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.