Uniroyal Rainsport 3

Dry Grip 84%
Wet Grip 93%
Road Feedback 79%
Handling 78%
Wear 62%
Comfort 83%
Buy again 75%

The Uniroyal Rainsport 3 is a Ultra High Performance Summer tyre designed to be fitted to Passenger Car

This tyre replaced the Uniroyal Rainsport 2

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Tyre review data from 192 tyre reviews averaging 79% over 1,315,895 miles driven.


Tyre Test Highlights

2017 Mid Range Tyre Test - 2nd of 10 tyres

  • Positive - Good wet grip, well balanced tyre
  • Negative - Higher noise level compared to the best on test

2014 AMS Summer Tyre Test - 205/55 R16 - 2nd of 11 tyres

  • Positive - In the wet, the rain tyres do not make a slip, and respectable performance on dry roads, stable cornering.
  • Negative - Mild deficits in dry braking.

2016 Market Overview - Braking Test - 4th of 50 tyres

Size Fuel Wet Noise Weight
185/55 R14 80H   E A 70 6.22kgs
195/45 R15 78V   E A 71 6.96kgs
195/50 R15 82H   E A 71 6.72kgs
195/50 R15 82V   E A 71 6.73kgs
205/50 R15 86V   E A 71 8.21kgs
185/55 R15 82H   E A 70 6.48kgs
185/55 R15 82V   E A 70 6.48kgs
195/55 R15 85H   C A 71 6.73kgs
195/55 R15 85V   C A 71 6.73kgs
205/55 R15 88V   E A 71 7.27kgs
195/45 R16 84V XL   C A 72 6.54kgs
205/45 R16 87Y XL   C A 72 7.71kgs
205/45 R16 83Y   E A 71 7.71kgs
205/45 R16 83V   E A 71 7.71kgs
195/50 R16 88V XL   C A 72 7.28kgs
205/50 R16 87Y   C A 71 8.21kgs
205/50 R16 87V   C A 71 8.27kgs
225/50 R16 92Y   E A 71 8.69kgs
195/55 R16 87H   C A 71 7.72kgs
195/55 R16 87T   C A 71 7.66kgs
195/55 R16 87V   C A 71 7.72kgs
205/55 R16 94Y XL   C A 72 8.11kgs
205/55 R16 94V XL   C A 72 8.11kgs
205/55 R16 91Y   C A 71 8.11kgs
205/55 R16 91V   C A 71 7.55kgs
205/55 R16 91H   C A 71 7.55kgs
215/55 R16 93V   C A 71 8.70kgs
215/55 R16 93Y   C A 71 8.86kgs
215/55 R16 97Y XL   C A 72 9.31kgs
215/55 R16 97H XL   C A 72 9.31kgs
225/55 R16 99Y XL   C A 72 9.65kgs
225/55 R16 95V   C A 71 9.65kgs
225/55 R16 95Y   C A 71 9.65kgs
205/40 R17 84Y XL   E A 72 7.49kgs
215/40 R17 87Y XL   E A 72 7.44kgs
245/40 R17 91Y   E A 71 9.75kgs
205/45 R17 88V XL   C A 72 8.25kgs
205/45 R17 88Y XL   C A 72 8.60kgs
215/45 R17 87V   E A 71 8.66kgs
215/45 R17 87Y   E A 71 8.76kgs
215/45 R17 91Y XL   C A 72 8.76kgs
225/45 R17 94V XL   C A 72 8.96kgs
225/45 R17 91Y   C A 71 8.88kgs
225/45 R17 91V   C A 71 9.39kgs
225/45 R17 94Y XL   C A 72 9.39kgs
235/45 R17 94Y   C A 71 9.72kgs
235/45 R17 97Y XL   C A 72 9.96kgs
245/45 R17 95Y   C A 71 9.48kgs
