a harsh ride......on my car.
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