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5/10
Overall verdict

The Top Gear car review:MG Motor UK MG3

£8,214£11,475
5/10
Overall verdict
Not quite the awful snotter we were expecting. But it is ruined by an awful engine.
 

For: 

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

Against: 

Coarse and dirty engine, optional sticker packs

Overview

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 3Form 5dr [Start Stop]
10.9s 124g/km 51.5 106 £9,975
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