Comfort and safety across the entire range Developed for compact- and middle-class vehicles and SUVs. Outstanding aquaplaning safety and ideal comfort. Fits perfectly for example to Ford Fiesta, Renault Twingo and Alfa Romeo Mito.
High aquaplaning safety The new RainExpert 3 has a tread structure based on the shark skin. This special tread minimises water turbulence and channels water away from the tread more quickly. This means the tyre provides a high level of protection against aquaplaning.
Short braking distances on wet and dry roads The tyre tread grips the road surface perfectly, establishing strong contact. This extra adhesion leads to short stopping distances on dry and wet roads.
Low rolling resistance on any road With the RainExpert 3 the tread surface is used to optimum effect in contact with the road. This leads to reduced loss of friction, resulting in lower rolling resistance on all road surfaces and reduced wear.
EU Tyre Label and Efficiency Classes
The European Union, under CE 1222/2009, has mandated that all tyres manufactured after the date of July 1 2012 for cars and commercial vehicles include standard EU Tyre Labels classifying them by three performance characteristics:fuel efficiency classified from A to G,wet grip classified from A to G, and noise emission in decibels.
Categories of tyres unaffected by this regulation include: retreaded tyres, professional off-road tyres, racing/sports car tyres, as well as certain types of tyres designed to improve traction such as studded tyres, T-type temporary spare tyres, tyres for cars built before 1990, tyres with a maximum allowed speed of 80km/h, tyres for rims with a diameter less or equal to 254 mm or greater or equal to 635 mm. This label is intended on one hand to promote economic and ecological efficiency in traffic, as well as increase road safety, and on the other hand to help consumers select appropriate tyres by ensuring a certain degree of product transparency.
Nevertheless, the label has been criticized for only showing a very limited number of characteristics. Professionals argue that tyres have many more features that are important and relevant to road safety, including but not limited to aquaplaning properties, driving stability, service life, product properties on wet and dry roads other than wet grip, properties on snow. Tyre manufacturers suggest that the test results from various institutions and industry magazines should remain a very important source of information for the end consumer, because they focus on and rate a wide variety of tyre properties and features.
Uniroyal RainExpert 3 tyre review
Average based on 19 test results
Grip in dry conditions
Braking in dry conditions
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Braking in wet conditions
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Internal noise level
27.10.2020fromsleekitwan As a motorcyclist, I take an especial interest in tyres on our cars. I would point out that almost any tyre in my experience, is fine in the dry including worn-out ones. The only issue might be a very soft-compound tyre (eg a winter tyre) and my experience of that is it wears like crazy and the car drifts in hot weather (I had no other tyres at the time). So for me it is all about wet-weather performance in terms of grip.
The Rain Expert 3 and the similar tyre by the same manufacturer we have on our more recent Clio Tce 90, are both decent in the wet. They are however, the end of a suspension system, comprising springs, shock absorbers, arms and bushes, etc etc, so if say your shocks were worn, these tyres won’t hold your line through a rain-soaked bend with ripples or pock-marked surfaces underneath.
We’ve found these tyres to be excellent in that we have not experience of better for grip, or really any other aspect except tyre wear. This aspect, manufacturers of cheap tyres can increase the life of by thousands of miles/kilometres, by using compounds in the rubber, that make it harder and have less tread wear, but this is always at the detriment of grip especially in wet conditions.
So, overall, I rate these tyres in a real-world way, as the best I have driven on. The best overall, including much more expensive tyres. Price does not really seem to indicate quality or performance, except at the low end. If all that matters is longevity, you can probably just buy cheap tyres and get that. I dare not do that, because I have had for example, high nylon content tyres, and they feel lethal in poor conditions.
The other thing to bear in mind, is ice and snow. Again, like with dry weather, some stuff here just does not matter. In dry conditions, almost any tyre but very soft ones, are fine, as mentioned. In ice and snow, you need a tyre with a slightly softer compound, but the only tarmac you will get to ride on, may well be wet at best, so we end up needing wet-weather performance again.
The only big ice and snow feature I can see, after 50 years of driving/riding experience, is the block-tread style, and the ‘clear-away’ characteristics, so that clods of sticky snow are easily thrown off, but then again, it’s got to be capable of sinking into the stuff, to get any grip at all. You want a bit less than hard compound, but really soft compound, moves you into winter tyre territory in terms of being susceptible to warm-weather wear/melting, rapidly using your tread depth up.
So an all-season tyre choice like this, is a compromise, and although these are said to be summer tyres, I consider them all-season for the UK where we live, almost exactly in the middle of the country. Plenty of snow, ice, rain, wet leaves on the road, and we drive a mix of through-the city commutes as well as doing the odd 100-mile jaunt in the countryside, and also 250-mile trips on the motorway occasionally.
I really cannot say anything bad about these tyres. I would hoever, maintain your tyre pressures, and adjust them especially at the rear of the car if you carry extra rear seat passengers and luggage. It really does make a difference to how the vehicle drives. 7 extra psi at the rear (half an atmosphere is it?) is what will mostly be recommended, to keep the steering from being ‘ignored’. Just remember, higher pressures means ‘less influence’ on the driving. Hence, when you have a heavy load at the rear, it in effect means the rear tyres are too soft if you use normal pressures, then the rear, ‘steers’ or has too much influence.
That’s how it feels as the driver, so keep the tyres at the right pressure, and raise by 25% or so, if heavily laden, at the rear. Also remember, as you pump the tyres, they get hot - and so the air pressure reads HIGH - so put 5% more in, because the next morning you will measure and find the pressure has been slightly ‘lost’ as the tyres cool. Yes, they get hot when you hit the hiway, but that’s all taken into account with setting the pressures cold, by the manufacturers.
Lastly on pressures, bear in mind sidewalls have become much flimsier in the last decade or so - some older vehicles especially, have recommendations by the car maker, that are a little on the low side, meant for the old days of stiffer tyres. If you find the tyre wearing in the middle it is pumped up too much, if wearing on both outsides, it is not pumped up enough. A SINGLE side of a tyre worn, means something in the suspension setup is not quite right, or the steering, so beware of replacing tyres where this has been the reason - tyre wear like this, means you must find the suspension or steering issue, otherwise your tyres will last about a third the time they should!
That’s my half-century of experience, rolled into a few paragraphs. These tyres are fine - oh lastly, always get a tyre with a protective bead around the outside edge. This not only protects the wheel from scraping badly if hitting the pavement, but also stops the tyre tearing the sidewall open, if you strike some sharp object like a rock or brick, as I did, and it glances off the sidewall. A ripped sidewall, is not repairable, and I had just bought that cheap tyre, a week earlier!
Take care, these tyres are as good as it gets all year around, and if you take care of the aspects I mention above, they will safeguard you and your loved ones, that’s why we have them on both cars of ours.
26.08.2020fromClayton In 40 years of driving BEST wet grip ever from a tyre (save when I racing and using a dedicated wet racing tyre and compound)
This is a FWD car , and I push it hard. Turn in top rated and the tyre hangs on, understeer is hard to generate. This is in the dry from a tyre that is designed to be a top performer in the wet!!!
In the wet it is phenomenal for a road going tyre in a normal compound. It rates on par with my Nokian WR4 winter tyres. In fact the stability of the tread makes it better.
The fact it is so good in the dry but so much better in the wet makes it a number one tyre.
05.12.2019fromC Moss Confident in the wet. Doesn't track as much as the Continentals they replaced and are much quieter. Good all rounder.
05.09.2019fromAgata Very good performing tyres ... I had them on previous car as well... well happy with them ... they are quite good on snow as well what I found out last winter