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Kumho Ecsta PA31 – A Good High-Performance Tire for the Money

7.4Expert Score

High Performance All-Season

Wet Performance
Dry performance
Comfort performance
Treadwear performance
Winter/snow performance

Every driver chooses tires according to needs and finances. The Kumho Ecsta PA31 is a nice choice for those who look for an affordable tire with a good road grip. PA31 can offer you enough performance both on wet and dry surfaces with a low noise level for a fair price.

  • Offers good grip and traction in both dry and wet conditions
  • Great option for budget-minded drivers
  • Controllable and predictable at high speeds on a dry and wet surface
  • Above-average snow traction making it applicable for light snow
  • At highway speeds, some road noise coming from the tires
  • Not the best choice for maximum grip in snowy or icy conditions
Kumho Ecsta PA31 outperforms 91% of tires in the High Performance All-Season category.

Tread Pattern & Technical Specs

The Kumho Ecsta PA31 is a high-performance all-season tire designed for mid-level sports cars, sporty coupes, and powerful sedans to use for everyday street driving with long-lasting treadwear reliability.

The Ecsta PA31 is created to offer exceptional handling in both wet and dry conditions, with Kumho’s unrivaled combination of ride smoothness, low noise, and all-season traction even on light snow.

The Kumho Ecsta PA31 tires have an advanced technology tread compound that combines high-performance handling and all-season traction with long tread life. Its compound is molded into a directional tread pattern that results in even tire wear, responsive steering, cornering stability, and braking traction in all weather conditions.

In wet or snowy weather conditions improved traction is provided by the directional tread pattern together with four circumferential and many cross grooves that assist in rapid water removal to avoid hydroplaning.

To improve steering response and prolong tread life, a tire`s internal structure is equipped with Kumho`s ESCOT Technology which reduces cord tension in the sidewall.

Wet performance

The Kumho Ecsta PA31 is a tire that offers good wet weather performance. The traction is nice in the wet and the vehicle’s behavior on the road is decent. The hydroplaning performance is also good. On the highway, the PA31 remains controllable and predictable. Overall, this is a nice tire for driving in wet weather conditions.

7.9Expert Score

Hydroplaning resistance
Wet traction

Dry performance

Kumho Ecsta PA31 tires show themselves well for dry weather conditions. They have solid dry traction and good handling at high speeds. The steering feels heavier and more precise but not as quick. Under hard cornering, PA31 may complain a little but settle into the turn nicely. The Ecsta PA31 is a good choice for those who want a good dry grip and handling on their vehicle.

8Expert Score

Cornering stability
Dry traction
Steering response

Comfort performance

Kumho Ecsta PA31 tires provide a comfortable ride with minimal road noise. Despite an aggressive tread pattern, the ride quality is not that bad. However, at highway speeds, there may be heard a slight whistling noise of a tire and feel the wheel bouncing. The main advantages of the PA31 are controllability and stability on the road.

7.7Expert Score

Ride quality
Noise score

Winter&snow performance

The Kumho Ecsta PA31 is a tire with above-average snow traction. The tire is all-season, however, it’s not intended for severe snow and ice conditions which may result in winter traction. The tread of the Ecsta PA31 has problems removing slush and snow from the grooves. Although, the Kumho Ecsta PA31 is applicable for light snow.

7Expert Score

Light Snow Traction
Deep Snow Traction
Ice Traction

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Tire sizes & specifications

Tire sizeLoad index/ Speed ratingUTQGMax loadMax InflationTread DepthTire WeightWheel DiameterRim Width RangeMeasured Rim WidthSection WidthTread WidthOverall DiameterRevs Per MileCountry
175/65R1584V SL500 A A51 psi11/32″18 lbs155-6″5″7″4.9″24″866CN
185/55R1582V SL500 A A51 psi11/32″18 lbs155-6.5″6″7.6″5.9″23″902CN
195/50R1582V SL500 A A51 psi10.5/32″18 lbs155.5-7″6″7.9″7.2″22.7″915CN
195/55R1585V SL500 A A51 psi10.5/32″18 lbs155.5-7″6″7.9″7″23.4″888CN
205/50R1586V SL500 A A51 psi11/32″19 lbs155.5-7.5″6.5″8.4″6.5″23.1″899CN
195/60R1689V SL500 A A51 psi11/32″21 lbs165.5-7″6″7.9″6″25.2″824CN
225/55R1699V XL500 A A50 psi10.5/32″26 lbs166-8″7″9.2″7.4″25.7″808CN
235/60R16100V SL500 A A51 psi10.5/32″28 lbs166.5-8.5″7″9.4″8.2″27.1″767CN
235/60R16100V SL500 A A51 psi10.5/32″28 lbs166.5-8.5″7″9.4″8.2″27.1″767CN
245/50R1697V SL500 A A51 psi10.5/32″27 lbs167-8.5″7.5″10″9.1″25.7″808CN
215/35R1884V XL500 A A50 psi10.5/32″20 lbs187-8.5″7.5″8.6″7.5″23.9″869CN
215/55R1895V SL500 A A51 psi10.5/32″24 lbs186-7.5″7″8.9″7.6″27.3″761CN
245/55R18103V SL500 A A51 psi11/32″30 lbs187-8.5″7.5″10″7.8″28.6″726CN

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