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MG Motor UK MG3 review

2013 onwards (change model)
Parkers overall rating: 2.5 out of 52.5
” Interesting, colourful alternative to mainstream low-cost cars “

At a glance

Price new £14,335 - £16,035
Used prices £1,575 - £12,460
Road tax cost £160 - £190
Insurance group 4 - 8
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Fuel economy 42.3 - 43.3 mpg
Range 475 - 505 miles
Miles per pound 6.2 - 6.3
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Available fuel types


Pros & cons

  • Stylish interior
  • Long warranty
  • Surprising space
  • Sparse dealer network
  • Poor emissions
  • Unrefined engine

Written by Richard Kilpatrick Published: 6 June 2019 Updated: 5 May 2023


The MG MG3 is a small family hatchback with sporty image and room for five adults

The MG MG3 is a small hatchback from the Chinese-owned British marque, manufactured in China since 2011 and offered in the UK since 2013. With prices starting from sub £15,000 it’s among the cheapest cars in the UK.

The MG3 is built in China, and was developed at MG’s base in Longbridge, Birmingham. It’s only offered as a five-door hatchback, with one engine and a manual gearbox. Efficient use of space results in a cabin that is one of the most spacious in the class, especially when measuring rear seat room and bootspace.

MG is promoting the car’s long warranty and personalisation options, with sticker packs and bright colours making it stand out as an urban runabout – aided by compact dimensions and easy parking ability.

Mature styling

Facelifted for 2018, the MG3 features a bold, upright grille with distinctive headlamps and LED day running lights. A family look shared with the MG ZS, it suits the small car well and is unusually handsome for a model at this end of the market, both in terms of cost and size.

You can keep the maturity with a restrained look, or go for a stickered and sporty appearance. There are six bodycolours, a range of different graphics packages and contrasting mirror caps. Some combinations work better than others, and all look best on the upper tiers of specification where a bodykit adds sill extensions and a rear roof spoiler.

Standard kit

Depending on the model choice, exterior highlights include 16” Diamond cut alloy wheels, sport-design bumper, side sill extensions and a rear spoiler. All models get striking LED day running lights and distinctive light pipe tail lights.

Inside, the MG3’s defining feature is a clean and attractive dashboard design with 8.0-inch touchscreen on all but the entry level model. Part leather trim, a sports steering wheel, soft-retract grab handles and a reversing camera with parking sensors are also available, depending on specification.

All models of MG3 feature electric windows front and rear, a trip computer, LED headlights with delay timer and Bluetooth hands-free with audio streaming.

1.5-litre engine

Power comes from a 1.5-litre 106hp 16-valve VVTi petrol engine mated to a five-speed manual gearbox. Torque – at 137Nm – arrives late on in the proceedings and you’ll find yourself working the engine very hard to achieve the best performance, though there’s no aural reward for doing so.