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With April showers on the way, you’ll need some tyres designed to handle the ever unpredictable UK weather and the ECSTA HS51 should certainly do the trick!

Our latest high-performance offering, the ECSTA HS51, was awarded a ‘Recommended’ rating in the recent test by the highly regarded German consumer magazine, ACE Lenkrad. We didn’t expect anything less of course!

After scoring the highest marks of all 12 tyres on test, the HS51 made its impact during the aquaplaning and wet braking challenges, showcasing its ‘strong wet road performance’. Now, that’s something you want to hear from a tyre! Ultimately, we were narrowly beat by products from Goodyear, Continental, Dunlop and Pirelli.

So why should you opt for the HS51?

Firstly, it has a solid rib-type design for improved wet road braking and four prominent circumferential grooves for optimum water displacement & wide lateral ones for enhanced wet weather steering. Not to mention, it’s a pretty good looking tyre which won’t let you down on the road.

The ECSTA HS51 is available for 15 to 18 inch rims, in widths from 185 to 245mm, and V and W speed ratings.

  1. Derek Irwin

    Hi there. I have a 2011 BMW Z4 2.5L. It is a non M sport model. I’ve had Kumhos before but not on this car. What would your recommendation be for it. Thanks in advance…………Derek

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  2. Hi John,
    Have now gone more than 3000 m on my HS51 tyres with my Mercedes E280
    Very pleased from all aspects.
    P.S. did get some browny points from my wife for the Kumho’sTony fitted to her Toyota.
    Good tyres.

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    • Digital Team

      Always good to get some browny points Tony! Keeps life in balance 🙂

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  3. My girlfriends (heavy) peugeot 307 used to shred budget tyres in 1 year ~ 10000 miles, after going more mid range in price and getting a set of HS51 in size 205 50 R17 they perform so much better in poor road / wet conditions and wear alot better.

    So happy with them that I am booked in for a new front pair this week after they have served over 1.5 year and about 17,000 miles, definitely worth the extra £30 per tyre over the budgets and when you work it out, they are actually better value for money AND give you much more road confidence.

    Very happy with these tyres!

    I also have a full set of Kumhos on my car. KH31 I believe.

    Just out of interest what is the difference between your KH31 and KU31 tyres?

    Thanks!

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    • Digital Team

      Hi Farley. Thanks for the great feedback on our HS51 tyre! Always good to know when we’re doing well. Regards your tyres, the main difference between KU31 and KH31 is that KU31 is a High Performance Tyre so gives excellent wet & dry traction in normal and hi-speed driving for many cars across the board. The KH31 is a High Performance Saloon Tyre and it also gives great traction in all conditions but is targeted towards higher powered saloons and estates. Hope this helps? There’s other differences too but to be honest these are the main consideration points. Thanks again.

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      • That’s great!

        I don’t suppose you could help with another question.

        My brothers car has kumho tyres on but all it says on the tyre is ‘Kumho Ecsta HM’ it doesn’t say KH31 or KU31 but I am led to believe from researching the web that the HM is one of these tyres?

        Perhaps you can clarify and he’ll be needing some new ones and wanted to make sure he knew what to order so that he had the same tyres again as he liked them.

        Thank you.

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  4. Hi Have recently acquired a much loved make of car of mine a 2003 Rover 75 tourer 2.0CDti Auto Diesel, I have just spent over £2000 having all aspects (suspension wear etc)of the car replaced where necessary, plus a 90,000 mile service. The next thing is tyres, at the moment it is shoed with a one NEW Falken ZE912,plus three Premiorri Solazo 215/55/R16 93v,two are good one is worn, the car drives and handles erratically, not what I am used to from past ownerships of same model. I know from this experience this car handles like a dream when fitted with correct tyres.
    After hours or research I have come up with your tyres as replacements, I require quiet, dependable , good life and a comfortable safe drive tyres which reviews seem to indicate is what I will get? Can you advise please., remember my vehicle is a heavy estate.Thanks

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    • Tom Shattock

      We would recommend the Kumho Ecsta HS51 as being best suited to your needs. It is available in your size as either a 93V, the same as currently fitted, or as a 97W XL (Extra Load). Given that you say that you have an estate, the XL tyre would be better suited to your use.

      Hope this helps Derek.

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      • Derek Castle

        Pleased to here that.
        Tyres have been supplied direct from Cartyres.com to local Halfords for fitting .They have supplied 97W HS51’s which appears to meet your advised criteria? My only concern, is being XL will they have any adverse effect on comfort, drive or noise which are some of my main requirements from any tyre, and which is why I am taking off almost new tyres to fit yours??

