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Kumho Ecsta PS71

Kumho Ecsta PS71 Review - Worth Buying? Test Data [2024]

Here are the key stats for the Ecsta PS71, at a glance.
Key Info - Australia
Vehicle SuitabilityPassenger
Driving StyleUltra High Performance Summer
SeasonSummer
Release Date2016
Run Flat?No
Overall Score70/100

Pricing

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Kumho Ecsta PS71 in Australia

This offering by Kumho has been around in Australia for about 8 years. Especially designed for regular passenger (non-SUV) vehicles, it comes in a total of 88 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 PS71 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 88 sizes of the Ecsta PS71 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. ~$64 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 PS71 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 $64 extra spent on petrol per year, based on a typical 12,000 km driven per year.

Comparison

Here's how the Ecsta PS71 compares to similar tyres for fuel efficiency (1 = Grade E, 5 = Grade A).

Based on the comparison tyres we've selected, the Ecsta PS71 ranked # out of 0 tyres.

Grip & Handling

EU GradeCompared to an A grade tyre?
Wet Grip
(A - E)
ANo difference

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 PS71 tyres rank a A on a scale of A to E in the official fuel tests carried out by the EU.

This is the highest possible rating, and indicates excellent grip and handling in wet conditions relative to other tyres.

Comparison

Here's how the Ecsta PS71 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 (72 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 PS71 tyres produce 71.8 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 PS71 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 PS71 scores 4 out of 5 for comfort.

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Treadwear

With a UTQG treadwear rating of 320, the Ecsta PS71 would theoretically last 3.2 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 AA.

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 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 70 out of 100, the Ecsta PS71 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 A, which is outstanding.

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: 320
  • Traction: AA (scale: AA, A, B, C)
  • Temperature Resistance: A (scale: A, B, C)

Full Size List (click to show)

Below is a list of all 88 sizes of the Ecsta PS71 tyres sold in Australia, sorted by tyre width. Select your preferred size to compare prices across multiple suppliers.

Size
205/40 R17 84Y XL
205/50 R17 93Y
205/45 R16 87W XL
205/50 R17 93Y XL
205/55 R17 91W
205/55 R17 95W XL
205/60 R16 96V XL
205/45 R17 88Y XL
205/60 R16 92V
215/45 R17 91Y XL
215/50 R17 95W XL
215/55 R18 99V XL
215/55 R17 94W
215/40 R17 87Y XL
215/40 R18 89Y XL
215/45 R18 93Y XL
225/35 R20 90Y XL
225/55 R17 97Y
225/45 R17 91W
225/35 R19 88Y XL
225/45 R19 96Y XL
225/50 R17 98Y XL
225/35 R18 87Y XL
225/45 R18 95Y XL
225/40 R19 93Y XL
225/50 R17 98W XL
225/45 R17 91Y
225/45 R17 94Y XL
225/40 R18 92Y XL
225/55 R17 101W XL
225/45 R19 96Y
235/45 R17 94Y
235/45 R17 97Y XL
235/40 R18 95Y XL
235/40 R19 96Y XL
235/55 R19 101Y
235/65 R17 108V XL
235/55 R19 105V XL
235/45 R20 100W XL
235/45 R18 98Y XL
235/45 R17 94Y
235/35 R19 91Y XL
235/30 R20 88Y XL
235/50 R18 101Y XL
245/45 R18 100Y XL
245/40 R17 95Y XL
245/45 R19 98W
245/45 R19 102Y XL
245/30 R20 90Y XL
245/40 R18 97Y XL
245/35 R19 93Y XL
245/50 R18 100Y
245/35 R18 92Y XL
245/40 R20 99Y XL
245/30 R19 89Y XL
245/40 R19 98Y XL
245/45 R17 99Y XL
245/35 R20 95Y XL
255/30 R20 92Y XL
255/40 R18 99Y XL
255/50 R19 107Y XL
255/40 R17 94Y
255/35 R20 97Y XL
255/35 R18 94Y XL
255/45 R18 103Y XL
255/35 R19 96Y XL
255/40 R19 100Y XL
255/55 R18 109Y XL
265/40 R21 105Y XL
265/35 R19 98Y XL
265/30 R19 93Y XL
265/35 R18 97Y XL
265/40 R18 101Y XL
275/40 R21 107Y XL
275/40 R20 106Y XL
275/30 R20 97Y XL
275/40 R19 105Y XL
275/40 R19 105W XL
275/45 R18 103Y
275/35 R19 100Y XL
275/30 R19 96Y XL
275/35 R20 102Y XL
285/35 R22 106Y XL
285/35 R18 101Y XL
285/40 R21 109Y XL
285/45 R20 112Y XL
295/30 R19 100Y XL
295/35 R19 104Y XL
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