Vredestein Sportrac 3

The Vredestein Sportrac 3 is a High Performance Summer tyre designed to be fitted to Passenger Cars.

Tyre review data from 60 tyre reviews averaging 82% over 658,266 miles driven, and 4 tests with an average result of 5th.

Dry Grip 85%
Wet Grip 91%
Road Feedback 80%
Handling 80%
Wear 76%
Comfort 79%
Buy again 85%

The Sportrac 3 is ranked 26th of 201 Summer High Performance tyres.

This tyre replaced the Vredestein Sportrac 2 and this tyre has been replaced by the Vredestein Sportrac 5.

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Latest Tyre Test Results

2011 European Summer Tyre Test - 195/65 R15
1st of 14 tyres
  • Very balanced tyre, scores well in all safety related tests. Top marks on wet roads.
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2011 Finnish ECO Touring Tyre Test
3rd of 15 tyres
  • Great in the wet
  • Not as good in the dry as the top 2
  • Sporty drivability and excellent wet performance give the Vredestien a strong 3rd place.
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Top 3 Vredestein Sportrac 3 Reviews

Given 74% while driving a Volkswagen Passat 2.0S (225/45 R17) on a combination of roads for 22,000 average miles
Had 4 of these put on my 2.0 TDi Passat 2 years ago and i can honestly say that they are an excellent tyre. The grip is excellent though marginally better in the wet (i live in the north of Scotland so no issues there). The only downside is the noise. They were noisy from the outset but as they have worn the noise has increased dramatically, so much so i thought my wheel bearings had gone. 22K later and im now replacing them as a set as the fronts are down to minimum and i cannot bear the noise from the rears. I would use again but nobody currently has them in stock locally and Kwikfit are doing me a deal on Falken ZE914's.
Helpful 47 - tyre reviewed on April 17, 2013
Given 100% while driving a Volvo 850 T5 Estate (225/45 R17) on a combination of roads for 13,000 spirited miles
Best tyre money can buy.

Nothing else need be said!
Helpful 40 - tyre reviewed on January 30, 2014
Given 90% while driving a Volkswagen Golf Mk4 1.9 GTTDi (225/45 R17) on mostly motorways for 25,000 spirited miles
Fantastic tyres. So good i am on my second set. I do over 40k a year mainly motorway driving.
Awesome in the wet- breaking distance much better than my last set ( pirrelli p7) and no problem with aquaplanning. The tyres were even pretty good in the snow. I have gone through a lot of quality tyres but these are far superior in the wet and great dry grip too. Have never had a problem with the noise - dont find them much louder than any of the others.
Helpful 41 - tyre reviewed on July 25, 2013
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Given 49% while driving a Alfa Romeo 155 (205/50 R15 V) on a combination of roads for 0 average miles
I used them whole spring and summer in Georgia.
negative sides: noisy like wheel hub bearing is out, no stability and screaming when cornering in summer.
positive: perfect traction in rain, perfect stability in water, avoiding aquaplaning
I still have this tires but not going buy again
Helpful 25 - tyre reviewed on November 9, 2016
Given 86% while driving a SEAT (225/45 R17) on a combination of roads for 8,000 average miles
I have been running these Sportrac3's for around 8000 miles or so now and they are excellent, really good in the wet and have never had any concerns whatsoever. They corner well with a lot of positive feedback and when hitting deep puddles after the recent wet spell that we have just endured these tyres were faultless, no sign's of aquaplaning.
In the run up to winter late 2013 I was touring over to the lakes and the temp suddenly dropped to just above freezing, when I had pulled over for a quick stop, out of interest I felt the tyres they had warmed up nicely, most other summer tyres would still be rock hard at this point!

Its a shame they are being slowly phased out for the new Sportrac5's as I have them fit on my partner and daughters cars also - A great tyre and would definitely buy again.
Helpful 30 - tyre reviewed on April 14, 2014
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Given 83% while driving a Toyota Starlet Glanza V (195/50 R15 V) on mostly town for 5,000 spirited miles
This is a pretty good tyre, and would recommend it to all the people who drive normal/sportive. Very safe tyre in wet. I now run 8000 km with it on my (starlet glanza V) and the profile is now 3.5mm at the front and 5.6mm at the back. And now put the front to the back. And now considering to buy 2 new Bridgestone potenza re002 because the side wall of the vredestein is not stiff enough when you are doing quick cornering. Long corner grip is superb.
Helpful 34 - tyre reviewed on November 16, 2013
Given 97% while driving a Renault Laguna I (195/65 R15 V) on mostly country roads for 13,000 spirited miles
I have them for 20 000km so far very predictive and very progressive in grip loss in both braking and speedy turning providing very good feedback. I would say that they are even better than my winter tyres on wet surface in the 5C to 10C weather temperature range.I don`t have any complains about road noise. Unfortunately i think Sportrac 5 is coming on their place so they will be no longer available , so sad , cause they hold really steady in corners that i believe is because of the tread design with the big side contact surface :(
Helpful 38 - tyre reviewed on September 12, 2013
Given 80% while driving a BMW 120d (225/45 R17) on mostly country roads for 4,000 spirited miles
These tyres are great. Having bought a RWD and living in the Pennines, I went for something that performed well in the wet and these are just the job. I frequently push the car quite hard and have never felt with these tyres that control is an issue. Personally, I don't find them noisy at all(others have commented to the contrary). The ride is nice and at high speeds, they hug the road like a best friend, in both wet and dry. Can't fault them at all. I'll be replacing them for winter though - silly not to.
Helpful 36 - tyre reviewed on August 22, 2013
Given 59% while driving a Volkswagen Sharan 1.9TDi (215/55 R16) on a combination of roads for 15,000 average miles
Had 2 of these on my VW Sharran.
Good handling in wet/dry.
I drive pretty fast on motorways.
But 1 note!! As other have noticed: NOISE!!
If you're after a quite tyres- don't choose these.
After 8000 or 10000 I thought the same thing, that my bearing wheel has gone.

