Kumho WinterCraft WP71

The Kumho WinterCraft WP71 is a Premium Touring Winter tyre designed to be fitted to Passenger Cars.

Dry Grip 69%
Wet Grip 62%
Road Feedback 59%
Handling 53%
Wear 72%
Comfort 54%
Buy again 46%
Snow Grip 90%
Ice Grip 85%

Tyre review data from 14 tyre reviews averaging 66% over 145,905 miles driven.

The WinterCraft WP71 is ranked 59th of 65 Winter Premium Touring tyres.

Latest Tyre Test Results

2019 19 Inch Performance Winter Tyre Test - 7th of 12 tyres

  • Positive - Sporty driving qualities in the snow, short dry braking distances, low noise.
  • Negative - Understeer in the dry and wet, long wet braking.
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2019 Auto Bild Winter 17 inch Tyre Test - 20th of 21 tyres

  • Positive - Short wet braking, good wet handling, low noise
  • Negative - Poor dry grip, high wear, high rolling resistance
  • Overall - Conditionally recommended
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2019 Winter Tyre Test Market Overview - 10th of 47 tyres

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Questions and Answers for the Kumho WinterCraft WP71

2023-11-25 - Had anyone had any issues with these tyres, issues such as car woobles / bounces at / over speeds of 100km/h? I use the same tyre service to exchange all tyres on rims for winter & summer season, but the summer tyres (Nexxen) don’t show this behavior so I’m thinking that this might be a tyre issue and not the balancing when put up on the rims. I’m thinking of an inside wire problem most likely. Had anyone experienced the same behavior? Tyres are 2019 DOT, git them in 2020 brand new and only drove about 10.000km so far on them on a Hyundai IX35. I didn’t hit any pot holes, kerbs etc..

It could be a balance issue, of if they've been stored incorrectly they might have a flatspot which could take some time to run out. If you think there might be internal damage it's best to get them inspected by a professional.

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Top 3 Kumho WinterCraft WP71 Reviews

Given 73% while driving a Suzuki vitara s 1,4 boosterjet (215/55 R17 H) on a combination of roads for 6,500 average miles
On the one hand I find these tyres to be very good on snowy,dry and wet winding roads. They have a very good grip on snowy hills too. But on the other hand, they are a little bit noisy on highways. About wear....can't tell yet......
Helpful 269 - tyre reviewed on February 14, 2017
Given 59% while driving a Volkswagen Tiguan Sport 2.0 TDI 140hp (235/55 R17) on mostly country roads for 15,000 average miles
The price of the tyre really was good and the snow reviews got me to get this tyre due to living in the mountains. The snow traction actually turned out to be really good, including braking comparable to the Bridgestone Blizzak LM005 for which I ultimately changed to. The tyre really shocked me on how bad it was on the wet, the understeer was really bad and never felt comfortable / safe driving in the wet. Dry handling and feedback was nothing great, the grip did let go pretty quickly on fast short bends. Wear was a plus side, did around 20K Kilometers and the tread depth was still good. Noise levels are normall for a winter tyre and the comfort levels also pretty normal for a 55 aspect ratio tyre.
Helpful 24 - tyre reviewed on March 5, 2023
Given 73% while driving a Toyota Avensis (215/45 R17) on a combination of roads for 300 average miles
Afriend recommended these tyres, I was pleasantly surprised how good they felt. In dry it handles and brakes very predictably, wet handling and braking is also great as long as one is driving reasonably, but the grip at the limit (meaning tight corners and high speeds) could be better. Snow grip is great, not so much on ice, only downside to this tyre really, is the road noise on highways.
Helpful 35 - tyre reviewed on April 3, 2022
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Given 68% while driving a Peugeot 306 (195/45 R16) on a combination of roads for 1,000 spirited miles
Surprisingly good in the snow we had recently, they dealt with it flawlessly compared to GoodYears on my Saab which were terrible in comparison. They are fairly good in the wet as well, but their weakness is definitely dry roads. Handling feels vague compared to my previous tyres on cornering. Quite noisy but these tyres weren't designed for extreme comfort, they were designed for a job which they do satisfactorily. I'd buy them again if I needed a cheaper set of winter tyres for occasional or seasonal use. Wouldn't keep them fitted all the time. Can't yet comment on wear.
Helpful 17 - tyre reviewed on April 23, 2023
Given 89% while driving a Kia Motors Sportage (245/45 R19) on a combination of roads for 80,000 average miles
I have these fitted to my AWD Kia Sportage find them excellent in snow and ice Bit noisy at low speed on dry roads but ok at motorway speeds
Helpful 34 - tyre reviewed on December 2, 2021
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Given 13% while driving a Mazda 3 MPS (205/50 R17) on mostly country roads for 5 spirited miles
I immediately sold the tires as they handled dangerously bad on my Mazda 3 MPS BK. It might be the size to be responsible for this. I was driving 50kmh doin slalom and the tires lost control so the stability system had to kick in. Driving 100kmh felt dangerous as the tires felt extremely soft and indirect like a sponge. I cannot recommend this tire. No I am warning not to buy this unless you are a very slow driver and want to save money. But even in that case there are better choices for example the Nexen or Fulda.
Helpful 28 - tyre reviewed on November 1, 2021
Given 24% while driving a (205/50 R17) on mostly country roads for 0 miles
On a wet surface, a car slides down the ice ... On a dry, fast-moving car the car just floats ... In the second word tires are bad!!!
Helpful 50 - tyre reviewed on December 2, 2018
Given 64% while driving a Mercedes Benz A180 CDI W176 (225/45 R17) on a combination of roads for 5,600 spirited miles
The rubber is to hard. Works well in dry and wet, but no grip on ice and snow. Water risistent is okay but not the best. I will go premium next time.
Helpful 33 - tyre reviewed on February 11, 2018
Given 70% while driving a Alfa Romeo 1.9 JTD M (205/45 R17) on a combination of roads for 500 spirited miles
Steering turn in very firm, quite good lateral grip and braking on wet. Low-pitch rumbling noise on highway.
Helpful 37 - tyre reviewed on December 19, 2017
Given 93% while driving a Kia Motors Sportage (245/45 R19 V) on a combination of roads for 5,000 average miles
excellent grip in deep slush and snow with good braking and quite at speed on dry roads but more noisy at low speed .
covered 5000 miles with no noticeable uneven tyre wear .
would i recommend these ? Yes I would
Previously had Nokian WR4 winter tyres and I would say that these are nearly as good
Helpful 35 - tyre reviewed on December 17, 2017
Given 41% while driving a BMW 3 series (225/45 R17 V) on a combination of roads for 500 average miles
Total waste of money. Dry grip is good ( in fact quite good for a winter tyre), but for this we have summer tyres..The compound of this tyre is hard and this is very bad. Comfort is low (even compared to low budget tyres) and they are very, very noisy. Especially between 40 and 60km/h expect to hear a noise like a 10 year old winter tyre.
On wet, lateral grip is low, handling not so precise as you would like, dsc blink often. Braking in wet is ok.
I didn't test them yet in snow but it can't be good; the rabber is to hard to have a good adherence in snow.
Definitely I wont buy Kumho winter tyres again!!!
Helpful 28 - tyre reviewed on November 24, 2017