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  5. John Johnson

    I have an MG TF which are very tyre sensitive. Most of use with this car us Toyo t1r tyres, would this make a good alternative

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    • Digital Team

      Hi John. The HS51 is a good match vs. the Toyo. Our tyre used quite widely on MX5’s for road and track use. The Toyo was also the preferred choice for these drivers but many are now switching over to the HS51 due to the MX5 Owners Club tyre test from a few months ago. Hope this helps?

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  6. I am looking to fit four new Kumho HS51 tyres to my Mercedes E280 (2001) rather than fit Continental Compact as fitted at the moment. I have found the Continentals to be noisy and a very hard ride, will the HS51 (215 55 16 V) give me a quieter and more comfortable ride??.

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    • Digital Team

      Hi Tony, Our HS51 range certainly are very quiet as they have been designed for what we call touring and therefore comfort and road noise have both been factored in to the tyre. Hope this helps and do let us know what you think when you have the tyres fitted. We’re sure you won’t be disappointed!

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  7. Hi! I just bought and fitted on my Audi A6 the Kumho Ecsta 245/45/R17. I find them quite good, quiet and responsive. Just one concern – they are made in China. Should I worry about this in any way?

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    • No need to worry at all Nigel 🙂 Tyres made in our Chinese factories are made to the exact same standards as those made in our Korean factories, they use exactly the same products, machines and working practices etc. Hope this helped!

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  8. Hello.
    I have a Kia Ceed and today I run on Conti sportcontact 5. They run hard and are very loud.
    I have heard that HS51 are very quiet i real life, I dont really trust the dB-specifications…
    What Kumho tire do you recommend as the most quiet in reality? And what is the difference between Ecsta HS51 and Solus HS51? Thanks!

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    • Hi Henrik. First the easy part! There is no different between Ecsta HS51 and Solus HS51. The Ecsta version is the newer tyre so very few Solus HS51 should still be available. There are two different sub-categories within the Kumho PCR range (this is going back a few years now and the Solus range is being phased out but does exist in some smaller sizes). Ecsta is our UHP tyre range, covering the bigger, lower profile sizes and is performance orientated. Solus is the “Touring” tyre range covering the smaller sizes with higher profiles and designed for comfort and economy. When HS51 was introduced it was originally branded as a Solus, however we soon realised that the sizes that the HS51 was manufactured in, along with the tyre design, meant that the tyre was better aligned with the UHP tyre range. So, the early production of HS51 was branded Solus and the later production was re-branded Ecsta. With regards to tyre choice, if you can let us know your tyre size we can better advise you!

      Having said that it is fair to say that, as a general rule, a UHP tyre is more performance orientated whereas noise and comfort, whilst still being of high importance, are less of a consideration when the tyre is being designed. The HS51 is the best compromise in the Kumho UHP range in terms of noise and comfort, it is better than the KU39 for example. But if you are looking for ultimate comfort and low noise, the Ecowing KH27 is probably better suited. Do take into consideration that the tyre size will determine which type of tyre is available for your car. Hope this helped!

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  9. Thanks for this informations. Actually we have a Solus hs51 and we are very satisfied. Very quiet tyre.

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  10. Hi! What durability should i expect from this tires on a car heavy has a peugeot 3008 in 235/45R18 98W size? Thanks

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    • Hi Ron. That’s a hard question to answer because it depends on a number of factors such as the roads being driven (motorway vs. B roads), conditions of road surfaces, tyre pressures, driving style and so on. However, as a standard average on a front wheel drive car you would hope that front tyres will last in excess of 15-20,000 miles and rear tyres even further. We have customers who get many more miles too when they have looked after their tyres properly. So, frequently checking your pressures are correct, driving in a careful manner and using good condition roads will certainly help prolong the life of your tyres. Hope this general guide helps!

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  11. Don Swanson

    Will the ALL NEW ECSTA HS51 offer rim protection on my Citreon C4 Picasso?

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    • Hi Don, the HS51 does try to offer rim protection via a flange design but with so many varied rims on the market it’s hard for us to say exactly how much. It depends on how your rim outer edge finishes. If it sweeps out, like many do, then the rim protection will be much less than straight face rims. Hope this is helpful? Thanks.

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  12. Looking to have these fitted soon, but since they are asymmetric, how can I check they are fitted the correct way round? A friend had a directional tyre fitted the wrong way once and it made his car pull to the side so I want to be sure.

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    • Digital Team

      Hi. An incorrectly fitted directional tyre is not good news at all! With our asymmetric tyres you’ll find the words “inside” / “outside” written on them so once fitter if you see “inside” or can’t see the word “outside” on all four tyres then query this because they might not be on the right way round. Hope you like the HS51s, great choice. What are you putting them on out of interest?

