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Kumho PorTran KC53

Kumho PorTran KC53 Review - A Good Buy? | Test Data [2023]

Here are the key stats for the PorTran KC53, at a glance.
Key Info - Australia
Vehicle SuitabilityLight Truck / SUV
Driving StyleCommercial
SeasonSummer
Release Date2013
Run Flat?No

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Kumho PorTran KC53 in Australia

This offering by Kumho has been around in Australia for about 11 years. Especially designed for 4WDs, SUVs and light trucks, it comes in a total of 61 sizes.

This commercial 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 PorTran KC53 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 57 sizes of the PorTran KC53 tyres by the European Union.

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

Fuel Efficiency

EU GradeCompared to an A grade tyre?
Fuel Efficiency
(A - E)
D0.3L/100km extra fuel consumption. ~$60 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 PorTran KC53 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 $60 extra spent on petrol per year, based on a typical 12,000 km driven per year.

Comparison

Here's how the PorTran KC53 compares to similar tyres for fuel efficiency (1 = Grade E, 5 = Grade A).

Based on the comparison tyres we've selected, the PorTran KC53 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 PorTran KC53 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 PorTran KC53 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 PorTran KC53 tyres produce 71.3 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 PorTran KC53 compares to similar tyres for noise (1 = Grade C, 3 = Grade A).

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

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 commercial tyres? Check out our data-driven comparisons to similar tyres on the market in Australia!

Summary

The PorTran KC53 tyres are a solid choice for anyone looking to replace their SUV or truck rubber with some tyres designed for commercial 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.

Full Size List (click to show)

Below is a list of all 61 sizes of the PorTran KC53 tyres sold in Australia, sorted by tyre width. Select your preferred size to compare prices across multiple suppliers.

Size
165/70 R14 89/87R
165/70 R14 89R
175/65 R14 90T
175/65 R14 90/88T
185/75 R14 102R
185/75 R14 102/100R
185/75 R16 104R
185/75 R16 104/102R
195/65 R16 104/102T
195/75 R14 106/104R
195/75 R16 107/105T
195/75 R14 106R
195/75 R16 110/108R
195/65 R16 104T
195/75 R16 110R
195/60 R16 99H
195/70 R15 104/102R
195/60 R16 99/97H
195/80 R14 106R
195/75 R16 107T
195/70 R15 104R
205/65 R15 102T
205/65 R15 102/100T
205/75 R16 110/108R
205/65 R16 107T
205/65 R16 107/105T
205/70 R15 106/104R
205/70 R15 106R
205/75 R16 110R
215/75 R16 113/111R
215/60 R17 104/102T
215/60 R17 104T
215/70 R16 108/106T
215/65 R16 109/107T
215/80 R14 112Q
215/70 R15 109T
215/70 R16 108T
215/75 R16 116/114R
215/65 R15 104T
215/70 R15 109/107T
215/65 R15 104/102T
215/75 R16 113R
215/60 R16 103/101T
215/60 R16 103T
215/75 R16 116R
215/65 R16 109T
215/65 R17 108H XL
225/65 R16 112R
225/70 R15 106/103Q
225/75 R16 121R
225/65 R16 112/110R
225/70 R15 112R
225/75 R16 121/120R
225/70 R15 112/110R
225/75 R16 118R
235/65 R16 115R
235/65 R16 115/113R
235/65 R16 121R
235/55 R18 104H XL
235/65 R16 121/119R
235/55 R18 104/102H
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