Kumho Solus TA71 Review
- Dry 95% 95%
- Wet 90% 90%
- Snow 75% 75%
- Comfort 90% 90%
- Noise 90% 90%
- Treadwear 85% 85%
- Overall 88% 88%
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I had a tough time writing this Kumho Solus TA71 review. It has a bit hard to find a test car fitted with this high-performance tire. I went to the tire store many times, and after many failed attempts, I was able to find a great test car for this Kumho tire review.
After acquiring the test car, another problem popped out. I did some research on the Kumho Solus TA71 and I found out that this tire is classified under the grand touring all-season category. I was aware that the Solus TA71 is a high-performance tire designed for sporty or luxury sedans. I browsed the official USA site of Kumho to confirm my suspicions, and I was right!
Allow me to clarify this minor issue before proceeding with our tire review: the Kumho Solus TA71 is a high-performance all-season tire with a speed rating of V and a UTQG rating of 600 AA.
But unlike other high-performance tires that are designed for maximum grip, the Kumho Solus TA71 is primarily designed for comfort and noise isolation.
If you find it hard to believe that a tire can remain quiet and comfortable while still classified as a high-performance derivative, kindly wait until you get to the middle part of this review. My test car is a 2012 Mercedes C350 Coupe 4MATIC AWD, which happens to be for sale at the time of this writing. My German test car was fitted with 1-week old Kumho Solus TA71 tires on OEM stock rims.
I am a huge fan of German cars, but I’m not particularly fond of the C-Class. This review gave me ample time to spend some driving moments with the C-Class equipped with Kumho Solus TA71 tires.
Kumho Solus TA71 review: Features
This tire is also equipped with a larger contact area. Tires with this feature will look wider when fitted to the wheel, which is a good thing if you’ll ask me. Not only it will improve the stance of your ride particularly when you viewed from behind but also having a wider contact patch means more grip and traction along with better steering response.
It is too bad that there was no chance for me to test the C-Class in the snow because I was anxious to find out if this all-season tire can really handle winter driving. The tires fitted were relatively new so I assume the owner didn’t get the chance to test the tires in snow either.
Kumho Solus TA71 review: Test Drive
The steering was also meaty and the cornering grip was commendable. However, it’s a different story when you approach a tight corner at speed. The tires were screaming for grip as I was clinging on the apex of the curve. This is not a major issue, but it is important to mention it nevertheless.
So far, the Solus TA71 received high scores when it comes to grip and traction on icy road conditions. Of course, you can’t expect a high-performance all-season tire to cope with 4-inches of snow, but it’s good to know that it remains composed when faced with light to moderate snow.