MG has increased pricing on its MG 3 twice this year with the base-model Core now starting from $19,990 drive-away.
The brand has increased prices for the MG 3 Core and Core with Nav by $500, while the MG 3 Excite remains at $20,990 drive-away.
Since last year the brand also removed three colour options including Tudor Yellow, Regal Blue and Tartan Red. MG introduced Surfing Blue this year.
The brand is reportedly working on a replacement for the top-selling light car, which is over a decade old.
“MG 3 will continue for another 12-18 months, before it’s replaced. But we won’t call it MG 3,” MG’s commercial director in the UK, Guy Pigounakis told Auto Express – though these remarks were almost 12 months ago, and we’ve still yet to see the mooted successor.
It’s not clear what the brand will name its MG 3 successor or if it will feature any form of electrification.
MG Australia will continue to have a small hatch within its line-up to offer a “value” option with a seven-year warranty to its customers.
“We all know we’re living in increasingly difficult times in terms of affordability, so from our perspective whilst I talked about value, we’re not walking away from value and still need to use products like that to give people the opportunity to have a brand new car with a seven-year warranty and plenty of features,” said MG Motor Australia’s marketing boss, Rick Whaite, back in March.
Locally the MG 3 is the most affordable light hatch and is one of just two cars on sale today available with a drive-away price tag under $20,000. The other is the smaller Kia Picanto.
As of June, MG has sold 8449 examples of the MG 3, which holds a 37 per cent share of its segment.
It comfortably outsold rivals such as the Suzuki Swift (3308), Kia Rio (2950) and Mazda 2 (2750). The number of offerings in the light car segment has shrunk as brands have either shifted to only offering a hot hatch variant (Hyundai) or left it entirely (Ford, Honda).
- 2023 MG 3 Core: $19,990 (+$500)
- 2023 MG 3 Core with Navigation: $20,490 (+$500)
- 2023 MG 3 Excite: $20,990
All prices are drive-away.
The 2023 MG 3 is available only with one powertrain: a naturally aspirated 1.5-litre four-cylinder engine producing 82kW of power and 150Nm of torque and mated exclusively to a four-speed automatic transmission.
MG still markets the MG 3 as the MG 3 Auto even though a manual was last seen in 2017 in the pre-facelift model.
The 2023 MG 3 consumes 6.7L/100km on the combined cycle and requires 91 RON unleaded fuel.
The 2023 MG 3 measures 4055mm long, 1504mm tall and 1729mm wide, with a 2520mm wheelbase.
The MG 3’s total luggage space is 307L, increasing to a maximum of 1081L with the rear seats folded.
The second row of seats fold down in a 60:40 split.
The 2023 MG 3 is backed by a seven-year, unlimited-kilometre warranty.
Servicing is required every 12 months or 10,000km, whichever comes first.
MG offers seven-years capped price servicing under its Precise Price Servicing scheme. The MG 3’s first seven services are capped at $251, $300, $290, $347, $251, $339, and $251.
The MG 3 has never been crash-tested by ANCAP, though it received a disappointing three stars when assessed by Euro NCAP in 2014. It also lacks any active safety features such as autonomous emergency braking.
The MG 3’s Euro NCAP rating has expired.
All 2023 MG 3 models come standard with:
- Six airbags
- Emergency brake assist
- Active cornering brake control
- Three top tether points and two ISOFIX ports
- Hill launch assist
There are two trim levels available.
The Core comes with the following standard features:
- 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with wired Apple CarPlay
- Cruise control
- Reversing camera
- Rear parking sensors
- Electronic side mirrors
- Four speaker sound system
- 1x USB-A port
- Steering wheel controls
- Analogue speedometer and rev counter
- Tyre pressure warning system
- Manual dimming rear-view mirror
- 3 x cup holder
- Leather steering wheel
- 12V charger
- Chrome accents on door handles, air vents, and steering wheel
- 15-inch alloy wheels
- LED daytime running lights
- Halogen headlights
- Manual height-adjustable driver seat
- Fabric upholstery
The Excite adds:
- Driver and passenger sun visor with mirror
- 16-inch two tone alloy wheels
- Body-colour side mirrors
- Side mirrors with Integrated turn signal
- Rear spoiler
- Chrome bumper accents
- Leatherette upholstery
- Satellite navigation
- Six speaker audio system
Satellite navigation is a $500 option for the Core.
MG offers Dover White and Pebble Black as no-cost paint options. Skye Silver Metallic and Surfing Blue are a $500 cost option.
The Core and Excite are available in all four exterior finishes.