245/45 R17 99Y XL   C A 72 9.46kgs
205/50 R17 93Y XL   C A 72 8.89kgs
205/50 R17 93V XL   C A 72 8.74kgs
205/50 R17 89V   E A 71 8.74kgs
215/50 R17 95V XL   C A 72 9.34kgs
215/50 R17 91Y   C A 71 9.34kgs
215/50 R17 95Y XL   C A 72 9.34kgs
225/50 R17 94Y   E A 71 9.66kgs
225/50 R17 94V   E A 71 9.46kgs
225/50 R17 98V XL   C A 72 9.46kgs
225/50 R17 98Y XL   C A 72 9.43kgs
205/55 R17 95V XL   C A 72 8.62kgs
215/55 R17 94Y   C A 71 9.53kgs
215/55 R17 94V   C A 71 9.53kgs
225/55 R17 97Y   C A 71 10.46kgs
225/55 R17 101Y XL   C A 72 10.46kgs
235/55 R17 99V   C A 71 11.04kgs
235/55 R17 103Y XL   C A 72 11.17kgs
215/35 R18 84Y XL   E A 72 8.29kgs
225/35 R18 87Y XL   C A 72 7.87kgs
245/35 R18 92Y XL   C A 72 9.50kgs
255/35 R18 94Y XL   C A 73 10.59kgs
265/35 R18 97Y XL   C A 73 16.15kgs
225/40 R18 92Y XL   C A 72 9.20kgs
235/40 R18 91Y   E A 71 9.71kgs
235/40 R18 95Y XL   E A 72  
245/40 R18 93Y   E A 71 10.28kgs
245/40 R18 97Y XL   C A 72 10.28kgs
215/45 R18 93Y XL   C A 72 8.65kgs
225/45 R18 95Y XL   C A 72  
235/45 R18 98Y XL   C A 72 9.82kgs
245/45 R18 100Y XL   C A 72 10.87kgs
245/45 R18 96Y   E A 71 10.64kgs
255/45 R18 103Y XL   C A 73 11.03kgs
255/45 R18 99Y   C A 72 11.30kgs
235/50 R18 97V   C A 71 11.00kgs
225/55 R18 98V   C A 71 10.84kgs
235/55 R18 100H   C A 71 11.38kgs
235/55 R18 100V   C A 71 11.38kgs
255/55 R18 109Y XL   C A 73 14.14kgs
255/30 R19 91Y XL   E A 73 16.15kgs
275/30 R19 96Y XL   C A 73 11.16kgs
305/30 R19 102Y XL   C A 75 15.47kgs
225/35 R19 88Y XL   C A 72 10.11kgs
235/35 R19 91Y XL   E A 72 9.96kgs
245/35 R19 93Y XL   E A 72 17.32kgs
255/35 R19 96Y XL   C A 73 10.67kgs
265/35 R19 98Y XL   C A 73 11.08kgs
235/40 R19 96Y XL   C A 72 10.38kgs
245/40 R19 98Y XL   C A 72 10.18kgs
255/40 R19 100Y XL   C A 73 11.67kgs
255/45 R19 104Y XL   C A 73 11.08kgs
275/45 R19 108Y XL   C A 73 13.62kgs
255/50 R19 107Y XL   C A 73 14.61kgs
235/55 R19 105Y XL   C A 72 12.73kgs
255/55 R19 111V XL   C A 73 15.01kgs
255/35 R20 97Y XL   C A 73 11.56kgs
275/35 R20 102Y XL   E A 73 12.59kgs
275/40 R20 106Y XL   C A 73 14.50kgs
275/45 R20 110Y XL   C A 73 16.14kgs
295/35 R21 107Y XL   C A 75 13.95kgs

Questions and Answers for the Uniroyal Rainsport 3

2016-06-08 - is there a left & right on the uniroyal rainsport 3

No there isn't. Unlike the Rainsport 2, the Rainsport 3 is an asymmetric tyre, not directional tyre. This means the tyre has an "inside" and "outside" to be mounted on the wheel, but once mounted the wheel and tyre can go on either side of the car.

