Uniroyal Rainsport 3

Dry Grip 84%
Wet Grip 93%
Road Feedback 79%
Handling 79%
Wear 63%
Comfort 83%
Buy again 76%

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 208 tyre reviews averaging 80% over 1,432,695 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 £41.83 - £46.68 (14 Prices) Compare Prices >>
205/55 R16 £46.51 - £55.25 (21 Prices) Compare Prices >>
225/40 R18 £66.40 - £71.00 (6 Prices) Compare Prices >>
225/45 R17 £62.28 - £83.14 (24 Prices) Compare Prices >>
Available in 79 tyre sizes - View all.

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.
90 - tyre reviewed on May 22, 2016   

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Given 84% (breakdown) while driving a Mercedes Benz 190 2.3 16 (225/45 R17) on mostly country roads for 15,000 average miles
Have them fitted to two different cars:
1. 2001 E class estate - Fitted to rears only and made the mistake of not going for the XL version (which have a stiffer sidewall). Car feels slightly vague in the rear as a result but otherwise I have no complaints. Better than the Pirellis that came off the car ever were and no noisier either. We do regular long runs to the south of France and find them superb.

2. 1993 Mercedes 500SL - fitted all round in a 255/35/19 in XL version. Grip in the wet is astonishing. This is the second set fitted to this car - previously it was on 245/45/17 (also in XL version). Absolutely no hesitation buying them again .
In fact when our third car (Mercedes SL500 (later shape than this one) is due for tyres I shall be looking for another set if they do them in the required sizes....Currently the SL500 is on GY Assymentric 2s and where the RS3 shod 500SL will accelerate away in the wet with no drama at all the SL500 spins the rear wheels and really gets unsettled - in spite of the older car having more power!
0 - tyre reviewed on January 17, 2018   
Given 55% (breakdown) while driving a Mercedes Benz E250 CDI (275/30 R19 W) on a combination of roads for 800 spirited miles
I replaced my Michelin PSS rear tyres with Uniroyals Rainsport 3. Terrible mistake. My car isteering is vague, I now have really bad understeer and, at the drop of a hat, the car looses traction, particularly when exiting a T junction. Checked pressures etc and had the wheels aligned and camber checked. Never again, will be swapping back to Michelin soon...despite the cost! Car is a humble Mercedes E 250 CDI Sport...not exactly sporty but has been made much worse by these tyres
0 - tyre reviewed on January 13, 2018   
Renault (225/45 R17 W) on mostly motorways for 8,000 average miles
When brand new they were comfortable but soon after they turn into something unpleasant on dry surface ! On wet road they are doing well I must say . Left side of my car is behaving generally good but on my side (drivers side) tires are very noisy especially on the concrete surfaces well they two faced when driving over rough materials they getting grip and car start speeding as a cheetah when on hunt but noise is very significant as they turning opposite direction on one side of the vehicle and this is the breaking point when I starting thinking of buying a new set of tires ! Also when driving at high speed car feels unstable and there is a very clear inclination to swerve and pull you to nearest ditch or central reservation ! My car is in great condition very well serviced and looked after and treated with only a Genuine branded parts including steering and suspension and all has been done just 8 months ago including wheels alignment etc..etc.So there is Nothing wrong with my baby ! Miles I've done on my Uniroyal s- 8000 mil. and still 5mm of tread left ( front wheels), so this is very positive sign regarding longevity but I will definitely not buy again this tires .
0 - tyre reviewed on January 6, 2018   
Given 96% (breakdown) while driving a Volkswagen Polo BlueGT 6R (215/40 R17 W) on a combination of roads for 1,000 spirited miles
The tyres have transformed my car,much more supple and smoother riding,steering feel much improved and the grip especially in tricky conditions is excellent,to top it all the tyre is quieter than the potenzas that were originally on the car.Only done 1k on them but they look brand new!,a simply brilliant tyre.
3 - tyre reviewed on November 25, 2017   
Given 87% (breakdown) while driving a Mercedes Benz A180 CDI W176 (205/55 R16 H) on mostly country roads for 5,500 average miles
Fitted these on a rainy summers day and was very happy on the way home, puddles, what puddles? In the next 5500 miles they have been exactly the same, wet roads feel like dry roads, fantastic.I find them fairly quiet and they let me know how the road surface feels. I've no complaints about grip, no scrabbling at junctions or premature ABS moments.
Last week they really proved their worth. On the way home a car drew out on me from a junction and we bounced off each other. I ended up on a flat, wet, mown verge with a wall tapering it down in my direction. Full ABS and plentiful grip from the tyres and I stopped short of going back into traffic. No skidding, no drama.
No shopping around next time for tyres, Uniroyal from now on.
2 - tyre reviewed on November 20, 2017   

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