Likes

  • Affordable pricing for budget-conscious buyers
  • Stylish and modern exterior design
  • Small size is great for city driving

Dislikes

  • Mediocre engine performance and acceleration
  • Limited advanced safety features compared to competitors
  • Average fuel efficiency for its class
  • No ANCAP rating

Stuff you should know

The Australian-delivered MG3, manufactured between 2016 and 2022, is a compact hatchback offering affordability and style. This sporty vehicle is designed to cater to the urban lifestyle with its compact dimensions and nimble handling. It features a distinctive exterior design with bold lines and a modern grille. While the MG3 has been available in Australia since 2016, we’ll mainly focus on the facelifted version that launched in 2018, as these are vastly more common on our roads.

The MG3 is powered by a 1.5-litre petrol engine, providing adequate performance for city driving.

Inside, the car offers a comfortable cabin with decent space for passengers and a user-friendly infotainment system. Safety features include multiple airbags, stability control, and anti-lock braking.

The MG3 presents a compelling option for budget-conscious buyers seeking a fun and practical small car.

What goes wrong

Exterior:

  • An issues that was also reported on the MG ZS is premature rust.
  • The door sills are know to leak.

Interior:

  • Some owners have pointed out that the seats are generally uncomfortable.
  • There are reports of an electrical issues causing the ABS warning light to remain on.
  • Reports of the infotainment screen glitching and going black while making a call.
  • An electrical glitch can cause some functions like the wipers to keep operating after the ignition has been turned off.

Mechanically:

  • Owners have reports several engine-related problems including head gasket failure, oil leaks and timing chain issues.
  • The manual gearboxes have also be know too have issues finding certain gears.

Recalls:

  • June 2021 – Faulty fuel-tank strap retaining bolts in MG3 vehicles manufactured in 2021 could cause the fuel tank to detach, leading to fuel leakage and increasing the risk of fire, accidents, serious injury, or death to vehicle occupants and other road users.

Exterior:

  • An issues that was also reported on the MG ZS is premature rust.
  • The door sills are know to leak.

Interior:

  • Some owners have pointed out that the seats are generally uncomfortable.
  • There are reports of an electrical issues causing the ABS warning light to remain on.
  • Reports of the infotainment screen glitching and going black while making a call.
  • An electrical glitch can cause some functions like the wipers to keep operating after the ignition has been turned off.

Mechanically:

  • Owners have reports several engine-related problems including head gasket failure, oil leaks and timing chain issues.
  • The manual gearboxes have also be know too have issues finding certain gears.

Recalls:

  • June 2021 – Faulty fuel-tank strap retaining bolts in MG3 vehicles manufactured in 2021 could cause the fuel tank to detach, leading to fuel leakage and increasing the risk of fire, accidents, serious injury, or death to vehicle occupants and other road users.

Exterior:

  • An issues that was also reported on the MG ZS is premature rust.
  • The door sills are know to leak.

Interior:

  • Some owners have pointed out that the seats are generally uncomfortable.
  • There are reports of an electrical issues causing the ABS warning light to remain on.
  • Reports of the infotainment screen glitching and going black while making a call.
  • An electrical glitch can cause some functions like the wipers to keep operating after the ignition has been turned off.

Mechanically:

  • Owners have reports several engine-related problems including head gasket failure, oil leaks and timing chain issues.
  • The manual gearboxes have also be know too have issues finding certain gears.

Recalls:

  • June 2021 – Faulty fuel-tank strap retaining bolts in MG3 vehicles manufactured in 2021 could cause the fuel tank to detach, leading to fuel leakage and increasing the risk of fire, accidents, serious injury, or death to vehicle occupants and other road users.

Should you buy it?

Simple put. No.

Well, there’s one reason you could consider one, and that’s if you couldn’t care less about how safe your car is. Otherwise, it’s really difficult to recommend buying the MG3 due to the lack of safety tech and the non-existent ANCAP rating.

Even if you set aside the growing list of issues that owners have reported, granted, no car is perfect, but to walk past things like the Toyota Yaris, Kia Picanto and Hyundai i20, would indicate you perhaps have rocks in your head. Even in some instances, paying a premium to get into those examples, might be a much better way to spend your money.

Those cars we mentioned have a superior build quality, a vast support network, comparable levels of features, tech and warranty, and on the used market, can be just as cheap to buy.

