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MG MOTOR UK MG3 HATCHBACK

1.5 VTi-TECH Exclusive 5dr [Navigation]

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The MG brand's improved MG3 supermini is a sporty value-orientated proposition that now boasts a smarter look and a longer warranty. Jonathan Crouch reports.

Background

There's something about the two letters 'MG' that strikes a chord in the British consciousness. The brand named after 'Morris Garages' way back in 1924 has been a part of our automotive heritage for nearly a century. And still they come: take this car, the MG3 supermini. As with this model's MG GS Crossover stablemate, it's true to say that this car is properly British-developed, with its styling and drive dynamics created by many of the same talented folk who at the turn of the century brought us the surprisingly satisfying MG ZR, ZS and ZT family performance models. Chinese manufacturing clout also means the brand can bring this Fiesta-sized supermini to market for up to 30% less than obvious rivals. Which leaves MG able to claim what they see as an unbeatable combination of fun and value for this car. Does it deliver that in this revised guise? Let's find out.

Driving Experience

As usual with the MG3, the only engine option is a 1.5-litre petrol unit that MG owners SAIC bought in from GM, though a little compensation comes with the news that it has in more recent times been brought up to cleaner Euro6 standards and develops a healthy 105bhp, substantially more than most direct rivals can offer. That means a reasonable turn of speed, rest to sixty two achievable in 10.4s en route to a 108mph top speed. Though it's true that most of this car is Chinese, many of the bits that really matter are British through and through - an observation especially true when it comes to the elements concerned with ride and handling. There are suppler-riding cars in this class and more sportily-suspended ones, but few models of this kind that I can think of achieve a better combination of both over good roads and bad. Which for a first attempt in this segment, is quite an astonishing achievement for the Longbridge-based development team given that the class in question contains models of the talent of Ford's Fiesta. Body roll is brilliantly controlled, grip is prodigious and there's better feedback through the steering than in most Gtis we've driven, primarily perhaps because modern era electric steering hasn't made it to MG yet. The downside of that is that the helm is heavy during parking manoeuvres in the kind of urban environment where the option of an automatic gearbox would be nice to have.

Design and Build

The main change to this revised MG3 is revised exterior front end styling which adds what the brand calls a 'star-rider' grille. This frames the brand's famous octagonal logo. The company claims it's "a distinctive statement of modern British style designed to target young and style conscious buyers". Make of that what you will. The interior will come as a welcome relief to anybody who's a bit baffled by the complexity and deep technology of many modern superminis. Climb out of a Peugeot 208, with its tablet computer style central infotainment system and, without being unduly blunt, it's very different. Still, the MG3 is tidy inside with seats that look and feel very Volkswagen. In the lightly upgraded cabin of this revised model, there are a few white touches around the stereo, on the steering wheel, the door pulls, handbrake and gear lever but aside from that, everything is uniformly grey. Sit in the back seats and you'll find the front seats are sculpted to improve leg room, while the rear headroom is genuinely impressive.

Market and Model

Prices start at under £12,500, getting you this supermini-sized car for less than the kind of money you'd pay for a little citycar. All models get signature front LED lights and a hill holder clutch as standard, with all but the entry model featuring a high quality DAB audio system. Safety-wise, there are six airbags, electronic stability control, corner brake control and traction control. There are two different versions offered in the MG3 line-up; the entry grade 'Excite' and top 'Exclusive Nav'. All versions come with Bluetooth as standard, plus an 8" colour touchscreen with Apple CarPlay, DAB radio and steering wheel audio controls. The 'Exclusive Nav' version adds a reversing camera with dynamic guidelines. And of course, navigation. As before, a key attraction for many people will be how much fun they can have creating their own MG3, with a huge range of colours, exterior graphics, interior colour packs and leather upholstery created by the UK design team and inspired by the British fashion industry.

