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MG Motor UK MG3

£ 12,730
510
Published: 13 Jan 2015
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MG's British-built Ford Fiesta rival. It drives surprisingly well but is flawed in a few key areas

Good stuff

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

Bad stuff

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.

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What's the verdict?

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