8. Kumho So­lus HA31

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IN the face of newer de­signs the Kumho strug­gled – it was launched in 2014 – al­though the gap to the fron­trun­ners was fairly small. It cer­tainly suf­fered more than most from our focus on wet grip at the ex­pense of out­right per­for­mance on snow.

It was fourth on the white stuff, be­hind Goodyear, Nokian and Nexen. Third in brak­ing was the high­light, and it worked well on the han­dling cir­cuit, al­beit off the pace and feel of the best.

Its trou­bles started in the wet, where it ended up last over­all. Brak­ing let it down re­gard­less of tem­per­a­ture; it needed five me­tres more in the cold and over four me­tres ex­tra in warmer weather than the stand­out Miche­lin. It was con­trol­lable but slow on the han­dling track with gen­er­ally low lev­els of grip and poor trac­tion.

Per­for­mance didn’t get much bet­ter in the dry, while fuel con­sump­tion was around four per cent off that of the dry-han­dling star Nokian.

“It was con­trol­lable but slow, with poor grip and trac­tion”

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