The new-generation MG 3 is a huge redesign of Australia’s favourite light car, packing available hybrid power, a completely new look, and a massively expanded list of safety equipment.

    This has also seen the title of Australia’s cheapest car fall back to the Kia Picanto, with the base price of the MG 3 rising from $18,990 drive-away to $23,990 before on-road costs.

    While the outgoing MG 3 didn’t even offer autonomous emergency braking as an option, every new MG 3 will come standard with the safety feature – plus blind-spot monitoring, lane-keep assist, and rear cross-traffic alert.

    That actually gives it a wider range of safety kit than low-level MG 4s, or any MG 5.

    The MG 3 has become by far the best-selling vehicle in its segment, with a 43.3 per cent share in 2023. It remains to be seen whether it can maintain this standing over its rivals in the new generation.

    It’s now priced much closer to key rivals, with the base manual Mazda 2 undercutting it on price.

    However, when comparing the base MG 3 with automatic-equipped rivals, it still undercuts them. The cheapest Mazda 2 auto, for example, is $24,870 before on-road costs.

    The cheapest hybrid also undercuts the entry-level Toyota Yaris hybrid by $510. The Toyota is now no longer the only hybrid model in its segment with the arrival of the MG 3 Hybrid+, which becomes the cheapest electrified car in Australia.


    Where previously MG has quoted drive-away pricing, the MG 3 has a quoted list price.

    2024 MG 3 Excite$23,990
    2024 MG 3 Essence$25,990
    2024 MG 3 Hybrid+ Excite$27,990
    2024 MG 3 Hybrid+ Essence$29,990

    All prices exclude on-road costs.


    Two powertrains are on offer in the MG 3, with a petrol opening the range.

    Engine1.5-litre petrol four-cylinder1.5-litre petrol four-cylinder hybrid
    Engine power81kW at 6000rpm75kW at 6000rpm
    Engine torque142Nm at 4500rpm128Nm at 4500rpm
    Total system power155kW at 6000rpm
    TransmissionCVTHybrid Transmission
    Drive typeFront-wheel driveFront-wheel drive


    Fuel consumption (combined)6.0L/100km4.3L/100km
    Fuel type91 RON regular unleaded95 RON premium unleaded
    Fuel tank45L36L
    CO2 (combined)139g/km100g/km
    Battery capacity1.83kWh


    MG 3
    Boot space (seats up)293L
    Boot space (second row folded)983L
    Kerb weight1199kg (petrol)
    1308kg (hybrid)
    Maximum towing capacity500kg

    Servicing and Warranty

    MG Australia offers a seven-year, unlimited-kilometre warranty for its model range, including the new MG 3.

    Hybrid models have a seven-year, unlimited-kilometre warranty for the high-voltage battery system as well, but you need to read the fine print if you plan to drive this vehicle for commercial use.

    All versions get a seven-year roadside assistance plan included.

    The brand has a capped-price servicing plan on offer for seven years, too. Service intervals are 12 months or 10,000km – whichever comes first.

    2024 MG 3 service pricing:

    Service IntervalMG 3MG 3 Hybrid+
    1 year, 10,000km$234$235
    2 years, 20,000km$323$349
    3 years, 30,000km$352$341
    4 years, 40,000km$536$628
    5 years, 50,000km$409$492


    The new MG 3 has yet to be tested by ANCAP or Euro NCAP.

    Standard safety equipment includes:

    • 6 airbags
      • Dual front
      • Dual front-side
      • Dual side curtain
    • Autonomous emergency braking (AEB)
    • Lane departure warning
    • Lane-keep assist
    • Emergency lane-keep assist
    • Adaptive cruise control
    • Intelligent cruise assist
      • Traffic jam assist
      • Steering, acceleration, braking assistance
    • Blind-spot monitoring
    • Rear cross-traffic alert
    • Intelligent speed assist 
    • Reversing camera
    • Rear parking sensors
    • Tyre pressure monitoring

    Essence models also receive a surround-view camera.

    Standard Equipment

    The MG 3 range is split into base-model Excite and top-spec Essence grades, with a few minor differences between the petrol and hybrid versions.

    The MG 3 Excite comes standard with the following:

    • 16-inch alloy wheels
    • Space-saver spare wheel
    • Halogen headlights
    • LED daytime running lights
    • Automatic headlights
    • Rear fog light
    • Push-button start
    • Electronic parking brake
    • Auto hold
    • 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system
    • Wired Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
    • 7.0-inch instrument cluster screen
    • Six-way manual driver’s seat adjustment
    • Four-way manual passenger’s seat adjustment
    • Tilt steering wheel adjustment
    • Air-conditioning with rear vents

    The MG 3 Hybrid+ adds:

    • Tyre repair kit (in lieu of spare tyre)
    • Auto climate control
    • Dial type gear selector
    • Drive modes
    • Pedestrian warning sound – external speaker

    The MG 3 Essence adds (over Excite):

    • Projector LED headlights
    • Keyless entry
    • Rain-sensing wipers
    • Sunroof
    • Leatherette and cloth trim
    • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
    • Sunglass compartment
    • Rear map pockets
    • Satellite navigation
    • DAB digital radio
    • Connected mobile services (iSmart compatibility)


    Pastel Yellow and Dover White non-metallic finishes are standard.

    The following metallic finishes are optional:

    • Black Pearl
    • Sloane Silver
    • Diamond Red
    • Brighton Blue
    • Hampstead Grey

    MORE: Everything MG 3

    William Stopford

    William Stopford is an automotive journalist based in Brisbane, Australia. William is a Business/Journalism graduate from the Queensland University of Technology who loves to travel, briefly lived in the US, and has a particular interest in the American car industry.

    Buy and Lease
    Uncover exclusive deals and discounts with a VIP referral to Australia's best dealers
    Uncover exclusive deals and discounts with a VIP referral to Australia's best dealers