Set to go on sale in the UK this summer, the European version of the MG3 supermini was recently unveiled at the Shanghai Motor Show. The MG3 is much more stylised than the car’s Chinese version as it is more similar to the appearance of the critically praised MG Zero concept on which it is based. MG UK sales and marketing boss Guy Jones said that the company considered it vital for the design to be more obvious.
He said that this model is likely to go up against the Vauxhall Adam, Citroen DS3 and Mini. There will be more "substantial" interior and exterior customisation options available to the buyers. Jones didn’t announce the car’s pricing yet but sources said that it will cost from about £10,000 to £16,000.
It will be offered as a five-door vehicle and will exclusively come with the company’s 104bhp, four cylinder petrol engine and five-speed manual from the start. It will be offered with three trim levels: TS1, TS2 and TS3.
Jones also said that there’s no rush to offer diesel variants since there’s a small share for this type. The higher two trim levels will have more attractive features compared to those of its rivals, as with the MG6. The interior of the car seen at the Shanghai isn’t visible but according to sources, it will have a more upmarket appearance than the cabin used in the car meant for the Chinese market.
The chassis of the MG3 has been designed to reveal the fundamental value of being able to offer a fun drive. To make this a reality, the chassis itself has been perfected through testing conducted on the roads of Europe amounting to hundreds, if not thousands, of miles. The goal being that this feature should be able to offer exceptional levels when it comes to sharpness and body control.
Further, it should be highly capable of handling corners in order to attract intense drivers. In addition, MG has a world class team composed of chassis engineers. This team managed to offer an exceptional ride comfort with remarkable handling. All of these combined means that the MG3 is a good option for travel. Be it crowded city roads, the British B-roads, and even simply cruising on the motorways in Europe.
Now when it comes to style, a number of small sporty cars generally compromise when it comes to this area. For the MG3 though, this is not the case as it remains to be fun, easygoing, and even entertaining. Indeed, the MG3 offers enjoyment with style and combines it with practical spaciousness. The designers, working with the engineers, have managed to come out with a five-door compact package that offers remarkable amount of space mixed in with versatility.
On the inside, the front dashboard follows a “rolled and raised” design. This increases the legroom while being able to offer airy space on the forward cabin. It also ensures exceptional access to not only the primary controls but also the secondary one. This particular theme is also present in the rear. The way the seats in the front have been sculpted for instance, ensures that those sitting in the rear get the right amount of space in order to experience comfort while travelling.
That said, the headroom in the rear is clearly ahead of its class and is another feature that distinguishes the MG3 from the others. This is also where many models in the same class suffer in comparison. That is, the space on the inside, in particular in the rear. Indeed, the rear headroom for this model is generous, to say the least.
That the interior packaging of the MG3 exceeds its competitors, or even rivals them, is a result of the extensive work done by the design team working with the engineering team. This architectural package is 4 meters long and can easily fit inside a total of four 6-ft. individuals. This level of accommodation is one that is usually attached to larger models, like the MG6 range.