MG 3 review

Category: Small car

Section: Performance & drive

MG 3 2021 rear cornering
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  • MG 3 2021 dashboard
  • MG 3 2021 rear seats
  • MG 3 2021 infotainment
  • MG 3 2021 front
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  • 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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Performance & drive

What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is

There's only one MG 3 engine choice: a 1.5-litre petrol with 105bhp. That's more power than a Dacia Sandero has and even trumps our favourite VW Polo, the 1.0 TSI 95.

Sadly, numbers don't tell the whole story. You see, because the MG 3's engine isn’t turbocharged like the majority of its rivals', it feels gutless and asthmatic at low revs. On quicker roads, it’s easier to make use of the engine’s maximum grunt, which arrives at 4500rpm – but once you’re that high up in the rev range, be prepared for quite a lot of vibration and harshness.