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The Top Gear car review:MG Motor UK MG3
For:Price, standard spec, ride and handling, steering, it’s better than you’d think
Against:Coarse and dirty engine, optional sticker packs
What is it?
MG’s renaissance continues with the launch of the 3 supermini – a hatchback designed to take on the likes of the Ford Fiesta and Kia Rio. And if you like to buy local, then it’s right up your street – the 3 is assembled in Britain. Albeit with a fair amount of Chinese support from its parent firm.
It’s a brand new car, complete with MG’s own 1.5-litre petrol engine (the only one available), a five-speed manual gearbox, optional sticker packs for fans of Mini-style personalisation, and a modern, spacious interior. In short, it looks and feels nearly as good as most rivals. Nearly. The best news is the price. The 3 starts from just £8,399 and goes up to £10,999 for the top-spec trim.