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The latest version of the MG 3 has been unveiled, with the brand extending its seven-year warranty to the supermini.

Updating the first model that has been on sale for four years, the new MG 3 will go on sale at prices from £9,495.

MG describes the new car as ‘a natural evolution’ of the first model. Major changes to the exterior centre on the adoption of the brand’s current family face, with the ‘star-rider’ grille seen on recent models such as the ZS SUV.

The interior is also said to have undergone a major revamp while retaining plenty of space, including a 285-litre boot.

Mechanically the specification remains basically unchanged, though the 1.5-litre petrol engine, the only option, now offers 116hp, put through a five-speed manual transmission.

Three versions

The MG3 will be offered in three trim levels, dubbed Explore’, ‘Excite’ and ‘Exclusive’. All versions include Bluetooth phone connectivity, while ‘Excite’ and ‘Exclusive’ versions offer Apple CarPlay smartphone compatibility and DAB radio accessed through an eight-inch colour touchscreen, as well as steering wheel audio controls. Exclusive’ versions also include a reversing camera.

The £9,495 buys the entry-level Explore model, with Excite versions starting at £11,395 and Exclusives £12,795. A five-year, no deposit 0% APR finance package is also available.

Firs offered on the ZS SUV launched last year, the warranty is available over seven years or 80,000 miles. It is also fully transferrable to future owners.

MG currently enjoys the highest sales growth rate in the UK market, in percentage terms – up 115% year to date. However that represents 4,286 registrations – Ford, in the same period, has shifted more than 145,000…

MG’s sales and marketing head, Daniel Gregorious, is optimistic about the brand’s prospects. “New MG3 is another example of how we’re creating fantastic value-for-money packages across the range,” he says.

“Our seven-year warranty, high specification, competitive pricing, strong finance offers and fantastic design really set New MG3 apart in the supermini segment,” he adds.

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Andrew Charman
Andrew Charman
Andrew is a road test editor for The Car Expert. He is a member of the Guild of Motoring Writers, and has been testing and writing about new cars for more than 20 years. Today he is well known to senior personnel at the major car manufacturers and attends many new model launches each year.