Kumho WinterCraft ice Wi32 Tire Review & Rating

Kumho WinterCraft ice Wi32 is a studdable winter tire for passenger cars of all sizes. It replaces the Wi32 studdable winter tire from the brand.

The studded option is not legal for highway use in many states and municipalities, so be sure to check your local laws before shopping for this tire. They are currently only available for purchase in Europe and Russia.

Kumho is a compelling brand because of its consistently low prices and the Wi32 tire is among the cheapest available, but it lags behind the leaders in this segment on performance.

This redesign includes adding more grooves for more edge density, which aids water evacuation and biting grip on icy roads. It also includes a redesigned stud which offers more security in road holding.

It also includes more studs as well as increased multi-directional 3D sipes and a revised tire compound for better base grip. This is a directional tread pattern.

Kumho’s WinterCraft ice Wi32 studdable winter tire is available in sizes that fit 13” to 19” rims with a load rating of up to 108, or 2,205 lb per tire and a speed rating of T (118 mph) in most sizes. The 235/55R17 tire receives an H rating for highway speeds up to 130 mph.  

Pros:

  • Value
  • Appearance  

Cons:

  • Noisy  
  • Poor grip at high steering angle

Overall Thoughts

Driver reviews on the the Kumho WinterCraft ice Wi32 vary widely based on their experience. As a studded winter tire it offers a major step in winter traction and confidence over most non-studded winter tires and a massive improvement over non-winter tires.

However, tested versus other studded winter tires the Kumho WinterCraft ice Wi32 is noisier, rides more harshly, and offers less overall grip than most of its competitors. It doesn’t evacuate water well, and doesn’t maintain grip at higher steering angles.

This is a budget-oriented studdable winter tire best suited to fleet providers in places with extreme winter or Alpine conditions. The Kumho WinterCraft ice Wi32 offers an affordable and accessible entry point to a true extreme winter tire for new users, or those with a restricted budget.

Remember to make sure these tires are legal in your area before fitting.  

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Tire Sizes

13” Rims

  • 155/80R13
  • 165/80R13

14” Rims

  • 165/65R14
  • 175/65R14
  • 175/70R14
  • 185/60R14
  • 185/65R14
  • 185/70R14

15” Rims

  • 175/65R15 XL
  • 185/55R15
  • 185/60R15 XL
  • 185/65R15
  • 195/55R15 XL
  • 195/60R15
  • 195/65R15
  • 205/65R15
  • 205/70R15
  • 215/65R15
  • 215/70R15

16” Rims

  • 195/55R16 XL
  • 205/55R16
  • 205/60R16
  • 205/65R16 XL
  • 215/55R16 XL
  • 215/60R16 XL
  • 215/65R16
  • 225/55R16 XL
  • 225/60R16 XL
  • 235/60R16 XL

17” Rims

  • 205/50R17 XL
  • 215/45R17 XL
  • 215/50R17 XL
  • 215/55R17 XL
  • 225/45R17 XL
  • 225/50R17 XL
  • 225/55R17 XL
  • 235/45R17 XL
  • 235/55R17
  • 235/65R17 XL

18” Rims

  • 225/40R18 XL
  • 225/45R18 XL
  • 225/50R18 XL
  • 235/40R18 XL
  • 235/50R18 XL
  • 245/40R18 XL
  • 245/45R18 XL

19” Rims

  • 225/45R19 XL
  • 245/40R19 XL

Competitors & Alternatives

Nokian Hakkapeliitta 10 and Michelin X-Ice 4 studded tires are the benchmark tire in this segment with superior confidence in all conditions. If money is not an issue shop in this tier. If you’re looking for a value-conscious tire the Hankook Winter i*Pike RS2 is a similar price point but offers more consistent performance and grip in icy and snow.

Price Range

This is an entry-level winter tire that is priced aggressively against the competition, coming in as little as two-thirds the price of competitors from Nokian and Goodyear. Expect the Wi32 to retail for less than $120 per tire. You may also find occasional rebates, discounts, coupons, and special offers on this tire.

Warranty

Kumho offers a standard limited manufacturer’s warranty against defects in workmanship and material for up to 72 months, with free replacement within 12 months or 2/32” of tread wear, whichever comes first. There is no treadlife warranty or road defect guarantee offered on this tire.

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