MG 3 review

Category: Small car

Section: Costs & verdict

MG 3 2021 infotainment
  • MG 3 2021 front cornering
  • MG 3 2021 rear cornering
  • MG 3 2021 dashboard
  • MG 3 2021 rear seats
  • MG 3 2021 infotainment
  • MG 3 2021 front
  • MG 3 2021 left tracking
  • MG 3 2021 left static
  • MG 3 2021 right tracking
  • MG 3 2021 badge
  • MG 3 2021 front seats
  • MG 3 2021 boot open
  • MG 3 2021 interior controls
  • MG 3 2021 dashboard detail
  • MG 3 2021 front cornering
  • MG 3 2021 rear cornering
  • MG 3 2021 dashboard
  • MG 3 2021 rear seats
  • MG 3 2021 infotainment
  • MG 3 2021 front
  • MG 3 2021 left tracking
  • MG 3 2021 left static
  • MG 3 2021 right tracking
  • MG 3 2021 badge
  • MG 3 2021 front seats
  • MG 3 2021 boot open
  • MG 3 2021 interior controls
  • MG 3 2021 dashboard detail
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Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

The MG 3 is very cheap to buy. It undercuts even value-focused options, including the Skoda Fabia and Suzuki Swift, although if you're looking for the cheapest new car in Britain, the Dacia Sandero is king.

It's not all good news, though, because depreciation is fairly heavy, and the MG 3 isn't very frugal by modern standards. CO2 emissions are also high compared with most other small cars. You do get front and rear electric windows, remote control locking and air-conditioning across the range, though, and Exclusive Nav trim adds cruise control to the list. 

Overview

The MG 3 is keenly priced, but a bumpy ride, wheezy engine and disappointing safety rating all count against it. It's hard to recommend.

  • Attractively priced
  • Interior looks fairly smart
  • Bumpy ride
  • Unrefined engine
  • Disappointing safety
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