2016-06-15 - I have just had uniroyal rain sport 3 fitted on my car in replace of mitchellin tires, are uniroyal comparable to Mitchelin ???? I feel like I have been ripped off as asked and was quoted for Mitchelin tires

The Uniroyal RainSport 3 is an excellent midrange tyre. It should have a similar level of wet grip to a premium Michelin tyre, however we would expect the Uniroyal to wear more quickly. This should have been offset by a cheaper purchase price.

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Size Price Range  
195/50 R15 £40.07 - £52.00 (16 Prices) Compare Prices >>
205/55 R16 £46.92 - £68.39 (35 Prices) Compare Prices >>
225/40 R18 £66.96 - £79.00 (7 Prices) Compare Prices >>
225/45 R17 £60.74 - £80.95 (26 Prices) Compare Prices >>
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Top Uniroyal Rainsport 3 Review

Given 83% (breakdown) while driving a MINI Clubman (205/45 R17) on a combination of roads for 4,000 average miles
Fitted these to my wifes Mini clubman S as I had previously had them fitted to my Audi RS4. They are an excellent tyre for the money and few tyres can match them in the wet. Road noise is also very good on them.

Like all tyres what works on one car doesn't necessarily mean it will work for all, but at the cost of these they are well worth going for. The rate of wear is a little high, but then its a soft compound that enables high grip levels and its this that leads to the wear rate.

You could spend twice as much on a Michelin PSS or just buy 2 sets of these IF you find they wear out quickly. I still find it staggering that people put wear above grip. Frankly I'd rather know that when I take a corner in the wet or dry, or when I hit the brakes hard (in an emergency for instance) that my tyres will not brake traction. These tyres will out perform alot of higher priced tyres, and will out perform alot of similarly priced tyres that have lower wear rates.

I will definitely buy these again.
73 - tyre reviewed on May 22, 2016   

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Given 26% (breakdown) while driving a Volkswagen GOLF MK5 R32 3.2 V6 4MOTION (225/25 R18) on for 2,000 miles
Having had these tyres recommended I bought 4 for my golf r32
They have taken away all feedback and confidence in the handling of my car
Only recently I noticed that the directional tread patterns are different on n/s and o/s of car
They are impossible to change round to have a mirror effect on both sides
This is a bad design in my opinion and will be coming off the car asap
Under braking the car is terrible and at higher speeds it's like hitting black ice !!
0 - tyre reviewed on July 19, 2017   
Given 83% (breakdown) while driving a BMW 330D Touring (245/40 R17 W) on a combination of roads for 18,000 average miles
Driving a 204 HP and 400 Nm BMW with 245 width rear tyres on the wet can be a serious thing. Even we careful driving, I can perfectly remember that two friends of mine had a disastrous surfing experience when their BMWs went into aquaplaning on the highway at, say a little bit too much speed, ... but not that much (140-150 km/h they said). That is when you destroy a nice car because the rear suddenly intends to take the place of the front. Bad joke. Hopefully no-one got wounded.
So of course, you will just slow down under the rain. BMWs are absolutely safe on the wet if you do not make the stupid assumption that you are above physics. Use them properly. However, when choosing tyres for this powerful and heavy RWD car, my very first criteria of choice was aquaplaning and wet grip. I could not prevent reminding about the stories of my 2 friends...
This said, I was truly amazed by these tyres under wet conditions. Their aquaplaning limit is high, even with a tread down to the 1.8 mm limit (time to change them !). And the wet grip is just awesome. Press down the pedal and get the 400 Nm down to the rear wheels, it is quite tough to force the ASC system to get into action, even under very adverse rainy conditions. Truly impressive. I felt 100% safe during the whole lifetime of these tyres, which, again, was the most important thing for me.
These Uniroyal tyres did not disappoint me under dry conditions either. There are not sporty but they grip very well, with pretty good feedback. They are quite silent. Overall I thought they have made a good fit for my BMW E46, which is not a sports car, but a comfortable and fast (and too heavy) machine.
Now the wear rate. True, it is quite high. But it was not dramatic on my BMW touring either, in spite of regular fast driving in the mountains. The Rears made 28-30 thousand kms (down to the 1.8 mm limit). This is not a great mileage, but the price of these tyres is very attractive (90€/ tyre) , and the reviews will tell you that some very expensive tyres do ALSO receive some criticism on wear rate in spite of prices up to 140-150 €.
Overall the balance is still pretty good.
Let me reformulate this: I guess this is OK... if you do not drive more than 25 000 km a year. Then above that mileage, it is probably unpleasant to change tyres every 8 to 10 months...
Just bought another pair of rear tyres, with a smile, for 185€.

