Today MG revealed the updated MG3 Auto in Sydney and at first glance it’s a sharp looking thing indeed. You may still not know that the brand is owned by the enormous Chinese SAIC automotive group. So dismiss any British sportscar sentiments, now!
This hatchback style cross over vehicle has refreshed, sharp exterior styling combined with a new automatic transmission and a longer list of features to tempt you into what is still an unlikely choice. Prices kick off from $15,990 drive away and include MG’s 7-year unlimited kilometre warranty including roadside assist.
We’re yet to drive this car and on paper it’s hard to really have a great deal of faith in what’s on offer. A four-speed automatic is paired with a 1.5L engine producing 82kW / 150N averaging 5.3L / 100km. But before we get too judgmental let’s look at some of the features and styling.
It certainly packs a far sportier exterior. There are bits of chrome across the grille and what they call London Eye Daytime Running Lights (DRL). I could easily see an inner-city couple falling for one of these, if they could find a dealership. More on that in just a moment.
Inside a ‘British’ style approach uses a stitched leather sports steering wheel, satin chrome highlights and even a fake carbon centre console. Tartan stitching is used on the MG3 Auto. I guess it has a good personality, which in life isn’t always a wrap. But I repeat we still haven’t driven it.
I like there are rear sensors and reverse cameras as standard along with Apple CarPlay. There’s also a fancy Yamaha 3D Sound Field technology sound system. It has an eight-inch touch screen infotainment screen, pretty good for this segment.
Range and Pricing.
MG3 Auto Core kicks off the range a from $15,990 drive away. Standard features include
- 4-speed automatic transmission
- Eight-inch multi-function colour touch screen with Apple CarPlay & Front Yamaha Digital Sound (4 speaker audio)
- Safety features including reverse camera, rear sensors, Emergency Brake Assist (EBS), Cruise Control, traction control, anti- lock brakes, brake-disc wiping, and remote central locking
- Tartan trim with contrast stitching detail.
MG3 Auto Excite starts at $17,490 drive away. Over and above the Core it scores.
- 6 speaker audio system.
- Field Digital Processing Sound and Rear spoiler
- 16″ two-tone machined alloy wheels
Synthetic Leather and Tartan fabric trim with contrast stitching detail.
MG has also announced the opening of three new dealerships. In South Australia with New Spot MG is located in Adelaide. Victoria scores a further two with Peter Stevens MG in Ballarat and Northern MG, Bundoora.
Chris was EFTM’s Motoring Editor for many years, driving everything from your entry level hatch to the latest Luxury cars through to the Rolls Royce.
He has been in the media for 20 years, produced three Olympic games broadcasts, attending Beijing 2008 & London 2012.
Strangely he owns a Toyota Camry Hybrid, he defiantly rejects the knockers.
Chris is married to Gillian and resides in Sydney’s North West. They have Sam the English Springer Spaniel and Felix the Burmese cat to keep them company, and recently welcomed baby Henry to the family.
He has now left EFTM, and writes freelance and runs his own Facebook Page “Bowen’s Garage”