MG 3

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MG 3 II 01 China 2012-04-14.jpg
Production 2011–present (China)
2013–present (United Kingdom)
2015–present (Thailand)
Assembly Laem Chabang, Thailand (CPG)
Longbridge, United Kingdom[1]
Pukou, Nanjing, China
Body and chassis
Class Supermini
Body style 5-door hatchback
Layout Front-engine, front-wheel-drive
Engine 1.3 L I4 (petrol)
1.5 L I4 (petrol)
Transmission 5-speed manual
5-speed semi-automatic
Wheelbase 2,520 mm (99.2 in)
Length 3,999 mm (157.4 in)
4,079 mm (160.6 in) (Xross)
Width 1,728 mm (68.0 in)
1,739 mm (68.5 in) (Xross)
Height 1,517 mm (59.7 in)
1,528 mm (60.2 in) (Xross)

The MG 3 is a supermini car produced by the Chinese company MG Motor under the MG marque in two generations from 2008 onwards. The first generation, marketed as the MG 3 SW, is based on the British-made Rover Streetwise, which itself was similar to the Rover 25, while the second generation introduced in 2011 is marketed simply as the MG 3 and is based on a new platform.

First generation[edit]


The first generation MG 3 SW is essentially a rebadged version of the Rover Streetwise, which had ceased production in April 2005 after the bankruptcy of predecessor organisation MG Rover. It started production in 2008 at SAIC's Chinese factory in Pukou, Nanjing.[2][3]

The MG 3 SW is only on sale in the Chinese market and cannot be exported by SAIC.[4]

Second generation[edit]

The new MG 3 was showcased at the 2010 Beijing Auto Show in the form of the MG Zero concept car. The new model uses an all-new automotive platform with a wheelbase of 2.5 m, featuring MacPherson strut front suspension and a torsion beam rear axle. The development work took place in the United Kingdom, with production initially in China.[5] The car went on sale in China in the spring of 2011. Engine options at launch consist of a choice of 1.3 (1343 cc) and 1.5-litre (1498 cc), rated at 68 kW (91 bhp) and 80 kW (107 bhp) respectively,[6] with either a five-speed manual transmission or an Italian AMT transmission called e-shift. The MG3 supermini has a low insurance (group 4E) and over a million personalisation options.

A promised 1.5-litre Turbo petrol engine producing 165 hp (123 kW) has yet to be launched.[7]

In Thailand, MG3 and Xross were launched 18 March 2015. It has lower price than other cars in same segment but equipped with more features such as Moonroof and ESP.


MG 3 Xross[edit]

MG 3 Xross

The second generation MG 3 is also available in a crossover-style variant (similar to the Rover Streetwise and MG 3 SW), known as the MG 3 Xross.[8] The Xross is only available with the 80 kW (107 hp) 1.5-litre engine.

European MG 3[edit]

The European MG 3 with a slightly different body kit, alloys and LED daytime running lights.

A facelifted version of the MG 3, with a revised front design, was announced in the spring of 2013, with sales in the UK commencing in September 2013, but only with the 1.5-litre 105 hp (78 kW) engine option.[9] It will be built for Europe at the Longbridge plant in Birmingham alongside the larger MG6.[10]


The MG 3 is available with the following engines:

Petrol engines
Model Engine Displacement Power Torque Top Speed 0-60 mph CO2 emissions
1.3 VTi-Tech I4 1,343 cc 93 PS (68 kW; 92 hp) at 6,000 rpm 118 N·m (87 lb·ft) at 5,000 rpm 111 mph __._s ___ g/km
1.5 VTi-Tech I4 1,498 cc 106 PS (78 kW; 105 hp) at 6,000 rpm 137 N·m (101 lb·ft) at 4,500 rpm 113 mph 10.4s 136 g/km


  • Autocar 3.5/5 stars[11]
    Good: Dainty, darty handling, Compelling list price, Simple, effective styling
    Bad: Laboured performance, Relative inefficiency, Limp gearchange
  • Auto Express 3/5 stars[12]
    For: Low price, low insurance group, stylish and spacious
    Against: Mediocre engine, low-rent cabin, poor economy
  • Auto Trader 2.6/5 stars[13]
    "The MG3 has individuality, practicality, price and agility on its side, plus it comes with plenty of safety kit. However, the poor ride and refinement count against, as does the cheap-feeling interior."
  • CarBuyer 3.3/5 stars [14]
    PROS: Cheap to buy, Lots of room inside, Stylish looks
    CONS: High running costs, Poor residual values, Feels cheap inside
  • Evo 3.5/5 stars [15]
    [+] Decent chassis, performance and price
    [-] Thrashy engine, cheap cabin
  • Honest John 3/5 stars[16]
    Positives: Low list price, generous kit and performance for the money, tidy handling, roomy interior, extensive personalisation options
    Negatives: Petrol-only, average interior quality and refinement. Already feels dated.
  • Parker's 3/5 stars[17]
    Pros: Assembled in UK, Cheap, Neat handling, Surprising space
    Cons: Sparse dealer network, Cheap interior, Gutless engine
  • What Car? 3/5 stars[18]
    For - The MG3 is cheap and comes with lots of equipment. Good interior space means four adults will be comfortable, and insurance costs are low.
    Against - The engine feels weak and emissions and fuel economy are poor. The steering is too heavy at low speed, the ride is harsh and the interior feels low-rent.


  1. ^ "MG unveils new super-mini at Longbridge". Express and Star. 12 June 2013. Retrieved 28 August 2013. 
  2. ^ "China Motor Vehicle Documentation Centre – Now in Production". Chinese Cars. Retrieved 2009-11-08. 
  3. ^ "SAIC MG3 Review". Illustration of Chinese Car. 2010-01-02. Retrieved 2010-11-02. 
  4. ^ Ash (2007-04-26). "Are MG Streetwise?". China Car Times. Retrieved 2012-04-13. 
  5. ^ Ash (2011-06-29). "MG3 - in review". Retrieved 2012-04-13. 
  6. ^ "Specification". MG Motor. Retrieved 29 April 2013. 
  7. ^ "SAIC (Shanghai Auto) MG3". ChinaAutoWeb. 2011-03-27. Retrieved 2012-04-13. 
  8. ^ "MG3 Xross Sighted Out Again". China Car Times. 2011-06-01. Retrieved 2012-02-06. 
  9. ^ White, Rory (27 September 2013). "2013 MG3 review". What Car?. Retrieved 8 October 2013. 
  10. ^ "MG's TF cabrio axed". Auto Express. Retrieved 2012-02-06. 
  11. ^ "MG 3 review". Autocar. Retrieved 2014-06-08. 
  12. ^ "MG3 review". Auto Express. Retrieved 2014-06-08. 
  13. ^ "MG3 expert review". Auto Trader. Retrieved 2014-06-08. 
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  15. ^ "MG3 review, price and specs". Evo. Retrieved 2014-06-08. 
  16. ^ "Car-By-Car Reviews - MG 36". Honest John. Retrieved 2014-06-08. 
  17. ^ "MG3 Review". Retrieved 2014-06-08. 
  18. ^ "MG 3 HATCHBACK REVIEW". Retrieved 2014-06-08. 

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