MG 3 (2013–)
- April 2013: MG3 unveiled in China
- June 2013: MG revealed with personalisation options
- August 2013: MG reveals MG3 prices
- November 2015: MG3 improved for 2016
- September 2016: Announcement that MGs will no longer be assembled in the UK
- May 2017: MG3 gets new leather interior as standard
- January 2018: MG3 gets five year warranty
- August 2018
- January 2019: MG3 Exclusive Nav priced from £12,995
MG3 unveiled in China
MG unveiled the European version of the MG3. It's said to be inspired by the MG Zero concept car, although it's little more than a light refresh of the original MG3.
Both the original and the latest Euro MG3 are the work of the design and engineering team at the SMTC at the company's Birmingham site in Longbridge, UK. At the front, the headlights have been slightly changed, with the new hockey stick daytime running lights being a visual departure - as well as a nod to fashion.
MG says the 4015mm long hatchback offers enough room for four six foot passengers. On the technical side, the MG3 will be powered by the 1.5-litre four-cylinder VTi-TECH petrol engine producing 105PS mated to a five-speed manual transmission.
Following the MG6, the MG3 will be the second in a new generation of MG vehicles to go through final assembly at the Birmingham factory - and will launch in the UK in September - with orders already being taken.
MG revealed with personalisation options
From launch, MG3 customers will be able to personalise both the exterior and interior. It will be offered with three trim levels, 10 colours and a range of at least 10 graphic packs. No prices were confirmed at the unveiling of the UK-specification model, but entry-level models are mooted to be coming in at less than £10,000.
Depending on the model choice, exterior highlights include 16-inch Diamond cut alloy wheels, unique LED ‘hockey stick’ daytime running lights, sport-design bumper, side sill extensions, rear spoiler, sports-design rear valance, chrome exhaust finishers and MG insert headlamps.
Inside the MG3, again depending on trim level and options, key features will be an easy to use air conditioning system, six-speaker audio, Bluetooth with audio streaming, DAB radio, USB/Aux input, automatic lights, automatic wipers, rear parking sensors, ‘ZERO’ design fabric seats and part-leather trim.
MG reveals MG3 prices
MG Motor UK has announced that all MG3s will cost less than £10,000 without options. The list prices prices start at £8399 – and end at £9999.
All models benefit from signature front LED DRLs, electronic hill hold as standard, with all but the entry model featuring a high quality DAB audio system. The sporty exterior style conceals an interior that offers one of the largest and most spacious cabins in the supermini class. With six airbags, electronic stability control, corner brake control and traction control, there is the full suite of the latest technology safety equipment standard on all MG3s.
There are four models of MG3, all with accessorize options. The entry model MG3 3TIME costs £8399 and features a CD player with MP3 compatibility and Aux-in facility in addition to all the standard features on all MG3s. The mid-range MG3 3FORM available for £9299 includes air conditioning, DAB radio, Bluetooth and audio streaming, leather MG-design steering wheel with red stitching and steering wheel audio controls all as standard, above the entry model specification. The MG3 3FORM SPORT includes all the features of the mid-range 3FORM with the sports body styling pack and 16-inch Carousel alloy wheels at £9549.
The range-topping MG3 3STYLE is offered with premium 16-inch Diamond alloy wheel and a sports body styling pack that includes the rear boot spoiler and side sill extensions. Standard high-tech convenience features include cruise control, automatic lights and windscreen wipers and reverse parking sensors, all for only £9999.
The company has confirmed that insurance groupings start at 4E, which it says is half that of comparable cars to the 1.5-litre 106PS MG6, although VED rates are yet to be confirmed.
MG3 improved for 2016
The MG3 2016 MY offers better fuel consumption, lower tax and an updated personalisation range which includes the launch of new combinations and roof colours. It also gets a more economical 124g/km stop-start EU6 engine and a new chrome grille to complement the MG family face.
Red Rose and Hello Yellow paints are now available with selected roof colour combinations - white or black.
Prices are MG3 3Time (from £8,399); MG3 3Form (from £9,599); MG3 3Form Sport (from £9,899); MG3 3Style (from £10,499); and MG3 3Style Lux, which comes with the addition of leather seats (from £10,999).
Announcement that MGs will no longer be assembled in the UK
MG3 gets new leather interior as standard
The MG3 Style+, with upgraded interior, also includes 16-inch Diamond alloy wheels, cruise-control, automatic lights and windscreen wipers, as well as reverse parking sensors.
MG3 gets five year warranty
The five year/60,000 mile warranty extends the previous warranty by two years.
MG3 hugely improved in 2019 model year revamp. New front, new back and all-new inside. Now had a confident 7-year, 80,000 mile warranty. WLTP compliant. Full details in Road Test
MG3 Exclusive Nav priced from £12,995
New trim level adds MG's latest iGo In-Car Navigation system into the model for the first time. The Exclusive Nav version features an 8” colour touchscreen with Bluetooth connectivity and Apple CarPlay™. Buyers can also enjoy a 6-speaker audio system, DAB Radio and rear parking camera.