The MG3’s 1.5-litre petrol engine has to be revved hard to get it going, but because it revs so slowly, progress always feels laboured and overtaking requires plenty of planning. Even worse, you’ll also have to make plenty of gearchanges simply to keep up with traffic.
MG3 ride & handling
Body control is good and there’s plenty of grip, but the ride is poor. It’s unsettled on patchy town surfaces, it crashes over potholes and is firm on the motorway. The steering is heavy at low speeds, making manoeuvres more difficult than they need be, and it's unresponsive at higher speeds. At least it’s accurate enough, so you can place the car in bends fairly confidently.
The engine is loud when you rev it hard and it transmits vibrations into the cabin. You can hear it working away at a steady cruise and there's plenty of road noise on the motorway, although there’s not much wind noise. The gearshift is notchy.