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Broadening the Chinese-owned MG Motor UK’s range, the MG3 is a five-door B-segment hatchback offered at a bargain bin price. There’s one engine, a rather gutless 1.5-litre petrol, and a host of Vauxhall Adam/Citroen DS3-style personalisation options (stickers, mostly). For more information on the MG3, click on our further stories on the links below.
60sec road test
The first time the MG badge has been slapped on a supermini since the red seatbelt-sporting Metro, the MG3 is mostly built in China by MG’s owners SAIC but final assembly takes place at Longbridge, as did the styling and chassis development. It’s very cheap but, some dodgy switchgear aside, also surprisingly cheerful. There’s lots of room inside, plenty of equipment available and it handles relatively sweetly (although it does suffer from jarring ride quality at higher speeds). Unfortunately the torque-poor 1.5-litre petrol engine doesn’t do the car many favours. It’s lethargic in the extreme and sounds about as appealing as nails down a blackboard. Even still, this is a far better car than many might have given it credit for.
The one we’d buy
‘3Form’ trim gets DAB radio and air-con
The one we’d avoid like the plague
Think twice before speccing some of the more, erm, expressive decal packs
Rivals to consider
Dacia Sandero, Ford Fiesta, Hyundai i20, Renault Clio, Skoda Fabia
Tidy design and handling, all at a basement price
Rice pudding skin safe from lacklustre 1.5-litre engine