The Kumho Solus TA71 is a high-performance all-season tire. It is created to meet and exceed the demands of American, Japanese, and European coupes and sporty sedans. In truth, the Kumho Solus TA71 is a hybrid. It offers the sportiness and aggression of a performance rubber combined with the comfort, silence, and wear characteristics of a touring tire.
It all sounds promising, right? In order for a tire to sell well, it should offer high levels of traction, exceptional wet performance, superior levels of comfort, and longer wear. The Kumho Solus TA71 is able to deliver all of this and more.
What vehicles are applicable to the Kumho Solus TA71?
Since the Kumho Solus TA71 is a sporty and refined tire, it is a perfect match to pseudo-luxury cars and fast sports sedans such as the Audi A4, Acura RL, BMW 3-Series and 5-Series, Honda Accord, Toyota Camry, Mazda 6, Infiniti G37, Mercedes-Benz C-Class and E-Class, and Cadillac CTS.
And since the Kumho Solus TA71 is sold in 15-inch to 19-inch diameters, it is also a solid choice for compact cars and small crossovers such as the Honda Civic and CR-V, Toyota Corolla and RAV4, and even the Mazda 3 and CX-3.
Does it grip like a summer tire?
It’s close, but not quite. The Kumho Solus TA71 is a proper high-performance tire, but it pales in comparison to ultra-high performance and summer tires in terms of dry grip. However, you won’t find the grip lacking at all. Unless you’re driving a hardcore track car like a tuned BMW 3-Series or Mitsubishi Evo, this tire offers higher levels of all-season traction and grip than a set of entry-level touring rubber.
And even though the Kumho Solus TA71 can offer exhilarating performance, it actually performs better in the wet than on dry roads. This is high praise given the capability of the tire to offer extra levels of comfort and refinement in city driving.
What are the features of the Kumho Solus TA71?
The Kumho Solus TA71 is equipped with an asymmetric tread design. The tread blocks are also equipped with multiple angled sipes to offer added biting edges on wet, slippery, icy, or snowy roads. The tire comes with four wide grooves to easily evacuate water from the treads to offer excellent all-season grip.
In fact, this tire is engineered to have a larger contact patch. This enables the Kumho Solus TA71 to deliver predictable handling, precise steering, and better stability. This also means the tire will actually look wider when fitted to your vehicle, which leads to a better stance.
Is it good over snowy or icy roads?
It doesn’t perform quite as well on snowy roads as a proper set of winter or snow tires, but it can handle very light snow and thin ice without losing traction. Those angled snow sipes are responsible for finding the necessary amounts of traction in winter driving. But I only find this to be true if the treads are still fresh. The angled sipes will somehow disappear and fade into obscurity as the tire wears out.
How about tire wear?
The Kumho Solus TA71 is conceived to deliver the wear characteristics of a touring tire. You know what this means, right? You can expect the Solus TA71 to wear slower than a similar set of performance rubber. Of course, this will all depend on your driving habits. If you have a heavy right foot, the tires will naturally wear faster than normal.
Is it comfortable and quiet on the highway?
The answer is a resounding yes! This is perhaps the best attribute of the Kumho Solus TA71. The tire is capable of giving your vehicle a smooth and silent ride, even at higher than average speeds. I did notice some tire roar as I approached triple-digit speeds, but it wasn’t too bad to merit a bad score. In fact, for most driving activities, you wouldn’t even notice the tires rolling over the tarmac.
This may all sound like a bold claim, but it’s true. The tires are also capable of absorbing the shock as you drive over potholes. This is a proper luxury and sporty tire that manages to deliver excellent all-season traction as well. Not all touring tires can deliver the same kind of comfort and silence as the Kumho Solus TA71.
Can it also improve the handling?
Yes, but not by much. If you have a fast sedan with a bigger engine, you might want to focus your sights elsewhere and look into a set of ultra-high performance rubber. But in terms of steering feel and stability, you won’t find the Kumho Solus TA71 lacking as well. It offers higher levels of grip than an ordinary touring tire without sacrificing road noise and comfort. This is definitely impressive given the low price of these tires.
Of course, it is easy to find a comparable set of tires at a much lower price. But if you demand sharper handling and elevated levels of refinement in a tire, you simply can’t go wrong with the Kumho Solus TA71.
You can see more Kumho Solus TA71 Review here: videos created by Kumho Tire Canada
Should I buy the Kumho Solus TA71?
Yes! It is rare for a tire to combine elevated levels of traction and grip along with smooth on-road refinement. Combine this with longer wear, I can see no reason why you shouldn’t pick the Kumho Solus TA71.
Granted there are other tires that can offer more grip on dry and wet roads, but you’ll have to pay premium money to experience that same level of performance. If you happen to be the lucky owner of an entry-level luxury car, family sedan, sporty crossover, or sports sedan, give the Kumho Solus TA71 a closer look. You might be surprised at what this tire can do for your beloved ride.
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