MG was always known for producing cool 2 seater sports cars which were both affordable and quick. The modern incarnation of MG has hung on to a bit of that heritage but has moved with the times and is now producing some great modern cars. This is certainly in evidence with the MG3. The MG3 takes all of that understated MG cool and repackages it into the car that eventually killed off the small sports car, a supermini.
Cheap, Reliable and Very Cool
Compared to its contemporaries the MG3 is very cheap to buy, looks sharp and also has simplicity on its side. It’s available with one engine option, a 1.5L DOHC, but that’s because the car is about so much more than just performance. With 3 trim levels, including one with a full touch screen infotainment system, and a great variety of colour schemes and decals; it’s all about having a factory spec car which is unique to you and your style. Every model takes 10.4 seconds from 0-62mph and claims 47.1mpg fuel economy.
With prices starting from around £10,000 the MG3 is definitely one of the best value cars on the market, think of it like a supermini for the price of a small city car.
Revamped for 2018
The 2018 revamp really has put the MG3 on the map. MG has a new overarching design philosophy, possibly coming from their new London design studio, which is very reminiscent of the old MG’s of the ’60s and ’70s (Especially with the grill design) yet is very much a post-millennium modern design.
The 1.5 VTi Tech four-cylinder petrol engine, with a five-speed manual gearbox and front-wheel drive, is a capable, reliable and powerful enough engine that makes 105bhp at 6,000rpm and 137Nm of torque at 4,750rpm. This means that you can quite easily cruise around getting great mileage but if you want to give it a push there is enough there to get you moving in the higher rev ranges.
The MG3 Lineup
The MG3 has a simple model line-up with three versions on offer named Explore, Excite and Exclusive. The Explore is the entry point to the range, and it has a basic spec to help it come in at a price under £10,000. Highlights include electric windows all round, a Bluetooth phone connection, daytime running lights and electric mirror adjustment.
To get alloy wheels a better stereo with DAB and remote central locking, you need to go for an Excite model, which also adds the new 8-inch colour touchscreen, Apple CarPlay smartphone connectivity, rear parking sensors and air con. Exclusive models also add cruise control, sports front seats and a rear camera.