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Kumho Crugen Premium KL33

Kumho Crugen KL33 Review - Decent Option? Test Data [2024]

Here are the key stats for the Crugen Premium KL33, at a glance.
Key Info - Australia
Vehicle SuitabilityLight Truck / SUV
Driving StyleCrossover/SUV Touring All-Season
SeasonAll Season
Release Date2015
Run Flat?No
Overall Score73/100

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Kumho Crugen Premium KL33 in Australia

This offering by Kumho has been around in Australia for about 9 years. Especially designed for 4WDs, SUVs and light trucks, it comes in a total of 49 sizes.

This crossover/suv touring all-season tyre is a solid option for those looking for an all season tyre in the mid-range of the market. Note that it is not a runflat tyre.

Read on to see how it stacks up against the competition!

How We Reviewed The Crugen Premium KL33 Tyres

Unlike the Australian government, the European Union carries out standardised tests on all tyres sold in Europe. These tests are carried out in identical conditions, making them a reliable way to compare tyres.

For this review, we use averaged results from tests done on 38 sizes of the Crugen Premium KL33 tyres by the European Union.

We then compare these to the same results for the following similar tyres, also rated for Crossover/SUV Touring All-Season usage and sold in Australia.

Fuel Efficiency

EU GradeCompared to an A grade tyre?
Fuel Efficiency
(A - E)
D0.3L/100km extra fuel consumption. ~$66 extra per year

The US Department of Energy estimates that around 25% of the fuel consumption of a vehicle is attributable to the tyres. That's a lot, and it means that choosing fuel efficient tyres can save you quite a bit of money.

The Crugen Premium KL33 tyres rank a D on a scale of A to E in the official fuel efficiency tests carried out by the EU (they call these rolling resistance tests).

Relative to an A grade tyre, expect to use an extra 0.3L/100km. This works out to $66 extra spent on petrol per year, based on a typical 12,000 km driven per year.

Comparison

Here's how the Crugen Premium KL33 compares to similar tyres for fuel efficiency (1 = Grade E, 5 = Grade A).

Based on the comparison tyres we've selected, the Crugen Premium KL33 ranked # out of 0 tyres.

Grip & Handling

EU GradeCompared to an A grade tyre?
Wet Grip
(A - E)
C5 metre greater stopping distance when braking at 80km/h

We'll now take a look at how these tyres compare in terms of grip and handling.

A good measure of this is 'wet grip', which is an indication of how well the tyres will allow the vehicle to come to a stop in wet conditions.

The Crugen Premium KL33 tyres rank a C on a scale of A to E in the official fuel tests carried out by the EU.

Relative to an A grade tyre, expect these tyres to require about an extra 5 metres to come to a complete stop when braking at 80km/h.

Comparison

Here's how the Crugen Premium KL33 compares to similar tyres for wet grip (1 = Grade E, 5 = Grade A).

For wet grip, they scored # out of 0 comparison tyres.

Noise

EU GradeCompared to an A grade tyre?
Noise
(A - C)
B (71 dB)2 times as noisy

Another key factor to consider when choosing a tyre is road noise. Once you're over about 40 km/h, the dominant source of noise you hear is from the contact of your tyres on the road.

There is a surprisingly wide variation in the amount of noise each tyre makes.

The Crugen Premium KL33 tyres produce 71.0 dB of road noise, which corresponds to a rank of B on a scale of A to C in the standardised testing done by the EU.

Expect these tyres to produce about 2 times as much noise as an A grade tyre (the decibel scale is logarithmic).

Comparison

Here's how the Crugen Premium KL33 compares to similar tyres for noise (1 = Grade C, 3 = Grade A).

For noise, they ranked # out of 0 comparison tyres.

Comfort

Based on the results of a number of tyre benchmarks, including those below, the Crugen Premium KL33 scores 4 out of 5 for comfort.

  • TireRack: Best in Crossover/SUV Touring All-Season

Treadwear

With a UTQG treadwear rating of 440, the Crugen Premium KL33 would theoretically last 4.4 times longer than a tyre with a treadwear rating of 100.

Traction

The UTQG system measures traction as straight-line braking in dry conditions. The scale is AA, A, B, C, with AA being the best grade, and C the worst.

These tyres score a grade of A.

Temperature Resistance

The UTQG temperature resistance tests measure how well tyres can dissipate heat that builds up due to friction with the road. The scale is A, B, C, with A being the highest grade.

These tyres score a grade of A.

Warranty

We don't have any warranty data for this tyre, unfortunately. Know how long the warranty period is? Let us know over at the contact page.

Comparisons With Similar Tyres

Still undecided as to whether to go with these crossover/suv touring all-season tyres? Check out our data-driven comparisons to similar tyres on the market in Australia!

Summary

With an overall rating of 73 out of 100, the Crugen Premium KL33 tyres are a solid choice for anyone looking to replace their SUV or truck rubber with some tyres designed for crossover/suv touring all-season action.

For fuel efficiency, they score a grade of D, which is below average, though this isn't a super important factor.

More important is the wet grip, which gives you an indication of their traction and handling. In this regard, they get a score of C, which is more or less average.

Finally, for road noise, they receive a B grade, which is about typical.

In terms of data out of the US, they have the following UTQG ratings:

  • Treadwear: 440
  • Traction: A (scale: AA, A, B, C)
  • Temperature Resistance: A (scale: A, B, C)

Full Size List (click to show)

Below is a list of all 49 sizes of the Crugen Premium KL33 tyres sold in Australia, sorted by tyre width. Select your preferred size to compare prices across multiple suppliers.

Size
205/70 R15 96T
215/70 R16 100H
215/65 R16 98V
215/60 R17 100V XL
215/55 R18 99V XL
215/65 R16 98H
225/55 R18 98H
225/70 R16 103H
225/60 R18 104V XL
225/55 R18 98V
225/65 R17 102V
225/55 R19 99H
225/60 R17 99V
225/60 R17 99H
225/55 R19 99V
235/70 R16 109H
235/65 R17 104H
235/60 R18 103H
235/65 R18 110V XL
235/60 R16 100V
235/70 R16 109H
235/55 R17 103V XL
235/55 R19 101H
235/65 R17 104V
235/55 R18 104V XL
235/60 R18 107V XL
235/60 R17 102V
235/70 R17 107H
245/60 R18 105T
245/65 R17 107V
245/55 R19 103H
245/60 R18 105V
245/50 R20 102V
245/45 R19 98H
255/60 R18 108H
255/55 R19 111V XL
255/50 R19 107V XL
255/50 R20 105H
255/60 R19 108H
255/45 R20 105V XL
255/55 R18 109V XL
265/50 R20 111V XL
265/50 R19 110V XL
265/60 R18 110V
265/60 R18 110H
275/55 R19 111V
275/60 R20 119H XL
275/65 R18 114T
285/45 R22 110H
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