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MG 3

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Summary


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 March 2022, it has a very poor Expert Rating of 43% – the only small car with a worse score than that is the now-discontinued Mitsubishi Mirage.

There is very little to recommend the MG 3 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.

MG 3 highlights

  • Seven-year new car warranty
  • Attractive low-cost pricing
  • Decent cabin space
  • Appealing exterior update
  • Agile handling

MG 3 lowlights

  • Poor engine quality
  • Cheap interior trim
  • Bumpy ride
  • Very basic safety features
  • Poor fuel economy

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


Media reviews


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Safety rating


Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

Expired 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 However, this rating expired in January 2021 and is no longer valid.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.


Independent economy and emissions ratings from Green NCAP

No eco rating

As of March 2022, the MG 3 has not been lab tested by Green NCAP. 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.

Similar cars


If you’re looking at the MG 3, you might also be interested in these alternatives

Citroën C3 | Dacia Sandero | Ford Fiesta | Honda Jazz | Hyundai i20 | Kia Rio | Mazda 2Mini hatch | Mitsubishi MirageNissan Micra | Peugeot 208 | Renault Clio | SEAT Ibiza | Skoda FabiaSuzuki Swift | Toyota Yaris | Vauxhall Corsa | Volkswagen Polo

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MG 3There is little to recommend the MG3 over other small cars. The Dacia Sandero is cheaper and better, while dearer rivals are better and safer.