 

Simple put. No.

Well, there’s one reason you could consider one, and that’s if you couldn’t care less about how safe your car is. Otherwise, it’s really difficult to recommend buying the MG3 due to the lack of safety tech and the non-existent ANCAP rating.

Even if you set aside the growing list of issues that owners have reported, granted, no car is perfect, but to walk past things like the Toyota Yaris, Kia Picanto and Hyundai i20, would indicate you perhaps have rocks in your head. Even in some instances, paying a premium to get into those examples, might be a much better way to spend your money.

Those cars we mentioned have a superior build quality, a vast support network, comparable levels of features, tech and warranty, and on the used market, can be just as cheap to buy.

 

Should you buy it?

Simple put. No.

Well, there’s one reason you could consider one, and that’s if you couldn’t care less about how safe your car is. Otherwise, it’s really difficult to recommend buying the MG3 due to the lack of safety tech and the non-existent ANCAP rating.

Even if you set aside the growing list of issues that owners have reported, granted, no car is perfect, but to walk past things like the Toyota Yaris, Kia Picanto and Hyundai i20, would indicate you perhaps have rocks in your head. Even in some instances, paying a premium to get into those examples, might be a much better way to spend your money.

Those cars we mentioned have a superior build quality, a vast support network, comparable levels of features, tech and warranty, and on the used market, can be just as cheap to buy.

 

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What is the car's build year?

2020

Loan Amount

$5,000

Finance estimate ~

$30

Per week*

8.49%

Comparison rate p.a#

Models, pricing & features

MG3-1

Core 2016 - 2022

Price when new: $13,990 - $17,490

Price used: $4,900 - $16,200

Equipment:

4 Speaker Stereo
ABS (Antilock Brakes)
Adjustable Steering Col. – Tilt only
Air Conditioning
Air Conditioning – Pollen Filter
Airbag – Driver
Airbag – Passenger
Airbags – Head for 1st Row Seats (Front)
Airbags – Side for 1st Row Occupants (Front)
Audio – Aux Input USB Socket
Audio – MP3 Decoder
Bluetooth System
Body Colour – Exterior Mirrors Partial
Brake Assist
CD Player
Central Locking
Central Locking – Once Mobile
Control – Corner Braking
Control – Electronic Stability
Daytime Running Lamps – LED
Disc Brakes Front Ventilated
EBD (Electronic Brake Force Distribution)
Intermittent Wipers
Laminated Windscreen
Metallic Finish Interior Inserts
Power Steering
Power Windows – Front & Rear
Seat – Height Adjustable Driver
Seatbelts – Lap/Sash for 5 seats
Seats – 2nd Row Split Fold
Spoiler – Rear Roof Mounted
Storage Compartment – In Cargo Area
Trim – Cloth
Tyre Pressure Sensor
12V Socket(s) – Auxiliary
15″ Alloy Wheels
Body Colour – Door Handles
Bottle Holders – 1st Row
Brake Emergency Display – Hazard/Stoplights
Brakes – Rear Drum
Camera – Rear Vision
Cargo Cover
Chrome Grille Surround
Cup Holders – 1st Row
Demister – Rear Windscreen with Timer
Door Pockets – 1st row (Front)
Engine Immobiliser
Fog Lamp/s – Rear
Headlamps – Halogen
Headrests – Adjustable 1st Row (Front)
Headrests – Adjustable 2nd Row x2
Hill Holder
Illuminated – Entry/Exit with Fade
Metallic Finish Door Handles – Interior
Multi-function Control Screen – Colour
Power Door Mirrors
Power Steering – Speed Sensitive
Rear View Mirror – Manual Anti-Glare
Rear Wiper/Washer
Seatbelt – Load Limiters 1st Row (Front)
Seatbelt – Pretensioners 1st Row (Front)
Seats – 2nd Row (Rear) Flat Folding
Smart Device App Display/Control
Smart Device Integration – Apple CarPlay
Speed Dependant Volume Stereo
Tacho

Excite 2016 - 2022

Price when new: $14,990 - $19,490

Price used: $5,300 - $18,800

Adds:

