Kumho Solus Vier

All-season offering falls short in most conditions

The Vier is a long way off the performance of both all-season and winter tyres. Like the Nankang, it was much better than the summer tyre, but a long way behind the best.

Based on its dislike for snow, we thought it was closer to a summer tyre and would fare better on wet and dry roads. But this never materialised. It felt pretty grim on the snow track, lacking cornering grip, and was a massive 14 seconds slower per lap than the best.

The margin was closer on the wet circuit – six seconds – but it still lacked traction and lateral grip compared to rivals.

The compound obviously doesn’t like the cold, as it was ninth in the wet braking test, but more competitive in the aquaplaning, which isn’t temperature dependent. It managed a close third on the dry handling circuit, but ended up eighth in the dry braking test.

It’s hard to see what season suits the Vier, as the summer option was some way ahead in the dry tests. Even at this price, it’s hard to recommend.

Our verdict

Kumho needs to look at this again – its all-season tyre fails to shine in any conditions.

On test…ScoreRanking
Snow braking63.29
Snow traction68.99
Snow handling88.59
Snow slalom75.99
Straight aquaplaning97.76
Curved aquaplaning86.04
Wet handling93.99
Wet braking84.49
Dry handling99.63
Dry braking95.78
Rolling resistance90.37

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