MG3 Road Test (2013)

MG3 (Interior View) (2013)

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There is a bit of engine noise as you push up through the gears, and some road rumble from under the tyres ...

Comfort and Refinement

Interior comfort is fair. There is a bit of engine noise as you push up through the gears, and some road rumble from under the tyres, but no more than you expect of a car this size with an engine that has to be worked quite hard to deliver its performance. Seat comfort is pretty reasonable. There are very few soft-touch surfaces; the dashboard is entirely constructed of hard plastic, but there are softer inserts in the door trim.

Safety and Security

MG says that the car has been designed to meet Euro NCAP 5-star standard, but it has yet to be tested. Safety measures include standard brake disc wiping, stability control system and hill hold control on all versions. The ABS braking system includes electronic brakeforce distribution and emergency brake assist. Front, side and curtain airbags are provided for the driver and front passenger, and the seatbelts have pre-tensioners.


A six-speaker stereo CD player and AM/FM tuner with MP3 compatibility is standard on all MG3s, and there is a USB port and Aux-in connectivity. Sound quality is quite acceptable. Move one up from the base version, and you also get steering wheel audio controls, DAB audio, Bluetooth, hands-free telephone connectivity and smartphone docking.

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What We Liked
  • Good looking, nicely proportioned little car
  • Roomy for its size, feels spacious inside
  • Excellent value for money
  • Low group 4 insurance means very reasonable premiums
  • Holds on well, not much body roll on the bends
  • Good square shaped boot and room for a full-size spare wheel
  • Combined average fuel economy figure of over 48 mpg
  • Contemporary-looking dashboard with nice switch gear
  • Good all-round vision, no major blind spots
  • Build quality seems pretty reasonable
  • Designed in the UK and partially British-built
What We Disliked
  • Not enough low-end torque
  • Have to work the gearbox to get it moving briskly
  • Steering could do with a bit more feel
  • Base model only has steel wheels, not alloys
  • May have to travel to get the car serviced, very small dealer network
What We Would Like To See
  • A bit more power for the same money

This is the car that puts MG back on the motoring map. Its big brother the MG6 sells in relatively small numbers, but here is a good looking car of a size that gives it much wider appeal. It drives well and is very keenly priced.

17 September 2013 Sue Baker
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MG3 Road Test Data
Model ReviewedMG MG3 FormSport
Body TypeHatchback
ColourHello Yellow
Performance (manufacturers data) 
0 - 62 mph10.9 Seconds
Top Speed 108 mph
Transmission5-Speed Manual
Fuel TypePetrol
CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures) g/km
Economy (NEDC Figures) 
Urban37.7 mpg
Extra Urban57.6 mpg
Combined48.7 mpg
Insurance Group4
Euro NCAP RatingNot Tested
Warranty3 Years / 60,000 Miles
Price (when tested on the 17/09/13)£9,549

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