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2019 (19) MG MG3 1.5 VTi-TECH Excite 5dr

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Featured specification

Standard specification

Driver Convenience

8" colour touch screenApple car play
Headlamp on warning buzzerMulti function trip computer
PASRemote fuel flap release
Reverse parking sensors 

Entertainment

4 front speakers with woofer (2 main and 2 tweeters)Bluetooth telephone and audio streaming
DAB radio + AUX/USBRemote audio controls on steering wheel

Exterior Features

Auto dimming rear view mirrorBody colour bumpers
Body coloured door handlesBody coloured electrically adjustable heated door mirrors
Body coloured rear spoilerBody coloured side sills extension
Electric front/rear windows/one touch facilityHigh mounted stop lamp
LED daytime running lightsLED headlamps with "follow me home" feature
Programmed rear wash/wipeSolar reducing windscreen
Variable front intermittent wipers 

Interior Features

12V socket60/40 split folding rear seat
Air conditioning with dust and pollen filterBoot space lamp
Driver 6-way adjustable seatDriver's footrest
Fabric upholsteryFront cupholders x 2
Front headrestsFront interior lamp with reading lamps and time delay
Front sun visors with driver and passenger mirrorsPassenger 4-way adjustable seat
Rear headrestsSeat back pockets
Stitched leather-style steering wheelTilt adjustable steering column

Safety

2 x adjustable rear head rests3x3 point rear seatbelts
Airbags - Twin front, side and curtainDriver seatbelt warning indicator
Fold-away keyFront disc brakes and rear drum brakes
Front seatbelts (3-point + pretensioner + load limiter)Hill hold function
Passenger airbag cut-off switchPassenger seatbelt warning indicator
Rear child locksRear ISOFIX child-seat upper tether & lower anchor
Side impact beamsStability control system (SCS) including ABS, EBD, EBA, CBC
Tyre pressure monitoring system 

Security

Remote central door locking with deadlocks and immobiliserSpeed sensitive door locking

Wheels

16" Diamond cut alloy wheelsTyre repair kit
The vehicle information above was correct at time of manufacture. Please speak to the dealership for full current specification.

Technical specification

Emissions - ICE

CO2 (g/km)140Standard Euro EmissionsEURO 6
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb152WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High165
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High133WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low184
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium137 

Engine and Drive Train

CamshaftDOHCCatalytic ConvertorTrue
CC1498Compression Ratio11.5:1
Cylinder LayoutIN-LINECylinders4
Cylinders - Bore (mm)75Cylinders - Stroke (mm)84.8
Engine LayoutFRONT TRANSVERSEFuel DeliveryMULTI POINT FUEL INJECTION
Gears5 SPEEDNumber of Valves16
TransmissionMANUAL 

Fuel Consumption - ICE

EC Combined (mpg)47.1EC Directive 1999/100/EC AppliesTrue
EC Extra Urban (mpg)53.8EC Urban (mpg)38.9
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb6.7WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High7.3
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High5.8WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low8.1
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium6WLTP - MPG - Comb42.3
WLTP - MPG - Extra High38.9WLTP - MPG - High48.4
WLTP - MPG - Low35WLTP - MPG - Medium46.8

General

Badge Engine CC1.5Badge Power106
Coin DescriptionVTi-TECHCoin SeriesExcite
Generation Mark1Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 077E
Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years6Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years3
Vehicle Homologation ClassM1 

Performance

0 to 62 mph (secs)10.9Engine Power - BHP106
Engine Power - KW79Engine Power - PSTrue
Engine Power - RPM6000Engine Torque - LBS.FT101
Engine Torque - MKG13.9Engine Torque - NM137
Engine Torque - RPM4500Top Speed108

Test Cycles

Emissions Test CycleNEDC Correlated 

Tyres

Alloys?TrueTyre Size Front195/55 R16
Tyre Size Rear195/55 R16Tyre Size SpareTYRE REPAIR KIT
Wheel Type16" ALLOY 

Vehicle Dimensions

Height1504Length4055
Wheelbase2520Width1729
Width (including mirrors)1912 

Weight and Capacities

Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)48Gross Vehicle Weight1685
Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)1262Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)285
Max. Loading Weight490Max. Towing Weight - Braked200
Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked200Minimum Kerbweight1195
No. of Seats5Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb10.4
The vehicle information above was correct at time of manufacture. Please speak to the dealership for full current specification.

Independent review

Review courtesy of Car and Driving

MG Motor UK MG3

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.

Ten Second Review

The MG3 is a supermini you probably won't have considered. Yet it's fun to drive, practical to own and vastly more affordable than the conventional choices in this segment. If you don't need class-leading efficiency and you're prepared to forgive a few rough edges in return for the big savings on offer, then in this improved form, it could rank as a very clever choice.

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 £9,500, 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 four different versions offered in the MG3 line-up; the entry grade 'Explore', mid-grade 'Excite' and the 'Exclusive' and 'Exclusive Nav' models at the pinnacle of the range. All versions come with Bluetooth as standard, while 'Excite' and 'Exclusive' versions boast an 8" colour touchscreen with Apple CarPlay, DAB radio and steering wheel audio controls. The 'Exclusive' version adds a reversing camera with dynamic guidelines. 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.

Performance
70%
Handling
80%
Comfort
70%
Space
70%
Styling
70%
Build
60%
Value
90%
Equipment
70%
Economy
40%
Depreciation
50%
Insurance
70%

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Monthly payment£145.61
Deposit£249
Term (months)48
Fixed interest rate4.6%
Cash price£8298
Credit amount£8049
Completion fee£1
Guaranteed future value£3168
Total amount payable£10,261.67
Annual mileage8000
Contract mileage32,000
Excess mileage charge1.98p per mile
Representative APR8.9%
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Figures are provided for comparison purposes. Fuel consumption under real world driving conditions and the CO2 produced will depend upon a number of factors, including any accessories fitted after registration, variations in driving styles, weather conditions and vehicle load.