The Kumho solus TA31 comes in multiple sizes that fits every vehicle ranging from a family car to a minivan. In fact, the tire is so versatile that it is used by drivers in all sorts of conditions. The tire not only performs good in dry conditions, it performs well in wet conditions as well. However, the comfort and grip take a hit on the snowy roads; but considering the range and the price, we are definitely not complaining. This quick but detailed Kumho solus TA31 review will take you through everything that you need to know before investing in the tire.
A lot can be said about a tire just by looking at it and touching it. An experienced driver can predict the usability and durability of the tire just by looking at the treads. The Kumho solus TA31 features a symmetric tread design with somewhat wide shoulder block which ensure maximum traction and high amount of grip. Plus, since the design is very symmetrical, you can expect minimum noise and roar produced by the tires. The complete tread design consists of 5 ribs. The center rib or the main rib is protected by 4 ribs which are responsible for throwing the water away from the tire. This ensures that the main rib is able to create enough traction for a smooth and confident ride. A little more engineering here and there further increases the traction which is pretty amazing.
The advanced compound of which the tire is made up of makes the ride smooth and strong. One good thing about the tire is the increased steering response that you can feel as soon as you start riding a car with these tires. However, the steering confidence can vary depending on the road and condition of the car.
If you are on budget and looking for tires that will:
- Not break your bank balance
- Be useful all year round
- Promise high number of miles
- Stay good and faithful
Then, the Kumho solus TA31 is definitely a tire you should consider. Even if you replace all 4 tires of your car in a single go, you will never have to worry about going broke. Yes, there are cheaper options but remember, we are talking about tires that will provide good traction throughout the year.
While the company promises that these tires perform well in all seasons, I thought it would be a great idea to take them on a spin and check myself if they really are that good. I used them on my Ford Fusion and tested them in dry and wet conditions. For snow, I took help from a friend who drives a Toyota Avalon and is a total automobile enthusiast. Here is our Kumho solus TA31 review.
Like majority of tires, Kumho solus TA31 is amazing on the dry roads. It sticks to the ground, does not lift, does not feel hard and gives you the confidence you look for in the tires while driving. Even on the top speeds, the tires do not break your confidence. The traction remains the same and the ride stays gentle. The curves were easy and the sudden breaks did not disappoint me even a bit.
I was expecting the tires to lose a little bit of traction on the wed roads. However, and to my surprise, nothing of that sort happened. I sped through the wet roads and never did I feel any discomfort or lose steering. The tires were performing well. In fact, the performance was as good as it was in the dry conditions. It started raining and with more water flooding the road, I was again hoping to experience some discomfort but the tires again surprised me. They were still going strong and giving me a traction that I have been looking for. However, I did lose a little confidence while making a sharp turn but that can be because of my driving skills or the fact that I was on a speed that most people would consider high.
The only reasons I am sharing a Kumho solus TA31 review from a friend is because I know how serious this guy is when it comes to the cars and trucks. As per him:
These tires are not ‘totally’ meant for snow. They can handle some amount of snow but people living in places that have snow through out the year or most part of the year, should avoid buying these. On little amount of snow, they do good. They have a decent amount of traction and stick to the ground for majority of the time but once the amount of snow on the road increases, these tires are anything but useful. They get hard and lose the traction. The braking and sudden acceleration result in slip.
Comfort and Noise
These tires are meant for grand touring which means that they should make your journey comfortable. As far as I am concerned, I felt a little more stability in my ride while driving it. Although the drive on patchy and bumpy roads did not show any traces of comfort, the ‘extra’ cushion to suspension system was evident on the straight highway roads. Plus, since the tires did not make any weird sounds and squeaks, the comfort was elevated to a new level. However, high speeds and sudden braking produced an understandable amount of roar.
Wear and Tear
The outer composite layers and the inner steel belts with nylon wrapped around them ensure minimum wear to the tires. In my case, even after testing roughly, I did not find any noticeable wear in the tire. All those high speeds and braking had done little to no damage which made me happy.
The Kumho solus TA31 is pretty good when it comes to buying tires for a family car or a van and staying within a budget. While the performance is at par with the industry standards (and better than many tires in the same price range) on dry and wet roads, one should probably look at other options if avoiding driving in snow in not an option. That being said, these tires definitely make the ride more comfortable; and if you are a driver who does not drives VERY fast, there is no reason why you should not invest in Kumho solus TA31.