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Summer tires
2024

Kumho Ecsta HS52

The HS52 is one of our favorite tires, as the South Korean manufacturer packed a very good performance characteristics with super affordable price. And the best part is that the mileage isn’t compromised, which is usually the case with similar tyres.
Jiri Chomat, TheTyreLab.com
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Width
Profile
Rim size

Pros and cons

  • wet-handling
    Exceptional handling on the wet
  • dry-braking
    Short braking distance on dry roads
  • dry-handling
    Great handling on dry roads
  • aquaplaning-longitudinal
    Below average aquaplaning resistance
  • rolling-resistance
    High rolling resistance/high fuel consumption

Comparison

Sizes

Kumho Ecsta HS52 is made in 88 sizes, starting from 175/65 R14 up to 245/45 R18.
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Timeline

2022

Kumho Ecsta HS52 was launched and replaced Kumho Ecsta HS51.

2022

Kumho Ecsta HS52 was tested 2x (Autobild,...)

2023

Kumho Ecsta HS52 was tested 3x (ADAC,...)

2024

Kumho Ecsta HS52 was tested 4x (Autobild,...)

Achievements

Best
dry-braking
Dry braking
Autobild 2024
Vibilagre 2024
Adac 2023
Autobild 2022
Best
wet-braking
Wet braking
Autobild 2024
Vibilagre 2024
Adac 2023
Best
wet-circle-cornering
Wet circle cornering
Adac 2024
Vibilagre 2024
Best
aquaplaning-cross
Aquaplaning - cross
Adac 2023
Best
aquaplaning-longitudinal
Aquaplaning - longitudal
Adac 2023
Best
dry-handling
Dry handling
Autobild 2024
Best
noise-exterior
Exterior noise
Adac 2023

Kumho Ecsta HS52 in tyre tests

All tyre tests where Kumho Ecsta HS52 was featured:
Autobild
Name Stopping distance on dryStopping distance on wet
Best values in test35,425,8
Kumho Ecsta HS5235,4 26,1
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Autobild
Autobild Summer tyre test 2024 205/55 R16
good
Ranked #5 of 20
Securing a commendable 5th place out of 20 participants, the Kumho Ecsta HS52 achieved a noteworthy final rating of 'Good.' This tire stood out for its impressive performance on both wet and dry surfaces, delivering short braking distances under these conditions, which directly contributed to its strong showing. It was particularly dominant in dry braking, dry handling, and wet braking disciplines, showcasing its superior engineering in these critical safety aspects. Despite these strengths, the tire did not go without critique; its ride comfort was described as moderate, suggesting room for improvement in this area. However, given its competitive pricing, the Kumho Ecsta HS52 offers a compelling value proposition for drivers looking for reliable performance without breaking the bank.
Name
Kumho Ecsta HS52
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ADAC
ADAC Summer tyre test 2024 215/55 R17
good
Ranked #3 of 16
In a highly competitive field, the Kumho Ecsta HS52 impressively finished 3rd among 16 competitors, earning an overall rating of 'Good'. This tire stands out for its balanced performance, having demonstrated safe and reliable behaviors on both dry and wet roads. Notably, on dry surfaces, it provides excellent steering feedback and a reassuring level of safety at the limit, along with a commendable short braking distance. Despite its slight weaknesses in aquaplaning resistance and a heavier tire weight, its performance on wet roads remains commendable, offering good grip and controllability along with strong braking and handling. However, it received only a satisfactory mark in aquaplaning situations. The tire also shined in terms of durability, showcasing very good predicted mileage and low wear, which contributes to its low fuel consumption, though its environmental performance was seen as satisfactory due to its higher weight and the sustainability aspect of its production received a limited rating. Specifically excelling in disciplines such as "mileage" and "Wet circle cornering," the Kumho Ecsta HS52 demonstrates its strengths in longevity and wet performance. Conversely, it ranked last in "Aquaplaning - longitudinal" and "Exterior noise," indicating areas for potential improvement. Despite these minor drawbacks, its strong overall performance marks it as a commendable choice for consumers looking for a reliable and durable summer tire.
Name Enviromental impactDriving safety
Best values in test1,61,7
Kumho Ecsta HS522,82,1
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Vibilagare
Name Points total
Best values in test87
Kumho Ecsta HS5284
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ADAC
ADAC Summer tyre test 2023 205/55 R16
good
Ranked #8 of 50
Finishing 8th out of 50 competitors, the Kumho Ecsta HS52 achieved a commendable distinction for its performance, earning a final rating of "Good." This tire displayed a well-rounded competence, delivering reliable results on both dry and wet roads. Its braking distances were marked as good compared to other participants, especially noting its proficiency on wet surfaces with strong grip and confident maneuverability. However, it did report minor setbacks, including slight deficiencies in its environmental footprint, efficiency, and sustainability aspects. While it scored well for its longevity and wear, the increased weight of the tire detracted from its efficiency rating. Moreover, sustainability was rated merely as satisfactory, primarily due to its production origin. Despite these areas for improvement, the Kumho Ecsta HS52 stood out for its safety on the road, confirming its solid standing among other contenders.
Name Enviromental impactDriving safety
Best values in test1,31,8
Kumho Ecsta HS522,72,3
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Source: www.adac.de
Tyre Reviews
Name
Kumho Ecsta HS52
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Autoklub ČR
Name Points totalWetDry
Best values in test104,7106103,4
Kumho Ecsta HS5296,994,399,5
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Source: www.autoklub.cz
Autobild
Name Stopping distance on dryStopping distance on wet
Best values in test35,727,5
Kumho Ecsta HS5235,7 28,6
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Source: www.autobild.de
Autobild
Autobild Summer tyre test 2022 215/55 R17
good
Ranked #6 of 21
Securing a commendable third position out of a pool of 21 competitors, the Kumho Ecsta HS52 showcased an impressive performance. This tyre, cherished for its new summer tread profile, strikes a balance with its comprehensive performance capabilities. Noteworthy are its short braking distances on both wet and dry surfaces, coupled with good comfort and a favorable cost-to-performance ratio. However, it's not without its drawbacks, as some delay in steering response was observed. Distinctly, it excelled outstandingly in dry braking, alongside being lauded for its price-to-value proposition, marking it as a strong contender in its category.
Name WetDryRunning costs
Best values in test12+1+
Kumho Ecsta HS52222
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Source: reifenpresse.de

Test ratings distribution

85% (5x)
GoodRecommended
4x1x

Ratings x Wheel size

R16R17
85% (3x)85% (2x)

Ratings x Width

205/xx Rxx215/xx Rxx
85% (3x)85% (2x)

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