Kumho Crugen Premium KL33 Review

A luxury-focused touring tire for all-season performance, the Kumho Crugen Premium KL33 offers comfort, long life and a sporting edge.

Pros

  • Smooth, quiet ride
  • Performance and grip
  • 60,000 mile warranty

Cons

  • Definitely not snow-capable


Designed for modern crossovers and luxury SUVs, this is an ideal tire for premium brand models – despite its affordable price.

Performance comes from a grippy tread compound as well as a solid center tread line for stability. Stability in corners comes thanks to wide exterior tread blocks that provide plenty of contact patch in when the weight transfers to the outside of the tire.

To achieve the grip that it does, the tire compound is rated with a UTQG rating of 440. That would normally mean the tires should wear relatively quickly, however, these do not. In fact, Kumho stands behind the tire and backs it with a solid 60,000 mile treadwear warranty.

Despite this performance focus, the real highlights of the tire are its long life and smooth, quiet ride – thanks to the noise-cancelling tread design.

The unique wavy lines that run through two of the interior rows of tread blocks, are slim enough to not impact stability and grip, while they’re just enough to deliver a lot of extra edges. This helps in poor weather conditions.

Kumho rates this tire quite highly for snow performance, but we have to disagree. As an all-season tire with a medium-level of performance to it, the tread compound is designed to stay soft in lower temperatures to offer improved grip. We don’t doubt that, but there’s a difference between cold-weather performance and snow.

A tire designed for SUVs and crossovers, this Crugen Premium KL33 is not designed for off-road performance – so stay on the tarmac.

While the overall look of the tire is somewhat simple, the high glossy sidewalls are an appropriate look for modern luxury utility vehicles.

Overall, we’re impressed with this tire’s promises, and the fact that it can do all this for such an affordable price makes it an impressive buy.

Kumho Crugen Premium KL33 Price

Depending on the size, the Kumho Crugen Premium KL33 ranges from around $110 to $170. Sizes range from 16- to 20-inches.


 

Kumho Crugen Premium KL33 Warranty

Kumho backs the Crugen Premium KL33 with a 60,000 mile limited treadwear warranty.

In addition, the standard limited warranty protects against defects in workmanship and materials. Tires deemed defective will be replaced free of charge within the first 2/32-inch of treadwear or within the first year, whichever comes first. After that, Kumho will replace defective tires on a pro-dated basis for up to 6 years from the date of manufacture.

Balancing and mounting are to be covered by the customer.

The tire also comes with Kumho’s 30-day satisfaction guarantee.

Kumho Crugen Premium KL33 Sizes

16-inch tires

215/70R16
225/70R16
235/70R16

17-inch tires

225/60R17
235/60R17
225/65R17
235/65R17
245/65R17

18-inch tires

225/55R18
235/55R18
255/55R18
235/60R18
245/60R18
235/65R18
P255/65R18
P275/65R18

19-inch tires

235/50R19
255/50R19
235/55R19
245/55R19
255/55R19
275/55R19
P255/60R19

20-inch tires

P245/50R20
255/50R20
265/50R20
P255/55R20

What Vehicles Does the Kumho Crugen Premium LK33 Fit On?

Audi Q5
BMW X3
Ford Edge
Hyundai Santa Fe
Kia Sorento
Lexus RX350

Where are Kumho Crugen Tires Made?

Kumho tires are made in one of the brand’s six manufacturing facilities, with three in South Korea and three in China. The Korean facilities include the Pyeongtaek Plant, the Gokseong Plant and the Gwangju Plant where Kumho also runs an R&D facility. Chinese manufacturing facilities include the Tianjin Plant, the Gaoxin Plant and the Changchun Plant.