MG3

mg3-motability-car-topThe MG3 is a five door hatchback similar in size to the Ford Fiesta and Peugeot 208, it is also one of the cheapest car on the Motability Scheme at £47.00 per week. This means that (at present rates) you will still receive a DLA/PIP payment of £11.00 per week. The MG3 is a bit of a surprise, it’s roomy, sporty to look at, fun to drive and does have the rare commodity of having a bit of a kerb appeal and while the MG brand is owned by a Chinese company (SAIC Motor) the MG Headquarters are in Longbridge, Birmingham where it employs around 400 people. Cars are received from China 80 percent finished, leaving workers on site to add the engine and transmission as well the front suspension and headlights.

 

 

mg3-motability-car-dashTwo MG3 trims are available on the Scheme, the 3Form Sport and the 3 Style. The 3Form Sport is vey well appointed for a car that is so competitively priced it has, as standard, 16 inch Alloy wheels, LED daytime running lights, CD player with aux/USB input, bluetooth, DAB radio, all round electric windows, leather steering wheel with audio controls, very supportive sports seats, electronic air conditioning, electrically adjustable heated wing mirrors and remote central locking. The 3Style adds to this automatic lights and wipers, cruise control and reversing sensors. (the 3 Style Lux has leather seats added). What you don’t get across the range is a touchscreen or soft touch dashboard, this and the firm suspensions are the two areas where the ‘budget’ element of the MG3 are evident.

 

 

MGOnly one engine is available for the MG3, paired to a five speed manual gearbox, it’s a 1.5 four cylinder petrol unit offering 105 brake horse power that can propel the MG3 to 62 miles per hour in a brisk 10.4 seconds, you do have to rev the engine high to achieve the peak power, over 5000 revs which is a little noisy and not great for the fuel consumption. One reviewer stated: ‘This engine feels mismatched to the car and needs to be worked very hard to get anything from it. For an engine that requires constant up and down shifting, the five-speed manual gearbox isn’t very sharp either’. A little harsh as most of us don’t drive like Lewis Hamilton on the way to the shops, appointments or visiting friends. The MG3 has upgraded the engine to meet Euro 6 regulations by including a start/stop facility which turns the engine off when you pull to a halt and automatically starts up again when you dip the clutch, that has increased the fuel economy to 51.5 miles per gallon combined and lowered the emissions to 124 CO2 (g/km)

 

 

mg3-motability-car-rearThe MG3 makes a sensible choice if you can drive a manual car and don’t want or don’t drive the required mileage to warrant the extra economy offered from a diesel car. The range of new three cylinder petrol engines fitted to much of the competition are more economical and generally perceived as better to drive but they are also more expensive.  We genuinely like the look of look of the MG3 and for the price feel it’a a cracking deal.

MG dealerships, once hard to find, are now across the country, 57 at the last count and soon to be in Newcastle, Minehead and Burton in Trent. To find your local dealer follow this link: http://mg.co.uk/dealers.

 Autumn Best Buy – MG3 1.5 petrol manual 3Form Sport 5dr  –  £48.25 per week (you receive a DLA/PIP payment of £9.75 per week)