The Solus certainly earned its classifications as a high-performance tire. It gives you everything you want as a driver, such as excellent traction on the road regardless of weather conditions, excellent cornering, increased comfort, and reduced noise emissions. It’s available in many different sizes and fits most sport sedans and crossover vehicles. The 60,000-mile warranty that comes standard with it ensures you won’t have to dig into your pockets for any tire-related expenses for quite some time.
Dry Performance 8
Wet Performance 7.2
Comfort Performance 7.8
Treadwear Performance 7.3
The Kumho Solus TA31 is one of the most versatile tires on the market right now. It is an all-season, high-performance tire that offers amazing traction on wet and dry roads while delivering a comfortable ride. It was designed to be a milder version of the Ecsta PA31, but delivers in its own right.
As we dive further into this review of the TA31, we will find out more about how these tires manage to deliver high-performance on the road, without giving up any comfort.
That is something that is somewhat unusual when it comes to tires. Generally speaking, tires that perform well in a wide range of conditions tend to perform poorly when it comes to how smooth your rides are.
Maintaining a smooth ride is not an issue with the Kumho Solus TA31 though. It also handles rough winter conditions like snow and ice rather well. That’s because the tires come with tread that is designed to provide maximum grip and traction. The symmetric tread design and the large shoulder blocks also provide lots of additional traction. The combination of all these features leads to excellent handling as well, even on tough road conditions.
The tread on these tires does a lot more than just provide improved traction. The unique pattern also lowers rolling resistance when your car is on the road. That results in better fuel economy, less noise, and slower tread wear.
The Kumho Solus TA31 also comes with four main grooves that serve as channels to dissipate water from the center. That reduces your odds of hydroplaning and leads to improved grip and traction on wet surfaces.
Something else that immediately sticks out about these tires is the 60,000-mile warranty that comes standard. That means you don’t have to worry about any issues with your tires whatsoever when you purchase a set of these. The fact that it is affordably priced serves as extra icing on the cake.Let’s take a more detailed look at some of the most impressive features of the Kumho Solus TA31. We already know it performs better on a wide range of surfaces, but there is a lot more to like about these high-performance tires.
Most tires perform best on dry surfaces, so we were not that surprised to see the Kumho Solus TA31 shine here. These tires allow for rapid acceleration and deceleration on dry surfaces while providing you with excellent cornering ability. Your ride remains comfortable even as you begin to approach your odometer’s red line.
This is where you start to separate the contenders from the pretenders. It’s no different than you walking over a freshly mopped floor. Your car loses lots of traction when you travel over a wet surface. The Solus shines here as well though. The tires won’t hydroplane as you speed on the highway, which is a testament to how effective the grooves we talked about earlier are. The TA31 is also very responsive on wet surfaces, which allows you to handle turns well. Obviously, the faster you go, the less responsive they become as your speed increases, but you would have to be going pretty fast for that to even become an issue.
Snow and Ice
The manufacturers of the Kumho specifically noted that they are designed to handle winter conditions. Obviously, these are not winter-tires that are designed to deal with really deep snow, but they do perform well in light to moderate snow.
Smoothness of the ride
You will not find much to complain about when driving on these tires. The composites this product is made out of do a good job of absorbing vibration, leading to noticeable noise reduction. These tires also do a great job of shielding you from bumps and holes on the road.
If you don’t already have high-performance tires fitted on your car, you will notice a difference as soon as these are installed.
Obviously, the noise reduction becomes less effective as you reach higher speeds. The same can be said about any tire brand.
The Kumho Solus TA31 handles the heat and stresses of regular use very well. In that sense, these tires were designed with the daily driver in mind. That probably has something to do with why its manufacturers are willing to give their customers a 60,000-mile warranty.