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MG 3 (2013–)

Last updated 21 May 2019

Kerb weight 1125–1200 kg
Warranty 3 years / 60000 miles
Servicing 15,000 miles

Full specifications

Driving

Although developed in China, MG has made a number of changes to the 3 to make it suited to the UK market. It's been tweaked for UK roads and, although the ride quality is on the firm side, it's not uncomfortable.

It almost feels like an old school hot hatch to drive, with an eager chassis and nimble handling. That said, the only engine on offer is far from hot. The four-cylinder 1.5-litre petrol does without a turbocharger, so drivers used to modern small capacity turbo engines will find it lacking at first. There's little urgency low down in the rev range but that soon changes as you build the revs. Beyond 4500rpm it flies, meaning you're best to thrash it towards the limiter during overtaking maneuvres.

This doesn't create for a relaxed driving experience, with a lot of noise and vibration making its way into the cabin as you try to hustle it along. The manual gearbox has just five gears and there's no automatic option, so it feels quite buzzy on the motorway.

The hydraulic steering is lovely, offering lots of steering without being too heavy around town. Push it hard and there's an impressive amount of grip on offer, while also being a very safe and predictable car to drive. It's an ideal car for enthusiastic new drivers.

Engines

Engine MPG 0-62 Top speed CO2
1.5 47–52 mpg 10.9 s 108 mph 124–140 g/km
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