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MG Finally Offer A Supermini.


Despite their British Touring Car Championship success the revitalised MG brand has failed to set the UK alight with its latest offerings. Now though, they may finally have hit on the mother lode. Superminis. There’s a lot of them about, certainly, and most are very good indeed so, for MG to make their mark, they had to come up with something exciting.

That something is the MG3. This really is a very good looking car (image) and it has a selling point that most manufacturers can’t match. The most expensive top-of-the-list version costs just £9999. The small but well ordered range starts at a Sandero chasing £8399 but unlike the bargain basement Rumanian built car, the MG3 doesn’t skimp on the extras.

On the safety front this new vehicle boasts six airbags, stability, traction and corner brake control systems – not bad at this money – and the more you spend the more abundant the goodies. As is the trend these days it is easy to order a bit of personalised customisation with plenty of interior and exterior graphics and accessories. We especially like the example featured above. Certainly, the top of the range version comes fully loaded.

Perhaps the weakest point, but certainly not a deal-breaker, is the engine. Not powerful of course but the 1.5L motor with 106PS coupled to the five-speed ‘box should be lively enough to make the driving experience enjoyable, but it is let down by the slightly disappointing figures. 48.7mpg isn’t so bad but the emissions of 136g/km are a tad high and will certainly push the VED bracket up a couple of notches. The warranty is an average but unexciting ‘three year / 60k’ although it will be possible to extend this.

The MG3 is going to be available from September. With their present lacklustre sales the company really need to trumpet this car from the rooftops if it is make any inroads into DS3, Adam or Fiesta territory. The difference for cash-strapped motorist may well be price but then the Dacia comes into the frame. Thus the MG3 is kind of stuck in the middle and it is likely to need some promoting to get results.

Still, it’s good to know that manufacturers are taking note of buying trends. Certainly, there is and always will be a place for the expensive or dramatic vehicles, but these days a lot of folk seem to be settling for small, fuel efficient cars that still offer enjoyment and a bit of lifestyle choice. Good luck to MG with their offering.

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