MG Motor UK has confirmed the prices and specifications for the new MG3 supermini, which will be in the company’s dealerships from next month. The two key points are that all four models in the range are available for under £10,000 on the road and that their predicted Insurance Group Rating will be 4E – according to the company, that should be less than half the rating for the MG3’s main B-segment competitors.
All four versions of the MG3 are powered by the 1.5-litre 104bhp VTi-Tech engine coupled with a five-speed manual transmission. They also feature LED daytime running lights, six airbags, ABS, electronic stability control, corner brake control, traction control and Zero fabric sports seats as standard. The entry-level 3Time version adds to that a CD player with MP3 compatibility and Aux-in facility and costs £8399 on the road.
The mid-range 3Form costs £9299 and includes air conditioning, DAB radio, Bluetooth and audio streaming, a leather MG-design steering wheel with red stitching and steering wheel audio controls as standard while the 3Form Sport, which costs £9549, adds 16in Carousel alloy wheels and a sports body styling pack comprising a rear boot spoiler and side sill extensions to that specification.
The MG3 3Style sits at the top of the new range and comes with 16in Diamond alloy wheels and a sports body styling pack in addition to cruise control, automatic lights and windscreen wipers and reverse parking sensors as standard for an on the road price of £9999.
MG Motor UK pitches the MG3 as being ‘fun to drive, fun to buy and fun to own’ and the company reckons that the key attraction for many potential customers will be ‘how much fun you can have creating your own MG3’ – the car will be offered with a range of 10 colours together with a wide range of exterior graphic and interior finisher colour packs while Tech part-leather upholstery will be available as an option on the 3Style version.
All four versions of the MG3 are in VED Band E and return 48.7mpg on the combined cycle while emitting 136g/km of CO2. The VTi-Tech engine gives the MG3 a 0-60mph time of 10.4 seconds and a top speed of 108mph.
Photograph: Adam Sloman
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