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Kumho WinterCraft WP52

Kumho WinterCraft WP52

/61% · winter · · : Upper-middle

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Pros and cons

  • Short braking distance on snow
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Competitors

The Kumho WINTERCRAFT WP52 emerges as a winter tire designed to balance performance across different conditions with an emphasis on winter driving. Test results highlight its commendable attributes on snow-covered and icy roads, where it delivers reliable braking and handling performance. Notably, this tire stands out for its high mileage potential, offering the longest projected tire life among its competitors, which is complemented by low wear and tear and a favorable fuel-efficiency rating, making it an economical choice in the long run.


However, the tire's performance on wet surfaces presents a mixed bag. While it shows competence in braking and resistance to aquaplaning lengthwise, its lateral aquaplaning safety and wet handling do not impress as much, indicating room for improvement in grip and precision under such conditions. This is further underscored by its relatively poor side guidance on wet roads and limited resistance to aquaplaning.


The tire's behavior on dry roads also brings some concerns. It offers dynamic handling but falls short in delivering the desired steering feedback and precision, with a tendency toward oversteering during swift maneuvers or lane changes, which could potentially compromise driver confidence at the limit. Additionally, its considerable weight seems to detract from its environmental scorecard, despite its low rolling resistance and minimal fuel consumption.


In summary, the Kumho WINTERCRAFT WP52 is characterized by excellent performance on winter roads, high durability, and economic advantages in terms of fuel consumption and longevity. Yet, its compromised comfort levels, handling at the limit on dry pavements, and certain wet conditions performance aspects suggest there is an opportunity for further enhancement to achieve a more holistic appeal to drivers seeking a reliable all-winter tire.

Sizes

Kumho WinterCraft WP52 is made in 48 sizes, starting from 155/80 R13 up to 235/60 R18.
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Timeline

2022

Kumho WinterCraft WP52 was launched and replaced Kumho WinterCraft WP51.

2022

Kumho WinterCraft WP52 was tested 2x (Autobild,...)

2023

Kumho WinterCraft WP52 was tested 4x (Autobild,...)

Achievements

Best
Dry braking
Adac 2023
Autobild 2022
Best
Aquaplaning - cross
Adac 2023
Best
Aquaplaning - longitudal
Adac 2023
Best
Snow traction
Adac 2023
Best
Wet braking
Adac 2023
Best
Dry handling
Autobild 2022

Kumho WinterCraft WP52 in tyre tests

All tyre tests where Kumho WinterCraft WP52 was featured:
Name Stopping distance on wetStopping distance on snow
Best values in test31,429,2
Kumho WinterCraft WP5236,931,4
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Autobild Winter tyre test 2023 225/40 R18
good
Ranked #7 of 11
In the evaluation, the Kumho WinterCraft WP52 secured the 7th position out of a total of 11 competitors, earning a final rating of 'Good'. The tyre showcased commendable winter abilities, ensuring a safe driving experience on dry surfaces with its short braking distances on both wet and dry conditions, all offered at a competitive price. However, it was noted for its limited aquaplaning safety and moderate lateral grip on wet surfaces, hinting at areas for improvement. Despite these drawbacks, its overall performance and value proposition were positively regarded.
Name
Kumho WinterCraft WP52
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ADAC Winter tyre test 2023 225/45 R17
satisfactory
Ranked #9 of 16
The Kumho WINTERCRAFT WP52 placed 9th among 16 competitors and was awarded a final rating of 'Satisfactory'. The tyre demonstrated good performance on winter roads, with notably the highest projected mileage in its test group, minimal wear, and low fuel consumption. However, it showed weaknesses in driving comfort and handling at the limit on dry roads, along with slight weaknesses on wet pavements, and was noted for its very high weight. While it offered decent longitudinal aquaplaning resistance and braking distances on wet surfaces, handling in these conditions was only satisfactory. The tyre excelled in winter conditions, particularly in snow and ice braking and handling, showing good controllability and reserves in critical situations. Despite its strengths, the environmental aspect was downgraded due to it not reaching a good rating for efficiency, partly because of its significant weight, which still achieved a satisfactory assessment. The tyre's fuel consumption was on a good level but insufficient to fully compensate for the negative impact of its weight on its overall environmental rating.
Name Enviromental impactDriving safety
Best values in test1,82,0
Kumho WinterCraft WP522,82,7
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Name
Kumho WinterCraft WP52
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Autobild Winter tyre test 2022 215/55 R17
satisfactory
Ranked #17 of 19
Finishing 17th out of 19 competitors, the Kumho WinterCraft WP52 received a final rating of 'Satisfactory'. The tyre stood out for its dynamic dry handling, high mileage, and good economic value. These strengths were complemented by its exceptional performance in disciplines such as dry braking and dry handling, where it demonstrated leading capabilities. Additionally, its balance of performance and cost earned it high marks for price/value. However, its performance was not without drawbacks. It was critiqued for having limited grip levels on wet surfaces, displaying significant understeering characteristics during wet handling, and offering low aquaplaning reserves. Despite these challenges, its positives in dry conditions and overall value proposition held considerable merit.
Name WetDrySnowRunning costs
Best values in test2+2+2+2+
Kumho WinterCraft WP523+22-2
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Source: www.autobild.de
Autobild Winter tyre test 2022 215/55 R17

Ranked #19 of 56
Name Stopping distance on wetStopping distance on snow
Best values in test32,825,4
Kumho WinterCraft WP5235,927,3

Test ratings distribution

85% (3x)
SatisfactoryGood
2x1x

Ratings x Wheel size

R17R18
85% (2x)85% (1x)

Ratings x Width

215/xx Rxx225/xx Rxx
85% (1x)85% (2x)

FAQ

  1. Where is Kumho WinterCraft WP52 made?

    Kumho WinterCraft WP52 is made in Korea.

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