16″ Alloy Wheels
6 Speaker Stereo
Central Locking – Remote/Keyless
Chrome Exhaust Tip(s)
Control – Park Distance Rear
Headlamps – See me home
Intermittent Wipers – Variable
Leather Steering Wheel
Multi-function Steering Wheel
Storage Compartment – Under Passenger Seat
Trip Computer
Air Cond. – Climate Control
Chrome Exterior Highlights
Leather Look – Seats Partial
Seatback Pockets – 1st Row (Front) seats
Sunvisor – Vanity Mirror for Driver
Sunvisor – Vanity Mirror for Passenger

Essence 2016 - 2017

Price when new: $15,990

Price used: $5,900 - $10,500

Adds:

Cruise Control
Headlamps Automatic (light sensitive)
Leather Seats – Partial
Rain Sensor (Auto wipers)

Core (Nav) 2019 - 2022

Price when new: $16,490 - $17,990

Price used: $9,700 - $16,700

Adds:

GPS (Satellite Navigation)

S Limited Edition 2019 - 2020

Price when new: $16,990

Price used: $9,600 - $14,800

Adds:

Floor Mats
Grille – Black
Painted – Wheels
Side Skirts
Weather Shields

Tech specs

Body Styles

5 door Hatchback

Engines

1.5 litre 4-cylinder engine

Power

78kW – 1.5 litre 4-cylinder engine (Core, Excite, Essence)

82kW – 1.5 litre 4-cylinder engine (Core, Excite, S Limited Edition, Core (Nav))

Torque

137Nm – 1.5 litre 4-cylinder engine (Core, Excite, Essence)

150Nm – 1.5 litre 4-cylinder engine (Core, Excite, S Limited Edition, Core (Nav))

Transmissions

5-speed Manual (Core, Excite, Essence)

4-speed Automatic (Core, Excite, S Limited Edition, Core (Nav))

Fuel Consumption

5.8 – 6.7L / 100km

Length

4018 – 4055mm (5 door Hatchback)

Width

1728 – 1729mm (5 door Hatchback)

Height

1504 – 1517mm (5 door Hatchback)

Wheelbase

2520mm (5 door Hatchback)

Kerb Weight

1136 – 1165kg (5 door Hatchback)

Towing

200kg (unbraked), 200kg (braked)

ANCAP Ratings

Not available

Body Styles

5 door Hatchback

Engines

1.5 litre 4-cylinder engine

Power

78kW – 1.5 litre 4-cylinder engine (Core, Excite, Essence)

82kW – 1.5 litre 4-cylinder engine (Core, Excite, S Limited Edition, Core (Nav))

Torque

137Nm – 1.5 litre 4-cylinder engine (Core, Excite, Essence)

150Nm – 1.5 litre 4-cylinder engine (Core, Excite, S Limited Edition, Core (Nav))

Transmissions

5-speed Manual (Core, Excite, Essence)

4-speed Automatic (Core, Excite, S Limited Edition, Core (Nav))

Fuel Consumption

5.8 – 6.7L / 100km

Length

4018 – 4055mm (5 door Hatchback)

Width

1728 – 1729mm (5 door Hatchback)

Height

1504 – 1517mm (5 door Hatchback)

Wheelbase

2520mm (5 door Hatchback)

Kerb Weight

1136 – 1165kg (5 door Hatchback)

Towing

200kg (unbraked), 200kg (braked)

ANCAP Ratings

Not available

Body Styles

5 door Hatchback

Engines

1.5 litre 4-cylinder engine

Power

78kW – 1.5 litre 4-cylinder engine (Core, Excite, Essence)

82kW – 1.5 litre 4-cylinder engine (Core, Excite, S Limited Edition, Core (Nav))

Torque

137Nm – 1.5 litre 4-cylinder engine (Core, Excite, Essence)

150Nm – 1.5 litre 4-cylinder engine (Core, Excite, S Limited Edition, Core (Nav))

Transmissions

5-speed Manual (Core, Excite, Essence)

4-speed Automatic (Core, Excite, S Limited Edition, Core (Nav))

Fuel Consumption

5.8 – 6.7L / 100km

Length

4018 – 4055mm (5 door Hatchback)

Width

1728 – 1729mm (5 door Hatchback)

Height

1504 – 1517mm (5 door Hatchback)

Wheelbase

2520mm (5 door Hatchback)

Kerb Weight

1136 – 1165kg (5 door Hatchback)

Towing

200kg (unbraked), 200kg (braked)

ANCAP Ratings

Not available

Warranty & servicing

Warranty

7 years / unlimited km

Service Intervals

10,000 km / 12 months

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