MG MG3

MG MG3

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How much does the MG MG3 cost to run?

The 1.5L petrol is the most economical MG MG3 to run, taking into account insurance, tax and fuel efficiency.

The MG MG3 1.5L petrol costs £125.00 a year to tax, as it sits in tax band D.

It does not far off 52 MPG on average, which means it will cost £11.00* in petrol every 100 miles driven.

In terms of fuel efficiency, it sits between the Peugeot 208 1.6L diesel and the more thirsty MINI Hatchback 1.5L petrol.

The lower the insurance group, the cheaper a car should be to insure. This model is rated insurance group 4, which is lower than the Vauxhall Corsa 1.4L petrol, but higher than the Dacia Sandero 1.1L petrol. (If insurance cost is important to you then the Ford KA+ has the lowest insurance group.)

Engine options

model1.5L petrol
mpg47.1 - 51.5
emissions124 - 140
tax£125.00 - £145.00
insuranceGroup 4 - 8

*UK average price of diesel £1.34 as of 01/06/2019.

*UK average price of petrol £1.29 as of 01/06/2019.

MG MG3: How big is the boot?

The MG MG3 has an above average boot space (285 litres of luggage with the seats up).

This would allow one pushchair and one large bag. Alternatively you could load up with 2 large bags or 2 cabin bags instead.

Worth knowing, the Skoda Fabia estate is the best in class, allowing for one pushchair and 3 large bags with its 515 litres.

Is the MG MG3 easy to park?

This is one of the widest cars in the class, which makes it feel like a bit of a squeeze in the multi-stories. If that stresses you a bit, try the much narrower Hyundai I10.

When it comes to parking on the street, the MG3 is one of the hardest. It has a turning circle of 10m, and a length of 4025m, giving you a relatively small 775mm gap to turn the car in and out.

If you don’t have a drive, you should look at the best in class for parallel parking instead, the Smart Forfour.

Which MG MG3 has the best performance?

The fastest MG MG3 from 0-60, is the 1.5L petrol (if you’re a petrol head, it has 137 lbs/ft torque and 106 bhp). It hits 60 mph in 10.9 seconds.

The closest rival in its class is the Citroen C3 1.6L diesel, which will beat your MG MG3 to 60 by 0.1 seconds. That’s a big gap in Formula 1, but not something you would notice in your commute to work.

Engine options

model1.5L petrol
zeroTo6210.9
torque137
bhp106

What size caravan or trailer, can the MG MG3 tow?

If you are towing you want good torque to pull away easily despite the extra weight, and the car needs to be at least 15% heavier than the caravan to keep you stable at speed.

The model that can tow the biggest caravan or heaviest trailer is the MG MG3 1.5L petrol which has 137 lbs/ft torque. It should be able to tow a braked caravan or trailer that weighs up to 200kg comfortably.

You must check your car handbook – maximum towing weights vary considerably with different engine and gearbox combinations.