Kumho Solus KH25

Brand: Kumho
Tire: Solus KH25
Category: Grand Touring All-Season
UTQG (treadwear): 480 A A

I typically don't see tires universally disliked this much unless it's an original equipment (OE) tire, but that's where we find ourselves with the Kumho Solus KH25. It's sometimes used as an OE tire, but not all the time. This tire isn't just below average, it's well below average in most aspects. Kumho claims that this tire was developed for drivers of sporty coupes and touring sedans, but for the life of me I can't figure out what sporty coupe would want to have such a poor performing tire fitted to their car. Maybe this is just a bad translation from Korean?

Either way, let's plow ahead, which you probably won't be able to do well in snow, with this tire. The perhaps one redeeming quality to this tire is that it'll last quite awhile. On the low end, expect at least to get 60,000 miles out of a set, which means for the money...they're not bad. Additionally, their dry traction isn't horrible, so if you live in the desert or some other place that doesn't get any snow or rain...these tires might be good enough for you. However for the rest of us, they are not built for inclement weather. Wet and snow traction are well below average for this type of tire. Road noise after 30,000 miles is very much above average so make sure you have some good tunes at the ready. You'll find these tires fitted to a variety of vehicles coming off the factory floor including Hyundai, Kia, and Volkswagen, so be warned if you're buying new from any of those companies. I'm not saying this is a dangerous tire, just that you may want to consider other tire options if you normally face weather hazards.