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Overall verdict

The Top Gear car review:MG Motor UK MG3

Overall verdict
Not quite the awful snotter we were expecting. But it is ruined by an awful engine.


Price, standard spec, ride and handling, steering, it’s better than you’d think


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.

Highlights from the range

Title 0–62 CO2 MPG BHP Price
The fastest
1.5 VTi-TECH 3Form 5dr
10.9s 136g/km 48.7 106 £9,114
The cheapest
1.5 VTi-TECH 3Time 5dr
10.9s 136g/km 48.7 106 £8,214
The greenest
1.5 VTi-TECH 3Style 5dr [Start Stop]
10.9s 124g/km 51.5 106 £10,444
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