MG Motor UK MG3 (2013 -) Comfort

Review by Parkers on
Last Updated: 30 Jul 2014
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The Chinese owned car manufacturer has finally broadened its range with the MG Motor UK MG3 supermini. With prices starting from £8,399, the new car is not the cheapest in the sector, but decent levels of standard equipment puts it nose to nose with equivalent Dacia Sanderos and Chevrolet Sparks.

3 out of 5

Comfort

Although its interior is a little on the plain side, MG3 comfort levels are perfectly acceptable for a car of this size and price point.

There’s plenty of headroom for all occupants and there’s lots of knee room in the rear even when the driver’s seat is occupied by someone fairly tall.

The MG3 is a five-seater, though the middle portion of the rear bench has an unyielding shape that’s not hugely comfortable for a fifth passenger. No such complaints for the other four occupants – although all the seats are quite firm they’re supportive and comfortable over long distances.

Where things begin to fall down is in terms of refinement. There’s a distinct lack of sound deadening – the doors close with a metallic clang – and there’s plenty of road noise on the move.

Engine noise is relatively muted though it does sound rather strained at high revs. The MG3 has a sporty feel thanks to very firm suspension and ride quality is fine on smooth surfaces but rough on bumpier roads as a result.

As a side note, our test car’s air-conditioning was intermittent, sometimes working well and at other times feeling ineffectual, although no models have automatic climate control.

4 out of 5

Practicality

The MG3 is available with a five-door bodystyle only and, as mentioned above, there’s plenty of room for four occupants of all sizes and space for a fifth passenger if necessary.

Boot space is fine for most purposes, with a quoted volume of 285 litres. That’s the same figure as the Peugeot 208 and 10 litres smaller than the Ford Fiesta, while MG3 practicality is way ahead of smaller rivals such as the Chevrolet Spark with its 170-litre boot.

MG’s boot volume figure includes space in the spare wheel well under the boot floor; with a spare wheel fitted official boot capacity is 256 litres.

The rear seat backs are split 60:40 and are very easy to fold down via pull-up tags, though you’ll need to hold the seatbelts to one side to make sure they don’t become trapped. As with many cars of this size, the seat backs fold straight down onto the seat base to create a stepped rather than flat load area.

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Behind the wheel

There’s no getting away from the fact that the look and feel of all the controls and materials inside are on the cheap side.

Our test car had very few miles under its belt but already showed signs of the interior plastics becoming scratched, around the interior door handles for example.

That aside, the 3’s interior is a pleasant enough place to be. It’s all straightforwardly laid out with no standout ergonomic issues. It would be nice if the steering wheel adjusted for reach as well as rake, but it’s still easy to establish a comfortable driving position.

An iPod/iPhone dock hidden beneath a roller cover occupies the centre of the dashboard while interior storage space includes smallish door bins and a shallow cup holder moulding behind the handbrake.