Good tyres, but noise let them much down for me.
Helpful 35 - tyre reviewed on May 6, 2013
Given 100% while driving a Toyota Avensis (205/55 R16 H) on mostly town for 10,000 average miles
Helpful 31 - tyre reviewed on March 5, 2013
Given 90% while driving a Volkswagen Passat 1.9 TDI Sport Estate (B5.5) (205/60 R15 H) on a combination of roads for 35,000 average miles
Superb tyres, good wet and dry performance, great milage, 35k miles with one front to rear swap at 18k miles. Changing now to Snowtrac 3 for the winter.
Wouls have again without question.
Helpful 28 - tyre reviewed on December 14, 2012
Given 91% while driving a Citroën C4 Grand Picasso (225/45 R17) on mostly town for 5 easy going miles
These really make the difference. I changet the origimal Michelin tyres (only 35 000km)and I'm really impressed. On wet road it's even better. They do have a model with board protection and I recomend it.
The only issue is how many km will use them....
Helpful 24 - tyre reviewed on October 11, 2012
Given 99% while driving a Vauxhall Astra Coupe 2.2 (225/45 R17) on mostly motorways for 20,000 spirited miles
These tyres have been the best I've tried so far (out of Falken 452, Michelin Primacy and Toyo T1R).

The grip in wet and dry is outstanding, and above average grip in the snow as well.

Can't comment much on road noise or rolling resistance, since I couldn't give two flying hoots about these things haha.

From what I can see on this site, everyone seems to have the opinion that tyres wear too fast (the ratings are rarely above 75%). My fronts are down to 3mm after 20000 miles (many of these motorway to be fair). In my opinion, for tyres with such awesome grip, this is unbelievable.

Suffice to say, unless something spectacular comes out, I will be sticking with Vredesteins for the foreseeable future.

Get them now!
Helpful 32 - tyre reviewed on October 7, 2012
Given 93% while driving a Suzuki Ignis 1.5 GLX VVT 4Grip (185/60 R15 V) on a combination of roads for 24,000 average miles
Running these boots for two and a quarter years now and have just replaced like with like. They cope will with all driving conditions well even snow. I found them to be very capable over the last two winters we've had in the UK. They've worn well but I'm not lighting up the tyres at every getaway or throwing the car around corners but if you want to press on they are very reliable and give very good feedback. In combination with the 4 wheel drive a very useful package.
Helpful 30 - tyre reviewed on August 20, 2012
Given 73% while driving a Skoda Fabia vRS (205/45 R16 V) on mostly country roads for 10,000 spirited miles
Had Sportrac 3s on the front axle of my Fabia vRS for over a year now and they're ready for changing after about 10,000 miles so the wear rate is pretty poor although I do drive fast.

They're a bit noisy as with all directional tread patterns, noticeably more so than the Klebers it had on beforehand, but they do look nice. Very good in both damp and wet, and not bad in snow either if you have more than about 3 mm of tread on them. They're a tad vocal in the dry when pushed very hard.

They can be hard to get hold of in the UK, I ordered my pair from mytyres.co.uk (out of all the online tyre retailers, I've found they have the biggest range), which actually came from Germany and were £85 a corner.

They also take a while to run in, to begin with they felt a bit fidgety, I could feel the treadblocks moving around when pushing hard, I was worried I'd made a mistake but a few hundred miles on they're fine - I think it's due to the deep tread they come with.

Now I don't know what to replace them with, if they lasted longer they'd be perfect. Have ruled out Toyo T1R because they're not great in the damp, Rainsport 2s are excellent but have a soft sidewall, wear fast and can drone on some cars. Falken 452 I would like to try, but it is now out of production. Perhaps Falken ZE 912?
Helpful 30 - tyre reviewed on August 15, 2012