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MG 3

(2014 – present)

The MG 3 (styled as MG3) is a small, supermini-class, five-door hatchback. It was launched in the UK back in 2014, with a major facelift arriving in 2019.

The MG 3 rates very much at the bottom end of the small car segment, based on 18 reviews we have analysed from across the UK motoring media. As of May 2019, it has an Expert Rating of 56% – the only small car with a worse score than that is the Mitsubishi Mirage.

There is very little to recommend the MG3 over any other similarly-priced small cars. It had a sub-par three-star safety rating when it was tested by Euro NCAP seven years ago, and that rating has now expired because the car doesn’t even meet the required standard for a three-star rating anymore.

As a used car, it might be worth looking at if the price was low enough, but the MG 3 doesn’t stack up as a new car. The new Dacia Sandero is both significantly cheaper and significantly better (although it has its own safety concerns), while more expensive rivals are both better and safer.

Key specifications

Body style: Five-door hatchback
Engine: petrol
Price: From £12,300 on-road

Launched: Spring 2014
Last updated: Spring 2019
Replacement due: TBA

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Safety rating

Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

No safety rating

The MG 3 was crash tested by Euro NCAP back in 2014 and achieved a three-star rating. However, this rating expired in January 2021 and is no longer valid.

Euro NCAP’s crash testing standards are raised almost every year, and ratings will expire when a vehicle no longer meets the latest standards for that rating. Sometimes a vehicle will be re-tested against the newer standards and awarded a new (usually lower) rating, but this has not happened in the case of the MG 3.

Eco rating

Independent emissions and efficiency ratings from Green NCAP

No eco rating

The MG 3 has not been lab tested by Green NCAP. This is a new initiative, launched in 2018 as a sister organisation to Euro NCAP, and only a few cars have do far been assessed.

The MG 3 is now an old car, so it is likely that it will never be tested by Green NCAP. If it does ever happen, we’ll update this page with the results.

Security rating

Independent vehicle theft and security ratings from Thatcham Research

No security rating

The MG 3 has not been tested for anti-theft protection by Thatcham Research. This is a new initiative that was launched in 2019 to assess, in particular, the security of new cars with keyless entry and keyless start systems. Owing to the car’s age, it’s unlikely to ever be assessed.

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