Cost of Ownership

Of course, the downside of getting a lot more engine is getting a fair bit less fuel economy and the MG3 can't hope to bend the laws of physics and return better fuel figures than many eco specials. The current Euro6 engine does get a stop start system though. The 140g/km of CO2 figure (NEDC) remains nothing to write home about and the WLTP-rated combined cycle fuel figure of 42.3mpg is rather behind the competition curve too. Still, balance that against the fact that this car will be much less expensive to buy than its immediate price rivals - and will offer more fun behind the wheel. Plus it will be pretty cheap to insure, rated at just 4E. And you get a long seven year / 80,000 mile warranty.

Summary

You can see why this MG3 sold over 10,000 units in its first four years on sale. The five-door shape squeezes a lot of styling into its four metre length and the price and equipment levels are very competitive, though of course MG has a long way to go in this country before it can mix it with the big names. With more power to call upon than its rivals, this car promises to be a far more effervescent steer than, say, a much pricier and poorly equipped entry-level Skoda Fabia. Of course, despite the Euro6 engine improvements, it still won't be quite as efficient to run as one of those. Mind you, the value proposition ought to compensate for much of that. Overall then, it's trendy, tightly priced, good to drive, spacious and cheap to insure. If MG can get its marketing right, a significant number of people might be tempted by all that.

Key Information

Transmission Type
Transmission TypeManual
Fuel Type
Fuel TypePetrol
Fuel Efficiency
Fuel Efficiency47.10mpg
Emissions
Emissions147.00g/km
Top Speed
Top Speed108mph

Full Details

Standard Equipment

Driver Convenience

  • 8" colour touch screen
  • Apple car play
  • Bluetooth connection
  • Cruise control
  • Headlamp on warning buzzer
  • iGo Navigation system
  • Multi function trip computer
  • PAS
  • Rear parking camera
  • Remote fuel flap release
  • Reverse parking sensors

Entertainment

  • 6 speakers with woofer (2 main front, 2 tweeters front, 2 rear)
  • DAB radio + AUX/USB

Exterior Features

  • Auto dimming rear view mirror
  • Body colour bumpers
  • Body coloured door handles
  • Body coloured electrically adjustable heated door mirrors
  • Body coloured rear spoiler
  • Body coloured side sills with black insert
  • Electric front/rear windows/one touch facility
  • Follow me home headlights
  • Halogen projector headlights
  • LED centre brake light
  • LED daytime running lights
  • Rear wiper
  • Variable front intermittent wipers

Interior Features

  • 12V socket
  • 60/40 split folding rear seat
  • Air conditioning with dust and pollen filter
  • Boot space lamp
  • Driver 6-way adjustable seat
  • Driver's footrest
  • Front and rear cup holders
  • Front headrests
  • Front interior lamp with reading lamps and time delay
  • Front sun visors with driver and passenger mirrors
  • Leather steering wheel with audio controls
  • Map pockets
  • Part leather upholstery + sports seats
  • Passenger 4-way adjustable seat
  • Seat back pockets
  • Tilt adjustable steering column

Safety

  • 2 x adjustable rear head rests
  • 3x3 point rear seatbelts
  • Airbags - Twin front, side and curtain
  • Driver seatbelt warning indicator
  • Front disc brakes and rear drum brakes
  • Front seatbelts (3-point + pretensioner + load limiter)
  • Hill launch assist
  • Passenger airbag cut-off switch
  • Passenger seatbelt warning indicator
  • Rear child locks
  • Rear ISOFIX child-seat upper tether & lower anchor
  • Side impact beams
  • Stability control system (SCS) including ABS, EBD, EBA, CBC
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system

Security

  • Alarm & Engine Immobiliser
  • Remote Central Locking with Fold-away Key
  • Speed sensitive door locking

Wheels

  • 16" Diamond cut alloy wheels
  • Tyre repair kit

Technical Data

Emissions - ICE

  • CO2 (g/km)
    140
  • HC+NOx
    Not Available
  • Particles
    Not Available
  • Standard Euro Emissions
    EURO 6
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb
    147
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High
    165
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High
    133
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low
    184
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium
    137

Engine and Drive Train

  • Camshaft
    DOHC
  • Catalytic Convertor
    Yes
  • CC
    1498
  • Compression Ratio
    11.5:1
  • Cylinder Layout
    IN-LINE
  • Cylinders
    4
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm)
    75
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm)
    84.8
  • Engine Layout
    FRONT TRANSVERSE
  • Fuel Delivery
    MULTI POINT FUEL INJECTION
  • Gears
    5 SPEED
  • Number of Valves
    16
  • Transmission
    MANUAL

