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Kumho Ecsta HS51

Kumho Ecsta HS51 Review - How Does It Perform? [Test Data]

Here are the key stats for the Ecsta HS51, at a glance.
Key Info - Australia
Vehicle SuitabilityPassenger
Driving StyleUltra High Performance Summer
SeasonSummer
Release Date2015
Run Flat?No
Overall Score76/100

Pricing

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Kumho Ecsta HS51 in Australia

This offering by Kumho has been around in Australia for about 9 years. Especially designed for regular passenger (non-SUV) vehicles, it comes in a total of 71 sizes.

This ultra high performance summer tyre is a solid option for those looking for a summer 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 Ecsta HS51 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 68 sizes of the Ecsta HS51 tyres by the European Union.

We then compare these to the same results for the following similar tyres, also rated for Ultra High Performance Summer usage and sold in Australia.

Fuel Efficiency

EU GradeCompared to an A grade tyre?
Fuel Efficiency
(A - E)
D0.3L/100km extra fuel consumption. ~$61 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 Ecsta HS51 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 $61 extra spent on petrol per year, based on a typical 12,000 km driven per year.

Comparison

Here's how the Ecsta HS51 compares to similar tyres for fuel efficiency (1 = Grade E, 5 = Grade A).

Based on the comparison tyres we've selected, the Ecsta HS51 ranked # out of 0 tyres.

Grip & Handling

EU GradeCompared to an A grade tyre?
Wet Grip
(A - E)
B2.5 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 Ecsta HS51 tyres rank a B 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 2.5 metres to come to a complete stop when braking at 80km/h.

Comparison

Here's how the Ecsta HS51 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 (70 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 Ecsta HS51 tyres produce 69.7 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 Ecsta HS51 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 Ecsta HS51 scores 5 out of 5 for comfort.

  • Auto Bild: Summer Tire Test R16
  • Autonavigator: Summer Tire Test R16
  • ADAC: Summer Tire Test R16
  • ADAC: Summer Tire Test R16
  • Auto Zeitung: Summer Tire Test R18
  • TCS: Summer Tire Test R17
  • ADAC: Summer Tire Test R17
  • Test World: Large Summer Tire Test R16

Treadwear

We don't have any UTQG treadwear data for this tyre, unfortunately.

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.

We don't have any UTQG traction data for this tyre, unfortunately.

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.

We don't have any UTQG temperature data for this tyre, unfortunately.

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 ultra high performance summer tyres? Check out our data-driven comparisons to similar tyres on the market in Australia!

Summary

With an overall rating of 76 out of 100, the Ecsta HS51 tyres are a solid choice for anyone looking to replace their car rubber with some tyres designed for ultra high performance summer 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 B, which is above average.

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

Full Size List (click to show)

Below is a list of all 71 sizes of the Ecsta HS51 tyres sold in Australia, sorted by tyre width. Select your preferred size to compare prices across multiple suppliers.

Size
165/55 R14 76V XL
185/55 R16 83V
185/50 R16 81V
185/55 R15 82V
195/50 R16 84W
195/55 R16 87W
195/45 R15 78V
195/45 R16 80V
195/50 R15 82V
195/55 R15 85V
195/50 R16 88V XL
195/45 R16 84V XL
195/40 R17 81W XL
195/65 R15 91V
195/55 R16 87V
205/45 R16 87W XL
205/55 R16 94V XL
205/55 R16 91V
205/50 R16 87W
205/50 R16 87V
205/55 R15 88V
205/55 R16 91W
205/60 R16 92H
205/55 R17 95V XL
205/55 R16 94W XL
205/45 R17 88W XL
205/55 R16 91H
205/65 R14 91V
205/50 R17 93W XL
205/40 R17 84W XL
205/60 R15 91V
205/45 R17 88V XL
205/60 R14 88H
205/65 R15 94V
205/55 R17 91V
205/50 R15 86V
215/55 R18 95H
215/50 R17 95W XL
215/45 R17 91W XL
215/55 R17 94V
215/40 R17 87W XL
215/60 R16 95V
215/40 R16 86W XL
215/60 R17 96H
215/50 R17 91W
215/55 R17 94W
215/55 R16 93V
215/55 R16 93W
215/45 R16 86H
215/60 R16 99W XL
215/45 R17 87V
215/55 R16 97W XL
215/45 R16 90V XL
225/50 R17 98W XL
225/45 R17 94W XL
225/55 R16 99W XL
225/50 R16 92W
225/50 R16 92V
225/60 R15 96W
225/60 R16 98W
225/50 R17 94W
225/55 R16 95W
225/55 R17 101W XL
225/45 R17 91W
235/45 R18 98W XL
235/55 R17 103W XL
235/60 R16 104V XL
235/45 R17 97W XL
235/45 R18 94V
235/65 R17 104V
245/45 R17 95W
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