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      • I have just had KUMHO ECSTA HS51 tyres fitted to my Nissan Micra N-tec. They are 185/50R16 81V tyres with 3 very wide grooves (rather than 4) and look unusual to say the least. All four tyres have ‘outside’ written on them so I assume they have been put on the right way round. However, I notice that the tread pattern seems to slope or point forwards on the offside tyres and backwards on the nearside tyres. Is this correct? I would have thought the tread pattern on all 4 tyres should point in the same direction.

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        • Hi Bob,

          The HS51 has an asymmetric tread pattern so it is not a directional tyre. Most tyre manufacturers now make tread patterns which are asymmetric as they offer the best all round performance in both wet and dry conditions. In heavy rain, the water displacement is mainly taken care of by the circumferential grooves, that is why the tyre has 3 wide grooves going around the circumference of the tyre. The smaller lateral grooves channel some of the water into the wider circumferential grooves. The tyres have been fitted to the vehicle correctly and there is absolutely nothing to worry about from a performance perspective. The smaller HS51 sizes only have 3 circumferential grooves, as opposed to the larger sizes which have 4 grooves. Hope that helped answer your question!

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  13. I had some Kumho tyres fitted a few months ago on the front of my 09 focus. I just spotted that one is a Solus HS51 and one is an Ecsta HS51. I note in the other comments that the Ecsta HS51 is the update of the Solus HS51, so in effect they are different tyres. Will this cause an issue having different tyres on the same, driven, axle?

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    • Digital Team

      Hi Dominic, there’s some extremely minor compound changes, but nothing that is going to cause any issues with having the tyres on the same axle. Thanks!

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  14. Hi Guys!

    Are the Kumho Ecsta HS51 Directional or Non Directional please?

    I cannot find any reference to this and unable to see the side wall of the tyre in any pictures to see if it is in the moulding.

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    • Hi Ian – HS51 is asymmetric so needs to be fitted the right way round. Hope this helps.

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  15. Hi,

    How can I do to buy ECSTA HS 51 in Italy or online (I prefer online)?
    Everybody has solus hs51 but I want the last ones.

    Regards!

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  16. Very disappointed with the [non-Kumho] tyres on my car at the moment which have only lasted 9 months, so, as a previous customer of Kumho’s on previous cars it’s time to come back to you for some decent tyres. So to my question – HS51’s or SPT KU31’s? which is the best for my car – VW Phaeton 235/55 R17 W 103. I see one is classed as “Touring” and one is “Performance”. It’s a heavy yet fast car and I do about 12K mileage/year mainly 30 mile round trip commuting with the odd long journey if that helps.

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    • Hi there Paul, great to be having you back! Shame about the other tyres. We’d suggest the HS51 because whilst they are typically classed as a Touring tyre they are also excellent when looking for the balance between performance and ride comfort. We had them on some BMWs and VWs at the Rockingham Race Circuit late last year and they went down really well with the drivers. HS51 has been receiving some great reviews on this basis. Hope this helps and welcome home! 🙂

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  17. Few weeks ago i installed new ecsta hs51 to kia proceed and noice lowered about 50%. Also wet conditions are now pleasure to drive! So next tyres gonna be also Kumho 🙂

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    • Hi Nico – that’s great to know! We’re very pleased with our HS51 tyres ourselves so it’s good to know you are too. Thanks.

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  18. Just mounted the 195/55 R16 on a Mini Cooper R50. First impressions: smooth and very good road feeling

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    • Brilliant, thanks Amleto! We love hearing the feedback! Let us know how you get on with them on the R50.

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  19. I have just had 4 new Kumho ECSTA HS51 tyres fitted to my 09 plate Renault Clio 1.5 S Dynamyquie.
    195 x 50 x16 88v.

    What is the difference between these and the SOLUS HS51?
    If there is a significant difference, have I gone for the right choice?

    My previous 4 tyres on this car were Kumho ECSAT KU31 which I was very pleased with. Should I see a difference in road noise from the ECSTA HS51? Look forward to hearing your comments. Many thanks for you help. Regards Meirion.

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    • Hi Meirion, the difference is that the ECSTA HS51 is the newer version of the Solus HS51 which means it’s one of latest tyres so you are using the some of our latest technology!

      The KU31s are a performance tyre whereas the HS51 is a touring tyre meaning you will get a very comfortable drive, good wet performance and also (as it’s a new tyre to our fold!) good all-round handling too.

      Regard noise, the KU31 has a noise rating of 73db whereas the new HS51 has a rating of 69db – a little quieter.

      So, in summary, you have made the right choice for the car and we hope you will be very pleased!

      Gray @ Kumho Digital Team

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      • Many thanks for the useful information. Sounds promising. I have already noticed that they are quieter and smoother on the road… so far so good!

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