“MG is back (again), rekindling thoughts of great British sports cars imbued with a sense of fun, style and affordability,” says Chris Knapman in The Daily Telegraph. True, the “great British marque” is now Chinese, but can the brand’s new supermini, the MG3, deliver on the other fronts?
It has promise, says Knapman. Go for the top of the range 3Style, for £9,999, and you get Sport trim styling kit, 16 inch “Diamond cut” alloy wheels, cruise control, parking sensors, auto lights and wipers, Bluetooth connectivity, air-conditioning, a DAB radio, and cruise control, all fitted as standard– that’s “an awful lot of car for not all that much money”.
Performance leaves something to be desired, but the handling “borders on being joyful”, making it great fun to drive. It also “does the practical stuff with sufficient aplomb”. This is no “Fiesta-beater, but at these prices the MG3 punches above its weight, particularly with its fine handling and spacious cabin”.
The MG3 has lots of charm for a very low price, agrees AutoExpress, and “a level of customisation that you just don’t get with many of its rivals”. The car is sporty, with an impressive amount of grip that “allows you to tackle twisty back roads with confidence”. There are notable flaws, such as the old-fashioned engine and poor cabin quality, but “they only seem significant when you compare this MG to cars that are thousands of pounds more expensive”.
Price: from £8,399
Engine: 1,498cc, four-cylinder petrol
Power: 105bhp @ 6,000rpm
Torque: 101lb ft @ 4,750rp
Top speed: 108mph
0-62mph: in 10.9 secs
Fuel economy: 48.7mpg (EU Combined)
Carbon dioxide: 136g/km
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