MG Motor UK MG3 (2013 -) Safety & Reliability

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.

2.5 out of 5

Safety

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As of yet MG3 safety has still to be checked by EuroNCAP, but after the recent Qoros result (which was classed as the safest car the body has ever tested) there’s no need to expect Chinese cars to suffer at the hands of the concrete block.

In fact MG has provided its larger MG6 model for evaluation before, and while it missed out on the full five stars it did prove adequate. As a newer, though admittedly smaller, model we’d hope the MG3 would at least be able to match that if not better it.

Regardless of what model you buy the MG3 comes with six airbags (front, side and curtain), stability and traction control and emergency brake assist. If you regularly carry small children in the front you’ll need to buy a 3Form model or above though as the entry-level 3Time does without a passenger airbag cut off switch.

2.5 out of 5

Reliability

It's hard to judge just how well the MG3 will do in terms of reliability as its so new. That said we did have a slight issue with the climate control on our test model and previous MG6 models haven't been a parlance of reliability either.

Still, the engine is relatively un-stressed in terms of power output versus its size so we'd expect little to go wrong with that either. There's no recalls active on the firm's MG6 model either.

Car check problem points

Body

No problems reported

Engine/Gearbox

No problems reported

Other

No problems reported