Fuel Consumption - ICE

  • EC Combined (mpg)
    47.1
  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies
    Yes
  • EC Extra Urban (mpg)
    53.8
  • EC Urban (mpg)
    38.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb
    6.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High
    7.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High
    5.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low
    7.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium
    6
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb
    43.3
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High
    39.8
  • WLTP - MPG - High
    49.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Low
    36.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium
    47.1

General

  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying
    No
  • Badge Engine CC
    1.5
  • Badge Power
    106
  • Based On ID
    Not Available
  • Coin Description
    VTi-TECH
  • Coin Series
    Exclusive Navigation
  • Generation Mark
    1
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07
    7E
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years
    6
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years
    3
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09
    Not Available
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Safety Assist %
    Not Available
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?
    No
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months
    12
  • Service Interval Mileage
    15000
  • Special Edition
    No
  • Special Order
    No
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage
    80000
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years
    7
  • Vehicle Homologation Class
    M1

Performance

  • 0 to 62 mph (secs)
    10.9
  • Engine Power - BHP
    106
  • Engine Power - KW
    78
  • Engine Power - RPM
    6000
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT
    101
  • Engine Torque - MKG
    14
  • Engine Torque - NM
    137
  • Engine Torque - RPM
    4500
  • Top Speed
    108

Test Cycles

  • Emissions Test Cycle
    WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level
    RDE 2

Tyres

  • Alloys?
    Yes
  • Space Saver?
    No
  • Tyre Size Front
    195/55 R16
  • Tyre Size Rear
    195/55 R16
  • Tyre Size Spare
    TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Style
    COMET
  • Wheel Type
    16" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

  • Height
    1509
  • Height (including roof rails)
    Not Available
  • Length
    4055
  • Wheelbase
    2520
  • Width
    1729
  • Width (including mirrors)
    1912

Weight and Capacities

  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)
    48
  • Gross Vehicle Weight
    1685
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)
    1262
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)
    285
  • Max. Loading Weight
    485
  • Max. Roof Load
    Not Available
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked
    200
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked
    200
  • Minimum Kerbweight
    1200
  • No. of Seats
    5
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb
    10.4
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Customer Reviews

   
Stephen Johnson

Stephen Johnson

"Highly recommended! Tom was extremely helpful through the entire process, giving clear guidance and taking me through all options and Michelle was on hand to answer any other queries I had. Nothing was too much trouble for them. Car was delivered on time despite my need for a very quick turnaround!"

"2 weeks ago"

Scott Wall

Scott Wall

"As a business associate of Silverstone Fleet Management my colleague Shaun and I enjoy working with all the team. We always find Tom, Scott and their colleagues very positive to work with, they are communicative, professional and always take pride in all they do. They actively value their customers and their personable approach is a huge enabler for this. I would highly recommend Silverstone Fleet Management as a business to work with for guaranteed great service all round."

"3 weeks ago"

Olivia Creemer

Olivia Creemer

"Brilliant! Superb service from both Tom and Michelle at Silverstone - both were incredibly helpful and efficient, always responding to emails and phone calls and so friendly and easy to talk to. Tom did an outstanding job sourcing a car for me within budget and within the timeframe that was needed, and was always on hand to answer my questions and queries. I would highly recommend Silverstone to anyone looking to lease a car, the service far exceeded the experience I had when shopping around with other suppliers. Big thumbs up and massive thank you! :)"

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Oliver Blayney

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"We were really impressed with the service provided from Silverstone Fleet Management. The team were responsive, committed and friendly and ultimately provided the best price for the deal we were enquiring about. I would recommend them to anyone looking to lease a new car, you'll be well looked after! :)"

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"Ryan was the most helpful person I’ve ever dealt with. He was very informative and gave me updates on my vehicle all throughout! If I’m going to anyone for cars, it’s Ryan! Great experience."

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