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The resurrected MG brand has added a second model to its line-up after the upper medium MG6 with the arrival of the supermini-sized MG3.
A good-looking little car, especially when you add the Sport trim to the mid-spec 3Form model, and with more space than many rivals on the inside, the MG3 is powered by a 106hp 1.5-litre petrol engine that emits a high-for-the-sector 136g/km of emissions.
But that's countered by the very low prices, with even the top-spec 3Style only having a P11D price of £9819, while all models get sports seats and USB/aux audio inputs. The mid-spec 3Form also adds Bluetooth, DAB radio and air-conditioning, while for an additional £250 the Sport pack brings 16-inch alloys, side skirts and a roof spoiler.
To drive, the MG3 handles well and is nimble, although the engine needs to be worked hard. Interior quality is generally better than a car with budget pretentions could be expected to be, but some of the materials are in line with the low price.
A residual value in the low 30% region is very acceptable for an unproven brand, and gives the MG3 a decent start, although the whole-life costs for the even cheaper Dacia Sandero are better.
But that feels like even more of a budget car, and the MG3 is surprisingly competent for the money, if far from able to match the best on quality alone.
The MG3 is cheap and far from advanced in terms of engineering but it is more cheerful than may possibly have been expected