0 - tyre reviewed on July 10, 2017   
Given 86% (breakdown) while driving a Audi A4 (205/55 R16 V) on a combination of roads for 8,000 spirited miles
I'm currently on my third car and third set of Uniroyal Rainsport 3s. This tyre is an excellent overall choice. I've been through Hankooks, Falkens and other tyres within the same price range, but none were quite as good as the Uniroyals.
They are very good in the dry, excellent in the wet to a point where my friends thought we were going to crash, as their tyres perform far worse. Excessive wear with these in my opinion at least is a total myth. I had these on three cars, all lasted over 20,000 miles. Current ones have 8k on them and they still have still plenty of life left. I'd highly recommend this tyre to all, couldn't be more happy.

Had these on: BMW E46, Volkswagen Golf Mk4, Currently running a set on an Audi A4 B6.
0 - tyre reviewed on June 30, 2017   
Given 70% (breakdown) while driving a Ford Fiesta ST180 (205/45 R17) on a combination of roads for 6,500 average miles
Bought these tyres 6 months ago. The grip they give the car is extremely good in both dry and wet, you can have confidence going into a corner. However, however however, I have had these on the car for 6 months and only covered 6,500 miles and my front tyres are on the limit, barely legal and needing replaced. The rear still have a couple of months left in them. I simply don't know how anyone can afford to run these permanently. I will also say that I don't drive the car too heavy footed as well. Simply won't buy these again mainly down to the wear.
1 - tyre reviewed on June 6, 2017   
Given 61% (breakdown) while driving a BMW M135i (245/35 R18 W) on a combination of roads for 12,000 spirited miles
Fitted these to the rears just before winter last year as I figured the oem MPSS wouldn't do too well in cold/wet weather. Bit of a mistake to be honest, I've heard many good reviews and they aren't expensive but my experience was pretty poor. For the first 2000 miles the tyre seemed to be so soft and 'squidgy' that turning at any speed over 30mph resulted in traction light flashing and the car feeling like it was about swap ends. I played about with pressures to no avail and I was almost ready to bin them as they were so disconcerting at speeds (even as simple as changing lanes on a motorway). I've heard many other M135i owners complain of the same behaviour, perhaps it's something to do with less weight being over the rear. Would make sense as FWD owners tend to have positive reviews.
Interestingly though, as they started to wear they improved in this respect. I ended up running them at 38psi cold and while it was useless to begin with it did improve to be a decent and stable tyre. Wet weather grip improved and these are MUCH better than MPSS in this regard. In the recent wet weather in the last 2-3 months they have been pretty exceptional to be fair to them, but the tradeoff is clear as when it gets warm again they don't have much outright grip. This was again proven at a trackday when I wore them to shreds on just a few afternoon sessions. I again monitored pressures and they seemed to be 'ok' but the tyre was deforming quite quickly, which was entertaining on the track but I was hoping for at least a little more life than that.
I'll be replacing with the Michelin Pilot Sport 4 and to be honest I'll just stick with these throughout the year rather than experiment with a different tyre for the seasons.
3 - tyre reviewed on June 5, 2017   

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